What I thought of Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

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Trying to find a gem with DC’s Rebirth comics is like sticking your hand into a massive bucket of broken glass to pull out a diamond. As the Suicide Squad film arrives in cinemas this week to waves of effluence from critics, DC have launched their Rebirth of Suicide Squad this week and I stick my hand into that bucket of broken glass to see whether I pull out a diamond or not.

The problem here is that Rebirth is supposed to bring back the ‘more hopeful, brighter DC Universe’, yet with a title like Suicide Squad precludes a certain amount of dark so writer Rob Williams and artist Philip Tan have a precarious balancing act to achieve here. Now I liked the 1980’s John Ostrander run on this title a lot, and he managed to walk the tightrope well by throwing in light and shade, plus the title then was used to clean out some Z-List villains. This iteration of the Squad are backed up by Big Screen counterparts, plus they’re not going to kill off moneyspinners like Harley Quinn and Deadshot so what does this Rebirth actually do?

Well, it throws in an idealised Obama who starts the issue trying to kick Amanda Waller out on her arse but is ended up being convinced of the need of Task Force X, the Suicide Squad not to mention the need for someone to keep the Squad in line. That person being Rick Flag.

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It’s actually a pretty good start. There’s nice shades of grey which carries on during the recruitment of Rick Flag, and this revamped Squad’s first mission to save a McGuffin from bad guys.

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Surprisingly to me, Suicide Squad: Rebirth isn’t a bad comic, I’d even venture as far as saying I liked it. Yes, it is a bit simplistic, plus Philip Tan’s sub-Jim Lee style (Lee is scheduled to be regular penciller in future issues) grates a tad, but Williams turns in a very good reboot of a team with a complex history so you could pick this up having never read an issue before and get the concept right away.

So I’m pulling my hand out that big bucket of broken glass not with a diamond perhaps, but something worth looking at.

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2 thoughts on “What I thought of Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

  1. I’m not too enthusiastic about DC Rebirth. It just seems like more of the same. The most interesting books I’ve heard about are Deathstroke Rebirth by Christopher Priest and the Young Animal line and even those are callbacks to some of the work DC used to put out in the 90s. After reading your review, I might give this series a shot when it gets put in trade along with Deathstroke and the Young Animal books but I think it’s telling that the best DC can offer is surprise returns and more nostalgia. It’s a shame.

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