The Squad has a brand new leader. But will they be a feeder or even a cedar? Deadshot has some ideas. Harley Quinn thinks its Stephen Frears. Where as King Shark just hopes it's a bleeder. Well, either a 'bleeder', or Writer: Adam Glass; Artist: Cliff Richards; and Publisher: DC Comics, in March, 2013.

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Red Rain'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: As soon as they can dust themselves down, Amanda Waller and her Suicide Squad go back and try to prise away Kurt Lance from Regulus's clutches. 
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: No. Not really. There path is temporary halted by the sudden emergence of the underground Swamp Angels.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: We find out that Amanda has actual feelings and emotions.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With Deadshot being shot by the brand new leader of the Suicide Squad, the Unknown Soldier.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Just prior to their battle with the Swamp Angels, I did laugh at that scene where the remaining Squad members spoke to each other by saying...

AMANDA: Why're you doing this?
DEADSHOT: Why else? The idea of you owing me something is too good to pass up.
AMANDA: Harley?
HARLEY: Board.
AMANDA: King Shark?
KING SHARK: Don't know.

Ha! Well, you know the old saying, honestly is always the best policy. Hehehe!

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) So far one of the best things to come out of this series is my appreciation for Cliff Richards' artwork. Not only is it very clean looking and neat, but over time it seems to be getting better and better, and growing on me by the page-turn.
(+) I did like that scene where Amanda opened herself up to the Squad, and showed that she has some sort of emotion underneath that hard-faced exterior. To me this is the key to her 'original' personality. She is a very humane person doing her best in a very inhumane world. Simple as that.
(+) As of yet I'm not one hundred percent certain if 'The Unknown Soldier' is a good addition to this team or not. However, whilst saying that, I do have a slight inkling that he may turn out to be some sort of 'Rick Flag' figure. I hope so. Fingers crossed.

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) The only slight gripe I have with this issue would have to be in that scene where Amanda Waller asks her Squad for some help, and then, when they agree to help her, she then asks them 'why' in turn? I mean, why ask 'why', huh? In my own opinion, if you don't want somebody's help, don't ask them for it in the first place. Case closed.
(-) Why is Deadshot always getting himself shot at the end of a tale? DC, sort this out please. This is getting silly. 

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to two WELL KNOWN MOVIE STARS.
BIG DADDY V AS KING SHARK: Believe it or not, once upon a time Mister V was a very good swimmer, who'd leave his mouth open and eat whoever swam his way. Burp! Lovely.

ROBERT PATTINSON AS VOLTAIC: Go and take a good hard look at Robbie Patty, and then tell me he doesn't seem dead behind the eyes like this half-dead henchman. You can't, can you?

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'Once more unto the breach, dear friends' -- Billy-boy Shakespeare

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY BY 'LITTLE RICHARD': Part of me feels compelled to compare this song to this story because it was something Harley said during this adventure. The other part of me feels compelled to compare this song to this story because they both appear quite rocking. Let's rock!

Now if you compare a Martin Scorsese classic to something like 'Scary Movie 2', hands down Martin will win at any given time. If you compare Frank Millers work to Tony Daniels work, again, it's fair play to Frank 24 / 7. Plus finally, if you compare this series of 'Suicide Squad' to John Ostrander's 'Suicide Squad', yet again, the winner will always be John.

Still, whilst saying that, there are times that this current run does show some promise that it could have been a lot better than it was. Take this issue for example. Not only does it tell a rather simple story of 'let's go get the bad guy', but it also shows that there is more to Amanda Waller's character than first thought.

Listen, I'm not trying to say that Adam Glass isn't a good writer. I'm sure he can handle quite a few of the books that are out and about today. It's just that his work needs some more personality and substance to actually make it feel relevant is all.

Anyway, that's my two cent's worth. What do you guys think?

GIVE IT, IT'S DUES: If This Comic Book Was an Organ, It Would Be One That Thumps To a Brand New Beat. THUNK-THUNK-BOING!

SUICIDE SQUAD #19 SUICIDE SQUAD #19 Reviewed by David Andrews on May 06, 2013 Rating: 5
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