Comic Book Review: Suicide Squad #46
Part of me still can’t really believe that someone took this bold step for Atlantis to experience what it feels like when the city is risen to the surface. It’s bold because so many cities like this are terrifying for where they are placed and how inaccessible it can be to the outside world. That is not the case here, and it is strange when the villains with a moral compass figure this out the hard way.
Truthfully, I wasn’t sure if I would make it to this issue. Not because I don’t like this story arc, I do like it very much, but because this is a crossover which does require you to keep up with two books. I fell short of keeping up with events from Aquaman. So that just left the perspective of the Suicide Squad to follow, and even then there was a gap in time between the previous issue and this one. Not a problem of course, as I loved the shift of attention from the whole team down to Harley and Deadshot. For this particular roster, those two were the only ones we could really connect with. Not to mention the only two who could as usual challenge the evil that this team is meant to do for the greater good. I would be shocked if anyone wasn’t humored by the dialogue from Harley in particular. She doesn’t take too much seriously, and the Atlanteans don’t take her seriously either.
Now catching up with the rest of the team, there was no surprise as to the tensions they would face as they got closer to their destination. I enjoyed that the right elements added was enough to put this team on edge, more than usual. Lord Satanis is probably the kind of member that Waller has always wished for on the team. He works within parameters, keeps everyone on task, and is willing to put someone down if they aren’t looking to go through with the mission. All of that is Deadshot, but even he has a line that he wouldn’t cross in contrast to others. In general, their actions leading up to the big confrontation was exciting. It was quick, impactful, and to the point. Would I call Killer Croc versus King Shark worth the hype? Yes, because it did happen. However, no since there wasn’t much to it. For the sake of pacing, not really a problem.
I believe this is one of those rare stories as well, where you can actually have a hunt of respect for Waller. When we were able to understand her position on this mission, and whether she was a willing party, that changed everything about what you thought about it. The argument between Waller and Meddinghouse was very engaging for the fact that they see national security from two different perspectives. I personally still anxiously await to see what this secret mission was that she gave Harley. That will likely be the game changer in my opinion.
The artwork for this issue was very satisfying. Jose Luis’s pencils are masterful for the exploration of Atlantis and this kingdom as a whole. The engagement visually was nothing to over look when every creature, citizen, soldier, and structure popped out with such distinction and style. The detail overall that he is able to bring out through his pencils is something to marvel at. For me personally, it was the creatures and elements of nature which grabbed my attention the most. The effort put into making those things stand out is always going to be worth recognizing. This includes the inking that had to have taken a lot of time specifically when it came to things involving scales. Adriano Lucas went above and beyond bringing out the elegance of this underwater world as well. His bold and vibrant colors breathed life into every action. The colors he uses for water are stunning, the colors he uses for textures added depth, and every other decision was simply fitting for setting an atmosphere for the story.
Suicide Squad #46 was an excellent set-up for a sense of urgency that this arc had not faced before. So much can go wrong when you challenge the kingdom of the sea, and this issue truly reminded us of what is at stake beyond what will happen if Atlantis falls.