Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Suicide Squad #30 Review and **SPOILERS**

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Horny For Assimilation

Story: Rob Williams 
Artist: Philippe Briones 
Backup Story Artist: Wilfredo Torres 
Colors: Adriano Lucas 
Lettering: Pat Brosseau 
Cover Artists: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira & Adriano Lucas 
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: November 22, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Okay, so based on the end of the last issue, Red Wave should be unleashed from its vault on the moon. Do you think it will be anything like New Wave music? I’m hoping that this giant beast will bring the soothing synthetic sounds of the Human League or Ebn Ozn. Only two ways to find out! One: read the issue. Two: read my review of Suicide Squad #30 and budget accordingly!


Explain It!

So here’s the real comedy of this story: the giant, red lizard unicorn demon known as Red Wave is going to take over the universe…with his psychic powers. Forgive me if this sounds bigoted, but I feel like a skyscraper-sized hellion with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth the size of Volkswagen Bugs that fails to chomp down on hordes of the downtrodden isn’t living its best life. But no, Red Wave’s thing is that it’s got telepathic powers, and now that it’s been released from that vault on the moon, there’s nothing to stop the massive gila monster from taking over everyone’s brain…as soon as it reconnects with its heart back on the satellite.
Is this really a story? So half of the Suicide Squad landed on this satellite so they could get conned into going over to the moon to release a monster that had to return to that same satellite to absorb something the size of a basketball. And the same sort of thing happened at Groom Lake, where the rest of the Suicide Squad had escaped in the Enchantress’ magic-fueled antique bomber, but Waller says they have to turn back because the rest of Red Wave’s heart is there. It feels like at least an entire issue of this story arc didn’t have to happen.
There’s some other bullshit in this issue where Rick Flag Sr. kicks the Squad’s brain bombs to 90%, stunning them into submission, and Red Wave is able to take over Croc’s mind to have him fight Katana. The big whoop of the issue is supposed to be that Harley locks herself in the secret vault of alien weapons that once housed Red Wave, touches a mirror, and can see her boyfriend, Rick Flag Jr., floating in the Phantom Zone and seemingly alive. But the best part of this issue, again, is the two-page backup drawn by Wilfredo Torres, telling the story of King Faraday and the early days of Argent and Task Force X. And that is not to say that Philippe Briones’ art is anything to scoff at, either, it’s just the interesting story is happening in the last tenth of this comic book, and that’s just sad.


Bits and Pieces:

Events in this story double back on themselves, rendering at least one of the issues in the arc redundant. Also, Red Wave is very silly. Which, come to think of it, is one of the more enjoyable parts of this issue.

4/10
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