Comic Book Review: Suicide Squad #37
Suicide Squad #36 cranked the dial to ten as Hack is a woman on a mission. This isn’t the first person to have turn Belle Reve inside out, but Hack is as close as it gets when asking how wrong things can go for Waller if an attack were to become this personal. Hack doesn’t know who killed her, she personally feels betrayed, and this was during a time where she was full of hope towards what her life could be as a hero rather than villain.
Further exploration of Hack’s past helped add to the sympathy you have for her. She may have already crossed a line in her hunt for justice, but it is at the same time difficult not to understand why she feels the way she does. Seeing more of her troubled youth growing up with those who took advantage her was the smart choice. Now the only problem I have with this issue is how it ended. Though I’m not sure if I would exactly call it a problem. It’s hard to say how you would feel when you’ve grown to like a character like Hack and want to see more from her. Excellent character development overall, but it was bold not having something definite to go off of.
This issue quickly picked up with Waller’s retaliation against Hack. There was no doubt that what we were seeing was the most desperate she has ever been to keep her secrets buried. No one I don’t think has ever come this close to them, and that made this so intense considering all emotion was thrown out the window for Waller. She had enough pride to call who she did for help, and clearly must have accepted what will be the inevitable outcome when all is said and done.
My only issue with this story arc was luckily remedied by the end of the issue. As I said in my last review, it felt off that it seemed as though no one was willing to recognize the person who they all know killed Hack. No one wants to reach this part of the story and neglect what was a big reveal to the rest of the team when they found out themselves some time back. The explanation for this made a big difference when it comes to redefining what it means for Task Force X/ Suicide Squad to be a team. Again, any other person might see them as a bunch of villains lumped together, but they have all been through a lot being a part of this team. They might not always find themselves on the same page, but there is something there between them that goes beyond the cliche of being a villain. The moral of the story felt like this being another case where you have to let the story tell itself.
“Drain The Swamp’ has had one of my favorite art teams so far for this run of Suicide Squad. We have run into some interesting styles before, but none as cool as the digital style created from Hack’s onslaught on Belle Reve. Everything from the way her body looks composed of data to the way she affects the world around her was creative. Especially when it comes to the little world she made up for herself. The key was to emphasize control, and they nailed that in many ways. I liked even more that Adriano Lucas was able to handle this and not overpower the artwork with colors. Some other colorists might get a little crazy, and this was one of those times where they would have hurt the quality rather than add to it. It goes without saying that the colors to distinguish Hack’s past were also welcoming for the shades of blue used and the toning down overall. That aside, the panel layout also added to the appeal of the artwork between the overlapping and different shapes they were willing to use for the boxes. A lot of the overlapping in particular helped with selling that powerful look of Hack when she is the most threatening object in most of these panels.
While I do feel like this story arc could have used a different name, it was exciting from start to finish. This finale for the most part satisfied when there was no telling how the events of Suicide Squad #37 would conclude till the very end. It had intensity and emotion, which are two things you get used two for a book dealing with killers and murderers.