Justice League vs. Suicide Squad

It’s the first major event storyline of DC’s Rebirth era in JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD!

This was a day that Amanda Waller–the government liaison in charge of Task Force X–always knew would come: the Justice League discovers the existence of the Suicide Squad! The government-sponsored black-ops team of super-villains with bombs implanted in their brains is obviously a deal breaker for the World’s Greatest Superheroes. But you can bet the Wall and her gang won’t go down without the fight to end all fights!

Written by rising star Josh Williamson (THE FLASH) with art from acclaimed illustrators Jason Fabok (JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR), Tony S. Daniel (BATMAN), Fernando Pasarin (JUSTICE LEAGUE), Howard Porter (JLA) and more, the most explosive battle of the year is here in JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD!


I know it’s cliché but what drew me in first was the art work. I felt like Jason Fabok and Tony Daniel did a great job in creating these amazing eye catching shots that just pulled you into the story even more. The details, colors, and clarity worked well with the story Joshua Williamson built in this graphic novel.

Speaking of the story. I didn’t feel like if you had little to no familiarity that you could easily pick this up and grasp all of the context and nuances of the stories and characters. If you go in not knowing who these people are, how they became the superheroes or villains that the story revolves around you will either not appreciate or completely grasp it all; you may even end up feeling confused as to what Williamson was trying to convey.

Despite it being JUSTICE LEAGUE versus Suicide Squad I felt there was more focus on the latter than the former or even a balance between the two so maybe in future issues will see that happen. I think I was just surprised because the Justice League movie is coming out and assumed this was being released to coincide with the marketing of the movie, you know to create more interest in it. It actually would’ve been better served to come out closer to Suicide Squad but since it doesn’t seem to have a lot to do with either movie I guess it doesn’t matter.

One of the things I felt Williamson did a great job fleshing out is the moral issues these characters, at least the Justice League, faces which put some heart into the plot. He played up the chemistry and personality quirks between the characters which brought out their humanity. Seeing Killer Frost given such a prominent role was intriguing especially as her screen time got beefed up quite a bit on Flash as she battled her good/evil side.

Thank you to Netgalley and DC Comics for allowing me to review this book.

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*synopsis and pic from netgalley.com

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