Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Suicide Squad #46 Review and **SPOILERS**



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Story: Rob Williams and Dan Abnett 
Script: Rob Williams 
Pencils: José Luís 
Inks: Jordi Tarragona 
Colors: Adriano Lucas 
Letters: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: Rafa Sandoval and Ivan Plascencia 
Variant Cover: Francesco Mattina 
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea 
Editors: Katie Kubert and Alex Antone 
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: September 12, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Oh yeah! Aquaman and Suicide Squad are crossing over this month. Here’s the third issue of that four-issue mini-event, and number 46 of Suicide Squad’s…fifth volume? Wow. Let’s jump right into the review!


Explain It!

Why do I feel like I read the last chapter of this story ten months ago? If you’ll remember, because I didn’t, the Suicide Squad is split up: Lord Satanus, Kill Croc and the Jail Master have headed out to the Silent School to plant Amanda Waller’s nuke, with defector Urcell in tow, and Deadshot and Harley Quinn have been captured by Murk, and Harley is…blabbing all of that information absent-mindedly. It’s a pretty funny way to relate some much-needed recap. Mera, looking stern as hell, overhears Harley’s intel and…well, she just looks ready to shit a brick.
Aquaman and Dolphin have headed into the Lower Trides to recruit King Shark and his crew of mutants to pitch in against the Suicide Squad. King Shark is in his element, sitting on a throne with four chicks hanging all over him, munching down on some still-gilling ugly fish. He breaks Aquaman’s balls a little, but of course he’s gonna pitch in here, it’s not like they’d have him in the issue and not use him (NOTE: That actually did happen in a recent issue of Aquaman, when he was first asked to pitch in against Corum Rath and declined, then showed up at the end of the next issue, ready to fight! –ed.) They all head over to the Silent School to intercept Lord Satanus and them—and they, Harley and Deadshot can come along too, why not.
Jail Master, about whom we learn some touching and funny details, cracks open the Silent School, and once inside Urcell tries to appeal to Lord Satanus’ vanity, offering the magical riches of Atlantis in return for, you know, not blowing it up. He’s already standing in a room full of magicky stuff, however, so he stabs Urcell through the gut and dispatches her. Lord Satanus throws up a magic barrier so that Aquaman and his crew can’t get into the Silent School—but he’s accidentally trapped Dolphin on the wrong side, so it’s up to her to save the day! Topside, Mera meets with some American ambassadors and is a complete bitch to them, with good reason.
Thus far, the Suicide Squad issues of this story are better than the Aquaman ones, but it’s still being teased out slowly in order to justify all four issues. Jail Master and Lord Satanus were the highlights of this issue, though the events that transpired were good enough. I dunno. This coulda been two issues, is all I’m saying. Also, I’m not sure why Mera has become such a screw face, I guess she is under an unusual amount of stress.


Bits and Pieces:

The balance of power shifts, as Lord Satanus acquires some new mojo and Mera becomes...unnaturally angry. A couple of funny scenes and significant plot developments save this book from being an obvious placeholder to justify a fourth issue in this event.

6.5/10
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