Review: New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity

New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity
New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity by Sean Ryan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Setting the world’s most dangerous super-criminals against the most insidious threats to national security: that’s the idea behind the elite black-ops unit officially designated as Task Force X. It’s perfect…on paper.

But the real world rarely goes according to plan. Threats evolve. Teammates turn on each other. Blood and betrayals flow like rivers. And that’s why Task Force X is better known as the Suicide Squad.

Vic Sage aims to change the equation. Replacing Amanda Waller as the puppet-master of Suicide Squad’s motley crew, he’s introducing wild cards like Deathstroke and the Joker’s Daughter to whip the existing team – Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and Black Manta-into shape. But the world’s deadliest assassin and the Clown Princess of Crime have ideas of their own…and no explosive implants to keep them in line.

Can this new Suicide Squad survive-or will it implode before it even begins?

Considering DC has announced a Suicide Squad movie, I was pretty excited for this one. The new Suicide Squad has Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Black Manta (never heard of him, sorry), Deathstroke and a new girl masquerading around as Joker’s daughter (more of a groupie, if you ask me). So, with a new team, there’s bound to be growing pains as they have yet to get into the rhythm of working and relying on each other. Black Manta becomes the de facto leader when Deadshot gets injured, and he has a hell of problem managing the squad – starting with Harley and Joker’s Daughter having a catfit with each other. There are various subplots in this story, and it makes for a really interesting read overall, most prominently Vic Sage and Amanda Waller’s power play, with him being a brat about her leadership and running screaming mommy when the squad doesn’t listen to him.

About the art, I felt there was a distinct difference between the two stories, in terms of artists. I did not check since the font for that was small on my reader, so I don’t know if I’m right, but the styles are different. While the first story has clean lines and good coloring, making for awesome artwork, the second is more old-school, with heavy lines and exaggerated expresssions. Also, I am still disappointed that the trend of dressing up female characters in unrealistic and impractical costumes has not been challenged in this new series either. Glad to know some things never change. *eyeroll* Their catfights also didn’t help it gain points with me, but when I realized Harley’s intentions, I was like – okay, that works, but you still don’t pass the Bechdel test. *sigh*

Received a free galley from DC Comics via Netgalley; this does not influence my opinions or review.

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