Forged in the wake of the first invasion of Earth by Apokolips, The Justice League united the world’s finest heroes against those menaces too great for any one of them to face alone. For the better part of a decade, they have been the vanguard in protecting the world from all manner of evil.

There are, however, times when a hero is the last thing you need. There are jobs that are too dirty and missions where morality is a secondary concern. For these tasks that are beneath the notice of the superheroesor best kept off of their radarthe American government formed Task Force X.

Made up of convicted super-criminals, the members of Task Force X have bombs implanted in their heads to keep them in line. With the threat of death hanging over them if they fail in their missions coupled with the dangerous nature of their work, Task Force X has earned the nickname Suicide Squad.

Recently, Batman learned of The Suicide Squad’s existence and how many of the criminals The Justice League brought to heel have been offered their freedom in exchange for serving on Task Force X. This doesn’t sit well with The League for a variety of reasons, leading them to confront The Squad while they are in the midst of a mission on the island nation of Badhnisia.

Little do they realize that their meeting has been prearranged. An unseen hand plots a path towards world domination and the battle between The Justice League and The Suicide Squad will provide the perfect distraction from the first step in securing their ultimate aims…

In lesser hands, Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad could have been a terrible comic. It could have been a simple cash-grab, meant to steal away the dollars from newbie comic readers drawn to the comic shops in the wake of the Suicide Squad movie. It could have been a total farce, given that a straight-up fight between The Justice League and The Suicide Squad would not end well for The Suicide Squad. The Justice League has Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and TWO Green Lanterns, for crying out loud!

Thankfully, there is little about Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad that is straightforward. The plot for the main storyline by Joshua Williamson is filled with twists and turns and even the vaunted battle between the two teams is hardly a simple superheroic battle. The supplementary chapters by Rob Williams and Tim Seeley offer deeper insight into the major players of the story, exploring the origins of Killer Frost and Amanda Waller in the reality of DC Rebirth.

The artwork for all of these chapters is top-notch. Jason Fabok, Tony Daniel, and Howard Porter are among the finest artists working in the business today and their work on this volume shows why that is so. Their styles are different but they are united in quality. There is also a good sense of artistic continuity, as there are no mid-chapter shifts in style.

DC Comics recommends this volume for readers ages 12 and up. This is a fair rating as there is nothing in this book inappropriate for teen audiences. There’s no sexual content apart from a few innuendos. There is a fair amount of violence, but nothing gorier than one head exploding and even that is not depicted in vivid detail.

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad
by Joshua Williamson, Rob Williams, and Tim Seeley
Art by Jason Fabok, Tony Daniel, and Howard Porter
ISBN: 9781401272265
DC Comics, 2017
Publisher Age Rating: 12+

  • Matt

    | He/Him Librarian

    Reviewer

    A librarian with over 10 years experience in public and academic settings, Matthew Morrison has been blogging about comic books for nearly as long as they’ve had a word for it.  Over the past two decades, he has written regular columns, commentary, parodies and reviews for such websites and blogs as Fanzing, 411 Mania, Screen Rant and Comics Nexus.  He has served as an Expert in Residence for a seminar on Graphic Novels and Comics for Youth and Adults at the University of North Texas and has given several lectures on the history of comics, manga and cosplay culture at libraries and comic conventions around the country. In addition to his work for No Flying No Tights, he is the Contributing Editor of Kabooooom.com and maintains a personal blog at MyGeekyGeekyWays.com.

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