A Year of Cool Comics – Day 254
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we take a look at the great Suicide Squad story where Waller has to send the team after one of their own in “Final Round,” by John Ostrander, Luke McDonnell and Kark Kesel!
In Suicide Squad #21, Amanda Waller managed to outmaneuver two political figures, Derek Tolliver and Senator Joseph Cray, who were blackmailing Waller and the Suicide Squad. However, Rick Flag did not know this, so he thought that Tolliver and Cray were still a threat. So he went to Tolliver’s office and assassinated him.
In #22, Waller is in a very awkward position of having to send the rest of the Squad against their AWOL leader to protect the Senator who wanted to blackmail them!
Deadshot, by the way, was just coming back from the trauma of his mini-series, where he re-lived his terrible family past.
Here’s a great bit where the “good” members of the team and the “bad” members split up…
Well handled by Ostrander and his artists.
And, of course, here’s the most famous scene of the issue…
Now for what happens NEXT (including some of the best Squad dialogue ever), you should go find yourself this issue in the back issue bins (or online). It’s easy to find and should be cheap enough (I just checked eBay and there are a number of copies for roughly 5 bucks, shipping included).
If the Squad were more famous, that Deadshot scene would have been on the Top 75 Most Memorable Moments in DC History for sure!