Comic Book Review: Suicide Squad #14

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Sitting on it from the last issue, it still is hard to say I’m okay with Hack being the member killed off. Played it kind of safe there for a character with so much potential. Though with that said I also stand by the fact that what has happened changes everything. It will be hard to look at the Suicide Squad the same way again. The team can’t be the way it was given the loss and the betrayal they have gone through, and it seems like that is only the start.

Where we start off in Suicide Squad #14 was smart for the sake of pacing. This is a big story they threw us into, so it is important that we are consistently getting to what’s important in this escalating situation. Some time has passed between the issue before and now where Rustam’s actions are speaking louder than his words. Which isn’t to say that his dialogue doesn’t grab you because it is improving over time as he is making more progress. Something I read last week was talking about the way comics are taking political stances about the way the world works. When I see the way this creative team approaches injustice and corruption, I can’t help but feel supportive about what comes out of this mindset. A lot of us whether we want to admit it or not are engaged by this kind of storytelling as these problems reflect what is going on in our world.

With that said, we do jump back to Harley Quinn a bit abruptly considering where she was when Hack was killed. Nonetheless, her reaction to this was what you hoped it would be given the heart-to-heart they just had leading up to Hack’s death. This was a powerful scene for Harley because this was when we got to truly see the way she views the Suicide Squad as a team. Again this team is full of supervillains, but this has never stopped them from having their moments when they show that these are only labels. Harley proves time and time again, with this key moment being no exception. She may be consumed by rage to go on a one-(psychotic-)woman mission of vengeance against Rustam and Deadshot, but someone had to. I mean I still hate that Hack was the motivation, but it is hard to argue that this works.

The story to follow was just as important as what’s going on currently. Exploring what’s going through Boomerang’s mind right now is important. I mean there’s still an important question that needs an answer to, but there’s still time for this. Especially when we are hitting a climax for ‘Burning Down the House’.

Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Adriano Lucas continue to nail it as art team for the second story. “Live Free. Die.” is every bit as engaging visually as the story following the Suicide Squad’s escape from Belle Reve. They do bring out more of the emotion through the artwork, but it was nice to have an issue where both art styles for it really put us in the moment of how these recent events have really pushed some members here to their limit. The quality of art in “Live Free. Die.” I still feel as though should be the default for the entire issue. They know how to capture everything human about these villains. It’s not enough to follow the things they do that are inhumane as what’s also appealing about them is the way they react and respond to things that don’t seem to be in their nature.

Shocking twist at the end aside, Suicide Squad is on a roll bringing definition to what it means to be on this team. Not Amanda Waller’s meaning, but the meaning of the ones who put their lives on the line every mission. Suicide Squad #14 is another issue showing us why this isn’t a book to overlook. There is just as much substance to this story as there is wall-to-wall action.

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