Bowling in the chaos of “Forever Evil,” the story in “Suicide Squad” #25 pits the Suicide Squad against a patchwork team of heroes in this story from writer Matt Kindt and artist Patrick Zircher. The “Forever Evil” trade dress might get this comic book more eyeballs, but O.M.A.C. on the cover was all the incentive I needed to check this one out.
Matt Kindt unfurls a two-sided plot that pits both sides against the middle as the heroes and the villains scrum for O.M.A.C. Each side believes itself to be operating under orders from Amanda Waller, acting in the best interest of the world, but Kindt does a nice job of breaking down the conflict as each team realizes they’ve been duped. Kindt throws in some perspective from the Thinker and gives Amanda Waller a chance to shine, showcasing her plotting and conniving. With the pair of teams yielding over a half dozen characters, and layers of subplots and revealed secrets, “Suicide Squad” #25 is a very thick read, rewarding the reader on multiple levels and promising plenty more intrigue and excitement.
Working to the atmosphere of Kindt’s story, Zircher draws his characters out of the shadow, layering in details and textures through more cast shadows while playing to the lighting from Jason Keith’s colors. While the coloring does enhance the story, there is little doubt that this tale would be equally effective if it were printed directly from Zircher’s line art. Tonally, “Suicide Squad” #25 is visually reminiscent of Geoff Isherwood’s work on the title alongside John Ostrander. Zircher steps up to meet the challenge of Kindt’s sprawling, wild story as if saying, “More, please.” This is a visually enticing comic book that doesn’t lose itself for show and promotes storytelling as the most important aspect of the art.
As a fan of the classic work Ostrander did with “Suicide Squad,” I’ve found the New 52’s incarnation lacking. That streak seems to be broken with “Suicide Squad” #25. While “Forever Evil” fuels the story, the success of this adventure is purely based on the efforts of Kindt and Zircher. There’s not as much action from O.M.A.C. as I had hoped, but at least now I know where to find one of my favorite characters of the New 52 relaunch. The craziness surrounding O.M.A.C. and the Suicide Squad provides a nice, chaotic backdrop that doubles as fuel, propelling the story to wonderfully bizarre places as Kindt pours the action into “Suicide Squad.”