Matt Kindt’s first issue of Suicide Squad was a bit… average. It started off well enough, but didn’t really get going until the very end. Hopefully this can change and we’ll see what this title is made of with the second issue of the new run. Is it good?
Suicide Squad #25 (DC Comics)
The two teams run into each other as they both try to take OMAC for Amanda Waller, oblivious to the fact that the Thinker is manipulating one of the groups. Meanwhile, Waller is trying to figure out her next plan of attack within the walls of Belle Reve. She has an option, but she’s not going to like it.
It also involves teaming up with James Gordon Jr., who is just rocking that eye patch.
This felt like a step up in comparison to the first issue of Kindt’s new run. Now that the story has gotten going it is enjoyable to watch characters try to outsmart each other and figure out everyone’s plan. Characterization feels on point for everyone in the run so far (though it could be just me, but I don’t really get why James wants to work with Waller) and their action do make sense, like Steel not trusting most of the bad guys even if they do make good points and Harley Quinn being as unpredictable as ever.
Suicide Squad #25 feels like two stories in regards to how it’s divided up. The first half deals with the characters fighting over OMAC while the second half deals with Waller and Gordon inside of the prison. With this very distinct separate, the story never feels like I jumps all over the place and is able to give a lot of focus to both parts of the story. The writing, in turn, feels very well scripted and put together with how it laid out and paced. The dialogue and narration is fine, except exposition wall of backstory that Thinker drops on the audience in the first page. It’s not the most exciting comic I’ve read this week, but definitely one of the most improved.
Then again, the book can be very wordy even beyond that first page.
The artwork by Patrik Zircher looks great. The darker colors, line and inking work, and utilization of grittiness style-wise goes hand in hand with the darker and violent tone of this series very well. Characters all look distinct and are very well drawn. There are also some small touches that really add a bit more to the book, such a Harley Quinn shown in the two page spread being closest to OMAC and looking as if she is ready to take off with it. Since she ends up betraying everyone, that small touch works very in setting things up with all making what’ll happen obviously. Though the cover spoiled that bit.
- The quality of writing by Kindt has improved.
- The characters are portrayed well and intelligently.
- Great artwork by Zircher that really fits the story.
- Still not as engaging or exciting as it could be.
Is It Good?
Suicide Squad #25 is a step in the right direction for the book, keeping up the momentum that was started in the final pages of the last book. It makes its characters smart and unique, while having the scenario keep changing to keep the audience interested. It’s always good to see a book get better after an average or worse start, so let’s continue forward hoping this book can keep up this improved level of quality.