Review: “Suicide Squad Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth” by Adam Glass, Federico Dallocchio and Clayton Henry

Review: "Suicide Squad Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth" by Adam Glass, Federico Dallocchio and Clayton Henry

A review by Courtney.

The Suicide Squad does not entirely fit within the parameters of comics I am generally drawn too, especially considering that this book has one female character and it follows a team of bad guys. Luckily for the Suicide Squad, they have Harley Quinn and I am always looking for more stories about her because I find her character so interesting. With the new Suicide Squad movie releasing only a couple of weekends ago, I felt it would be a complete miss if I didn’t review the book that made me fall in love with the group in the first place.  

This comic starts the way it needs to by giving us a brief introduction to each of the characters on the Suicide Squad: Deadshot, El Diablo, Harley Quinn, King Shark, Voltaic, and a couple other minor characters. We quickly learn that these characters are the worst of the worst and that they are going to get called in for missions that the government wants nothing to do with. To give us a prime example of what exactly that looks like, their first task is to wipe out a stadium of 60,000 people. The people in the stadium have been taken over by electronics and have all turned into terrifying robot powered zombies. It is just as weird as it sounds. The squad has to keep the mess contained and avoid the media finding out about what took place inside the stadium. The squad goes on other missions in the book and we see more character development and interaction between them which brings their characters to life. We also get to know the character of Harley Quinn more and how she interacts with people in her group. By the end of volume 1, we learn why exactly she is the most dangerous character of them all, which is a solid accomplishment considering all the characters she’s competing with.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book; the art is not really my style and I’m not a fan of the way Harley Quinn is drawn in this book. I felt that the artist went out of his way to sexualize a character that in all honesty needs no help in that department. The storyline and character development were enough to help me stay interested and invested in some of the characters. This was my first time being introduced to the character of Deadshot and I appreciated how the writer walked the line in keeping him a bad guy yet showing us some of his heart. The characters are remarkably well rounded for the most part. I was unsure if I was going to be able to find characters I could root for in a team of all supervillains. However I was pleasantly surprised when I found the opposite to be true and in fact could root for all of them.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is over the age of 13 due to the violence and anyone who is on the fence about the new Suicide Squad movie.

My rating: 3.5/5 stars.

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Review: “Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood” by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

Review of "Wonder Woman" by Brian Azzarello and Cliff ChiangA review by Courtney.

Wonder Woman has long been one of my favorite characters and I was extremely excited to read her in comic book form to see if she was as amazing of a character in book form as I had built her up in my head to be. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting the story to be like, but I wasn’t expecting the story I got; it was much darker and grittier than I expected.

This volume starts off with showing us what some of the gods are doing. By gods, I’m talking about Zeus, Hera, Hades etc… One of the gods decides that he needs to take out a girl and another god disagrees and gives her a magical key which sends her to Diana. From there we learn that Diana is actually a daughter of Zeus and Hera is not pleased about it. This conflicts with the original origin story of Wonder woman being created from clay and her mother’s will. Initially no man was involved with her birth which was what made her superior and a hero for women. The book does call this out and goes on to explain Diana’s new origin story. Wonder Woman then has to deal with the consequences of knowing who her father is and her new siblings whom are not pleasant to say the least.

I had a hard time being drawn into Wonder Woman. It was extremely hard to connect with Diana as a character and all of the different gods in the story were confusing. There were a couple of characters that held my interest, but they were minor and I didn’t see a lot of them. I was also unhappy with the way Wonder Woman’s origin story was completely rewritten. I would have liked to have been privy to what she thinking some of the time. She was dealing with a lot of extremely emotional stuff and it felt like I never learned how she really felt about it other than shock and disbelief which are things I would have expected anyways.. Honestly, I wanted more from a character whom I had held on a pedestal for all those years, and this was the volume that made her fall off of it for me, although I don’t think it’s entirely her fault. I am interested in reading more Wonder Woman, although perhaps under a different author.

This volume dark and I would not recommend it for children. I would recommend it for people looking for a different take on Wonder Woman. I would rate it what I did because I have no desire to read more by this author.

My rating: 2.5/5 stars.

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