Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Lucas, & Wes Abbott
The Suicide Squad has gone through a lot together in this run, and their bond is now starting to be felt in the story. Some surprising warmth is given to the characters, and this makes them feel stronger. This issue focuses more on Deadshot, adds more depth to the characters, and sets up the next exciting chapter excellently.
The Suicide Squad has gone AWOL in the past two issues, escaping from their previous commander as well as Batman. Deadshot previously learned that his debt to society had been paid and he was free to go home (although no one bothered to tell him). In this issue, Deadshot finally gets to head home to his family. After everything that he’s done, however, it was obviously not going to be that easy.
Tom Taylor is injecting heart into Suicide Squad really well. Deadshot is the main character in this series, and his return home feels much-deserved. He cares so much about his family, and it is bittersweet to have him reunite with them. This run has juggled a bunch of different tones, actually. The previous issue, which sees the group fighting Batman, is very comedic. This issue is less aiming for comedy and more giving Deadshot a wholesome moment. I didn’t expect to ever call an issue of a Suicide Squad comic “sweet”, but here we are.
The artwork does a great job of contributing to these sweet moments. Deadshot reuniting with his daughter is complimented with bright rays of sunshine and a smiling dog wagging his tail (yes, it’s the same dog Deadshot used to shield himself from Batman). Deadshot’s home is bright and sunny until trouble arrives. Then, the home fills with shadows and the colors get darker as the sun begins to set. It’s a great way of visually portraying the shift in tone in the story.
The sunlight gradually changes throughout the course of the issue, likely taking place in one day. In the beginning, the shadows and rays of light suggest that it is somewhere around late-morning. Once the tone shifts, the sun begins to set as it becomes evening. I went back and looked, and their shadows even change direction accurately as the sun moves. By the very end, it becomes night as an eventful day for Deadshot ends, and another is waiting for him.
Although the main focus of this issue is on Deadshot, the other members of the Suicide Squad still get some brief moments, too. Not everyone gets a chance to speak, but with how many people are in the Suicide Squad currently, it’s still a nice effort of trying to balance the other characters.
Overall, this issue felt much different than the previous ones. The past couple of issues have all felt unique from each other, actually. Deadshot has gained more depth, and some heart has been added to the story. The Suicide Squad is forming a stronger bond, and they still have some business to take care of.
Suicide Squad (2019) #7
Deadshot finally gets to head home, and it makes for some sweet moments. But, for the Suicide Squad, nothing ever goes according to plan.