After “Suicide Squad” comics failed to gain much traction with the first series, DC is trying once again to push the super villain team. The “New Suicide Squad” will have it’s first issue come out on July 9th and it will be written by Sean Ryan and artwork done by Jeremy Roberts.
Only three members are returning from the original New 52 series, leader Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn and Deadshot. New members of the Squad are Black Manta, Joker’s Daughter, and Deathstroke. All characters have each had their moments of success except Joker’s Daughter, who has yet to find a solid fan base.
IGN recently sat down with artist Jeremy Roberts about his upcoming series, part of the interview is below.
IGN Comics: Could you tell us how you wound up on New Suicide Squad?
Jeremy Roberts: I had just finished drawing Stormwatch, and [editor] Brian Cunningham asked if I’d be interested in drawing a monthly book. He was impressed with the work, and wanted to give me a shot on a title that DC was relaunching.
IGN: How did you see the Suicide Squad in the DC Universe before you started and what did you want to bring to them now that you’re working on this title?
Roberts: I started reading the book last year, around issue #25. I loved that story with Harley and OMAC, it completely sold me on the book and I immediately had to go back and read the rest of the series. Bad guys being bad is such a fun premise, and there are limitless possibilities.
IGN: Who has been your favorite character(s) to draw? What makes them stand out from the pack?
Roberts: Harley Quinn is always fun to draw, and Deathstroke is one of the coolest characters in the entire DCU. But, I’ve actually had the most fun drawing Deadshot. I don’t know if its the costume or the attitude, but he’s a fun character. And I love the way that Blond colors him!
IGN: Anything you’d like to add to get fans excited for your upcoming run on New Suicide Squad?
Roberts: This is one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever been a part of, and I think that excitement really translates to the page. It’s going to be a great jumping-on point for new readers, and long time fans of this series are going to be very happy!
The series looks very promising as team leader Amanda Waller does not maintain her level of control she’s used to so this sure makes up for quite the team dynamic.