Suicide Squad #20 Review
Written by Ales Kot
Art by Patrick Zircher
Colors by Jason Keith
Reviewed by Steve Seigh
Suicide Squad – A government-sanctioned team of incarcerated super-villains who are permitted to take time away from their sentences by carrying out deadly covert missions. “But Steve, how would you keep them in line?” you might say. Well, implanting nano-bombs into their necks might help. Oh, and did I mention that the person monitoring the trigger for these bombs is Amanda Waller? Trust me, if even half of the stories we’ve all heard about her are true than you already know that she’s a “take no shit” kind of woman. So it’s probably best that the members of the new Suicide Squad (Deadshot, Voltaic, Harley Quinn, The Unknown Soldier, King Shark, and a special mystery member) play along … for now.
Suicide Squad #20 brings with it a fresh jumping-on point for anyone who has yet to indulge in this gritty and grisly series from DC comics. I’ve got to tell you, that if I had my druthers I’d personally hug and kiss whoever it was that put the warped pen of Ales Kot (Wild Children, Change) and the slick art of Patrick Zircher (Shadowman, Iron Man) on this title. Together these two men have crafted a dark and engaging start to a series that for awhile now had been stricken from my pull-list. Though if this issue is any indication of what’s to come than I’m happy to say that Harley and the rest of the gang are back on their game – and back on my monthly-pull.
So why would you want to read Suicide Squad #20? Well, do you like violence? Do you like intrigue and deception? That’s what Suicide Squad is all about. One of the most exciting aspects about this book is that the odds are always changing and you never know what might happen next. Characters are forever plotting against one another and not a single one of them is to be trusted. It makes for a twisted tale of unlikely characters getting their chance to shine in all of their wickedness and devilry. The question really is: Just how far can you push villains like Deadshot, The Unknown Soldier, or Harley Quinn? We all know that they’re inherently dangerous by nature, but what makes them tick? I vote that we march further into the asylum with this ragtag group of “never-do-wells” and find out just how far they’ll go for the sake of injustice.
A Must-Buy. This is a fantastic start to an already established series that has recently had new life breathed into it thanks to the talents of Ales Kot and Patrick Zircher. Now is definitely the time to jump on if you’re at all curious about this dark and twisted series from DC Comics. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out.
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This review was written by Steve Seigh – Executive Editor of Talking Comics. You can hear Steve on the Talking Comics podcast, as well as find him on Joblo.com where he writes a featured column called Ink & Pixel. His Twitter handle is @dead_anchoress.