Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Suicide Squad #11 Review

Marvel Vs. DC

Written By: Robbie Thompson, Dennis Hopeless
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Dexter Soy, Marcelo Maiolo, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 4, 2022

We're coming down to the eleventh hour for Amanda Waller because Rick Flag and his Suicide Squad are making their way to Task Force X Island to get revenge and justice against the rogue leader of the Suicide Squad. Maybe though, The Wall will be able to fulfill her plan of getting everything she needs to cross over to Earth-3 so that she can start building a world that she feels she deserves. Let's jump into this issue and see what's what. 

For this issue of Suicide Squad, we see a couple of things going down. Both Amanda Waller and Rick Flag are attempting to finish up what they need to before the big attack commences. For Rick Flag's part, he needs Peacemaker to convince Bloodsport to join their cause and with what Amanda Waller has as a contingency against Bloodsport, I'm not sure Rick Flag's going to get him on the team. However, if he does, it just might cause this character to lose everything that he holds dear. As for Amanda Waller, our insane leader wants to prove to herself that her squad has what it takes to be her Justice Squad of Earth-3. To prove this, she's going to send them to Earth-8, the Marvel-ish Earth of the DC Multiverse to take on the Retaliators.  

While I was all about what Rick Flag was doing with Bloodsport and Peacemaker this issue since the battle between the two Squads is about to go down, everything with Amanda Waller and the Squad that I've grown to love just made me roll my eyes. It's just another jaunt to another place/world to do some nonsense and it doesn't help that I personally hate Earth-8. If that wasn't bad enough, we have Ambush Bug narrating the majority of the issue, cracking jokes, and breaking fourth walls. By the end it just makes this book feel like a joke itself rather than something I should be taking seriously for what it's trying to achieve.  

All in all, we had a bunch of artists on this issue like we've had for a while now on this series, but like normal it wasn't a detriment to the book and everything looked great here. The problem that I have with this issue is that the story is just meandering and not doing much except making jokes and not taking itself seriously and in turn, I've lost the majority of interest that I once had..... especially since a good portion of what I was interested in was the amazing characters and their interactions and in this issue, we only really have some background on Bloodsport but pretty much everything else was a goof and I didn't really find myself having a good time reading the story. Yeah, some of that just might be my personal bias because I just really don't like Earth-8 but I just find myself each time an issue of this series comes out hoping that this will be the issue that finally does something........ not to mention we had an amazing reveal in the previous issue and did absolutely nothing with it here.  

Bits and Pieces:

While the art remains strong in this issue, the story just feels like it needs to pad itself out with some more world jaunting exercises and Ambush Bug's non-stop jokes and fourth wall breaks. That's really sad for how strong the writing for the important characters has been and this issue just kind of feels like it doesn't want to take itself seriously until the end.


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