With the recent release of Suicide Squad (film), there has been a lot of hype around this series. This issue is very similar to the film, with a few tweaks here and there. Director Amanda Waller pulls Colonel Flag, Katana, and a bunch of criminals (Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, June Moon, and Killer Croc) for a suicide mission. They have to go beneath the Laptev Sea to retrieve a mysterious cosmic item that fell into Russian hands. On the way there, Killer Croc gets a little sick and starts vomiting in his helmet. Afraid of losing him, Flag takes his helmet off and their ship crashes.
Writer Rob Williams effectively establishes the storyline, problem, and mission. We get a small sliver of explanation about the characters, which I would love to see more of. They are all pretty well-known characters at this point but, for the sake of the story, I would have loved to see some exploration or explication of them, one by one.
There is, however, a backstory in this issue that shows how much Deadshot cares about his daughter, as well as how he turned himself in to Batman, saying that he’s ready to go to prison. This was a really pleasant story to read. I’m hoping that Williams (and artist Jason Fabok) do this for each member of the Suicide Squad after every issue is done—at least until they get through all of them. It’s not only interesting but helpful to see the personalities of the main characters.
The characterization so far only tells us a lot about Amanda. She’s a cold woman who uses evil to her benefit. She’s not a villain thus far, by any means. However, she is sending the formerly incarcerated into a mission with the hopes that they’ll die and, if not, she’ll kill them. A pilot even refers to her as the Devil, and Belle Reve Penitentiary as Hell.
Artist Jim Lee shows a lot of movement from panel to panel, but little details don’t work so well in terms of expression or emotion. Otherwise, the artwork is really compelling. Seeing Amanda’s chopper head down in the rain towards the prison is so dramatic and makes for an epic opening sequence.
This is a great series to follow up the release of the film. Despite mixed reviews about the theatrical version, this series looks pretty promising. For any DC fans out there, this book is worth the read. Check it out, see if you like it, and let us know what you think!
Written by: Rob Williams
Illustrated by: Jim Lee