Infinite Frontier: Suicide Squad #1 review – another dive in the well

April 12, 2021
Louie Fecou 0
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Summary

A nippy pace and solid art can’t distract from a well-worn story template and the lingering fact that this run is unlikely to gain much long-term traction.

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Summary

A nippy pace and solid art can’t distract from a well-worn story template and the lingering fact that this run is unlikely to gain much long-term traction.

This review of Infinite Frontier: Suicide Squad #1 contains some minor spoilers.


Here they come again, another team of poor sods in the Suicide Squad, drafted in to do the missions that nobody else will, in the hope of getting time off their sentence for good behaviour.

You would think that members of the Squad would know by now that there is a good chance that this book won’t make it into double figures, and in an attempt to boost readership, they will probably be dispatched with before then anyway.

However, Infinite Frontier: Suicide Squad #1, from writer Robbie Thompson and artist Eduardo Pansica, inked by Julio Ferreira, decides to hit the ground running with a tense meeting between Amanda Waller and Rick Flag. This opening confrontation sets the scene, with Waller letting Flag know that she is ready to get the ball rolling again, with or without him. In fact, in the next scene with the pair, Flag is tasered by Waller as he attempts to get Peacemaker to stand down from his current mission.

Yes, Peacemaker is in Suicide Squad now, and he has a mission to break into Arkham and retrieve an inmate for Waller. He’s joined by some real B-list villains too. Remember Film Freak? Remember Bolt? Yeah, me neither, but they are there as canon fodder so it doesn’t matter anyway.

When their target turns on them all hell breaks loose. The Squad do the usual every man for themselves thing, and as Waller imprisons Flag, we see her reveal her secret weapon.

Infinite Frontier: Suicide Squad #1 moves at a good pace and the art is strong too, with some nice spreads. If you are a fan of this premise then you will probably enjoy this first issue. The trouble is, though, that the book does seem to be playing it safe and retreading some old ground.

The cliffhanger ending might see me picking up issue two, but with comic prices going up and more titles fighting for shelf space, Suicide Squad might tick along for its first arc, then unfortunately it might lose its small fanbase and slip under the radar again. On the plus, there’s no Harley Quinn here, so, you know, small mercies.

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