Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Suicide Squad #10 Review and **SPOILERS**

Mommy’s Here

Writers: Rob Williams & Si Spurrier 
Artist: Giuseppe Cafaro 
Colors: Hi-Fi 
Letterer: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: Cafaro & Hi-Fi 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: January 25, 2017


This is probably PTSD speaking, having read that Night of the Monster Men trash over in the Bat-books, but this Justice League vs. Suicide Squad crossover hasn’t been all that terrible. I don’t know if I’d call it “essential,” but it’s got Max Lord, it’s got Eclipso, old school Lobo…I’ve been happy with it. So I welcome these tie-in issues of Suicide Squad, even though the other one was sort of disappointing. But second time’s a charm, right? Let’s find out in my review of Suicide Squad #10!

Explain It!

We ended the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad even with Rustam having gone to a nuclear missile silo in what looked like a ploy to unleash nuclear Armageddon, but he just taped a photograph to the nuke and bounced. Well, it turns out that was a picture of Amanda Waller’s kids, and the implication chills her to the bones. Having been forewarned, she has the Suicide Squad dress like skiers and kidnap her children off of a street corner. I remember the first time my mother had me kidnapped, that’s when I knew she was the authoritarian boss of a covert government agency and I became a man.
Back at some undisclosed location, Waller’s kids are surprised to see her, but Amanda insists she’s done this to keep them safe. Snipers are posted on the roof of this unassuming location, and agents are everywhere—and of course the Suicide Squad are hanging around, making their usual japes and jokes like they do. While everyone’s hunkered down waiting for Rustam to kill them, Waller’s daughter asks what her mom have been doing for the past three years, since half of their family died in a retaliatory terrorist attack and Amanda plunged herself wholeheartedly into her government work. Amanda explains the situation, then her daughter asks if she’s visited the graves of her dead husband and children. Before she can answer, Rustam is spotted through a sniper scope. Saved by the vengeance-seeking super soldier!
Waller sends Croc out after Rustam, and it turns out to be a look-alike, a courier that brings a tablet computer to Waller and plays a recording of the real Rustam, who explains that he never intended to kill the rest of her family, she just wanted to reunite them…particularly since she’s about to be a grandmother! Having dropped that mic, he signs off and Amanda tries to explain herself to her kids but they aren’t having it. Hell hath no fury like a child scorned. Especially a teenager. Especially a teenager! I would take on a team of pro wrestlers before I matched wits with a teenager. Anyway Amanda’s kids scream at her and leave in tears, which is pretty normal for most family gatherings.
This was…alright? I have a little familiarity with Amanda Waller’s family situation from the last two issues of Suicide Squad Most Wanted, which may have had something to do with my receptiveness to it. At the same time, it’s basically about a familial argument in a room that the Suicide Squad happens to be standing in also. I guess there was a mood developed there. In short, you could miss this comic book entirely and it probably wouldn’t impact your life one bit, though I guess if you want the “full” ending to Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, you’re going to have to read it.

Bits and Pieces:

An Amanda Waller-centric story that is a little discomfiting, which may be the point. This is a one-off issue and you don't need to read it if you're just following the Suicide Squad series, but if you want to know the complete story of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, you'll have to give it a look. It won't kill you.


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