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Article by Gregg Katzman

Thanks to David Ayer’s latest movie, the Suicide Squad has become a household name, and that really is something that I never thought I’d say! Suddenly people who have never picked up a comic book before are talking about Deadshot, Killer Croc, Katana, and others – it’s so cool seeing people interested in these characters. Now that we’ve seen what Warner Bros. and DC’s big screen direction is for Task Force X, it’s time for DC to flesh out a brand new adventure for the team where it all began: the comics!

Suicide Squad #1 is totally new reader friendly. It doesn’t matter if you’ve read every Suicide Squad comic before or if the movie was the very first time you saw this deadly group of characters – this comic has what it takes to keep dedicated and new fans entertained.


Suicide Squad #1, which is by Rob Williams (writer), Jim Lee (artist), Scott Williams (inker), Alex Sinclair (colorist), and Nate Piekos (letterer), feels like a fitting welcome to Amanda Waller’s dangerous and twisted world. There’s a quick introduction to everyone, we get a nice sample of the different personalities, and then, as expected, everything begins to turn hectic. Williams makes the wise decision to focus heavily on Waller – the ultimate villain in any Suicide Squad story – and moves things along very quickly. Seriously, there’s only about six pages of setup before the team begins their mission! There’s still plenty to discover when it comes to the bigger picture and whether or not certain members of Task Force X will have standout arcs and/or additional insight along the way, but so far, the script is fast-paced and fun.

Lee, Williams, and Sinclair’s pages are every bit as fun as the script. The page layouts and panel composition allows the story to flow smoothly, the different environments are displayed effectively, and the character work is solid – I especially love how transparent Harley Quinn’s feeling of excitement is in a couple panels. All in all, the visuals – whether it’s Waller gazing out a window or an intense, high-speed moment – kept me immersed in the story.


The primary story is a pretty quick read, but Suicide Squad #1 also treats you to a backup story that focuses on my favorite member of Task Force X: Floyd Lawton, a.k.a. Deadshot. The primary story is all about swiftly introducing characters and getting the action going, but the backup is focused purely on fleshing out Deadshot and telling a quick and satisfying standalone story with the guy.

Deadshot’s story highlights Floyd’s morality and family history, but it also successfully weaves in a story that quickly tells readers about Deadshot’s origin. We all know he has no problem shooting people in the face and feeling no remorse abut it, but there’s much more to the guy, too.

It’s a purely character-driven chapter that never lost its grip on my attention. To top it off, it all looks so good! Artist Jason Fabok is a perfect fit for Deadshot’s world, and Brad Anderson does an exceptional job enhancing Fabok’s already excellent panels – they’re an amazing art team, especially for a story like this one. From the markman’s shining armor to a sinister expression shrouded in shadows, this chapter looks phenomenal and I kept finding myself spending a whole lot of extra time staring at each page. Following Jim Lee must be beyond intimidating, but Jason proves he has what it takes (and then some) to make sure his artwork leaves a strong impression.


Suicide Squad #1 is off to an amusing start. There’s still much to learn about the overall plot, but this issue embraces all of the twisted fun that Task Force X has to offer and never fails to entertain. The comic is a pretty terrible time for the unfortunate members of Task Force X, but it’s definitely a good time for this comic fan.


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