Comic Book Review: Suicide Squad #38
New story arc for Suicide Squad, but pretty much still picking up from the events of the arc before. It was sad to see how Hack was handled in the end, but part of me wants to hope that this is another moment where we can expect the unexpected in her case. With that said, this just leaves the problem that is the government prepared to shut down Waller and her Task Force X program. The Wall faced with the opportunity to make it happen himself even makes the situation for Waller that much more intense. Of course that doesn’t mean she will be ready to go down without a fight.
How they approached Waller losing it all was both entertaining and crushing. There wasn’t any Suicide Squad facing potential decommissioning, this was their decommissioning even if not the very end for them as something legitimate for a team. On one hand it is a loss that Waller has to deal with, on the other hand you have some of the team that is basking in this opportunity to throw it in her face, then you have the rest who don’t quite benefit from the separation. It was a mixed bag of emotions all in one scene. The big thing for ‘Tear Down The Wall’ was understanding just what that meant for this new story arc. Your first assumption would have been that this meant everything dealing with Waller being shut down. To see that there was much more to this than what was seen on the surface was crucial for our investment in this story for the long run. The twist to this plot didn’t change the fact that The Wall is coming to bring down Task Force X, but it was worth it for the threat to be more of a mystery.
Seeing things from The Wall’s perspective was interesting. Through his point of view working with Flag, it was easy to see the uphill battle they had to deal with on their end. People to impress, expectations to uphold, not to mention they had to address what their working relationship is. That last part was most important when even someone who isn’t a villain can be held on a leash as tight as Task Force X’s. With that said, it was just as important to explore the kind of work they do in contrast. It made a big difference to have this soldier who is backed by the president and government out in the light and carrying out missions. The question was answered as to what happens when you put this kind of weapon in their hands.
The narration from Harley Quinn at the start of this issue was interesting. We’ve definitely gotten back to a place where she has embraced her madness, even if she is still someone who can see a bit more sense than your average villain at times.
Having Tom Derenick and Ulises Arreola on interior art was exciting for a book like this. These are two artists who aren’t shy when it comes to action, which makes them the perfect choice when moving on from the last art team. Now with that said, there wasn’t too much action in this issue, so there were other things to instead take notice of since this is their first shot at Suicide Squad this volume. The first thing to take notice of was how Derenick approached drawing The Wall. A bit more clunky in contrast to what looked a bit more slimmed down before. That said, also a bit more heavy-set with muscles which is a good change when needing this guy to look intimidating. Arreaola nailed the metallic texture for the armor, while also creating a sleek shade for the visor that most wouldn’t put the effort into normally. It was pretty cool overall to get the effect of how his weapons are advanced to do the things that might take more than one person. As for the Suicide Squad themselves, there were some changed worth taking note of as well between Harley going back to her roller derby look, the empty look of a still damaged Croc, and a Deadshot who once again looks more classic than teched out.
Suicide Squad #38 begins the story that is the product of what happens when the government has the power to be judge, jury, and executioner. We’ve seen what happens when others try to mimic their own version of the team, but The Wall is what happens when you take that step further towards absolute power. The only question was if they could do so and handle the control.