Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Suicide Squad #7 Review

Bugging Out

Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 7, 2021

If you're going into Suicide Squad #7 I'd just like you to know first that this week's Annual is first in the reading order so make sure if you've been all about the Suicide Squad like I've been that you go and read that issue first before getting back to our main numbered books because there were some big answers to what's been going on with Superboy in that Annual and you won't want to miss that before we continue with this and find out what our Task Force X is going to be doing next. Let's jump into this issue and see what this new mission holds. 

Even though we just came from an amazing Annual that not only gave us answers to what's been going on with Superboy but also set up a war between Rick Flag and Amanda Waller, with the idea of opposing Suicide Squads, this issue feels like more of a cooldown that takes aspects of the Superboy reveal and expands upon it with other members of the team, but does it through the filter of Ambush Bug, which turns this series into a parody of itself because you have the fourth wall breaking character constantly just telling characters things they didn't know as a convenient way to relay the information, while also just kind of referencing The Suicide Squad movie...... which even becomes weirder by the end because we're introduced to characters from that movie as something that our team is going to have to come up against.

Beyond the jokes, the referential nods, and the ridiculousness that is Ambush bug you do have an interesting story here, even if it's continuing on its path of tying into other books because our Squad's mission is to go to hell to find the Rock of Eternity. Yeah, I have mixed feelings about this because this book is starting to feel like it doesn't have its own identity but it's still a cool concept, the problem here though is it takes the majority of the issue to get to that moment while our team just sits in a matrix world that doesn't really do anything beyond catch people up with what's been going on.

All in all, I really enjoyed the art in this issue and liked where we went with Superboy's story and how he decided to react to the last issue but to the rest of his team as well, not to mention the secrets of the rest of the team are interesting, even though the vibrational frequency thing feels weird now with some of the new information here, but I did find the catchup and the way that it was presented as a bit of a slog and even by the end when we eventually got the mission started, the cliffhanger reveal just felt like waving the latest Suicide Squad movie out at you because of some of the characters that were included and hopefully it leads to something cool but as of right now it left me wanting a bit more overall.

Bits and Pieces:

After getting all that awesomeness from the Annual I guess there's only so much you can do as a follow up to that and while I liked some of the direction that we got from this issue, it took too long to get there while just simply making jokes and forcing us to tie-in to another comic..... which could ultimately be cool, but this issue felt like it was lacking a bit and I found myself wanting more all around.


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