Suicide Squad #2 goes in a very odd direction.
It’s completely bat shit crazy, in all honesty. But it focuses rather too much on being different in terms of it’s characters – rather than actually focusing on the plot. And whilst it can kind of get away with some elements of that (simply because of the weird nature of the series) sometimes we need plot. It makes some very interesting choices that ultimately lead to the death of one of the members. Whilst it came completely out of the blue and was a genuine surprise… the characters that it involved were some very odd choices.
Essentially, the McGuffin of Suicide Squad #2 is a cosmic object that they’re either to capture or destroy. And it all seems a bit pointless. Why didn’t they just blow the place up from the outside – or nuke it? It’s very clear that Waller always knows more than she’s letting on, so we highly doubt she didn’t know that the place was holding the Phantom Zone. We won’t spoil who emerges very violently from it, but it’s a very odd choice of villain for the team. There were probably easier ways of pitting the team and this villain together rather than dropping them through space. It felt like overkill.
Now having said that, the dialogue between the team is completely brilliant. Harley Quinn and Katana have the greatest one-sided conversation in the middle of a huge brawl. When it has those really original moments scattered across the story – it really helps redeem itself. And whilst this no way near one of our favourite Suicide Squad stories, it’s not terrible. It could be a lot better, but it’s not terrible. The random encounter with a Harley Quinn obsessed metahuman was one of those genuinely funny elements of the story that make Suicide Squad #2 feel fresh.
Whilst it’s nothing incredibly special, it still does a good job utilising the characters that it had.
With a few big plot holes, this issue falls a little short. But it still manages to be freshly original in places.