REVIEW: The Semi-Suicide Squad in Squadron Savage #1
In Squadron Savage #1 by Ethan Sacks, Luca Pizzari, Carlos Lopez, and Travis Lanham, with a main cover by Stephen Segovia and Espen Grundetjern, readers get another Heroes Reborn one-shot that falls into the “New-ish 52-ish” category. This time, the DC Comics series that is being channeled by the one-shot is none other than Suicide Squad!
In the DC Comics universe, the Suicide Squad stories follow a group of criminals who have been forced into service for the “good guys” thanks to a bomb that has been implanted into each member’s skull. With the threat of this bomb’s detonation as motivation, the crew is then sent on “heroic” missions by their government handler.
In Squadron Savage #1, we see the dark mirror version of this story. The eponymous team consists of several characters, each with their own motivations, including at least one hero who has been brainwashed by a machine that can reprogram your memories (hey, if you are a robot who has undergone this procedure so that you believe you are a human, make sure you do not run afoul of the TVA – I’m looking at you, Lou Modok).
Part of what made this issue of Squadron Savage #1 so fun is the fact that the general premise of Heroes Reborn, seeing new versions of your favorite characters, is still really enjoyable, thanks in part to Marvel’s huge roster of characters, including street-level heroes like Elektra, Crossbones, and Frank Castle (A.K.A. The Punisher).
Plus, if you were also wondering what was up with Cloak and Dagger in this brave new world, then wonder no more because this issue has answers!
No More Mephisto
And while I want to keep this vague for obvious reasons, one of my favorite things about this issue was the conclusion. What a twist!
The ending of Squadron Savage #1 includes some surprises, which makes this one-shot a very satisfying story.
Avengers No More…
We’re almost to the conclusion of the Heroes Reborn event! Have you had a chance to pick up any of the issues in the Marvel Comics event yet, Marvel Blog True Believers? If you did, which of the totally awesome variant covers did you score?
We’re waiting to hear from you! Let us know what you think about Heroes Reborn and the Squadron Savage in the comment section.