Sunday, March 30, 2014

Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jim Zub
Art By: Andre Coelho
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 26, 2014

Building The Wall

Here we go with a one shot again, but this time we'll move away from a good character, or an evil character and go towards someone that lives in the grey.  Amanda Waller, or The Wall, or as I like to call her Sweet Sassy Mo Lassy, but that's a thing between her and me, and I don't want to hear any of you call her that.  This is a weird one shot for me personally because I really didn't like Team 7, and I find that she's the least interesting part of Suicide Squad, so to have a book actually feature her seems like a nightmare.  But let's quit the bitchin' and dive into the story.  Just so you know this issue takes place before Forever Evil, so we get a pre Crime Syndicate world for this story.  

Explain It!:

The issue begins on a government transport plane, where Amanda Waller is overseeing the arrival of Dr. Algot Issen, and his genetic testing equipment.  But the smooth flight gets a bit more exciting when a blast knocks out one of the wings of the plane, and it crash lands in the dessert.  If getting your wing blasted off, and crash landing isn't a strange enough day, the dessert area they crashed in is in the middle of a blizzard.  Just another day for Amanda Waller I guess, I mean once you're face to face with a giant humanoid hammerhead shark, everything else just seems boring.

Out of all the passengers on the flight there were only five survivors, two soldiers, Waller's assistant, Dr. Issen, and The Wall.  So the loss of life was pretty substantial, and it's about to get worse.  One of Dr. Issen's genetic experiments (Kriger-3)  is looking for a bit of payback, and the storm he's created is causing too much interference to call in backup.  Look's like we have a little bit of a slasher flick scenario where we have people being picked off one by one.  Ten Little Indians if you will.  Now Kriger-3 has the ability to absorb energy in all it's forms, and then manifest that energy in either hot or cold scenarios.  So we get the blizzard from him absorbing the heat of the dessert, and then he can create ice shields, and use heat energy blasts.  You know pretty standard meta stuff.

Throughout this issue we get some insight into the character of Amanda Waller, how she hates violence, but has the fortitude to use it when necessary, and when it's for what she considers the greater good.  As we all know Waller considers the recent influx of "super heroes" and "super villains" as a threat not only to American citizens, but to the world.  So if you can get past the whole Amanda Waller hates our heroes thing, you can understand her point of view.  With all that said in this issue we see Waller shine, as she does what she needs to do.  We find out that this poor lab experiment Kriger-3 was just one of many guinea pigs, who was abducted from his home, tortured, and experimented on by Dr. Issen.  So basically the man is a victim just seeking justice for what was done to him.  But the greater good is to have Dr. Issen, and his research on genetics.  So Waller protects Dr. Issen, and fights Kriger-3.  She really wants to help Kriger, but knows there is no going back for him.  So in the end she uses grenades to take him down.  He absorbs the blasts, but it's too much for him to handle at one time, and it ends up knocking him out.  Even though she feels sorry for this poor man, she is still The Wall, and shoots him in the head while he's out, so that this threat can end.

Bits and Pieces:

While I was surprised that I sorta enjoyed a book solely about Amanda Waller, and a one off fight, it was still a bit boring at points.  You get some insight into the mind of The Wall, but it doesn't feel like anything we didn't already know, and it seems like an unnecessary issue.  I'll complain because I don't understand the point of this in the long run, but as a one off, it wasn't bad.  The art was pleasing, and the story was well written, but unless you're an uber fan of Waller, I can't see the desire to buy this issue, especially with a $4.99 price tag.


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