Suicide Squad # 7 (DC Comics)
One of the biggest problems facing Suicide Squad after the DC Rebirth event is arguably its greatest strength: Jim Lee. While the superstar artist has been delivering some truly awesome pencils with this book, the fact that Suicide Squad ships twice a month means that the main storyline has been stretched out longer than it needs to be, mainly because the powers that be at DC have decided to cut the issues in half. While this makes the scheduling a little easier on Jim Lee, it also means that Suicide Squad is still dealing with the fallout of the first storyline while other DC books are starting their third or even fourth storylines. Despite this, Lee and Rob Williams’ latest issue of Suicide Squad is worth your time, as long as you’re okay with the series’ now trademark abrupt endings.
Since Zod was released from the Black Vault, the entire Squad has been giving into their worst instincts and attacking each other. However, this has had the opposite effect on Harley, who is now completely sane once again. While this is great for the former psychiatrist, it also means that her chances of survival have plummeted, as she’s second-guessing the moves that she’d easily make if she weren’t so concerned with her survival.
This plot point is where a lot of this issue’s strengths lie, as Rob Williams has a lot of fun putting the “sane” Harley against her more unhinged teammates. The more famous member of this creative team has easily overshadowed Rob Williams, but without him we wouldn’t be getting a story this entertaining. Williams actually paints Harley in a pretty sympathetic light, as we know that as much as she loves being sane again, she’s going to have to revert back to her “usual” self. Really the only negative of this issue is the same negative of every Suicide Squad issue: it’s over way too soon. Sure, we get an entertaining back up story starring the Enchantress, but Williams brings up some really interesting ideas that are dropped fairly quickly in this issue (one of the better ones actually involves Enchantress and Killer Croc). A few pages devoted to some of the revelations of the team members giving into their baser instincts would’ve made them have an even greater impact.
There’s not much to say about Jim Lee’s art that hasn’t already been said. The man has, surprisingly, kept up with the Suicide Squad schedule, and aside from having a ton of inkers on the book; his style hasn’t suffered a bit. Of course there’s the aforementioned schedule shenanigans that DC worked out for Lee, but still, the fact that the man who’s name is synonymous with delays in the comic book industry has been able to keep going as long as he has on Suicide Squad is pretty cool, and gives me hope that he can do this kind of project again.
While Suicide Squad is still frustratingly truncated, it’s still a pretty fun book. I’m just not sure if it’s worth reading on an issue-by-issue basis. In all honesty this book is probably better served as a trade, where you don’t have to be cut off from the story every month and can just continue reading. As it stands right now, Suicide Squad is still pretty cha