Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Suicide Squad #13 Review

I've Got A Bad Feeling About This

Written By: Dennis Hopeless, Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Dexter Soy, Marcelo Maiolo, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 1, 2022

The War For Earth-3 continues with its second part in this issue of Suicide Squad. Previously we saw Amanda Waller crossover to Earth-3 with an army of Multiversal baddies and some of the crew we already know, like Match, Talon, and Black Siren and once there she started picking off the members of the Crime Syndicate to the point where she had them working for her to take over this Earth. Thankfully though, there's a group of Rick Flag's Suicide Squad hoping to take her down... Let's just hope that they're more effective than they've been lately. Let's continue our War and see what happens.

While I couldn't wait to see how this story continued after the War For Earth-3 #1, this continuation left me a bit cold in how it was continued because while we do have Rick Flag's team showing up to take on Amanda Waller and the Crime Syndicate, they're immediately split up and what we get for the majority of the issue are things that are happening now with two characters and then we have to backtrack to "then" to see how they got to where we started but this element gets tired really early on and doesn't give you a smooth transition to what the characters are currently facing. Mostly it just glosses over a lot of stuff that feels like it could be interesting.

As much as I don't like the style of storytelling that we do get out of this issue, the end part that deals with Peacemaker, Ambush Bug, and Super Woman at least feels like it's big and important, but since it's full of Ambush Bug doing Ambush Bug things, it just gets buried by the bug's jokes. Yeah, there are some interesting things in this issue, but ultimately I didn't find myself liking some of the portrayals of the characters, the storytelling bothered me and in this we essentially have Culebra being a Deadman type character and it just feels weird overall...... Yeah, we've seen her do this before but it felt weird then and it continues to feel weird here. Just not the best continuation in my opinion to a story that I was really looking forward to.

All in all, the art in this book is amazing and I still look forward to this story since it's using characters that I love, but the execution so far has left me wanting because it feels like we're already glossing over things to move the story along at a breakneck pace...... and while quick pacing isn't always a bad thing, this issue just felt excessive in its execution. Not only that, but Ambush Bug continues to annoy as only Ambush Bug can, and the use of Culebra, while setup just feels weird as it always had. Thankfully though the end of the issue felt like it brought some great elements to this story and I can't wait to see them explored as we move forward in this story, I just hope the other elements feel as cool and or as important.

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Bits and Pieces:

While I've looked forward to the War For Earth-3 since it was announced and thought that the first part of our story was alright, this second chapter just left me wanting overall...... that is, except for the art... I loved the art in this issue but everything felt rushed here and I'm personally just looking for a story that wants me to enjoy the journey instead of just getting to the destination. Hopefully, that changes as we continue but this installment felt lacking.


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