Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
After a three month break, Tom Taylor’s Suicide Squad returned today and the book wasted no time in getting straight back into things.
If you haven’t read the issue yet, then here’s a SPOILER ALERT warning. Plenty of spoilers below so stop reading here if you don’t want it spoiling for you!
Taylor continues to breathe new life into the Suicide Squad and has created an interesting and fresh version of the squad.
The issue started off with the squad capturing Captain Boomerang before taking him back to the new leader of the Suicide Squad, Lok.
From there the issue really kicked into gear and after Lok ordered Deadshot to execute his former teammate, Boomerang, Lawton turned on Lok and shot the Suicide Squad leader in the head, killing him instantly. Although Taylor’s Suicide Squad has a reputation for killing off any character, with no one safe, I was still surprised to see Lok killed off so early in the run after featuring prominently in the first few issues.
Taylor has found the perfect blend of humour and action within this series and this issue was no different. My only negative was the big reveal at the end.
While it had been hinted that Lok was working for a high authority, I don’t think anyone expected Ted Kord to be the man behind the operation.
Kord – the original Blue Beetle – is a surprising choice for the Suicide Squad’s latest villain and is one I’m not entirely sure is the right one to make. With Kord’s reputation as a hero firmly set in the eyes of most DC fans, there won’t be many happy to see the hero turn to the dark side.
Having said that, Taylor has become known for some incredible swerves in the past and I won’t be surprised if the Kord reveal is just another ruse before the ultimate reveal.