Ring the bell, because the battle has begun! It’s the Suicide Squad, the “Faux Squad” (my name for them… not their official name), and the Fist of Cain… Going into this issue, I kept wanting to say, “It’s going to be a bloodfest,” but I honestly wasn’t sure. Considering the circumstances, this issue needed to be a violent, bloody romp for the narrative to feel realistic. So is it? Well… This happens within the first three pages:
So… I’d say yes.
I’m not an outright supporter of extreme violence, but I feel that there are certain stories that warrant it. Trapping the Suicide Squad in a castle with the murderous cult, The Fist of Cain, is definitely one of those instances. This is going to sound concerning, but considering Sean Ryan’s run felt so PG, it’s refreshing to see this book this violent. If you’ve been waiting for New Suicide Squad to become a little more edgy, then you’re in for a real treat.
I would say that 90% of the issue is action, so it’s difficult to talk about the book without giving away spoilers. While I did find the action to be extremely satisfying (and also scary at times), there are a few moments that left me scratching my head. Waller’s story takes a hard turn for the worst after an intriguing set-up, and Adam Reed displays another shift emotionally. Somebody should give this guy the name of a good therapist. Aside from being crazy, he also appears to be quite bipolar.
When it comes down to it, the issue is enjoyable, but feels like a step down in quality compared to the previous two stories. Don’t let that detour you from picking up this issue though. It’s still worth your money and time, especially if you’ve been reading the series since Seeley and Ferreyra took over.
The Art: In my opinion, Ferreyra’s art is the best thing about this issue. When the man delivers, he DELIVERS! When he was announced for this title, I was concerned that his action was going to look and feel too posed or stagnant. Boy, did he prove me wrong! His action is great, and he draws it with an epic amount of gruesomeness, without making it too over-the-top. Even the look of his characters stand out. I love his Deadshot, and it appears that he loves drawing that character, but almost all of his characters look top notch. My least favorite character he draws is Harley, but I still wouldn’t consider it bad. If you read my reviews, then you know I always feature a page of art with each art section. This time I wanted to share my favorite spread from this issue. It does contain minor spoilers, so I’ve placed it in the spoiler tag.
It’s also worth pointing out that he does EVERYTHING! Pencils, inks, colors… this guy is a machine! Other artists struggle to just complete their pencils on time, so to see him knock this out each and every month… It’s crazy! If Ferreyra’s work interests you, I recommend you follow him on Twitter. He posts a lot of interesting pictures that capture his process.
Breakdowns for this issue can be found in the spoiler tag.
- You’ve been waiting for New Suicide Squad to feature a really intense battle.
- You love action packed books.
- You like Deathtrap.
Overall: So far this is my least favorite issue of Seeley and Ferreyra’s New Suicide Squad. I don’t want that to come across as an outright complaint though, because I still think it’s head and shoulders above anything Sean Ryan ever presented. This issue just isn’t as strong as the two previous issues. The action is great, but the rest is lacking compared to usual.