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Review: Justice League vs Suicide Squad #6

The gangs all here and the party is over (or is it?) in the final issue of the latest Rebirth mash up arc, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6. The two teams, Justice League and Suicide Squad, joined forces, as expected to beat the big bad from Amanda’s first failed Suicide Squad. It seems like things are going to get wrapped up with a nice little bow but, we all know better than to expect happy endings especially with an issue that starts off with the team being possessed to fight each other. Killer Frost has always been an enigma and this issue puts her front and center, she is this issues MVP. Not only does she save the teams (and world) but, when given the chance to take Lord’s life to power up after nearly killing herself to get rid if the big bads but, we find out about the inner thought process of a misunderstood Squad member. Much like Harley going sane when Zod attacked, Frost has such a handle on her issues that she goes full good and releases her fear & doubt.

Joshua Williamson brought his A game to the end of a well thought out arc. There was a real danger in this mash-up of becoming cliched and predictable but, Williamson’s great story telling gave it a nice twist. He manages to add a new dimension, a nice twist and, a level to an often used story that made it feel fresh, relatable and real. We even got treated to a couple of good twists in the end, the interaction between Batman and Amanda were just as telling, poignant and story propelling as the interaction between a caged Lord and Amanda. Both conversations and aftermaths gave us insight into Amanda’s ultimate game plan and her general feelings about the team and her missions. Williamson manages to humanize every single person involved in this story arc from the darkest and most dangerous to the seemingly innocent. There are layers in his writing that make each character feel realistic and serves the purpose of drawing you into the story and their lives, you feel invested enough allow the story to take you away and that’s true whether you just picked up this issue or have been reading the entire arc.

Howard Porter is a brilliant artist, the detail to facial expressions that give off a bit more than what is being said or heard, adds extra depth to the already well thought out panels. It’s like looking at superbly done storyboards for a movie that you really want to see. Porter’s art keeps you on the edge of your seat ( or in my case couch) fully engaged in the story that Williamson is telling and making you feel like you’re in the story.

Overall this final issue packed one heck of a punch providing some extra insight into the characters, tipping us off to more of Amanda’s plans, which may or may not include purposely making Frost pure evil and wrapping things up in this arc just well enough to leave the door open for a second glance. The creative team has taken this arc out with a bang and whether they pick it up again or let it die to be continued in bits and pieces of other comics across the Rebirth universe there is some definite magic occurring on these pages and I was blown away by this issue in a good way.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Howard Porter
Story: 9 Art:8.6 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Newsarama – Had Digital Comic Books Hurt Print? Retailers, Publishers Talk State of the Business 2017 – The data would say no.

Marvel – Marvel Studios Begins Production on ‘Black Panther’ – Who’s excited for this one?

The Beat – A year of free comics: Banned Books Week Handbook 2016 – It’s free, go read it.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Valerian & Laureline and The Swimming Pool of Micheville – More free comics. Read it.

The Beat – A year of free comics: The Adventures of Business Cat – And more free to read.

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Preview: Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Howard Porter
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 25, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Legendary JLA artist Howard Porter returns for the ultimate showdown between the Suicide Squad, the Justice League and the forces of [REDACTED]. Unlikely heroes emerge from the rubble of DC’s first major event since DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, leaving both teams in a place they’ve never been before…and setting the stage for the all-new JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.

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Review: Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6

jl_ssquad_cv6_dsLegendary JLA artist Howard Porter returns for the ultimate showdown between the Suicide Squad, the Justice League and the forces of [REDACTED]. Unlikely heroes emerge from the rubble of DC’s first major event since DC Universe: Rebirth, leaving both teams in a place they’ve never been before…and setting the stage for the all-new Justice League of America.

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad as a whole has been a satisfying event that’s been big on the action, a big budget film on paper. It’s entertaining, but I can’t say there’s lots of depth when it comes to it, but like I said when I reviewed the first issue I don’t think it was really intended to have that. The comic has been set up as a battle and team up of these two super-teams.

But, what I really like about Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6 is what it actually does. The event feels like it’s intention is to really move the Rebirth status-quo a bit and shake things up. The series has been a set up fo the upcoming relaunch of Justice League of America with a line-up that’s beyond intriguing. The event brings back Maxwell Lord front and center as a threat. The event also sets up Amanda Waller as the most frightening person in the DC Universe. And it’s that final thing that I get really excited about.

Writer Joshua Williamson, for all of the villains he deals with, doesn’t forget the fact that it’s Waller that’s really the scary one. It’s not super abilities or her leadership, it’s the fact she plays everyone, manipulating the situation in a way to get exactly what she wants in the end. And that’s never more apparent than the ending here which sets up some very intriguing things going forward.

There’s absolutely problems with the event. There’s not a lot of depth to things. Eclipso is never explained very well. Things fall into place a bit “too well” at times. But, the series feels like it never attempts to make itself more than what it is. There’s no deeper meaning, no theme, just lots of explosions and fighting.

The art by Howard Porter is solid with fantastic work in a final battle and an ending that feels like a lot of stingers running during the credits of a film. There’s action but it’s the quieter moments that really make me take notice. The body language and framing of the scenes is top notch.

I expected lots of fighting and not much else, a summer popcorn film, but this final issue shows there’s a lot more at play here than a clash of titans and that has me beyond excited for what’s to come.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Howard Porter
Story: 7.85 Art: 8.05 Overall: 7.90 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the-dregs-1-9Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman/TMNT Adventures # 3 (DC Comics/ IDW Publishing) – This comic just plainly rocks! It’s the best of both worlds. I love how well the creative team has captured the spirit and feel of Batman: The Animated Series as well as keeping the Turtles timeless in their incarnation. Very pumped for the Joker/ Shredder feud. This has just been radical!!

Detective Comics #949 (DC Comics) – One more issue to go until the big 950 celebration! This book has been on such a roll though, I’m not even noticing the mile stone. Such a stark contrast to the snooze fest going on over in the regular Batman monthly title. I am loving how Kate Kane is getting the spotlight here and I’m very much looking forward to this springboarding her into the new Batwoman title next month. Finally Bruce has an ally that feels like a true equal and not one of his students. Hey, who better than family right?

Reborn # 4 (Image Comics) – This tale between Millar and Capullo is just a breath of fun. Nothing groundbreaking in terms of story or newness but it entertaining as all get out. The art is stellar as always and I could see this as an animation property. Very cool take on the entire idea of reincarnation. This won’t have a long journey but I’m sure here for the ride.

 

Shay

Top Pick: The Dregs #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A comic tackling gentrification, homeless people confined in one area and what happens when a homeless man decides to help solve the mystery of the disappearing “invisible” population of a city divided. I’m here for it !

Justice League vs Suicide Squad #6 (DC Comics) – The end of this arc could have one team destroyed or they could join forces to create the super team that we all deserve .

Hulk #2 (Marvel) – Jen is still trying to sort it all out while returning to work and it’s getting harder to control the green beast of rage within.

Suicide Squad #10 (DC Comics) – A bonus epilogue to the JL v SS comic arc finds Amanda trying to break through and reconcile the wreckage of her dark secrets.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Divinity III: Stalinverse #2 (Valiant) – I’m like a kid in a candy store with this series; I bloody love everything about this alternate history version of the Valiant universe. To be honest, I’ve already read the comic – and it’s good – but I’m looking forward to seeing the artwork on the printed page.

Bloodshot USA #4 (Valiant) – The conclusion to Valiant’s version of a zombie story with nanomachines infecting civilians. It’s been a surprisingly strong story so far, but the only thing keeping this from my top spot is Jeff Lemire’s tendency to set up the next arc midway through a concluding chapter. Sometimes I want a self contained story…

Hulk #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was easily the best Marvel comic I’ve read in a long time.

Savage #3 (Valiant) – I could just copy what I wrote about Divinity III #2 here with some slight adjustments, but that’d be lazy (almost as lazy as not writing anything else).

 

Brett

Top Pick: Dead Inside #2 (Dark Horse) – I’m a sucker for crime comics and this murder mystery within a prison has been fascinating so far. The art is solid, writing entertaining and engaging, it’s a complete package.

Animosity: The Rise (Aftershock) – The main series is solid about animals rising up against humanity. I really want to see where this fits into all of that. A great series under the radar.

The Circle #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A different take on The Craft, the first issue caught me by surprise and the second issue is even better.

Inhumans vs. X-Men #3 (Marvel) – This has been an event series that’s worked so far. The action is solid and it’s balancing a lot going on really well.

The Kamandi Challenge #1 (DC Comics) – Tons of creators taking on a classic. The first issue kicks off this week with eleven more to go.

Preview: Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #5

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #5

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Robson Rocha
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

[REDACTED] has finally obtained that which [REDACTED] has sought all this time-it’s the means to utterly [REDACTED] the Justice League forever. Now, only [REDACTED] and the Suicide Squad stand in [REDACTED] path of total world domination. No pressure!

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Preview: Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #4

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #4

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Fernando Pasarin
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 11, 2017
SRP: $3.99

[REDACTED BY ORDER OF TASK FORCE X DIRECTOR AMANDA WALLER] and [REDACTED] crew of unstoppable [REDACTED] besiege Belle Reve to take possession of the lost [REDACTED], and only the unbelievable team-up of the Justice League and the Suicide Squad can prevent [REDACTED] from taking revenge on Amanda Waller!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

southernbastards16_coverartbWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Voracious: Feeding Time #2 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Is anybody surprised by this? I mean… it’s not like I make a secret of the fact I absolutely love this series.

Ninjak #23 (Valiant) – Another unsurprising pick – there is usually always at least one Valiant book on my pull list each week, and I’ve been looking forward to this arc based entirely on the return of Master Darque (according to the name of the story, anyway).

All-Star Batman #6 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder is still the best current writer of Batman, and for me this series exemplifies that.

Doctor Strange/Punisher: Magic Bullets #2 (Marvel) – A team-up that makes no sense? Sure. But the first issue was actually solid, and just because the team up makes no sense on paper doesn’t mean it won’t kick ass as a story.

 

Joe

Top Pick: Southern Bastards #16 (Image Comics) – Big Boss BBQ is back, and I cannot wait! After the last tense issue we got, I am so excited to see what happens with Roberta and Boss. This is one of the best books out there, and we didn’t get enough from Aaron and Latour in 2016.

God Country #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Donny Cates with some awesome looking art by Geoff Shaw. I cannot wait to see what this is all about. From the teases of pages Cates has shared on social media alone, I am pumped.

The Mighty Thor #15 (Marvel) – The big war is coming! This cover by Dauterman is so beautiful. No shock there. This is one of Marvel’s best and most consistent series also by Jason Aaron, and with The Unworthy Thor soon ending, I cannot wait to see where they go with Jane, Odinson, Loki and more!

Inhumans vs. X-Men #2 (Marvel) – I didn’t think I would be typing this ever when I finished Death of X, but #1 was really solid. I hope that trend continues since Lemire and Soule are both highly capable. Also it reminds me I miss Roccafort on Ultimates.

Green Valley #4 (Skybound) – Wow what a crazy twist from that “wizard” in the last issue. There seems to be a bigger and crazier story from Landis going on here, and I hope this issue gives us some more weird awesome stuff. This is a miniseries, but it will run 9 issues, and I have enjoyed all of them so far.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Libby’s Dad (Retrofit Comics) – An absolutely fantastic indie/small press comic that focuses on teenage girls gossiping about one of their fathers. It’s an interesting comic and then you get to the end with its twist that makes your gut sink. So fantastic.

Red Dog #2 (451 Media Group) – A sci-fi series focused on a boy on a mining colony and the aliens that they have to deal with. The first issue was a solid read and I’m expecting this one to be just as entertaining. If you like sci-fi, you should check this one out.

The Rift #1 (Red 5 Comics) – A pilot is pulled through time and if he’s not sent back in time it spells disaster. A cool time travel story with some nice swerves.

The Skeptics #3 (Black Mask Studios) – Cold War fun that’s as entertaining as it is cool and stylish.

Invisible Republic #14 (Image Comics) – A reporter trying to get to the heart of the story behind a revolution and the fallout from his discoveries. The story feels even more appropriate today.

 

Shay

Pick of the Week: Justice League of America: Vixen #1 (DC Comics) – Mari McCabe is giving me life in the backstory bonanza and I am here for all of it!!!

Justice League vs Suicide Squad #4 (DC Comics) – I need to know how this all shakes out and what Amanda has gotten everyone into this time!

Motor Crush #2 (Image Comics) – Domino Swift may very well be my dreamland spirit animal and I love it!

Jessica Jones #4 (Marvel) – Jess wants to protect her family from pure evil by pushing them away and we all know how that usually turns out.

Review: Justice League vs Suicide Squad #3

jl_ssquad_cv3_dsIt’s going down!! Justice League vs Suicide Squad #3 is everything I wanted it to be and more. We all knew going into it that this was going to be like the Batman vs Superman battle royal until the two sides discovered there was a bigger bad on the loose that they would have to join forces to defeat. It was the twist that we all saw coming but, thanks to Joshua Williamson‘s great writing it still came as a huge surprise.

Issue three picks up with the Justice League under Amanda’s control and the Suicide Squad gloating at their victory. We also get clued into Amanda’s dirty little secret, her possible demise and a group that the two teams will have to join up to fight that makes our favorite baddies look like kittens. This issue was a well-written page turner that got my heart racing and had me flipping pages that weren’t there for at least 30 seconds, all in the hopes that the story would keep going. Williamson chose the perfect point to end this issue and I can not wait to see what happens in the next one.

Jesus Merino and Andy Owen‘s art work is pretty and dark and is consistent with the tone and story. It is beautiful to look at and feels like another character in the issue. He somehow manages to catch the ominous vibe that the combined groups new enemies have in his work.

Overall this issue was well written, beautifully drawn. Not only was it well crafted but, it works well as a stand-alone issue. I felt it had just the right amount of suspense to warrant checking out the next issue while being a solid read.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Jesus Merino and Andy Owen
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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bm_cv14_dsIt was new comic book day yesterday. What’d folks get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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ICv2 – Marvel Promotes Nick Lowe – Interesting move.

The Beat – A year of free comics: Derf’s Punk Odyssey – As long as this gets posted we’ll keep sharing.

 

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