Comic Book Review: Suicide Squad #44
Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not the biggest Batman fan. I’m more of a fan of everyone else in the Bat Family before Batman himself. However, this team-up with Deadshot to save his daughter has been an exception for me. The tension between these two has created some of the most engaging conversation from this series in recent issues. Especially when addressing what it means to put everything on the line for someone you care for most. Not only this but drawing that line in the sand between Batman and those he calls enemies.
With the inclusion of the Suicide Squad to intercept Batman and Deadshot, the element of chaos was thrown in. This part I found myself split on. When they spring into action, you know that there is going to be some fun because of their brand of action. Yet at the same time, there’s a moment you see inevitable approaching where you know they would have to make a decision about what is right about the mission. Do they allow Deadshot to save his daughter? Do they get caught up with their dislike of Batman? Will Captain Cold allow anyone to deviate from the mission objective? There are many things to consider here and there’s no telling what they would put the time into executing as that time came. When that time came, I wasn’t all too excited for how they got in on the action since the true role they played was comic relief more than anything else. That’s not to say that Harley Quinn and Boomerang were not entertaining, because they were. These two together are a shot in the dark without a serious personality steering them in the right direction.
What stood out most was what happened once Batman and Deadshot arrived to the scene to save Zoe. While what happened in that moment should have been a surprise, the cover for the issue did ruin the surprise unfortunately. It could have been a very good twist if we were left in the dark to what the intention actually was by Kobra.
The mental exploration of Deadshot has been captivating from start to finish. A lot of it was emphasizing that he’s a killer rather than a superhero, but more than that there was the inner conflict that was what goes through his head when considering the right thing to do. This we all know he struggles with very much when it comes to his time with the Suicide Squad. As interesting as it was to peak inside his headspace was, the same went for Zoe as well who by the end of this story needed this just as much as Deadshot. Batman was there for one reason and one reason alone, and it all came down to the way that Zoe was able to express herself when all was said and done.
Overall I would say great pacing as well. This story had a definite start and finish with nothing more or less than to save Zoe, or not to.
I gotta say, sometimes I will view Joe Bennett as a hit or miss kind of artist, but this time around he nailed it.Most of those problems would normally lie with his ability to properly form shapes or draw characters at times without an awkward perspective. Somehow none of that was an issue here which left nothing but quality work to admire.Very clean pencils and no matter the position these characters were fully visualized. It also helped to have two capable inkers on board who could lend a hand between shadows and depth to the characters. It should also be recognized out how the page layout for the panels added to the excitement. Presentation is everything and it made a big difference to have the varying styles of overlay, shape, and transition from one scene into the next. Beyond that, Adriano Lucas made the colors pop. As usual you enjoy the boldness of his colors, the range, and more importantly the textures he is able to create. Particularly when concerning the reptile skin, cave structure, ice, and more.
Suicide Squad #44 brings this story to a close and it was one worth telling. If you felt that Deadshot has been getting the short end of the stick as of late, this short arc more than makes up for it in a way that truly only focuses on him without the reliance on the rest of the Suicide Squad to work off of. It goes without saying that Deadshot is not like the other villains, even if he thinks he is, and this story drove that message home through emotion, action, and character dissection.