Suicide Squad Black Files 3 shifts things around a bit, with the Suicide Squad Black story opening the issue, and the Katana one following it. As I far prefer the SS Black tale, I would prefer things back to the way they were. Open with the weaker story.
And goodness, the SS Black story is an intense one. They face off against Sebastian Faust, who outclasses them from the start. While he proves amenable to his opponents, totally willing to work with them rather than against them, we learn about the various holds Amanda Waller has over members of the team, who have to reject Sebastian’s offer.
The bits of information we get about how Waller forced them all to join her merry band are wisely chosen, letting us know more about the characters, and what they want and care about.
Eaton and Faucher really get to have fun with the art on this entry. It’s bold and dynamic, and carries the action through with a rush.
And, I have to concede, I didn’t mind the Katana story, either. Partly that’s because the main line-up of the Suicide Squad play a role in it. Katana is stuck in her sword, with Kobra’s lover now inside her body. It’s still a slower moving piece than the lead story, and Halo doesn’t get to do much. But it’s fully readable.
And, as with the previous two issues, the Suicide Squad Black story is so much fun it’s worth the price of the book alone.