Review: New Suicide Squad #9

New Suicide Squad #9 CoverAn unstable, violent group has broken away from the League of Assassins! Only the Suicide Squad stands a chance of stopping them – if they’re willing to get even more unstable and violent!

DC Comics might not have let Frank Miller have Batman fight Al-Qaeda, but the comics publisher is giving us the Task Force X Suicide Squad take on a group that’s clearly ISIS (or ISIL or Daesh, depending on where you are). Writer Sean Ryan takes on real world events in veiled form with New Suicide Squad #9. The story sees a violent belief driven terrorist organization called The League taking over areas of what is assumed the Middle East in a move reminiscent of ISIS. And just like the real world terrorist group, the League is splintered off another group they felt weren’t hardcore enough. In comics its the League of Assassisns and in the real world, it’s Al-Qaeda. Enter Task Force X who is tasked with infiltrating and finding out what weaponry and capabilities the group has.

Writer Sean Ryan pulls no punches with this new direction giving as a thinly veiled reflection of things that are going on. The focus on weapons capabilities is appropriate in a week that ISIS’ capturing and obtaining left US military equipment is making the news. It’s pretty damn good timing. He also pulls no punches, giving us torture and a twist on the beheading video. The set-up there should be fascinating to see played out in future issues.

But, part of the fun of this type of motley crew is their interaction with each other. The dysfunction is in full display as Deadshot and Captain Boomerang are at each other’s throats as expected with Black Manta playing the serious straight man of the trio. The only thing that really stuck out to me as weird is the fact Black Manta is part of this group. This looks to be a desert like climate. He’d be good, how? Maybe that’ll be coming up, but in this first issue it did stand out to me.

Will the interior art by Philippe Briones isn’t as cool as the cover art by Juan Ferreyra, Briones does bring a certain flair to it all, especially when it comes to the positioning of the images of the characters in panels, and his depiction of the war torn area. The art is solid, though doesn’t jump out to me as amazing.

For the brazen and gutsy storyline alone, I’m recommending this one a buy. While it might not use the real world names, it’s clear who Ryan is writing about, and what he’s getting at. In doing so, he also might be giving us a potential serious threat in the DC Universe, one I’d like to see expanded beyond this storyline. You don’t see creators getting this close to something relevant and in the news, so to see it here is beyond awesome.

Story: Sean Ryan Art: Philippe Briones
Story: 8.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

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