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Suicide Squad #21 Review

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I began reading this New 52 title with the last issue (#20) and was instantly hooked.  I had no choice, it’s dark and full of nonstop action.

Belle Reve Penitentiary is a prison for super-villains.  Select villains have a chance to reduce their sentences by participating in a government program.  Known as the Suicide Squad, the team performs deadly missions.  Tiny bombs are implanted in their necks to keep them in check.  Amanda Waller, the woman I love to hate, is Belle Reve’s director and the overseer of the Suicide Squad.  And she’s her usual conniving and manipulative self.

A riot takes place at Belle Reve and Harley Quinn appears to be at the center of it.  Although Harley Quinn is looney, she exhibits a bit of intelligence.  However I do not believe that she is the mastermind behind the attacks at the penitentiary.  Other key players in this story are Deadshot, Cheetah and James Gordon, Jr.

This story is action packed from the beginning.  The characters are funny, scary and serious all at the same time.  I definitely plan to continue reading this series to see where it’s heading.

Ales Kot is the writer.  Well written dialogue and easy to follow.  I love the character interactions, especially Harley Quinn and Amanda Waller.

Patrick Zircher is the artist and Jason Keith is the colorist.  This team did a great job on the artwork.  Lifelike characters.  I especially like the realistic facial features of Deadshot and Amanda Waller.

The only complaint I have is the look of Harley Quinn.  She is one of my favorite characters in this series, but she looks too psychotic.  I know she is mentally unstable but her appearance seems a bit exaggerated.  This is only my second issue of reading this series, so I’m sure I’ll grow on her look.  I know that I’ll appreciate her appearance more once I get more issues under my belt and learn a bit more about all the characters in the story.

VERDICT (drum roll please)

I recommend Suicide Squad, a New 52 title by DC Comics.

Justice League of America #2 Review

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In the debut issue we saw how Amanda Waller, director of A.R.G.U.S., and Col. Steve Trevor formed the Justice League of America.  I listed the members in my review of issue #1, so all I’ll say here is that this team consists of the big guns.  Hawkman, Martian Manhunter, Katana.  Everyone on the team is a bad ass, so don’t let Stargirl fool you.

Without proper training, not to mention never fighting alongside one another, Director Waller has given Col. Trevor 15 minutes to assemble the team for a press conference, and another 15 to prepare them for their first mission.  MISSION:  find and take out the Secret Society.

Justice League of America, DC Comics New 52, is an interesting, yet complex series.  The team members believe they are protecting their country, but they’re really in training to take down the Justice League, if needed.  Each member has been secretly paired with the member of the Justice League that he/she will fight.  Again, if needed.

I am enjoying this New 52 title so far.  The series is dark which is a major selling point for me, as I love dark stories.  It also has compelling characters.  I am liking Col. Trevor but I don’t trust Director Waller at all.  She is aggressive and manipulative.  Stargirl is a pretty, braces-wearing teenage Hollywood celebrity, but I’m pretty sure she can kick ass in battle.  Vibe is a friendly teen who, at times, have second thoughts about joining the team.  Hawkman.  Well let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be on the same planet with him.

This well-written story is written by Geoff Johns.  Great interactions among the characters.

David Finch is the artist.  Sonia Oback is the colorist.  Great visual storytellers.

This is one DC Comics New 52 title I definitely plan to continue reading.  I am more than certain this series will be around for a long time.

VERDICT (drum roll please)

I highly recommend Justice League of America.