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Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Kicked in the Teeth (The New 52) (Suicide Squad, New 52 Volume) Kindle & comiXology
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- Book 1 of 5 in Suicide Squad (2011-2014) (Collections) (5 Book Series)
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I recognised a couple of squad members, the Joker's squeeze Harley Quinn (along with her awesome mallet) and another member of Batman's Rogues Gallery, Deadshot (looking very Boba Fett), but the others were new to me - King Shark, Captain Boomerang, Diablo, Black Spider. In this first book we see them head into a stadium full of zombies while avoiding kill squads sent out to collect bounties on the villains' heads. Also Harley finds out what's happened to her puddin' Mistah J from another "New 52" book.
The book feels a little light as we only really get to know Harley and Deadshot, the other characters remain somewhat obscure. It's always great to see Harley and she takes centre stage in the strongest part of the book, the final third. This part also ties into "Batman: Faces of Death", so check that out before this to get the full story.
The story felt a bit weak, the team didn't really gel, and the characters were underdeveloped. The missions weren't very satisfying and it's unclear where this series is headed - do they just keep going on random missions indefinitely? Harley saved it but there are at least 5 other characters on the squad who are dead weight - she can't carry the book or series alone. "Kicked in the Teeth" isn't bad but it definitely needs a more ambitious story arc and a better writer too for it to become a great series.
For newbies, the Squad is basically a team of super-villains doing dirty jobs for the government in return for time off their prison sentences -if they survive. The core team (for this first volume) consists of Deadshot (assassin for hire and team leader), King Shark (a sort of humanoid hammerhead shark with an appetite that's not for fish), Harley Quinn (the Joker's squeeze), El Diablo (old name, new character), and several others.
For those who've been around for a while, you'll be surprised to find that Amanda Waller (the government agent in overall charge) no longer resembles a short weightlifter but has been transformed into Halle Berry (no complaints there) who has a significant other in her life (husband, wife, child, other, we don't find out this time around). Deadshot is pretty much the same bar a new mask. El Diablo, while still Mexican-American, is a villain seeking redemption. And Harley Quinn (whose new secret origin is revealed) is just plain scary. There's even an appearance by mostly long-forgotten non-powered vigilante Mad Dog. And King Shark may be more than just an appetite on legs. You'll have to find out about the others for yourselves. Trust me, it's worth it.
Writer Adam Glass does a very good job of keeping up the action/extreme violence while piling on the twists and surprises while managing to give the characters room to breathe. Several artists are involved but if it was up to me I'd give the job full time to Clayton Henry who channels Brian Bolland extremely-lite.
Yet another success for DC's New 52 line. I'm really enjoying this revamp.
So what to expect? This is the collection of issues 1-7 from the DC's new 52 comics for a government black ops team know as the Suicide Squad. It sees various incarcerated super villains trying to lower their sentence time by doing Uncle Sam's dirty work. Within the squad is a fantastic line up of characters, from such superstars as Harley Quinn and Deadshot, to the bizarre Captain Boomerang and King Shark. This unlikely team band/are forced via tiny bombs implanted in their necks together, JLA style, to tackle great threats. However, unlike the good old JLA, these guys don't think twice about a good double cross or collateral damage.
Packed full of great dialogue with whip sharp humour, all rendered in glorious artwork, this is definitely a series to get on board with.
I saw this collection on sale for the Kindle and decided to give it a go. I'm glad I did, it's one of the most fun, action packed and enjoyable collections I've read in ages.
I wouldn't say there is anything too challenging here, it is just sheer fun and full of action. Well worth a look.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
got this because i am a huge harley quinn fan and because of the new movie and i really liked it great read cant wait to get vol 2Published 17 days ago by michael b.
awesome graphic novel,
one of the best ones i've read.
the chaotic style gives a refreshing change from batman while still maintaining the gotham darkness.
A fantastic story of violence, mayhem and death with a wealthy variety of fun and sinister characters. Definitely getting the second onePublished 1 month ago by shez zee
I enjoyed this incarnation of the squad. The story feel fairly solid, setting aside the ever ludicrous nature of it's world, and the government ops pulling the strings behind the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr Worm.
I have not enjoyed this comic as much as I was hoping too. I think the characters are underdeveloped and the story is a bit boring. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer