Review of Suicide Squad: Basilisk Rising

Suicide Squad, Volume 2: Basilisk Rising by Adam Glass

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If there’s one thing I’ve come to realize, it’s that Glass, Abnett, and Lanning are masters at assembling disparate pieces of story into a semi-cohesive plot. The Team bounces around from mission to mission in a seemingly random pattern that moves forward. And while it probably DOES help to have some background knowledge of the various characters mentioned (they definitely all know each other), you start to grasp their various abilities and powers as things progress. And “honor among thieves?” It takes on a definite meaning within the context of Task Force X, something that comes out strongly in this volume. You start to pull apart the various bonds between the core team members while you gain a dislike for the vigilantes of the DC universe. (And I’m not opposed to that, by the way) At the same time, you start building question after question about Waller and A.R.G.U.S. without getting much in the way of answers. And maybe that’s the idea. The writing team does an excellent job of keeping their cards close to the chest, flashing only a glimpse of a grin here and there. You can’t help but admire their style and finesse.

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