Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 sees the team come together.

The first noticeable thing about the issue is the similarities between the brand new movie adaptation of Suicide Squad. The issue explores similar themes and places, whilst including the fan favourite characters. Since this is the Rebirth issue, we see how the team are brought together by Amanda Waller. And if you were looking for more gritty superhero stories than the light hearted side of DC Comics – Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 is definitely the way to go.

The stand out point of the issue for us involves Captain Boomerang slicing an innocent man’s hands off too protect a ‘gene-bomb’. It’s completely unrelenting in it’s choices, and it definitely makes for a better comic to do so. And whilst the plot seems relatively self-contained, we’d quite like to see the writers follow up the meta-human army element of the story. It was entertaining, and certainly opens up a bunch of different directions for the team to go down.

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It’s very clear that Rick Flagg is the leader of the group – with him directing them in the battlefield. The dynamic between the Squad seems to be that of a mutual respect. And whilst internal conflict does make for a compelling plot device, it’s great to see the group work well as a team. It would’ve been easy for the writers to engineer the plot in order to create a rogue team member – but we’ve seen it too many times.

Whilst the issue’s plot is relatively simple and self contained, it doesn’t hold back. It’s got everything, guns, action, violence… and Barrack Obama. Seriously. He kick starts the issue in an argument with Amanda Waller, and she talks him down from his position that the Suicide Squad need to be disbanded. If that doesn’t tell you anything about the stand-offish and determined puppet-master of the team, we’re not sure what will.

This new era for the team started by Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 could definitely spark a whole new generation of readers into the fray of DC Comics, it’s a great jumping off point.

8.7 Great starting point for new readers.

Doesn't waste the reader's time with introducing each character, but just the one that will lead the team. It's a great new start for the Suicide Squad.

  • Boomerang takes off a man's arms 8
  • Harley makes the bomb decision 8
  • Amanda Waller v Barrack Obama 10
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