Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Alex Maleev
Colorist: Matt Hollingsworth
Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
“After turning the tables on the Suicide Squad, The Joker gained control of the device that could detonate the bomb implanted in each of the team members’ heads. Now forced to do The Joker’s bidding, Red Hood, Harley, and the rest of Task Force X find themselves hunted by a newly formed Squad with a single mission: kill the previous Squad and take over hunting The Joker.”
There’s a lot more Harley to this issue, and a heavy amount of Harley and Joker in one particular scene that stirs up a palpable tension. It’s intentionally degrading for Harley (as in, the Joker’s intention), and really makes many of her Squad members feel for her. It harkens back to Azzarello and Bermejo’s “Joker” several years ago, but almost in an opposite way. If you know, you know.
The ending is insanity, fueled by chaos and surprises.
The art is great and lends so much to the storytelling. Several scenes needed little to no dialogue to convey what was happening and build the tension further for the readers. The colors set the tone, and the lettering is great.