Friday, May 25, 2012

Ok Dale, here's my sorta gay posting

I just realized that I've hardly ever talked about the back ground characters of the Suicide Squad title which was largely made up of Belle Reve's staff that also acted as support personal for Task Force X. In all there's been close to a dozen or so. Probably the most notable of the group was Sheeba's (high tech voice controlled helicopter assigned to Task Force X) pilot Briscoe, Flo Crawley (Waller's niece), heavy transport pilot Karen Grace and the prison shrink Dr. Simon LaGrieve. Others included the head of security "Murph", from the IT dept. John Economos, the prison chaplain Father Cramer, infirmary chief Mary White (Waller's older sister) and Dr. Simon La Grieve's assistant Marnie Herrs. There's probably a couple more I'm not thinking of but that just about covers em all except for the head of vehicle maintenance Mitch Sekofsky. I applaud Ostrander for adding a sense of realism to the original Suicide Squad by touching on a subject that wasn't quite as mainstream in the late 80's as it is these days. Left click on clip art to magnify.

Granted, Mitch Sekofsky was not a primary character in the Suicide Squad title but despite his limited appearances Ostrander was able to make him the focal point on a lot of hardships facing many members of the gay community outside of overt homophobia. However, this was still years before all the same sex marriage drama would become such a hot political topic.

Among other things it's stuff like this that made Ostrander's writing so compelling on this series. Having grown up mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area I can say I've known members of the gay community who have gone through exactly what this clip art is speaking to. Rather it was Flo Crowley's infatuation with Ben Turner (Bronze Tiger), Karen Grace's major chip on the shoulder over the bad history between her and Rick Flagg or Marnie Herrs's lack of professional detachment from Lawton ( Deadshot) Ostrander managed to create a supporting caste of characters that added to the richness and drama of the Suicide Squad story lines.
Let me digress a bit here. I saw the movie Haywire recently which featured MMA (mixed martial arts) champion Gina Carano. As far as the movie it's self goes I thought it was just all right but Carano alone made it worth while to watch. Nothing hotter then a hot woman who kicks the asses of tough guys all over the movie screen. Carano is another great candidate to play a live action version of Duchess a.k.a Lashina from the Female Furies.

Here she is fighting Michael Fassbender (but not as Magneto).  

13 comments:

  1. Nice post Ben, but not really that gay. Nice to know Ostrander introduced than played with some minor characters like the support staff for Task Force X. Did they all die eventually, or did some survive before the reboot?

    That Gina chick's pretty hot even though she can definitely kick my ass.

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    1. well like i said it's a kinda gay posting. by the time the reboot occurred most of the staff had moved on to other assignments. but Briscoe and Flo died on Apocilips after the Squad was hijacked by Duchess/Lashina. Karen died early on during the cross title DC Millennium series back in 1988. it's that she can kick our ass that makes Carano so especially hot. check out the link i added to the posting just below her photo.

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  2. One of the best things about the previous incarnation of this series, was that the background player were more than just 'background'. They all had personality and relevance within the series, and acted as part of the team on occasion.

    The only one who is still alive (I think) is Father Cramer. He was in Ostrander's 'Spectre' series.

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    1. cool. i only found out about a year ago that Dr. Simon La Grieve was a character on Firestorm before he came over to the Suicide Squad.

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  3. ahhh .... that is a sexy picture of Carano. From that angle she could be Lashina. I like the chic from underworld though. Both of them are sexy so I could have em either way.

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    1. way ahead of you OA1, copy and paste this into your browser: http://suicidesquadtaskforcex.blogspot.com/search?q=lashina

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    2. Not a bad movie. The plot was a bit hard to follow, but the action was incredible. I could watch her beat the piss out of people all day long.

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  4. Did anything happened to Murphy? I liked him!
    Janitor with detective skills and nerves of still in some awkward situations. I didn't read anithing in which he died...

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  5. nothing happened to Murph. not too long after Waller made the Suicide Squad into a freelance organization they settled into headquarters at the Institute of Meta Human Studies which was headed by Simon La Grieve. Murph simply decided to stay employed at Belle Reve and that was the last we saw of him.

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  6. I guess this is going to pick your curiosity

    http://siskoid.blogspot.mx/2012/05/suicide-squad-deathzone.html

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    1. hola senor, you're the 2nd person to tell me about this today. but i appreciate you letting me know anyways, thank you.

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    2. thanks, glad you enjoyed it. but i think this will be the last one for a while unfortunately.

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