New Suicide Squad #15 review

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New Suicide Squad #15 “Freedom”
Written by Sean Ryan
Art by Philippe Briones
Colors by Blond

Hey, check this out! Sean Ryan finally wrote a character that I completely believe! Shocking!

This is the second to last issue for Ryan’s run on Suicide Squad, and as most of you know, my thoughts aren’t very positive concerning his work. I’ve often been on board with his direction – I can’t deny that some of his concepts and themes have been decent – but his execution has been terrible! And at times, “terrible” is an understatement.

I’ve called him out for poor character development, a lack of cause and effect in his narrative, falling back on the same formula for his plots time and time again, and I’ll be damned if half of this issue didn’t do the complete opposite of all of that. Most of this book is a conversation between Waller and Miss Pesta from the Pearl Group – the company that Vic Sage has been working with behind the government’s back – and it’s actually good.

Since the beginning, Sage has wanted to get rid of Waller. After those attempts fell through, he then changed his strategy to abolish Task Force X. To do so, he started partnering with the Pearl Group, and eventually made moves to force Amanda Waller into action as a field operative (don’t ask… It was executed terribly). While on their mission, Waller went dark with the team, and started her own mission to gain proof that Sage was compromised. Sage, suspecting Waller was up to something, detonated all of the Squad’s neck bombs. Little did he know that Waller had disabled them… Kind of… The bombs are now tied to her pulse and will only detonate if Waller dies. It isn’t really explained how that’s possible, but I’m not really sure I want Ryan to explain it.

In this issue, Waller has enlisted the team to join her on a trip to Dallas to infiltrate the Pearl Group to discover exactly what Sage is up to. What probably should’ve been a quiet infiltration turns into a chaotic overtaking as Harley and Boomerang create quite the distraction so Deadshot and Waller can get the answers they need. How do they plan on getting these answers? By going directly to the source, Miss Pesta.

I fully expected Pesta to contact security, yell “intruder,” try and get an upper hand on Waller – something that would essentially equate to the mission “going bad.” But that didn’t happen. Instead, Pesta acknowledged Waller, and was direct, yet calm with her, even as Deadshot aimed a gun at her.

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And the conversations that follow only get better! Sean Ryan has touched on really poignant topics in the past, he just never did them well. This time, he gets it right. Outside of these moments though, it’s the same shenanigans we’ve come to expect. Boomerang is overzealous and a cartoon. Harley is crazy, and still debating her place in life. I find both character plots draining, and it just gets worse when Boomerang and Harley have the same conversation for the third or fourth straight issue… Then there’s Parasite, and yet again, I have to wonder why he’s even there.
The Art: I’m beginning to feel like a broken record when discussing the art for this book. There’s never much of a variation issue to issue, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t solid work. As always though, Briones’ faces tend to look a little odd in some panels.

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Recommended if:

  • You want to read some of the best dialogue Sean Ryan has ever written.
  • You’ve been waiting for Ryan to successfully execute one of his political conversations.
  • Might as well finish his run since it ends in February.

Overall: Providing a great commentary on the current mindset of a majority of Americans, Ryan delivers one of his best moments yet. This book is still far from where it should be though, and the rest of this book is still average at best.

SCORE: 7.0/10

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