Unlike Superboy #1, this was a series that surpassed my expectations for it's first issue. Granted, I wasn't expecting much from the first issue(this was actually one of the DC reboots that I figured I'd be dropping after 3 issues), but instead I was treated to a strong story. Here's hoping the second issue continues the excellence.
Suicide Squad #2:
What Happened: The Suicide Squad have been dropped into a football stadium to find a woman who appeared to be spreading some sort of robo-zombie plague... Yes, robo-zombie. The Squad split up and fight their way through hordes of robo-zombies, ultimately discovering the woman responsible. It seems that the woman is pregnant, and the plague is being spread by her unborn infant. King Shark kills the woman, and Deadshot cuts the child out of the dead woman, since the child was what Squad leader Amanda Waller was after. Deadshot kills Squad member Voltaic so the government could blame the massacre at the stadium on him, but Deadshot is informed by Waller that she couldn't arrange a pickup for the team since Checkmate agents were on their way. Waller tells Deadshot that the only matter of importance was escaping with the baby and that the entire Squad was expendable.
The Good: The story here was strong. Deadshot is rapidly becoming a favorite character of mine in the new DCU. What's not to like about the Squad slaughtering a mess of robo-zombies? The cliffhanger was strong, as it leaves the Squad in a very precarious position, as well as establishes that anything can happen to (almost)any of the Squad members.
The Bad: Robo-zombies? Really? Why not make them singing vampires as well to try to fit in as much pop culture as humanly possible? I was a bit saddened to see Voltaic go. I was starting to warm up to him. The fact that the next issue is promising another team casualty isn't really that much of a draw since you know either El Diablo or more likely Black Spider will be the one getting killed.
The Verdict: Once again, I enjoyed this one. With this issue this series has managed to earn a permanent slot on my pull list, and passed my 3 issue test an issue early. So unless this series falls off dramatically and begins producing crap issue after issue, I'll be collecting this one for the foreseeable future. I do want to mention the weird little corner this series has backed itself into though... It's obvious that Deadshot, King Shark and Harley Quinn are the stars(they're the trio always featured on the covers!), and as such aren't getting killed. That kind of takes the suspense out of which Squad members will be dying going forward. This issue would have been better served by giving us a huge swerve, like King Shark getting offed, since that would make it seem like any character could be picked off. Killing a character who's only been around for an issue and a half doesn't really give you a “holy shit!” moment. And when Black Spider gets killed next issue(I'm betting on that right now!), it'll evoke another yawn from me.
Score: 8 out of 10.And it's a home run!