Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Suicide Squad #3 Review

Get Her Before She Bolts!

Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 4, 2021

Task Force X is not only on the move, but they're looking to move a little faster, and to do that they're looking to recruit the young speedster Bolt from Teen Titans Academy, who we saw in the second issue of that series having a past connection to Amanda Waller. It's a crazy idea that we'd have the Suicide Squad going after someone connected to the Teen Titans but I guess after acquiring Superboy somehow, Amanda Waller's getting a bit bold in her old age. Let's jump into this issue, which takes place before the before mentioned Teen Titans Academy issue, and see the Suicide Squad's first attempt at subduing Bolt and also see how our team of bad guys and Superboy work together to do it. Let's check it out.

Amanda Waller wants Bolt on the team and to do that we're going to go through the plan with new characters added to the team that you've never heard before and if you're a fan of Suicide Squad..... you know what that means. On top of the death and destruction though we take some time in this issue before going after Bolt to see the characters one on one with each other and the small factions and cliques that are forming within the team, which I enjoy especially since it will create drama and more head explosions as we move forward but some of this character progression felt odd...... namely Superboy. For the last two issues we've seen Superboy on the Suicide Squad, seemingly against his will and while him being there felt odd, the little knowledge drops that we get in this issue, not to mention the way that Conner is acting out of nowhere felt..... Well, out of nowhere and while this might lead to something interesting as we move forward, I feel like Superboy should have been presented in the way that he is here from the start of the series if that's the direction we're going.

Beyond Superboy though, our new member of the team Culebra is still the standout character here, she's a great member of the team and hilarious to boot and I hope that she sticks around for a long, long time. Thankfully with new members like Branch and Keymaster showing up regularly, we can hopefully fill our blood quota and keep Culebra off the chopping block, and keeping me laughing for many issues to come. This issue is pretty straight forward though as far as the mission goes and leads us into the last issue of Teen Titans Academy pretty well, I just hope that the inclusion of Red X on the pages of this story feels better in this series than it does in Teen Titans Academy.  

All in all, the art in this series continues to be great and I love the characters that are included on the team, not to mention the revolving door of villains and meta-victims that are forced to be Amanda Waller's playthings. That being said, it's the characters in this book that keep it interesting because while we do fill our action quota with our team going after Bolt, it's the character interactions, plotting and mysteries that keep this book from simply being run of the mill and I'm happy that we're continuing that here, while I'm also happy that we're getting something like the Suicide Squad vs. Teen Titans. Yeah, it may not escalate to that level, especially if our team can complete their mission successfully but with their current track record, I doubt that will be the case. That's really the fun of this book for me right now outside of the characters included. The idea that you have no idea where things will go based on how this team works together and in turn, how pissed off and nuts Amanda Waller will get because of it.

Bits and Pieces:

Suicide Squad continues to be fun and looks great while it's doing it as we go forward with bringing some speed to the team, not to mention diving deeper into their motives and characterizations. I'm really digging the fun of this book during and outside the groups missions because while they are a "team", seeing them trying to act like one is a hilarious shit show that's ultimately going to get everyone killed eventually and I can't wait to read more about it.


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