By now you’ve probably seen DC’s marketing in full force regarding the team of supervillains hired to work in the dark for the government under the care of Captain Rick Flag with orders from the ruthless Amanda Waller. Flag is tasked with keeping the Suicide Squad team alive in exchange for redemption after being banished to a secret military prison.
Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 lead by the creative team of writer Rob Williams(Martian Manhunter, and Titans Comics’ Ordinary) with art by Jonathan Glapion(Batgirl, Batman) , and Philip Tan ( Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. , He-Man and The Masters of The Universe) kicks off the Rebirth run for Task Force X to pave the way for the new Suicide Squad series starting August 17.
The issue opens up with a meeting between Amanda Waller and President Obama who refuses to greenlight the plan to move forward with a government sanctioned team of killers. Waller’s character comes in strong with memorable dialogue that justifies the nature of her actions and paints her as a true patriot, or maybe shes that good at manipulating people, reader included.
Right off the bat the book delivers a stylish full page intro to the Squad’s most prominent members, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang. What I enjoyed the most from the book was the dynamic between characters and their approach to their mission. As villains they’re not bound by the same moral code as super heroes would be, morals including but not limited to maiming a person of interest to retrieve a gene bomb from falling into the wrong hands* remember this line. Rick Flag serves as leader and somewhat of a moral compass to the otherwise band of stone cold killers.
If this first issue marks the tone for the rest of the title’s run then consider me sold. The dialogue between characters is particular to each one’s personality, bringing to the table the appropriate amount of humor and violence to make Suicide Squad the balanced book it needs to be. Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 is available now at your local comic book stores and newsstands and it’s a book you’re not going to want to miss out on.
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