Written by Adam Glass with art by Fernando Dagnino
Spoiler alert! You have been warned!
This issue starts with a flashback of Deadshot’s death last issue and then proceeds to focus back into the present day where Harley Quinn and a few other teammates are at his funeral. Suddenly, Joker’s acid rain takes out the entire Squad (which was neat for him but made the team look worthless in their own book, and I’m still not entirely sure how I feel about this). Regardless of the how idea of how or why he does this is not important, though, because we are all treated with a great scene with the Joker re-establishing himself as a dominant and abusive lover, calling out Harley for no longer being Harley Quinn but a much more sane Dr. Harleen Quinzel. He threatens to desecrate Deadshot’s body (which we don’t actually see inside the coffin) unless Harley does some favors for him, adding a little bit of background to her involvement in Batman #13-14. (Obviously, read those issues first before you read this one.)
There wasn’t much new for the Squad in this one. Amanda’s still a coldhearted, power-hungry bitch, but that’s what makes her so excellent. Deadshot appears to be dead, but does anyone really think he is? That’s what I thought. Some members are in limbo, others are plotting, and that’s what makes this such a fun read… Everyone is expendable
But no crossover issue is complete without some new questions raised. Villains are apparently no longer off limits for the Joker, and just who might be next on his list? He let the Squad go while he was beating on Harley in the graveyard, but why? What “bigger” plan is he up to? And wouldn’t it be awesome if we got a New 52 team-up between Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad and Bruce Wayne’s Batman Family to take out the Joker once and for all? Even though this is very much a transition issue, it is still a great read. I would go as far as to label this as the most underrated book in the line. And I’m glad that they are finally just admitting that it is, will be, and has been a Bat-book all along.