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I love the Suicide Squad - specifically, John Ostrander and Kim Yale's Suicide Squad. The only decent thing to come out of the godawful Legends crossover, Ostrander revitalized the espionage comic, turning it into a super-powered Dirty Dozen meets Mission: Impossible. Since then only a few comics have come close to depicting the seamy underside of the DC Universe with any success, and the closest spiritual heir to the Squad today is probably Gail Simone's Secret Six.

The beautiful thing about the Squad was that things always went wrong. Horribly wrong. Excruciatingly, holy crap, we're screwed beyond recognition wrong. And when they still manage to pull off their objectives, there was always a toll, not just in lives, but psyches. As one USENETter put it, "It wouldn't be a Squad mission without the bitter taste of ashes."

If anything else justifies the classic status of the original Squad series, it's that Ostrander and Yale gave us not one, but two indelible characters: Oracle, and the inimitable and incomparable Amanda Waller, mother of all badasses.

One of the many perfect moments in the series, from Suicide Squad #22 (1988) follows:

I don't... read minds... )
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Halloween Week (superheroes)

This is from the excellent double sized 50th issue of the SS. It brought all the treads together from the original SS to the current teams. This book was all about very damaged people confronting their personal demons ,both hero and villain.

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Here's a little something something for all you Millennium-loving readers out there: issue #9 of the Ostrander Suicide Squad series tied into little post-COIE crossover event and features the rank and file of DC villainy going up against the Manhunters. Alternatively, this post may be considered the 'Ballad of Slipknot'. Slipknot is an old Fury of Firestorm (penned at the time by Ostrander) foe, natch.

Round about four pages out of a 22-page tale. Credits go to John Ostrander on writing and Luke McDonnell on the pencils. Scans belong to two fellows operating under the nom de geurre of HaCsA and Grundy.


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