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1987 And All That: Suicide Squad #1-8

A column in which Matt Derman (Comics Matter) reads & reviews comics from 1987, because that’s the year he was born.

Squad_1Suicide Squad #1-8 (DC) by John Ostrander, Luke McDonnell, Karl Kesel (#1-3), Bob Lewis (#4-8), Carl Gafford, Todd Klein, and Robert Greenberger

The concept of Suicide Squad is elegantly simple, and maybe inevitable in the world of superheroes and villains. The difficulty of effectively imprisoning superpowered baddies has been explored in many ways in all kinds of comicbooks, and this series offers one more approach: a work release program for supervillains. And why not? There are all different levels of supervillainy, and as many different motivations for it as people participating in it, so anyone who wants to prove themselves less insane or untrustworthy than their peers might as well get a chance. Besides, giving them another venue/outlet for their abilities could potentially place them on a better path, even make them better people. Right?

Wrong, says Suicide Squad, which seems to believe that people, good or bad, pretty much are who they are no matter what. The book hinges on this philosophy, its drama fueled by the clashing and immovable personalities of its cast. In the world of Suicide Squad, the whole Suicide Squad project is a futile endeavor, an attempt to convince villains to act against their natures through an odd combination of bargains, threats, and field assignments. Trouble is, nobody can ever act against their nature in this book, so the Squad fails or at least half-fails on every outing, refusing to gel as a group and generally causing more harm than good to its members and the rest of the world.

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Year of the Artist, Day 192: Rob Liefeld, Part 1 – Secret Origins #28 and Hawk and Dove #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Rob Liefeld, and the first story is “A Princess’ Story” in Secret Origins #28 and the issue is Hawk and Dove #1, both of which were published by DC, the first cover dated July 1988 and the second cover dated October 1988. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 60: Fantastic Four (vol. 3) #61

Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Fantastic Four #61 (the Waid/Wieringo one, not the Lee/Kirby one), which was published by Marvel and is cover dated November 2002. Enjoy!
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Frantic as a cardiograph scratching out the lines, Day 30: World’s Finest #2

Every day this month, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from World’s Finest #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated 1990. Enjoy!
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Into the back issue box #53

And … we’re back! I’d like to do these every weekend, but simply can’t. So just be overjoyed when it does show up! I know that you are!
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