Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Some thoughts about Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Annual #1
The Banana Splits have just arrived to the city but they will suddenly learn this is the worst thing that could have happened to them since their about to be used in a suicide mission for the country.
I can't believe how much I actually enjoyed this.
People who know me know that I don't have the best history with Tony Bedard since I consider him one of the blandest writers in comics. There's nothing bland about this story though since I don't know how or why it happened but Bedard actually found a sense of humour to tell one of the most ridiculous and hilarious stories this week.
The writer exploits the silly nature of the premise perfectly by presenting The Banana Splits adequately as both innocent and funny while referencing the fact that basically nobody knows who they are anymore. However, they also adapt to the world perfectly by becoming quickly violent without losing their own theme. Their interactions with the Suicide Squad are also pretty entertaining while showing accurate characterization like how Harley Quinn's animal activist role helps her understand them. Everything culminates in a pretty entertaining manner.
Ben Caldwell's artstyle is perfect for the story thanks to his cartoony tone that creates great expressions and fluid storytelling.
This has made me realize that Bedard might be wasted at writing typical superhero comics and he might have some talent at writing more ludicrous book. Impressive stuff.