SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 2: GOING SANE (REBIRTH) is the second
installment in the "Black Vault" story arc written by Rob
Williams. Like most second books, I think this story has
a little extra pizzazz and is more entertaining than the
previous book. The science fiction vibe echoes the
previous story, and Amanda Waller is still a hard-ass
extraordinaire. In this installment, General Zod wakes up
to wreak some havoc and things get a little crazier than
usual for Task Force X.
There are two major highlights in SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 2:
GOING SANE (REBIRTH) -- Harley being driven sane by the
same thing that is driving everybody else crazy, and
getting to know new character Hack better. By the end of
SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 2: GOING SANE (REBIRTH), I'm still not
totally sure who the bad guys are and what they want, but
that off-balance feeling is a staple of this series, as
well as a commentary on the Suicide Squad's reality.
Somebody is always trying to screw with the Suicide Squad
-- whether it be government leaders, superheroes,
established super-villains looking for world domination,
shadowy figures with no clear agenda, or Amanda Waller.
It's fun seeing Harley temporarily sane and having to
save the day. Without her security blanket of insanity,
Harley struggles to get past her fear in order to be a
courageous heroine. June Moone has a wild time in the
middle of this deadly wackiness -- both as herself and as
The Enchantress. I look forward to seeing how the fallout
from the events in this book play out for June Moone.
June seems a little Jean Grey-ish to me in this story and
it made her a bit more interesting to me.
SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 2: GOING SANE (REBIRTH) is has
psychedelic trips, science fiction fabulousness, and
antiheroes to save the day! I love the Killer Croc story
"Crocodile Tears" that's included in this book. This
tragic personal history makes Killer Croc a richer
character. Killer Frost is introduced as a new member of
Task Force X at the end of this book and I look forward
to seeing how she'll fit in with the rest of the group of
misfits. The "Evil Anonymous" story is cute and funny,
while also displaying how evil Amanda Waller really is. I
wasn't sure if I would like Hack when she was originally
introduced, but her skills came into play in a big way in
this story, and her background is explained in more
detail in this book.
From writer Rob Williams, superstar artist Jim Lee and
Philip Tan comes the new Suicide Squad!
The government has once again handpicked the worst of the
worst for its Task Force X: Harley Quinn, Deadshot,
Captain Boomerang, Katana and Killer Croc. Following
their clash with the Justice League, the team faces a new
challenge as the dark energy of the Black Vault starts to
drive the prisoners of Belle Reve insane--except for
Harley Quinn, who seems to be more rational and level-
headed than...well, ever.
Collects issues #7-12 of the twice-monthly series.
Rebirth honors the richest history in comics, while
continuing to look towards the future. These are the most
innovative and modern stories featuring the world's
greatest superheroes, told by some of the finest
storytellers in the business.