Eclipso: the series.

Actually never got around to reading this one til the other night, though I had read the Eclipso: The Darkness Within crossover when it came out and thought it was pretty sweet. Just never had the time. Boy did I miss out, because this is some pretty great Suicide Squad style stuff here. Really makes me wish Keith Giffen had been given a better shot at his run on that title. There’s even art on a couple issues by original SS artist Luke McDonnell…

The gist of the story arc is that Eclipso has taken over an entire South American country, and it’s up to his arch-nemesis and former host Bruce Gordon and his fiance to convince the heroes of the DCU to stop him. But because it’s a sovereign nation, none of the big guns or the US government will help. Which of course leads him to every one’s favorite black ops mastermind, Amanda Waller. Along the way we get the new origins for Eclipso (The Darkness Within had taken him from generic super villain to ex-God of Vengeance), which include a skirmish with Sherlock Holmes. While not an actual Suicide Squad story, it might as well be, as along with the Wall we get regular appearances by notable Squad members Major Victory, Nightshade, and Nemesis, as well as characters who appeared in the book off and on like Manhunter and Peacemaker. Meanwhile a mysterious Stranger (yes that’s a hint) is collecting the black diamonds that Eclipso uses to spread his power through out the world…

It’s seriously one long 18 issue story, which alas fails to meet a satisfying conclusion. Everything feels rushed and it wraps up with a literal deus ex machina courtesy of the Spectre. Still, the journey is a good one, and it’s cool to see Giffen work in things from Eclipso stories past like his feud with the Phantom Stranger.

Recommended.

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