Many people said the DC’s new approach to event comics and the more or less weekly shipping schedule. However, the drawback is that this makes it much more difficult to stick to a single creative team. Justice League vs. Suicide Squad started out with the amazingly talented Jason Fabok in issue #1, which set a high bar that subsequent issues were never going to match. That’s one of the reasons this mini-series is beginning to lose its momentum.
Fabok might have been hard-pressed to deliver an exciting, visually dynamic issue #3, however. Issue #3 is largely devoid of action, with the Justice League now trapped in ARGUS custody and Max Lord’s team still lurking in the shadows. There are plenty of shots of characters staring each other down in intimidating fashion, but that’s about as exciting as the conflict becomes in this chapter. To his credit, Jesus Merino does the best he can with the often limiting material. He’s able to take advantage of a strong scene between a weakened Superman and an emotionally conflicted Killer Frost, injecting it with plenty of emotion. But apart from that and the occasional shot of characters like Johnny Sorrow, there’s little visual energy in these pages.
In fact, Issue #3 is very much a transitional chapter. The Suicide Squad members spend the bulk of their page time lording it over the Justice League now that their positions have been reversed. That results in some entertainment value (mainly involving the banter between Flash and Captain Boomerang), but the majority of the cast are barely given more than a handful of lines. Meanwhile, Amanda Waller launches into full-on exposition mode as she butts heads with Batman and sheds light on the true conflict to come. We’re at the obligatory point in this crossover where the two warring sides must put aside their differences to face a common enemy. It’s just difficult to understand why that process couldn’t have been carried out more quickly and efficiently. What purpose was actually served by making the Justice League prisoners of ARGUS in the first place? Let’s just hope the second half of the series can recapture what was lost in this issue.