Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo & Adriano Lucas
After several issues of very-well-done character studies, it’s back to the action for Suicide Squad. The Squad is ready to take down Ted Kord, and they are operating as a perfect unit. Several twists and turns ensure, and a shocking moment that the Squad may never recover from. (Well, it’s shocking if you avoided DC’s marketing for it.)
The Suicide Squad has a plan, and they execute it perfectly. The team is working like a well-oiled machine, which is extremely satisfying to see. It’s great how each member of the team gets at least some sort of attention. Chaos Kitten and Thylacine are a great duo, and Osita gets in a bold argument. While Deadshot is obviously the main character of this story, he is truly just another member of this team rather than serving as the leader. It’s not like the rest of the team takes a backseat, they are all with him and add great moments to the story.
A particularly personal moment in this issue features Deadshot talking with his daughter, who is still dressing up as Liveshot. She is taking after her father and wants to be a “hero” like him, but he wants her to have a better life than he has. This is the calm before the storm, as the team goes to meet Ted Kord face-to-face right after. What they find there is not what they expected, and what follows is certainly less-expected. All of this comes to a head at a shocking moment that has been hinted towards for a long time.
Suicide Squad has had consistently great art, and this issue is no exception. The underwater scenes are drawn and colored lovely. The rays of light that are cast through the trees add so much to the scenery. And Chaos Kitten and Thylacine wearing suits are the definitions of cool. A few famous faces from the DC universe make surprise appearances near the end of this issue, and I love how prominent they are drawn.
This issue feels like the ending of one-act and the beginning of the final one. With only two issues left, I’m interested to see how the whole team reacts to the aftermath of these events. These characters are all wonderful, and I hope to see more of each and every one of them once this series wraps. Tom Taylor himself has hinted that some of these characters may have a future in the DC universe, and I sure hope so. There are plenty of twists and turns in this issue (even if DC spoiled the main one). The Squad is working together better than ever, and real conversations are happening. All of these are leading the series towards its final issues.
Suicide Squad (2019-) #9
The Squad is working together better than ever, and they are taking action to take Kord down. What follows are some great moments, some twists and turns, and real consequences.