Adam Glass and Fernando Dagnino are clearly having fun in "Suicide Squad" #12, which could be summed up with the potential tagline of "No matter what you think, things can still get worse."
After revealing four months ago that one member of the Squad had been turned into a double agent by Basilisk, that revelation hovers over the majority of "Suicide Squad" #12, but it's not the only surprise that Glass has up his sleeve. A lot of the events of the past year come back for this twelfth issue, and it's fun to see an earlier mission having a larger impact than it initially seemed. It keeps the "Who's the traitor?" question from being the sole focus of the issue and the book is all the more lively as a result.
There's also a nice build-up of each piece of the puzzle making things more dangerous for the group, but in a way that doesn't resort to massive character deaths. The one thing that's gotten a little old is the frequency of death of Squad members, so it's nice to hit the big #12 and still have everyone standing. (Well, for now, anyway.) I feel like at this point Glass has gotten a good enough core group together that while inevitably some will fall, I'm good with the current cast staying stable for at least another month or two.
Dagnino has been a blessing to "Suicide Squad" with his clean art style and easy-to-follow pages. It's not flashy but it doesn't need to be; it tells the story well, and I appreciate that Dagnino can play with things like perspective in the early pages and it comes across in a pleasing manner. The best is when what could have been a throwaway panel -- like King Shark confronting Regulus -- ends up feeling powerful and eye catching thanks to the deliberate contrast in body type. Dagnino knows what he's doing here. When we get to the cliffhanger for this month, the body language says it all; there doesn't need to be a single word from the character in peril, with posture and pose telling us all about what's going through his or her head.
"Suicide Squad" #12 is a satisfying new chapter to the series and I appreciate that Glass and Dagnino aren't afraid to leave us on a cliffhanger for next month's #0 issue. This is a series that I felt a little iffy about early on, but with each month I've grown to genuinely look forward to it. Good stuff.
(Oh, and the traitor? Well, let's just say that I found the revelation satisfying, but you'll have to read the issue yourself to find out who it was. There is however, with hindsight being 20/20, a big clue planted in "Suicide Squad" #8 on the character's identity. Heck, go back and read all twelve issues. It's worth it.)