Comics Korner: Arrow Season 2.5 #12

By patricksmith - February 7, 2015

Arrow Season 2.5
The mission in Kahndaq has reached a bit of a snag as Diggle and Task Force X attempt to ascertain the location of both Khem Adam and the kidnapped girls. Luckily for them they have a guest with the answers, it’s just a matter of the team cracking him open and getting at them.

Truth be told, Arrow Season 2.5 #12 is a decent story, but given a little bit more space it could have probably been much better. Still it uses the space it has to successfully introduce the conflict and execute any action scenes or exposition. The most surprising thing that I found was that despite the short page count, it still has good pacing. All the more surprising considering that everything needed to be wrapped up in just this one issue. As far as enemies go Khem-Adam is on a terrifying level of crazy. He’s very intense in all of his scenes. Of course I get that he’s supposed to be portrayed as a bit of a religious nutbar, but in so doing he kind of becomes an avatar for middle-eastern radicals, turning him in to well…this.

Arrow Season 2.5 #12 For the Old Gods
My only complaints are how easily the mission seems to be carried out. It’s like every single objective was in the exact same room. This also prevented me from getting a clear idea of the architecture so it was kind of hard to imagine the scene playing out in the my head. The other thing that bothered me was that though everyone else seems to emote really successfully, Diggle seems to have a chronic case of Resting Diggle Face. It’s not all that big of a detriment since he’s calm for pretty much the whole issue, but it’s something I noticed in the last comic as well and it seems to still be the case.

Final Word: So ends the Suicde Squad storyline of the comics. And I guess that’s really all there is to it. It ends. That’s essentially the whole comic, and what I felt about it can be summed up with one sentence.

“Welp…guess that’s it.”

I mean there are a few surprises on the way, including the complete erasure of a character who will most likely not even be returning to the show and even a character that is certain to pop back up again at some point.

It’s overall a decent ending, albeit a little bit unimpactful and simply conducted. I enjoyed seeing another outing for the Suicide Squad, and it’s made me excited to see them get another shot in the series. I liked seeing Diggle run an op on his own, but I’m admittedly far more interested in getting back to Oliver and Roy’s mission in #13.

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