The conclusion to Suicide Squad’s “Burning Down the House” is exactly what I was hoping for! If you’ve been following the story, you’re in for a satisfying conclusion! I always praise Williams for his ability to craft long-form stories, and he has yet to disappoint me! I want to see him on Suicide Squad for a while, but if DC wises up and decides to pull Hitch from Justice League, Williams needs to be their first choice to step in! The guy is simply amazing!
I’ve spent months praising Williams for building complex, intricate stories, and for making consequences an active part of his narrative. It’s no surprise that those elements continue here, but we are also treated to a satisfying conclusion – something that appears to escape many writers in comics these days. Going into this issue, I felt that two things needed to happen. One: Rustam needed to be dealt with in a way that felt final. Not necessarily death, but something had more of a finish than, “He got away.” Second: Waller’s situation needed to be explained. I’m happy to say that both of those elements are handled quite well.
I can’t completely discuss the issue without giving away spoilers, so most of my commentary will be featured in the breakdowns. What I will say, is that while I found this conclusion to be quite satisfying, I can also understand how some people might find it “obvious.” If I’m being completely honest, I actually agree. I’ve been saying since day one that Waller wasn’t really dead, and we found that to be true in the last issue. I also felt certain who pulled the trigger to kill her as well… Let’s be honest, it’s not hard to deduct. Despite these predictable moments, Williams still managed to incorporate details and insight that weren’t expected, felt fresh, and continues to keep me invested in Suicide Squad.
The Art: Romita’s art appears to take a step back in this issue compared to his previous two issues as far as technicality is concerned. I also openly admit that my dislike for his work is strictly because I’m not a fan of his stylization. There are some incredibly gruesome panels though, and it’s one of the first times I’ve felt an emotional reaction from his work, even if it was a reaction of, “Oh $#!%!”
Barrows carries art duties for the back half of the book, and as expected, does a much better job than Romita in my opinion. There’s a realism to his work – even when rushed – as well as a tone and texture from his shading that serves Suicide Squad well.
Breakdowns for this issue can be found in the spoiler tag.
- You like well thought stories.
- You prefer narratives where character development highly impacts the plot.
- Because it’s damn good.
Overall: I’m a huge fan of Suicide Squad, and an even bigger fan of Rob Williams! He consistently delivers well thought stories, and I want to hug him because he carries character arcs and progression from one story to the next. If you’re looking for a book you can invest in, then Suicide Squad is definitely one that will deliver. I’d be willing to bet Williams has a three to five year plan, and I sincerely hope I get to witness his full story unfold!