Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz are legends in comics, known for their groundbreaking art in decades past, and both have been a powerful influence on artists who have come after. Cowan is best known for drawing The Question in the 1980s and Hardware in the '90s, while Sienkiewicz is known for his work on Moon Knight and New Mutants in the '80s. Now both these artists are coming together, with Cowan on pencils and Sienkiewicz on inks, to help writer Christopher Priest tell a very important story in Deathstroke #11.

It's a single-issue story called "Chicago," which guest stars the Creeper. But the emphasis of the story is not on the two heroes, it's on the real-world problem of gun violence in America. Obviously that's a very fraught topic, and it would be easy to get it wrong, especially in a superhero comic, where things tend to be larger than life. But just in this five-page preview, Priest turns a situation on its head, subverting expectations about what a crime looks like and who's responsible. So while the story may or may not have anything profound to say, it's bound to be a smart take, as we'd expect from Priest. And the art is gritty and gorgeous, courtesy of Cowan and Sienkiewicz.

Deathstroke #11 is out January 25.

 

Art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz

 

Here's the official word from DC:

“CHICAGO”! Jack Ryder, a.k.a. the Creeper, investigates a series of murders in Chicago...and comes face to face with Deathstroke, the World’s Deadliest Assassin. Christopher Priest is joined by guest artists Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz for an unflinching look at gun violence in America.