Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Suicide Squad #14 Review

The War For Money

Written By: Dennis Hopeless
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Dexter Soy, Jeremiah Skipper, Peter Pantazis, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 5, 2022

The War For Earth-3 is over and now it's up to Rick Flag to pick up the pieces...... for this issue and the next until this series is canceled and from what we got in the finale to The War For Earth-3, I can see why it was canceled because goddamn did that story turn into a clusterfuck of nonsense that barely held together. Shade aside, we're back to see what Amanda Waller has left in her wake of trying to win and where Rick Flag and his ragtag group of criminals will go after their loss. Yeah, it's our Earth-0, but what is left for a Suicide Squad where Amanda Waller and her project were wanted by the government? Let's find out what's next for Task Force X.

So yeah, War For Earth-3 was a mess but at the end of that book, it seemed like we knew who was on Amanda Waller's Justice Squad and who was on Rick Flag's Suicide Squad.... even if it didn't make sense... Well, it goes on to not make sense in that certain characters just aren't in the book, while others are and we continue the weirdness of this book in that Rick Flag is trying to continue the work of the Suicide Squad...... even though they're not backed by the government and for some reason, Belle Reve is destroyed in this issue either by a contingency by Amanda Waller or by the government because she's gone but since she's been a fugitive of the government for most of this series and on Task Force X Island, I have no idea why we'd have to destroy Belle Reve or.... what this book is really trying to do anymore.

So yeah, we have one more issue after this and for this issue, we see who's left of our Suicide Squad going off on different missions and trying to find a way to fund themselves....... for some reason, where they're constantly shown to be losers and we end this issue with the idea that Rick Flag is just off his damn rocker in this series in that he wants his group to kidnap someone to fund their cause...... someone rather dangerous and someone who nobody in the DC Universe would ever want on their bad side.

All in all, the art in this issue is still really good, but the story is just a mess and sadly continues the Ambush Bug nonsense but because of how out of whack this book feels anymore, Ambush Bug isn't the only problem that we have and the cracks in this series just show in that it has no real direction and already feels like it should have ended. For a penultimate issue, I can only hope that it's setting up something special for its finale because sadly this chapter in the Suicide Squad missed the mark for the overall story, a continuation of what we had before the War For Earth-3 and even as an epilogue to that mini-event. One thing I hope that is resolved by the end of this just on a personal basis is getting Lor-Zod and Cheetah out of the Phantom Zone.

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Bits and Pieces:

Not a great continuation to a series or a great continuation of the War For Earth-3, which didn't hit the mark either. Sadly, this really looks like it should be canceled at this point, and with the final chapter next issue I hope that this series can pull out something that at least makes what we got here worthwhile but besides for some cool characters and some good art, this issue really came off haphazard.


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