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review 2017-05-12 00:51
Loving this new team
Suicide Squad (2016-) #17 - Rob Williams,Tomeu Morey,Tony Daniel,Sandu Florea

And when I say 'new team' I mean they added a new team member, and boy, does he change the dynamics.   Not so much between the already established characters, but the dynamics of the team itself.   It doesn't just change it for the characters themselves, but for the reader as well: General Zod is not only a massive power player, but he brings a little bit of that 'fuck you' attitude as well.   The question is not if he will escape the Suicide Squad, but rather when.   Until then, Harley Quinn will most likely remain impressed by not only his willingness to jump into dangerous situations, and his instability, but his gusto.   He's not just willing to dive into a suicidal situation, but he relishes the chance - at least for his people.   It doesn't matter that everyone keeps telling him Kryptonians are dead, because he seems to be deluded into thinking they are not, or will somehow make a resurgence. 

 

And how can he help them if the Kryptonian bomb implanted in his head goes off?  Knowing this, he very reluctantly complies with Waller and her team, all the while letting everyone know just how reluctant he is.   

 

And I don't know why, but Tony Daniel's artwork is speaking to me more than Jim Lee's at least on this book.   Don't get me wrong, Lee is a true master of this art form, but I'm enjoying Daniel's artwork more, possibly because it feels less busy to me.   As intricate as Lee can go, it can distract me from the way the words and art work together.   This is something that I read hoping for a lot of action, and this feels  more streamlined artistically to me.   And that works better in this series.  I had no complaints while Lee was illustrating, and I would have none if he continued most likely.   It's only in retrospect that I see that this works better for me. 

 

As always, I'm looking forward to the next issue. 

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review 2017-05-03 19:29
Still loving this
DC Comics: Bombshells (2015-) #80 - Laura Braga,Marguerite Bennett

It's neat to see character like Captain Cold - not a spoiler in my opinion since they say this in the description - and make him fit the mythology of this world as well as the historical elements that make this such an AU. 

 

Still loving the way I can jump in at any time, still loving the new backgrounds and how the characters fit in without betraying their roots or making it weird with this whole world.   And more with the nazis and the paranormal.   And also fuck them: the way they pervert everything and beat it into a useful tool?   Fuck them.   Especially when they do this with people. 

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review 2017-05-03 19:26
Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy are flying somewhere for reasons
DC Comics: Bombshells (2015-) #79 - Marguerite Bennett,Mirka Andolfo

Um, yes, arguably this is where having read all the comics would help.   But then again, the why wasn't as important as the journey and their sudden stowaway.   And this is a lot of fun, with the needed continuity explained in a couple panels that furthered the relationships between these characters, and the rest being a new story.   It's nice to know I can just jump in when I want, and will make it more likely to buy more of this in the future, even if I am more invested in a couple characters.  I'll wait for them to come along and read those.

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review 2017-04-28 01:48
Yes, please, thank you DC!
Suicide Squad (2016-) #16 - Rob Williams,Tomeu Morey,Tony Daniel,Sandu Florea

Thank you for not turning Superman into a Nazi.   (Although Red Son, although that was very clearly an AU.   Thank you for not turning him into a Nazi in the regular verse, then telling us all how amazing this is, and trying to get real people to dress up as nazis.)   Thank you for offering a non-politicized option since apparently the only other options seem to be leaning far to the left or far to the right. 

 

Thank you for focusing on characters and exciting stories and well drawn comics.   (And as much as I love Jim Lee and his details, I find myself far more drawn to Daniel's work as a penciler: a little smoother and less busy and I love the way he portrays Harley Quinn.)   More than that, I love the writing: the reason that Waller is going to Lex Luthor, for one.   I was surprised not only at what she wanted from him, but also why she wanted it.   It should have seemed obvious, but the storyline was dropped for a while and I thought even Waller wouldn't do this, even though they were setting it up from last issue.  I thought someone would talk her out of it, a certain superhero would discourage her, something, but not this...

 

Things are going to get so, so interesting for the Squad.   And I plan to be there when they do.   This issue also seems to be the first one that isn't broken up into two parts - and while it worked when they were doing background, at least for me, a lot of fans complained.   I don't know if that's what stopped them because they continued breaking it up, which I found a distraction when it seemed like they were really trying to tell one story in two parts once they'd dropped the backstories.   The real problem was that the two halves didn't necessarily line up as neatly as the writer tried to make them, at least not for me.   But with one, clean story, Williams has upped his game, and I'm finding myself most excited for this series for now.   

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text 2017-04-16 14:40
Crazier than a box of frogs
Harley Quinn, Volume 1: Die Laughing - Amanda Conner,Jimmy Palmiotti

I had mixed feelings about this.
Pros:
HQ and Poison Ivy. Although Harley and her merry crew made Ivy seem sane.
The Artwork. Excellent.
Red Tool. By far my favourite character. Come on. He's a parody of Deadpool, who is already a ripoff of Deathstroke. It's perfect. He needs his own comic!
Cons: The stories get a bit confused and random in places. Maybe this intentional to reflect Harley's mind. It just came across as messy to me.
How is Harley in two places at once? Coney Island in this and locked up with the Suicide Squad in the other comic.

 

Not my favourite title but not awful either.

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