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text 2017-04-29 14:23
Reading progress update: I've read 80 out of 160 pages.
Suicide Squad Vol. 1: The Black Vault (Rebirth) - Philip Tan,Jim Lee,Rob Williams

that was a shocking death (if it sticks, that is)! meanwhile, I hate the way the movies dictate the way things roll in superhero comics lately--team make-up, lines stolen from films, characters in films are most likely to get all the glory--but that's the way it is these days. fortunately, I always liked Katana and Killer Croc, so it's not a tragedy that their selection for the film version of the Squad has carried through to DC making the safe choice of making the movie team the Rebirth team. semi-gripe aside--this is all still right up my alley. high energy, highly unpredictable, the Squad perpetually the underdogs putting up a good fight even if that's just drawing fire while June Moone finally stops angsting and powers up. art is dynamic--I like Deadshot's eyepiece a little bit bigger than the version we get here but okay. it's hard not to love Harley. Rick Flag is more alive here than that film version. and the gore level is up a bit from the old days, for what that's worth. this is still my team, my series. happy!

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text 2017-04-27 01:41
Reading progress update: I've read 6 out of 160 pages.
Suicide Squad Vol. 1: The Black Vault (Rebirth) - Philip Tan,Jim Lee,Rob Williams

ah, the Squad. been too long. it's like going back to my favorite little patch of paradise. I know that seems twisted, given the company I end up surrounded with...but there it is. hi, Floyd! hi, other, uh, psychos!

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review 2017-03-14 22:48
Suicide Squad: The Black Vault Vol 1 (Rebirth)
Suicide Squad Vol. 1: The Black Vault (Rebirth) - Philip Tan,Jim Lee,Rob Williams

Rebirth. Suicide Squad: The Black Vault Vol 1

Collects: Rebirth. Suicide Squad #1-4

Written by Rob Williams. Artwork by Jim Lee


By now everybody knows the Suicide Squad, a collection of DC villains kept in a high security prison until they are needed to perform a risky task for the US government. They are a disposable resource, after all who’s going to miss this rag tag collection of crazies and homicidal killers. Oh, and did I mention the bomb installed in the brain of each member of the team, just in case they try to make a run for it.

The Rebirth comic before the storyline starts in earnest lets the reader in on how Rick Flag becomes the new leader of the squad. Flag is currently being kept in Guantanamo Bay charged with terrorism after defying a direct order (really?). Amanda Waller gives him the ultimatum join the team or rot in his cell forever. Not much of a choice really.


That sets the scene for the first mission, the retrieval of a cosmic item from a Russian facility. The first few pages give us an idea of what’s to come: Boomerang has the trots and keeps pooping his pants, whatever he’s eaten was obviously shared with killer Croc because he projectile vomits continually into his space helmet, until Flag must risk crashing the ship to stop him from drowning in his own puke. Yes, poop and puke. The message, don’t take anything in the next 100 pages too seriously.


To go with those bodily fluids, we also get much blood and gore while the bad guys (i.e. the Russians) get diced, sliced, and generally mullered by Katana and Harley Quinn.

Now it’s all going fine and dandy until they get to the item they are there to find and inadvertently open it. This is where I had a problem with the storyline, up to this point the storyline has been irreverent and fun, but suddenly we’re expected to believe that this mismatched group are powerful and clever enough to beat and catch a Kryptonian. And they don’t manage to do this without losing one of their own (whether this character will make a return has yet to be established).


I like the way Harley Quinn was portrayed here. Yes, she was crazy but you see her intelligence alongside the madness. And I loved her outfit. But seriously, what happen to her boobs? For some reason, they have been noticeably inflated.

Apart from the magically inflating bosom, I enjoyed the artwork. It’s quite busy with a lot happening in each frame that kept me on a panel long after I’d read the words.

The story here is quite short (and leaves most of the questions unanswered) but the extra pages are made up with back stories for several members of the team. (I particularly like Boomerang’s because you have no idea if any of it is true or not.)



Did I enjoy it? Yes. It was a fun, if not exactly taxing, read, but ultimately unsatisfying because nothing was resolved.

Would I read on? Yes, probably. Although there are other titles I would pick up before this one.

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review 2016-08-05 20:43
The Foundation Vault
The Foundation Vault - Lee F. Herrick


a brilliant read !! IT WAS ABSOLUTELY AMAZING
I can't wait for the second part!

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review 2016-06-16 00:00
Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault
Harry Potter: The Artifact Vault - Jody Revenson Enjoyed this a lot.
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