On August 5th, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. will be releasing Suicide Squad starring Margo Robbie, Jared Leto, and Will Smith among a number of other great actors. It promises to be one heck of a fun movie if the newest trailers are anything to go by!
But, the movie isn’t the only awesome Suicide Squad release happening next week – DC Comics is also relaunching several Suicide Squad-related comic books as part of their DC Rebirth initiative!
First off, we have Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 and Harley Quinn #1 both hitting shelves on August 3rd, followed by Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Boomerang #1 on August 10th. Then, August 31st promises the release of a one-shot comic titled Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1, written by none other than John Ostrander, the mastermind behind Task Force X and the original Suicide Squad comic series way back in 1987.
Needless to say, DC is swinging the Harley hammer pretty hard in the month of August!
Luckily, we don’t have to wait until August 3rd to get a look at the new Suicide Squad: Rebirth comic – DC was kind enough to offer a sneak peek at issue #1, and they were even willing to let me share some tidbits with you!
Spoiler Warning: Even though this is only a brief recap of the six-page preview DC released, there are still a few very tiny spoilers. So if you want to go into Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 completely blind, this is probably where you should close the article!
SS: Rebirth #1 is written Rob Williams, with a literal squad of artists bringing the comic to life. These include Philip Tan (Outsiders, Hawkman), Jonathan Glapion (New 52’s Batman, Birds of Prey), Scott Hanna (Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Outsiders, Batman… seriously, just so, so many!), Sandu Florea (Batman: R.I.P., Batman: Battle for the Cowl), and colorist Alex Sinclair (Batman: Hush – one of my very favorite story arcs).
Obviously, with so many outstanding artists working on this book, it looks damn good. The pages are full of awesome detail work, from facial expressions to backgrounds. The colors are also outstanding, setting a tone for the issue that gets darker with each page, until we find ourselves in some dark, dank prison cell occupied by none other than Rick Flag.
Williams also starts the book off nicely, with a bit of bureaucracy and politics setting the stage for Task Force X to officially get back off the ground with the U.S. government’s disapproving approval. As always, Amanda Waller proves to be one of my favorite characters, even if I don’t like her on a personal level – she is as hard as they come, and I can’t wait to see her in action as the story progresses. With the political pooh-poohing out of the way early, the rest of the series promises to be a fast-paced train wreck that I’m very much looking forward to.
It remains to be seen how much the movie will influence the comic, but based on the covers it seems that Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 will feature Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, Deadshot, Killer Croc, Katana, Capt. Boomerang, and El Diablo at the very least (with Amanda Waller serving as the mastermind for the whole affair). So there’s likely going to be some call-outs to the film version of the team, at least in the first few issues of the title.
Are you excited for the new DC Rebirth titles centered on the Squad and its members? Let me know in the comments, and tune in on August 3rd for a full review of Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 and Harley Quinn #1!