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Suicide Squad: Raise The Flag #7

Posted: Thursday, March 20, 2008
By: Marx Pyle

John Ostrander
Javier Pina, Robin Riggs (p)
DC Comics
There are two classic elements in Suicide Squad: There are always villains betraying the team and there are often high death counts. This issue gave us both.

Ah, Suicide Squad. I never realized how much I missed ya until now. Iím not talking about that silly Sgt. Rock's Suicide Squad from a few years ago. No, Iím talking about the classic Squad with Flag, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang (not him, but his son is close enough), Bronze Tiger and a random assortment of villains that are usually the cannon fodder.

Ostrander doesnít disappoint with his return to writing Suicide Squad. He does a great job in this book. I really like how he focuses on Flag. The jumps in time earlier in the mini-series confused me a little at first, but added so much to the story. He manages to quickly explain how he survived, introduces the truth that Flag has false memories and succeeds in hooking us (and keeping us there) by making Flag the foundation of the story.

The art is also strong and fits well with the story, which makes sense considering Pinaís work on Manhunter (another title I enjoy).

In this issue, General Eiling makes his move and people start dying. Iíve always liked the General. He is a nice mix of brute force with a powerful tactical mind. I actually feel convinced that the General could give Lex Luthor a run for his money as we see how easily he matches wits with Waller. Ostrander has written him probably the best he has ever been written.

There are only two things that felt a little forced. For one, I wasnít thrilled with the back-story of how Windfall became a villain again. I donít know if this was established before or if Ostrander came up with it, but it seemed a little extreme. I canít say anything bad about her dying, becauseÖ well it is Suicide Squad. Iím also a little taken aback with the new Rustam. It makes sense structure wise in a circular way with us seeing Flagís relationship with Rustam and him killing Rustam in the early part of the miniseries. But, it seems sort of forced and perhaps needed a little more build up to the reveal.

My only real complaint is that this mini-series only has one more issue to go. Come on DC, letís keep this title alive and make it an ongoing series.



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