Saturday, May 23, 2020

Suicide Squad #4 Review

Outback Attack!

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Luca, and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 25, 2020

One of the biggest shocks to me in comics recently is that this book isn't selling well.  Tom Taylor is a gem, and he is so good with team books, but it seems like people are going the X-Men Red route here, and I don't get it.  Sure, there are a bunch of new characters, but why not just give them a chance?  I am, and I am glad because the book has gotten better with each issue as we learn more about this new team.  Does that continue this month?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with a classic... Captain Boomerang is getting drunk in a bar.  It's a cool scene that shows there are eyes and ears everywhere, but I am not so sure that Digger isn't saying things SO he gets caught.  Of course, he isn't going down without a fight!

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So how does this all connect to the current Squad?  Well, we know that Harley and Deadshot have a history with Boomerang, but Tom Taylor uses him to flesh out Osita as well.  You see, Boomerang is the reason Osita got the new gang together and cheated her way onto the Squad in the first place.  It's a story that's a little bit country and a little bit Super Soldier program, and it's very, very personal.

So, the Squad is off to Australia to capture Digger, and Taylor gets to show he knows his home country way better than Harley does.  I love his Harley Quinn, and if you haven't read Injustice and understand what the Quiver is, this will still convince you he has the skills that pay the bills...and now you have to go read Injustice!!!

This issue goes with the journey is better than the destination mantra as Harley officially becomes a member of the new team (because they don't kill her), and we get a touching moment with Deadshot to boot.

The issue does end with trouble down under as Taylor reminds the reader that even though Boomerang likes to joke, he isn't one himself.

I liked this issue a lot.  These are the types of issues that I love from Tom Taylor, who uses humor as a character tool and does it so well.  I am guessing some may not like the slower pace of the overall narrative, but we are learning about this new team, and I love all of them so far.

Daniel Sampere was a great choice on art as his style matches Bruno Redondo's so well.  By that, I mean everything in this book looks kick ass!

Bits and Pieces:

I am enjoying this run on Suicide Squad as we spend time learning about the new team as they globe-trot and take care of business.  It doesn't hurt that the "business" this issue is Captain Boomerang!  I hope more people give this book a try because it is already one of the better team books at DC right now.


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