Immediately, “Best Friends, For Never” begins where the premiere episode ended. To refresh your memory a bit, Peacemaker was released from special evil people prison to go on a Suicide Squad mission for Amanda Waller in Corto Maltese. After completing his specific assignment there (where he was also shot and had a building fall on him), Peacemaker was brought back to the U.S., where he spent a month in a hospital recovering from his injuries. Up until that point, Peacemaker had served 4 years of a 30 year prison sentence. This is all to say that this rambunctious oaf hasn’t had any moment to enjoy the liberties of freedom, which he feverishly dives into with a quickie hookup in the premiere. The combination of his stupidity and lust create a huge mistake, the consequences of which lead Peacemaker and the A.R.G.U.S. black ops team on a crazy ride. This episode is a great continuation, though it does drag a bit in the beginning, but it is all well worth it.
Part of me was wondering how stupid Peacemaker really is, and this first half of the episode made that pretty clear. Wow, when he forgets, he really freaking forgets. However, it is his stupidity which actually drives the story forward, giving way to a hilarious subplot and a major find that we’ll learn more about in a future episode.
Despite Peacemaker’s frequent pleas for more information on what exactly “Project Butterfly” is about, he is repeatedly denied the intel especially by the team’s leader Clemson Murn. A brand new character not stemming from the comics, Murn has a secret, dark past that it seems he’s trying to steer away from. His right hand person, who is equally a hard ass, is Emilia Harcourt. She’s definitely tough, knows her weapons, and is deep in this black ops stuff from her teenage years. To round off the group are John Economos aka Dye Beard, who doesn’t seem to think things through, and Leota Adebayo. More on her next time. A.R.G.U.S. continues to be run by Amanda Waller, who we see in a brief cameo in the premiere episode. RECOMMENDED READING: A.R.G.U.S. first appears in Justice League Vol. 2 #7.
With respect to the comics, James Gunn has added many new characters that did not exist previously, and he’s also changed the connections or relationships of a few existing ones in order to better suit the story he is telling here. For example, we are introduced (so to speak) to two new characters in “Best Friends, For Never.” Their comic histories and connection to Peacemaker are entirely different here. We have no way of knowing where the series’ story is going to go as far as those connections. Will they change for the better or worse? Time will tell, but the twists and turns of this all sure is damn interesting.
Peacemaker himself is entirely different from the comic version of the character by the same name. Interesting Wiki fact: John Cena was told by Gunn not to read any comics on the character and to act like a "bro-y, douchey Captain America." It seems like it’s largely the comic book costume and M.O. that remain the same.
RECOMMENDED READING: Peacemaker was first introduced in DC Comics in Crisis on Infinite Earths #6 (1985). The character, among others, was acquired in the purchase of Charlton Comics. There is a new Suicide Squad run from 2021 which I would also recommend reading, as it is much more updated, but it will not closely match up with James Gunn’s version of the character.
Similar or not, Peacemaker is still an awesome standalone series for DC, and it is also a drastic improvement to the CW "Arrowverse" shows. Personally, I’m thankful for that. Hopefully Peacemaker is pulling in great viewership figures, so that Warner Bros. can bring other Suicide Squad characters into great TV content. Who would you like to see a series about next? Be sure to let us know in the Comments below!
Peacemaker episodes 1-4 are available to watch now on HBO Max with a new episode premiering every Thursday.
Ruth Kotsalos spent her Saturday mornings as a kid fully invested in Batman: The Animated Series. Since then, she has been a fan of all DC animated cartoons and movies. Ruth currently works in the nonprofit sector, has a masters degree from The New School, and lives in New Jersey with her husband John, and their German Shepherd puppy, Athena.