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review 2017-08-26 23:25
Loving this series again!
Suicide Squad (2016-) #24 - Rob Williams,Eddy Barrows,Eber Ferreira,Adriano Lucas,Agustin Padilla

This is one that has highs and lows for me: I thought it had to go somewhere more quickly at one point, but when it's at it's paranoiac best, it really just works.   It gets super creepy, all the while explaining why Waller is acting so out of character, furthering Katana's character, and pulling the Suicide Squad together as a team again. 




Also, some epic Batman fighting Killer Croc here. 

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review 2017-08-26 20:44
Post series one-shot
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #6 - Matthew K. Manning,Jon Sommariva

And it's a lot of fun, especially as Robin has changed: it's a new Robin to the Turtles, and they can't seem to get over that fact!   I laughed out loud a couple times, but overall, this is the same as the rest of the series: the art isn't good enough to warren the last of the five stars, and it's fun, but not a favorite of mine.  


It was nice catching up with the Gotham crew later and seeing how they evolved, and how the newbie reacted to the giant turtle-men.   So I'd give it a reread, but probably not in the next couple of years. 

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review 2017-08-26 20:37
End to this mini-series
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #5 - Matthew Manning,Jon Sommariva

Issue six is an epilogue: it takes place after, it takes place in Gotham rather than the in the Turtles' universe, and it takes place a good deal while after from what I can tell.   Still, this issue, five, ends up wrapping up the portal storyline with a twist.  


It's fun, it used a character I didn't expect to be the brains behind this operation, and I liked it enough to reread in the future even if it's not a complete favorite mini-series, or crossover.

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review 2017-08-26 18:56
War of Jokes and Riddles: dinner interlude
Batman (2016-) #29 - Tom King,June Chung,Mikel Janin,Hugo Petrus

Riddler and Joker are murdering the citizens of Gotham, destroying the city, in an all out war to see who gets the right to kill the Bat.  


To choose how to tip the fight, Bruce Wayne invites them over, and offers them financial aid to the one who can convince him why they're the one who should kill the Bat.  He's trying to gauge which one is more dangerous, since this is a story set in earlier times, so he doesn't know them as well as he does now.  


The only way to win this fight, you see, is to actually have one win.   He'll throw in as both Bruce Wayne and Batman to back the less dangerous man and win, then I'm assuming, take down the winner. 


It's an interesting idea, and seeing them all sit down and be civil for a full nine courses was fascinating - but I don't completely buy that this is the best way to do this.   Superman and Wonder Woman don't care that this is happening?   No heroes do?   


There's no one Bruce can reach out to?   The government, someone?   


And me not completely buying this being the best solution is why this is four stars instead of five.   It's an interlude to the fighting certainly, but it's tense, it tells a lot about the characters, and it's ramping things up in it's own way.   Just not with fists or guns. 


Looking forward to the next issue. 

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review 2017-08-21 01:06
My co-worker warned me this went downhilll
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad (2016-2017) - Joshua Williamson,Rob Williams,Tim Seeley,Jason Fabok,Riley Rossmo,Tony Daniel,Jesus Merino,Fernando Pasarin,Robson Rocha,Howard Porter,Giuseppe Cafaro,Christian Duce

I liked the first issue, but not enough to pay like four or five bucks for every issue.   (And then I'd have to buy the Justice League tie-ins, too.)   Also, I think said co-worker was right: this went downhill.   It because a convoluted mess with an unsatisfactory ending. 


Perhaps if they'd done some solid character work, but they didn't do that, either. 


The art was pretty, though, and the Killer Croc fight against Aquaman was funny.  I also didn't hate it.   Most of this made sense up until it didn't, up until it became a sprawling mass of why is this happening?


Glad it's over!

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