Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6 (of 6) (DC Comics)
In a lot of ways, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad has been the complete antithesis of a lot of major comic book events. It was weekly, on time, and didn’t involve a ton of crossovers with other books. In fact, if you just read the main event series, you’d be just fine. An added bonus has been the fact that the Joshua Williamson written event has been pretty fun, and featured a lot of fantastic artists on each issue (which helped the timeliness of the event). Which is why as we reach the final issue of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, I’m kind of bummed to see it go. This has been such a fun ride that it’s the only time I actually WANT an event to be given a few extra issues.
The battle against the newly resurrected Eclipso (thanks to Max Lord) has hit full force, and Batman and his makeshift Suicide Squad are no match for the possessed Justice League, who make short work of the new team. Thanks to an assist from Killer Frost, the battle is won, leading to teases of what’s to come in the DC universe: a new team of Justice League members formed by Batman, and a brand new version of the Suicide Squad entitled Task Force XI.
While you might think that the battle being over by the midway point of the issue is a problem, it actually works out in this issue’s favor. Joshua Williamson’s script balances the action and the set ups for future titles wonderfully, and the battle is even finished in a satisfying way. If Justice League vs. Suicide Squad was Wiliamson’s test for the big leagues, I’d say he passed with flying colors.
Howard Porter handles the art duties for this final issue, and while his art is a little looser than I remember it being, it’s still pretty damn solid. Porter’s action scenes are dynamic and serve the script, and he’s able to give this battle the epic scope it deserves. Like Williamson, Porter is able to balance the action and the set up moments with ease, and while the art could’ve been a little tighter, it’s still worthy of the artists who drew the earlier issues in the series.
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad was a pretty satisfying event, something that is pretty rare these days. Every major comic company could stand to learn a thing or two from this event. If this is the direction DC’s events will go in the future, we’re in for a great ride.