Book Reviews

Suicide Squad, Volume 5: Walled In

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Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 5: Walled In
Author: Matt Kindt (Writer), Sean Ryan (Writer), Jim Zub, Patrick Zircher (Artist), Andre Cuelho (Artist), Roger Robinson (Artist), Rafa Sandoval (Artist), Jason Masters (Artist), Carlos Rodriguez (Artist), Jim Fern (Artist)
Rating: ★★★★

Task Force X, the infamous “Suicide Squad”. A secret government program for imprisoning super villains and using them in deadly missions no one else would dare take.

All of our favorite villains have been freed from Belle Reeve! There isn’t only one Suicide Squad present on the scene these days. Another villain is looming: The Thinker. Infiltrating the Reverse Suicide Squad through radio frequencies, he plans to have the new team destroy the Suicide Squad.

While aboard a military cargo jet, Waller meets Dr. Algot Issen, a geneticist, and inquires about his genetic testing equipment to control super-powered beings. 

In order to stop O.M.A.C., Waller and James Gordon Jr. release a secret prisoner, none other than King Sharks’s dad, himself! But he is bent on killing Waller and anyone else who gets in his way.

James Gordon Jr. has coerced Harley Quinn to his side. However, as usual, Harley has some things up her sleeve.

But, as suspected, both Suicide Squads ban together in order to defeat O.M.A.C. But there is a secret revolving this being capable of mass destruction. What is it? What will happen with the Squads? Will the Thinker win?

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Suicide Squad, Volume 4: Discipline and Punish

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Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 4: Discipline and Punish
Author: Ales Kot (Writer), Matt Kindt (Writer), Patrick Zircher (Artist), Rick Leonardi (Artist), Neil Googe (Artist), Sami Basri (Artist), Carmen Carnero (Artist)
Rating: ★★★★

Supervillains recruited from prison, sent on covert missions and injected with a nanite bomb so we stay in line. A bad deal.

We last find ourselves with the almost-destruction of our beloved Suicide Squad. But, one member was believed to not have survived… But fear not, Waller and her team have figured out a new serum that brings people back to life!

A new sheriff is in town, adding a more kills and fighting into the pre-existing, butt-kicking team. Not only him, but the addition of a new super-fast feminine Squader.

And maybe that’s some of the true measure of love – – the kindness we give to those who are too damaged to ever perceive it.

Not falling in love, but staying in it.

Regardless of what comes.

But someone not part of the Suicide Squad and, perhaps, closer to Waller, shows up and plays a big role in Volume 4…James Gordon Jr. This guy is creepier than the Joker himself. And to make things more interesting…he is in love with Waller (hah! Didn’t know anyone could love her).

A giant monster built from dead bodies and controlled by the “Mother” rears its ugly head in this volume, however, I have a feeling she will show up more in the next volume (hopefully?).

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What I really enjoyed was that the reader was able to delve deeper into the lives of Deadshot and Harley Quinn prior to the Suicide Squad, and also, later of the Squad disbanded and had their nano bombs removed from their necks. Harley Quinn was not portrayed as being as weak as she had been in previous volumes.

This was definitely the best comic of this event so far! It was an easy, fast read that flowed well and kept the reader engaged and wanting more the whole time. If you didn’t like the previous volumes and weren’t thinking of continuing with the event, please do! This one makes it so worth it!

 

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Suicide Squad, Volume 3: Death is for Suckers

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Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 3: Death is for Suckers
Author: Adam Glass (Author), Fernando Dagnino (Illustrator), Henrick Jonsson (Illustrator), Cliff Richards (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★★

Supervillains recruited from prison, sent on covert missions and injected with a nanite bomb so we stay in line. A bad deal.

At the end of the last installment, Deadshot was killed in his hero-ridden suicide, also allegedly killing Regulus. But is he really dead? Where is Regulus’s body?

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Our good friend (and my favorite super villain) is back. But why?

 

After escaping the hands of the Joker, Harley Quinn wakes up after much damage has been done from her escape. But, someone else decides to join the party once more…make that two past Suicide Squaders.

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But a new “package” is needed and the Suicide Squad is back in action. However, one of the Squad knows the keeper of the “package” very well. And Waller is in on the action with the Suicide Squad this time!

Amanda Waller turns off the bomb detonators embedded in the necks of the Suicide Squad…giving them the choice to help on this next mission or go their separate ways. But of course, leaving would have consequences. 

A Suicide Squad member is killed, leaving someone new as leader of the pack. Who is this guy and what is his involvement with the Suicide Squad?

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Suicide Squad, Volume 2: Basilisk Rising

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Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 2: Basilisk Rising
Author: Adam Glass (Author), Dan Abnett (Writer), Andy Lanning (Writer), Fernando Dagnino (Illustrator), Federico Dallocchio (Illustrator), Jesus Saiz (Illustrator), Andres Guinaldo (Illustrator), Mark Irwin (Illustrator), Christian Alamy (Illustrator), Cliff Richards (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★★

Supervillains recruited from prison, sent on covert missions and injected with a nanite bomb so we stay in line. A bad deal.

At the end of the last installment, Harley Quinn ditched the squad for the chance to see her “Puddin”. Deadshot was tasked with bringing her back to the Squad.

There is a traitor in the Suicide Squad, but who is it? The person’s task is to expose the Squad and kill Amanda Waller. Regulus, leader of the Basilisks, has sent one of his own to infiltrate the Suicide Squad. But, is it just a distraction or does he really want them gone?

Along the way, members of the same Squad are tasked with betraying one another…sometimes leading to death. An old member returns and at least another leaves? Who is the impostor? Who has surprised us once again?! Whose death will be a consequence of friendly fire? 

The reader is left with a epilogue depicting the story besides Amanda Waller’s great idea of the Suicide Squad. Her muse, her beginnings, and a glimpse of what truly lies beneath the tough exterior.

But the story of the Suicide Squad continues once more. A big player is killed. What will happen next with the Basilisks?

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Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth

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Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth
Author: Adam Glass (Author), Federico Dallocchio (Illustrator), Clayton Henry (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★★

So, there are lovers and haters of the Suicide Squad movie. In the movie, Harley Quinn is depicted as this strong, independent woman. However, for those of you comic book nerdies out there, we know that to be entirely false. It just annoys me that so much is changed to fit a movie when the comic clearly makes much more sense. Ugh!

Supervillains recruited from prison, sent on covert missions and injected with a nanite bomb so we stay in line. A bad deal.

suicide_squad_0023Supervillains hired by an undercover government organization as an agreement to serve less time. Injected by a nanite bomb to coerce cooperation, we find Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, and more on their new mission. A zombie virus breakout is brewing and the Suicide Squad is dispatched to find a certain lady and her “package”. This package is the cure for the dreaded zombie virus.

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Along the way, Harley Quinn finds out about the death of her “Puddin'”, aka The Joker, and goes off on her own to find his face that was removed as a sign of his death. With her Harley gang emulating her, the Suicide Squad finds themselves in a struggle to defeat the posers before the detonator of the implanted bombs runs out. 

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We find ourselves left with the supposed death of one of our precious Suicide Squad members. Is that person really dead? Where is the Joker’s body? What happened with Yo-Yo after saying he was alive in King Shark? Will the Squad survive the virus and the Harley Quinn look-alikes? What happens next?