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review 2018-02-07 18:10
Meta story ends
Suicide Squad (2016-) #34 - Simon Spurrier,Adriano Lucas,Blond,Eddy Barrows,Eber Ferreira,Sean Parsons,Fernando Pasarin

And I was absolutely shocked at how certain characters were being used; the setup was so perfect that I bought it, even though this storyline makes perfect sense.  I did have a 'why is he here' sense, but I figured it was a bureaucratic mistake, that his power would end up being incredibly useful at the end, but not that Waller would so cynically use someone who wasn't a sociopath like this.  

 

But, yeah, Waller being that much of an asshole makes way more sense.

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review 2018-02-07 18:05
Very nice takedown of comic book tropes using a meta-insert character
Suicide Squad (2016-) #33 - Simon Spurrier,Adriano Lucas,Tomeu Morey,Tony Daniel,Danny Miki,Eddy Barrows,Oclair Albert,Fernando Pasarin

The writer inserts a character who uses meta devices to take down usual comic book tropes, and to do so lovingly.   It simply teases, without suggesting that this is wrong.   Every genre has its tropes, like the HEA (Happily Ever After) in romances.   I bring this up in particular to illustrated a point: romance readers want the HEA.   Trope, expected, whatever you want to call it.   It's a standard, the standard because people expect it.   Even fans can point this out, even using satire, without actually complaining about it: it's what they wanted, but, well, you can poke a little fun at it! 

 

I come for a lot of the tropes.   And tropes don't mean conformity, not on all fronts.  This comic book points out that comics as a whole use their own form of redshirts, and that action happens around the main characters - who are almost guaranteed to come out alive, or be revived.   I come for that.   I come for all of that!   That doesn't mean that the way the characters interact, or the statements about the real world, all have to be exactly the same.   If they were, I wouldn't keep coming back.  

 

And so I'm not opposed to one comic book fan having a gentle tease about some of the tropes that I come for.   Yeah, yeah, I know they're there.   I know.   And I laughed my ass off when it was pointed out in this way. 

 

 

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review 2018-02-07 17:57
Rick Flag returns
Suicide Squad (2016-) #32 - Rob Williams,Adriano Lucas,Tomeu Morey,Tony Daniel,Danny Miki,Eddy Barrows,Eber Ferreira,Eleonora Carlini,Wilfredo Torres,Wayne Faucher,Scot Eaton

This is not a spoiler, as it is on the cover.   Or if it is a spoiler, it's only as much a spoiler as the cover is. 

 

And I'm not sure how I feel about this: Flag in love with Harley is way more messed up than the Suicide Squad has ever been, aka I don't buy it.   That doesn't stop this from being an amazing story, so I'll let it go - for now.

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review 2018-02-07 17:55
More Red Wave in my Review Flood
Suicide Squad (2016-) #31 - Rob Williams,Adriano Lucas,Tomeu Morey,Tony Daniel,Danny Miki,Eddy Barrows,Eber Ferreira,Wilfredo Torres,Jay Leisten,Barnaby Bagenda

This is what you get because I am completely lame and not funny at all.   

 

This has turned out to be more of an extended story than I expected, but a lot of fun.   

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review 2018-02-07 17:50
Continuation of the Red Wave story
Suicide Squad (2016-) #30 - Rob Williams,Adriano Lucas,Tomeu Morey,Tony Daniel,Danny Miki,Eddy Barrows,Eber Ferreira,Eleonora Carlini,Wilfredo Torres,Phil Briones

It's nice to see the old school meet the new school, especially since this story is compelling and the interactions are realistic, with the usual twists and turns I'd expect to find in comics.   

 

The side story ties into the main story - and by side story I mean the last couple pages at the back that have a backup story - and it's love to see part of the story from someone else's point of view.   

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