Justice League vs Suicide Squad

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I received this graphic novel for free in exchange for a review from netgalley. My opinions are my own and reflect only my own thoughts.

Synopsis

The day that Amanda Waller has long dreaded has finally come to pass: the Justice League has discovered the existence of Task Force X! America’s paragons of truth & justice won’t take well to a government-sponsored team of black ops super-villains (with bombs implanted in their heads), but before the Justice League can shut down the Suicide Squad, a bigger problem looms: another deadly strike team is lurking in the shadows, one that could expose dark secrets throughout the DC Universe, with ties to the hidden truths of DC Universe: Rebirth. Longtime enemies such as Batman & Deadshot, the Flash & Boomerang, & Wonder Woman & Harley Quinn will have to put aside their differences when an evil threat once thought lost to the DC Universe makes their return.

Thoughts

This graphic novel is the meet and great story of the current Suicide Squad and Justice League of America. I’m semi knowledgeable about both groups as I’ve seen any and all movies that relate to them. But like any book to movie adaptation there are characters/plot lines/ etc that are left out of the original content when transferring to the theater. So I’m not exactly up to date on any of the characters. Williamson and Williams do a good job of giving the reader a quick into to each character as they come on screen. There would be a little box with the hero/villain’s name and what they can do, usually with a snarky comment. I found this really helpful.

My favorite part of the story was getting the background and story of the original Suicide Squad. I don’t know if this is cannon with previous Suicide Squad graphics but I’ll say that it was entertaining and really gave more character development for Amanda Waller. While I personally know how witchy Amanda Waller is, newer readers might not have. Also the new old suicide squad members gave us insight into team dynamics and the trials that Waller had to go through before she figured out how to run this team to her advantage.

If you are an aThe day that Amanda Waller has long dreaded has finally come to pass: the Justice League has discovered the existence of Task Force X! America’s paragons of truth & justice won’t take well to a government-sponsored team of black ops super-villains (with bombs implanted in their heads), but before the Justice League can shut down the Suicide Squad, a bigger problem looms: another deadly strike team is lurking in the shadows, one that could expose dark secrets throughout the DC Universe, with ties to the hidden truths of DC Universe: Rebirth. Longtime enemies such as Batman & Deadshot, the Flash & Boomerang, & Wonder Woman & Harley Quinn will have to put aside their differences when an evil threat once thought lost to the DC Universe makes their return

If you are an avid DC fan then one of the coolest parts of this comic is seeing old rivals face off against each other and then be forced to come together. The banter between Flash and Boomerang had me laughing as did Wonder Woman and Harley. Deadshot and Batman’s face off broke my heart more than anything in this novel. Their confrontations really highlight the theme of this novel which is “Can a known killer be more than a killer?” Batman is hung up on using murders to save the day. To him they are nothing more than a bunch of killers. But he comes to realize that these people do have hearts and aren’t pure evil. The members of the Suicide Squad, for the most part, have a conscious and don’t kill willy nilly.

One of the things that felt out of nowhere for me was Max Lord. I’d never heard of him before but he shows up on the scene ready to take control.  He is power hungry in a bad kind of way and headed for the evil life. The graphic gives a quick back story on Lord but it didn’t feel like enough for me personally. And when he turns into Eclipso the first time I didn’t realize that it was Max. I was just like, “who is this dude now?!?”

The scenes where Max has taken control of the Justice League were semi-cool. I particularly enjoyed the art for those scenes. The JLA’s faces were painted half blue. And swear to goodness they had these crazy vampire/monster teeth. They looked terrifying! If I were walking down the streets of metropolis and evil superman walked up to me I would freak out. The art overall was typical superhero art. So not my favorite. But still mostly readable. It did feel like like things were squished onto the page and I needed a magnifying glass to catch everything that was happening on each page.

The big ending wasn’t really a surprise for me personally, but the novel was still fun because I enjoyed seeing the story play out. The epilogue was kind of pointless in my opinion. We got background on Waller and her family life. (FYI – She is also a crappy mom on top of being semi insane/heartless) But it didn’t provide anything noteworthy for the storyline.

Overall

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Whether you’re a longtime fan or new to the DC comic scene I suggest you try out this graphic novel. It’s funny, and very entertaining.

 

Do you guys read DC comics? Are you a fan of the Suicide Squad? Let me know down in the comments. I hope you guys are having a marvelous Monday!

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3 thoughts on “Justice League vs Suicide Squad

  1. ACourtOfBooksAndLove says:

    I was lucky enough to get this arc, also. I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it. Comic books are new to me and I’ve only seen the new Suicide Squad movie and I’ve seen The Flash tv show. So that’s the extent of my knowledge of these characters. But I still was able to enjoy it and it was interesting to see Killer Frost in this way.

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