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review 2017-03-22 18:40
Batman, Volume 2: I Am Suicide by Tom King, Michael Janin and Mitch Gerads
Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (Rebirth) - Mikel Janin,Tom King,David Finch

 

Tom King caught my eye with the Vision comics, so when I saw he was writing Batman Comics I immediately requested them from Net Galley. 

 

The first, Batman, Volume 1: I Am Gotham , was pretty good, so I was happy to try Batman, Volume 2: I am Suicide.  Unfortunately, I'm not enjoying these as much as I enjoyed Vision. Admittedly, this could be because I am not very familiar with DC Comics or superheroes, in general, so please keep this in mind.

 

The first story in this volume is I Am Suicide. I loved the artwork but the story seemed to be all over the place. Batman was trying to capture Psycho Pirate who is being kept by Bane, and he assembled a group of misfits, none of whom I'm familiar with, to do so. On the way there, he encounters resistance and repeats himself constantly. (He's trying to get to Psycho Pirate because something he has or can do can help Gotham Girl, who's still a mess from her experiences in I Am Gotham.) Bane is a super huge criminal dude being held in a prison called Santa Prisca. I thought that if I were more familiar with these characters things would make more sense, but from reading the other reviews here, that doesn't seem to be the case. Overall, this story was a 2.5 stars out of 5 for me, mostly because I thought the art was very cool.

 

Rooftops, which is the second story in this volume, was much better. It was a bit cheesy and predictable, but it had some humor and a nice connection between Batman and Catwoman. Again, the artwork in this story was excellent and conveyed the feelings the author was trying to get across. 4 out 5 stars.

 

 

I did enjoy this volume, just not as much as I expected to. I'm still interested in seeing where this series is going, because I love the idea of a dark Batman. He is developing as a complex character and I like that, it's just that this volume was a bit of a let down.

 

Available April 18th, you can pre-order a copy here: Batman Vol. 2: I Am Suicide (Rebirth)

 

*Thanks to Edelweiss for the free advance review copy in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2017-03-16 12:37
Still not really working for me
Suicide Squad (2016-) #13 - Rob Williams,Adriano Lucas,Dean White,John Romita,Danny Miki,Richard Friend,Eber Ferreira,Eddy Barrows

The story is good as usual, but the framing is still a distraction from the story.   I'd rather have an artist change in the middle of the story and all credits on one page than this presented as two different stories when they're really subplots and breaking this up this way instead of threading them throughout makes them seem more separate than they really are.   Which is a shame: the ending deserves the reader's full attention and didn't get mine.

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review 2017-03-16 12:32
Not a fan of this breaking up of storyline
Suicide Squad (2016-) #12 - Rob Williams,Dean White,Adriano Lucas,John Romita,Danny Miki,Richard Friend,Eber Ferreira,Eddy Barrows

It made sense when it was half story, half a separate backstory.   Breaking it up into two separate parts like this could say something neat about narratives, but it doesn't.   It just makes it all seem to lack cohesion, so I'm distracted from the story about a traitor in the ranks.

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review 2017-03-14 22:48
Suicide Squad: The Black Vault Vol 1 (Rebirth)
Suicide Squad Vol. 1: The Black Vault (Rebirth) - Rob Williams,Jim Lee,Philip Tan

Rebirth. Suicide Squad: The Black Vault Vol 1

Collects: Rebirth. Suicide Squad #1-4

Written by Rob Williams. Artwork by Jim Lee

 

By now everybody knows the Suicide Squad, a collection of DC villains kept in a high security prison until they are needed to perform a risky task for the US government. They are a disposable resource, after all who’s going to miss this rag tag collection of crazies and homicidal killers. Oh, and did I mention the bomb installed in the brain of each member of the team, just in case they try to make a run for it.

The Rebirth comic before the storyline starts in earnest lets the reader in on how Rick Flag becomes the new leader of the squad. Flag is currently being kept in Guantanamo Bay charged with terrorism after defying a direct order (really?). Amanda Waller gives him the ultimatum join the team or rot in his cell forever. Not much of a choice really.

 

That sets the scene for the first mission, the retrieval of a cosmic item from a Russian facility. The first few pages give us an idea of what’s to come: Boomerang has the trots and keeps pooping his pants, whatever he’s eaten was obviously shared with killer Croc because he projectile vomits continually into his space helmet, until Flag must risk crashing the ship to stop him from drowning in his own puke. Yes, poop and puke. The message, don’t take anything in the next 100 pages too seriously.

 

To go with those bodily fluids, we also get much blood and gore while the bad guys (i.e. the Russians) get diced, sliced, and generally mullered by Katana and Harley Quinn.

Now it’s all going fine and dandy until they get to the item they are there to find and inadvertently open it. This is where I had a problem with the storyline, up to this point the storyline has been irreverent and fun, but suddenly we’re expected to believe that this mismatched group are powerful and clever enough to beat and catch a Kryptonian. And they don’t manage to do this without losing one of their own (whether this character will make a return has yet to be established).

 

I like the way Harley Quinn was portrayed here. Yes, she was crazy but you see her intelligence alongside the madness. And I loved her outfit. But seriously, what happen to her boobs? For some reason, they have been noticeably inflated.

Apart from the magically inflating bosom, I enjoyed the artwork. It’s quite busy with a lot happening in each frame that kept me on a panel long after I’d read the words.

The story here is quite short (and leaves most of the questions unanswered) but the extra pages are made up with back stories for several members of the team. (I particularly like Boomerang’s because you have no idea if any of it is true or not.)

 

Verdict

Did I enjoy it? Yes. It was a fun, if not exactly taxing, read, but ultimately unsatisfying because nothing was resolved.

Would I read on? Yes, probably. Although there are other titles I would pick up before this one.

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review 2017-03-13 20:28
The beginning of the end
Suicide Squad (2016-) #11 - Rob Williams,Dean White,Adriano Lucas,Philip Tan,Elmer Santos,John Romita,Danny Miki,Richard Friend,Eber Ferreira,Eddy Barrows

Well, not the end of this series or the Squad, but the Squad as is.    It's also bizarre: instead of backstories, this has two stories, drawn by different people, but written by the same author.   It's all supposed to mesh into one story in the end.   Sometimes it works better than other times. 

 

I was vaguely bored by the last story, although not more than enough to knock off one half star.   

 

 

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