I haven’t read this week’s comics, so I don’t have any ratings today. Plus, next week I’m going to update my reading list. I’ve decided some books aren’t worth the money.
When I say superhero teams, you probably think of The Avengers, The Justice League or (shudder) Super Friends. But what about a more realistic team?
Imagine you’re a government agent and the ends always justify the means. Also imagine that you have at your disposal hundreds if not thousands of super powered inmates willing to sell their grandmothers for an early parole. Add the use of some nano bombs implanted into the convicts skull, and you’ve got yourself the Suicide Squad.
The Squad has been a comic for decades and boasted a team roster ranging from the A-List (Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Poison Ivy), to the bottom of the barrel ( Bronze Tiger, Javelin, Shade-The Changing Man). Current members are Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Black Spider, El Diablo, and King Shark.
Membership aside, the missions and stories are what make this comic worth reading. This is the black ops of the DC universe –not vigilantes, but people on assignments as expendable assets to the U.S government. The Squad gets its missions from the now cankle-less Amanda Waller.
The newest incarnation of the Squad has been a joy to read, thanks in no small part to it’s newest member, Harley Quinn. Her insane ways are in complete contrast to the leader of the group, Deadshot. Plus it’s always nice to have some comic relief amongst a group of murderers and psychopaths.
The story is hard to explain. There is no real overlying threat or big bad guy the Squad has to stop. It’s more like “Real World- Villains Edition.” How do these extreme personalities that have no regard for the rules work together? Unlike the heroes of the DC universe, these people are forced to do good deeds. If you put a group of crazed supervillains together, you’re going to get some exciting reading.
Plus, they kill an entire stadium full of robot zombies. When is that ever boring?
Robot Zombies, it’s even a joy to say.
Another fun aspect of this comic includes the question of what would a villain do to stop a given situation? This question boils down to a simple answer: kill everything that moves, and let nothing get in your way…even teammates. Also, this whole group is going to be fighting over who’s in charge…as villains do. But, it never seems to lose its appeal.
Out of all my comics I am reading, this is one of the few I look forward to the next issue. Not only for the superb story, but because this actually ties in with other comics. There is no question when this comic is taking place.
My one major complaint is the emphasis on Harley Quinn. Don’t get me wrong I love this character, but it’s just one more way to make every comic in the DC universe a Batman book. The latest issue dealt with Harley’s first meeting with the Joker. Really? Come on. I bought this book to read about the Suicide Squad not about Batman. I already read four books about Batman and the Joker. Stop spilling into my other stories.
As most of you can tell, I’m sick of Batman.