Review: New Suicide Squad Annual #1

This review contains spoilers for this issue.

In the conclusion to the Monsters storyline, the Suicide Squad regroup to take down the new League of Assassins.

The issue begins with the Reverse Flash saving Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn and Parasite while Black Manta takes on the leader of the new League. Manta sets off the League’s time bomb but there are kids in the area so Reverse Flash takes the bomb and speeds it into the ocean but is unable to out run the blast. The issue ends with Amanda Waller revealing that she will be going into the field with the team from now on.

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Positives

The cover is fantastic. I love the energy from Reverse Flash going all over the cover and it is drawn beautifully but with an appropriate chaotic edge.

The Reverse Flash is genuinely sympathetic in this. He talks to Harley about not wanting to be a monster anymore but she argues that wanting it might not be enough. I believe in that; actions speak louder than words. And Reverse Flash proves that he is a hero by laying his life on the line.

I am unclear about Black Manta’s morality. He seemed to really buy into what the League was saying and only fought against them when he learned they were going to kill him. He tells Deadshot that it was all part of the plan but I don’t believe him.

Negatives

Harley Quinn’s current costume is terrible.

It’s just at the end so I’m not criticizing it that much but I don’t like the idea of Waller being in the field with the Suicide Squad. To me, that takes away the point. Waller is a businesswoman, not a soldier. And she also isn’t a super villain.

Verdict

This is a very strong conclusion. The character moments with Reverse Flash, Harley, and Manta are engaging with some fun action, great artwork and an unexpected heroic sacrifice. I highly recommend reading this entire storyline; it is quite good.

4outof5

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Sean Blumenshine

I am currently a senior at Wichita State University studying communications. I started reading comics in 2013 because of how much I loved Man of Steel and season one of Arrow. My favorite hero is the Green Arrow and my favorite villain is the Joker.