Suicide Squad Black Files is a six issue miniseries, essentially a follow up to the Suicide Squad Most Wanted book. Two tales begin in this issue, one featuring Katana, the other assembling a new sub group of the Squad.
The Katana story is a direct continuation of her tale from Suicide Squad Most Wanted, and in fact there are not one but two editors notes in the story to inform the reader of this. She is once again pitted against Kobra. The art is good, and I liked the twist ending, but it was not Katana that actually grabbed my interest.
Rather, it was the return of Halo. She is being treated as though she were a brand new character, recently taken under Katana’s wing. I love the new costume she has been given. Halo always felt like a character with a lot of untapped potential, so I am eager to see what gets done with her this time around.
The most puzzling element of the story is that the Enchantress is in it. It made me wonder if this tale was meant to be set before recent events in the main Suicide Squad book.
That feeling was multiplied when I began the second story, only to find the Enchantress there as well, and playing a prominent role.
The second storyline creates a Suicide Squad version of Justice League Dark. I am certain I am going to be a fan of this grouping, or at least of the members who survive. The body count is already mounting in this first chapter.
The Gentleman Ghost and Klarion the Witchboy are part of this new group, which ensures my fanatical devotion. El Diablo is back. He is about the only character who speaks in red lettering on a black background that I will actually put the effort in for to read his lines.
And while one is left wondering how Enchantress is back, El Diablo’s return is neatly explained. He keeps dying, but the devil keeps bringing him back to torment him over and over.
Excellent art on both stories, and I am also quite pleased at the contrast between them. Most Wanted must have had a successful run to warrant this new book, and I am looking forward to seeing how both stories play out.