‘Suicide Squad’ #1 Dies By Its Own Hand [Review]
By Chris Sims
I’ll be honest with you: I’m probably about as far from the target audience DC’s going for with the new Suicide Squad #1 that came out this week. Not only am I the opposite of a new reader, I’m specifically a guy who has a lot of attachment to The Way Things Used To Be. John Ostrander’s 66-issue run on Suicide Squad from the ’80s is one of my all-time favorite comics, but there are an awful lot of problems in this book that have nothing to do with how I feel about the old series and everything to do with the fact that it’s an angsty mess.
I’m not sure whether this is going to be the book that hooks new readers into the DC Universe, but going purely by what we’re given in this issue, they’re doing a pretty good job of alienating the ones they already had. It all comes down to an aesthetic change that they’ve made with the relaunch, taking away something that made a character visually unique in favor of the same look we’ve seen over and over again in comics.
I speak, of course, of Deadshot’s mustache. Comic books are experiencing a dire lack of interesting facial hair as it is, and to have such a magnificent handlebar replaced with wispy stubble is, for me at least, extremely off-putting.
But I kid. As much as I love Floyd Lawton’s rockin’ handlebar, there was an even more legitimately mystifying, seemingly pointless change made in this issue: The last-page reveal that apparently, Suicide Squad mainstay Amanda Waller has been rebooted into a younger body, complete with the standard issue hourglass figure boasted by virtually every other female character in comics.
It’s a big change from the shorter, stockier, older version of Waller we’ve had for the past 20 years, and to a fan of that character, it’s incredibly frustrating. The appeal of the original version of Amanda Waller wasn’t just that she’d climbed to the top of a secret government agency through sheer, indomitable willpower and enforced her tough decisions with an uncompromising demand for respect, and it wasn’t even just that she was one of the DC Universe’s most prominent black characters, and certainly the most prominent black woman. Those are undeniable factors in what makes her so great, but there’s another big aspect to it that simply comes down to the fact that she didn’t look like everyone else.
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