Suicide Squad Vol. 2: Going Sane by Rob Williams, Jim Lee, Stephen Byrne, Carlos D’Anda, Christian Ward and Guiseppe Camuncoli (graphic novel review).

February 27, 2021 | By | Reply More

Just a reminder, these editions of the ‘Suicide Squad’, are all part of the ‘DC Universe Rebirth’ run of which there are 8 volumes so is finite.

The principle story for the second volume ‘Going Sane’ is what do you do when you acquire a Kryptonian Phantom Zone access device? Well, if you’re Amanda Waller and intend to make the giant but thankfully comatose General Zod a potential member of the squad, you take him out. The red sunlight to keep him depowered contributes to driving all those present insane but as this is Harley Quinn’s normal mental state, she reverts back to being a psychologist and finds herself the only one who can sort things out. In an odd quirk, Captain Boomerang gets restored to life so you do have to ask yourself do boomerangs always come back?

Much of the rest of this book looks at the origins of Hack and Killer Croc. With the latter, he wasn’t always so vicious although we don’t see what turned him, It also appears that Waller has her eye on Killer Frost as a potential member although that gets resolved in ‘Justice League Versus Suicide Squad’, not here. Oh, hum.

Which is a bit odd as we move off to Harley Quinn trying to apprehend Man-Bat and runs into the JLA. The art in this story gets a lot more quirky but you do expect some insanity.

This volume looks more like its treading ground with the latter stories so it looks more like creative teams were running late originally.

GF Willmetts

February 2021

(pub: DC Comics, 2017. 144 page graphic novel softcover. Price: I pulled my copy for about £ 6.50 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-40127-097-1)

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