Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Future State: Suicide Squad #1 Review

Blowing Up Heads In The Future

Written By: Robbie Thompson, Jeremy Adams
Art By: Javier Fernandez, Alex Sinclair, Wes Abbott, Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Jeremy Cox
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: January 26, 2021

It's the year 2030 and it's time to see what the Suicide Squad and Amanda Waller are up to in the future and if that wasn't enough, we also get to find out what the Justice Legion Alpha are up to in the 853rd Century...... or more accurately as far as the title, find out what's going on with Black Adam of that era. Let's see if these stories feel important to the rest of Future State or if they're just out there doing their own future-y thing. Let's check it out.

For our initial Suicide Squad story we find a world of confusion, not for anyone there, but for the reader, because Conner Kent is the Superman of the Justice Squad, along with a bunch of villains posing as our favorite heroes, like Hypnotic Woman is Wonder Woman, William Cobb the Talon is Batman, some future Clayface is Martian Manhunter, the Fisherman is Aquaman and Bolt, a new iteration of Bolt is The Flash. Now while that may not seem all that confusing because it is the future, we have villains doing heroic things, like in this taking out Mongal, Brainiac, and Sinestro, but it doesn't seem to want to let you in on anything in the long run as to what the rules of this book are because the big twist to this issue seems to be that we're on Earth-3 but we don't know if we're dealing with Earth-3 characters or Earth-0 characters who have hopped dimensions......... like we see with the Suicide Squad at the end of the story who have come for Amanda Waller for some unknown reason. Yeah, there's not a lot of information given, just a bunch of random characters fighting villains and Conner Kent and Amanda Waller arguing about what they should do.

Thankfully though, or at least thankfully for anyone who cares anything about the DC One Million characters we have a backup that's kind of fun, even if this 853rd Century feels like it's been dosed with a bit of what Bendis did to the Legion of Super-Heroes but even with that aside, we take a look at what the future holds in a galaxy that's given up magic and what they need to do when evil magic rears its ugly head again. This is a fun backup because it not only showcases the Justice Legion Alpha but also Black Adam and lets us know what the one-time Champion of the Wizard Shazam has done to keep himself occupied over the centuries....... Not to mention introduces a big bad that seems formidable enough to take on not only our heroes but Teth-Adam.

Future State: Suicide Squad #1 Video Review

All in all, the art was a mixed bag for me because I wasn't a fan of what the Suicide Squad story had to offer, but the Black Adam backup looked amazing and the storytelling between the Suicide Squad and Black Adam was along the same lines as the art in my mind where Robbie Thompson tried to be too clever in creating a mystery and a twist that you left the Suicide Squad story not really caring what they're doing because it seemed too over the top and self-important when the only clue to anything going on in this book was a throwaway line from Calculator in Future State: The Flash #1, while the Black Adam tale, while not holding your hands to the characters involved if you weren't familiar with them, told a straight forward story that I look forward to getting back to even if I wasn't a fan of all the choices that Jeremy Adams made in telling that story. With all that said, even if you're a big fan of all the characters involved with this issue or Earth-3 it just doesn't feel as connected or as big as other books in the Future State line.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue is a bit of a mixed bag because while I was here to see what the Suicide Squad of the future was up to, I found myself caring way more about the Black Adam backup and enjoying that art more as well. The Suicide Squad story is just kind of a mess and doesn't give you enough of a look into that world to really care about what's going on and the Black Adam backup does feel like it needs you to know the DC One Million characters to fully enjoy it but maybe that's just me thinking too much into it but I'm just happy that it was here because at least I had something to enjoy out of this issue.


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