Now what do you get if you take a team like the Suicide Squad, and then reverse them inside out? Would you get a lot of dead heroes, perhaps? Or would you get something seen in this animalistic adventure devised by Matt Kindt, and Patrick Zircher, Published by DC Comics, in November, 2013? Hmmm. Let's see, shall we?

Using GENERAL terms, answer the following 4 questions about this STORY entitled 'Cleaning Out The Closet'.
  • WHAT'S THE MAIN THRUST OF THIS TALE: Once the two opposing teams finally realize they've been played by parties unknown, what they try to do next is figure out how to get OMAC back to Belle Reve prison.
  • ARE THE MAIN OBJECTIVES ACHIEVED: Yeah. I suppose they are, more or less. Yet the crafty con-artist who actually accomplishes this task is a right wild card, I can tell you.
  • ANYTHING ELSE HAPPEN: Yeah. Whilst Amanda Waller and James Gordon walk towards a hidden compound, Amanda recollects how the Thinker managed to clamp an explosive device onto her neck.
  • HOW DOES THIS STORY END: With Amanda coming face to face with some schmuck called Kane.

All in all, what is the most memorable SENTENCE OR CONVERSATION spoken in this issue?
Now I got a right kick out of that 'underground scene' where Amanda said to James...

'less talk and more walk'

... because I'm a big fan of rhyming verse. Well, she could have just told him to shut his cake-whole, couldn't she?

What are the BEST bits about this issue?
(+) I'm sure that some of you out there didn't like how this story kicked off. I'm sure you griped about the 'talking heads' confrontation, and complained that the initial joust was nothing more than a quick resolution to last issues cliff-hanger. Me on the other hand, well, I kind of liked it. Because it showed that heroes and villains can exist on the same page, without each of them kicking each others heads in.
(+) Now who in the hell is this new Kane feller? A New God perhaps? Or what about a reject from James Cameron's, 'Avatar'? Well, whatever the case may be, his unveiling sure was a nice little surprise for this book. Right, folks?  
(+) Wait a minute! King Shark has a father? A real father! My God. Who in their right mind would want to screw a shark? Someone who hasn't watched 'Jaws' I bet!
(+) Hand's up everyone who likes the idea behind an alphabetically bases series of Task Forces, leading up to our very own Task Force X? Ah-ha! I thought so. So I best put my best thinking hat on and come up with a great conclusion methinks. Ha!
(+) Is it just me, or can you sense some sexual tension between James and the Wall? Oh! It's just me then. My bad.

What are the WORST bits about this issue?
(-) Alright. So let me get something straight. A part of the Thinkers master plan, was to actually rely on the most unpredictable member of the group to accomplish it? Wow! Talks about a crazy idea! As it doesn't make any logical sense at all!
(-) I suppose another slight nag I have about this story would have to be how it was structured throughout. Now I can understand that you can start a tale with a resolution of sorts. But to then continue it with a series of segways and flashbacks does make it a bit jarring on the page. Mumbled even.

Choose TWO CHARACTERS out of this comic book, and then compare them to FRUIT.
A PLUMB AS HARLEY QUINN: Just like our Harley, a plumb is a very unpredictable fruit, because sometimes its sweet, sometimes its sour, and sometimes it wants to hit us over the head with a giant mallet.  

A DATE AS JAMES GORDON: No. I don't mean 'date' as in 'going out with a girl', type date. What I'm talking about, folks, is the sweet based fruit that can make you take a crap by accident. Hmmm. Or so I'm told. Sniff-Sniff!

What QUOTE would be appropriate to sum-up this story?
'It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the 'fronts' people assume before one another's eyes, and the 'front' a writer puts on the face of reality' -- Francoise Sagan

What SONG, THEME-TUNE, or MELODY, would complement this tale, as well as add and extra dimension to it by default?
'WHAT'S UP' BY 4 NON BLONDS: Now there are two very specific reasons why I've compared this story to this song. Firstly, the phrase 'what's going on?' is used by both of them. And secondly, they share a loose frenetic tone in their pace and style

As I promised you up above, I will now come up with a list of alphabetical Task Force's, denoting on who they are, and what they're all about.

  • TASK FORCE A -- A religious based group -- trying their best to save mankind with the use of televangelism.
  • TASK FORCE D -- A theatrical based squad -- dancing away the world's woes with a twinkle in their eyes and a spring in their steps.
  • TASK FORCE M -- A rock-group -- who never knows what do to, or how to do it, unless someone gives them some drugs first.
  • TASK FORCE O -- A primordial themed pack of misfits -- now I'm none too sure what they've actually done, folks. But I tell you something, they sure disappeared pretty quickly when someone through a rock at them.  
  • TASK FORCE P -- Monty Pythons Flying Circus -- joking away all of life's troubles by dressing up as old women and drinking a lot of tea.  
  • TASK FORCE W -- A western style action squad -- comprising of a couple of old nags plus Billy Ray Cyrus.
  • TASK FORCE V -- based on the now defunct television series of the same letter -- say no more.
Anyway. That's enough of my crap for this month. All I have left to say is that this issue of 'Suicide Squad' reminded me of a monkey with a machine gun. Fun to watch. Arduous to interact with. And overall, something I'd like to see in the near future.

Nuff said.

SUICIDE SQUAD #25 SUICIDE SQUAD #25 Reviewed by David Andrews on November 28, 2013 Rating: 5
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