Suicide Squad 26 is one heck of a fun ride. The story is part of the Metal crossover going on, and sees Harley Quinn, Robin, Nightwing and Green Arrow try to survive encounters with the evil versions of the Titans, Teen Titans and Suicide Squad.
Although, as Green Arrow points out, “evil versions of the Suicide Squad? I mean…what’s the difference?”
This issue is just a thrill ride, from start to finish. Mad chaos, crazy takes on fun characters. I defy anyone to not have fun reading this story.
Poison Ivy all but steals the show during her big scene, which is spectacularly rendered by Sejic.
Putting Robin and Green Arrow together in a story means you are bound to have conflict between the heroes, although Nightwing always makes a good, solid peacemaker.
It is one of those crossover issues where the main stars of the book do get sidelined in favour of the larger crossover tale. I often do not care for that. For me, the only way to make that acceptable is to turn in a story so good that I just don’t care what the book was meant to be about. Fortunately, that is exactly what happens in this story.
There are quite a few good moments, and one really touching scene between Nightwing and Robin. And geez, why is it so rare to have all of Batman’s Alice in Wonderland based villain work together? Even for a panel or two, it makes a great set up.
A surprise cameo closes out the issue, and sets up the finale, in the next issue of Green Arrow. The cameo really was a genuine surprise, and a welcome one, so I won’t spoil it for you!