Suicide Squad 25 is an extra-long issue, tying up the current storyline with Direktor Karla and the People. There are some good things in it, and I just loved the ending, but I am afraid I cannot rave positively about the issue as a whole.
Some concessions are made to the current, chaotic, state of world politics, but much more of the story is devoted to clearing up exactly what has been going on with Amanda Waller. How much of what she has done has been of her own volition, and how much was due to her being possessed by Gulag.
A couple of characters who had been thought (potentially) dead return, which is ok. There is a lot of sound and fury, but it feels like it is signifying nothing.
One thing that really turned me against this issue was the art. It’s just messy. None of the characters come out looking very good, it all feels quick and shoddy. And considering how incredibly quick the big finale is, that doesn’t help any.
Some of the writing is decent enough. Batman’s concerns about Katana are well motivated. But on the other hand, I did not at all care for Amanda’s explanation of why she put Harley Quinn in charge of the team.
This is a book I really want to like. For the last couple of issues, try as I might, I have not been able to.
At least the final page excited me. It was the only page of the issue that did, but it left me with hope for the next storyline.