Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here's the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we look at the first (of surely many) Suicide Squad moments on the list.
Suicide Squad as a whole was a cool series, and as a result, it had a LOT of “cool comic book moments” (even for a cool series, it had a disproportionately large amount of “cool comic book moments”).
The first one that jumps out to me whenever I think of the series, though, is the following, which happened during 1988, in issue #18, starring Captain Cold.
First, here is the awesome cover of the issue before it, when Cold first joins up with the team.
Here is the cool cover…
That’s the issue where the “Jihad” is re-formed (an earlier version faced off against the Squad in issue #1), which was a group of villains from various countries that want revenge against America. The next issue, #18, is where the Squad faces off against them.
Now recall, this is well before Geoff Johns did a lot of great work making Captain Cold cool in the pages of the Flash.
At the time, though, I thought, “While this is neat, Cold really doesn't NEED to be ‘made’ cool, because John Ostrander already did it a dozen years earlier!”
Cold is doing just one stint for the team, probably at the recommendation of Squad mainstay (and “friend” of Cold), Captian Boomerang. Just one stint and he gets paroled. This was something the Squad did more frequently in the first couple of years - use notable villains for short stints (like using Penguin early on for his planning abilities).
So Cold finds himself matched up against a pyrokinetic villain named Agni, and all Cold is thinking about is just getting through this alive. Heck, he figures he might be able to cut a deal with the guy. However, that wasn’t going to happen. Cold says, “Uh…hi, guy. Listen, you speak English? Howja like to make a deal?”
“Yes. No.” And then he sets Cold’s parka on fire.
Cold runs off for a bit, as the villain laughs at how easy this is going to be, but this just gets Cold into it, “You want a fight with me, schmuck? You got it!” and a blast sends the other guy flying.
Now the fight is pitched, leading to Cold to say the utterly cool line while ducking a blast of fire, “Wanta play rough, pally? Okay! But I gotta tell ya somethin’! Hate is cold! Hell is cold!”
And then, as he steps up to blast the guy - “And sucker, I am Captain Cold.”
He then proceeds to encase the guy in ice, probably killing him (we don’t know for sure).
Ostrander sure knew cool.
We'll certainly see more Squad scenes throughout the year!