The creator of the modern incarnation of the Suicide Squad, John Ostrander, returns to pen DC Comics’ Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1. Gus Vazquez and Carlos Rodriguez provide the sort of graphic gore and visual frenzy we’ve come to expect from the pages of any book featuring Task Force X. Now if we could only get the real Harley Quinn from “Batman: The Animated Series” back, these books would be near-perfect.
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.
As I read Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1, I giggled a little at the “coincidence” of a foreign nation they’re going up against just “conveniently” having their own version of a Task Force X. Aside from that, there’s that one disposable minor member who is basically the “red shirt” of the group and is destined to die. If it wasn’t all so much fun, I might be a whole lot more annoyed by all these occurrences.
Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1 is rated T+ for “Teen Plus”. It contains violence and gore, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. There’s a few headshots that might be a bit disturbing for younger readers. My one curse word that I have the most problem with is used as well: g!@#amn. As a Christian, I can’t stand hearing or seeing that used.
I’m so torn after reading quite a few Suicide Squad one-shots now. On one hand, I smile as there’s always some sort of witty twist to the story. However, it also gets a bit monotonous knowing what’s to be expected in the end. The War Crimes Special is no different. I was entertained by plenty of action, violence, and dark humor. However, it all felt familiar when everything was said and done.
Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1 is available now in print and digital editions.
Below is a preview of Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1 provided by CBR. Click on the page to enlarge.