Rob Williams brought the heat in this action packed issue that brings the “Burning Down the House (Hit It)” story arc to a close and starts something off even better. Williams gives us a squad in chaos that’s dealing with some of its members capture and the death of one of its own. The Squad knows they’re no heroes but, they are a team and one thing that their team of baddies gone semi good does well is revenge. The death of Hack will be avenged and now that that there are no strings on Harley, we get to see one of our favorite bad asses going hard with her infamous mallet. There was sincere joy in my heart when she whipped that thing out and headed into battle.
Suicide Squad #14 starts off with Flag and Katana confined and being held captive by Rustam and his gang of goons, including the traitor Deadshot. This issue treats us to some peak Harley savagery on her quest to find out who killed Hack and her mission to make them pay, with or without the aid of the rest of the Squad. We get to see some action, self-pity, rage, a return and some pretty hardcore violence. All of the awesomeness a comic book lover could need packed into the pages of a single issue and, it is magnificent.
Eddy Barrows and John Romita Jr., serve up some pretty well thought out lines for the pivotal issue and they feel like an extra character giving some depth and realism to the amazing tale that Williams has written. There isn’t a line wasted, a blood splatter misplaced, or a brutalized body left lacking. The facial expressions on the characters add agency to their actions and tell more than words could every say, so even when the panels are devoid of words, the images speak volumes.
This issue is a beautifully well-written end of an arc and a perfectly plotted out start of a new one. A clear line has been drawn in the sand and allegiances are solidified and destroyed. There’s a lot going on in this episode and some pretty good surprises but, one of the things that really impressed me was the degree of talent in the story telling. This is one of those issues that those who are new to the story could pick up, still know what’s going on and want to not only follow along in the next issue but, maybe play catch up just so they have something to keep them occupied while they wait, for what’ll seem like the longest two weeks ever, for the next issue.
Story: Rob Williams Art: John Romita Jr. and Eddy Barrows
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy
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