Review: Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth

Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Kicked in the TeethSuicide Squad, Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth by Adam Glass
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Blurb: As a part of the acclaimed DC Comics–The New 52 event of September 2011, writer and co-creator of the CW show Supernatural Adam Glass rolls out an all-new team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous-they’re sheer suicide. The story begins with the Suicide Squad defeated, imprisoned and being interrogated about their newest mission. Harley Quinn, King Shark, Deadshot and company must make it out alive without revealing who’s pulling the strings behind their illegal operations. Who will be the first to crack under the pressure? More importantly will they make it all out alive?

This might be summed up as an art book with some words here and there as there isn’t much of a plot happening that would surprise you in the least. Then again, we’ve all read the Superman baby-crash-lands-on-the-farm story a hundred times and it’s still entertaining now and then. Even when Zack Snyder does it (ugh).

Despite the no-surprises launch story being predictable, I did enjoy these first 7 issues enough to give this a “Hey, I’m okay,” rating (reminiscent of Dr. Bartholomew Wolper). But this isn’t Frank Miller. Maybe it makes sense hiring Adam Glass to write this with his Supernatural background and these characters being… uh… criminals. Not so much, now that I think about it. Where’s Enchantress? That’s right up his alley. Was she in this book? (Just checked, because I couldn’t remember…no). One good thing about this book is a lot of this material was used for the Suicide Squad movie. A lot but not all. There’s no Croc here, it’s King Shark (which is an utterly stupid character that should have been killed off instantly).

The final story is the Harley Quinn origin story with lots of Joker. It was entertaining but it’s the same old story. That’s okay. That seems to be what rabid fans want, retelling the exact same stories over and over (with Collectible Issue #1) every few years, but with new artists. I don’t fault DC for doing that. After all, I don’t WANT them to change their characters. But, I do with they would get on with the story. In the good old days when I was young, these comics were numbered in the hundreds. Now, every 3 years they have to reboot everything because the writers run out of ideas.

I did not like this enough to buy Volume 2. I thought at first that I’d collect this comic because I didn’t read it at all in 2011 when the New 52 launched. But no, it’s not interesting enough to me. I will read Harley Quinn’s own series but this isn’t good enough to keep my interest. I would much rather read an anti-hero book like Birds of Prey.

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