By Sean Ryan, Jeremy Roberts and Rob Hunter
It seems odd that the Suicide Squad would get a re-launch with characters who are so similar to each other, but the New Suicide Squad has been a very fun book. Despite those similarities between some of the characters, each have their own personalities and style, which is the best thing about this book. Sean Ryan has made this a must read book.
There is a level of fun with this book every month that is tough to match for many of the other books in DC’S rolodex. In this issue, Sean Ryan shines in his depiction of Harley Quinn. She grows up a little this issue and we can clearly see that while she fights with the Joker’s Daughter. She’s no longer the brainwashed little fan girl anymore, she’s getting a life of her own. Ryan also has a good grasp on Black Manta as well. He comes off as strong of a character as he does in Aquaman, but we can actually root for him in this title. The plot also moves along nicely and Ryan sets us up for the conclusion to his first arc. This has honestly been one of the more entertaining books from DC thanks to Sean Ryan’s writing.
The art duties are handled by Jeremy Roberts and Rob Hunter with colors by Blond. This was a well drawn issue, and while there were a few off panels, it isn’t anything major. Roberts and Hunter do there best work on close up panels that allow them to show detail. A close image of the Joker’s Daughter really lets us see just how gross the face of the Joker really is. The duo have a style that allow them to do lots of shading and cross hatching. As Waller’s boss tells her to execute a member of the team, the look on her face is drawn perfectly. The art really shines in panels like that. The art complimented the story greatly this issue and hopefully we can get one of these guys to hop on the book on a regular basis.
The New Suicide Squad has been a very good read for the first few issues. Hopefully the quality will keep up as Sean Ryan grows even more comfortable with the characters. The art worked pretty well for having two people on it as the styles were similar enough. This is a book that should be picked up each month, you’ll rarely have more fun than with the New Suicide Squad.