- By John Ostrander Luke McDonnell Keith Giffen

Suicide Squad, Volume 2: The Nightshade Odyssey

  • Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 2: The Nightshade Odyssey
  • Author: John Ostrander Luke McDonnell Keith Giffen
  • ISBN: 9781401232313
  • Page: 250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Suicide Squad Volume The Nightshade Odyssey 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 ulti

    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.

    1 thought on “Suicide Squad, Volume 2: The Nightshade Odyssey

    1. Another solid set of stories from John Ostrander and Luke McDonnell. The Millenium tie-in was good. I'd love to see Millenium released as an omnibus. There's a couple of great appearances by Batman, including the crossover with JLI, which I loved. Vixen is a great addition to the team. I really like how the team changes according to each mission. The Nightshade Odyssey is a very surreal and messed up story for Suicide Squad. And it allows for Shade, the Changing Man to join the team. All in all, [...]

    2. Boy this volume starts off with a lot of crossovers; introducing DC readers to the Squad, I suppose. Fortunately, Ostrander is able to craft good stories that also continue the progress of the (largely character-based) Squad story.Millennium (9). This is a neat story because the Squad's actions so artfully dances through the crossovers of Captain Atom, Firestorm, and Spectre. (I'd love to see the whole crossover in an Omnibus!) Beyond that it's a fun Squad story with serious consequences [7+/10] [...]

    3. I'm putting this at 4 stars but it was more like 3 1/2. This collection starts a bit roughly with a Millennium crossover that makes little sense outside of the context of that long ago forgettable line-wide event and then a SS/Doom Patrol crossover that's only notable for early Erik Larsen art. The two-parter that brings Vixen to the team (and includes Speedy), the two-part JLI crossover, and the titular three-part Nightshade Odyssey are all really good, though. Luke McDonnell's pencils are alwa [...]

    4. Some of this is outright terrible - the crossover with a pre-Morrison Doom Patrol which brings in a bunch of overpowered new team members then instantly kills them off, or the Millennium tie-in with a plug for a different other comic every third panel. And I still find it hilarious seeing Gorbachev used as standard Evil Commie Ranter In Chief, before anyone knew (though the portrayal of a ditzy Reagan is spot on). But the title story is nicely creepy (at least until derailed by a pre-Milligan Sh [...]

    5. I am at a crossroads in my comic book reading. I have gotten very tired of the current comic storytelling method. Every arc must be five or six issues and tell a story that will be collected. They often end up being watered down, stretched out and not as much fun.So I am very glad to read the second volume of the Suicide Squad. It brings me back to a simpler time. I am not saying that they do not have interconnected stories or that their stories are not complex but they are streamlined, not drag [...]

    6. Another nice foray into the original Suicide Squad. I got to say these stories aren't as flashy as the new movie but can definitely tell a great story.It begins with the Squad under fire literally and figuratively when a mission in the USSR turns into a diplomatic incident that involves soviet superheroes out to get them. Another one involving Batman attempting to discredit the Squad. Then a mission that involves the Squad against Justice League of America. But what really makes this story great [...]

    7. I have fond memories of the Suicide Squad comics, but I had never read this particular storyline as a complete unit. It's a bit rough and raw. The writing is a bit less sophisticated than I remember and the art is a lot more underwhelming. (And that's not even getting into one tie-in story penciled by Rob Liefeld where, at one point, he has two characters facing each other, profiles to the audience, and they shake hands, and each one is using the arm closest to the audience. Which is not how hu [...]

    8. Ostrander's writing is fair enough but the majority of the art, by Luke McDonnell, if fairly lackluster. There are point where you can barely tell on character from another without their costumes. In the last two issues, when Shade the Changing Man teams up with the squad, things get especially silly.

    9. if there's one good thing about the Suicide Squad movie, it may be a renewed interest in these great old comics. They can be a little scattered, but these characters are great.

    10. This is another action-packed series of adventures of the Suicide Squad and apparently a whole world filled with costumed villains and heroes. The Suicide Squad run into a Doom Squad from Kansas City (I'm kind of curious about them since I live in Kansas City), the Justice League, and some super-types from another country. The more interesting bits to me is that apparently, sort of like the 'wild west,' the line between good guys and bad guys can be rather thin. After all, even the super-heroes [...]

    11. Suicide Squad, Volume 2: The Nightshade OdysseySummary:The government calls them Task Force X but they know what they really are a suicide squad. If the mission will likely kill them, the government sends them first. Expendable why yes. If the suicide missions were not enough, the Dark Knight threatens to reveal their true identities and bring about their end. To make matters worse they will have to work with the Doom Patrol and they fight the Justice League International in Russia for the same [...]

    12. So glad the 1980s SS is being collected! The missions in this volume feel a little less dire than volume 1 and the flow from issue to issue maybe a little clunky. But then these were written in the days when everything wasn't pre-planned for 'the tpb' and multiple artists rotated in and out for crossovers and specials (which are included here in sequence). It's especially jarring when the art switches from the great Luke McDonnell to early Rob Liefeld on Nightshade's secret origin story. McDonne [...]

    13. I should have enjoyed this more, but the series at this point seems to be establishing itself in the DCU, so there are a few special issues in here (featuring art by future Image founders Erik Larson and Rob Liefeld before either developed his signature style), and there's some novelty here seeing some characters interact with the Squad before they went Vertigo like Shade the Changing Man and the Doom Patrol. Much of the material from the movie came from this too, with Slipknot being convinced t [...]

    14. Public library copy. I thought the quality of material did not meet my expectations. To be fair, the work probably is somewhat inferior by today's standards whereas when the classic material came out originally it wouldn't be looked down upon. The high points for me were the JLI stories as that team was what I was reading back in 1989 whenever I could find issues off the newstand.The stories off the bat were ok, but suffered from quality of art in some ways. I thought the Rob Liefeld art feature [...]

    15. An enjoyable but uneven collection of stories. Classic issues such as Batman's infiltration of Belle Reve sit alongside forgettable crossovers with Justice League and Doom Patrol, as well as an isolated chapter of that odious eighties event, "Millennium". Several stories rely on dated Cold War politics which will make this volume less accessible to younger readers.

    16. For an old DC fan, this volume is a delight. Lots of guest appearances and crossovers truly place the Squad in the midst of the DC Universe. However, the Squad's secrecy strains credulity as a result of these crossovers. Between the Doom Patrol and the Justice League, someone had to have talked. If you can suspend your disbelief, then this volume is a real treat.

    17. I wanted to read the book in preparation for the upcoming feature film starring Viola Davis, Will Smith, and Margot Robbie. The 2 part crossover with The Squad and the JLI was entertaining and funny. I plan on reading the next volume that is current and for the movie.

    18. Not a fan of either "the Nightshade Odyssey" or the intro of Shade. Both feel terribly rushed. The first half of this volume, the political machinations of the rescue of Nemesis and Tolliver's entrapment of The Wall, are the highlight for me.

    19. Another solid series of stories but the Shade the Changing Man cameo stuff seemed pointless and rushed. Also there are lots of references to other comics of the time that can leave you wondering what you've missed.

    20. This was a very unusual colection of stories, even by the Squad's precedent. I liked all the experimentation that Ostrander did, showing the full capabilities of what could be done with such a group of misfits. Loved it!

    21. In general, these stories tackle difficult social issues of the time, while taking on the "Watchmen" theme of super-powers existing in the 'real world.' The plot in this one got a little too cosmic.

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