Writer: Josh Williamson
Artist: Jason Fabok
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Rob Leigh
Publisher: DC Comics
This pairing was inevitable as far as comic book crossovers go. After all the Suicide Squad just had an impressive showing in theaters this summer, and DC has spent the last few years building up the Justice League as a viable franchise. But the internal logic motivating the comic book matchup just doesn’t quite work. While a comic book called Justice League vs. Suicide Squad is going to require something to set it off, the motivation is fairly weak and in the cliche of “misunderstanding and then people fight,” except this time with enslaved supervillains.
Beyond the promise that comes with the inclusion of characters like Maxwell Lord, Johnny Sorrow, and Emerald Empress as third parties, there’s really not much that rescues this comic. While Williamson does do a good job writing the characters, the forced shape of the collision between the two teams just doesn’t work.
That said though, Jason Fabok does a great job of depicting both the Justice League and the Suicide Squad. While Fabok already has history with the Justice League, he does a great job of depicting the Squad along with the ensuing battle. Alex Sinclair’s colors carry the comic impressively with the pencils. That said, if you’re in for the Justice League beating up the Suicide Squad, there’s not much that’s going to dissuade you here. Though with any luck, the plot will come to match the talent involved.
3 out of 5 Squads