the Hawk and Dove Directive : A corrupt National Security council member director Freitag has targeted the new Hawk and Dove. Freitag has set Checkmate operatives Vigilante and Vixen to capture and bring the targets back for evaluation. In truth we know they want to weaponize and control the meta gene. Of course Amanda counter moves by sending in the Squad to help but with her own agendas. The hunt is on.
The Suicide Squad had a lot of face time in this issue. I just didn't care anything about Hawk and especially Dove. The guy Dove was an aggravating typical teenage chump. The Hawk character who actually was sort of interesting had half a chance but without buddy. Ultimately the book was cancelled.
This was also right after Vixen had left Ostranders book. At some point someone thought Vixen should shape shift into an actual animal (lame right?) Besides this blunder the writer Mike Baron kept a lot of the elements of Ostranders Squad and made it work for the most part. His lead characters Hawk and Dove were weak, it seemed he should have taken the SS reigns instead of those two characters and rode off into the sunset.
The artist Dean Zachery had a couple of good moments with our favorite expendable operatives and for me some of the best panels that's been dedicated to the Squad.
I will back up and say I didn't like what they did with Deadshot. He wasn't the cold laid back killer that I'm used to (didn't want to lead you to believe everything was good).
This is one of the only covers that actually told the truth though. Count Vertigo did do his Vertigo I'm better than you now have a headache thing. A little womanizing and some empty snitching. This was a good stand alone issue. For what it's worth if you try to collect everything the Squad is in. This is a must have.