Thanks to a recent, not particularly good, movie, the Suicide Squad have a bit of name recognition for DC Comics. As such, it was only a matter of time before they got a Rebirth series and DC went all out, putting Jim Lee on as artist.
But was it worth my time?
I don’t know if it was worth my time because there didn’t seem to be much here.
See, the trade in question only covers the first four issues of the new series plus the Rebirth special issue. About a third of the book was alternate covers and design sketches. And even then, the main story was a short one since it seems each of the four issues contained a back-up story drawn by a different artist to give additional backstory to a few Squad members, namely Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Katana, and Harley. I suspect that, given Philip Tan drew the Rebirth special (and the Katana back-up), perhaps Jim Lee can’t keep a monthly schedule, so better to make his actual page count shorter. At least DC got some good artists on the back-ups. Heck, Gary Frank drew the Harley story, and I love that guy’s work.
But as for the main story, as written by Rob Williams, dealt with the movie line-up (minus El Diablo) going to a secret Russian prison/lab to grab some information, a “cosmic” level weapon, and a new ally in the form of new supervillain Hack. What does the cosmic weapon turn out to be? Something way above the team’s collective power level when the best among them is Enchantress, and she’s taken out rather quickly. The team does live up to its name as a longtime member is unceremoniously killed before the story is half over, and that was a bit surprising since usually the Squad would lose some new member out for the first time with the team. Killer Croc also seems to be a bit tougher than usual, and Rick Flag is given an update so that it is his grandfather, not himself or his father, who ran with the original Task Force X.
But the fact that the main story seemed so short compared to the book’s actual page count was a bit of a let down. I may or may not read the next one, but this first volume didn’t impress me much. Seven out of ten Russian versions of the team.