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Review: Suicide Squad #25

The hella talented Rob Williams serves up another great issue of Suicide Squad as he wraps up the “Kill Your Darlings” story arc. There’s so much going on in this issue and none of it is irrelevant or unnecessary. Williams writes an amazing Harley Quinn, everyone’s favorite antiheroine, in fighting form. We see her go toe to toe with Waller, lead the squad like a boss, and serve up justice in a way that only Quinn can. The bad guys save the heroes and fight for metahuman, hero and villain, freedom in an explosive issue filled with ethical dilemmas, gray areas and a killer story line.

Giuseppe Cafaro fills the pages with a crisp and modern style that breathes visual life into an already amazing story. Each panel adds to the story and is so filled with information that they become a character on their own. From cover to cover this issue is a masterpiece that sucks you into the story and makes you feel like you’re in a movie instead of just flipping through pages.

This issue takes you through the end game of an amazing arc. It’s filled with passion, fighting, moral dilemmas and tension. With Williams words and Cafaro’s art this issue is a page turner that’s a fitting end to an amazing story arc. Williams also manages to make his epilogue a nice momentum builder for the next issue in the series as he has created a world where heroes and villains can work together to secure freedom for all. I really love Williams portrayal of his female characters, he makes them multidimensional and complex in a way that’s seldom seen in male writing of female characters. I also love that every act of violence seems logical and needed to move the story along. Overall, I found this issue a beautiful work of art that kept things interesting and engaged me at every turn. I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.

Story: Rob Williams Art: Giuseppe Cafaro
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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Injustice 2 Harley Quinn and Deadshot Trailer

Today Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios introduced two prominent Super-Villain members from the Suicide Squad who are set to square off in Injustice 2: Harley Quinn and Deadshot! Harley Quinn returns to the Injustice universe with her signature attitude and some new tricks up her sleeve, while expert marksman Deadshot arrives for his console debut in the series.

In development by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. The game will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2017.

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Review: Suicide Squad #1

SuicideSquad1CoverSuicide Squad #1 is really the tale of two (half) comics written by Rob Williams . The first is a highly decompressed, threadbare plotted Suicide Squad story that is basically the first few minutes of the Suicide Squad movie without the flashy music and intros. Amanda Waller assembles the team, gives them a mission to retrieve a MacGuffin, and then they get dropped out of space. And that’s the entire plot, and superstar penciler Jim Lee and inker Scott Williams are relegated to drawing Harley Quinn playing a copyright friendly version of Pokemon Go, and Killer Croc puking in his space helmet. It’s really a boring read: a gorgeous double page Lee splash of Amanda Waller’s helicopter swooping into Belle Reve notwithstanding.

But what takes this comic from the “pass” to “read” zone is a stellar ten page backup story starring Deadshot and drawn and colored by Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson respectively. Fabok has an art style that is similar to Jim Lee’s recent DC work, but he brings more power and motion to the table, which is perfect for a quick fire action story that features Deadshot teaming up with Batman of all people to rescue his daughter Zoe from Kobra. This story defines the essence of Deadshot as a character while still having a thrilling plot as he wants to be a hero, but isn’t afraid to kill to protect his daughter or get a paycheck. His nihilist approach to living is told through Waller’s exposition, but Fabok’s art captures his love for Zoe as he immediately switches to live fire when he sees her in danger and immediately turns himself into Batman.

However, the vigor and emotion of the Deadshot doesn’t translate to the lead Suicide Squad story, which doesn’t even feel like a trailer, but a teaser for a trailer. It makes sense to have the lead stories more focused on action and fighting with the backups delving into the character’s personalities, but this lead story doesn’t even have action. It’s 11 pages of Amanda Waller narrating about how she doesn’t care of while the Suicide Squad members say a couple lines of dialogue having to do with the most cliched aspects of their personality. The story gives us no reason why we should care for these people except that they appeared in a movie earlier this month, and it has the vibe of a media tie-in instead of being its own entity. (Except Deadshot is white.) Alex Sinclair does do a decent job on the coloring front using a burnt orange palette when the Suicide Squad plunges to Earth that makes it feel like they might actually catch on fire upon re-entry.  Lee and Williams are stuck doing talking heads, but make Waller look sufficiently menacing as her presence is the only interesting part of this entirely run of the mill comic.

Suicide Squad #1 has one solid Deadshot and one utterly unstimulating Suicide Squad story, and it’s worth passing on unless you’re a huge Deadshot and want to see Jason Fabok draw him teaming up with Batman.

Story: Rob Williams Pencils: Jim Lee Inks: Scott Williams Colors: Alex Sinclair Backup Art: Jason Fabok Backup Colors: Brad Anderson
Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

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Knight Models Puts up Pre-Orders for The Flash, Zoom, Gambit, Groot and More!

Knight Models‘ may is going to be a busy one. After teasing for quite some time the month will see the release of their expansion for the Batman Miniature Game, “The Flash and Arrow.” Those who pre-order the expansion book will also get a limited edition Black Flash. There’s also two version of the book, one is a limited edition hardcover only available online.

But, it’s not just expansion books being released, there’s lots of models too. The Flash, Zoom, Hawkman, Batman the Animated Series Green Arrow, Batman the Animated Series Batgirl, Deadshot, and Captain Boomerang will all be released for the Batman Miniature game.

Also being released are a Batman Dice Set, Joker Dice Set, and templates for spray and vehicle turns.

The Marvel Universe Miniature Game also gets two new releases in the form of Gambit and Groot!

Pre-orders will be up until April 29 with shipping estimated for May 5.

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Batman Miniature Game “The Flash & Arrow” Gets Teams like Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, Secret Six, and Teen Titans

Knight Models has been teasing out more information about the next expansion to their Batman Miniature GameThe Flash and Arrow.”

While we don’t know what the new rules will be, Knight Models has said the game will feature new rules for configuring your band “The Teams.”

There’ll be special rules that’ll allow you to play as the Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, Secret Six, and Teen Titans.

In the photo below, it looks like we’re getting a new Deadshot miniature too.

So what would you like to see as far as rules for teams? What team members would you like to see?

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When Deadshot met Batman in Jersey Girl

It was announced today that Will Smith will play Deadshot in 2016’s Suicide Squad. Will Smith had a brush-in with another DC alum, Ben Affleck, in a previous film. Affleck who will don the cape and cowl as Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

In what movie did this happen?

That’d be comic geek Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl who was at one point attached to write a script for a Superman film, a character Affleck played (as actor George Reeves) in Hollywoodland where he “slept” with Diane Lane who played Superman’s mom in Man of Steel…. Phew….

Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, and Cara Delevingne are DC’s Suicide Squad

suicide squad logoThe Hollywood Reporter has reported, and Warner Bros./DC Comics has confirmed the cast of 2016’s Suicide Squad after lots of rumors and speculation. The Suicide Squad is a group of captured villains brought together for missions to work off their sentences, and has featured numerous different characters and line-ups. Think of it as The Dirty Dozen with a rotating cast, an awesome idea for a movie franchise.

We now know this Suicide Squad will be:

  • Will Smith as Deadshot
  • Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg (the team’s leader)
  • Jared Leto as the Joker
  • Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
  • Jai Courtney as Boomerang
  • Cara Delevingne as Enchantress

David Ayer is both writing and directing the film.

The movie has a release date of Aug. 5, 2016 and begins filming in April.

In a release, Greg Silverman, president, creative development and worldwide production said:

The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one.

David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote Training Day and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara.

We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.

Below is Warner Bros.’ website announcement:

An all-star roster of actors has joined Warner Bros. Pictures’ new action adventure “Suicide Squad,” bringing DC Comics’ super villain team to the big screen under the direction of David Ayer (“Fury”). The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Warner Bros. Pictures.

The film will star two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Ali,” upcoming “Focus”) as Deadshot; Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises,” upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road”) as Rick Flagg; Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” upcoming “Focus,” the “Tarzan” movie) as Harley Quinn; Oscar winner Jared Leto (“Dallas Buyers Club,” “Alexander”) as the Joker; Jai Courtney (“Divergent,” upcoming “The Water Diviner”) as Boomerang; and Cara Delevingne (“Anna Karenina,” upcoming “Pan”) as Enchantress.

In making the announcement, Silverman said, “The Warner Bros. roots are deep on this one. David Ayer returns to the studio where he wrote ‘Training Day’ and brings his incredible ability to craft multidimensional villains to this iconic DC property with a cast of longtime Warner collaborators Will Smith and Tom Hardy, and other new and returning favorites: Margot, Jared, Jai and Cara. We look forward to seeing this terrific ensemble, under Ayer’s amazing guidance, give new meaning to what it means to be a villain and what it means to be a hero.”

Ayer is also writing the script for “Suicide Squad,” which is being produced by Charles Roven (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) and Richard Suckle (“American Hustle”). Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, Colin Wilson and Geoff Johns are serving as executive producers.

The film is slated for release on August 5, 2016.

Harley Quinn and the Latest Faux Outrage

When I read Suicide Squad #3, I knew a certain scene and comment would cause a stir.  Sure enough, Laura Hudson at Comics Alliance has raised the alarms about this panel.

While on the run and attempting to not get killed Deadshot and Harley Quinn decide to pause a bit to release some tension.  Hudson has issues with writer Adam Glass and artist Cliff Richards‘ scene, first with the fact the characters are still clothed (it’s possible, quite possible actually, ahem) but also what Harley Quinn says.  The line by Quinn is:

this reminds me of a joke about a clown car

The rage from Hudson is that this might insinuate that a lot of folks have been in a Quinn’s va-jay-jay.  That’s one interpretation, but there are others.  I also took it that maybe it’s a referencing stuffing a lot in a small space?  Deadshot tends to use small guns, so he’s clearly not compensating for anything.  Maybe it has to do with something coming and coming and coming… ahem.  No matter the interpretation, Harley Quinn is a crazy clown!  She’s supposed to say inappropriate things.  To me, it’s similar to the famous line said by Marla Singer played by Helena Bonham Carter in Fight Club:

My God. I haven’t been fucked like that since grade school.

That line also caused controversy (the original line that replaced was “I want to have your abortion”).  It’s supposed to make you giggle in a twisted way with your mouth agape.  Kind of like the idea of a clown having sex in general (I’m not a fan of clowns).  This is a “holy shit, I can’t believe they said that” moment.

But what’s left out in the “rage” is the context (as usual).  The Suicide Squad are villains who are drafted into a off the books squad to complete dangerous mission, they might get released eventually if they do a good job.  To make sure they fall in line they are implanted with bombs that can go off if they don’t complete their mission in enough time and in this case, mission done, they’re waiting to get picked up.  Deadshot also may have been infected with a killer virus, so he thinks he’s dying in two different ways.  So, there’s that.

Is the scene silly?  Yes.  Is the scene not needed?  Sure.  Did it make me cringe?  No.  What it did was make me wait each day since it’s release for the eventual faux outrage.  People are a bit on edge with DC comics and it’s portrayal of women, as they should be.  Out of their 52 releases, there’s been a handful of pretty badly written female characters where their shapes have taken front stage instead of their strength and personalities.  What no one mentions is the dozens of other positive portrayals of women, really because that doesn’t drive traffic to a website.  We need more of the latter all around.  It’s easier to be negative than actually focus on the good.  There’s plenty of reasons to be angry, the fact is, publishers need examples of the goo.  We as a community need to champion the strong, positive female characters and the talented female writers and artists because we want to make sure these series stick around, but also so we see more of them.