Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #1

Writer: Brian Azzarello Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 4, 2021 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 67
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Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Batman: No Man’s Land) collaborate for the first time in this three-issue, Suicide Squad series pitting Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Firefly, and more of DC’s most villainous criminals against The Joker. When Task Force X’s Amanda Waller sets her sights on Batman’s greatest foe, she enlists the Dark Knight’s former partner Jason Todd to track down the Clown Prince of Crime and put an end to his mad reign of terror.

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Aug 4, 2021

    This is a pretty strong comic book, and one that I enjoyed very much. I can't wait to see where we end up with this. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 3, 2021

    Get Joker has an engaging setup and the creative team makes good in that promise with a strong debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Aug 3, 2021

    THE SETUPWhat truly makes this issue shine is the fact that its DC BLACK LABEL. Not only does that provide fans with more graphic overtones, as well as heavier adult dialogue, but it also provides the wiggle room of being outside continuity. Therefore, Azzarello and Maleev have full access to tell the story they want without any constraints. And readers, thats exactly what they do in this opening issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Aug 3, 2021

    Azzarello uses a traditional comic book styling that is highlighted by the muted color work of Maleev. This well crafted issue does an amazing job of capturing the story's tone. As well as engaging the reader. The action scenes are intense and the content related panels are compelling. I found this chapter to be very transportive. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Aug 3, 2021

    While this take on Joker seems a bit too Leto-inspired, it does seem like this is a quality Red Hood comic that lets the character cut loose. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Aug 3, 2021

    Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1 ends with a very unique twist, one that I'd honestly never even considered before, in all my time reading this team's stories. I'm eager to see how our anti heroes will handle what amounts to imminent doom. Interesting stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Aug 10, 2021

    I really enjoyed this, even though the first half felt like a 0 issue, with a lot of scene setting and exposition. Once it got going, it had a sort of superhero noir feel, lots of great dialogue, action, nice character moments and, of course, a double-cross and a twist. Azzarello writes like he's having fun and doesn't put a step wrong, with the exception of fake Wild Dog guy. I'm always a big fan of Alex Maleev, and he does fantastic work here, his grid art style perfectly showcasing his art. Matt Hollingsworth's colours are also the perfect cherry on top, moody and muted, all shadows and dark corners. Gorgeous stuff. A great set up issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Batman Universe - James Remolde Aug 5, 2021

    Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1 is an entertaining read that harkens to the Suicide Squad film from 2016 making this accessible to readers who may not be overly familiar with Task Force X and the characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - ribeiromatheusg Aug 3, 2021

    Overall, the issue does a very good job at introducing the story and the ending certainly makes you want more. There's a lot of potential in Azzarello's story, and I look forward to seeing where it will go. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    BGCP - David Myles Aug 5, 2021

    If you are looking for a book that will have you pondering life's big questions, this may not be for you. Suicide Squad has always been about having fun with the characters and this seems no different. Although there is nothing out of the gate that has me wowed, it's been absurd enough that I'm interested to see where Azzarello's Squad end up and I'll be picking up issue #2 when the time comes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Ben Morin Aug 3, 2021

    A gritty, action comic to its core, Get Joker! makes for a decent debut. Red Hood's role and relation to the mission make for the most engaging portions of the book, while Maleev and Hollingsworth's art brings it to life. However, the issue's conventional first 20 pages of set up paired with uneven dialogue do hold the it back. At the end of the day, the issue thankfully does not read like an overt cash grab and has potential moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Aug 5, 2021

    "Suicide Squad: Get Joker!" #1 is a surface-level story that may intrigue new readers but not seasoned fans of the property. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Aug 5, 2021

    Suicide Squad: Get Joker is a mixed back through and through. There are some incredible elements and angles that I find generally intriguing, but I wish another writer had taken the reigns other than Azzarello. Azzarello writes with a heavy hand and a desperation to be taken seriously. It's a shame too because when he doesn't try so hard, the book is actually damn good. It starts and ends incredibly strong, but the pages in between leave a lot to be desired. Thankfully they're illustrated beautifully by Alex Maleev and Matt Hollingsworth. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Aug 4, 2021

    Here's the short of it: "It's a Brian Azzarello prison comic with Alex Maleev art that's par for the course." Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 3, 2021

    In the end, I am thankful that I have James Gunn's The Suicide Squad to look forward to later this week, because after reading Suicide Squad: Get Joker! I find myself in need of a reminder just why I generally like the Suicide Squad concept. Avoid this book like the plague and go treat yourself to the original James Ostrander run or Tom Taylor's Bad Blood if you want to read a good Suicide Squad comic this week. Read Full Review

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    I Review Comics Jan 15, 2022

    I didn’t hear much about Suicide Squad: Get Joker aside from chatter from Ytubers who took issue with minor anti-hero “Wild Dog” participating in the January 6th riot. It’s mentioned in the comic that he took a shit on Nancy Pelosi's desk. I found this detail to be hilarious but I’m not as well versed with the character and I’m conservative so I may be off-base.

    All jokes aside Get Joker is probably a definitive take on what seems to be the Modern Suicide Squad. Amanda Waller recruits a group of losers to take down a threat that is seemingly above their skillset or ability. Squad members are killed off while others find some semblance of redemption as the story progresses.

    This iteration of the crew is led more

  • 9.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Aug 3, 2021

    I actually really enjoyed this. Brian Azzarello can write some great stuff in the right circumstance. For instance, his Hellblazer is one of the best parts of the Vertigo run. Other times, like with Batman: Damned or Birds of Prey, he just comes across as cringey. But I really liked this. I like how he wrote the characters. This was what, fifty pages? I read it faster than I read some normal sized comics, and that's a sign of good writing. I don't understand why this series is censored. It's not even fully censored. I don't know if Comixology fucked up or what, but like the first quarter of the issue was censored and then the rest wasn't? I don't get why DC would censor a Black Label book to begin with. It's supposed to be a more adult line more

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  • 9.5
    Κυανό Aug 3, 2021

    I liked the combination of the suicide Squad with Red Hood a lot, I think it's perfect for this new version of Jason.

  • 9.0
    Red Hood Dec 5, 2021

    This series has a really strong start. I liked the Birds of Prey one-shot Brian previously worked on and thought this one came out decently well for a debut issue. There's a really good use of characters and some no-name along with the mix. The twists and turns? Amazing. You would think that those villains who are more well-known wouldn't be touched - but think again, no one is safe.

  • 9.0
    J. Rabbit Aug 7, 2021

    Pencil/Ink: Great
    Writing: Great
    Story: Great
    Layout: Good
    Color: Great
    Lettering: Good

    This is what I would expect from a Black Label book. Real danger, real dialogue, and real characters. I'm hooked.

  • 9.0
    M.Grayson Aug 7, 2021

    I may be crazy, but it seemed like a good start.

  • 9.0
    Mother of dragons Aug 7, 2021

    an interesting proposal for an elseworld Jason completely separated from the family, although always faithful to them since he has never spoken. Amanda takes advantage of this to include him. The Joker knew what he was up to, so he went for her and now taking advantage of Wallet for himself.

  • 9.0
    Toonstrack Aug 4, 2021

    Strong opener.

    We all know Jason by now. Hes Jason in this book as well. Same goes for Harley and Waller.

    Its the other guys that keep thus fresh. True to tradition the Suicide Squad has a who's who of super obscure characters and a few new faces here and there. Snd they are all a hoot. Wild Dog especially gets to have his spotlight, and if you've kept up with American politics of late they've taken a very humorous and grounded approach to him. But its not done to preach to you about some ideology, its quite literally a part of his character.

    The artwork is phenomenal from Maleev as always and the stinger while leaving a lot of questions especially considering who ends up getting whacked, is interesting more

  • 8.5
    TSMack Aug 9, 2021

    I liked it. The story was good, and the artwork was great. The dialogue was a little awkward at times, but these are criminals and not Rhodes Scholars. If Waller is that important, why did she have no security? I didn't realize that Luke Cage, ur Pebbles, had crossed over into the DC universe. I haven't followed Red Hood, but I really liked how he was written in this issue. I don't read Suicide Squad but picked this up because the premise sounded interesting.

  • 8.5
    MasterComics Aug 7, 2021

    It was not perfect, there were quite bad dialogues, other funny ones. The story itself is pretty good, but the dialogues need to be polished. Waller became overconfident and now leaves Jason with a huge mess on his hands.

  • 8.5
    Fracadactyl Aug 3, 2021

    This series is off to a good start with its portrayal of Jason Todd/Red Hood. A lot of people can't decide what to do with him, so his directionless attitude feels right. As his induction into the Suicide Squad on a mission to kill the Joker. It has potential for a dynamic with Harley Quinn as well as a number of other vigilante characters like Mad Dog. Also Amanda Waller gets a bit more character than just the sociopath recruiter holding the trigger, she has a bit more personality and nurturing about her. Which belies her tragic fate and with this being an out of continuity story, really brings up the question on who will live or die in this Russian Roulette.

  • 8.0
    Alloy Press Aug 10, 2021

    God is it good to see Maleevs art again. Its been a minute since he has illustrated a title I read and I had forgotten how wonderfully he draws his characters with such darkness, giving whatever title he works on an instant vibe of despair. This book had a lot of cool moments and was easy to dive into whether you know a lot about DC or not. Azzarello however had some bizarre moments in his dialogue that had me scratching my head...Certain reactions characters had to each other when talking just made no sense to me and I cant help but feel this was intentional to give a real world feel. For me it was just real confusing and took me away from an otherwise enjoyable read.

  • 8.0
    Norholr Aug 5, 2021

    It wasn't bad, I really liked it, even though I could have had better dialogues.

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    Joresti Aug 4, 2021

    It is enjoyable. The art is good but despite it being black label some of the words are censored and its really weird.Other than that its a good read.

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Aug 3, 2021

    I didn't think this was bad. The art was dynamic and the action was good with well-rounded characters. Just don't know what is The Box that everyone's looking for.

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  • 7.5
    Hellblazer Aug 8, 2021

    A decent start which will need to be assessed after issue #2.

  • 7.5
    redhood Aug 3, 2021

    The narrative is disappointing, although it does not surprise me, for how DC is doing things, however I expected something better, the idea is great, the art is good and Jason is my favorite character.

  • 7.5
    Jaybird Aug 3, 2021

    A good chance to do something really good and DC as usual throws it off the balcony. I like that Jason Todd is being starred in several books, although I confess that I would prefer the series, even Lobdell's work seems better than this beginning, it feels slow, it is an interesting but poorly designed proposal. Art is not bad but I think it could have been better.

  • 7.0
    things as they are Aug 7, 2021

    Not another Azzarello disaster, although I must admit that it is better by far than when he wrote Batman Damned.

  • 7.0
    fearUhavemeisenough Aug 6, 2021

    I hope this does not go like Batman Damned, not a bad start but not fabulous either, we have an Amanda who underwent a severe diet, but is ordering XD pizza.

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  • 7.0
    DiegoLDUganda Aug 3, 2021

    Asides from some weird and overextended dialogues and conveniences, I've really enjoyed this issue. Also, Maleev art is dope! I'm happy to enjoy his art in a good story and not in Leviathan.

  • 7.0
    SenpaifenixJäger Aug 3, 2021

    A good idea flushed down the toilet. A very smoothed Black Label and I think that comes from Batman showing the dick in his series "Damned" there is never a lack of brats who read an adult book and are scared of the human body. I would not like to see them in Louvre with so much nude drawn on the canvases. DC pretends to be dark, but they don't have the courage and quality to do something like Invincible, much less talk about Shingeki no Kyojin. I hope it improves in the next numbers, the art is not bad, nor is it incredible.

    DC is failing miserably, I have already given up most of their comics, I have even left Batman and Detective Comics to read, it is said that the worst way to hate something is to ignore it. What a way more

  • 7.0
    Merlyn Aug 3, 2021

    Oh boy, Azzarello is back. That's not necessarily a good thing. As a Jason Todd fan he baited me with the sell of the book though. Now there is an interesting story here and the final page sure blew up the stakes. But the dialogue is so annoying at times and it just sounds like ramblings from a mad man. Also he managed to throw in at least a controversial thing with Wild Dog which wasn't necessary from my point of view. The creators of the character strongly disagreed with this and rightly so. There was no really no need for this and it seems to be done just so Azzarello can make some headlines. At the same time, I do remember the same creators complaining about the Arrow version of Wild Dog which now they seemed to embrace in their latest more

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  • 6.0
    Afre Aug 3, 2021

    Good art but very messy writing. I was really hyped for this and I was pretty disappointed.

  • 5.5
    Mout Aug 3, 2021

    I really dislike Azzarello, and his latest work,(i think) Batman Damned, was AWFUL, a complete waste of Bermejo's god tier artwork, so, of course I had low expectations towards this series. At the beggining I was really liking it, what a surprise!He got some nice members to the Squad, a nice motivation for Jason and Maleev is great as always, but that stupid, completely childish ending kinda ruined the whole issue for me, 2021 and it's still ok to do shit like that? I will read the rest of the series hoping for the better and expecting the worse.

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  • 2.0
    WhistleBlower Aug 3, 2021

    LMAO Azzarello is a clown, a self-caricature of his former self. Tries desperately so hard to be controversial, but can't do anything other than make a boring, lifeless comic.

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  • 1.0
    Dc Fan of Sorts Aug 3, 2021

    What a surprise! azzarello seems to want to please those who miss all the sexism, ultra-violence and controversy in comics, but never brings much else nowadays. There are plenty of better suicide squad books to spend money on, but also just better comics in general. He is another writer, like Bendis, whose time has come and gone and just hasn’t realized it yet.

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