Suicide Squad #20 debuts a new creative team, with Ales Kot and Patrick Zircher taking over as writer and artist respectively. Does this herald a new direction for DC’s most devious super team? This Major Spoilers review will point you the right way.
April is WTF month at DC Comics, and part of the gimmick is a gate-fold cover that features something so shocking, the only thing you’ll be able to say is, WTF!? We’re starting to see some of those covers surface, and the latest is for the Suicide Squad, and its new leader.
Or – “I Wish “All The Good Names Really Are Taken” Wasn’t Such A Cliché.”
The best thing about comics in the New 52/Marvel NOW! era is that many of the oldest properties in the comics world are getting new takes, and new fans. The worst part is that no one in their right mind can be following ALL the new books at once. Because of that paradigm, I haven’t read Suicide Squad in… Um… At least a year, I think. Have the adventures of Harley Quinn and her amazing friends held up? Your Major Spoilers review awaits!
Tonight on Suicide Squad… It’s the Amanda Show! More after the Jump!
Or – “Back In The Day With The OLD New DC…”
The late 80′s were a great time to be a comics reader, especially in terms of DC. Having revamped and relaunched their entire universe (Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?), they had begun bringing back characters who had been sidelined during the previous decades, and putting new spins on characters who had once been given the short end of the stick. It didn’t last very long (the mid-90′s were a dark time for all comics) but while it lasted, there was a lot of brilliance on display…
With their fist mission successfully completed, Waller spares no time sending Task Force-X onto their next mission. With Captain Boomerang as the new leader, the power struggle begins between him and Deadshot. They are now facing the terrorist group Basilisk, where they fight to survive not only the mission, but bombs in their necks counting down.
In this issue: Matthew starts off with a discussion over the Doctor Who Hoax from two years ago, and by the time it’s all over, everyone gets to pick their team members to join Task Force X.
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DC Comic’s team of nasties and ne’er-do-wells returns with Suicide Squad #1. Will this relaunch accomplish its mission or will it make readers want to… um, yeah…
DC has quietly given a couple of the larger, more cooperative comic book websites (i.e. not Bleeding Cool or Major Spoilers), a sneak peek at two more number one books set to debut during the relaunch.
Seems all those meetings Warner Bros. held all those months ago have finally pumped the company into taking its properties more seriously, as it is diving into the DC vaults to pull out properties to exploit into films.Â Green Lantern, Jonah Hex, Justice League, Flash, Super Max, Wonder Woman are all in production — okay, probably not Wonder Woman, but there will be another Superman and Batman film for sure, because, well, that last Superman film did so well in the theaters…Â The latest series to get the movie treatment is the government sponsored Suicide Squad.
“Suicide Squad” will feature a mix of well-known and unknown villains recruited by the government to accomplish a task deemed too dangerous for superheroes. The historically independent operators must bury their own interpersonal conflicts and agendas to form a cohesive unit to take on a singular task.
If Warner Bros. uses the Amanda Waller era Task Force X, does that mean we’ll get to see at least some of the people on this list in the film?
- Amanda Waller
- Black Orchid
- Bronze Tiger
- Captain Boomerang (Digger Harkness)
- Captain Cold
- Count Vertigo
- Doctor Light (Arthur Light)
- Duchess (Lashina)
- Karin Grace
- Major Victory (William Vickers)
- Nemesis (Tom Tresser)
- Poison Ivy
- Punch and Jewelee
- Rick Flag, Jr.
- Shade, the Changing Man
The Variety report has producer Dan Lin working this up into a franchise, so if all goes well, we could see everyone on this list eventually.
Okay Major Spoilers Legion, who do you want to see in the Suicide Squad movie, and who do you want to play those roles?Â I know, it’s a topic that ends up being a lot of fan masturbation, but don’t you all want to see Whoopie Goldberg playing Amanda Waller on the big screen?Â Come’on you know you do…
Or “If They’re The Suicide Squad, How Come There’s So Many Of ‘Em Left?”
There’s been a lot of talk lately about “realism” in superhero comics. Books like Ultimate Spider-Man have been able to look at characters and events in a more adult fashion, while maintaining the best of what Stan & Steve established for the character. Some books have been wildly successful with a more realistic bent (Astro City, for one), while others have actually created MORE ridiculous premises by taking “realism” to it’s extreme (Mark Millar’s brilliant “Wanted,” for example, does grim and gritty so well that it passes back around the other end of the scale to parody, though I have to believe this is intentional.) “Checkmate” mixes real-world politics and spy-game cliches with big swatches of superheroes and their various baggage. How well does it work? More After the Jump