I picked up the first issue of Ales Kot’s run on Suicide Squad last month thanks to a recommendation from The Enthusiast Podcast, and I really enjoyed it, so… it’s on my list! This issue picks up where the last one left off, and provides some really dark superhero thrills. Amanda Waller’s attempts at mental manipulation of the Squad really backfire here, as Harley Quinn, who Waller had tried to make fall in love with Unknown Soldier, doesn’t do that, and instead stabs him in the gut and kidnaps Waller.
This issue was just gripping, on every page you’re thinking that something dark is going to happen, that Harley will just slit Waller’s throat. I’ve never been a big fan of Harley Quinn, she’s always annoyed me to be honest, but she works here as a crazy wildcard, even if she did say ‘feelz’, she caused some chaos and was entertaining. I loved the fight between Deadshot and Unknown Soldier, that was supremely bad-ass.
I also really like the use of James Gordon Jnr here. When I read #20 I didn’t know who he was really, but in the interim, I read Black Mirror, so I know the true story of this great new villain. His face-off with Harley was fantastic, and I loved him swearing on his sister’s grave, when we as readers know his sister (Batgirl) is very much alive. He’s such a creepy bastard. This is all delivered along with some fantastic Patrick Zircher artwork, he has been kicking ass ever since those Thor one-shots he did with Fraction, and this book just looked beautiful, I think it may be the best DC book of them all, art-wise, better even than Jim Lee or Reis.
This book is really impressing me after only 2 issues, this is a dark comic, but it’s dark done well, the characters are evil, but with personality, and there’s some interesting commentary on Government evils (Harley flies some drones), which are very relevant at the moment. The framing device is also very intriguing, what kind of a deal did Waller strike? If you were turned off by this book when it first started, check back on for Kot’s run, it’s like Ellis’ Thunderbolts in the DCU, it’s intelligent, and it looks fantastic.