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A Year of Cool Comic Book Moments – Day 48

Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we look at a cool scene from last issue of the Suicide Squad (in fact, it’s the very last scene from the Suicide Squad ongoing series).


So here’s the basic set-up for this final scene, which took place in Suicide Squad #66, which was written by John Ostrander and Kim Yale and was drawn by Geof Isherwood (Robert Campanella on inks) – Count Vertigo was going through a rough time in his life and wanted to end it all. He asked Deadshot to kill him and Deadshot was willing, but insisted that Vertigo thought long and hard about it, because if he asked Deadshot to do it, Deadshot would do it without hesitation, so he better be darn sure he really wanted to die. That subplot went on for a little while and finally came to a head after the Suicide Squad’s final mission.

So enjoy the scene (which ended a great five-plus year run by the Squad)…

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What a way to end a series!

Now once again, if you wouldn’t mind, there are so many great Squad scenes, I’m sure I’ll be using a few of them in the future, so if you could, could you just comment on this scene (or the Squad in general) rather than mention other scenes, so we don’t spoil the surprise for the folks who haven’t had the pleasure of reading the Squad! Thanks!


Tornado Ninja Fan

February 18, 2009 at 1:05 am

Perfect way to end a series called Suicide Squad.

My favorite Squad moment involved Deadshot’s confrontation with Amanda Waller in issue…I believe it was #43.

“Say hello, Mrs. Waller. Now say goodbye, Mrs. Waller.”

How she gets out of it is classic.

There’s gonna be an Amanda Waller JLU figure soon. My action figure collection just got WAY cooler.

I never got on with John Ostrander’s writing, but I do feel occasionally drawn to Suicide Squad

I love the Suicide Squad. Great action and some surprising twists for anyone reading it the first time and not well-versed in the history of the characters. I can’t wait to finish out my collection and see what else is coming up.

I like it.

Man. Now that IS cool.

Either DC needs to start putting out Suicide Squad Showcases, or someone needs to die and leave me their complete run of the series. I’m not picky as to which.

DC, listen closely…….

That may be my favorite scene ever.

I just wish the cloud formation had been moving on that last page. It would have made it all the more powerful.

The bird is a nice touch though.

i remember when i read that scene thinking that after Vertigo said no he is not going to die after all that Deadshot was going to shoot him any way a cool moment shows how cool suicide squad is and missed

It really was a great book. Characters I’d never heard of before, like Nemesis, became favorites. For other moments, how about the first Batman/Waller confrontation. Two people who depend on the “intimidation factor” trying to intimidate each other. I also liked the Batman/Deadshot moment that explained why the world’s greatest marksmen was never ably to hit a guy dress in a bat suit.

I would’ve bet the farm that Deadshot would just cap him anyway. But yeah. I suppose this works better thematically.

I would’ve bet the farm that Deadshot would just cap him anyway. But yeah. I suppose this works better thematically.

If it was under today’s Didio DC I’m sure Deadshot would have capped him anyway, because it would have been cruel, sadistic, gratuitous, is subtle as a heart attack and utterly lacking in logic. But this was Jeannette Kahn’s DC, where the comics made more sense and the violence wasn’t as gratuitous. Deadshot had nothing to gain from killing him anyway. He’s not a Mr. Zsasz or Joker that derives glee from slaughter.

I always hear a lot about how great Suicide Squad is but I’ve never seen a well-drawn issue. Just makes it impossible for me to get into it.

The really neat thing about this scene (okay, *a* really neat thing about this scene) is that they wrote it out both ways. Either the last panels would be Vertigo saying no, and the cliff standing empty, or Vertigo saying yes, and the final panel is the gunshot sound effect. Both are totally in-character. Both would be powerful ways to end the series.

That they chose to end on a hopeful note is fantastic. That they considered both just goes to show you why the series was so damn good overall.

Maybe it’s just a lack of investment or connection to the character, but that scene seemed really hollow to me.

I’ve got to tell you, Apodaca, I read the whole series from start to finish and I found the ending to be very disappointing. That whole last issue seemed very rushed and, with the exception of the whole Incubus storyline, was a low point in an otherwise extraordinary series.

Of course, considering Ostrander’s next use of Count Vertigo (over in Spectre), this doesn’t come off as a particularly hopeful note in re-reads…

I think it needed just one more panel at the end, where Deadshot & Count Vertigo go get ice cream.


I saw these pages before and loved it and I’ve never read the series. Is it truly as impossible to find as it sounds?

You could have a whole week of Suicide Squad moments. The Red Shadows unmasking Batman. Amanda Waller hit in the face with a pie. The Writer “writing” Black Adam’s dialog. The first appearance of Oracle.

The art here reminds me of earlier issues, drawn I think by Luke McDonnel.

I’d pick this up in Showcae format.

I wish they would collect Suicide Squad as a companion to their collections of JLI.


February 19, 2009 at 5:43 pm

I always hear a lot about how great Suicide Squad is but I’ve never seen a well-drawn issue. Just makes it impossible for me to get into it.

You suck.

I really miss that series–it was great, and they even printed a few of my letters.

The build up to this scene was well done as well.

I always hear a lot about how great Suicide Squad is but I’ve never seen a well-drawn issue. Just makes it impossible for me to get into it.

Yeah – I have to agree.

While the art wasn’t always that great–there were exceptions–the art suited the stories & mood of the premise–for that reason I looked past it.

But I wouldn’t say it was horrible.

i would have shot him just for the lame speach…

I don’t get it.

I stopped reading the book before it was canceled, so I’ve never seen this. Kind of interesting (but I still think the book was never the same after Luke McDonnell and Karl Kesel left as the art team).

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