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Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo & Boomerang #1 Comic Book Review

Like many of you I am still not too sure who the hell El Diablo is, pun totally intended. This new series has given us a better glimpse at the character and like many Suicide Squad members its helped show us they are far more than the two dimensional villains you would initially expect.

Warning: There may be possible spoilers ahead.

El Diablo by society’s standards is a bad guy; he was a coyote, a drug runner, a gang leader and even killed some innocent people. This book takes all that and instead of looking at what he did it asks why he did it, the system is rigged, in some aspects things are easier where you are born or who you are born to, El Diablo’s book series takes a hard stance in its first issue by stating the fact that his skin colour gave him an unfair disadvantage growing up and one that led him to making some bad and stupid choices, but in reality what choice did he have? You could argue that he could get a job like a regular Joe, but he is not a regular man even before he had his powers he was not a regular man.

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This is a modern book for a modern America and interestingly enough, to balance this out they have Uncle Sam as a supporting character, I was a big fan of his more recent series so to see him back is just awesome. Since Sam represents the best qualities of America it seems fitting for him to be the man to help guide El Diablo and also he is one of the DC characters with the balls to stand up to Amanda Waller.

El Diablo is a troubled character as he is a man caught right in the grey area of life, he wants to be in the light even with his ultra violent tendancies, there are a few lines which were a little cheesy but it’s a great starting point for people wanting to read this comic book series.

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To any Dc fan Captain Boomerang is a serious threat but to those going to watch the new Suicide Squad, he is a character that might come off as a little ridiculous. Before you criticize a guy who throws boomerangs as weapons need I remind you that Batman also uses these only his are Batarangs, so don’t be a hater. As for his ridiculous name there is nothing I can do about that but not many people refer to him as Captain Boomerang anymore usually it’s just Boomerang or his given name, this little update has really helped modernize the character, well in my humble opinion.

Our story sees him as a care free rogue who kind of does what ever he wants, only with his very Australian twist on it. This tale sees Boomerang balls up a mission and endanger the entire Suicide Squad. Of course he was stopping for a quick pint, so I really can’t fault the man, there are few pleasures in life that can top having a pint of your favorite beverage especially if you’re supposed to be working. Granted his job is a little more hazardous than the average man’s work.

Boomerang ends up trapped alone in a South American country speaking little of the language and being what I am going to say is a casual but not serious racist, though that is not an excuse for his behavior, just a subtle explanation of the difference between the two. So here we have a fish out of water story of a kinda racist villain being trapped in a foreign country where he has to be their hero. What could do wrong?

This one is very different in tone to El Diablo as its defiantly a lot more lighthearted but the stakes are just as high, so pick up the issue and give it a read, you might find something you like.

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo & Boomerang #1 is available to buy from today by clicking here or by visiting your local comic book retailer.

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