New Suicide Squad #4 (Comics Review)

DC’s reboot of its Suicide Squad title has become one of my favourites from the publisher. New Suicide Squad brings on board a better writer with some better artists than before, and it tells a focused story that has thankfully avoided getting into crossovers from the start. The line-up itself is pretty amazing, with the cream of the crop as it were, and Sean Ryan has done wonders with the team so far, delivering highly-charged action stories with ample assist from the artists as well. The art is definitely one of the reasons to buy this title and the story just keeps getting better too.

The new issue this week carries on the thread of Deathstroke having betrayed his team to work for the Russians. In the face of Vic Sage’s disastrous attempts of a mission, Deathstroke abandoned the team at the first opportunity and right now he is busy torturing Deadshot for info. All pretty great stuff and Sean injects the story with some welcome grim humour, even as Vic Sage and Amanda Waller battle it out for control of the team, which was absolutely superb in every single way possible. The art rocked, the story rocked. Don’t know what else to say.

The team right now is suffering from a crisis of faith. Vic Sage doesn’t see the villains as anything other than tools to be used and discarded as he sees fit. Amanda Waller knows that to get all of them to work together, she needs to give them all the right kind of motivation. Deathstroke has already betrayed the team. Joker’s Daughter is a certified nutcase. Deadshot is captured. That just leaves Harley and Manta to do something. And they do. That glorious cover by Jeremy Roberts pretty much lays it all out: Manta and Harley breaking into the Russian prison where Deathstroke is keeping Deadshot to break him out and get back to the good old US of A.

Effectively, this issue closes the first arc of the new title, and it is a pretty explosive and action-packed ride from the get go.  Sean Ryan starts with Vic getting on a call with the Secretary (of Defense?) to demand detonation authorization for the entire team, going way behind Waller’s back on this. We’ve seen an incredible amount of loggerheads between these two characters and Sean Ryan absolutely nails that in this issue. There’ve been things that have been simmering since the first issue between these two and everything comes to the fore as Waller finally puts Vic in his place. I love Waller now, even more than before.

Soon after that opening however, we move into why Deathstroke is torturing Deadshot and the break-in staged by Harley and Manta. That’s when the story really kicks off and we go from one awesome action scene to another in quick succession even as we continue to see all the characters being developed further and further. Manta leads the prison break, and Harley has no problems with that. These two make for a great team, both with their own particular style of combat. I loved this issue because it nailed the lethality of the characters after the slightly campy-but-no-less-awesome opening in the first issue. This is what I’ve been waiting for since the start of the series.

More than all that though, the best part is definitely Slade fighting against both Manta and Harley. That’s where the whole glorious part of it all comes from.

By the end, there is a lot of build-up for future stories and I’m very interested to see what is going to come through next week. Exciting time to be a Suicide Squad fan!

As before, Tom Derenick is on breakdowns here with Rob Hunter and Trevor Scott on the pencils, Blond on colours and Taylor Esposito on the letters. First of all, Jeremy Roberts’ cover is absolutely amazing. I love these photo-realistic covers. They seem so… alive and, well, real. Plus it has Harley front and center, which is pretty great in itself. There are some scenes here where the characters make some odd expressions and the body language isn’t all that clear, but by and large, this is a glorious action-palooza. With so much action, the book gets quite violent at times and the artists clearly revel in that kind of an environment here, so it all works out.

Fantastic issue! The only question is how Vic Sage ties into the pre-New 52 identity of The Question, also known as Vic Sage.

Rating: 9.5/10

More New Suicide Squad: #1, #2-3, Future’s End.

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Posted on November 14, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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