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Written By: Marc Guggenheim, Keto Shimizu Art By: Szymon Kudranski, Jim Charalampidis Digital Price: $0.99 Release Date: January 19, 2015
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
For this issue of Arrow Season 2.5, we take a break from the norm as the focus shifts from Arrow trying to take out the new Brother Blood to Diggle leading the Suicide Squad on a mission to take out a radical terrorist group in Kahndaq, who as we've see in the backups to this series have taken a class of young students hostage and want all of Kahndaq to go back to their roots and begin worshipping the gods of old............. Amanda Waller don't have time for that though and Diggle volunteered to lead this team of miscreants to keep his pregnant ex wife out of all the danger that comes with covert missions and murderer team ups. So let's check out this issue and see what's going down in Kahndaq.
Even for a digital title, there isn't much for me to spoil the hell out of with this issue. It's pretty straight forward where the Suicide Squad parachutes in and begins setting up their ambush so that they could be led back to the terrorist's leader: Khem-Adam.
Even though the Squad rehearsed and prepared for their big opening night, it seems that one of the Sqaud's main players wasn't completely down with the plan. It seems that the ex-Kahndaq General that was brought onto the team as a sort of expert on the area, isn't completely happy with what these terrorists are doing with his country and instead of setting up a tracker on a truck like he was supposed to, he set a mine under their tire......... Yeah, that truck isn't leading anyone back anywhere. So much for that plan, but it seems like our.........good guys of this country, have another option to play because one of the terrorist survived the Squad's incursion, so our team might just get to Khem-Adam yet.
In the end, we see one of the hostages that managed to get away, struggling to cross the desert as she begins dying of dehydration, but it doesn't seem like she'll be struggling long because as this issue closes we see that Canary and Nyssa Al' Ghul have come to Kahndaq and I don't think it's to see the sights.
That's it for this issue of Arrow Season 2.5 and while I've enjoyed the Suicide Squad backups, I kind of wish that it would have remained a backup and we could be getting the Arrow goodness that we expect from this title. Maybe that's just me, but I felt a little let down by this issue. The art didn't seem as strong as it's been in the past and I found myself just wondering what was going on in Starling City throughout the book.
Bits and Pieces:
If you're looking for Arrow and Oliver Queen, you won't find them here. This is a straight up story about the Suicide Squad and their exploits in Kahndaq and with art failing to live up to what we've come to expect from this series, this is probably the worst issue so far.