Cheapo Depot Review: Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth
Written by: Adam Glass
Art by: Federico Dallocchio and Ransom Getty
Publisher: DC Comics
I’ve been very slack on my comic reading as of late, and it’s only been since the release of the Arkham series of Batman video games that I’ve gotten into the world of D.C. Comics. This leaves me with a lot of catching up to do, even with the New 52 reboot of the catalog. The recent announcement of the upcoming movie Suicide Squad got me interested in the comics and luckily I finally got a chance to read some of the New 52 series of it this past weekend.
Let me start by saying I’m a big fan of anti-heroes; I’ve always leaned toward the heavies in the Marvel Universe. Venom, Ghost Rider, The Punisher, and 90’s Deadpool (the only one that matters) were some of my favorite characters when I was a heavy comic reader. So I came into this book with a mindset bent towards liking this kind of thing to begin with.
What we have here is a team of super-villains forced to team up together to do black-ops missions for the government in the hopes that they can get time off their sentences. Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, Black Spider, and some red shirts are banded together to do some serious wet-works. This is an incredibly fun and fast paced read, though it can sometimes be seen as “That 90’s Comic” with every issue opens up with a character narrating the previous issues events, with the Suicide Squad logo making a cameo in the text box at some point. But I must admit these things also help add to the pulp feel of the book. How seriously can you take a giant shark man walking around talking to people? This is campy fun.
Campy doesn’t mean innocent through. As fitting such grim subject matter, there is a lot of violence in each issue. One of their first missions involves wiping out a sports stadium where a zombie outbreak has taken place that ends with a child being cut out of it’s mother that is used to make a cure for the sickness. As the story progresses we see the group fall apart from distrust of themselves, their handler Amanda Waller, and also their own demons. The reader is left wondering the question a famous poster once asked: “Who will survive, and what will be left of them?”. For this group, life is cheap.
But for us, it’s entertaining, and lives up to it’s name. They are put through some really rough stuff, and the group dynamic is what makes the story the most interesting. Seeing these sociopaths have to work together, learning a bit about what makes them tick in the process makes it a fun read. There is plenty of action and intrigue, though the latter gets a bit formulaic as the series goes on. You can expect an “AHA!” moment every two or three pages in latter issues. It’s still a solid read for those, like myself, looking for a jump on point for this comic.
Suicide Squad Vol 1: Kicked in the Teeth
- The artwork is solid
- The story line is a lot of fun
- It’s a nice jumping on point for new readers
- It can be a bit corny at times
- Do we need the logo in speech bubbles every issue?
- The backstabbing and triple-crosses start to become cliche after the fifth time it happens