I'll continue my march towards Wednesday(and new comics!) with a look at another one of the rebooted DC books, Suicide Squad. I honestly have no expectations for this series going in, so I'll be looking at this one through completely unbiased eyes.
Suicide Squad #1:
What Happened: Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, El Diablo, Savant, Voltaic and Black Spider are being tortured by some goons in masks after a failed Suicide Squad mission. The goons want to know who was behind the Squad, and Savant eventually breaks, spilling his guts about everything he knew(the basics being the Squad members are a bunch of criminals who get to do some merc jobs for the government in order to get out of their cells). Once the goons hear that, they knock the rest of the Squad unconscious. The Squad members wake up sometime later in their gear and are told that the whole ordeal was a test to ensure that they wouldn't rat out their handlers if they were ever captured. From there, Amanda Waller gives the Squad their first mission, killing 60,000 people in a football stadium in Mississippi.
The Good: The premise of the Suicide Squad/Task Force X(the Squad's official government name) was always good, and it smartly wasn't altered here. Criminals get to do dirty work for the government in exchange for time away from their cells, nice and simple. Deadshot seems to be the Squad's leader, which is fine by me. I liked the mixture of new and old blood here. You have Deadshot, King Shark and Harley Quinn as DC veterans, with El Diablo, Black Spider and Voltaic as the newbies.
The Bad: What the HELL happened to Amanda Waller?! Does EVERY female comic book character have to look the exact same? One of the things I loved about Waller was her appearance, which was counter to pretty much every other supermodel looking comic character. Savant being the guy to rat out the team kind of annoyed me... I was hoping he'd make the team. There's really no sense in getting too invested in the new guys since you can almost guarantee one of them is getting offed within the first 6 issues.
The Verdict: I liked it. The story was simple and easy to follow, and this issue did what any good rebooted title SHOULD do, tell us about the main character/characters/team and leave us with a strong cliffhanger. Was it perfect? No, but it was good enough that it'll be one of the first #2 issues from DC I'll be reading next month.
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.Oh rats.