[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Rob Williams
Artists: Gus Vazquez, Adriano Lucas
Covers: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Whilce Portacio, & Alex Sinclair
Harley leads the squad on a mission against The People, while Waller answers questions at Congress in Washington DC.
Harley’s in charge of the Suicide Squad, and that should be the only reason that you need to go read this book. This issue was very entertaining, and a lot of fun to read. The best part of this issue was definitely the chemistry between the squad members. Between Enchantress’ surprise and rather cool transformation into her own version of Game of Thrones cosplay, and Harley’s own unique take on leadership, Williams’ writing between the squad members is stellar and seemingly organic, bringing out each member’s unique characteristics and personalities. What makes the story so engaging is that between all the action and brutality, there is genuine humour and endearing moments. I mean, let’s be honest, Killer Croc telling Harley that he loves Enchantress is pretty sweet. With everything that was going on in this issue, it’s Waller’s story that interestingly stood out the most. From the opening pages when she received some rather interesting news, to the last few pages where she found herself in a very bad predicament, Waller seems to have always been a character burdened by the responsibility of keeping the world safe, and it was never as evident as in this issue.
I can’t wrap up this segment of the review however without talking about Harley. In her first mission since Flag’s death, Harley seems like she’s all business. No jokes, no humour, just killing. You got to wonder is Flag’s death is still weighing on her mind, or is she simply taking the role seriously and imitating his leadership style. Either way, having Harley in charge is going to be very interesting, and very different.
We do get a new art team on this issue. That being said, it would seem that this book is destined to always look good, no matter whose doing the art. This issue still looks as good or better as it always did. Beautiful colors, great lines, action looks amazing, and the art on the emotional panels complement the excellent story writing very well.
No real negatives to mention.
A great read, especially for any Amanda Waller fans. Williams leaves us on a gut wrenching cliff-hanger that will leave us counting the days till the next issue.