Suicide Squad #5

Writer: Robbie Thompson Artist: Eduardo Pansica, Dexter Soy Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 7, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 35
7.7Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

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After the disastrous mission to Titans Academy and an ill-fated confrontation with Red X, Task Force X looks into the Multiverse for its next recruits under Amanda Waller. Assigned to investigate the status of Earth-3, the team’s field leader, Peacemaker, begins to question what Waller plans to do with her ultimate Suicide Squad, as the deadly Bloodsport takes charge.

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jul 6, 2021

    Thompson sets up a fun scenario here with the Squad vs. the Syndicate. The odds that Waller will need more team members seems very likely. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Jul 6, 2021

    This edition features detailed drawings and brilliant colors in a modern comic style. I found the action scenes to be very engaging and interesting. This is a good looking and visually pleasing issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 7, 2021

    Suicide Squad #5 is a fantastic entry in a series that's been entertaining the entire time. It almost stands on its own and can likely be picked up by new readers with few issues. What's better for long-time readers is that there's some major moments when it comes to the team's dynamics that'll have major implications going forward. At the end though, it left me wanting more Bloodsport. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Jul 6, 2021

    The characters we know and love are shown to be on uneven ground after the last issue's events. Suicide Squad #5 leaves us wondering why this new protagonist between worlds has shown up, and what Waller can be planning. With story beats this open, and action artwork this dramatic, the title could go just about anywhere. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Cam Lipham Jul 8, 2021

    This issue, while it still may be corporate-mandated crossover stuff, actually feels like a natural branch to the story and, more importantly, feels like the writer cared about what happened here. Bloodsport is insanely good as a protagonist, and I hope he sticks around after this little arc. Hell, I hope he gets his own series. I'd buy every issue twice over. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Jul 19, 2021

    Bloodsport's less than effective run-in with Ultraman suggests that the Squad's next mission will pit them against the Crime Syndicate (where they might not match up all that well). It's an interesting idea for a story, but unless Waller has some bigger guns hidden in her closet I don't know that the fight will last very long (but that's a problem for the next issue). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - Chris Showalter Jul 12, 2021

    An excellent introduction of Bloodsport to the title, Suicide Squad #5, is wonderfully illustrated. Robbie Thompson's use of field reports is a creative delivery method for DuBois' internal monologue. Although Bloodsport's narration does a great job introducing the character and his new movie-accurate helmet to the reader, it, unfortunately, hurts the story by telling rather than showing. However, Dexter Soy, Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, and Joe Prado's artwork overcome these narrative shortcomings by expertly crafting this book's dynamic action sequences. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Jul 7, 2021

    Aside from the story, I liked learning a bit about Bloodsport as he's going to be a major character in the new Suicide Squad movie. I'm not ashamed to say I'd never heard of him before seeing the trailer, but now I can go in with a base level of knowledge. It definitely seemed like Thompson made an effort to give us a little backstory to help bring the character out of obscurity. I'm also pretty sure his entire existence in this book is informed by the fact that he's about to be in a movie. I know how capitalism works.  Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jul 6, 2021

    Yeah, we're getting the obligatory movie tie-in characters with Bloodsport taking center stage this issue but thankfully his elements are fun and let us know who the character is in an interesting way while giving us a really cool scenario to explore him in, I just wish that this book felt like the Suicide Squad was the most important element to its own series because like the last issue with Red X, it feels like we're going to sidestep again to get another character over at the expense of the characters that I love here in the upcoming issues. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jul 7, 2021

    Overall, this isn't too bad at all and it is at the very least entertaining. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Matthew Aguilar Jul 7, 2021

    If you want to see what Bloodsport can do, this is a win, but the overall narrative and cast of zany characters don't seem to move forward much by issue's end. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Donald Townsend Jul 7, 2021

    While not being particularly spectacular, the introduction of Bloodsport as a future sort of foil for Peacemaker can be interesting. Bloodsport's love for war blends pretty well with Peacemaker's violent desire for whatever his concept is of peace. The writing is pretty tight even if the plot itself seems very run-of-the-mill, and the artwork is wonderful in its consistency and detail. Read Full Review

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