Suicide Squad Rebirth 1 – 13

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #1
Written by Rob Willaims
Art by Jim Lee and Jason Fabok

Suicide Squad returns post-Rebirth with the exact same line up as the movie. Coincidence? I think not. I can’t say this was Jim Lee’s best work. I usually like his artwork (If not his choices for costumes *cough* Huntress * cough) but this seemed unpolished somehow or rushed. That being said, it was an interesting start as the Suicide Squad is sent to Russia to retrieve a Cosmic object of importance by Amanda Waller and they nearly die while dropping to Russia from space. I question how it is that Harley is living it up in Brooklyn in her own series yet somehow is in jail here? In the back up story, we focus on Deadshot and it looks like his daughter from the movie is being retconned into the main DCU. At least I know he did not have a daughter Pre-Flashpoint. Maybe she existed in the New 52, I don’t know.

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #2
Written by Rob Willaims
Art by Jim Lee and Ivan Reis

In this action-packed issue, the Suicide Squad helps a girl named Hack escape from her prison cell and she turns them into digital information to warp to where the cosmic item is – which turns out to be a sphere which acts as a portal to the Phantom Zone. And yes sure enough Zod escapes and it looks like he kills Captain Boomerang. Is he dead again? We shall see I guess. The back-up story focuses on Captain Boomerang as he tells a fake origin to Amanda Waller. It was good fun.

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #3
Written by Rob Willaims
Art by Jim Lee and Phillip Tan

This issue is Sucide Squad vs. Zod and it was okay and amusing  at times but nothing to get too excited about. The backup focused on the origin of Katana who said she joined the squad because the souls in her sword told her to. Interesting.

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #4
Written by Rob Willaims
Art by Jim Lee and Gary Frank

The Suicide Squad prevails and mange to send Zod back to the Phantom Zone in this issue. It was decent. It sure isn’t Jim Lee’s best work. I don’t know if it is the coloring or what but something is off. It is confirmed I guess that Captain Boomerang is dead. The backup made me smile with some of Harley’s comments.

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #5
Written by Rob Willaims
Art by Jim Lee and Stephen Byrne

This issue focuses on Amanda Waller and NSA and how they decide to make Zod a member of Task Force X which is beyond crazy but whatever. It was enjoyable. The backup focused on Hack and I really liked the art by Stephen Byrne.

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #6
Written by Rob Willaims
Art by Jim Lee and Carlos D’Anda

In the main feature the Phantom Zone thing is making everyone in Belle Reeve go crazy except for Harley Quinn who is made sane. But like usual, the back up was more entertaining as we learn about Killer Croc’s childhood and a story I had never heard before.

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #7
Written by Rob Willaims
Art by Jim Lee and Christian Ward

More meh as Captain Boomerang looks headed to come back to life via Hack somehow or another. It doesn’t quite make sense to me yet. Meanwhile they are still trying to stop Zod. The back up was more interesting with the Enchantress going solo.

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #8
Written by Rob Willaims
Art by Jim Lee and Giuseppe Camuncoli

The Suicide Squad saves Belle Reeve and defeat Zod again in the rather forgettable main story. Oh and Captain Boomerang comes back to life in a way that I have a hard time understanding. Is it the copy of him that was digital information being brought to life? If so, Hack is damn powerful. We are 8 issues in and still no explanation for how the hell Harley is in Brooklyn and in prison. The back up focuses on Caitlin Snow aka Killer Frost as she is recruited to join the Suicide Squad. It was much better.

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #9
Written by Rob Willaims and Si Spurrier
Art by Riley Rossmo

This issue focuses on an early mission of Task Force X before Amanda Waller worked out the kinks in the system. It was better than any of the previous issues perhaps because of the art change or the characters, I am not sure. It showed how ruthless Waller can be and it was definitely the most violent issue of the series to date. I suppose it is hard to not have violence in a comic with Lobo in it. The Emerald Empress is a legion character and she is clearly looking for Saturn Girl in this comic…a clue to DC Rebirth?

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #2
Written by Rob Willaims and Si Spurrier
Art by Guiseppe Cafaro

Rustam, Amanda’s old Task Force X leader, gets the ultimate revenge by having Amanda Waller believe her kids are in danger. She kidsnaps them and is then told by Rustam his revenge was for her to have to face how she has abandoned her children. It was a good issue. I still would like some explanation for how Harley is in the Squad when she lives in Brooklyn in her own series!

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #11
Written by Rob Williams
Art by John Romita Jr. and Eddy Barrows

Haha Captain Boomerang says in this comic book “For the Sweet love of Kylie.” That’s awesome. I surprisingly enjoyed Romita Jr.’s art which is interesting because I hated it in some other comic I read recently. Eddy Barrows also does a great job for the second part. This was the new best issue of the series perhaps because Williams finally allowed for quieter moments.

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #12
Written by Rob Willaims
Art by John Romita Jr. and Eddy Barrows

Amanda Waller dies in the main story as the Suicide Squad is sent to the Blackgate escape. I am surprised Batman did not show up. Rob Williams seems to have completely dropped El Diablo from this team or has forgotten about him. The big mystery is who killed her. Harley believes it’s Deadshot. Also, Eddy Barrows has some great art again here.

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Suicide Squad (Volume 5) #13
Written by Rob Willaims
Art by John Romita Jr. and Eddy Barrows

Okay while I haven’t exactly enjoyed this series so far…like much at all really, this was a good issue and had a crazy surprise ending I did not see coming.

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