Si Spurrier concludes his first, two-part, story for Suicide Squad in this issue, and really impressed me. The only unfortunate thing is that there are some very good twists in this issue, ones which I have no intention of spoiling, which makes it more difficult to discuss the issue.
The story continues to centre on hapless Juan Soria, and the other members of the Squad, even Amanda Waller, are reduced to minor roles. But believe me, that’s the best way this tale could have been told.
While we only get glimpses of how Spurrier will be handling the regular cast, everything we do see assures me that Spurrier will be doing a good job with them.
And, far more importantly, this second half demonstrates that he has a devious mind for plotting, and a good sense of the cold calculations needed when the Squad goes on a mission.
Even though this does not introduce any major opponent for the team, or even, so far as I can tell, layer in coming plot lines, I am left feeling very excited for where Spurrier will take the book. I just hope he will delve into politics, but then, I comment on that in pretty much every Suicide Squad review I write.
Pasarin and Parsons do some excellent art on the story. Pasarin also pencilled the previous issue, but with a different inker. Sure hope this book can settle on a regular art team.
I am not 100% certain how to interpret the final panel, what will happen immediately afterwards. I have my suspicions, but will need the next issue to confirm them.
Still, I was more than pleased with this tale, which had all the deceptive scheming that Suicide Squad requires.