Interview: Ales Kot Talks SUICIDE SQUAD, Amanda Waller and Characters Dying

Posted by G-Man (38674 posts) - - Show Bio

SUICIDE SQUAD has always been a series full of the unexpected. When you have a team comprised of incarcerated super-villains, forced to go on black-ops missions, you know things are going to get messy. The fact that team members are disposable doesn't do much for the team morale either.

Adam Glass has been the series writer since the New 52 started but beginning in May, we'll see new team members, a new direction and a new creative team. Ales Kot and Timothy Green II will be taking over as writer and artist. We asked Ales a few questions to find out what we can expect.

Comic Vine: How will your run of SUICIDE SQUAD compare to previous issues? Will you continue the direction or take it in a new one?

Ales Kot: Well the entire team will go on Prozac, clean up their lives and start fostering surrendered capybaras while the local rescue looks for Forever Homes for the fuzzy little critters. So it's a new direction all right.

Alternately, we will build off the original, still magnificent Suicide Squad run by John Ostrander, Luke McDonnell and co. while also remembering what happened in the recent run and playing with the threads in a fashion that will be inviting to new readers and rewarding to those already on board. Simultaneously honoring the old and bringing in the new.

CV: What can you tell us about the roster? If you can't give names, how many current and how many new members?

AK: Two new members in the first issue. And, in the best SS tradition, someone dies.

== TEASER ==

CV: Is Amanda Waller still deeply involved with directing the team?

AK: Amanda Waller is the heart of Suicide Squad. She is a wonderful character with unique potential - she has a high-pressure job that puts her in a very strange place ethically, she is very competent, fiercely intelligent and extraordinarily committed to working for her country. The way John Ostrander built her is something I look up to. She is tough, human and she employs research and strategy where others often use brute power.

Is she involved with directing the team at the beginning of our first issue? Yes. Does she survive to the end? You'll have to read the story to find out.

CV: The idea of the team is to work on a more covert level. Will they ever have run-ins with other heroes? Would the heroes try to apprehend them, mistaking them for regular villains?

AK: When the story asks for it, yes, absolutely. The way superheroes would react would strongly depend on if and what they know about the Squad - for example Batman is usually smart enough to have things figured out so he knows what's what and he won't interfere, but other less-informed heroes might. What if Detective Chimp found out that King Shark's running around eating people, even though the people seem to be mobsters? The mind, it wonders.

CV: Will your issue be a jumping on point for new readers or will it still address past events?

AK: It will be very new reader friendly. We will address past events in a brief yet complete manner, using them to move somewhere new.

CV: What is it about this title that appeals to you?

AK: Pretty much everything. I love the original series. The premise is smart and inviting - it allows me to go crazy with the stories I want to tell, merge real-world concerns and strange imaginary scenarios, build up complex characters. The team is full of fascinating creatures. It's a perfect platform for done-in-one stories as well as larger epics, both of which I am interested in creating.

CV: What do you plan to add to the title that we haven't seen before?

AK: King Shark will find a new hobby. Deadshot will find a new way to look at life. Brian Eno will be joining the team in #24. One of these things is not true.

SUICIDE SQUAD #20 is Ales Kot's first issue. It's on sale May 8, 2013.

#1 Posted by longbowhunter (8463 posts) - - Show Bio

Heh...Brian Eno, thats pretty random. Besides this guy's interesting music taste I think he has some good ideas. Name dropping John Ostrander like a mofo doesn't hurt either. I'm keeping my eye on you Mr. Ales Kot.

#2 Posted by jwalser3 (5701 posts) - - Show Bio

I'll probably pick this up at #20

#3 Posted by cyberchop979 (465 posts) - - Show Bio

Is that Ragdoll feeding penguins to King Shark? It would be really cool to see him on this team.

#4 Posted by entropy_aegis (15962 posts) - - Show Bio

Hope he ditches Harley and makes Deadshot a badass again,give him some personality and feats.

#5 Posted by kennybaese (1199 posts) - - Show Bio

@cyberchop979 said:

Is that Ragdoll feeding penguins to King Shark? It would be really cool to see him on this team.

I think it's a panel from one of the last issues of Secret Six, but I'm with you there. I'd be all for the return of Ragdoll.

#6 Posted by G-Man (38674 posts) - - Show Bio

@kennyshat: @cyberchop979: I just needed a 'good' pic of King Shark. Poor penguins...

#7 Posted by The Stegman (28067 posts) - - Show Bio

@entropy_aegis said:

Hope he ditches Harley and makes Deadshot a badass again,give him some personality and feats.

I half agree, keep Harley, she brings at least some humor to the team, but yes, give Floyd his personality back, he used to be my favorite member of the Secret Six. 
#8 Posted by kennybaese (1199 posts) - - Show Bio

@G-Man said:

@kennyshat: @cyberchop979: I just needed a 'good' pic of King Shark. Poor penguins...

You also reminded me how much I miss Secret Six so thanks for that. No, I'm not crying, I just have something in my eye!

#9 Posted by EdBlank (750 posts) - - Show Bio

This guy interviews like he's at a job interview. "The old, the new, one shots, epics, I plan to do it all in a creative and sussinct manner that will appeal to new and old readers alike" hilarious. He's trolling us.

#10 Posted by doomsilver (652 posts) - - Show Bio

He said he giving Deadshot a new outlook on life. Please don't be way different than he was pre_New 52.

#11 Posted by sethysquare (3964 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope harley is still there. if she isn't im dropping!

#12 Edited by k4tzm4n (39335 posts) - - Show Bio

Good interview.  I dropped this comic some time ago. It wasn't terrible, but it really wasn't doing enough to stay on my pull list. I'll definitely give Kot's run a (dead)shot, though.

#13 Posted by cyberchop979 (465 posts) - - Show Bio

@G-Man: Aw, Man. I got "Catfish'd" by G-Man.

#14 Posted by BR_Havoc (1369 posts) - - Show Bio

Finally a new writer on this title I mean Adam Glass was just butchering characters. All I hope with this is that Ales Kot actually writes Harley Quinn as Harley Quinn something Glass failed to do. Also if Powergirl is switching back to her old costume please for the love of god get Harley out of her current train wreck and into the classic black and red.

#15 Posted by kagato (260 posts) - - Show Bio

@The Stegman said:


@entropy_aegis said:

Hope he ditches Harley and makes Deadshot a badass again,give him some personality and feats.

I half agree, keep Harley, she brings at least some humor to the team, but yes, give Floyd his personality back, he used to be my favorite member of the Secret Six.

Harley is probably my favourite DC character and the one reason i started collecting this book in the first place, though even i have to admit that she hasnt been the most well written chracter since the series began. I really did like her facing off against The Joker, it will be interesting to see what happens with her going forward.

#16 Posted by Joygirl (20795 posts) - - Show Bio

Dammit, now I will have to pick this up again.

#17 Posted by Rumble Man (11198 posts) - - Show Bio

Hopefully Waller puts on a few pounds and gets back on her old BBW self

#18 Posted by Mistah_B (52 posts) - - Show Bio

I hope he brings Bane to Suicide Squad

#19 Posted by tiger26 (138 posts) - - Show Bio

please please please put in bronze tiger

#20 Posted by DonFelipe (1593 posts) - - Show Bio

Ales Kot is taking over Suicide Squad. Now that could be very interesting! 
Wild Children is awesome. Change is even nuttier. Suicide Squad could use a little bit of that craziness and Ales' weird scripting. Hopefully, Green II's art is similar to the one in the aforementioned titles (by Rossmo and Jeske). His name doesn't ring a bell. I'll def give the Squad another try in May...

#21 Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus (6959 posts) - - Show Bio

Forgetting the bigger question here...when we gonna see a Suicide Squad/JLA crossover?? Curious...quite curious...

#22 Posted by circusrock (30 posts) - - Show Bio

@tiger26 said:

please please please put in bronze tiger

This. 100x this!!!

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