*I do not own any of the images used in this post, but rather they are all property of DC Comics*
**This review is SPOILER FREE**
Kicked in the Teeth is the first volume in the 2011 Suicide Squad series, collects issues #1-7 of the comics, is written by Adam Glass, and illustrated by Federico Dallocchio, and a whole load of other super talented people.
For villains facing a life sentence, or two, in Belle Reve there is one opportunity to get time off their sentence. Join Task Force X, or the Suicide Squad, and get sent on dangerous missions, where if you’re caught, you’re thrown under the bus, and the governments denies any responsibility. Sounds like fun, right?
What do I need to read before reading:
Not a thing. I’ve seen the Suicide Squad film, but you don’t really need to have seen that. This is an easy one to go into completely blind, if you want to try a new comic.
What do I need to know before reading?
Again, nothing. There are a lot of characters who pop up throughout, some I was familiar with, some who were completely new, but if there’s something you need to know it’s right here in front of you.
“You wanna know my gang: Suicide Squad”…
Let me start of by admitting something to you, I like the Suicide Squad film. It’s not perfect, and I’m not going to defied myself, or the film, here, but for that reason I was comparing this comic to that the whole way through. It’s interesting that there are quite a few scenes that remind me of the film. Something which I really enjoyed, because it suggests to me that no matter what happened to that film, the critters had read some source material. Of course, this is not the same story, but it still gave me the same sort of vibes, and I liked that about it. There was an obvious focus on Harley, Deadshot, and Diablo, but they were my favourite anyway, so I was fine with this. There were a lot of disposable characters, but again, I didn’t really know them to begin with, and there’s a purposeful lack of character development for that exact reason.
Oh, Harley, my Harley…
I’m going to go ahead and discuss Harley Quinn’s origin story, so consider this an official SPOILER WARNING if you don’t know, and do not want to know her origins.
If you don’t already know, then let me give you the Cliff Notes version; Harley is a psychiatrist at Arkham, where she attempts to treat, and falls in love with the Joker. Harley is my gal, and I love anything to do with her, particularly her toxic relationship with her Mr J. The fact that we get to see these flashbacks was super cool, and interesting, however I did have some problems with the ACE chemicals rebirth. The way I see it, Harleen has a darkness in her, and it takes Mr J to bring it out, therefore by breaking him out of Arkham, by choosing that life, she wants it. Are you following me so far? She’s so pliant in his hands, thanks to his manipulation, that she jumps into that vat voluntarily. I just did not understand the choice to have her fear this, and to have the Joker push her. All this does is to turn her into even more of a victim, when you look at Mad Love, and you know that it’s not true. That’s not to say that she is not deserving of our sympathy, just that people tend to overlook the fact that she is not just a good girl who was taken advantage of.
Just call me an art critic…
Whenever I review any sort of graphic novel, I always make that disclaimer that I am not an art expert, and you bet I’m going to make it again. I know very little about art, and probably even less about illustration. However, I’m just going to come out and say, that I am not a fan of this art style. It seems rushed, and maybe even a little bit careless. I understand that this is a collection of comics, and imagine that there’s more pressure to get the issues out ever month, but it’s not my sort of style. This was most evident with Diablo, but on the whole it just seems very block and heavy handed, and I think that it did affect my enjoyment of this story.
Give this man a gun…
Let’s talk about the writers favourite character; Deadshot. Why is this the writer’s favourite? Well, because he get’s the most character development, seconded by Harley and, I guess, Diablo does okay too. But, Deadshot is the star, and I was okay with that. I liked his character before going in, and this didn’t do much more than the film does, except for one little thing. But, it’s the little things that have the most impact. Early one, probably in the first issue, he does something on Waller’s command, that really sets his character apart, as being the most ruthless. I love a ruthless character! Give me more of this!
So, to wrap things up for you. It was fun, and perfectly fine, but not memorable and a little disposable.
What about you; have you read Kicked in the Teeth and what did you think? Have you read any other Suicide Squad comics? Who is your favourite member of the Squad?
Thanks for reading,