Review: Suicide Squad #31
The “Secret History of Task Force X” arc has been an journey of exploration surrounding the OG Task Force X and the parallels tp our favorite villains, the Suicide Squad. There has been a lot to unpack emotionally, and story wise, but writer Rob Williams as usual rises to the challenge. He sets the writing bar high and not only hits the mark but passes it with his superior story telling. This issue continues to track the ramifications of the OG TFX mister with the Red Mask, Karin is still in space, Suicide Squads’ Rick Flagg still in the Phantom Zone, and everything is spectacular.
This issue shows off Williams’ range as a writer, not only do we get his always well played action but, we get some nice sensitive, well thought out emotional moments. Williams’ is a master a writing realistically when it comes to his female characters in thoughts, he has a earl knack for making their motivations and emotions realistic and genuine. There was a moment where I actually felt so deeply about some of the female characters emotions and motivations that I started to tear up. The way this issue juxtaposes Harley Quinn and Karin’s relationship and feelings for OG Flagg and Suicide Flagg is sweet, and beautiful. He touches on all of the intensity and grey areas of intimate relationships while managing to have each of them maintain a sense of agency. There is a nuanced and self aware portrayal when Harley ponders her relationship with The Joker that hits the gut especially when she parallels it with her relationship with Flagg. There are so many wonderfully written moments that evoke so much emotion that they could fill a whole issue on their own, yet Williams’ manages to distill a myriad of thoughts and actions into a 21 page issue arc segment without sacrificing story or realism. Williams’ writing is superb, believable, and so real that the emotional moments in his script pack just a big of a punch as his action filled let’s save the world moments do.
The amazing writing in this issue of the story arc was accompanied by Barnaby Bagenda futuristic yet muted art work. Bagenda provided a well drawn backdrop to an intense story and his palette choice added an extra character to the story without detracting from Williams’ poignant words. The art was so well crafted that you could actually see emotions on the characters faces and pain in their bodies.
Suicide Squad #31 is beautifully written, brilliantly crafted, and a perfect combination of art and story that draws the reader in and immerses them so fully in the drama that you forget that it’s a comic book. If you want to feel real feelings about imaginary characters, this is the issue to read.
Story: Rob Williams Art: Barnaby Bagenda
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy
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