The New Suicide Squad is back with new players, more chaos, and violence to the extreme. The DC Comics New 52 title is a relaunch of the comic book series that was cancelled a few months ago.
Belle Reve is a prison for superhumans. Select prisoners are given the opportunity to have their sentences reduced by participating in a secret government program. Task Force X, or Suicide Squad, participants carry out covert missions, including assassinations. To keep the prisoners in check, tiny bombs are implanted in their necks.
Amanda Waller was program director, but she is no longer trustworthy. A new player has been called in to run Task Force X. Victor Sage gets to call the shots, but Waller is still involved with the program.
Sage added Deathstroke and Joker’s Daughter to the team, and Joker’s Daughter already has Harley Quinn ticked off.
Sean Ryan is the writer of this dark, violent, and exciting series. Sharp dialogue, excellent character interactions. Fast paced but not hard to follow.
The outstanding visuals are provided by Jeremy Roberts (artist) and Blond (colors). I have nothing but the highest of praise for the artwork. Realistic features, phenomenal action scenes.
Roberts was the winner of the Harley Quinn Talent Competition, and it’s good to see that his talent is not going to waste.
I plan to finish the story arc to see where it’s headed. I need to find out how Sage plans to control Deathstroke and Joker’s Daughter since they are not prisoners of Belle Reve, and they don’t have bombs in their necks.
I am also interested in Sage and Waller’s business relationship. Waller has always been that woman I love to hate. But Sage appears to be as corrupt as 10 politicians molded together.
I have a strong feeling that this title will get added to my pulls.
VERDICT (drum roll please)
There is no doubt that I strongly recommend New Suicide Squad #1. DC Comics has a lot of great comic titles currently on the shelves, but this series deserves a shot. I just hope it lasts this time. This issue gets what it deserves, 5/5 stars.