Ales Kot is a writer of comics, video games, films and prose. His graphic novel debut, Wild Children from Image Comics, arrived to rave reviews and commercial success in July 2012. He is currently writing SUICIDE SQUAD for DC Comics.
Suicide Squad Vol. 4: Discipline and Punish (The New 52)by Ales Kot, Patrick Zircher (Illustrator)
New team members, new direction, new creative team! After the Suicide Squad is nearly massacred, the team returns to Belle Reve to lick their wounds and bury their dead--but when they find out what's waiting for them at the prison, they'll wish they were back out in the field! Task Force X has a new leader, who will make this team of killers and thieves even deadlier than ever before.
From rising writer Ales Kot comes SUICIDE SQUAD VOL. 4: DISCIPLINE AND PUNISH, collecting issues #20-23 as well as the DEADSHOT and HARLEY QUINN Villains Month one-shots.
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With this collection, the 4th in the series, the Suicide Squad has a new creative team. Unfortunately, the slow downward slide that I had perceived in this series has not reversed itself, or even slowed – on the other hand, at least it hasn't accelerated. The major characters continue to be Waller, Deadshot, and Harley Quinn – with the recent introduction of the Unknown Soldier and James Gordon, Jr. - son of Gotham's Police Commissioner. However, the major plot twist involves a new drug allowing resurrection from the (mostly-)dead – (Try NOT to picture Billy Crystal as Miracle Max describe that …) and feels like a very UN-creative deus ex machina. (To be honest, a slight twist introduced at the end leaves some promise.) Still better than a lot of comics I've read in my day, BUT not nearly up to the standard that previous writers have set for this series. There are also fillers featuring Deadshot and Harley added to the end of the collection – these, in my opinion, were the best tales of the anthology. If the next edition of this graphic novel collection drops in my lap, I will probably read it. However, at this point, I do not plan to extend any effort (or funds) to acquire it.
This series keeps getting weird and weird and yet, can't stop reading. Story seems to be taking interesting twists and turns. Some characters I recognize and others not so much.