Suicide Squad #20

Suicide Squad #20

Writer: Ales Kot Artist: Patrick Zircher Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 8, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 4
8.1Critic Rating
9.2User Rating

New team members, new direction, new creative team! After the shocking events of issue #19, the team returns to Belle Reve to lick their wounds and bury their deadbut when they find out whats waiting for them at the prison, theyll wish they were back out in the field! Plus: Who are the two killers Amanda Waller has recruited to shake things up, and what are their true motives for joining the team?

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman May 8, 2013

    This fresh direction is something both new and old fans are sure to love. We dive back into each character without it feeling like forced exposition because in this case, it actually serves a greater purpose. It doesn't feel like a 101 for each teammate or rehashing the basics. Instead, you're likely enjoying the greater scheme at hand and when you're hit with the reveal, it'll make perfect sense. Just one issue in and you can really tell Kot has big plans for this book. Throw in Zircher's art and I'm absolutely stoked to stick around for the ride. Welcome back to my pull list, SUICIDE SQUAD. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill May 11, 2013

    This has been one of my "must-read" books ever since its beginning, but I had found that it was starting to lose its footing, as stated before. Well, let me tell you all right here and now" If this creative team is here to stay, this book is not only going to get back onto that list on a monthly basis, but it might very well climb to the top. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Jacob Torres May 27, 2013

    Kot hit the ball out of the park on this one. Suicide Squad is an unlikely team with a group of characters from which youll never know what to expect. Between the brief glimpse of Cheetah and David Graves locked away in Belle Reve, a place which holds no regular prisoners, and the newest characters addition I cant help but wonder whats coming next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 8, 2013

    Considering this book's meandering path, putting two creators with little name recognition didn't seem like a bad idea " it seemed like suicide. Yet it's always the quiet ones that wind up making the most noise, and Suicide Squad definitely is coming back with a bang. With new characters, a revised status quo and striking execution from both the writer and the artistic team, this wayward book just shot to the top of my DC reading list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori-Griffith May 9, 2013

    As a dedicated fan of Ostranders original run on the Suicide Squad in the late 1980s, Id be hard-pressed to say any try on the title will match the simple surprise that book brought month after month. It was, after all, the first iteration of this type of story-telling that now, years later, has shown up again and again here and over at Marvel with Thunderbolts. But for the first time in almost two years, I feel like we may have a shot at recapturing the feeling and ingenuity (if not the groundbreaking nature) of the original title. A brilliant sophomore effort for one of the New 52s first wave series, Suicide Squad #20 delivers on the promise its cover puts forth a renewal of energy from a fresh creative team ready to make a bit of necessary mess with the status quo. If this issue is any indication, this books going to be a lot of fun to clean up after. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Are Not Dead - Comics Are Not Dead May 10, 2013

    I hate Ales Kot for forcing me to add another book to my pull list. This is a very dark issue, but it's also one of the best books I've read this week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen May 11, 2013

    It's too soon to say whether this series will become a sleeper hit with Kot and Zircher in control, but it definitely has new life, as if it's launching for the very first time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson May 9, 2013

    New readers can jump right into this book. I'd never read a single issue of Suicide Squad before, but found myself right in the story. The narrations and recap page give a good introduction to the series and characters, while not bogging down the overall story. All in all, it's a great read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Den Of Geek! - Marc Buxton May 21, 2013

    Suicide Squad #20 brings in a new creative team and keeps the spirit of the book intact without breaking stride to establish the new status quo! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Jay Mattson May 12, 2013

    Suicide Squad #20 is an excellent comicbook. Recently, DC has been taking a note from Marvel's diary and hiring new, young writers who are bringing their unique visions to titles like this who have suffered from mediocrity since the New 52 relaunch. In one issue, Ales Kot has turned Suicide Squad into one of my must-read titles each month. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Zach Wilkerson May 9, 2013

    It's too early to tell just how high this star will rise, but it's obvious things are looking up for "Suicide Squad." Kot clearly has a handle on this team of misfits, coming delightfully close to their brethren of continuity past. Appearances by recent "Justice League" villains Cheetah and Graves, along with the inspired use of a certain Bat-villain, certainly point towards a higher profile for this series in the months to come. Regardless of its place in broader DC continuity, for the first time in the New 52, "Suicide Squad" is going to have folks talking. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 8, 2013

    As much as Kot's writing gives the series a boost, Patrick Zircher provides the visual flourish Suicide Squad has been lacking. Zircher's art captures all the grit and violence of this world, while also providing the sort of strong, emotional facial work the tense script calls for. If the New 52 lacked a superhero noir before, it certainly has one now. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks May 12, 2013

    Suicide Squad gets a new lease on life with its new creative team. The strong characterization, intense violence and dark humor present here are what I, and many other fans, were hoping to see back when the New 52 first launched this title. Anyone who previously gave this book a try and found it wanting should make another pass. Kot and Zircher may be starting something here worthy of the book's predecessors. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Analog Addiction - Jideobi Odunze May 10, 2013

    What is great is that we all already knew that Waller was cynical. This is nothing new and now we get to see the degree of which she would take things to get the results she wants. Bringing them back to life just so they can't escape their sentences(Deadshot), and caring less when they actually die. You see little humanity or decency from her as she treats them like tools. The type of person so drawn in to their job that reality escapes them. To make matters worse, she calls on the aid of two remorseless human beings. One an unknown soldier who beat a fellow teammate to death, then the other who is revealed to be the psychotic sister of Barbara Gordon who we all thought was supposedly dead when they last confronted each other. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin May 12, 2013

    When so many of DC's books feel like they're stagnating, it's nice to see something like Suicide Squad #20 upping its game. This issue is a lot of setup, but it promises some mighty interesting moments to come. Ales Kot and Patrick Zircher are creating a well-told cape story, which is always a welcome sight. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Danny Djeljosevic May 14, 2013

    Imagine the New 52 Suicide Squad if it were good, basically, and that's what we have here with this new creative team. Judging by the solicits, future issues seem like they're going to be a lot weirder. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks May 8, 2013

    At the end of the day, this new creative team put up a great “first issue” and plant some seeds for an exciting arc to come. Considering some of the mediocre stuff coming from DC these days, it's nice to see something like this stand out from the pack. Oh, and did anybody else read all of Harley's lines in the same voice as Batman: The Animated Series? Yeah, of course. You all did. It just can't be helped. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Crux - Cal Cleary May 8, 2013

    Suicide Squad is still trashy, but its definitely a step up from the rest of its New 52 run. As a jumping on point, this isnt perfect one fantastic twist with Deadshot definitely loses some of its impact if you havent been reading, and this is a team where the dynamics between members are vital and explosive but Kot does make an attempt to catch new readers up, and hes smart enough to mostly replace flat exposition with character-building dialogue and scenarios. Longtime fans should be reassured: Suicide Squad remains a grim, violent comic. But Kot and Zircher have a talent for mining that darkness for surprising comic effect and excellent twists that suggest that Suicide Squad is heading in some interesting directions. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton May 9, 2013

    Once you get past the rough transition from the previous issue, "Suicide Squad" #20 shapes up into a good start from Kot and Zircher. Will I be back next month to see where they go from here? Absolutely. Now that they can start charting out their own territory, I think the sky's the limit. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples May 9, 2013

    Marvel Comics has found success by grooming creators from the indie world and letting them loose in the Marvel universe. There's so many different flavors to choose from, due to the writers and artists being allowed indulge wildly differing styles and themes. With all the behind the scenes rumors of DC's editorial heavy-handedness, I can't help but wonder if Suicide Squad is a casualty of editorial policy. Ales Kot's Change was one of the weirdest, most interesting comics I've read in 2013. But his unique voice here seems diluted. It's a shame, because I was looking forward to something special, but ended up with another grimdark slog that is increasingly becoming DC's stock-in-trade. I might stick around for another issue or two to see if Suicide Squad improves, but this issue was a disappointment. Suicide Squad #20 rates two stars out of five. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia May 11, 2013

    Oh, don't get me wrong, I can see why a lot of folks would like this book. It has what you'd expect from a New 52 comic; it has conflict a'plenty. There's indecision, posturing, cynicism and betrayal all over the place. I didn't dislike Suicide Squad #20; it just wasn't what I'm looking for in a comic these days. It's very much a New 52 comic. Read Full Review

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