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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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review 2017-08-13 20:15
Better
Suicide Squad (2016-) #23 - Rob Williams,Eddy Barrows,Eber Ferreira,Adriano Lucas,Agustin Padilla,Gus Vazquez

Less directly said about the Croc/Enchantress relationship, and more focus on getting things done. In this case, Waller orders the team to go after Killer Frost and Batman - and they start with Frost.   Still, they all know this will get Batman's attention.   There's more about Killer Frost and Diablo, too, especially since Waller forces Diablo to go after Frost when he claims to be, and genuinely seems to be, sick.   

 

Katana, and how loyal she is, why she isn't chipped, and what she wants to do for the team versus what she will do if pushed are all in here as well, and that's more exciting character development, even as a bigger storyline unfolds - a storyline that ties directly into the last storyline, and will have some big implications in the larger DC world. 

 

Looking forward to the next issue. 

 

 

 

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review 2017-08-13 19:59
Harley proves that she's not a terrible leader
Suicide Squad (2016-) #22 - Rob Williams,Eddy Barrows,Eber Ferreira,Adriano Lucas,Agustin Padilla

In fact, she might have convoluted, terrible plans on how to get her team out of convoluted, terrible things happening to them, but she had a plan.   A plan that, shockingly, worked, even if it ended up pitting a couple of her team members against each other for a while.   That seems very Harley: practical for the time. 

 

And the only reason this isn't five stars is that this takes the Killer Croc/June Moon relationship to a new, really weird place.  Like I'm okay with them dating, and even having sex, but having Croc and Enchantress verbalize why they care for each other skeeves me out, mostly because Enchantress gets really fucking weird.   In that two/threesome I vote that only June Moon gets to actually talk about the relationship.   Period.   

 

I think it was meant to be played funny, but I got disturbed, rolled my eyes by the third time because hitting me over the head, and then I got embarrassed for that relationship and where this comic is going with it. 

 

On the other hand, I love what Williams says about the relationship in other ways: the fact that Enchantress was willing to kill a teammate over Croc tells me much more than the fact that she burbles about how great him being a carnivore, cannibalistic, and psychopathically violent are. 

 

I'm excited about where this series is going as far as the metahuman threat, so there's that, too.   This is a hit and miss series for me: mostly hits, but there were some times when it needed to find it's legs a bit.   It's hitting another strong point and I'm glad about that fact!

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review 2017-07-20 17:48
Feels like this needs a more solid direction
Suicide Squad (2016-) #21 - Rob Williams,Adriano Lucas,Eddy Barrows,Eber Ferreira,Gus Vazquez

One of the things I loved about the original suicide squad was how political it was.   How it created strong female characters.   It had things to say, and it said them, and I think this might be why it felt so directed.  Pointedly so.  

 

I'm loving this incarnation of the Squad, but I think parting Flag and Harley up was a mistake.  It's things like that which make me feel like this has no direction.  I see the purpose of it narratively, but there seems to be no larger direction, no larger statement about the world and its politics, and that makes it feel like a bit like a ship at sea with no rudder to me. 

 

I'm hoping this pulls together soon.

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review 2017-07-13 00:41
Suicide Squad needs a new leader
Suicide Squad (2016-) #20 - Rob Williams,Stjepan Sejic,Otto Schmidt

So, I wasn't on board with Flag/Quinn, not completely.   It just seemed too weird a pairing to work, and I never really felt that chemistry.  I did like that he didn't treat her as badly as The Joker did, but I also never really felt that someone like Flag would be able to completely look past Harley's insanity and sadism.   

 

Still, it's a fascinating character study to see Quinn with Flag gone.   He'd been helping, not as much as she needed, but still helping.   And without him, well, Quinn is reverting.  I do wish Quinn wouldn't revert to a character who needs a man, or is codependent at all.   When paired with Ivy, she seems to need someone less.    That is: she's more confident.   She doesn't fall apart when they're apart, and is okay with them being on again and off again, especially since Ivy can feel too crowded, even with Quinn.   They both appreciate each other for, and despite, their obsessions and faults.   And they both encourage one another to be better, and that recognize that they deserve someone good to them, and good for them, when they're together.   

 

And this is relevant to this issue, because people tend to write Quinn as codependent, without fully appreciating that she not only doesn't have to be - but can be a fully fascinating character without being codependent.   It feels easy and lazy and while I appreciate this insight into her, I do tend to prefer her not quite this bad.   (I also question if Ivy will come into this.  Even when Quinn doesn't reach out, Ivy does tend to come back when Quinn really needs help.  I suspect not.   Ivy seems to be on and off partly because it's convenient to be that way: this story is about Quinn being codependent and Ivy's calming aspect, and reassurances that Quinn doesn't need anyone more than she needs to be mentally and emotionally safe - as much as possible for her - would ruin that storyline.)

 

This was less action and more about Waller's behind the scenes manipulations as well as deciding who will be the squad's new leader.   Still, it was fascinating and I continue to love this series.

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