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Two of comics’ most celebrated creators, Brian Azzarello and Alex Maleev, team up to pit Task Force X against their deadliest target yet—The Joker! Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Event Leviathan) collaborate for the first time in this DC Black Label series Two of comics’ most celebrated creators, Brian Azzarello and Alex Maleev, team up to pit Task Force X against their deadliest target yet—The Joker! Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Event Leviathan) collaborate for the first time in this DC Black Label 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. But The Joker has plans of his own, and he takes control of the Squad, forcing them to do his bidding! This volume collects Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1-3.


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Two of comics’ most celebrated creators, Brian Azzarello and Alex Maleev, team up to pit Task Force X against their deadliest target yet—The Joker! Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Event Leviathan) collaborate for the first time in this DC Black Label series Two of comics’ most celebrated creators, Brian Azzarello and Alex Maleev, team up to pit Task Force X against their deadliest target yet—The Joker! Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets, Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Daredevil, Event Leviathan) collaborate for the first time in this DC Black Label 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. But The Joker has plans of his own, and he takes control of the Squad, forcing them to do his bidding! This volume collects Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1-3.

30 review for Suicide Squad: Get Joker!

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Once again, Brian Azzarello mistakes shock value for a good story. He makes Wild Dog part of the Insurrection on Jan 6th to get some buzz for the book. But that's not even the core of the story. Wild Dog is just the team dumb shit. It's an Elseworlds story where Red Hood is arrested for murdering criminals and takes over as leader of the Suicide Squad. They are sent on a mission to kill the Joker. This Joker is completely uninteresting. He's just a thug backed by Russia to cause chaos. He does do Once again, Brian Azzarello mistakes shock value for a good story. He makes Wild Dog part of the Insurrection on Jan 6th to get some buzz for the book. But that's not even the core of the story. Wild Dog is just the team dumb shit. It's an Elseworlds story where Red Hood is arrested for murdering criminals and takes over as leader of the Suicide Squad. They are sent on a mission to kill the Joker. This Joker is completely uninteresting. He's just a thug backed by Russia to cause chaos. He does do one interesting thing in this that in more capable hands could have been really interesting. (view spoiler)[He gets a hold of Amanda Waller's Boom Box that allows her to explode Suicide Squad's members' heads. (hide spoiler)] . Unfortunately that really goes nowhere after the initial shock value. Even Alex Maleev's art isn't up to his usual standards. Maleev fell really behind (It took 8 months for the final issue to come out.) and it shows. The last half of this is just characters running with no backgrounds and bullets flying everywhere. It's so static looking and there's no flow from panel to panel. It's like looking at a bunch of character sketches that were thrown together with bullet effects added in. One thing that I found odd is that Jason Todd's curses were bleeped out at the beginning of the book. But then later on full on F-bombs were being dropped without getting edited out. It's like they decided to make this for mature audiences part way through.

  2. 4 out of 5

    A.J. Anders

    Simple enough premise. The Suicide Squad—now led by the Red Hood and including Harley Quinn, Firefly, Plastique, Silver Banshee, Wild Dog as well as newcomers Meow Meow, Pebbles, and Yonder Man—must find a way to finally kill the Joker. I honestly hate Brian Azzarello, I think most of his work is total shit and this one doesn’t break from that trend. Besides Jason Todd’s character being written better than it usually is, this book really doesn’t have much going for it. I was sorta okay with the f Simple enough premise. The Suicide Squad—now led by the Red Hood and including Harley Quinn, Firefly, Plastique, Silver Banshee, Wild Dog as well as newcomers Meow Meow, Pebbles, and Yonder Man—must find a way to finally kill the Joker. I honestly hate Brian Azzarello, I think most of his work is total shit and this one doesn’t break from that trend. Besides Jason Todd’s character being written better than it usually is, this book really doesn’t have much going for it. I was sorta okay with the first two issues but the last one is so fucking mindless and tanks the quality of the book. It also took the final issue 8 months to come out, and it was most definitely not worth the wait, especially with how messy the art still is. Speaking of the art, Alex Maleev really slacks on it here, with this easily being some of his worst interior work to date. A real shame since he was given a magazine-sized format, but I just have no fucking clue what is happening in some panels. There will be that rare occasion in comics where the art is so good you can actually see the movements occur as you read, but it’s the total opposite of that here. Everything is so fucking stiff, and none of the action flows well together with this messy ass script. An ambiguous and kinda pathetic ending also just seals the deal on this being shit. I’d recommend skipping this and just reading Suicide Squad Blaze for a much better Black Label SS story. This one is not it at all, and a huge miss for DC Black Label.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Red Hood somehow gets drafted into the latest roster of the Suicide Squad. Their target? Get Joker! Get Joker what - a decent storyline to appear in? It’s been a while - and this book ain’t changing that! Then Joker takes Waller’s boom box that blows up the Squad. What’s gonna happen next? I’m sure most people can wait to never find out, and they would be the smart ones. Which isn’t to say I disliked the book entirely. Brian Azzarello’s Harley is probably the most tolerable version of the charac Red Hood somehow gets drafted into the latest roster of the Suicide Squad. Their target? Get Joker! Get Joker what - a decent storyline to appear in? It’s been a while - and this book ain’t changing that! Then Joker takes Waller’s boom box that blows up the Squad. What’s gonna happen next? I’m sure most people can wait to never find out, and they would be the smart ones. Which isn’t to say I disliked the book entirely. Brian Azzarello’s Harley is probably the most tolerable version of the character I’ve read in a minute because she’s not being an annoying Deadpool wannabe all the time. I liked that the new character, Wild Dog, is a Jan 6th insurrectionist, if only for showing how absurd those people are. Alex Maleev’s art is fine - if you’ve seen his art before, it’s exactly that again, no more, no less. But what starts out promisingly doesn’t really go anywhere. Joker doesn’t do anything with the boom box. There are way too many scenes of characters sitting around doing nothing, or, when they’re not doing that, they’re brainlessly shooting each other. It wasn’t convincing how Jason Todd got captured in the first place or that Batman wouldn’t have gotten him out before Waller got her mitts on him. And why does she suddenly want to take out Joker now of all times? Hella contrived shenanigans. The story’s not that interesting and the characters, both new and old, aren’t very interesting either. It’s also got one of those annoying Sopranos-style non-endings that’ll probably leave most readers unsatisfied. Azzarello’s written a great Joker book called, imaginatively, Joker, and I’d rec that instead of the weak and forgettable Suicide Squad: Get Better Already!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Suicide Squad: Get Joker! collects issues 1-3 of the DC Comics Black Label series written by Brian Azzarello with art by Alex Maleev. Set in an alternate Earth, Red Hood/Jason Todd is arrested and jailed for vigilante murder. Sitting in prison, he is visited by Amanda Waller to lead the Suicide Squad in a mission to kill the Joker. It is has an interesting premise but nothing of consequence is ever followed through. It felt like Azzarello just hit his story points to collect a paycheck. It also Suicide Squad: Get Joker! collects issues 1-3 of the DC Comics Black Label series written by Brian Azzarello with art by Alex Maleev. Set in an alternate Earth, Red Hood/Jason Todd is arrested and jailed for vigilante murder. Sitting in prison, he is visited by Amanda Waller to lead the Suicide Squad in a mission to kill the Joker. It is has an interesting premise but nothing of consequence is ever followed through. It felt like Azzarello just hit his story points to collect a paycheck. It also feels too similar to Tynion’s Joker ongoing series. There is an attempt at a lot of shock value and mixing today’s political climate into the story: one of the squad members participated in the January 6th insurrection, Russia is funding the Joker to cause chaos in Gotham, and Joker creates a child fodder army. The Joker is also extremely uninteresting in the book and is just kind of there, even when he gains control of an important plot device. The art is also not impressive in the series with half the panels not even having backgrounds. The whole book just feels like it could have been cancelled in the research phase but DC just decided “Ehhh, it has Suicide Squad in the title - release it anyways.”

  5. 5 out of 5

    Khurram

    This was almost a five star book. Just a couple of things let it down. The first issue started strong. As the series went on Jason seemed to wilt. He seemed to become less of a leader. Also the last chapter seemed very rushed, also my personally I hate the ending. This book lives up to the black label status. Not my favorite artwotk, but it fits thus story perfectly. From both the brutality and the language. Usually I don't like unnecessary swearing but here it seem authentic from the characters. This was almost a five star book. Just a couple of things let it down. The first issue started strong. As the series went on Jason seemed to wilt. He seemed to become less of a leader. Also the last chapter seemed very rushed, also my personally I hate the ending. This book lives up to the black label status. Not my favorite artwotk, but it fits thus story perfectly. From both the brutality and the language. Usually I don't like unnecessary swearing but here it seem authentic from the characters. Finally it is time to take out the Joker and who better lead the charge than a man he killed previously and his former girlfriend. However when you hunt the Joker most of the time you end up the hunted. A strong start, but not a great finish. Yhix is not s great thing for a stand alone story. The books also finishes with varient cover gallery.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Valéria.

    I will unload a lot less criticism on you than other people reading this, and have to say I actually enjoyed it. Sure, it's a huge mess, sequences sometimes don't make sense, Harley is written terribly in this, Joker even worse, but I like that team, I like some scenes, I really enjoyed how Jason's character was written and, surprisingly, I liked the ending. 3/5 I will unload a lot less criticism on you than other people reading this, and have to say I actually enjoyed it. Sure, it's a huge mess, sequences sometimes don't make sense, Harley is written terribly in this, Joker even worse, but I like that team, I like some scenes, I really enjoyed how Jason's character was written and, surprisingly, I liked the ending. 3/5

  7. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    I enjoyed the first third or so, but the last portion felt rushed. The emotional confrontations I wanted felt nonexistent. And the ending seemed unearned and a cheat. 2.5/5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    This started out strong but then went downhill. Sexy Harley Quinn appearance, but the ending? (view spoiler)[ Did Red Hood kill Joker, or kill himself? Are we supposed to choose our own ending? I'm thinking he shot in the air and neither died, but maybe this is something that will be explained elsewhere in the DCU? Was this like an Elseworlds tale? (hide spoiler)] This had a lot of potential, but seemed to fizzle. Good art for the most part, but it really off the rails story wise. This started out strong but then went downhill. Sexy Harley Quinn appearance, but the ending? (view spoiler)[ Did Red Hood kill Joker, or kill himself? Are we supposed to choose our own ending? I'm thinking he shot in the air and neither died, but maybe this is something that will be explained elsewhere in the DCU? Was this like an Elseworlds tale? (hide spoiler)] This had a lot of potential, but seemed to fizzle. Good art for the most part, but it really off the rails story wise.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarospice

    Maleev just isn't one of my favorites but his sketchy art fit here.... I'm not sure Azzarello knew what he was doing here and then it rushes to end. Maybe it needed one more issue. Great characterization on Red Hood, Pebbles, and the Joker. They get moments. Everyone else stands around. Joker is eternal, and no one GETS him. Maleev just isn't one of my favorites but his sketchy art fit here.... I'm not sure Azzarello knew what he was doing here and then it rushes to end. Maybe it needed one more issue. Great characterization on Red Hood, Pebbles, and the Joker. They get moments. Everyone else stands around. Joker is eternal, and no one GETS him.

  10. 5 out of 5

    John Funderburg

    A fun, original Suicide Squad story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    dima

    increíblemente nefasto. no puedo creer que gasté plata en ésto

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    I’m Harley and this book is Joker. Started off loving this and ended up being repulsed. Great Red Hood story buried somewhere in here.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nayt Knapp

    It was okay. Had some fun Suicide Squad moment, but was frequently edgy without any actual bite. It's pretty much just an average Suicide Squad story, except characters who'd normally not be allowed to die aren't editorially immune and that the artist is allowed to draw teeth and jawbones from exploding skulls. That's it. There's really no difference between this and any other run of the mill Suicide Squad story. There are a few sequences which suggest that some messed up things are about to happ It was okay. Had some fun Suicide Squad moment, but was frequently edgy without any actual bite. It's pretty much just an average Suicide Squad story, except characters who'd normally not be allowed to die aren't editorially immune and that the artist is allowed to draw teeth and jawbones from exploding skulls. That's it. There's really no difference between this and any other run of the mill Suicide Squad story. There are a few sequences which suggest that some messed up things are about to happen, but those proceed to happen off panel. The Black Label imprint is little more than a gimmick to sell books. If Get Joker! had been published as a regular Elseworlds story, it wouldn't have been any different. Nothing in this book is more "mature" or "adult" than the worst of, say, the New 52's Suicide Squad and Justice League Dark stories. There's nothing that would've been cut if it were published outside the Black Label imprint. To be sure, I wasn't going into this looking forward to some messed up situations. I was in it for a good Suicide Squad story, maybe one that was a little unfettered compared to previous stories. Get Joker! is neither of those things. Some parts are funny, some parts elicit an eye roll, some are kind of exciting, but the bulk of it is mediocre to average at best. Read it if you're jonesing for a Suicide Squad story, but don't expect anything groundbreaking, and certainly don't expect anything extra from the Black Label imprint (which is just a gimmick, anyways; I've read several graphic novels in this imprint and none of them are any more "DC After Dark" than the average John Constantine story).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ross

    I LOVED 100 Bullets. The scope and scale were amazing. I LIKED First Wave. It was fun to see classic pulp fiction added to DC. I TOLERATED Batman: Damned. The start of Black Label as a mature content avenue for DC, it had promise but couldn't always deliver. Suicide Squad: Get Joker! is another of Azzarello's attempts to strike gold like he did with 100 Bullets and 'Joker'...even 'Luthor' did well. This is a frenetic mess, in my opinion. The art is very sketchy. Literally looks like partially com I LOVED 100 Bullets. The scope and scale were amazing. I LIKED First Wave. It was fun to see classic pulp fiction added to DC. I TOLERATED Batman: Damned. The start of Black Label as a mature content avenue for DC, it had promise but couldn't always deliver. Suicide Squad: Get Joker! is another of Azzarello's attempts to strike gold like he did with 100 Bullets and 'Joker'...even 'Luthor' did well. This is a frenetic mess, in my opinion. The art is very sketchy. Literally looks like partially complete sketches. Maybe some will enjoy that style. I couldn't get into it. As for story, we have Jason Todd being pushed through the Taskforce X acquisition protocols because Waller wants them to nab Joker. The two (Jason Todd and the Joker) have a history and Waller uses that to goad Jason into going along with her plan. The rest is typical Suicide Squad shenanigans. The only difference is we get WAY more graphic violence in a 'Black Label' Suicide Squad. Could be good, right? This doesn't really have any drive. The gunshots are stylized enough that you can barely discern what's going on. So much for 'mature content'. I was along for the ride for 2/3 of the story, but by the final act I was lost. The ending? Felt tacked on, as if the writer didn't care what you made of their decisions. Is it a good story? yes. Is it a GREAT story? not even close. If you loved the Suicide Squad movies and you're a Joker fan, this will be a fun, quick read. Bonus: Pebbles is the codename he chose. Bonus Bonus: why is Harley in her underwear for the last 1/3 of the story?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Azz is my favorite comics writer, Maleev is one of my favorite artists, & this is a great book. It's neither's best, but it's funny, it's surprising, & it's upsetting. It's honestly the first good Suicide Squad book I've reader since the Ostrander/Yale days. It does a good job by Red Hood & Harley Quinn especially, I love how she makes cutting psychologists comments about the other characters. It continues Azz's penchant for writing a truly bothersome Joker from his gn & the Flashpoint mini. It Azz is my favorite comics writer, Maleev is one of my favorite artists, & this is a great book. It's neither's best, but it's funny, it's surprising, & it's upsetting. It's honestly the first good Suicide Squad book I've reader since the Ostrander/Yale days. It does a good job by Red Hood & Harley Quinn especially, I love how she makes cutting psychologists comments about the other characters. It continues Azz's penchant for writing a truly bothersome Joker from his gn & the Flashpoint mini. It introduces some witty new characters: Meow Meow, Pebbles, & Yonder Man. Wild Dog is one of my favorite minor DC characters, & this is a hilarious take on him, even if, sadly, the Dog's great creators Collins & Beatty don't appreciate it. This book also has a hilarious gag at the expense of Bloodsport, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Peacemaker, & Rick Flagg. My only warning is, if you don't like ambiguous endings, steel yourself. I wouldn't say this is the best Black Label book. From what I've read, that would either be Azz's Birds of Prey or Batman: Damned. &, it's not Azz's best DC book (not to mention his amazing Vertigo work). That would either be Batman: Broken City, Dr. 13, or Wonder Woman. Still, it's worth your time.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Chris Richards

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Brian Azzarello takes a great idea and ruins it completely. Jason Todd/Red Hood is recruited by Amanda Waller to lead the suicide squad in a mission to finally kill the man who murdered him: The Joker. The first issue has a lot of potential as we’re introduced to the team and it seems like Azzarello has interesting things to say about Jason and his place in the DC Universe today. But he actually doesn’t, obviously. The first cliffhanger where Joker attacks Waller without warning and takes control Brian Azzarello takes a great idea and ruins it completely. Jason Todd/Red Hood is recruited by Amanda Waller to lead the suicide squad in a mission to finally kill the man who murdered him: The Joker. The first issue has a lot of potential as we’re introduced to the team and it seems like Azzarello has interesting things to say about Jason and his place in the DC Universe today. But he actually doesn’t, obviously. The first cliffhanger where Joker attacks Waller without warning and takes control of the bombs inside the squad is brilliant and hearing about that is what made me buy the book. Azzarello seems to have no idea how to convincingly write Joker though and its all downhill from there. Things happen, sure, but nothing of any consequence. It’s all shock value with no actual meaning or depth. 5 pages are wasted on Harley being forced to do a striptease for example. Skipping to the end, Azzarello suddenly suggests the book was about Jason realising he’s been meaningless since he came back from the dead and leaves it ambiguous whether Jason shoots Joker or himself. Those few pages read very well detached from the rest of the book but bear no relation to what you’ve just read. Ultimately Get Joker is a boring, non-sensical, uninspiring mess and not worth your time at all.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Urbon Adamsson

    This book had potential but I feel it didn't achieve it. The plot is very interesting and I can see this easily being turned into a movie. However, there is no why. Why is all this happening? I feel it misses a more deep meaning on why this is happening. Harley Quinn as always steals every page she is on. I really like Plastique and Meow Meow. I hope to see more of them in the future. The Red Hood role was very stale. He is suppose to be the main character but I don't think he was up to the role, an This book had potential but I feel it didn't achieve it. The plot is very interesting and I can see this easily being turned into a movie. However, there is no why. Why is all this happening? I feel it misses a more deep meaning on why this is happening. Harley Quinn as always steals every page she is on. I really like Plastique and Meow Meow. I hope to see more of them in the future. The Red Hood role was very stale. He is suppose to be the main character but I don't think he was up to the role, and even Joker itself was not up to his reputation, I feel. Overall, a decent read, with a few surprises, but with potential for much more.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Bergh

    The biggest problem is that it just ends.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Counting this as issue 3

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    Cool concept, ok execution (get it?). Also did Harley really need to spend the entire second half of this in nothing but her underwear? Not very practical for combat.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stefan

    I like the story and the team, I didn't really like the portrayal of Harley & Joker. I like the story and the team, I didn't really like the portrayal of Harley & Joker.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris W

    Good ideas, too rushed at the end

  23. 4 out of 5

    Halle

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jane Wilde

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jordyn

  26. 4 out of 5

    VnmDAkumetsu

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tim

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rory

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tonini

  30. 5 out of 5

    Honeyjam

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