Suicide Squad #27 by Matt Kindt, Rafa Sandoval & Roger Robinson
The fourth chapter of Kindt’s Forever Evil tie-in finds the characters in a transitory place. So far Kindt has split the narrative between the two Squads in the field and Amanda Waller fighting for an upper hand at Belle Reve prison. This issue focuses almost exclusively on the two rival Suicide Squads. Each team was given the same order from someone claiming to be Waller: retrieve the O.M.AC. weapon. In the end, though, both teams were betrayed by Harley Quinn, who spirits away O.M.A.C., but not before O.M.A.C. collapses a mountain on top of the Squads.
Having survived the initial cave-in, the various members split into groups to find a path back to the surface. As they go about their search, Kindt fills in the back stories of some of the principal characters. A cynic could view this issue as filler padding out the arc to a number of chapters equaling the length of the main event. This could be true; however, Kindt takes advantage of the situation to do more than recycle origin summaries. Instead, he uses it as an opportunity to muse of different types of heroes. For example, Power Girl recalls her time on Earth 2. In her mind, this was a simpler time, living in a world without shades of grey. If there is an airplane tumbling out of the air, you save it? What else is there? There is a lot more, Steel would argue. He reflects on how he tried be a costumed hero, fighting dire threats and “watching Titans clash.” Eventually, though, he turned his back on it. He refuses to see Metropolis as the shining, glittery center of the world, redirecting his attention to impoverished residents of the Third World. Here is a more immediate need for his talents. I suspect though, Warrant would find this naïve. An off the books assassin for the Israeli government, Warrant believes in killing threats before they’re allowed a chance to act on their desires. Meanwhile, Deadshot simply murders for a paycheck, while secretly wondering what it would be like to cut loose. What if he let slip precise control of his aim and just maim an’ kill for the fun of it. All of a sudden, he thinks, perhaps that Harley isn’t so crazy after all, maybe she—oh wait, she did try to kill all of us . . .
The previous three issues of Kindt’s run featured art by Patrick Zircher. He’s off this month, which is a loss to the book. Pencilers Sandoval and Robnison do a fine, if unremarkable, job. Hopefully Zircher will be back next month, so that Kindt’s great character work will be matched by equally strong art. Regardless, I’ll be there to follow Kindt’s Squads to the end of their road.
Oh, fans of the New 52 OMAC, you have a pleasant surprise waiting for you at the end of this issue . . .
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