Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bullet Review: Suicide Squad #27

Welcome to a bullet review for Suicide Squad #27.

This is one of those books that I started collecting solely on the strength of the creative team. I came on with Suicide Squad #20, written by Ales Kots with art by one of my favorites Patch Zircher. Kots left the book shortly thereafter but was replaced by Matt Kindt (another writer whose work I like). So I have stuck around. I hear that Matt Kindt is also leaving the book so maybe my days on the book are numbered.

Suicide Squad #27 continued a Forever Evil crossover in which the Squad has been sent in to procure OMAC from a facility in the Rockies. At the same time, a group of heroes - led by Power Girl and Steel - are on the same mission. Both believe that Amanda Waller has mobilized them. But the heroes have been duped by the Thinker.

This is a great character driven issue. Sure there is action. But the story unfolds in vignettes of each of the characters and what drives them to do what they are doing. It is amazing how much can be told in a couple of pages.

For example ... Power Girl.

I keep hoping we will get more stories of her time as Supergirl on Earth 2. So even this brief glimpse is appreciated.

And how she talks. Really great stuff. This just sounds like Power Girl. And it sounds like a bit more classic Supergirl. On Earth 2 she was a 'true hero', would 'never be stuck in a hole with a bunch of suicidal criminals.' Life was simple there ... she was a hero. Amazing that that sentiment is so foreign in the DCU right now.

That first panel is great ... she was a 'Mystery Wonder', an almost homage to the 'Emergency Secret Weapon' time period of classic Supergirl. She was loved; she had a family; things were good.

How interesting how the Earth 2 panels are Supergirl saving lives and chilling out with family. The first panel of her Prime Earth time ... being shot at by machine guns. Her action shot? A clenched fist and an angry face.

And as Power Girl on this crazy DCnU world she doesn't know who she is anymore. She doesn't consider herself a hero anymore, at least not as easily as she did before. There is an edge to these words, passion. This felt like the 'old' Power Girl.

Kudos to Kindt for capturing the duality of a Supergirl/Power Girl character. And I also feel like this read more like a classic Power Girl determined personality as opposed to the wishy-washy Karen we have seen in Worlds' Finest.

Looking for an impulse buy and love character driven super-hero stories? Pick up this issue. While all the vignettes are very good, the Power Girl, Deadshot, and Unknown Soldier ones stand out as excellent.

1 comment:

Martin Gray said...

This was indeed a great issue. It seems odd to have Peege in here, but some good work was done. So of course, Kindt is off the book!