So Rick Flag is dead. At least for now. Who will Amanda Waller pick to lead the Suicide Squad? The story is very simply structured, but that’s not such a bad thing. Amanda considers each member of the team as a possible leader, and then makes her decision.
There are a couple of things that make this issue work much better than it might have. First of all, I really have to commend the art. Stjepan Sejic does a really exceptional job from start to finish. This entire issue looks just great.
And, as always, Rob Williams shows that he has a firm command of the diverse personalities that make up the team. As each character gets their moment of consideration, each one also gets a chance to show exactly why they are on a team of maniacs and backstabbers. Early in the run of the book there were some wonderful scenes featuring the Enchantress. She’s been on the back burner for a while, but not in this issue. Her bizarre romance with Croc, and her desire to succeed as a graphic artist, come together for both the high drama, and the high comedy, in this one.
I have to admit, though, that the person chosen as leader was exactly the person I thought it would be, even before reading the story. I felt it was sort of broadcast in the previous issue. And I guess part of the lack of surprise is that the groundwork for it had been laid in earlier stories. Can I rightly criticize an author for making sure that an unusual decision can be backed up by earlier events? I don’t think so.