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Suicide Squad Vol. 1: The Black Vault (Rebirth) Paperback – March 7, 2017
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“…this is the Suicide Squad you’ve been waiting for.”—Wired
“[SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 1] is the perfect jumping on point for new fans, the curious, or long time Suiciders."—Nerdist
“Fast-paced and exciting.”—IGN
About the Author
Rob Williams has written for DC Comics, Marvel, Dynamite Entertainment and many others. He is the author of the Vertigo graphic novel THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR as well as the creator-owned series UNFOLLOW. His DC Comics work includes MARTIAN MANHUNTER and the forthcoming SUICIDE SQUAD with Jim Lee.
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The new origin story begins the fun. Director Amanda Waller as the head of A.R.G.U.S. recruits a team of villains called — Task Force X, or Suicide Squad. (Not that there is much of a team here, because Waller runs the show, and if anyone does anything she doesn’t like or tries to escape or anything else, then they will die.) She also convinces Captain Randall Flagg, long-time Navy Seal, to become the team leader.
Once together, the group heads out to the Black Vault to steal a cosmic item. The adventure filled with action, surprises, and loads of “villains” to put down. And when that is done, we get extended backstories (personnel files and interviews) about Deadshot, Katana, and Boomerang, as well as a stand-alone adventure with Flagg and Harley Quinn.
So the good stuff. I loved all the characters. Especially good was the back stories of the guys spotlighted. And the art was really, really good. Really liked all the variant covers and pencil artwork.
Bad. The main story was too short for me. I also didn’t find it too interesting. Sure, it had loads of fights and stuff, but it seemed pretty pointless. At least, I didn’t get it.
All in all this was a good graphic novel. The story was decent. The characters were really interesting with cool back stories. Much better than the New 52 versions for me, at least. The artwork was pretty amazing. The characters looked realistic and expressive with action and motion popping off the pages. So, if you want to give DC Rebirth a try, this looks like a really promising team book to jump on board with.
I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. I’d like to thank them for allowing me to receive this review copy and inform everyone that the review you have read is my opinion alone.
Beware: spoilers contained within. Russia's recovered something from space and the Suicide Squad is tasked with getting it back. Half the team is exposed to arctic waters trying to get to the arctic base but of course they're fine even though most of the team are baseline human. Inside the prison is someone named Hack who they rescue and is their contact in the prison. The team heads for the Macguffin which turns out to be an individual phantom zone prison for Zod. He gets out and burns Captain Boomerang to dust from the ankles up. That actually shocked me. DC hardly ever puts their IP's at real risk. With this underpowered squad, the same thing should have happened to the whole team. Zod wasn't even partially depowered from being away from the sun or anything. There's no way the squad could actually take him, but they do manage to get him back in his prison. Partway through the fight, the Russian version of the Suicide Squad (Annihilation Brigade) show up and don't do squat. I'm not even sure why they made an appearance. Hack teleports them back to Belle Rive.
The back of the book is filled with little origin stories for the squad. They needed to have one to show Amanda Waller binge eating to explain why she's back at her pre-new 52 weight.
Received an advance copy from DC and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lots of people weren't in love with the first issue of the new Suicide Squad, but that's because it was loaded with exposition and background, didn't even include many of the Squad members, and didn't have enough in the way of action. Amanda Waller is O.K., but an entire issue of Waller isn't the most exciting prospect. This Volume 1, however, collects issues #1 through #4, the Rebirth one-shot, deep background specials on most of the Squad members, and a load of variant cover art, so it's a much more substantial and satisfying work.
We start with the new origin story for the Squad, focusing on Captain Flagg and Waller. Then we head out for the "Black Vault" adventure, which is wild, a little over the top, and loaded with action, surprises, and a weird collection of villains and opponents. Once we're all home safe and sound, with one exception, we seque into extended backstories for some of the Squad members in the form of "personnel files" and interviews. You'll learn about Deadshot, Katana, and Boomerang, and then have something of a stand-alone adventure with Flagg and Harley Quinn. This is followed by about twenty very interesting variant covers and then about twenty pencils from the Volume.
All in all this is a nice package. The story is decent and well drawn. The backstories have been carefully constructed and are as compelling as such things can be. The look is good and the characters are drawn to be as expressive and convincing as possible given the weird scenarios in which they appear. I didn't follow Suicide Squad very carefully in their former appearances, so I can't opine regarding how these new ones measure up to the past. But, if you'd like to start with a DC title that isn't Batman, well, these guys look like they will offer some real entertainment value down the road.
(Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
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