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Our pal Seth Hahne, of GoodOKBad fame, came up with this 31 Days of Comics challenge, one of those things where each day of the month you’re given a different category that you then make a choice of a comic to fill that category. I figured it would be a fun bit to do, so here we are! Click here to see each of the categories so far!
We continue with Day 7, which is Your Comfort Comic.
Read on for my pick and then you can share yours!
My comfort comic book is John Ostrander’s Suicide Squad.
I’ve read each of these comics (Ostrander’s run was 66 issues long, plus a tie-in mini-series and a tie-in one-shot and a not-quite-as-good crossover with Captain Atom and Checkmate) at least five times apiece (and many more times for my favorite issues – okay, maybe I haven’t read the Checkmate crossover five times) and I can still re-read these issues and enjoy them just as much today as I did two decades ago.
There are soooooo many cool moments that I could spotlight from the series, and believe me, I’ve spotlighted many of them over the years, but I figure I’ll go with one of my favorites, from the epic storyline in the mid-#30s.
To set the scene, Lashina, the head of the Female Furies, has been on the Suicide Squad for a year or so (she lost her memory). Once she regained her memory, she decided to go back to Apokolips to regain her place as the leader of the group – and she brought along (via kidnapping) the most powerful members of the Squad and Big Barda to help her as cannon fodder in her quest to get her position back (meanwhile, the rest of the Squad is trying to find a way to get to Apokolips to save their friends).
The Squad did not fare exactly well against Darkseid’s minions, as seen here when Kanto takes down Count Vertigo…
Well, at the end of Suicide Squad #35, Lashina has her job back and she’s asked by Granny Goodness what to do with the Squad, and she says to kill them.
This leads to a great sequence courtesy of the issue’s writers, John Ostrander and Kim Yale, and some nice art from John K. Snyder and Geof Isherwood…
But Ostrander was also great at subtler, more political stuff, too, like when Batman broke into Belle Reve Prison in Suicide Squad #10 (by Ostrander and Luke McDonnell) to prove that the government was using supervillains as government agents (the whole concept behind Suicide Squad). Amanda Waller, head of the Squad, must find a way to keep Batman from revealing the secrets he’s learned. Colonel Rick Flagg, one of the few good guys on the Squad, is tasked to stop Batman before he makes his escape…
These comics are so fun to re-read.
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