Suicide Squad Vol. 7: Drain The Swamp by Rob Williams, Si Spurier, Eduardo Pansica, Fernando Pasarin, Tom Derenick, Neil Edwards, Jack Herbert and Jose Luis (graphic novel review).

May 5, 2021 | By | Reply More

The penultimate volume of ‘Suicide Squad Vol. 7: Drain The Swamp’ for this reality is actually a restoration to form reprinting Suicide Squad # 36-40. The first two issue covers a minor talent but useful criminal, Juan Soria, who wants people to remember his name so isn’t seen as cannonfodder and whose digitally enhanced hands can only any lock and forced into the Squad in the usual Amanda Waller way onto the team, although things aren’t quite the way they seem.

Things can only get worse when the Belle Reve Penitentiary when Hack  revives out of its computer database and wants revenge on Waller and the Squad if they get in the way.

This is also the introduction of a new character, The Wall’, a government super-hero with military officer, Captain David Prohaska, under the armour. You would think with the likes of the Justice League around they had enough super-heroes. Alas, the Wall gets hacked by…er…Hack and things then get really rough.

A problem with these graphic novels is so much is spoiler but there is a tremendous flow with these six stories that I unintentionally read the last four in one sitting. You do have to wonder about endowing one individual with such armoured might can’t backfire.

The exploration of what it means to be an expendable team has revealed some vulnerability but the core team seems to come through whatever. More by luck than judgement when the Squad faces someone beyond their power limit. In some respects, it would have made more sense for Waller to play it like ‘Mission: Impossible’ and even rest some of the core team to bring in other convicts more regularly but this is 3 years old now.

GF Willmetts

May 2021

(pub: DC Comics, 2018.  page graphic novel. Price: I pulled my copy for about £10.50 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-4012-8474-9)

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