Almost Hidden – The Suicide Squad Travels to Apokolips!
Even with this large amount of comic books that have been collected in trade paperbacks, there are still a number of great comic books that have never been reprinted (I’d say roughly 60% of them are DC Comics from the 1980s through the mid-1990s). So every day this month I will spotlight a different cool comic book that is only available as a back issue. Here is an archive of the comic books featured so far.
I want you folks to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions for comics that I should feature this month. I’d like to see what you all would like to see get more attention.
A LOT of you asked for John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad (outside of the issues that have been reprinted already, of course). So here is one of their more famous storylines, when the Squad travels to Apokolips!
This story took place in Suicide Squad #33-36 and was written by John Ostrander and Kim Yale, with art by John Snyder, Geoff Isherwood and Luke McDonnell.
Okay, so early on in the series, the Suicide Squad (a government task force run by Amanda Waller which consisted of super-villains trying to get their sentences reduced and tarnished superheroes) encountered the Female Furies. Lashina, the head of the group, was usurped. Soon after, a mysterious strong woman showed up and joined the Squad. Dubbed “Duchess” (because she was a female John Wayne), she served with the Squad for a time until she revealed that SHE was Lashina (Waller knew this, of course, she just thought it best to keep her close where she could keep an eye on her – a strategy that did not turn out so well).
Now that Duchess remembered her past, she decides to take a bunch of Squad members with her to Apokolips to serve as cannon fodder on her journey to get her position back. She promises Shade the Changing Man that she will help him return home if he aids her (he figures he can get around their deal – he ALSO did not plan his strategy well, either).
Duchess takes advantage of the naivatee of Flo, the support staff member who is the daughter of Waller’s cousin, and therefore has been promised by Waller to never go into combat. Flo has a crush on Bronze Tiger and she thinks proving herself in the field will impress him (her strategy, too, is a flawed one).
Flo realizes too late what a mistake she made…
So a group of the Squad is off to Apokolips, with Bronze Tiger and a few remaining members of the team left behind and stuck with the task of figuring out a way to Apokolips.
Meanwhile, Shade’s conscious gets the best of him while on Apokolips…
Isn’t that a really well-handled scene by Ostrander?
Meanwhile, on Apokolips, the Squad members don’t want to help Lashina, but that is all put aside when they get attacked by a pack of Parademons!!!
Back on Earth, Oracle (in one of her early appearances – not in person, of course) helps put the leftover members of the Squad into contact with the Forever People…
On Apokolips, after dealing with the Parademons, the Squad now has to face Darkseid’s top minions…
Lashina succeeds in defeating the usurper to her title, and is welcomed back by Granny Goodness. When Granny asks what to do with the Squad members, Lashina suggests killing them.
This leads into a brilliant sequence….
How awesome is that?
I won’t tell you how it all ends, but I will say that it is fairly depressing (as was a lot of Suicide Squad).
But really, really well done. John Snyder and Geoff Isherwood did the art for 3 of the 4 issues, with Luke McDonnell doing the 3rd part.
Go find these issues in back issues! They should be available cheap!