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Series: New Suicide Squad, The New 52
Also in this series: Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World, Batman/Superman Vol. 2: Game Over, Deathstroke Vol. 1: Gods of Wars
Published by DC Comics on July 21st 2015
Genres: Comic, Graphic Novel
Setting the world’s most dangerous super-criminals against the most insidious threats to national security: that’s the idea behind the elite black-ops unit officially designated as Task Force X. It’s perfect…on paper.Amazon •
But the real world rarely goes according to plan. Threats evolve. Teammates turn on each other. Blood and betrayals flow like rivers. And that’s why Task Force X is better known as the Suicide Squad.
Vic Sage aims to change the equation. Replacing Amanda Waller as the puppet-master of Suicide Squad’s motley crew, he’s introducing wild cards like Deathstroke and the Joker’s Daughter to whip the existing team-Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and Black Manta-into shape. But the world’s deadliest assassin and the Clown Princess of Crime have ideas of their own…and no explosive implants to keep them in line.
Can this new Suicide Squad survive-or will it implode before it even begins?
Collects issues #1-8
Mature-Content Rating: Violence, Language
First I’d have to say how much I love that Amanda Waller is getting competition for her job, but she’s really not in this book. Vic Sage (THE Vic Sage?) is an idiot who throws a hissy fit when he doesn’t get his way. And I was looking forward to Waller having to put up a fight for her position. Oh, poo. And while I’m on the subject I miss the old Amanda Waller and not the new sex-ized Waller. Come on DC, not ever girl/guy has to be super skinny and dripping sex.
Adding new members to an already established Suicide Squad was also a great idea. It created conflict among the new members and the old members, but Deathstroke didn’t have a reason to be in the story at all. The only reason he was in the story at all was to set him up for his own comic series that was recently released, and I really hate that. Putting Deathstroke aside for a minute, Black Manta became the team leader and boy did he not disappoint! I’m not a big Aquaman fan, but hey, Black Manta came through for the team and really showed what he is capable of. I’ve got to give him props for this comic.
Of course, my favorite villain in this comic is Harley Quinn! She practically makes the squad on her own. I’d go as far as saying that without Harley, the Suicide Squad would be a down right boring read. She brings most of the comedy and a lot of the (spontaneous) action.
The comic also seemed to move through the villains pretty fast. Death stroke and Deadshot didn’t last very long (though I’m sure Deadshot will be back in the second volume) and eventually The Joker’s Daughter. Later Reverse Flash, Captain Boomerang and GET THIS, Man-Bat ninjas are added to the mix! I don’t know what to say to this. Reverse Flash; yes, though he’s whiney I loved his interactions with Harley. Captain Boomerang; sure, why not? Man-Bat ninjas; why?!
Their missions are just covert foreign county get in, get out, blah blah. I would have liked to have seen more focus on what they were getting in to and not just the outcome (don’t press buttons, Harley). You know, the usual; super weapons, robots, and a super powered guy.
Overall, Pure Insanity has its ups and downs but Harley Quinn and Black Manta pull in a lot of the slack for the negatives of the story. I’ll probably try out the second volume to see if there’s improvement.