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Wednesday, February 01, 2017 

DC boomerangs back on Maxwell Lord-as-thug again

Yet another demonstration of how otherwise phony the whole claim of Rebirth being a repair job is just came around, in a Justice League vs. Suicide Squad miniseries that sounds like a retread of Countdown to Infinite Crisis:
[...] For some, the event series written by Joshua Williamson was a chance to see classic heroes return to the current universe (sending space mercenary Lobo into the Justice League). For others, it was one more reason to really hate Maxwell Lord. But its final act is one that every fan of DC’s heroes will want to see.
Not really. I don't want to put any money into this at all. Particularly offensive is the implication DC fans literally want to hate Max, a character who was anything but a murderous criminal when he first appeared in the late 1980s, and the reviewer's approach makes it sound like Max is a real person. The review continues as follows:
To offer a bit of context, the “real threat” of the series wasn’t the Suicide Squad, Amanda Waller, or even Maxwell Lord, technically. Lord’s plan was to release the infamous Eclipso from his ‘Heart of Darkness’ diamond stronghold. For newcomers, Eclipso is the embodiment of ancient Wrath, and divine Vengeance that the more even-handed Spectre was eventually created to replace. Eclipso lives to kills, control, destroy, and torment. So of course Maxwell Lord thought he had figured out a way to wield him as a weapon. That plan went wrong, and Eclipso soon turned America into an Eclipso mob hellbent on killing itself.

With Batman and the ‘villains’ of the Squad left standing, they form a new kind of Justice League to take down Eclipso (as much for heroic purposes as anger at his decision they weren’t worth turning). Heading to the White House, where Eclipso has taken over Lord’s body and the corrupted League heroes help to tear the world apart and prevent Batman’s attack, the heroes hatch a plan. Eclipse needs an eclipse to function (go figure), meaning sunlight must be his weakness.
First, it still doesn't sound all that far removed from Geoff Johns/Judd Winick/Greg Rucka monstrosity, and second, it does sound like a tiresome retread of nostalgia draped in dark, garish colors, with too much science fiction thrown in. At least this time, Jean Loring is no longer being forced into such a repellent role that wound up embodying horrific stereotypes (well, I certainly hope not).

But why do I get the feeling this is another subtle political metaphor, quite possibly making Lord into a stand-in for Trump? I wouldn't be shocked if this is just what they had in mind, coming as soon as it does after the election, but in any event, what they're doing is already tasteless.

I don't think the Suicide Squad's ever been put to good use since the original ongoing series ended in 1992. This tale is no improvement either.

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