Things are gearing up for issue 50! Rick Flag is holding Amanda Waller at gunpoint, and reveals a hidden reason for betraying her. The team has to face a troop of zombie-like soldiers, and some villains from earlier issues make returns as well. The issue builds to a big climax.
I really ought to have loved this issue.
And for the life of me, I’m not completely certain why. I was less than impressed with the art, that was a big part of it. The story is intense, but the visuals are too cartoony to match the mood, at some key moments.
One of the villains who returns was cute but annoying, a one joke character I had no real reason to see again. Readers might well be able to guess who that is, simply from my description.
The soldiers were not inherently interesting, and took up too much time in the issue.
And by this point, I am no longer certain what Rick Flag’s real background is. There have been a few too many revisions to his backstory, so the big revelation in this issue falls a bit flat with me.
Does this mean next issue will suck? I sure hope not. I have liked Rob Williams’ version of the Suicide Squad, and issue 50 always marks a major event. The book has had some art issues during its run, but the stories have been solid and reliable.
So I am more than willing to give this issue a pass, and keep my hopes up for the next one.