The Chosen One
Written by Si Spurrier
Illustrated by Fernando Passarn
Inked by Dclair Albert
Colors by Blond
What you Need to Know: Killer Croc has been burned BAD in his last mission and it has caused a change to his personality, so intensely that he has lost a lot of his humanity and has reverted to more primal urges of eating everything in sight. After a burgeoning friendship has started to grow between him and Enchantress she isn’t very happy with the changes and starts taking it out on the squad.
Issue number 33 of Suicide Squad has an interesting viewpoint in the fact that you get to see the perspective of a character who is considered one of the expendables that Waller sends out into the field with Task Force X by the name of Juan Soria. Throughout the entire issue you feel his trepidation as he is thrown from one insane situation to the next
We start out the issue right in the foray as the ‘Squad is going up against nasty flying alien bugs that want nothing more than to eviscerate every single one of them. Our favorite new recruit is thrown into the mix, and he’s terrified. To make matters worse, the whole team shows him exactly how much he doesn’t mean to them. Although Juan tries to make known the benefits he is to the team, they turn a blind eye to his inclusion. Throughout the entire adventure we see him either being scared out of his mind or trying desperately to show his fellow team members his importance. He KNOWS that his life is just as valuable, but it doesn’t seem like anyone else cares.
In the issue we also see a glimpse into how he ended up at Belle Reve in the first place. We see how much he looked up to the Justice league and how every single fiber of his being yearned to be a superhero himself one day. Well he obtained powers, but not quite what he had expected. Still, he surmised that he would still be happily invited to join his favorite heroes. Unfortunately they didn’t see him in the same light and he was dejected. After his friends saw the value of his newfound abilities, they helped him blur the lines between right and wrong after showing him how his abilities will help them acquire funds illegally.
To conclude we never see the fate of this newly introduced character as it is the cliffhanger at the end of the issue, don’t you love comics!
I love this issue. I love that you get to see the perspective of an individual in the DC Universe who’s humble beginnings are that he was just a kid who looked up to someone and idolized them. Like we all do. He saw the benefits that these amazing heroes are in his life, and he wanted to be just like them. Yet, like a lot of people I know, myself included, he wasn’t just given the easy road to obtain the goal that he was going after. Even after he was given super powers, they weren’t good enough to be a part of the elite crowd, so he ended up going a different direction. He made a different choice for his life.