SUICIDE SQUAD #3 – Review
Story: Rob Willaims
Penciller: Jim Lee
Inker: Scott Williams
Colorist: Alex SInclair
Letterer: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Publisher: DC Comics
“The Black Vault – Part Three: Bad Brain” The Suicide Squad has discovered what’s hidden in the secret Black Vault. It contained a secret portal to the Phantom Zone, which General Zod, the Despot of Krypton, used to free himself. He kindly thanks the group by vaporizing Captain Boomerang leaving nothing but his boots, and decides to repay the rest of Task Force X the same token of gratitude. With one member down, they have to download the rest of the content of the Black Vault, then extract their asset Hack without joining Captain Boormerang’s fate from an evil Kryptonian that’s not too happy about being trapped in the Phantom Zone. The back up story “Choose” features Katana’s origin.
Holy crap this was a fun issue. Suicide Squad may not be the deepest comic, but it’s consistantly one of the most entertaining reads, and so far this issue is the most entertaining. The Squad vs Zod reads just as cinematic as any movie or animated feature, and that is mainly because of comic God Jim Lee. The panels just pop, and each panels gives you insight on what the next panel might be, so you’re following them just like you would the frames of a summer blockbuster movie.
As I said before, this is not a redemption story. These guys are psychos, and when they leave a pile of bullet-riddled bodies in a hallway they treat it like you would a pile of laundry. In fact, you’d think they’d be more sympathetic about Captain Boomerang dying, but it’s almost as if they really didn’t care. I mean let’s be honest, his Boomerangs would have been pretty useless against a psychotic Kryptonian warlord.
Which leads me to talk about Zod. He’s one of DC’s heavy hitters, so you just can’t waste him in any story. Comic book versions of Zod vary just as much as the live action versions do. Sometimes he comes off as sympathetic and just wants to honor his people, other times he’s a power mad despot. This time he went full on Apocalypse from the X-Men Animated Series. You know…the old “I AM THE SHORES OF THE ETERNAL! CRASH AGAINST ME AND BE BROKEN!” Everything he says feels like he left the caps locks on, and he’s attacking the team with more three syllable words than with heat vision. It feels like the reason he didn’t just kill everyone instantly because he wanted to finish his monologue first. He also seemed MUCH bigger, but I’m not sure if they’re saying something happen to him in the Phantom Zone or that’s just the Squad’s perspective of him. I also have to give Harley Quinn credit for being the only smart one of the team and started running as soon as Zod appeared.
Katana’s back up feature doesn’t feel as strong as the last two. Deadshot’s and Boomerang felt like different twists of their origins, where Katana felt like no surprises. It did however feel very Shonen Jump-ish, so for an American comic it felt very stylish, if predictable.
This series so far is my favorite Post-Rebirth series. Really fun characters with all their own personalities. Jim Lee’s class action you’ve been accustommed to for the last 20 years. All bets are off so NOBODY is guaranteed to make it out alive (except Harley…DC knows their money maker). If you don’t read this book, then prepared to be spoiled once scans flood the internet. Might as well see if for yourself before it’s spoiled.