Suicide Squad #5 (REVIEW)

May 27, 2020

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Suicide Squad #5
DC Comics

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Colors by: Adriano Lucas
Letters by: Wes Abbott

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(WARNING: Spoilers for Suicide Squad #5 ahead.)

One thing you can’t say about Tom Taylor’s Suicide Squad is that the story moves at a slow pace. Something significant happens each issue.

Yet another pair of characters bit the dust, though I was surprised to see one go already.

There’s no question Lok was a problem. No one will shed a tear over his death or absence throughout the rest of the series, but I wonder if he had more to offer. But maybe he wasn’t dynamic enough to carry on as the villain for a few more It’s been clear for a while Lok was a pawn in this game, and his abrupt end confirms that.

With his death and Jog’s — along with all the others through the first five issues — I’m starting to wonder if any of these newer Suicide Squad members will survive this ordeal. They’re easier to dispose of since most won’t have an emotional attachment yet, so why not wipe them out.

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That being said, it’s still hard to imagine Deadshot and Harley Quinn, especially, are in danger of dying.

Captain Boomerang seems in play, though. That’d be a strong move by Taylor. As much as Boomerang isn’t exactly a beloved character, he’s a Suicide Squad staple. And while I feel confident about Deadshot and Harley Quinn surviving Taylor, killing off Boomerang would leave a lot of room for doubt.

Now, there’s more to Suicide Squad #5 than the deaths. We now know who was in calling the shots for Lok. I just wonder if they hunt him down right away, where do things go from there? There’s been no tease of another storyline — unless their upcoming run-in with a few other DC characters alters their course.

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