JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #1
Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Jason Fabok, Alex Sinclair
Published by: DC Comics
2016 has been the year of superheroes fighting each other. From Batman v Superman, to Marvel’s Civil Wars on the big screen and in the comic. But if you ask me, heroes have been fighting each other for over a decade, but that’s another story.
Anywho, DC Comics’ first big crossover event of the Rebirth era features a battle between its two most popular super-teams, in the form of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, a weekly six issue mini-series that pits Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and the Green Lanterns against Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang, Enchantress, Diablo and Killer Frost.
In Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1, Flash scribe Joshua Williamson teams up with artist Jason Fabok to set up what is primed to be the biggest rumble since the Mega Powers exploded at Wrestlemania V.
By sending the Squad on a mission which showcases each member’s abilities, the creative team does a great job of introducing the Suicide Squad to readers unfamiliar with the comic or movie. This mission of course, puts them at odds with the Justice League, who seem to be after Amanda Waller more than anything. But when Waller tells Deadshot something along the lines of: “Don’t let the league take any of you alive,” well, all hell is bound to break loose.
Joshua Williamson’s scripting and dialogue are strong, but never excessive. The dialogue works well with the art, and never overshadows the action packed moments. His take on Batman, Waller, and other high-profile characters is spot on, and it makes buying into the plot that much easier.
What I liked best about the plot was that Williamson didn’t just go for the typical “let’s make the heroes fight!” storyline. Instead, Williamson took the time to flesh out the conflict as well, and if issue #1 is any indication, we got a lot more to look forward to.
Although I wasn’t familiar with Jason Fabok’s artwork, I have to say he blew me away! This guy is without doubt, one of the best artists at DC if not all of comics, and it only took one issue for me to know that. His art captures the different attitudes of the Suicide Squad members, and their team dynamic. While his Justice League looks iconic, and more polished as a team.
Safe to say that Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 surprised me by how good it was. For the first big event post-Rebirth, Williamson, Fabok and Sinclair delivered one heck of a first issue. And if this series is a test for a Justice League vs. Suicide Squad big-screen romp, count me in!