Ugh. Honestly, this isn’t great. And in fact for the first half of the issue I felt fine with that. I felt like I’d just stop reading after this issue. It was easy to dismiss this as I don’t know… just going through the motions?
And it kind of sort of is. It’s a pretty pointless story so far. Just an excuse to cram as many personalities into one book and move some units. Yeah? But the second half picked up enough that now I’m actually curious enough to read the next one. Dammit. I was actually kind of relieved to have one less series to follow. Oh well.
The one-on-one fights were brief but amusing. But it was when Superman’s power gets sucked out of him that it started to get interesting. And in the final pages we see that the Justice League is now locked up by Waller. So it seems the title is irrelevant. I’m feeling like this will be Justice League/Suicide Squad Vs. Those Other Guys. We’ll see.
It’s interesting that DC is launching this big cross-over event at the same time that Marvel is running Inhumans Vs. X-Men right now. Or maybe it’s not interesting? Maybe it’s obvious to do so? I don’t know.
But I figured #1 was worth a read. And mostly it was. The art is fantastic. And I really enjoyed the dark tone. I mean this thing is pretty violent. You’ve got Harley lamenting that she’s standing in someone’s brains.
Like most #1’s for big events, this is mostly a lot of set-up for what’s coming. (Of course I admit that I skipped the prelude issue which doubled as Suicide Squad #8). Basically this whole issue is action – which is good and bad. It wastes no time pitting the Justice League against the Suicide Squad.
What is maybe more intriguing is that we see a whole other group of bad guys (ones in even more lock-down than the SS was) being set free to I guess take on both teams? It’s a little unclear at the moment and I’m not fully sure how much I’ll like it, but this issue was decent enough that I’ll at least stick around for #2.