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Preview: Titans United: Bloodpact #2 (of 6)

Titans United: Bloodpact #2 (of 6)

(W) Cavan Scott (A) Lucas Meyer (CA) Eddy Barrows
In Shops: Oct 18, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Tim Drake is having the worst day. First he got brainwashed by the Fearsome Five, then he woke up in a world turned upside down. A world ruled by the fanatical Church of the Raven. Now enemies have become allies, and the Titans are nowhere to be seen. Guest-starring the Dark Knight!

Titans United: Bloodpact #2 (of 6)

Preview: Task Force Z #12 (of 12)

Task Force Z #12 (of 12)

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A/CA) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Sep 27, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Jason Todd’s final second chance. Red Hood and what remains of Task Force Z have seen the true horrors that Powers International has released upon Gotham City and the world. When he shares all of this with Batman, it will lead them to their worst confrontation yet and lead Jason Todd to change his direction in the DCU. What’s the point of forgiveness when the world is so broken? Find out in this epic series conclusion!

Task Force Z #12 (of 12)

Preview: Titans United: Bloodpact #1 (of 6)

Titans United: Bloodpact #1 (of 6)

(W) Cavan Scott (A) Lucas Meyer (CA) Eddy Barrows
In Shops: Sep 20, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The Titans are back, united against a common foe…aren’t they? All seems lost when Tim Drake wakes, out of uniform and seemingly out of time. Surely he was just fighting alongside Nightwing, Superboy, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Donna Troy? But where is Raven and what links her to the Fearsome Five? A blood sacrifice is coming that will change the world forever.

Titans United: Bloodpact #1 (of 6)

Review: Task Force Z #11

Task Force Z #11

Task Force Z has been full of twists and turns. The comic has elevated it’s rather silly concept of a Suicide Squad but zombies into something far more. The series has been a hell of a lot of fun and an emotional ride with lots of surprises and lots of fantastic use of its horror roots. It’s one of the best surprises of 2022. Task Force Z #11 is a fine example of exactly that. The issue takes all of that and mixes it into a packed issue that’ll make you squirm, enjoy some action, laugh at some moments, and appreciate the entire package of a comic.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, everything feels like it’s coming undone. Jason Todd is pissed at his new boss Harvey Dent who has been less than honest about Task Force Z and what he has known. The latest lie involves “Bane” who isn’t actually Bane but Gotham, brought back from the dead and implanted with memories of Bane. So, it’s a Bane who can fly. Or is it a roided out Gotham? It doesn’t matter, it’s an insane concept that works so well for a series that bathes itself in B-movie clichés and Sunday afternoon schlock horror.

With a return of Gotham, who else are we going to get? That’d spoil the issue which has Jason pissed and on the warpath. That’s pretty much him through most of the series. There’s also Mr. Bloom, a character that Rosenberg has elevated to new heights in entertainment. What started as an interesting villain so long ago has turned into a top-tier one manipulating the best and doing so with a deliver that’s fun and off-the-wall. A villain you want to see what he’s going to say and do.

The art by Eddy Barrows continues to impress. With ink by Eber Ferreira, color by Adriano Lucas, and lettering by Rob Leigh, the comic does an amazing job of balancing its superhero and horror roots. It draws a fine line between the two mixing them up and delivering a style that works so well. The team also loves its B-movie horror aspect of it all. Small details add so much to the comic like vials hidden around or tubes full of strange liquid, straight out of a mad scientist’s office. But, when it’s time for action, the comic keeps its style but delivers the punches and bullets with flair. The style is so perfect for what’s being crafted and I’m not sure where else it might work, if it even could.

Task Force Z #11 is another amazing issue. The twists and turns have been coming fast and the issue is punctuated with humorous moments that cut through its twisted story. It’s a series that more should be reading and see what an underrated gem it is.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Eddy Barrows
Ink: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Task Force Z #11

Task Force Z #11

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Aug 23, 2022
SRP: $3.99

THE TRUTH ABOUT POWERS! Red Hood and Task Force Z have taken their fight to Powers International to find out why they created the Lazarus Resin and to learn what other evils they’ve brought to Gotham City and the DCU at large. Red Hood has one ambition: to shut them down for good. But he’s going to find out the hard way that Powers International has more assets and weapons at their disposal than he could ever handle.

Task Force Z #11

Review: Task Force Z #10

Task Force Z #10

I feel like I’ve said it with every review by Task Force Z shouldn’t be this good. A series about “zombie” versions of villains brought back to life for a new type of Suicide Squad sounds like such a silly concept. But, it works. It works really well. Led by Jason Todd, the characters in the series have been all over in being b-list, c-list, and d-list, but they’ve all brought a sense of fun. Task Force Z #10 is an interesting issue as the curtain is pulled back to reveal a hell of a lot of secrets including the secret of Bane and one major character reveal beyond that.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, the series as a whole has done a fantastic balance of mixing horror and the superhero genre. It’s found a balance in the plots, characters, details, and look of the series. This issue is a prime example as wild experiments are performed, the dead rise, brains transferred… it’s a lot to take in. Add in Mr. Bloom attacking and you have an issue packed with what has made this a really fun series.

The biggest thing are those reveals. What Mr. Bloom has been up to and how he did it are explained. The exact why and what is the goal is still a little out there but the issue has a mad scientist vibe about it all. It’s wildly fun and feels like a perfect B-movie to watch on a Sunday afternoon. It even has a host in a costume in a way with Mr. Bloom who takes center stage with the issue.

The art by Eddy Barrows helps it all. With color by Adriano Lucas, ink by Eber Ferreira, and lettering by Rob Leigh, the art does a fine balance. It’d be very easy for the series to lean heavily into its horror aspects making the characters and settings themselves such a part of the story. Instead, the comic has bodies that are clearly rotting and falling apart, hints as to what’s going on, but a solid superhero base to it all. The comic has a color/look that feels a bit like classic horror comics but the settings and characters keep their superhero roots. It’s impressive work and fun to see these corrupted characters and the small details added to make them that way.

Task Force Z #10 is an issue readers have been waiting for. It’s full of reveals and answers some questions. The end is definitely unexpected and a bit of a surprise. For those that have been reading up to this point, this one’s a hell of a lot of fun. For those missing out on the series, it’s one you’ll want to go back and read from the beginning.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Eddy Barrows
Inks: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Task Force Z #10

Task Force Z #10

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Jul 26, 2022
SRP: $3.99

The rise of Powers Industries! Red Hood and what remains of his Task Force Z squad are on the run and investigating the secrets of their former benefactor, Powers Industries. What they discover will change Batman history forever. Meanwhile, inside Powers Industries, Mr. Bloom and Man-Bat are hard at work betraying their teammates with no remorse.

Task Force Z #10

Preview: Task Force Z #9

Task Force Z #9

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira
In Shops: Jun 28, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Are we the baddies? After the shocking (but not really) betrayal by Mr. Bloom, the new Task Force Z are public enemy number one. All of Gotham is hunting for them. They are out of money, out of friends, and out of Lazarus Resin. But now they will have to face their most dangerous foe yet-and it’s one of their own!

Task Force Z #9

Review: Task Force Z #9

Task Force Z #9

I’ve generally loved Task Force Z. The concept is one that feels like it shouldn’t work, but it does, and does really well. Harvey Dent is in charge of his own version of a Suicide Squad. Instead of hardened criminals serving time, his is made up of Batman villains who died during “A Day”. They’ve been brought back using Lazarus Resin and are lead by Red Hood. It’s a gonzo concept and it’s awesome. Task Force Z #9 on the other hand is one of the weaker issues. Not because it’s bad, but mostly because it feels like one that could be skipped and you wouldn’t miss much.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Task Force Z #9 is absolutely entertaining. It just feels like a comic that has a few key moments that could have been stuffed in other issues. There’s action, there’s humor, and there’s some good twists, but overall, it feels like a “chapter” of the overall story. Many of the previous issues really felt packed and stood on their own in so many ways, but this one instead feels like a series of moments put together between a cover. A lot of the comic could be cut up and put in another issue and the narrative would still have flowed. It’s an important chapter but doesn’t stand on its own.

The art by Eddy Barrows continues to shine. With ink by Eber Ferreira, color by Adriano Lucas, and lettering by Rob Leigh, the series continues to look great. The team balances its superhero characters with a horror story. It does an excellent job of balancing all of that so that no one aspect dominates. For those that enjoy both genres, it’s a great combination.

Task Force Z #9 isn’t bad in any way, I want to make that clear. As part of the greater story, it’s solid. There really are some key moments that’ll play out over the next few issues. But, it doesn’t quite pack enough in on its own to stand out from the quality that has come before it. It’s a solid chapter in the greater whole.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Eddy Barrows
Ink: Eber Ferreira Color: Adriano Lucas Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Read

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