The Batman teams up with the world’s most deadly assassin
In the recent ‘Constriction’ story-arc of Suicide Squad; Deadshot’s daughter has been kidnapped by a snake cult, and the Batman decides to aid him by breaking Deadshot out of Belle Reve Penitentiary, much to the chagrin of Amanda Waller. While the newly formed duo fly off to save Deadshot’s daughter, Waller mobilizes the remaining Suicide Squad members to recapture Floyd Lawton, with the addition of a new Squad member; Captain Cold. This paragraph is not just a summation, but it’s about as exciting as the story gets.
You can reorganize, rearrange, and recast the Suicide Squad all you want, but if DC does not distance themselves from the concepts of the movie script, they will fall into the same plot holes over and over again.
First; Batman teaming up with Deadshot. This is so unlikely it borders on ridiculous. If Batman wants to save somebody, he does it himself. He has admonished many Robins about the same point for a few decades. Why would he break Deadshot out of prison? Good cover art? Sure, the cover looks great. But this is not the best idea for a multi-issue story arc.
Second; Suicide Squad hunts one of their own. This shows that DC is still attempting to ride the coat-tails of the critically lauded film of the same name. These coat-tails are in tatters, no more room for riding. Perhaps this is DC trying to keep the intellectual property fresh for a Suicide Squad movie sequel, but this issue amounts to a DC Exec, shouting into the artist bullpen; “Give me more Harley Quinn, on the double!”
Third; the story’s main antagonist is a snake cult called Kobra, who worship the titular DC villain by resurrecting him in a Lazarus Pit. This group is very reminiscent of GI Joe, and about as scary. As in, not very. This is an obvious set-up for a large group of henchmen about to get their asses kicked. While I am sure this will give Deadshot some decent cannon fodder, I doubt the Dark Knight will allow the ‘world’s greatest assassin’ to actually kill people.
Fourth; the addition of Captain Cold to the team was lack-luster, at best. Amanda Waller is attempting to recast the Squad after the death of Enchantress, and while Captain Cold is a classic member of the Legion of Doom, he would not be my first choice to replace such a powerful being like the Enchantress. Poison Ivy? Morgaine le Fey? Even Killer Frost would be close to the magical abilities of Enchantress and similar to the snow-themed powers of Captain Cold. I’m not sure why they used a dramatic reveal for a basic villain.
You can reorganize, rearrange, and recast the Suicide Squad all you want, but if DC does not distance themselves from the concepts of the movie script, they will fall into the same plot holes over and over again. A Suicide Squad story-arc I would love to read is Lex Luthor taking over leadership of the Squad and sending them on a mission to kill a fugitive Amanda Waller, who Batman is forced to defend. BOOM. That’s five issues and a sequel plot right there.
If you find yourself at a brick-and-mortar comic book shop, scanning through Batman titles, I would suggest you skip over the recent ‘Suicide Squad’ installment.