New Suicide Squad Vol. 1: Pure Insanity
Written By: Sean Ryan
Art By: Jeremy Roberts, Tom Derenick and Various Others
Published By: DC Comics
Read: July 20-21, 2015
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.
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
Let me start by saying that this is the first graphic novel that I have ever read. I needed to read a graphic novel as part of the reading challenge that I am participating in. I am a fan of the DC Universe, as well as the Marvel Universe, so when I saw this graphic novel on NetGalley it seemed as good a choice as any. I had to download a compatible program to my computer to be able to read it and it was sort of a pain to read since the program didn’t offer dual page view. Besides the less than ideal reading conditions I really enjoyed it reading it!
I didn’t know a lot about the characters or story line when I first started New Suicide Squad Vol. 1. In fact, I didn’t really know what to expect since I had never read a graphic novel before. This volume consisted eight issues. There were two separate missions consisting of four issues each with an ongoing story line throughout all eight issues.
I found that reading a graphic novel is pretty much identical to reading any other book but with the addition of artwork. I loved the art! Not only did it add to the ongoing written story but it told a story all by itself. If you were to take away all of the written words the art would still be able to tell an amazing story. There was amazing attention to detail to both the art and the layout. I loved the style and everything about it was bold. The Joker’s Daughter was my favorite piece of art in the entire volume. She was dark and creepy and so incredibly well drawn.
Obviously the story is just as important as the art and I was not disappointed! There was a large cast of characters with Mrs. Waller, Vic Sage, Black Manta, Harley Quinn and Deadshot appearing in all eight issues and many other characters appearing in one of the two missions within the volume. My favorite character was either Joker’s Daughter or Harley Quinn. They were both balancing on the line of sanity and I loved their relationship throughout the first four issues. I also really enjoyed the struggle for power between Mrs. Waller and Vic Sage.
As far as the plot goes I thought that it was wonderful. It was well thought out and flowed flawlessly from issue to issue. It was packed with action from the first page to the last. A task force consisting of villains is such a fun idea and I think that it was executed perfectly. I enjoyed every minute of my first graphic novel and I plan on reading more in the future. I think that the highest complement that I can give The New Suicide Squad Vol. 1 is that it has converted me to a lover of graphic novels. I highly recommend it!
2015 Reading Challenge- A Graphic Novel
Recommended for Fans of: Graphic Novels and Fantasy
Suggested to Read Next: Justice League, Vol. 1: Origin