Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Suicide Squad #15 Review

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Written By: Dennis Hopeless
Art By: Jesus Merino, Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Matt Herms, Marcelo Maiolo, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 3, 2022

It's the final issue of this run of the Suicide Squad and while I think the beginning of this series was really strong, by the time that Ambush Bug showed up and started yucking it up page after page, not to mention the actual War For Earth-3, this series started going downhill fast and now that we're at the end I can only hope that it can finish itself off well, but since the premise of this story is Rick Flag looking to kidnap Lex Luthor for funding of his Suicide Squad and this squad doesn't have actually anything to do with the American Government or Argus.... that feels like a weird way to go, especially for a group that wants to do good...... for the most part. Let's jump into this issue and see what Rick Flag and his rag-tag group of misfits can do to close out this series.

For this issue of Suicide Squad or team break off into groups to try and do what they can to kidnap Lex Luthor, but two by two the teams keep failing and in this pseudo montage we get in the story, for what's going on in the rest of the DC Universe, this feels more like a gag than an actual story to take seriously because not only does the Squad come off as a joke, but so does Lex Luthor and for the most part, Lex should never look silly in modern comics...... maybe that's just me though.

Ultimately though, in this finale we see that our Suicide Squad isn't as dumb as they look..... or sound most of the time but will that be enough going forward for this team and situation to show back up in comics? That's a hard thing to say for sure. I will tell you this though, a lot of comics that are being canceled right around this time are leaving our characters with strange status quos, and this Suicide Squad finale is no different but ultimately this issue kind of leaves me underwhelmed as we have a series of unfortunate events that turn out to be the plan all along....... yet I'm still curious how we have all the Bizarro Superboys when it only appeared that our Squad got a hold of one in the previous issue.... nitpicking.

All in all, the art in this issue is decent throughout and gets the job done that it needed to do but that job is kind of underwhelming in my mind in discussing the story side of things as this series just kind of ends things in ramping up the continued progression of trying to make these characters more like The Suicide Squad movie and Peacemaker TV show than actually making this Squad look good or having a premise that makes sense in this comic world. Don't get me wrong, I like those other properties, but they don't work in this medium with the history that we've had and everything feels like it just boils down to a disappointing joke. Yeah, there's some fun to be had here but no real substance. Even the end of this book that changes the status quo of our team feels like something that would go against Rick Flag's character as we've known him and I have no idea why he's trying so hard to keep a group of villains together with no mission or objective.  Also, while this is backseat driving, I was really hoping that these final two issues would have been Rick Flag trying to get Lor-Zod and Cheetah out of the Phantom Zone since he spent so much of this series trying to recruit the likes of them in the first place... so weird to leave them behind.

Bits and Pieces:

While the art continues to work for me in this conclusion to our Suicide Squad book, the storyline, characterization, and overall way we leave this series leaves a lot to be desired in my mind because it almost feels like after the War For Earth-3 there was no real direction for this book and instead of a story that felt like it made sense to this world, we got two issues of goofy jokes that really went nowhere. That being said, you'll still get some Suicide Squad action here and an ending that could possibly change the status quo of Task Force X..... 


No comments:

Post a Comment