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‘Suicide Squad: Dream Team’ #1 sets things up well

Dreamer is the team leader of a new kind of Suicide Squad team.

Dreamer fans, rejoice: your favorite character is leading the team in Suicide Squad: Dream Team #1! Written by Nicole Maines, this series sees Dreamer sporting new powers even though she doesn’t fully understand. There’s a few reasons to pick this up even if you’re not a Dreamer fan. With Waller being a major part of DC Comics’ summer event, this series will likely play a part in the development of her war on the Trinity.

Suicide Squad: Dream Team #1 opens on the U.S.S. Collins, where Harley Quinn is chained up, along with Bizarro, Clock King, Dead Eye, Black Alice, and Dreamer. They’re on a new mission involving the dictator Henry Bendix. You might remember him from Superman: John Stewart, and it’s time to bring him down with Dreamer in charge. She is not necessarily a natural leader, but it’s made clear Dreamer’s new pre-cog powers will make her a great tactical field leader.

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One of the cooler scenes involves a dream world the team uses to transport themselves to their target. Eddy Barrows draws it like some kind of Wonderland, complete with mirrors growing off trees. Considering even Dreamer isn’t aware she could pull this off, it’s going to be interesting to see her figure out new abilities as the series goes on.

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Dreamer is pissed off.
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Somewhat surprisingly, Harley Quinn ends up being a mentor to Dreamer. In an intensely emotional scene, Dreamer loses herself due to a death. With Dreamer’s entire home in peril there’s a lot riding on her pulling this off. Harley pops in and it’s a nice moment between the two characters.

While there’s a lot of dialogue in the issue, it’s all well written, with different voices apparent across the characters. Maines is quite good at capturing Waller’s voice, as it’s assertive and bold. It can slow down the pace quite a bit, but it’s well-written nonetheless. My only other gripe is the lack of plot progression. This issue takes awhile to get going with the cliffhanger finally getting to the action.

Barrows’s art is steeped in shadow and ink, helping create a darker tone for the book. He’s always a master at framing with dramatic angles on something that could be quite boring to look at. He also captures Dreamer’s intensity and hate for Waller at opportune times.

Suicide Squad: Dream Team #1 is a good start to a different kind of Suicide Squad team. The dynamics between the few characters that interact are compelling while Dreamer’s further inclusion in DC Comics is exciting as hell.

'Suicide Squad: Dream Team' #1 sets things up well
‘Suicide Squad: Dream Team’ #1 sets things up well
Suicide Squad: Dream Team #1
Suicide Squad: Dream Team #1 is a good start to a different kind of Suicide Squad team. The dynamics between the few characters that interact are compelling while Dreamer's further inclusion in DC Comics is exciting as hell.
Reader Rating1 Votes
8.8
Sets up a new kind of team that should be exciting to read going forward
Interesting to see Dreamer with new abilities
Barrows is always good at the dramatic angles
Slower paced with a lot of dialogue at times
8
Good
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