Regardless of what you like or dislike about the Suicide Squad relaunch one thing you can't say is that there is ever a dull moment in this book. The Squad is sent off to put down a prison riot in Belle Reve. Through out the course of the prison riot the body count continues to rise as Deadshot puts a bullet in most everything that moves, a seemingly catatonic King Shark all of a sudden eats Yo-Yo as Diablo really cuts loose for the first time in the series and BBQs half the inmates. And let's not forget Black Spider who despite being laid up in the infirmary manages to beat the shit out of and kill several inmates. He does so with what I would describe as a "Punisher" like determination and hatred of all criminals. Which makes sense since he too was a criminal hunting vigilante.Aside from all the killing we learn some interesting things in this issue. Waller apparently is either married or has a live in boyfriend and Deadshot seems to have a foster daughter. And speaking of Waller, when the riot is finally put down it doesn't take her long to figure out that it was Harley that started it some how and subsequently managed to escaped during the whole fiasco. They surmise that she's probably off to go find The Joker but quite naturally Waller has no intention of letting that happen as she cobbles together a new Suicide Squad to go after her. I suspect it's a safe bet Harley is done with the Squad as a member so all her fans out there can rejoice at long last. Of course I'll miss Harley but it'll almost be worth it to not have to hear all the bitching and moaning any more from these people on the internet.
My thoughts: Just think of the best concert or party you've ever been to in which you had the time of your life. That's pretty much what this issue was like although it was unfortunate to see Yo-Yo get killed so soon. Black Spider was bad ass and probably could be considered the Punisher of the DC Universe while Diablo so reminded of Samuel L. Jackson from Pulp Fiction. If you don't like this book then I hope you get eaten by King Shark too. There's a nice little DC Comics All Access feature at the end of this issue with some cool production back ground information and the promise of plenty of more surprises and excitement # 6 and 7. I probably should have known this already but on an interesting side note it turns out Harley's new costume design was by Jim Lee.
Recently I decided to drop everything else I was picking up from DC every month. There's other good stuff out there but Suicide Squad was the only thing I was really looking forward to from one issue to the next.
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