Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Suicide Squad #2 Review

Written by: Sean Ryan
Art by: Tom Derenick
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 14, 2014


The first issue of Suicide Squad did a decent job of setting up the team and the book itself.  It was action packed and Sean Ryan gave the reader a team that was just as much against each other than any villains.  We also found out that Vic Sage had taken over leadership of the Squad with Amanda Waller being forced into a secondary role.  Then it was off to Russia where all Hell broke loose.  Without spoiling too much, the Squad is still in Russia and Hell is still breaking loose.

As far as stories go, there really isn't much to tell this month.  I was hoping this book would embrace the fun potential of the Suicide Squad and so far, Sean Ryan is delivering.  Yes, an actual story better show up soon, but for these first issues it's nice to settle in and meet the team.  We do get to meet them as they are blowing up everything in site and getting chased around Russia by a Rocket Red Battalion.  Yes, a Rocket Red Battalion!

As far as the team goes, I'm really glad that Black Manta gets a push this issue.  He didn't get to do much in the first issue, but here he takes the lead.  As for the rest of the gang, Deathstroke is busy being Deathstroke which means he's looking out for himself, Deadshot gets pretty messed up and Harley Quinn and Joker's Daughter continue to fight with each other.  I have to admit, as long as Joker's Daughter is playing off of Harley, I can at least stand her.  That's a pretty big step for me.  While all this is going on, we get Vic Sage and Amanda Waller shouting orders and arguing with each other over the radio.  This is one dysfunctional family.  Dysfunctional, but fun.

Overall, this book is a fun popcorn comic.  If you like colorful characters, lots of explosions and big set pieces (that explode), this may be the book for you.

I don't know if it's Tom Derenick's art or the fact that there are four inkers, but this book suffers from inconsistency.  Character close ups look good, but some of the larger scenes just seem generic.  Overall, the book is pretty down the middle in the art department.

Bits and Pieces:

The New Suicide Squad continues to be an action filled romp.  While there isn't much of a story, Sean Ryan is showing us the Squad under fire and I like them...even Joker's Daughter...a bit.  Tom Derenick's art is average, but this issue is fun enough to recommend you give it a try.


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