Suicide Squad #13
Writer: Rob Williams
Penciled By: John Romita Jr.
Inker: Richard Friend
Colorists: Dean White & Jeremiah Skipper
With the killer of Amanda Waller revealed, Rick Flagg and Katana captured by Rustam, and the entirety of the Suicide Squad starting to fall apart, is everything this team worked for been for nothing? Let’s hope so because this book has been too good for it all to come to an end.
When you turn to the first page of the issue, Commander Rick Flagg and his second in command Katana, bludgeoned and captured by the leader turned villain, Rustam. Whose sole agenda in life is to destroy everything Amanda Waller has built, even in the wake of her death. What could be perplexing about Rustam and what I don’t think I’ve explained well enough is that when Amanda Waller began her efforts with Task Force X, Rustam was the field leader. The original team was some of the most over powered villains imaginable but they weren’t even being controlled by brain bombs or anything. The whole story itself plays out in Suicide Squad issue 9, a tie in to Justice League vs Suicide Squad. This issue especially is needed if you want to gain an understanding of the current situation.
Over the course of the rest of the issue, we see Harley Quinn and Deadshot trying to basically decide if the Suicide Squad is humane. The entire concept of it is why Deadshot killed Amanda Waller. ‘The woman put brain bombs in our heads and forced us to go on suicide missions.’ he says, which is true. Yet before this moment, he never cared about the everyday occurrences. He just cared about working off his time so he could return to his daughter. In the end, however, it was revealed that Deadshot had contacted Rustam explaining he wanted to embrace the idea of being ‘set free’ if he assists him and kills Waller. Harley Quinn revealed is honestly very hurt by Deadshot’s decision. It is noticeable that Bob Williams is trying to establish Harley as the leader when she really doesn’t have the right to be. She’s, as Deadshot said in the New 52 run of Suicide Squad, Coo Coo for Cocoa Puffs. She’s the one that is just here for kicks. So the idea of her being leader is well weird. The game has changed. Deadshot was the POV character in the last run of this series. He was the one who went through hell just for this job. He’s always been the staple member of every Suicide Squad. So to see it all change is well…weird, and I don’t know if I like it.
By the end of the issue, Rustam gains access to the Squad’s brain bombs. He deactivates them and they all basically have a choice. Stay and fight, or go back to their evil ways. The majority leave, but Harley isn’t done just yet. She wants revenge. And
she intends to get it. One other thing in this issue is the out of nowhere niceness of Captain Boomerang. He begins to be flirtatious with Hack, and thanking her for saving him from death, which makes what happens in the end, very…odd, and well as confusing as Suicide Squad gets.
I’m not going to even beat the dead horse of the art. If you want to know how I feel, see my Suicide Squad #11 review. the story however is very well done, Flagg and Katana’s capture and the persuasion of Rustam, Harley’s sadness of the betrayal of Deadshot, the surprise ended that has me stuttering in confusion. Very good read, I can’t wait for the next issue and I can’t wait to be rid of John Romita Jr off my book.