Williams wraps up the Kobra storyline in the latest issue of Suicide Squad. My biggest problem with the story, actually my only problem, come to think of it, is that one of the main twists in the issue is revealed on the cover. I HATE THAT!
So yeah, Deadshot winds up being the one to get possessed by the spirit of Kobra, taking on his form, and fighting against Batman and the rest of the Squad. No point in being coy about that.
But it isn’t the only twist in the story, so that’s good. And I did enjoy the resolution, more than I expected that I would, given the cover.
With so much already revealed, I feel I cannot in good conscience relate any other plot developments in this issue, but I will discuss the minor characters a bit.
Harley Quinn and Captain Boomerang are basically reduced to comic relief. That’s not such a bad thing for these two reprobates, and the discussion about Boomer’s butt did actually make me laugh.
In contrast to them, Captain Cold comes off very well. Even though this storyline gave the spotlight to Deadshot and Batman, it also introduced Captain Cold onto the team, and he is given a very well written part, even if it is a small one.
Williams has found a way to really contrast Cold with the other members of the team, making him far less of a lunatic, and more like the professional, and emotionless, criminal that he is. Thinking about it, this is basically the role that Deadshot used to play on the team, waaaay back when. It makes me very glad to have Cold as an addition, as he provides a grounding for the other characters to play against. And I look forward to his inevitable conflicts with Amanda Waller.
Astoundingly, this story even comes with a happy ending, a rarity for a Suicide Squad tale. Yet it works, and does so perfectly.