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This week, DC Comics' New Suicide Squad has an all-new creative team, and its latest issue packaged just right for new readers. If you were interested in picking up some contemporary Suicide Squad stories before the movie hits theaters in August, New Suicide Squad #17 is the place to start.

Issue #17 lays out the core idea of the Suicide Squad (more on that here) and introduces the reader to the principle characters of the series, like Deadshot ...

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... Harley Quinn ...

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... and El Diablo.

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Deadshot, Harley and Diablo are also on the squad in the upcoming film.

But the issue isn't all exposition. Writer Tim Seeley and artist Juan E. Ferreyra also start the Squad off on a new mission. I mentioned this only earlier this week, but Seeley's co-writing role on Grayson put the book on our 2015 best of comics list, so I'm excited to see what he does with the Suicide Squad.

#17 is no disappointment. The book boasts a particularly intricate fight sequence whose simultaneous actions are laid out on a cleverly designed double-page spread, and it wraps up with the sort of cliffhanger of an ending that only comics can provide.

You can pick it up on Comixology or at your local comic shop today.

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