Review: Suicide Squad #1

“Assault on Arkham” –  Part One

Writer: Robbie Thomson

Artists: Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira
Color Artist: Marcelo Maiolo
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Review by Adam Ray

A new run for an established title is exciting, as we get to start anew with a cast of characters familiar, or brand new, and get to follow new adventures from the beginning. Suicide Squad #1 brings the familiar team dynamic back to our single issue shelves, with a new line up, and a big change in the dynamic, right from the beginning.

I told the boss of this website that I was very excited to start reviewing this title, especially from the beginning, and this opener definitely delivers.

The dynamic that stays true among the characters in the Suicide Squad title is the endless machinations of Amanda Waller, and the staunch duty that Rick Flag brings. I love the ambition of this book, taking that otherwise established dynamic and throwing it very hard at a very close wall to see it splatter. The relationship between these two characters has set the tone in Suicide Squad stories for a long time, so it will be interesting to see this power balance reassessed in later issues.

The art throughout the issue is excellent, the color work in particular. We get consistent concrete greys and a shade of green that comics have come to make me call “mutant green”. I’d say these colours are masterfully used. They provide the grim, drab nature you’d expect from a cast of insidious outsiders, like the Suicide Squad. They constantly feel confined and other, which is exactly what you need from an antiheroic team.

Conclusion

This opening issue’s a triumph. Suicide Squad #1 brings us the action we’d expect from the title, and the open possibility to explore what’s been established about it, but with a brand new team of characters, and creators.

Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment

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