Suicide Squad: Dream Team #4 cover, via DC Comics.

Suicide Squad: Dream Team #4 – Nicole Maines, writer; Eddy Barrows, draftsman; Eber Ferreira, Inker; Adriano Lucas, colorist

Ray – 9/10

Ray: Although initially billed as a Suicide Squad comic, it has quickly evolved into the biggest build-up to Absolute Power yet, pitting Dreamer against a more ruthless than ever Amanda Waller – and her own team. As Dreamer realizes how far Waller has gone, she has made a last-ditch effort, but her team has their own worries: namely that the bombs in their heads won’t detonate. There’s only one member of the team who has doubts, and that’s Bizarro: the hapless, unwitting, super-strong clone who might just survive the bomb. As Dreamer escapes and searches for Waller, there’s a surprise victim and some big action scenes as she arrives in Gamorra, but that’s nothing compared to what awaits her. It’s a testament to the strength of this series’ writing that its most compelling scene consists of just two characters facing off and arguing.

Countdown to the end. Via DC Comics.

And once they meet, it will be the most exciting confrontation this series has had yet. Dreamer is all righteous anger and still believes she can set the world right. Waller, meanwhile, has nothing left but a hardened anger at the many obstacles ahead of her. It doesn’t make her any less of a monster, but you can tell that Maines sympathizes with the woman Waller was before she turned her back on her last scruples. And speaking of which… when Waller’s final gamble against Dreamer is revealed, it’s so twisted that it’s hard to imagine anything in the main event will top it. Given the nature of Dreamer’s powers, it’s no surprise that there are some unique twists in this issue’s format, but it wouldn’t work if the previous three issues hadn’t invested us deeply in the plot and characters. . This makes me very excited to see more of both the event and Dreamer, hopefully under Maines’ writing.

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