What is Amanda Waller’s real goal with Task Force X? It’s kind of a shocker… Your Major Spoilers review of Suicide Squad #24 awaits!
Writer: Rob Williams
Artist: Agustin Padilla & Juan Ferreyra
Colorist: Adriano Lucas
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Editor: Andy Khouri
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Previously in Suicide Squad: “This is it! The moment SUICIDE SQUAD has been building to since the start of Rebirth! International Suicide Squads descend upon metahuman populations around the world at Amanda Waller’s command! As the People’s astonishing endgame is laid bare, only the original Task Force X’s most dysfunctional members are left to save the world from their own dark imitators…”
KILL YOUR DARLINGS
This issue opens with Batman presumed dead, Katana questioning her choices and Harley Quinn cheerfully reminding us that she killed Captain Boomerang. Waller has taken Killer Frost of the JLA into custody, and is using her as a guinea pig for her plan to put ALL the superhumans, heroes and villains alike (you should excuse the expression) on ice. Things get difficult quickly, though, as the Bat proves much harder to kill than Amanda thought, and the Suicide Squad decides that Amanda has gone too far. When she activates her armored infantry, Katana and Harley Quinn go rogue, protecting Batman while he escapes with Frost, then confronting Amanda Waller as she finally admits what she has built at Belle Reve: A central headquarters for super-villains. The next issue blurb promises Amanda vs. The Suicide Squad, a battle I”m looking forward to seeing.
AMANDA HAS CROSSED THE LINE
The biggest problem with the Suicide Squad has always been the fact that there’s an expected body count. This issue reveals that Captain Boomerang and Rick Flag are dead (or at least “dead”), leaving Harley as the driving force behind the team. Killer Croc makes a brief appearance in these pages, but the driving force of the story is Dr. Quinzel, Director Waller and Katana, which I enjoy greatly. Padilla and Feyrerra deliver exciting art throughout, and although there are some issues with anatomy, the facial expressions make up for it, and the brief scuffle between Batman and Killer Croc is quite impressive. The final reveal is a shocker which changes the nature of the Squad, a change which I hope they follow through on completely…
THE BOTTOM LINE: INTENSE
In short, things in Suicide Squad #24 are transformative and shocking, in all the right ways, and even the thought that it’ll all get overturned by the next writer and/or the inevitable movie sequel don’t change that fact that this is a solid, tense, well-executed story, earning 3.5 out of 5 stars overall. I don’t know if it’s as good as stories like ‘The Janus Contract’ or ‘The Phoenix Gambit,’ but at least ‘Kill Your Darlings’ lives up to its name, and that’s a big plus on a book with this title.