Suicide Squad #1 starts ongoing series on strong note
Suicide Squad #1 gets the regular series rolling right away with an encouraging opening act. The team lineup and theme is definitely influenced by the movie. Writer Rob Williams one-ups the somewhat controversial film though as he has a stronger comprehension of the characters.
For longtime Suicide Squad fans, Williams writes an updated classic take on the team. Deadshot is the unaffected, cool as ice marksman, Rick Flag is essentially GI Joe’s Duke as the all-American hero and Boomerang is a major pain.
Joining Williams for this issue is superstar artist/DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee. Lee’s art hasn’t lost any of its luster. Suicide Squad definitely has an important feel to it simply from Lee penciling. The only problem of course is Lee’s lackluster track record in meeting deadlines with any consistency. As a result, the issue features a 14 page main story and 7 page character spotlight piece. That hurts the first issue somewhat as the story ends just as it’s getting interesting.
Williams gambles that his focus on the character interaction will make up for a lack of significant events. To his credit, it works thanks to Williams fully taking advantage of the various personalities at play here. His work thus far has been so strong that if a Suicide Squad sequel gets greenlit, Warner Bros./DC definitely needs to consider him to handle the script.
Next issue teases a character death, which the title should avoid. Unpredictability is an asset for a team where any issue a character could get killed. Spoiling it beforehand ruins that shock factor and it’s a little early to start killing off team members anyway.
Deadshot gets first crack at the spotlight story as Kobra recruits him to take out a prominent Gotham City citizen. Williams doesn’t do anything particularly out of the ordinary, but even with a limited page count, he crafts a solid showcase. Jason Fabok (Justice League) handles the artwork. In a seizing the torch moment, it’s Fabok’s art that stands out. Lee might be an attraction for some readers, but for the overall artistic consistency of the title, perhaps Fabok should handle the main artwork while Lee does the supplemental story?
The back to basics approach works great in Suicide Squad #1. Williams seems to relish the challenge of tackling the title and its characters and it’s playing out like a big feel, major deal title.
Regardless of the artist, Suicide Squad is quickly establishing itself as one of the superior team books in the DC Rebirth era.
Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Image Credit: DC Comics