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Dan Abnett, Tim Seeley and Greg Pak tapped for New Suicide Squad, Aquaman, & Teen Titans

Starting in February 2016, the ongoing creative teams for New Suicide Squad, Aquaman, and Teen Titans will feature some familiar faces from DC Comics’ lineup of writers and artists!

Kicking things off, New Suicide Squad #17 will be written by Tim Seeley and illustrated by Juan Ferreyra. These regular Gothamites visit the dark and unspeakably violent world of the Suicide Squad for a thrilling new storyline! We’re excited to see what they bring to the Squad!

Indentured super villain Harley Quinn has made covert contact with someone outside the walls of Belle Reve prison—and this mysterious savior has discovered the secrets of Amanda Waller and Task Force X.

 

Next, Aquaman #49 will be written by Dan Abnett and illustrated by Vicente Cifuentes. Watch these two make waves with the beginning of a new chapter featuring your Atlantean heroes!

In the aftermath of the Thule invasion, Aquaman must show the people of Atlantis that he was the target of a conspiracy and earn their trust once more. And no, it’s not going to be easy…

 

Finally, Teen Titans #17 will be written by Greg Pak with art by Noel Rodriguez. The creative team isn’t going to give the Titans a single break. Run for your lives, Titans!

With their backs against the wall, the Titans are wanted across the country! Now, Tim Drake must find a way to clear the team’s name while staying one step ahead of the law. But Wonder Girl’s past is also catching up with her and it won’t wait for the Titans’ troubles to calm down.

Review: New Suicide Squad #13

Suicide Squad 13The Suicide Squad finds themselves in Rio De Janeiro, trying to find a new drug that gives users superpowers. Being the Suicide Squad, things quickly fall apart and mass violence and chaos ensues.

This is the type of issue where the Suicide Squad really shines. The Squad attempt to complete a drug deal that goes poorly. Captain Boomerang acts as the main point of contact. The problem is, he wants to actually see the drug because that is how he always sees it done on TV. This ends in a large gunfight and Amanda Waller, who has joined the team on this mission, is not too happy. This comic is just fun. Each member of Task Force X is equally hilarious at how poorly, yet calmly, they handle being in an all out gunfight with a drug cartel.

Aside from the killing, there is a lot of good story set up and character moments. Harley Quinn continues to be the highlight of the series. Her struggle to really identify if she is the killer everyone claims is fascinating. Deadshot’s story is also very well done, focusing on his body forcing him to accept limitations he has never had to face before. The main mystery of the story centers less around the actual drug and more about the company who looks to be working with the cartel. Not to give anything away but, Amanda Waller’s own dealings seem to be coming full circle and it creates a very interesting set up for both her and the Squad.

The artwork does not live up to the fun of the main story. None of it is particularly bad but, sometimes faces look bland and the powers that the drug users get end up being nothing more than different colored beams shooting out of their hands. The gunfights do look good though. The physical humor of seeing the Squad’s calm demeanor in all the disorder is really well drawn as well.

Overall, this issue is a large improvement over the last arc. The story is full of funny moments and good character interaction. For the first time in a while, Suicide Squad finally has a grasp of who these characters are. This, coupled with the new direction of the team, creates a really exciting future for this comic.

Story: Sean Ryan Art: Phil Briones
Story: 9 Art: 6 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Review: New Suicide Squad #1 Annual

SSAnnualThe Suicide Squad makes its final push against the League, an offshoot of the League of Assassins, with each member of Task Force X at a cross roads of who they are, and who they want to become.

The most interesting thing about the Suicide Squad is the interactions between characters. These are inherently not good people. Each of them is a violent criminal, forced to do good. This creates an incredibly interesting dynamic as each person struggles to find their own sense of identity in a world where they are told what is right and wrong; causing them to question their own beliefs. The most interesting of the dynamics comes between Harley Quinn and the Reverse Flash as they fight through the League’s base. Their struggle comes from trying to find out if they can become more than their violent past has led them to believe they are. It is this search for understanding of oneself, that author Sean Ryan truly shows his grasp on who these people are. Moments such as watching Deadshot struggle with his physical limitations, making him rethink who he is, or Black Manta searching for some larger purpose he feels he has been missing as he battles with the League ideals after he infiltrates their ranks, are the high point of this story. The actually story involving the League is less important, as it mainly serves as background to who the Squad is becoming, but, it still wraps up very nicely and the ending is both captivating and creates an interesting set up for the next issue.

The only real problem with this issue is the price point. New Suicide Squad #1 Annual feels like just another comic book wrapping up a long arc. The story comes in at 42 pages but, the story never uses the full extent of that to turn this from a slightly longer comic book finale, into an actual one time event like an annual should be. It does not seem like a story that is fully worth the $4.99 price tag despite how well it is put together.

The artwork does exactly what it needs to here and does not distract from the story. It is a very clean style that allows the story to flow smoothly and at no point is there a panel that seems off or in any way unnatural in the course of the narrative. Artist Phil Briones does a very commendable job switching from character to character and scene to scene, considering the vast array of events and emotions on display.

Overall, this is one of the stronger recent issues of Suicide Squad with the entire arc coming to a very satisfying close however, it just does not quite feel unique enough to warrant the annual label.

Story: Sean Ryan Art: Phil Briones
Story: 8 Art:7 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Review: New Suicide Squad #9

New Suicide Squad #9 CoverAn unstable, violent group has broken away from the League of Assassins! Only the Suicide Squad stands a chance of stopping them – if they’re willing to get even more unstable and violent!

DC Comics might not have let Frank Miller have Batman fight Al-Qaeda, but the comics publisher is giving us the Task Force X Suicide Squad take on a group that’s clearly ISIS (or ISIL or Daesh, depending on where you are). Writer Sean Ryan takes on real world events in veiled form with New Suicide Squad #9. The story sees a violent belief driven terrorist organization called The League taking over areas of what is assumed the Middle East in a move reminiscent of ISIS. And just like the real world terrorist group, the League is splintered off another group they felt weren’t hardcore enough. In comics its the League of Assassisns and in the real world, it’s Al-Qaeda. Enter Task Force X who is tasked with infiltrating and finding out what weaponry and capabilities the group has.

Writer Sean Ryan pulls no punches with this new direction giving as a thinly veiled reflection of things that are going on. The focus on weapons capabilities is appropriate in a week that ISIS’ capturing and obtaining left US military equipment is making the news. It’s pretty damn good timing. He also pulls no punches, giving us torture and a twist on the beheading video. The set-up there should be fascinating to see played out in future issues.

But, part of the fun of this type of motley crew is their interaction with each other. The dysfunction is in full display as Deadshot and Captain Boomerang are at each other’s throats as expected with Black Manta playing the serious straight man of the trio. The only thing that really stuck out to me as weird is the fact Black Manta is part of this group. This looks to be a desert like climate. He’d be good, how? Maybe that’ll be coming up, but in this first issue it did stand out to me.

Will the interior art by Philippe Briones isn’t as cool as the cover art by Juan Ferreyra, Briones does bring a certain flair to it all, especially when it comes to the positioning of the images of the characters in panels, and his depiction of the war torn area. The art is solid, though doesn’t jump out to me as amazing.

For the brazen and gutsy storyline alone, I’m recommending this one a buy. While it might not use the real world names, it’s clear who Ryan is writing about, and what he’s getting at. In doing so, he also might be giving us a potential serious threat in the DC Universe, one I’d like to see expanded beyond this storyline. You don’t see creators getting this close to something relevant and in the news, so to see it here is beyond awesome.

Story: Sean Ryan Art: Philippe Briones
Story: 8.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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