Saturday, May 16, 2020

Suicide Squad #1 Review


Pleased to Meet You, I’m Marked For Death  

Written By Tom Taylor 
Art By Bruno Redondo 
Color By Adriano Lucas 
Letters By Wes Abbott 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: December 18, 2019

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Oh boy! It’s the Suicide Squad again…for the first time! Or more like the second or third time in recent memory. I didn’t realize that the “Suicide” portion of the title might apply to how the reader feels after successive reboots. Well, I was suicidal before all of this began, so let’s dive into my review of Suicide Squad #1, right here!


Explain It!

“By the end of this issue…” promises Harley Quinn on the cover of this issue, “half of this team’ll be DEAD!” And there’s a couple of familiar folks right up front: Quinn and Deadshot, lynchpins of the Suicide Squad. Then it looks like King Shark is on the team, and…Magpie? Cavalier? Zebra Man? Who gives a fuck if these people die? You might as well draw targets on their chests.

So the big surprise is that Amanda Waller has retired, and handed Task Force X over to mysterious blonde suit Lok, whose opinion of the world is very cut and dry. He’s looking to absorb the Revolutionaries, a team of ecologically-minded metahumans, into the team of criminals. Why he would want this or, despite the brain bombs, would assume this would work is a mystery. Fortune favors the bold, I suppose.


And, true to the cover’s claim, half of the Suicide Squad bites it. A few of the Revolutionaries die, too. But this scheme is successful, by and large, and now we’re gonna find out what happens when murderous criminal teammates stop being polite…and start getting real


Because Tom Taylor wrote it, the characterization is great, and some of the new characters introduced here are really cool. No, I won’t reveal anything about them, you can buy the issue for it. This is a solid issue with pitch-perfect visuals, but whether this gimmick works remains to be. At least, I’m interested in the gimmick.




Bits and Pieces:



A good opening salvo that would be tough to pull off for average creative teams. Luckily, this group is far beyond average. If we can stay at this level of excitement and intrigue, we may have a volume that works.



7.5/10

3 comments:

Unknown said...

I loved the issue. Oh, I´m so in love with the writing of Tom Taylor! Old characters from previous suicide squads and new designed characters with a nice agenda and some very cool new power sets. I´m really looking forward to what Tommy Boy will do with these characters and what the story will be. Seems like the first story arc is about coping with their new situation as suicide squad members, some rebelling and maybe overthrowing the new leader after some time.

But Reggie, such a short review? I know, it´s very very spoiler free. And i would love too read more about my currently favorite writer of DC Comics.

Nils Tewordt said...

The comment was mine btw., didn´t wanna be unknown :)

Jim Werner said...

LOL! You are still anonymous!!!! Reggie's health hasn't been up to par and it has been pretty hard for him to energize enough for long periods.