Suicide Squad Vol. 6: The Secret History Of Task Force X by Rob Williams, Barnaby Bagenda, Eleonora Carlini, Philippe Briones and Scot Eaton (graphic novel review).

April 7, 2021 | By | Reply More

The title of the sixth volume of Suicide Squad, ‘The Secret History Of Task Force X’ is a bit of a misnomer as it’s not the current team but the original team as led by Rick Flagg, the grandfather of his recently deceased grandson. With two threats at the same time, Amanda Waller has to split the team up. Katana, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc are sent up to the Argent Space Station and encounter Rick Flagg Senior and Karin Grace and find themselves off to the Moon to face off the recently awakened Red Wave Dragon in the Moon Vault and a lack of communication to Earth. Deadshot, Enchantress, El Diablo with Waller to the Nevada Desert facing ancient robots.

How much to say without going spoiler? The original team’s mission was to keep aliens from Earth. They failed or missed with a certain Kryptonian and although not noted, with two Thangorian police officers or a Martian Manhunter later. Presumably, once recognised on Earth and not a threat, get off their list.

There’s a lot more history associated with this round of stories from Suicide Squad # 27-32. I do think Harley Quinn was taking herself a little too seriously here. There are a few twists at the end that will make you wonder just how much suicide is suicide. I know a few recruits haven’t lasted very long but none of the core group have actually stayed dead for long. A problem with making the them too…er…likable. Is that too nice a word for them? Perhaps it’s too much familiarity and not making them continual nasty enough. Mind you, Killer Croc has lost it with injuries at the end.

GF Willmetts

April 2021

(pub: DC Comics, 2018. 144 page graphic novel. Price: I pulled my copy for about £11.00 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-4012-8098-7)

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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