It’s time for another round of rapid fire comic reviews! It is a mixed bag of issues this week so let’s not waste any more time. On to the good stuff!
Suicide Squad #9
Story: Rob Williams and Si Spurrier
Art: Riley Rossmo
It’s a tie into the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad event. We get our first real in-depth glimpse at the real villains of this mini-crossover. It’s an older Suicide Squad, consisting of Lobo, Dr. Polaris, Rustam, the Emerald Empress, Cyclotron and Johnny Sorrow. The group is dropped into a North Korea type island where a local dictator has threatened war with his own group of super powered players. The SS is sent in, things go horribly sideways and Amanda Waller double crosses the team to get the mission accomplished.
The story is straight forward if not a bit ham-fisted with the modern parallels depicting U.S. and North Korean relations. This issue establishes the motivations for this group to emerge as the bad guys in the cross-over and provides vital info on why this cross over event is taking place.
The art is solid, the book moves at a rapid pace, and the finale gives the reader insight into why this team is pissed off and looking for revenge.
Final Score: 4 out 5 Stars
Story: Joshua Williamson
Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Williamson is setting the foundation for a major dust-up between the rogues and Flash. In this issue Barry is on the search for his group of villains; who disappeared a few issues ago. In his search for clues he finds their abandoned hideout.
I’ve always felt that Flash is at his best when he is facing off against his gallery of villains. The storylines always seem to be more dynamic and engrossing. I’m looking forward to seeing what this team has in store for readers as the series continues.
Artwork is eye-catching, the plot is filler for the next action packed issue, but did provide some needed insight to the lives of the rogues outside of their crime filled ways.
Final Score: 3 ½ Stars
Story: Dan Abnett
Art: Lee Weeks
If you are looking for that touch of nostalgia that DC comics can bring to a fan’s heart then this is the issue for you. It’s got some nice hallmarks from comic’s past. A race between the Flash and Superman, the Titans being confused for the JLA, characters falling in love, villains working behind the scenes. It feels like an issue that stepped out of a time machine, and I say that lovingly.
Abnett creates an issue that is timeless. While I have not been big on this series since its re-launch I have to respect the quality of this issue. This is classic comics 101. A fact that is only enhanced by a legend like Lee Weeks on the art chores. Weeks has a style that feels older now. Maybe seasoned is a better term.
Just for the walk down memory lane alone I liked this issue a lot. It reminded me of all those great books from the 80’s and 90’s that I loved so much that looked and felt just like this.
Final Score: 3 ¾ Stars
Story: Corinna Bechko
Art: Geraldo Borges
Dark Horse is rebooting Buffy’s favorite vampire. (Take that Spike fans!) Angel and Fred are in Dublin working on exorcising a haunted hotel when Angel starts having disturbing visions. By the end of the issue it’s time to travel to the past to save the future.
The art is solid on this book, the story however is stilted and a little hard to follow; not a good sign with this being the first issue and all. I expected a bigger bang for my buck with this re-launch. It looks like I over estimated Angel.
Final Score: 2 stars
Ghostbusters Annual 2017
Story: Erik Burnham
Art: Dan Schoening, Corin Howell, Rachael Stott, Erik Evensen and Tim Lattie
It’s a Ghostbuster bonanza! We’ve got the original Ghostbusters, the new Ghostbusters, the Chicago Ghostbusters , and the Ghostbusters in training! There is even room for Slimer.
This is a collection of short stories that range from an untold Winston story that involves a third Scoleri family member, the possible origin of Slimer, fighting ghost in Iowa and a few other tales thrown in for good measure.
The artwork in this annual is great, but Dan Schoening’s cartoon style stands heads and shoulders above the rest. The guy is incredible! The stories are what you expect in an annual; short to the point and self-contained. If you’re a fan of the Ghostbusters then this is a must read.
Final Score 3 ½ Stars
Story: Amy Chu
Art: Kewber Baal
This series is about four disenfranchised teens that discover an ancient temple built to the awesomeness of KISS. They then stumble their way into four giant KISS robotic Mechs and are fighting to save their future city.
This whole series is just silly. Not in a good way either. The art is serviceable, but rough. The story is contrived and paper-thin. This is a comic that is only built for the hardest of the hardcore KISS fans. Regular comic fans need not apply.
Final Score: 1 ½ Stars