Book Reviews

Suicide Squad, Volume 3: Death is for Suckers

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Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 3: Death is for Suckers
Author: Adam Glass (Author), Fernando Dagnino (Illustrator), Henrick Jonsson (Illustrator), Cliff Richards (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★★

Supervillains recruited from prison, sent on covert missions and injected with a nanite bomb so we stay in line. A bad deal.

At the end of the last installment, Deadshot was killed in his hero-ridden suicide, also allegedly killing Regulus. But is he really dead? Where is Regulus’s body?

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Our good friend (and my favorite super villain) is back. But why?

 

After escaping the hands of the Joker, Harley Quinn wakes up after much damage has been done from her escape. But, someone else decides to join the party once more…make that two past Suicide Squaders.

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But a new “package” is needed and the Suicide Squad is back in action. However, one of the Squad knows the keeper of the “package” very well. And Waller is in on the action with the Suicide Squad this time!

Amanda Waller turns off the bomb detonators embedded in the necks of the Suicide Squad…giving them the choice to help on this next mission or go their separate ways. But of course, leaving would have consequences. 

A Suicide Squad member is killed, leaving someone new as leader of the pack. Who is this guy and what is his involvement with the Suicide Squad?

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Suicide Squad, Volume 2: Basilisk Rising

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Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 2: Basilisk Rising
Author: Adam Glass (Author), Dan Abnett (Writer), Andy Lanning (Writer), Fernando Dagnino (Illustrator), Federico Dallocchio (Illustrator), Jesus Saiz (Illustrator), Andres Guinaldo (Illustrator), Mark Irwin (Illustrator), Christian Alamy (Illustrator), Cliff Richards (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★★

Supervillains recruited from prison, sent on covert missions and injected with a nanite bomb so we stay in line. A bad deal.

At the end of the last installment, Harley Quinn ditched the squad for the chance to see her “Puddin”. Deadshot was tasked with bringing her back to the Squad.

There is a traitor in the Suicide Squad, but who is it? The person’s task is to expose the Squad and kill Amanda Waller. Regulus, leader of the Basilisks, has sent one of his own to infiltrate the Suicide Squad. But, is it just a distraction or does he really want them gone?

Along the way, members of the same Squad are tasked with betraying one another…sometimes leading to death. An old member returns and at least another leaves? Who is the impostor? Who has surprised us once again?! Whose death will be a consequence of friendly fire? 

The reader is left with a epilogue depicting the story besides Amanda Waller’s great idea of the Suicide Squad. Her muse, her beginnings, and a glimpse of what truly lies beneath the tough exterior.

But the story of the Suicide Squad continues once more. A big player is killed. What will happen next with the Basilisks?

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Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition (Dark Nights: Metal) by Scott Snyder

Title: Dark Nights: Metal: Deluxe Edition (Dark Nights: Metal)
Author: Scott Snyder (Author), Greg Capullo (Illustrator), Jonathan Glapion (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 I liked this comic much better than the first in the event, Dark Days: The Road to Metal by Scott Snyder. Everything tied together and didn’t have your brain going in a million different directions. Action-packed scene after action-packed scene, Snyder left me wanting more after each one.

Carter Hall, aka Hawkman, is once again our narrator, but we finally understand the reasoning behind his “diary”. We find ourselves back in the dark universe of Batman. Honestly, he is kind of depressing in this event. He is still hiding things from the rest of the Justice League on his journey to find the Nth metal. But is Batman being used by the powerful god Barbatos to create a portal to Batmen? 

Batman, being his selfish self in this event, gets lured into a trap and it’s up to the Justice League to save him. Clark Kent, aka Superman, to the rescue. Kent comes to find an older Batman (I’m still curious to know how Batman aged and then was his good ol’ self again later. Some clarification would be nice). While the Nth metal is the goal, will new discoveries be uncovered to depict a weapon in disguise?

Probably the best lesson learned from this comic is that true friendship lasts. No matter what wrongs were made, the Justice League has each others’ backs. And I love the tie-in of the characters (Aquaman and the Flash make my knees weak).

One thing I wish I could change…I wish there was more Joker and less Hawkgirl…I don’t know if anyone else feels this way, but the whole time I was thinking, “Shut up, Hawkgirl! You act like you’re the smartest, but how many times have you died?!” Although I love the Joker, the Joker Dragon was a little much, I have to admit.

What will happen next with the Dark Knights? Will the Jusice League be able to stop them with this new metal?

The expected publication date is June 12, 2018.

 

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Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth

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Title: Suicide Squad, Volume 1: Kicked in the Teeth
Author: Adam Glass (Author), Federico Dallocchio (Illustrator), Clayton Henry (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★★

So, there are lovers and haters of the Suicide Squad movie. In the movie, Harley Quinn is depicted as this strong, independent woman. However, for those of you comic book nerdies out there, we know that to be entirely false. It just annoys me that so much is changed to fit a movie when the comic clearly makes much more sense. Ugh!

Supervillains recruited from prison, sent on covert missions and injected with a nanite bomb so we stay in line. A bad deal.

suicide_squad_0023Supervillains hired by an undercover government organization as an agreement to serve less time. Injected by a nanite bomb to coerce cooperation, we find Deadshot, Harley Quinn, King Shark, and more on their new mission. A zombie virus breakout is brewing and the Suicide Squad is dispatched to find a certain lady and her “package”. This package is the cure for the dreaded zombie virus.

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Along the way, Harley Quinn finds out about the death of her “Puddin'”, aka The Joker, and goes off on her own to find his face that was removed as a sign of his death. With her Harley gang emulating her, the Suicide Squad finds themselves in a struggle to defeat the posers before the detonator of the implanted bombs runs out. 

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We find ourselves left with the supposed death of one of our precious Suicide Squad members. Is that person really dead? Where is the Joker’s body? What happened with Yo-Yo after saying he was alive in King Shark? Will the Squad survive the virus and the Harley Quinn look-alikes? What happens next?

Book Reviews

Dark Days: The Road to Metal by Scott Snyder

Title: Dark Days: The Road to Metal
Author: Scott Snyder (Author), James Tynion IV, Jim Lee (Illustrator), Andy Kubert (Illustrator), John Romita Jr. (Illustrator)
Rating: ★★★

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Batman and the rest of the Justice League (Green Lantern, Flash, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Lex Luthor, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, etc.) are back at it again in this new DC Epic! 

Batman is being sketchy. So what exactly is his secret? Is it war or something else?

The beginning of the comic starts with a new theory that Batman is up to something. But what could it be? As Batman goes on his journeys, we begin to discover the truth behind his beginnings. But how is it all related to the other characters? Carter, aka Hawkman, recounts this brief history before one of his premeditated deaths. 

The Joker is after a precious metal that dates well back into the history of Earth. By delving back into the history of the bat (and other symbols…one including our Hawk friends…could this be how the rivalry came about?), we see the powers of this precious resource. So how can it be obtained now? Can it be manufactured or is it indigenous? Will Batman be able to find the roots to this mystery before the Joker and his gang?

One thing that I found unique and haven’t seen in any of the other comics I’ve read before (I’m not super experienced) is that there are references to other comics throughout, which help the audience gear up for some big event that is coming next. 

As usual, probably the best thing about comics is the artwork. This rings true to this comic. Bringing in the older issues really makes it unique when describing the current event and gives the reader a background to the story, especially if they haven’t read the historical issue in the past. 

Not having read some of the previous comics, I can see how this may be a little confusing as a standalone and to someone only just beginning their journey into comics.

The ending…ah! For those of you who know me, you know I love my Gotham villains. And of course, my favorite, the Joker is back at it in this issue! Mind blown of how I think it will all come together in the next issues. Hello conspiracy theory!

Can Batman exist without Joker? What will end up happening to Batman? How are all of the other heroes related? We will have to read the other comics to find out!

The expected publication date is May 22, 2018.