Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Suicide Squad #5 Review

Bloodsport's Bogus Journey

Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Dexter Soy, Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Joe Prado, Alex Sinclair, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 6, 2021

Let's head back to Belle Reve to see what Amanda Waller is up to after Red X came along and made her and the rest of Task Force X look like a bunch of chumps in the last issue. Really, we're not doing much with that here as we instead look at the introduction to Bloodsport as a member of the team and see why he's been MIA since this series started. Let's jump into this issue and see if our Suicide Squad can recover from the embarrassment that was Red X. Let's check it out.

So now that we've used this title that I've been enjoying to get Red X over in the mind of the readers while kind of making the characters I do care about look like jokes, we're thankfully moving on and getting on track with the idea we were presented within the first issue when Rick Flag said that Amanda Waller was involved in "Multiversal Kidnappings" and we see that with this story as we find out that Bloodsport, who has been with the team this whole time but has been traversing the Multiverse, trying to find acceptable candidates for Waller's perfect squad...... which boils down to..... Bloodsport's been involved in at least planning "Multiversal Kidnappings" and we see this issue that he has the unfortunate situation of being on Earth-3 and coming across Ultraman.

Even though I love that we're getting to the Multiverse stuff that we started the series off hinting at, there's something back at Belle Reve in dealing with going after the new Swamp Thing, Levi Kamei that feels like it's going to be a lot like what we got with Red X because while we're halfway through that Swamp Thing series, we still don't know enough about the character or how that character became Swamp Thing to really feel like we should care about Task Force X doing something as silly as going after an Avatar for The Green or how they'd know so much about this new status quo... but maybe that will be revealed in this issue of Swamp Thing coming out but as of right now it feels weird and just a way to hype that book up when we should really just consider hyping this book up because the characters here are great and it doesn't feel like we're doing enough with them right now.

All in all, I still like this title a lot and I love the Earth-3 element coming in, not to mention Bloodsport getting some love but our main team that I've fallen in love with seems to just be here to jobber out to other characters that DC finds more important right now and that feels disappointing. Thankfully though as for this issue, the Earth-3/Bloodsport element was fun as hell, and even with our Earth-0 stuff feeling lackluster Robbie Thompson still setup some stuff there that I look forward to seeing down the line and I loved the art in this issue I just wish that the Suicide Squad felt like the most important element to this book.

Bits and Pieces:

Yeah, we're getting the obligatory movie tie-in characters with Bloodsport taking center stage this issue but thankfully his elements are fun and let us know who the character is in an interesting way while giving us a really cool scenario to explore him in, I just wish that this book felt like the Suicide Squad was the most important element to its own series because like the last issue with Red X, it feels like we're going to sidestep again to get another character over at the expense of the characters that I love here in the upcoming issues.


No comments:

Post a Comment