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COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #9 – Here Comes the Suicide Squad

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #9 - Here Comes the Suicide Squad

Writer: Steve Orlando

Art: ACO and Hugo Petrus

Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.


DC Comics

One of the many strengths of Midnighter is how each issue seems to just jump headfirst into the action. Midnighter #9 is no different in that aspect, and yet it seems the action never really subsides from beginning to end. Don’t let the cover fool you though, it isn’t all about a certain “squad” of suicidal maniacs.

COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #9 - Here Comes the Suicide Squad

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Midnighter is now working for, or at least with, the Spyral group, and he is still trying to get back all the tech that was stolen from the God Garden way back in Midnighter #1. He has been told that the Perdition Pistol has been stolen, and we know as readers it was stolen by none other than Dead Shot. It being held in an orbiting station called the Crow’s Nest, and Midnighter takes a short trip into space to retrieve it. He is instantly met with guards, to which he really doesn’t even break a sweat taking care of. It is really cool that this character has progressed within the story to the point that we don’t even need to see the fight, only the aftermath, and it is still exciting.

Midnighter is then confronted with a powered guy, wearing what he calls a “Mercury Mantle”. The mystery powered individual boasts that the tech makes him “nearly as fast as The Flash” which really isn’t a good thing to say to Midnighter. Making short work of him as well, in a very brutal fashion, Midnighter makes the smart choice to blow up the station, therefore destroying the stolen gun in the process and keeping out of everyone’s hands, good or bad. (Side note: can we see Midnighter fight The Flash at some point? That would be epic!)

COMIC REVIEW: Midnighter #9 - Here Comes the Suicide Squad

After Midnighter gets some more key information on just who might be controlling all the stolen tech, he has a rare moment of peace among his friends, including Robert, the man who is making a documentary of Midnighter. Just as he is abut to set out on a new mission, and send Robert back to his apartment, members of the Suicide Squad show up, and give Midnighter the biggest run for his money yet in a fight. Sure, Dead Shot and Harley Quinn are accomplished fighters, but they would still be no match for Midnighter’s super computer fight brain. Enter a new player with them, who calls himself Afterthought, and apparently can see five seconds into the future, negating the way Midnighter can predict fight moves. This brings up many more questions, like are the members of Suicide Squad all outfitted with God Garden tech now? We will have to wait for next issue to find out.

The “Best There Is”: The dialogue is still top notch, as Steve Orlando really gets to flex his writing chops with each issue of Midnighter. Right from the beginning, the exchange between Midnighter and his contact from Spiral brings a devilish smile to your face, as he is about to be hurdled into space. Also, the overall story arc of recovering all the God Garden tech continues to play out in new and interesting ways, and never feels like it is hindering other story elements as they unfold. Also, the fight sequences are very exciting to read and to look at, thanks in part to ACO blend of fast paced action and innovative panel work.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: The entire idea of this “documentary” being made about Midnighter just doesn’t do it for me on a story level. It really slows the pace and the mood down, and I was actually excited when Robert was in mortal danger during this issue. Also, the whole tease of “Midnighter vs Suicide Squad” was a little too much of a red herring, as they really only show up near the end, and it isn’t even the known members of the squad who do much of the fighting. It just felt like a wasted cameo, but I wonder if they will be in the entirety of the next issue, and maybe even beyond that.

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. Even though there are a few hiccups in the story when it slows down a bit, the action sequences, coupled with the relentless quest for the stolen tech, makes for another exciting issue of Midnighter.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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