NEITHER CAN WE.
It’s August is DC Comics’ reigning month for the build up, anticipation, excitement, and either one of these two: a huge let down or a big score for their blockbuster movie Suicide Squad. You’ve heard my thoughts in the HYPE and the AFTERMATH. But what if you’re still not satisfied after watching one of the biggest films of the year? We’ve got you covered.
WARNING: Minor spoilers for the comics and animation ahead.
BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM (2014)
Loved Suicide Squad? Watch this animation. Hated Suicide Squad? Watch this animation.
Set in the universe of the Batman: Arkham video game franchise, this superhero / antihero film focuses heavily on the Suicide Squad with slightly different members. Similar to the 2016 Warner Brothers Suicide Squad members are Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and Captain Boomerang. Starring alongside are Killer Frost, King Shark, Black Spider, and KGBeast. Oh, The Joker and Batman definitely have more screen time in this 75 minute animation, compared to the 2-hour movie.
SUICIDE SQUAD: REBIRTH #1 (2016)
Barack Obama makes a special appearance in this issue, check the preview below! It’s never mentioned specifically in the comics that it’s our favourite president. But who else is in his second term, is African-American, and looks exactly like him?
DC gives the Suicide Squad comics a fresh start on the same week the movie was released. The writer Rob William focuses most of the attention on Amanda Waller and Rick Flag. The cover gives us a preview of the characters making up the squad: Harley, Killer Croc, Deadshot, Katana. Reviews say the comic reintroduces the team in a familiar set-up with a plot that’s similar if not identical with the movie. We liked the fact they brought back The New 52 Amanda Waller’s stocky build, after slimming her character down for the blockbuster movie. That’s what coined the nickname Amanda ‘The Wall’ Waller in the first place.
SUICIDE SQUAD #7: The Origin of Harley Quinn (2012)
If you have a hard copy of the comics, hurray! If you don’t, a good soul put up a snippet of a few pages from the two-part series of The Hunt for Harley Quinn up on YouTube. This is the New 52, one of the few Harley origin stories. Watch the clip below:
“We don’t promise a happy ending,” editor Pat McCallum said when asked about the issue’s storyline. “While we’ll learn Harley’s origin, observe her first meeting with the Joker, see a new Squad lineup AND learn why King Shark has been acting so weird, it’s the last few pages of issue #7 that are a punch to the gut. For the Squad members that survive (and not all will), ‘The Hunt for Harley Quinn’ will leave them scarred both inside and out.”
Want to find out what happens after that grim forewarning? Pick up a copy of the comic, they’re definitely making their way back into your local bookstores with the recent comic world surge. Or you can just Wiki it, but where’s the fun in that?
Source: DC Comics