Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad #5

by Alan Rapp on July 19, 2021

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Suicide Squad #5 comic reviewWhile the issue shows us a bit of Waller dealing with the fallout of Red-X, teasing the possible introduction of Swamp Thing, and the growing insubordination of Peacemaker, most of Suicide Squad #5 focuses on a single member of the Suicide Squad and setting up a new arc for the Task Force X.

We catch up to Bloodsport on Earth-3. The mercenary has been used by Waller to scout alternate worlds and find valuable assets who can be drafted onto the Squad. On Earth-3, Bloodsport finds a smorgasbord as the world is controlled by the Crime Syndicate (alternate evil versions of our Justice League).

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Suicide Squad #4

by Alan Rapp on June 9, 2021

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Suicide Squad #4 comic reviewThings go to hell pretty quickly for the Squad in issue #4. After the team returns with Red-X, Waller attempts unsuccessfully to break the new recruit up until he breaks free revealing he actually wanted to be taken captive.

The character originated on television as an alter-ego for the Dick Grayson version of Robin. The comic version we get here feels more like Jason Todd. Be it Todd or someone else completely (we never learn his true identity), the character would obviously be a tremendous catch for the Squad (or an intriguing foil in any number of series).

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Suicide Squad #2

by Alan Rapp on April 21, 2021

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Suicide Squad #2 comic reviewSuicide Squad #2 wraps up the opening two-part story “Assault on Arkham” as the Squad struggles to get out of Arkham Asylum with Talon. Although the mission is a success, not all the members make it back as the Squad drops two members to pick up one.

The issue is mostly the team fighting for their lives and the fallout of the mission in which Peacemaker and Superboy (who is quite different from the version recently seen in either Action Comics or Young Justice) go out it as the clone’s hero complex nearly gets the entire group killed.

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Suicide Squad #1

by Alan Rapp on March 8, 2021

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Suicide Squad #1 comic reviewFor the second time in a calendar year, DC relaunches Suicide Squad with a new team. Notable here is the inclusion of the Peacemaker, the character who John Cena will play in the upcoming 2021 film The Suicide Squad (although the rest of that team bares little resemblance to what we see here). Amanda Waller is back in command, in full-figured form, as is Rick Flag (although he’s far from pleased with the new direction the Suicide Squad is headed, starting with the recruitment of a new member inside Arkham Asylum).

The rest of the team is made up of Bolt, Film Freak, and Shrike – all of whom die in Arkham while attempting to kidnap and recruit Talon to the Squad.

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Suicide Squad #5

by Alan Rapp on June 1, 2020

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Suicide Squad #5 comic reviewSuicide Squad #5 opens in mid-battle in Australia with the Squad kicking the shit out of Captain Boomerang who some want to recruit and some want dead. Returning to base with Boomerang doesn’t clear things up as, after being ordered to execute the same target they just risked their lives to retrieve, Deadshot leads a mutiny beginning with ending Lok‘s short run with a bullet to the face.

This was my first check-in with the series since it’s premiere issue. Overall the comic feels a bit bloated with extra characters (although, in the tradition of Suicide Squad, you would expect many of these to be cannon fodder at some point). With everyone now after them, I’d expect some causalities in the issues to come.

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