Review: Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1

jl_ssquad_cv1_dsIt’s a day Amanda Waller always knew would come: the Justice League discovers the existence of the Suicide Squad! This government-sponsored black-ops team of super-villains with bombs implanted in their brains is obviously a deal-breaker for Earth’s paragons of truth and justice! But you can bet that the Wall and her Task Force X won’t go down without the fight to end all fights as this weekly series gets underway!

It’s been building to this, the Justice League has found out about the Suicide Squad and Amanda Waller’s program and they’re none too happy. Writer Joshua Williamson pits these two titan groups against each other with Jason Fabok providing art for the first issue, which has enough twists to keep me interested.

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 is a big action blockbuster in comic form, which means lots of action and not a ton of depth, which is fine and exactly what I’d expect and at times exactly what I want. But, I think Williamson throws just enough subtle twists in there to make things interesting and makes it so you’re not 100% sure where things are going.

Lets face it, these types of events, even when it’s two “good” teams usually results in their duking it out in a huge fight before teaming up against the greater threat. We get that here, but Williamson’s reaction of the characters are interesting. The Justice League doesn’t dive in there fighting it out right away, then do a bit of outreach to the members of the Suicide Squad. There’s also their reaction to finding out this is why these villains always seem to get out. The reaction by each character is entertaining and adds a little personality to each. It’s enough to make the issue not “paint by numbers.”

There’s also the villains that Williamson introduces here and who will clearly be the reason the two teams eventually work together. It’s a C-list of villains and why each has been chosen I think will be some of the most interesting and exciting things to find out. Each is there for a reason, but why?

But, at its heart, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad is a big budget action comic. Fabok’s art delivers on that with some scenes that feel like they’re on a big screen and you can hear the music thumping with the noise of battle. Fabok is a master at this pulling off the same grand cinematic feel in his work on last year’s “Darkseid War.” It’s an opening shot in so many ways and the art delivers with the help of Alex Sinclair‘s colors. The comic’s entertainment is derived from Fabok’s ability to deliver the flow, pace, and action sequences that Williamson has set up.

The issue is what I expected. It doesn’t blow me away by a long shot, nor is it all that deep in what it delivers, but what it does do is deliver fun that I’d expect in a summer blockbuster. That’s not a bad thing. It’s a straight up action story without pretending it’s anything else and in that way, it very much succeeds and excels.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Jason Fabok
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.45 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review