Ok, I am a sucker for the Suicide Squad in pretty much any incarnation, and I love stories that reference old comics. I really ought to be enjoying this current storyline a lot more.
The Squad is on the dark side of the Moon, where they have hooked up with the survivors of the original Suicide Squad, working to prevent a long imprisoned alien entity from getting loose.
There are twists and betrayals along the way, just like a good Suicide Squad story ought to have.
Why don’t I enjoy this story more?
I like that Harley Quinn is finding herself drawn to Rick Flag, Sr, seeing in him the same qualities that attracted her to his son.
I like that Katana gets some good moments, and Enchantress gets a good page in which she shows her stuff.
Maybe it’s the art? I don’t really mind the artwork in this story. It doesn’t really grab me, aside from the one page showcasing Enchantress, but it doesn’t repel me, either.
What crushes me is that, despite the good cliffhanger ending, I actually preferred the little two page tale with King Farraday that closes out the issue.
I know, as a reviewer, it is my job to explain why I like or dislike something. I wish I could define why this leaves me kind of cold.
Perhaps it is simply that, for me, Suicide Squad needs at least a touch of politics. This story, more than most in the current run, has ample opportunity for opening that door. We’ve got secret government conspiracies leading back to the 50s. That is ripe territory for political commentary.