Comic Book Review: Suicide Squad #29
At this point of ‘The Secret History of Task Force X’, now it feels like a proper suicide mission that this team has been sent on. A mission on top of a story which opens a door to the history of the DC Universe that you couldn’t haven’t done another way. I mean they have presented the right question. Who protected the Earth when there wasn’t a Justice League or Green Lantern to stop the threats before they reached the planet?
From the start of this issue the conversation was a treat when diving into the history of this team and what it is they did out in space to protect the Earth. A suicide mission to them is a completely different thing when they are actually saving the world rather than protecting the United States from foreign threats. Now would it be cool to see what they are like as a fully functioning team? Sure, but they wouldn’t be the kind of team you expect them to be if there weren’t losses that would leave them in shambles. It makes you wonder what our team would be like here if they didn’t have someone like Waller to put them back together when things fall apart.
As great as this tale of heroics and self-sacrifice is for the original Task Force X, there still remained the question of whether or not they are the good guys. Part of you since the beginning and even now sort of felt like there is more to this than what is seen on the surface. Rick and Karin’s emotions and connection to one another comes off as genuine, but even that could be a trick. The creative team has done such a great job of selling us on the idea that they are the real deal despite nothing being certain. Especially without Waller to give her input to what is going on up there. When you’ve invested enough time into the Suicide Squad stories, you jump into every new mission expecting the unexpected. The discovery we stumble upon was pretty much the conclusion you assumed we were leading up to about this original Task Force X, though the execution of that moment was not quite what you would have pictured. All the same it is good to now know what the Suicide Squad is fighting for and against.
Getting back to Waller and the other half of the team, she livened up what seemed like a bleak situation. A character like Waller is great when barking the orders and talking up a storm, but you love her most when she proves that she can get her hands dirty. Springing into action and taking charge was one of the more memorable moments for Waller so far. With that said, Deadshot for the first time in a while really took on a familiar role that we haven’t seen in quite some time. It goes without saying that the guy has been very flaky on doing things that would otherwise label him as a villain. Given something to fight for was the perfect motivation in order for the guy to dig deep and be what we know him to be in the most opportune situations.
For this issue we now have a new art team on board. Barnaby Bagenda on pencils, Jay Leisten on inks, and Adriano Lucas on colors. Off the bat I appreciated that this was a quality art team as it only hurts a book when you switch up the art team and they aren’t delivering the same level of work. Bagenda’s pencils were defined and detailed for the most part when it came to everything outside of the characters. The characters were a bit shaky in quality, though that was mostly on the moon side of the story. On Earth he nailed giving those characters more form. Their creativity definitely kicked in when it came to what Red Wave looked like and some of the other nasties they encountered along the way. That and the strength of the inks that gave both these creatures and the settings around them depth. Adriano Lucas of course livens things up through his colors. There isn’t a time where this guy disappoints you in adding excitement to an action scene or something that is out of the ordinary. I enjoyed most how intense his colors got when dealing with the Suicide Squad members who are more energy based.
The back-up story for this issue was informative. Pretty much everything you needed to and wanted to know about this team leading up to their demise. We don’t get the full story here and that was smart consdiering this need for answers leaves us anticipating more to unravel in Suicide Squad #30.
Suicide Squad #29 takes us into the most crucial part of this story arc. There was action, exploration, and plenty of intrigue to take from just knowing that a team like the Suicide Squad of the 1950s existed. They may not be all that they are expected to be in person, but the history behind them is cool nonetheless.