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Review: Task Force Z #6

Task Force Z #6

Task Force Z as a whole is a rather silly sounding concept. Villains are raised from the dead for missions like a zombie Suicide Squad. It came off as a way to get classic Batman villains back after their deaths in Arkham after the “A Day” attack. As the series has played out, it has been so much more. There’s been debates about ethics, some interesting character interactions, lots of action, and a budding conspiracy. Task Force Z #6 lays it all out as we finally find out who has been behind the team and really pulling the strings.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Task Force Z #6 has it all. There’s solid action but also a ton of reveals. For a series building to something, this is a good payoff. Bouncing between the present and past, we find out how the program got started, how Waller got involved, and who in the end has been pulling the strings. If you think Two-Face/Harvey Dent as the man behind the curtain was interesting, this lays it all on the table. It also does a solid job of tying itself into Waller’s grander story being told elsewhere. The series might have started out as a silly concept but it has proven itself over and over again and feels like it’s a major plotline in the bigger DC Universe storyline that’s not getting the attention it deserves.

The art by Jack Herbert is solid. With color by Adriano Lucas and lettering by Rob Leigh the comic does a solid mix of action and horror. There’s an uneasy visual quality about it all and scenes dance around their brutality. It all comes together in such a solid way. The comic has always done a fantastic job of balancing its grotesque aspects and this issue nails that in every way by walking up to the line and dipping its toes across. The gross out factor could easily distract but the art never does so, it only enhances the overall vibe the story gives off.

Task Force Z #6 is a solid issue that lays everything on the table. If you’ve been wondering what’s going on, this makes it all clear. It also gives the series a clear focus going forward for the short term. It’s not too late to catch up and enjoy this underrated gem.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Jack Herbert
Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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