What the hell is going on with Amanda Waller? Now she's slim she seems less of a brawler! But I could be mistaken. She could be quite shaken. After an encounter she had with a certain wall-crawler. No. Not Writer: Adam Glass; Artist: Fernando Dagnino; or Publisher: DC Comics in October 2012. You know -- Spider-thingy over at Ma.... BOOM!

So what’s the STORY morning glory?
I once went out with a very wild African girl called Jenny. My God, was she a hand-full. One minute we'd be laughing, and the next minute we'd be running away from a small nuclear device thrown at us by a nefarious terrorist organisation.

No. Wait a minute. That wasn't Jenny. That was Angie. And she was the Dutch girl with tourettes. Still, that's women for you, huh? They changes with the weather. Like the one in this issue of Suicide Squad called 'Point Of No Return'.

  • Picture the scene. A couple of years ago the military honey named Amanda Waller was reeling from a disastrous mission she had with her previous military-unit called 'Team 7'.
  • But suddenly, whilst playing a game of 'smash someone's head against a pinball machine', Amanda is approached by one of her old friends, Duren, who informs her that Regulus the terrorist is back in action again, and ready to bend human-kind to his will.
  • Well, Amanda can't have that now, can she? She has to find and capture this ugly looking twat before he can cause any more -- BOOOOM! -- err... mischief?

Next up, the Suicide Squad.  

What is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Without giving too much away, there was a scene in this issue where Amanda had to put someone out of their misery by shooting them in the head. Now prior to doing this, she says in monologue-ed fashion 'There's only one way for me to help him now. The only way I know how to help anymore'.


That scene was very well presented, and had a nice awe of wonderment about it too. Poignant. Very poignant.

What was the BEST thing about this issue?
I'm not sure if this is the best thing or not, but I did like how Amanda looked in this issue. It was like she was one-half military commander and one-half hooker. I was just never sure which half was which at what time.  If you see what I mean?

What was the WORST thing about this issue?
There were two connotations in this tale that I didn't really like to read if truth be told.

Firstly, I wasn't very pleased that the original Amada's origin has been replaced by this 'army vet' version. Heck, one of the most original things about the original Amanda, was that she was a down to Earth Mum who got a new lease of life after her family was killed.   

And secondly, 'Task Force X' / 'The Suicide Squad' is a concept that has been on the comic book racks since 1959. So the implication that DC has now decided to throw away some of this 'pent up' continuity has irritated me a bit.

I hope that will not always be the case.

What was the most CREATIVE thing about this issue?
STORY: There were two very creative things in this book that I've never experienced before. Firstly, this was the first time I was aroused by a picture of Amanda Waller in action. And secondly, this was the first time I saw Amanda chopping someone in the nut-sack, or throwing a girl into a pinball machine. Nice 'set pieces' all in all. Very 'in your face' -- so to speak.   

ART: Apart from Amada sporting very nice tight fitting garments, I would have to say that one of the main artistic flaws within this yarn was the way that things were too pretty and bold to hold any real relevance to them.'

I mean, if you've just had a cat-fight in a bar, would you look good enough to walk down a cat-walk afterwards? Sorry artist, Fernando Dagnino, your wares were too beatified in this issue I'm sorry to say.

If you had to CAST TWO CHARACTERS in this comic book, who would they be and why?
AMANDA WALLER: OK, so what we need for this role is a sexy young actress who looks tough and can act tough too. Therefore, in my own humble estimation, it would have to be my facebook buddy / actress, Sabine Mondestin, who stars in the web series '13 Witches'.

DUREN: Now to play opposite Sabine we need an actor who would complement both her style and her grace. So I thought a good choice would be someone like Blair Underwood from too many television shows to mention.

If this issue had a MOVIE TAG LINE, what would it be?
Amada Waller Is Back. And This Time She Gets Physical.

If this issue were a MOVIE, an OBJECT, or a piece of MUSIC, what would that be and why? 
Conceptually this is a transitional tale that tells the story of Amada's journey from 'Team 7' to 'Suicide Squad'. So what would you call this plot device in very real terms dear reader? Yes. That's right. A transfer. Like..

FINAL thoughts...
In all honesty I don't like to say anything negative when I don't have to. Generally I am very positive about comic books, and that is why I am always more than generous when I mark a tale out of ten. However, the one thing I don't like is how all of a sudden continuity and originality has been replaced by superficiality and attitude. Sometimes a concept works at its initial state -- like Amanda Waller for instance -- and does not need to be tampered about with for the sake of beatifying a publication.

Come on writer, Adam Glass. I know that you have something good still inside you. Please pull something out of the bag and make this team great again.

MARKS out of 10? 8

SUICIDE SQUAD #0 SUICIDE SQUAD #0 Reviewed by David Andrews on October 01, 2012 Rating: 5
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