Ready for a Body Count in Suicide Squad #2 (Review)
Suicide Squad #2 (Review)
Written by Tom Taylor
Art & Cover by Bruno Redondo
Color by Adriano Lucas
Letters by Wes Abbott
Published by DC Comics
In December, DC relaunched its Suicide Squad title under the helm of Injustice writer Tom Taylor. In this new take on the Squad, Amanda Waller has been replaced by a mysterious government agent named Lok. The first issue saw the Squad take on a group of meta-human terrorists called the Revolutionaries. After a brutal fight, the Revolutionaries are captured and recruited into Task Force X. Now the DC villains we know and love have to learn to work with a group of new characters they just helped the government capture. In issue #2, tensions are high as the newly combined Squad takes on their first mission.
So far both issues of Suicide Squad have been full of action and interspersed with hilarious dialogue. Issue 2 has great pacing and the story covers a lot of ground in very few pages. It even ends with a surprising twist that I did not see coming. Although there have been a lot of entertaining character interactions, Taylor hasn’t spent much time on actual character development. I’m unsure if this means that characters will be killed off quickly so there isn’t a need to flush them out. Given Taylor’s writing style however, I expected more in depth character development. Forcing the reader to make a connection with the characters so that their deaths have that much more of an impact. I’m interested to see which of these directions Taylor takes as the story continues in upcoming issues.
Redondo’s art in the last two issues has been stellar. I’ve been especially impressed with the panel layouts. Redondo’s art style seems at its best when a panel is drawn from a wider perspective. I wish he’d put as much detail into the characters’ facial expressions during the dialogue heavy scenes as he puts into the action sequences. This is the sort of book where this shouldn’t matter as much as other titles, but there were several close ups in this issue that just felt sloppy when compared against wider panels.
Suicide Squad has always been my favorite series. I love the concept of expendable villains taking on high risk clandestine missions on behalf of the US Government. I’ve read nearly every volume of the Squad, from Ostrander’s original run all the way through to present day. When Taylor took over the series, it was announced that his run would feature characters that were actually expendable. This is something that has been missing from the last three Suicide Squad runs. Too often characters are killed only to be brought back several issues later. Williams employed this tactic every six issue during his run on the title during the Rebirth era. Don’t get me wrong, I get that this is comic book story telling. No character is ever really dead, but this is the Suicide Squad we’re talking about, not the Justice League. If the members of Task Force X aren’t actually expendable, then the entire point of the series is lost. I’ve got my fingers crossed that Taylor sticks to his guns and permanently kills the characters who die on missions in his Squad stories.
Issue #2 of Suicide Squad builds on the strong foundation set up by the first issue. Already an exciting action comic after only two issues, Taylor’s run has the potential to be one of the best Squad stories since Ostrander’s original run. Featuring dynamic art and a cast of interesting characters, fans of Taylor, stories featuring villains as the protagonists, or team based superhero comics will want to pick up this series.
Suicide Squad #2 (Review)
Full of action and interspersed with hilarious dialogue.