Suicide Squad #6
By Rob Williams, Jim Lee, Scott Hanna, Sandra Hope, Matt Banning, Alex Sinclair, and Gabe Eltaeb
Suicide Squad has gone through several different line up changes since it first premiered in modern comics in 1987. It shouldn’t be a shock to anyone that DC is trying to align the characters in the new film to the team in their books. Having said that, it seems less likely that we’ll be seeing a high body count with this team since many of the members are well established and not throwaway D-list characters. Either way, we should buckle up and enjoy the ride that the book offers.
There is an energy in the air that makes people around Zod want to kill one another. Rob Williams has done a decent job of leaving readers with a few cliffhangers this issue. One thing he has been building up this series has been the relationship between June and Killer Croc. This relationship hits a snag when there is an attack from one party on the other. One downside of this issue is that it’s an incredibly fast read. Each story gets a coupe of pages and then it ends. There isn’t enough time to get too excited or invested in everything this issue. There is a back-up story involving Killer Croc, and while it’s a fine tale, it’s attempt to make the reader sympathize with Croc is an utter eye-roll moment. Not everyone on the team has to be a good guy that got caught in a bad situation. There isn’t really enough from the first or second part of the issue to say this was enough to satisfy you. As far as comics go, this was decent, but nothing that will break the internet.
The pencils this issue are handled by the legendary Jim Lee with colors by Alex Sinclair. You’re hooked from the second panel of the first page in this issue. As a major character gets their brains blown out, Jim Lee has you. Lee’s art is as gorgeous as ever, and his style hasn’t changed all that much. He’s doing some nice hatching on close up panels of characters, like Rick Flag as he has a mini freak out. This is violent issue for Lee. There are decapitations, bullets penetrating people’s heads, and inmates getting their throats ripped out. The colors by Alex Sinclair are magnificent in the first story. He uses a lot of red as the danger lights are on for most of the issue. There is an awesome silhouetted image of Flag, Waller and Katana that is colored perfectly with a nice blue in the background to make the characters shadows stand out. The art in the second part of the story is handled by Caros D’anda. The art here is fine, it goes with a little looser style in terms of line work. The colors by Gabe Eltaeb are also more pastel and come of light. The last panel of Killer Croc staring a Waller does look very vicious though.
Suicide Squad #6 was alright, but splitting the main story with a back-up story really hinders the enjoyment of the issue. You honestly get 12 pages of main storyline and a redone Killer Croc origin that is pretty lame. This issue suffers because of this split and the main plot doesn’t get the chance to progress enough. That aside, the art in both sections of the book is excellent. Once this series gets rid of the back-up stories and focuses on the main plot, it will be a better book.