Suicide Squad

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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Suicide Squad #1

by Alan Rapp on December 30, 2019

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Suicide Squad #1 comic reviewDC launches a new version of the Suicide Squad pitting a makeshift team against a group of super-powered terrorists known as the Revolutionaries. There are a few familiar faces in Deadshot and Harley Quinn but the rest of the team, chosen not by Amanda Waller but by her replacement Lok, features questionable members like the Cavalier, the Shark, Zebra Man, and Magpie.

As we’ve seen in several previous versions of the series, not all of the members will make it through the first issue alive. The twist here is that most are used as nothing more than cannon fodder in order for Lok to recruit the Revolutionaries as their replacements. My trouble here is that most of the Revolutionaries don’t seem much more interesting that the Squad members who they are replacing (at least the D-Listers were worth making fun of).

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #17

by Alan Rapp on December 18, 2017

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Red Hood and the Outlaws #17 comic review

Red Hood and the Outlaws #17 offers an opportunity for a team-up between the Outlaws and the Suicide Squad who head to the Arctic to destroy a Colony base whose continued operation poses a threat to the planet. Mainly an excuse to team-up the two groups, the issue has its individual moments (such as the back-and-forth between Artemis and Harley Quinn), but more often than not it’s fan service rather than anything driving the plot. Still, there’s some fun to be had here seeing the two groups interact. For fans.

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Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1

by Alan Rapp on December 29, 2016

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Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 comic reviewDC Comics’ first big crossover following the Rebirth reboot pits the Justice League against the Suicide Squad when Batman fills in the rest of the League about Amanda Waller‘s private army of mercenary super-villains. When the Squad’s latest mission in Badhnisia goes bad the Justice League shows up (not realizing that the Squad will quite literally have to fight for their lives to prevent Waller from murdering them all by detonating the explosives at the base of each of their skulls).

The first issue culminates in the big battle between the two teams while showing some humor by acknowledging just how much of an unfair fight Task Force X has in store for them.

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Suicide Squad #1

by Alan Rapp on August 25, 2016

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Suicide Squad #1Although Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 kept the latest Task Force X to a small group involving only the foursome of Rick Flag, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, and Harley Quinn, the first issue of the new series enlarges the group to closer match the team seen in the recent Suicide Squad movie. The smaller team actually worked for a tighter story and by not introducing all the characters in the Rebirth issue the comic has to cover a bit too much of the same ground the second time out.

Joining the foursome on their trip to Siberia to track down a cosmic weapon are Katana, the Enchantress, and Killer Croc. While I like these characters to varying degrees we don’t get enough of any of them to get a great idea yet of what this comic will look like.

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