Secrets and lies; the Thinker’s thoughts bring OMAC into play; A God released, his son’s a feast, and History is the word of the day.
The Suicide Squad has spent a lot of time at Belle Reve prison. Despite the fact that it’s an interesting concept, it’s often simply a backdrop. One of the best aspects of Matt Kindt’s run so far on Suicide Squad has been his use of Belle Reve. Here, Kindt further explores the history of Belle Reve, Amanda Waller’s past, and how the two intertwine with current events.
Waller sheds a light on the history of Belle Reve, the idea behind its conception, some of the secrets it holds, its flaws in present day, and Belle Reve’s purpose in the modern age of Heroes. Something Kindt touches upon is the kind of person it takes to run a place like Belle Reve: someone who can hold, control, maintain, and manipulate some of the most dangerous people on the planet. “A person who not only thinks they are always right…it takes a person who is always right.” In other words, it takes Amanda Waller.
We’re given glimpses of Waller’s past, seeing her first encounters with the newly introduced Kamo and OMAC, both of which play major roles in this issue. Kamo—a large blue Hawaiian deity—is revealed to be the father of Suicide Squad member King Shark (whose origin, we learn, also has connects to Amanda Waller and Belle Reve). Kamo was sought out by Waller in her early days at Belle Reve as an answer to people like Superman, but was deemed too powerful and dangerous. Powerful and dangerous are exactly what Waller is counting on, however, when she releases Kamo in an attempt to stop OMAC.
The art has been one of the strongest aspects of Suicide Squad since Patrick Zircher joined the book. His art has been a constant treat. The panel-to-panel progression has such an incredible flow, and it lends to the highly cinematic feel of the title.
Kindt’s portrayal of Harley Quinn is, at best, groan inducing. There’s a page with Harley and James Gordon Jr. about halfway through that could cause a reader to put the issue down and read something else before finishing it. Simply put, all that the current portrayal of Harley Quinn does is demean and ruin a fantastic character.
Artist Roger Robinson drew the final two or three pages, and while his style isn’t necessarily bad, the transition was a bit jarring and sudden.
Suicide Squad #26 delivers on all fronts with solid writing and art. Matt Kindt is taking this series in an exciting direction that’s not to be missed. This issue was packed full of action, explosions, and a ton of plot developments. This isn’t the best comic released this week but it’s consistently been an enjoyable title that you should definitely be reading.