Review: Copra Round One

The Suicide Squad, for better or worse is one of the most beleaguered teams in all of comics. As they are basically a rag tag tram of assassins, killers and criminals who have gotten mostly in Batman’s way. The enigmatic Amanda Waller handles them with an iron fist and pulls no punches where it matters. The most intriguing part of the team is that they are supposed to be DC Comics Dirty Dozen.

The recent movie tried to emulate their competitor’s success by using some familiar tropes and catchy music to dull results. I am saying all this because, for the most part, especially in the most recent series, these characters are far more interesting and the stories within the comics realm far outshines what the public feels about the movie and the genre. The most intriguing things in the comics are the interactions between the characters, something that gets lost on celluloid. This fact, and the original inspirations for said team, are not lost Michel Fiffe as he does his own spin on a super villain team that is forced to work for the government in Copra.

Within the first few pages, the reader falls right into a scene that seems more like Ghostbusters than government clean up team. That is what they are, a bunch of former bad buys, and who all “pain in the asses” to each other and especially to the Team Leader, Marty, who is a cross between Hannibal from A-Team and Max Cherry from Jackie Brown. The team gets into hijinks between each other but spring into action when most needed, which leads to them getting framed for the massacre of a bunch of civilians. By the end of the first volume, the team finds out who is behind their framing and although they sustain casualties, they ow have answers followed by more questions.

Overall, an entertaining take on the “Dirty Dozen” concept, one which never loses momentum, and keeps the reader invested in these characters. The story by Fiffe is laced with intrigue, snappy dialogue, and relevant characters. The art by Fiffe has shadows of Frank Miller and Neal Adams. Altogether, a great book which reminds me of Lethal Weapon but in a world filled with villains.

Story: Michel Fiffe Art: Michel Fiffe
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy