Rick Flag Leads the Suicide Squad Through Their Rebirth

DC Comics continues to be the promotional and cross-media powerhouse they're known to be with the release of Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 and the long-awaited film in the same week. The issue is written by Rob Williams (Martian Manhunter) with artwork provided by Philip Tan (He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, Superman / Batman). Personally, I don't follow the misadventures of Task Force X on a regular basis mainly because I absolutely loathe the modern characterization of Harley Quinn.

Soldier. War hero. Traitor. Captain Rick Flag was one of America’s greatest military commanders before he was banished to a secret military prison. But after years of isolation, Flag’s life changes forever when a woman called Amanda Waller offers him redemption in exchange for taking on the single most dangerous job: keeping the Suicide Squad alive!

I can't say that I'm not captivated every time I pick up a copy of Suicide Squad. The stories are always exciting and I like most of the players that make up the team of renegades. What keeps me away really is the portrayal of Harley Quinn. What was once an amusingly off-kilter personality simply motivated by her over-zealous obsession for Mr. J has been over-sexualized and turned into a smart-mouthed object of lust to be ogled by guys still living in their parents' basement.

Issue #1 of Suicide Squad: Rebirth is rated T+ for Teen Plus. It contains violence and gore, profanity, and frightening and intense scenes. Surprisingly, Harley is wearing more clothing than usual, much to the dismay of Fanboy pervs I'm sure.

Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 is an entertaining read which does a good job of re-introducing the lead members of the team. It also shows you just how far this motley crew of anti-heroes will go to in order to get their mission accomplished. If you casually walk into the issue with a basic knowledge of who these amoral convicts are, you should have no problem following along. If it wasn't for Harley being a major player in the ongoing series, I'd be more excited about revisiting it every once in awhile.

Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 is available now in print and digital editions.

Here's a preview of Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 provided by CBR: