Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The fly in the ointment of Assault on Arkham Part 2

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After having read and processed the comments in my last posting I'm going to stick to my guns on this one. In Suicide Squad #1 of the 2007-08 9 issue mini-series we see Amanda Waller blow of the head of a prisoner at Belle Reve who tried to lead a prison break and had taken some guards as hostages. In Checkmate #3 (Vol. 2) Waller shot dead when she could have taken prisoner a would be Kobra assassin sent after her. And of course we all saw what happened with KGBeast in Assault on Arkham as well as the fact that Waller put out a hit on The Riddler.
The bottom line here is that Waller can be ruthless with her enemies and even with convict members of The Squad when she needs to keep them in line. But authorizing lethal force to any degree against American civilians and or against law enforcement agents was just stretching things too much. I mean sending The Squad on a mission where it's anticipated that they're gonna have too knock around some cops who probably have families is one thing but to say it's ok to kill some of em if they need to? Uh-huh no way I'm not buying it that's not the Amanda Waller I know that was a definite over site in what was other wise a well done and very entertaining movie.

Nightshade digital painting by Julianna Pardue
Ok now that I got all that Amanda Waller stuff off my chest let me move on here a bit. I haven't bothered looking for any Suicide squad related fan art for months now so I decided to see what's out there for the Hell of it last night. Hot damn did I ever find some awesome stuff out there so I just had to add it to this posting . .

Deadshot fan art by Phil-Cho
 .I love this subtle costume re-design not to mention the animation cell style look to this fan art. What DC's ultimate marks man might have looked on Young Justice? . . . .

Sashs Bordeaux cosplay by White Lemon
Dios Mios! Spanish cosplay vixen White Lemon hits it our of the park again with a little something for Checkmate fans. Suddenly I'm really thirsty for some lemonade.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The fly in the ointment of Assault on Arkham

After having watched my Assault on Arkham DVD a couple more times since buying it on Thursday there's one glaring thing about the story that bothers me. During the mission briefing Waller tells The Squad to keep the "body count to a minimum". I'm sorry but even Waller at her worst would never authorize The Squad to use lethal force to any degree on the staff of Arkham Asylum.
Would Waller kill a disobedient member of The Squad to make an example of them in order to keep the rest of them in line? . . sure. Would she send The Squad to assassinate some manner of criminal? . . .sure. All that falls in line with a "greater good" kinda rationale she often operates on. But condoning the deaths of civilians is something I think is out of character for The Wall. All those people who work at Arkham are basically federal employees working at a facility serving a branch of law enforcement.
Now keep in mind I'm not trying to be "that guy" or otherwise trying to discourage you from seeing this. That over sight aside this was still a really well produced and entertaining movie that is clearly not aimed at a pre-teen crowd thank God. And unlike in Arrow or Smallville for that matter The Suicide Squad as a team and as individual characters really get a chance to shine. Now if we can get an animated DC feature sending Task Force X after some terrorists like ISIS then I could die a happy man.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Assault on Arkham is AWESOME!

This movie is one of the best DC animated features yet. The animation is perfect and so are the voice actors. The story is awesome, aside from some really snappy well written dialogue it's even got sex, cursing and plenty of gore. In short, it's everything that makes much of DC's animated stuff so great and exemplifies why marvel's animated stuff never does anything for me. As far as the high light moments there's really too many to get into here with out this posting being way too long. As far as any criticisms go there's a few things I could nit pick about but nothing major.
Ironically, this movie at it's core is fundamentally based on the New 52 Squad but in the case of this movie it works in ways that the writing on the now defunct comic book series never did. Anyways, seeing as I'm only writing this posting only after one viewing i'm sure i'll have more thoughts on this after I get to watch it again. Hopefully we'll be all talking about this movie and comparing notes in the comments section in the coming days.

P.S. thanks for leaving that comment in the previous posting Manfred but as it turned out I found the DVD at Target earlier this morning and it was only $13.

Other new happenings for all things Suicide Squad it looks like we've got another Squad centric blog spot (see bottom of blog role at left hand column) as well as far as I know the first Suicide Squad podcasts. The first episode consists largely of an over view introduction of the history of The Suicide Squad and episode #2 gives us a recap of the first 3 issues of the Legends 6 issue mini series  . . .

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

BATMAN: Assault on Arkham is here . . sort of

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First up, I found a little flash back cameo in a discount back issue bin last week from Millennium - Week 5 (1987). Suicide Squad # 8 was a cross over into the whole Millennium series in which The Squad was sent with an experimental explosive device to go destroy a Manhunter strong hold in the Louisiana Bayous. Along the way they're joined by Captain Atom who shortly there after takes on a brain washed Firestorm after he attacks The Squad even though the actual fight takes place in the pages of The Atom.

Apparently this video is still a couple weeks or so away from being released at retail stores but as I understand it you can see it digitally on iTunes. I'll update this posting accordingly as soon as I get a chance to watch it (sooner then later I'm hoping) so that the 3 or 4 of you who still read this blog I update about once a month can know what I thought of it.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Deathstroke vs Deadshot & Bronze Tiger

I went to a comic shop today for the first time I had never been to that I heard had a really big discount back issue collection. I found this for only 50 cents. Without knowing what issue it came from some years ago I featured some of the clip art from this action packed issue
With any luck I'll get a chance to read it by the of the weekend and get back to you all with what i thought of it. Same goes for the copy of Checkmate #1 (Vol. 1) which I also found for just 50 cents. I've talked a little bit about that issue in the past as well but I've never read it
I also found Suicide Squad Annual #1 which I used to have many many years ago but I ended up ditching it cuz quite frankly it kinda sucked. I'm hoping if I give it another read this time around I'll get something more out of it. Can't say the same for War of The Gods #3 which I found on the cheap at the Big WOW con last month. I used to have that one too and despite it's direct Suicide Squad tie-in it was as boring of a read now as it was back then. I actually talked about that here not that long ago

Got a quick update here. I also picked up some more issues on the cheap from the JSA vs Kobra mini-series. Truth be told I've never been much of a JSA fan but in spite of that this series is pretty damn good and the art work is superb. It just acts as another reminder of how the DC relaunch sucks with crap like their Kobra knock off concept, Basilisk. Just writing that word acts like an irritant.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

BIG WOW Comic Festival San Jose CA. Greg Rucka

On the DC end of this weekend's con in San Jose I'm hoping to get a chance to have a few words with Greg Rucka. In a way Rucka is almost as synonymous with The Suicide Squad as John Ostrander thanks to his work on Checkmate (volume 2) and on the OMAC Project story line. But in general I've always loved how his writing interweaves history and contemporary geo-politics into his stories which always gave his writing a very "real" feel for me. Needless to say I'll be sure to mention if I get a chance to talk to him is that the New52 Squad title would be way better if he were writing it. As it turns out Rucka was born in San Francisco and grew in the Monterey area which is about a two hour drive south. Ironically San Jose is pretty much at the half way point between the two regions.

By the way at the end of this review for #29 the reviewer mentions that the series is getting cancelled. I found out that #30 is the final issue and a long over due mercy killing for this series but I also found out that it will be relaunched YET AGAIN (volume 2) as "The New Suicide Squad". Ever heard that term "meet the new boss, same as the old boss"?

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Wild Things

Let me go off the beating Suicide Squad track for a bit with a 1988 Action Comics Weekly (#615) I recently grabbed from a 3 for $1 box. It had a Wild Dog on the cover and I hadn't read anything with him since his debut late 80s mini-series. The Action Comics Weekly issue was a short story and it was just the first part of an ongoing story line to be continued in the next issue but I dug it. It's a shame this character never really caught on better I do think the full page promo for him back in the day did generate a fair amount of initial interest in the character. I know speaking for myself I didn't like the art work in that debut mini-series it wasn't bad per se but it just didn't suite the feel and theme of the character and story line. It's kinda like try to imagine steve ditko drawing the Punisher instead of Mike Zeck and I think you'll see what I mean.

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There was another short story in the issue for the Teen Titans that focused on Cheshire. Talk about somebody who's able to compartmentalize their emotions she goes from being a sadistic assassin to the eternal loving mother later in the story when she goes home to her daughter Lian. I barely knew of the character before Young Justice but since that series I've picked up quite a bit of back issues from discount boxes with titles that have her in it. I'll end this posting with my customary fuck you to Cartoon Network and DC Comics for letting Young Justice get cancelled after just two awesome kick ass seasons.