Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Suicide Squad #3 Review

Squad Goals

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo, Adriano Lucas, and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 26, 2020

I have enjoyed the first two issues of Tom Taylor's Suicide Squad, and after last month's, I am ready for the old Tom Taylor magic to hit me hard.  Taylor has a way of making you know, then like, love and mourn for characters in his books, and it's a formula I enjoy.  Sure, I enjoy the love part the best, but there is a cathartic fun that a Tom Taylor book gives you when you are crying your eyes out over a character you knew nothing about just a couple months before.  So, who is it going to be next, and does this series continue to improve?  Let's find out...

The issue opens continuing the aftermath of the messed up ending (and beginning) of the last issue.  Deadshot's team failed by their hand, or at least Osita's, and Floyd is covering for her, at least for now.  It leads to Locke freaking out and shocking the team right before we check in with Harley and her crew.

I think I am most interested in Chaos Kitty (she reminds me of a combo of Cassandra Cain and Gabby over at Marvel), so seeing her finally get a bit of the spotlight had me fired up.  Taylor focuses mostly on Jog, and he does it through explanation, jokes, and actions, which is an excellent combination.  He doesn't hog the scene, though, as we learn about the other members along with Harley.  My new favorite is Deadly Six.

Even though Deadshot's team scored an epic fail earlier, Harley's crew is still on point with their mission...find and kill the newly elected leader of Badhnisia. Tom Taylor uses the team well to accomplish their objective...except the killing part. We get a twist, but it didn't hit as hard as I think it was supposed to but did give the reader an explanation of what is going on with the new characters.

Taylor sets that up even more with Deadshot entering into the inner (mental) circle of his new teammates, and we get the big reveal of what this series is all about.  I won't spoil it, but it works well, especially since we don't know anything about Locke and his motivations.

I liked this issue, but I still am not loving this series as much as I expected.  It's partially because I don't know the new characters well enough, but more a lack of investment so far.  They are on a personal mission, and I am still on the outside looking in.  I love Bruno Redondo's art and can even recommend this to anyone looking for a different spin on the Suicide Squad book, especially since Rebirth started.

Bits and Pieces:

Tom Taylor continues showing off his new characters with a story that suddenly became more personal.  Bruno Redondo's art is excellent, and there is a mystery brewing about what this Suicide Squad is.  I liked it, I am just waiting to love it, but unfortunately, I'll have to wait a little bit longer.


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