I had expected the Suicide Squad Annual to be part of the crossover with Aquaman going on in the main series. It isn’t. The story in the annual is complete unto itself, and makes use of a completely different line up that Amanda Waller puts together. Still, the reason she needs a new line up of villains is because her main team is off in Atlantis, so that’s a nice way of doing a crossover without doing one.
The collection of villains in the issue is pretty wide ranging. Shimmer, an old part of the Fearsome Five, Steel’s opponent Skorpio, former Helix members Baby Boom and Tao Jones, Merlyn, Green Arrow’s long time foe, Scream Queen, late of Scare Tactics and Rag Doll, late of the Secret Six.
By and large these characters are dealt with well, although I did feel some disappointment with Rag Doll’s actions and dialogue, which really were not up to the level of craziness that Gail Simone had endowed the character with.
The woman the team is sent out to retrieve winds up running into Swamp Thing, and the Squad are forced to face off with the powerful elemental. That doesn’t bode too well for them. But this is the Suicide Squad after all, and the best tales for the team do have a body count.
I will admit that some of the deaths in this issue hit hard, taking out villains that I had loved, and who I still feel have potential. But overall this is just bloody swamp soaked fun, with Waller at her coldest and most manipulative.