Review: Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum #4

“Minds Over Matter”
Writer: John Layman
Artist: Jesus Hervas
Color Artist: David Baron
Letterer: Andworld Design
Review by Philip Clark

Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum #4 follows the format of the previous three installments but with a slight twist. The focus of this issue is Captain Boomerang’s escape, and I would argue that it’s the most interesting of the three so far.

With the mayhem happening at Arkham, thanks to Waller’s plans, the inmates have been teaming up to deal out as much chaos as possible before escaping the madhouse.

Yer A Digger, Mate

From the ‘main’ team, meaning that it’s the one that we usually see, Boomerang’s my second favorite character (Harley being the first). I’ve always enjoyed how he’s been written, as a little competition for Deadshot while still being as witty as Harley. He also tends to be the one most about self-preservation, making sure he’s surviving the mission at the very least.

That plays a massive role in this issue. His survivability is put through its biggest test yet as his new comrades turn against him! The story has everything; drama, action, and comedy.

Sadly, there’s no romance, though I wouldn’t put it past ol’ Digger.

The art team, yet again, does a great job at capturing the chaos. The secondary characters having mind-controlling powers really lets the art team of Hervas and Baron explore their wild side. There’s a double-page spread in this issue that’s reminiscent of something Salvador Dali would paint, and it’s glorious.

Conclusion

The issues keep getting stronger and Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum #4 is no exception. There’s definitely been a pattern to the last three issues and I’m curious to see if next month’s chapter will continue it.

This is a very solid overall issue, and it’s obvious the creative team is growing together.

Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment


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