If you missed it, the Suicide Squad escaped last week in The Flash Annual #3 issue thanks to Barry Allen’s help. In the latest issue, the team is in Gotham attempting to figure out their next move after escaping with their lives and going on the run. First things in order are getting the bombs out of their neck. Oh, and not getting beat up by Batman. Check out a preview of the issue here.
This issue will make you smile, will cleverly use Batman in ways only a superfan like ourselves would, and it progresses the plot nicely. It’s a great bit of escapism and a fun action-filled story. I can’t say enough how well Tom Taylor writes a Batman who is gruff and a bit mean, but also deeply human. He may not show it often, but when he does there’s a spark that is delightful. Taylor also has a great handle on these characters who are a ragtag group — many of which are brand new never before seen heroes — but also deeply human themselves. You can’t put this book down and not feel for the characters.
This issue opens with the characters getting the bombs out of their necks and soon fleeing assassins. It contains a great bit of Batman’ing, some good jokes surrounding Batman, and a great moment of heroism from Deadshot. There are also some major reveals to be had that may forever change the Suicide Squad, which is nice considering they haven’t changed much in a decade.
The art by Bruno Redondo is fabulous, with a fantastic full-page splash of Batman in a great page-turn moment that enhances the drama. The use of color by Adriano Lucas helps make Gotham seem mysterious and almost supernatural with reds and purples blending into the night. For a city that’s usually stark black, it’s a nice change of pace. Once again, this art team nails the comedic beats which aren’t easy to do. Given how serious Batman is, this creative team makes it look easy to present Batman as cool, dark, and the butt of a joke at the same time.
I will say this issue takes a bit to get going. The opening scene spends time recapping who the team is and what they’re up to when all you really want is that Batman showdown. That showdown is worth the wait though, and I can’t stress enough how fun it is once you get there.
A fabulous issue that never lets you forget how human these characters are. Batman is once again written perfectly by Taylor and Redondo will make you squeal, laugh, and shout thanks to his impressive lines. Suicide Squad lives up to the hype and then some.