The Suicide Squad is going to Australia and Boomerang is their target! The fourth issue in this series takes the heroes on a mission to bring in their onetime ally and team member, but will they follow orders when half this team wants to kill the leaders of the organization? Tom Taylor and Daniel Sampere take the team to the outback while further developing the new direction for the series.
I can’t get over how striking and visually creative this series has been. In the opening pages, we get to see what Boomerang is up to and soon get to see him kick ass and kill his enemies. On one striking page, we see the words “Suicide Squad” spelled out and in blood splatter, we see one of Boomerang’s assailants. Visuals like this are reminiscent of how films can mix media and amp up the action by freezing time and shocking your eyeballs with surprises.
Much of this book is a road trip-style story with Harley and Deadshot not yet on board with the newer members and their plan. Taylor is setting things in motion here to get everyone on board–or to get rid of anyone who isn’t–so that the team can act as a collective. Up until this point, there were only a few with the plan in mind and it’s becoming clear the narrative is going to shift to bigger moves to pull it off. It’s not quite clear yet how they’re going to do it, but getting the team on board is a big step in the right direction and it’ll be interesting to see how these characters get along. The bigger picture is getting more enticing as Taylor reveals his cards.
Another solid element in this issue is a key flashback. We’ve all been curious about what the deal is with all these new characters and we’re beginning to see the human side of them.
The plan right now isn’t very clear and it does deserve more build up as far as who the enemy is beyond a shadowy figure. That makes it a touch harder to grasp the scope of what is to be done and get the reader on board for more. It’s also worth pointing out the cover and solicit for this issue isn’t very accurate.
This is a good issue thanks to a breakneck opening scene and a collection of key moments where characters need to make choices. There is a lot of standing around as Taylor and Sempere set things up, but it’ll be interesting to see how this team further gels together.
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