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Preview: Suicide Squad #31

Suicide Squad #31

(W) Rob Williams (A) Barnaby Bagenda (CA) Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki
RATED T+
In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“The Secret History of Task Force X” part five! As the Suicide Squad continues to fight a war on two fronts, Harley Quinn is faced with an impossible choice-bring her former teammate Rick Flag back from the Phantom Zone… or send the monstrous Red Wave beast into oblivion. Meanwhile, Deadshot and company discover the identity of the person who started this war-and the truth is too shocking to believe!

Review: Suicide Squad #31

The “Secret History of Task Force X” arc has been an journey of exploration surrounding the OG Task Force X and the parallels tp our favorite villains, the Suicide Squad. There has been a lot to unpack emotionally, and story wise, but writer Rob Williams as usual rises to the challenge. He sets the writing bar high and not only hits the mark but passes it with his superior story telling. This issue continues to track the ramifications of the OG TFX mister with the Red Mask, Karin is still in space, Suicide Squads’ Rick Flagg still in the Phantom Zone, and everything is spectacular.

This issue shows off Williams’ range as a writer, not only do we get his always well played action but, we get some nice sensitive, well thought out emotional moments. Williams’ is a master a writing realistically when it comes to his female characters in thoughts, he has a earl knack for making their motivations and emotions realistic and genuine. There was a moment where I actually felt so deeply about some of the female characters emotions and motivations that I started to tear up. The way this issue juxtaposes Harley Quinn and Karin’s relationship and feelings for OG Flagg and Suicide Flagg is sweet, and beautiful. He touches on all of the intensity and grey areas of intimate relationships while managing to have each of them maintain a sense of agency. There is a nuanced and self aware portrayal when Harley ponders her relationship with The Joker that hits the gut especially when she parallels it with her relationship with Flagg. There are so many wonderfully written moments that evoke so much emotion that they could fill a whole issue on their own, yet Williams’ manages to distill a myriad of thoughts and actions into a 21 page issue arc segment without sacrificing story or realism. Williams’ writing is superb, believable, and so real that the emotional moments in his script pack just a big of a punch as his action filled let’s save the world moments do.

The amazing writing in this issue of the story arc was accompanied by Barnaby Bagenda futuristic yet muted art work. Bagenda provided a well drawn backdrop to an intense story and his palette choice added an extra character to the story without detracting from Williams’ poignant words. The art was so well crafted that you could actually see emotions on the characters faces and pain in their bodies.

Suicide Squad #31 is beautifully written, brilliantly crafted, and a perfect combination of art and story that draws the reader in and immerses them so fully in the drama that you forget that it’s a comic book. If you want to feel real feelings about imaginary characters, this is the issue to read.

Story: Rob Williams Art: Barnaby Bagenda
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review 

Preview: Suicide Squad #30

Suicide Squad #30

(W) Rob Williams (A) Barnaby Bagenda (CA) Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki
In Shops: Nov 22, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“THE SECRET HISTORY OF TASK FORCE X” part four! The very first threat faced by the original Task Force X was a creature known as the Red Wave, a beast with the power to reduce the whole planet to ashes-and Harley Quinn’s heading right for it! But before Deadshot can warn the clown princess, his team is set upon by an army the likes of which the Squad’s never seen before. Someone is desperate to protect the secret of Task Force X, even if it means destroying Amanda Waller herself!

Preview: Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern SC

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Robbie Thompson, Justin Jordan
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda
Cover Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
Price: $19.99

The Universal Ring wields the strength of the entire Lantern spectrum, making it too powerful for any one being. The Guardians had no choice but to erase it from the Book of Oa and hide it within another universe…on the Planet of the Apes.

When Cornelius unearths this ring, Hal Jordan and the Green Lanterns will have to outrun Sinestro, who is bent on claiming the ring for himself.

From writers Robbie Thompson (Silk, Spidey) and Justin Jordan (Green Lantern: New Guardians, Luther Strode), and artist Barnaby Bagenda (Omega Men) comes a universe-spanning epic that pits Lantern against Ape in the ultimate fight for power. Collects the complete limited series.

Preview: Suicide Squad #27

Suicide Squad #27

(W) Rob Williams (A) Barnaby Bagenda, Jay Leisten (CA) Stjepan Sejic
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 11, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“THE SECRET HISTORY OF TASK FORCE X” part one! The next major storyline of SUICIDE SQUAD begins when Amanda Waller receives a mysterious communique confirming her worst fears: someone knows all her secrets. Task Force X. Maxwell Lord. General Zod. Everything. And the message came from…outer space?! Determined to identify and neutralize this unprecedented threat, Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad boldly go where no sociopath has gone before!

Preview: Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #6 (of 6)

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #6 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Robbie Thompson, Justin Jordan
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda
Cover Artists:
Main Cover A: Dan Mora
Movie Variant Cover B: Oliver Barrett
Classic Variant Cover C: Paul Rivoche
Spectrum Variant Cover D: Felipe Massafera
Action Figure Variant E: David Ryan Robinson
Price: $3.99

The battle has infected Ape City. Cornelius’ army of empowered mutants and apes lay waste to Grodd’s Gorilla Army and Red Lanterns. This world’s only hope lies with Hal Jordan and Sinestro, who must work together to save Cornelius from the corruption of the Universal Ring.

Preview: Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #5 (of 6)

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #5 (of 6)

Publishers: BOOM! Studios and DC Comics
Writers: Robbie Thompson, Justin Jordan
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Movie Variant Cover: Julian Totino Tedesco
Classic Variant Cover: Paul Rivoche
Spectrum Variant Cover: Felipe Massafera
Action Figure Variant Cover: David Ryan Robinson
Price: $3.99

The war on the Planet of the Apes has begun!

Preview: Planet Of The Apes/Green Lantern #4 (of 6)

Planet Of The Apes/Green Lantern #4 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Robbie Thompson, Justin Jordan
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Movie Poster Incentive: Mike Mayhew
Classic Incentive: Paul Rivoche
Spectrum Incentive: Felipe Massafera
Unlockable “Vintage” Action Figure Variant: David Ryan Robinson
Price: $3.99

The origin of the Universal Ring revealed! Battle of the Red and Green Lanterns on the Planet of the Apes! As Cornelius’ corruption manipulates the mutants into an army of ring bearers, Hal Jordan and Zira will do all they can to save him before it’s too late.

Preview: Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #2 (of 6)

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #2 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Robbie Thompson, Justin Jordan
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Ethan Van Sciver
Classic Variant Cover: Paul Rivoche
Movie Variant Cover: Robert Sammelin
Spectrum Variant Cover: Felipe Massafera
Action Figure Variant: David Ryan Robinson
Unlocked Retailer Connecting Variant Cover: George Pérez
Price: $3.99

Ape City is in a panic. Word has spread of the capture of a talking human (Hal) and his bizarre alien companion (Sinestro). What’s worse, a group of strange, scarred humans—Mutants—are spotted in The Forbidden Zone, being led by a strange-acting Cornelius, who’s wearing a ring—a ring Sinestro has long been searching for.

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Preview: New Talent Showcase #1

New Talent Showcase #1

(W) Vita Ayala, Emma Beeby, Joélle Jones, Hena Khan, Michael McMillian, Michael Moreci, Erica Schultz, Christopher Sebela, Adam Smith (A) Barnaby Bagenda, Juan Ferreyra, Sonny Liew, David Messina, Khary Randolph (CA) Klaus Janson
In Shops: Nov 30, 2016
SRP: $7.99

In this new one-shot, Wonder Woman unleashes her true god of war against a parade of monsters! Superman discovers a new threat that might be bigger and badder than the joker himself! Hawkgirl solves crimes in the weird weapons unit for the GCPD! Carol Ferris and Kyle Rayner fight about ice cream in space! You’ll find all of this and so much more in NEW TALENT SHOWCASE #1, where recent graduate writers from the inaugural DC Talent Development workshop showcase some of their strongest work yet! See what they’ve learned from masters of the craft Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and Klaus Janson.

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