Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Suicide Squad #36 Review and **SPOILERS**

It’s Hack—And She’s On the Attack!

Writer: Rob Williams 
Pencils: Eduardo Pansica 
Inks: Julio Ferreira 
Colors: Adriano Lucas 
Letters: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: David Yardin
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: February 28, 2018


Hack is back 
And she’s on the attack 
So step back 
She’s young and black 
And not wack 
Huh uh huh huh uh 
Um…she’s got computer powers 
And, uh, she’s the woman of the hour 
Ahh forget it, just read my review of Suicide Squad #36, right now!

Explain It!

On their way back from having gotten their asses kicked by Damage last issue, the Suicide Squad Away Team (aka Task Force XL) returns to Belle Reve to find it in disarray, and under control by Hack! Even though she’s a Harley Quinn fangirl, she offers the Queen of Quippery no quarter, as she seeks to subdue and/or eliminate everyone in the prison until she finds out who killed her! Who we know to be Captain Boomerang, and even if we’d forget, the scene is replayed in this issue. But the only other person who might know is Harcourt, and who knows where she got off to? We haven’t seen her since the People had their whole weird operation shattered like a year ago. Captain Boomerang even got left there, but made it back to prison anyway.
Amanda Waller is off watching the president’s new defensive superhero, The Wall, perform some exercises in Death Valley, when Hack hijacks her earpiece and tells her to hurry on home. When Waller deflects, Hack threatens to release her secrets—and she means the super secrets, the ones Amanda doesn’t even keep in her diary! Having had Killer Croc kill half of the rest of the prisoners at Belle Reve through some bullshit brain bomb contrivance, she has Harley, Deadshot, Boomerang and Katana suspended in the server room as hostages—but some things are more important than criminal weirdos and samurais! Amanda Waller blows it all up remotely anyway!
It’s a nice, fast-paced issue that looks absolutely spectacular, but I still couldn’t shake the feeling that I was getting a couple of pages of story wrapped in eighteen other pages of goofing off. I mean, much of this issue is spent rehashing what happened in the last one, as well as drawing out a flashback of Hack’s murder, and one has to wonder if it couldn’t have just been one issue. Still, the visuals are cool, and though they might have been a diversion, seeing the Suicide Squad fight Damage looked awesome last issue, so I can’t front. I’ve just about had it with this brain bomb bullshit, seems like it now controls what folks will and won’t do depending on how high it’s cranked, and that’s bullshit. I mean, it’s either an explosive device, or it’s a Mad Hatter card. One doesn’t immediately become the other.

Bits and Pieces:

Most of the issue is spent tying this one to the last, but there's some fun moments and a lot of action that all looks terrific, thanks to the team of Pansica, Ferreira, and Lucas. The last page is kind of startling, but I'd be lying if I said I had high hopes for the resolution. It will probably be a hologram or a dream or something.

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