When The Wall Falls Down, The Prisoners Run Free
Suicide Squad #12
Publisher: DC Comics
Written by: Rob Williams
Penciled by: John Romita, Jr., Eddy Barrows
Inked by: Richard Friend, Eber Ferreira
Colors by: Dean White, Jeremiah Skipper, Adriano Lucas
Well there’s no way to hide it anymore. Amanda Waller is dead. Shot at point blank range. But who could have done it? Why is Romita Jr such a bad artist? How can Waller monologue after her death? Who’s going to stop her murderer? Why is Harcourt acting like she doesn’t care? WHY IS ROMITA JR. SUCH A BAD ARTIST?!? I wish I could answer these questions but I can’t. There is one I will answer. Is it a good read?
The comic has one major part and one small part. The small part is the Suicide Squad coming face to face to Rustam, (the escaped villain from Justice League vs Suicide Squad who used to lead the team before Rick Flagg) and his gang of misfit metahumans that he freed from prisons who all have powers that are an even match for them. This is part of Rustam’s plan it seems to basically liberate everything ever controlled by Waller. In showing the Squad these Meta humans, the idea is to show they can have freedom too. This part of the story does feature a good amount of humor and displays of the team functioning well in the field. Though I’m sort of getting sick of Hack, (the tech operator of the team who’s apart of the Squad out of her own free will and a big Harley fan). She’s been around since the first arc of the series and yes has had some growth but she just keeps being the EX Machina/transporter for the team, being able to beam them through cyber space. I’m honestly hoping she leaves the team soon because she’s just not very interesting and her powers are used in the most basic way.
The rest of the main story is a monologue from a dying Amanda Waller. Reflecting on her stupid decisions and then recanting on most it because she’s a strong independent woman and don’t need nobody. But I love this because it shows that part of her seems to wish she hadn’t pushed away her kids after her husband’s death. Part of her wishes she’d have done better by the convicts she leads and even Rustam. But then she say’s screw all of them. Because she’s Amanda Waller…and well she dies as doctors try to save her.
The story is pretty basic but makes you feel from the Waller side of things. The rest of the book after the main story is an amazing display once again in the “Rob Williams back of the book” category of storytelling. Where the current writer has been telling more of the story/expanding on the lore of characters. I’m not going to spoil it but the reveal of who had killed Waller is obvious but worth the read
Romita Jr’s artwork is minimal because frankly its only there for the main story that’s almost only the first half of the book. The art gets somewhat better with drawing characters normal and having very good expressions. So, this book’s art is passable due to it being saved from Romita Jr torture.
Hopefully this story picks up and ends up having a good ending. The wall is gone and the team is falling apart especially with the reveal of a spy within the ranks…I gotta stop spoiling stuff.