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Suicide Squad: Trial by Fire v. 1 [Paperback]

John Ostrander , Luke McDonnell
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22 April 2011 Suicide Squad
When super-villains get caught, it's up to the government to keep the bad guys in captivity. Amanda Waller, a tough-as-nails federal agent, has other plans. She's heading up the Suicide Squad as an ultimatum to the world's biggest villains. You either go on her shady, near-impossible missions in the name of democracy, or rot in jail. But beware: Most operatives don't make it back alive!

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (22 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857681982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857681980
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,395,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Ostrander is the author of Star Wars: Twilight, as well as Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones. Luke McDonnell has been a comics artist for over twenty years, and has worked on Iron Man, The Green Lantern and Suicide Squad.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I remembered 1 April 2011
By Ian Williams TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This used to be one of my favourite team books back in the mid-80's but either it just isn't as good as I remembered it being or it took longer to get going than in just the first 8 issues + Secret Origins collected here. Or both.

But there's also something else. Comics should avoid dealing with real life political figures partly because it dates the book more than pop culture references which can easily be glossed over. I remember an early 80's X-team coming over with an anti-communist line as bad as anything from the 1950's McCarthy witch hunts. In an 80's Batman and the Outsiders, at least one of the team considers killing the evil Russian Premier Gorbachev. At least in the Suicide Squad story Gorbachev is seen as being more pragmatic but still upholding the core values of the 'Evil Empire'.

I also think times have moved on and that SS might have been cutting edge (insofar as a mainstream DC book of the time could be called that) back then, but compared to today's Secret Six, they're almost as wholesome as Archie. Perhaps that's a little bit of an exaggeration but you know what I mean.

It's okay, it's an entertaining competently done action book -pity there's no introduction to provide a sense of perspective. I just feel a little disappointed.
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