Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Suicide Squad #28 Review and **SPOILERS**

Mind Your Elders

Story: Rob Williams 
Artist: Elonora Carlini 
Backup Story Artist: Wilfredo Torres 
Colors: Adriano Lucas 
Lettering: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki & Tomeu Morey 
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: October 25, 2017


I feel like that Suicide Squad movie came out a hundred years ago, when it was just about fourteen months ago. I think we can loosen up the reins on the core team roster, now! That won’t be happening in this issue, since it continues from the last. You can find out for sure by reading my review of Suicide Squad #28, right here!

Explain It!

The comic book origins of the Suicide Squad contain quite an interesting tale: it seems Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru conceived of a paramilitary team led by Rick Flag that appeared in six issues of Brave and the Bold. That’s about it. Really, the Silver Age Suicide Squad is as boring as white bread. Few beat the Silver Age drum as loudly as I do, but the Silver Age Suicide Squad really ain’t shit. That’s why few have ever tried to mine it for new stories. John Ostrander’s revamp of the team in the 1980s, which resembles the same Waller-led team of criminals we know today.
When Harley Quinn, Katana, Croc and Boomerang first find Rick Flag Sr. and Karin from the first Suicide Squad team on an abandoned satellite, it looks like it’s going to be some wacky Silver Age hijinx: killer robots, a shape-shifting alien…could be some good times on space heap. But in this issue, it’s just so much freaking talking. Like, a ludicrous amount. A realistic amount, which is not necessarily something I want to see in my comic book about half-crocodile humanoids and sociopathic government agents. Turns out that the Red Wave monster, a threat faced by the Silver Age Suicide Squad in their first adventure, infected them with a disease, but they also defeated it and took its heart and that’s why Rick Flag and Karin are immortal? Or something? Basically, the two of them are up to no good and want to cajole the Suicide Squad into making this Red Wave monster whole again, a point illustrated by Rick Flag exploding the Suicide Squad’s brain bombs—at fifty percent, which merely knocks them…you know what, we have to address this shit right now.
One of the elegant parts of the brain bombs as originally conceived is that they were an on/off switch for life or death. There was no variance, they weren’t devices for punishment or torture. If you displeased Amanda Waller, you got your melon squashed by that internal Gallagher. Now, you’ve got Batman shooting frequencies at them, they can be half-exploded by old Silver Age farts—what’s next? Maybe they can be accessed by Bluetooth to play music from your phone? Or maybe they can spray some nice perfume from time to time, keep things fresh. I think they’ve gone too far with these brain bombs now, and at the very least they shouldn’t be called “bombs” but “remote control torture devices,” since they clearly do a lot more than just go boom.
Anyway, back on Earth at that Groom Lake airplane graveyard, Deadshot, El Diablo and Enchantress are under attack by robots that emerged from the ground, and Enchantress can’t help because she’s having psychic visions of “not joining the two,” which if you ask me is some prophetic second sight about the very thing that Katana’s crew is getting cajoled to commit in outer space at right that very moment! Plus there’s that two-page King Faraday backup that seems nearly unrelated, something about him joining a covert government agency that held Starro? Fair enough, I suppose.
Here’s a comic book with a few half-baked concepts based around a Silver Age property that really lacked any substance to begin with. The stuff about the Red Wave is so nebulous, and clearly a diversion by Karin and Rick, that it’s painful to read. And I just have no clue about what’s happening in Las Vegas. They’re gonna find a UFO, I guess? Was there a point to all of this that I missed, or does this all still stem from Waller being threatened by that robotic spider? I feel like I missed a day of classes somewhere and now I’ll never catch up.

Bits and Pieces:

A lame, aimless issue that moves one team from a space station to their certain doom. Ho-hum. They are called the Suicide Squad, after all. Some nice artwork, but a boring issue to read.


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