Writer: Simon Spurrier
Art: Aaron Campbell, Jordie Bellaire, and Aditya Bidikar
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: April 12th, 2022
This threat is still on the loose. And even though our current SUICIDE SQUAD team may have failed with their first go around, most of them survived for Round Two! However, readers will discover that the threat has finally escalated to bringing in the big guns. But, will it be enough? Let’s dive into SUICIDE SQUAD: BLAZE #2 by Simon Spurrier and discover if the big guns can handle this threat on their own or if this new SUICIDE SQUAD will have to sneak in to bail them out.
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Spurrier’s opening remarks hit hard as the narration paints a somewhat realistic, yet also pessimistic, picture as to what nurture can truly do to a child. A person’s upbringing, as well as simply the love and environment they receive, can truly be the difference in your story. And oftentimes, people tend to forget that. Take SUPERMAN for example. Recently, stories have been written involving the worst-case scenario where SUPERMAN goes off his rocker. Whether it be by upbringing or loss, tragedy changes a person. However, we can’t forget that it’s how we react in the face of adversity that helps us overcome those nurturing obstacles.
Nevertheless, Spurrier uses SUICIDE SQUAD: BLAZE #2 as a canvas to showcase the dark side of humanity. The instances where everyone could just snap, lose control, and detour the life laid out for themselves. In essence, that’s what happened to every member of this BLAZE squad, which is ultimately what led to them being trapped in this life in the first.
All this being said after readers comb through the Meta that’s SUICIDE SQUAD: BLAZE #2, readers unearth some pretty serious $&@$ that happens to a DC COMIC heavy hitter as well as what the BLAZE truly is, how it works, and where it came from. Readers uncover creative connections with this crazy monstrosity, Waller, and even some psychic links that could be very beneficial in the future.
Heck, it shouldn’t be a surprise to discover that the very thing responsible for our destruction was something of our own creation. Yet through the overly meta narration comes the utter reality that Spurrier has created something capable of annihilating the DC COMICS best and brightest. Readers, SUICIDE SQUAD: BLAZE #2 goes nuclear and you’ll want to make sure you pick this one up to continue in this surreal, cascading thrill ride.
Aaron Campbell and Jordie Bellaire continue to do a great job with the realism of the characters. No one is overly muscular and tone which is also mirrored with true expressions and strong emotional idioms that really wrangle the SUICIDE SQUAD: BLAZE #2 in. Yet, there were far too many moments where the colors were a bit too blurry making some of the panels hard to decipher and almost sloppy. At times, I couldn’t figure out what was happening through the bombardment of action sequences, which I believe was done on purpose to hit the proper feel of the issue. Nevertheless, I just found it confusing and difficult to read due to the stylistic choice of the art team.
SUICIDE SQUAD: BLAZE #2 is raw, emotionally charged, gritty, and real. Deeper relationships are formed, unexpected characters are destroyed, and a creature of unexplainable carnage is unstoppably aroused… yup… aroused. There’s subtle humor that doesn’t always hit the mark alongside some confusing art at times. However, the story is complex, wickedly entertaining, and loads of fun. I’m still super pumped to see where this goes and think SUICIDE SQUAD: BLAZE #2 is a fantastic story for any comic fan, not just the SUICIDE SQUAD peeps. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God Bless!