Review: Suicide Squad #10

DC Comics doubled down and released Suicide Squad #10 on the same day as the conclusion of the Justice League vs Suicide Squad arc. That event’s final issue seemed to wrap up the inevitable joining together of the two teams and close the loop, however, issue Suicide Squad #10 seems to have opened the issue back up and promise more to come in further issues of the epilogue tinged beginning of a new arc.

Suicide Squad #10 opens with Rustam still on the run collecting psychological ammo to use against Amanda Waller, the puppet master of the Suicide Squad. Thanks to a clue left at the scene of his last sighting the team is sent to run interference and collect three teens and bring them to the base.

Usually, the squad’s missions are all about saving the world from destruction but, it’s starting took look more and more like the Squad has become Amanda’s personal security team and gophers. This issue gives us a glimpse into the person behind the steely exterior and, we learn a lot about Amanda’s life outside of & before the Squad. The teens turn out to be part of her family and Rustam hopes to use them to tear her down. The squad turns out to be extremely supportive of Amanda’s efforts at reuniting with her kids but, her kids are not having any of it.

Rob Williams and Si Spurrier‘s writing is well-crafted and soulful. The writing is the issue pulls the reader in and the familiar story causes you to become invested in the characters and the story as a whole. While the primary focus of the issue is Amanda and her kids being reunited via kidnapping, we also get to see how each of the team members feels about their own familial longings and how they in some way see Amanda getting what she wants a template for their own redemption. No words are wasted and they tell a truly cohesive, honest and memorable story that sets up a nice beginning to the beginning of this epilogue arc.

Giuseppe Cataro‘s artwork is like an added character in the story. The detail is amazing and adds to the storytelling. Some things in this issue are better said without words and Cataro’s art gets across certain points that words could not express and in some cases add an extra layer of emotional depth when words are used. There is this moment where we see the sadness and compassion wash across Harley’s face as she eavesdrops on Amanda talking to her kids that is haunting and beautiful.

Suicide Squad #10 was a wonderful read from cover to cover. It can stand alone as a one-off issue or blend well into a new story arc with minimal loss of understanding in between issues. The issue ended on a note that was somber enough to be a full stop ending and hopeful enough to start a new chapter. The art and writing blended together seamlessly and created a cohesive and beautiful world covered in bleakness with just enough hope to keep things going and progressing. This issue would serve as a great entry point for people who have never read a comic before. It has a very human story at its core with minimal metahuman power showing, this would allow new readers to become invested in the characters as people before introducing all of the amazing superhuman things they can do. Humanizing the characters makes the story relatable and creates a nice gateway into comic books as a whole.

Story: Rob Williams and Si Spurrier Art: Giuseppe Cataro
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

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