Thursday, May 3, 2012
Suicide Squad 2001 Kieth Giffen series 1-12. Hightly NOT recomended but it can be yours for only $5
Instead of summarizing the premise myself I'll just paste a portion of the Suicide Squad's wiki page:
Together with his right-hand (and wheelchair-bound) man Bulldozer, Sgt. Frank Rock taps new characters Havana (later revealed to be Amanda Waller's daughter) and Modem to round out the team's mobile HQ. President Lex Luthor and Secretary of Metahuman Affairs Amanda Waller are shown to be supplying the Squad's assignments. Rock is thought by several other characters to have been deceased since the end of World War II, and they are surprised to see him alive and well. Two flashback stories provide some context for Rock's current-day activities, but the series' final issue strongly implies that Rock is an (as-yet-unidentified) impostor.
The first issue details the former Injustice League's terminally botched attempt to extract a kidnapped scientist from an Icelandic facility. With all but one team member (Major Disaster) dead by issue's end, Sgt. Rock forms a new Squad for the missions ahead. Major Disaster, Deadshot, and Killer Frost are mainstays of the field team. For his part, Rock is every bit as ruthless as Amanda Waller was (though far more affable), remorselessly sending his agents to die for the good of their country.
The Squad's missions involve eliminating an out-of-control colony of bio-engineered army ants, and investigating the mysterious island of Kooey Kooey Kooey to discourage its telepathic inhabitants from declaring war on Earth. The final story arc revolves around an all-out attack on the Squad by the members of Onslaught, led by the son of longtime Squad enemy Rustam. Onslaught kills Modem and captures Rock, Havana, and Waller. Upon learning that the Squad has been compromised, Waller's office drafts the Justice Society of America to counterattack Onslaught alongside the Squad, but they arrive too late to save Havana from Rustam's wrath. Deadshot discovers a discarded Sgt. Rock mask inside an empty holding cell, which prompts Bulldozer (who is monitoring the situation remotely via Deadshot's video camera) to stand from his wheelchair and announce that "I guess the gig is up, then" before leaving. Back in her office, Amanda Waller reviews Bulldozer's file, and states that he and Sgt. Rock died in 1945
When I read #3 way back then it did not at all motivate me to try and get a hold of 1 and 2 or to keep picking up the book. There was the obvious problem that outside of the basic premise of super villains working for the government to buy off jail time nothing about this new version of the Squad felt anything like the Ostrander series. Now that I've read all 12 issues I find that it suffered from a few problems I couldn't over look.
First, artistically (Paco Medina) it wasn't right. The exaggerated cartoonish style didn't suite this title at all. Overall the plot line in the series was very disjointed. I almost felt like I was reading a different comic book title with each issue it really lacked continuity. It seemed like this book was having a hard time trying to define it's self as well as what kind of audience it was trying to appeal to. Was this something for Ostrander Suicide Squad fans or WWII war story fans? A lot of the dialogue was written awkwardly too, almost as if it was meant for a script to be read by actors sit com then for a comic book. It got to the point where I found myself not caring who was saying what, to who or why. Much like when watching a typical Guy Ritchie film. That made it hard for me to connect to any of the characters or really care about what was going on.
All the other Suicide Squad continuities in the following years ( Checkmate Vol. 2, DC 52, Suicide Squad "Raise the Flag" 1-8 mini-series, Operation Salvation Run, Secret Six cross over for Blackest Night ) seemed to disregard the events of all 12 issues of Giffen's version of the Squad. Which is fine with me because it was all pretty forgettable. If you haven't read this you're not missing anything as far as I'm concerned. But if you want to find out for yourself it's yours for only $5 bucks plus whatever shipping process you want to use.
Next up, a look back at CHECKMATE Vol. 1 from the old DCU