Amanda Waller, Ben Turner, Bronze Tiger, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Derek Tolliver, Digger Harkness, Enchantress, Floyd Lawton, John Ostrander, June Moone, Madame Xanadu, Manhunter, Mark Shaw, Marne Herrs, Rick Flag Jr, Simon LaGrieve, Suicide Squad, The Privateer
I’m going to pause for a bit so I don’t drown everyone in these articles and this is a good place to do it. After the disasters that have happened to the team so far, writer John Ostrander wisely slows down the pace and tell us a little more about the people, something that the recent comics have proven incapable of doing.
This issue begins with the team’s therapist Simon LaGrieve going over his notes in the middle of the night.
He remembers meeting Amanda Waller, a woman who has a lot of good reasons to be angry.
Every other iteration of Waller I’ve seen ignores anything to do with her family, but in this run, her family is an important piece of understanding her. LaGrieve helps her channel her anger, but its getting out of control.
For instance, she confronts Derek Tolliver, the politician who sent the squad on the doomed mission to Russia. He gives the wrong answer, and so she decks him.
Rick Flag’s anger has gone out of control too. He wants to rescue Nemesis, but no one is interested, especially his old flame Karin.
Flag has no idea that Mark Shaw is in the building and that Shaw (having no context for what is happening) simply sees a man attacking a woman. Flag and Shaw (dressed as the Privateer – ugh!) fight, but its not a fair fight. Mark Shaw was the Manhunter, trained and equipped by the celestial police force that preceded the Green Lantern corps.
Ben Turner aka the Bronze Tiger becomes the team leader. And his first job is to figure out what’s wrong with the Enchantress. He visits the unsettling Madame Zanadu who diagnoses the problem.
She also comes up with a solution of sorts.
But its not a real solution, its just postponing the problem.
LaGrieve realizes too late that having his young, naive assistant therapist treat the handsome, troubled Floyd Lawton (Deadshot) might be a bad idea for obvious reasons.
And they make out, and then Floyd runs away because he can’t handle it all. Oy.
Oh yeah, and Captain Boomerang is still running around as Mirror Master, although no one knows it.
The comic ends on a sweet note. Unlike the Squad, LaGrieve has a family. And it keeps him sane.