Writer: Tim King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Is this really necessary?...
So this issue begins with a small conversation between Alfred and Amanda Waller in the Batcave. That’s right. We don’t get right back into the story, but instead are given this pointless scene that is only there to connect Batman to the upcoming Justice League vs. Suicide Squad crossover event. Waller enters the cave politely, being careful not to startle Alfred. And needs some files for an upcoming...event. Pretty sure she’s going to be the one behind the crossover OR she’s taking Batman’s files on the Justice League to have an advantage over the Justice League. I may not have minded too much if the last issue didn’t end like it did. Batman finally confronting Bane! But I won’t lie, I love when Alfred has conversations with characters like Waller.
The fight we’ve all been waiting for… maybe… not…
Now we are back to where we left off last issue. Batman is on the ground in front of Bane, Catwoman and Psycho pirate are sitting beside Banes throne and Bane is still clean and off the venom. I was so looking forward to what I thought was coming next, but for now we just get Bane going on about him and Batman being the same. They both look for monsters because they’re both weak blah blah blah. Bane claims Psycho Pirate can make Batman happy but Batman just says once again that he wants to break his damn back. At this point I’m getting excited. Bane proceeds to beat up Batman while Batman just takes it, while at the same time my hopes of a rematch are being crushed harder than Batman’s face. And you know what’s even worse? They pull a full on Dark Knight Rises and let Catwoman take down Bane. Boo I say. Boo!
The rest of the team…
While Bane is giving his speech to Batman we also see panels of what the rest of the team is up to. Remember this was originally Batman’s Suicide Squad don’t forget. I almost did. And they don’t do a hell of a lot anyways. The Ventriloquist is still staying put, Bronze Tiger is making his way through the prison towards the throne room, finds the Ventriloquist and takes him with him. I don’t know what was going on with Punchy and Jewlee, I think I actually became a little dumber from reading their dialogue. They are on a conveyer belt going towards an incinerator while chewing bubble gum, talking about the most random stuff and the proceeding to blow bubbles so big they pop and incase them in bubble gum. I’m still not even sure what they do next. One moment Punchy and Jewlee are surrounded by fire, covered in bubble gum and the next they’re diving into water...I don’t know. But the gum is now a raft to save everyone.
The Ventriloquist is used to take down Psycho Pirate and we see a brief appearance from Scar Face. Well more just his voice. And I guess Bronze Tiger was brought to take out The Ventriloquist when he was finished. Very exciting stuff. Ends with the “team” floating away and Batman saying he is going to keep his word to all of them. Oh and Bane is screaming for venom again. Didn’t see that one coming!
I had high hopes for the I Am Suicide arc. I loved the idea of Batman’s own Suicide Squad with a possible rematch with Bane and a cool yet weird team dynamic. But my hopes were sadly crushed. I didn’t care for how the team was used. They weren’t even in an entire issue. The only thing I liked about this issue was the art. Simple yet gritty. With really great textures in the colours. Mikel Janin’s art is definitely the highlight of I Am Suicide.
Rating: Purgatory ★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆☆
Brandon Reid | Nerd Church Radio