Rob Williams run on Suicide Squad comes to an end with issue 50. There are a lot of things that I like about this issue. Unfortunately, there is one major thing I do not. The giant alien robotic Amanda Waller that the characters wind up fighting for most of the issue.
I wanted to like this finale, I really did. Williams ties together threads that he had been laying down throughout the run. There are some very funny moments, a couple of touching ones, and some decent character development.
As the issue is double sized, each of the Squad get an opportunity to shine. So the whole piece is well structured and well told.
And the art itself is quite good. There are powerful, dynamic sequences, expressive faces, a good variety of visuals to keep it all interesting.
Geez I wanted to like this.
But every single page that has giant alien robotic Amanda Waller stalking through it just looks stupid to me. Doesn’t matter how well she is drawn, it still looks stupid.
I guess I am left to compare this to an episode from the original run of Star Trek. One can almost get immersed into a well told story, but a goofy outfit on an alien monster keeps one from truly engaging.
So, instead of harping on that point, I want to reflect on Williams’ run as a whole. On the downside, the series avoided politics, and didn’t change up the line up nearly enough for me. On the plus side, he did some great work on Amanda Waller, Captain Boomerang, Rick Flag and Deadshot. Harley Quinn got to steal the show. I loved the romance between Croc and Enchantress. He may not have hit the ball out of the park every time at bat, but I have to credit him with being my second favourite writer on the book. Ostrander will probably never be topped.
Where will the team go from here? I admit, I am worried. This book seems to be a difficult one to write. Williams has set the bar pretty high. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if, a year down the road, I am looking back to these issues as the good old days.