Suicide Squad Volume 1: The Black Vault Review


Suicide Squad Volume 1: The Black Vault

By Rob Williams, Jim Lee (Penciler), Philip Tan (Penciler), Scott Hanna (Inker), Jonathan Glapion (Inker), Sandu Florea (Inker), Scottt Williams (Inker), Alex Sinclair (Colourist), Nate Piekos (Letterer), Travis Lanham (Letterer), Brad Anderson (Colourist), Ivan Reis (Penciler), Oclair Albert (Inker), Marcelo Maiolo (Colourist), Elmer Santos (Colourist), Sandra Hope (Inker), Trevor Scott (Inker), Gary Frank (Artist), Pat Brosseau (Letterer), Steven Bryne (Artist), Rob Leigh (Letterer), Matt Banning (Inker), Carlos D’Anda (Artist), and Gabe Eltaeb (Colourist), Josh Reed (Letterer)

I received a free copy of Suicide Squad Volume 1: The Black Vault from DC Comics in exchange for my honest opinion.

If you want to check out the other book in DC Comics Rebirth series that I have read and reviewed, click here.

Part of DC Universe: Rebirth! 

From writer Rob Williams, superstar artist Jim Lee and Philip Tan comes the new Suicide Squad!

The government has once again handpicked the worst of the worst for its Task Force X. Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Katana and Killer Croc. All deadly criminals sent on the most dangerous missions possible by a governement that wants them killed. But their newest challenge? A teammate so powerful that even this group of murderers and thieves can’t control. 

Behind the pencils of Jim Lee and Philip Tan, as well as the pen of writer Rob Williams comes Suicide Squad, Volume 1: The Black Vault!

Collecting: Suicide Squad 1-4, Rebirth

Summary from Goodreads.

Suicide Squad is an amazing concept. Take some captured bad-guys and get them to do the things that America cannot be seen to do. If they get caught, either deny that they are part of Task Force X or kill them. In a world a superheros and villains, this seems to be the most logical things that could happen in our world.

The story is quite simple, the squad has to get into an underwater facility that houses an artefact that Amanda Waller wants and get it back. Whilst fairly predictable, the main plot twist  for me was way to over the top. Also the way that they went about solving this issue just did not work for me. The squad seemed to easily overpower this villain when they should not have (and his anger issues were a tad weird, but I can justify them given the circumstances).

The squad consisted of the same characters who were in the Suicide Squad movie (2016). Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, Katana, and Enchantress. Only El Diablo was absent from the lineup (he was my favourite character from the movie). From what I have heard from previous Suicide Squad stories, they tend to include villains who are largely unknown to add a bit of unpredictability to the team. This team, even if you have not watched the Suicide Squad movie, is a pretty standard team with no real surprises.

The art work was probably my favourite aspect of this volume. Some of the scenes defiantly benefited from having the artwork bring up the standard of what was going on.

An enjoyable, light hearted read that looks to be going interesting places.


Have you read Suicide Squad Volume 1: The Black Vault? Do you agree with my review? Let me know your opinion in the comments below!

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