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‘Suicide Squad Black Files #1’ (review)

Written by Mike W. Barr and Jai Nitz
Illustrated by Phillipe Briones and Scot Eaton
Published by DC Comics


This book is comprised of two stories.

One is fairly good and tight. The other story is not so good, but it is readable.

These stories however are both a step up from the current Suicide Squad series. I think Mike W. Barr would make a great writer for a rebooted Suicide Squad ongoing series.

The opening story focuses on Katana climbing up a mountain. As soon as I read the first page, I realized how much I missed Barr’s writing in comics.

Katana has a good inner voice and she wonders what it must be like to be afraid of heights. It’s a good introduction.

And then he really gets things cooking!

Katana breaks into a Kobra base. And as soon as they see her, they start to panic. They scream to call in the reinforcements! Katana makes short work of them.

And then we see the rest of the Suicide Squad on the ground ready to fight!

Katana sends her signal and the Squad break in and take the rest of the Kobra guys down! Katana, it seems, has killed the head Kobra guy’s girl and now he wants revenge! The rest of this book is about their fight against each other as he tries to take her down. And it does get crazy!

The story is great. Briones does a very capable job on the art. They make a great team and you can’t help but enjoy it.

More please.

The second part of the book is about Sebastian Faust, the U.S. government’s top arcane operative. He’s gone rogue and Amanda Waller decides to assemble a team to track him down and eliminate him.

Sadly, the story is generic. The characters feel pretty generic as well. Follow that up with some dull art by Eaton and it’s barely worth mentioning. I enjoyed the main feature so much that I forgot there was even a second story twenty minutes after putting it down from reading.



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