Synopsis: When a retired American politician is taken to Europe and tried for alleged war crimes, the USA must recover him from an allied nation before terrible truths are revealed. Enter the Suicide Squad, who storm the Hague itself to save America from her own dark secrets. The writer who started a revolution, John Ostrander returns to the Suicide Squad for the first time in a decade to tell one of his boldest and bloodiest stories ever.
Review: John Ostrander makes a dramatic return with this one shot story, which centres on the kidnapping of a former politician who is guilty of war crimes.
The story starts with Strike Force Europa taking George Foster Carmody prisoner.
With Carmody being held at the Hague The Suicide Squad is tasked with a covert mission to retrieve the war crook and bring him back to the USA. As you’d expect Director Waller has a plan, but as always it all goes to crap in the execution when an assassin called Shado intercedes and nicks Carmody from out of the grasp of our collection of rogue anti-heroes.
The writing is fairly solid and the story is kind of by the numbers. But the dialogue between Harley Quinn and some of the other team members was fast and witty. Which is what you’d expect.
The one bugbear I do have is the dialogue that was written for Boomerang. I know that American’s and Canadians thing that Australians and people from the east end of London use the slang term bloody a lot. But you never hear anyone going around saying, “Bloody, Bloody, Bloody hell”. Which Boomerang said several times in this story. I found it very distracting to the point that it took me out of the story.
The art in ‘War Crimes’ was for the most part pretty solid. Though there were one or two pages that again took me out of the story.
The story concludes with a bit of a twist, but most readers of the comic will likely have seen it coming a mile off.
All in all this first issue serves as a fairly good jump on point for anyone wanting to check out ‘Suicide Squad’, but it will not blow away those that have read the previous incarnations of this comic.
This is likely among the weakest offerings this month from DC Comics. So lets hope that the more arc based stories offer more than this.