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‘Suicide Squad #42’ (review)

Written by Rob Williams
Illustrated by Jose Luis
Published by DC Comics


This is good stupid fun. Batman and Deadshot have basically teamed up for this issue and it’s a hoot. Rob Williams finally relaxes a little and the results are a fun book. I laughed a few times.

Batman and Deadshot are on the trail to find Deadshot’s daughter!

Deadshot isn’t very happy about the fact that she is missing and Batman isn’t very happy in general.

The opening sequence is great. The duo arrive in Texas and they immediately are beating the hell out of a villain.

The villain says, “you guys don’t come down here.”

Batman says, “we’re on vacation,” taking out the thug.

Deadshot retorts, “lucky you.”

I laughed out loud at this. This was a great opener to this tale.

Then, the duo get into a fight looking for information. Williams keeps it lively here, and as a result my interest was high. The ensuing fight was very well choreographed by Luis.

Of course, Batman and Deadshot don’t agree on killing their foes. So, then begins the obvious fight we have heard a hundred times. Batman stops Deadshot from killing someone and we are left to a familiar conversation that Batman only has about 3000 times a year.

After that, Waller sends the rest of Task Force X after the duo. They follow the path of destruction. Batman and Deadshot have some philosophical debates until they meet a big serpent like foe in the cliffhanger. It’s not mind blowing but it’ll do.

Like I said earlier, Williams has a good time even though his writing is a bit tired for this title. I think he does his best on the action parts. The character development parts? Not so much.

The art by Luis is the best part. He gets the action down nice and he can make anything seem believable. He adds a flair to the book we haven’t seen before.

All in all, it’s a pretty decent issue. Not as good as it can be, but it’s certainly better than where we have been.



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