Suicide Squad #1 begins with a torture scene. Deadshot lays strapped to table while his body is abused and answers are being demanded. “Loyalty is for suckers,” he says. “But so is being a rat. What I am is worse … I’m a member of Suicide Squad.”
The comic then continues through the torture scene while introducing the other members of the squad: El Diablo, also known as Chato Santana. Harley Quinn, the Joker’s “better” half. The sparky villain Voltaic. King Shark, the shark-humanoid supervillain. And Savant, the spoiled blackmail artist. The Suicide Squad is mad up ofl villains caught and jailed yet given this opportunity to have at least the feeling of freedom. They are have been retrained and set out on missions. To assure they don’t escape micro bombs have been injected into their necks that can be detonated at any time.
The original DC Suicide Squad series was published all the way back in 1959. The second volume was from 1982-1992 then again from 2007-2008 … I never read any of those issues. Not one. Though now I’ll admit I might be planning a treasure hunt for these early items. (*treasure hunting is one of my favorite comic book pastimes).
But at least I can report this review from the vantage point of a new reader (as I am to most things of DC origin) – and I have to say, this was pretty interesting read. Writer Adam Glass did a nice job both explaining the premise of Suicide Squad within the action and the movement of the comic. He also was able to capture at least a small amount of the characterization for each of these heroes/villains, which was enough for me to get the basic idea about each one and decide if I found them interesting or not. He even threw in a small sort of twist in the end which I felt rather dumb for not having seen coming. (That’s a good thing.)
The premise of this generally attracted me and I knew this would be one of the 52 that I would be reviewing long before it hit the shelves. Automatically by featuring villains that are forced into the position of heroes, a level of character depth is almost guaranteed. The lack of black and white good and bad seems like an emanate consequence and promise. (Again, a good thing.) From this first issue, I think Adam Glass might just be able to pull that off.
He also has a strong art team behind him in Federico Dallocchio and Ransom Getty. There was a real classic comic feel to the art. Lots of “Blams” and “Thoks” and “Tiks” and other amusing written sound effects. I like that. I don’t know why but that’s always amused me. I want to comment on the great use of color in this issue as well. Everything is very distinct due to a well situated use of light and dark colors blending together to help tell this story.
All in all this is a solid first issue with lots of potential behind it. I absolutely would recommend. I don’t think I’m raving about this as I was Detective or Batgirl, but still I think that this is probably just my personal taste and this is actually of the same caliber.
Again, I hope to have another review that will sum up three or four of the other 52s released this week. Hope everyone is enjoying this general release process as much as I am!