Suicide Squad #19
Cyborg Superman and The Eradicator wanted to stack their odds in taking Superman and tried to recruit General Zod to join their Revenge Squad. It did not end well. Suicide Squad #19 continues the unofficial Action Comics crossover and the fallout from Cyborg Superman and The Eradicator’s plan going sideways. Typically we get the hero vs hero fight so this made for a nice fun twist.
Meanwhile, the Suicide Squad has to stop the prisoners in the Phantom Zone from coming to Earth. And for one Squad member this is the last mission … possibly. Writer Rob Williams leaves the slight chance that this death isn’t permanent, but to let it sink in and sell that death, that member is going to have to be away for awhile.
With Zod raging out against Cyborg Superman and The Eradicator, the Squad somewhat gets relegated to supporting status in their own title. That’s not the best approach typically, but it was fitting in this instance as this was the result of Amanda Waller’s schemes going terribly wrong. And the fallout proves costly.
Neil Edwards steps in as artist this issue for Tony S. Daniel. Edwards has been frustratingly inconsistent. Some issues his work is outstanding while in others his art is lacking. Edwards might just be one of those artists who needs a more involved inker to really highlight his work.
Sandu Florea’s inks are fine, but aren’t strong enough to bring out the best of Edwards’ pencils. A few pages suffer from soft faces and detailing. Tomeu Morey’s colors don’t really pop either making for a somewhat washed out look. The art is perfectly adequate, but is lacking that spark during Jim Lee’s run.
Fortunately Williams has the formula down for strong Suicide Squad outings. This one is no different and definitely sets up a significant change to the status quo going forward.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10