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Review: Suicide Squad #35
“Drain The Swamp” - Part One
Writer: Rob Williams
Artists: Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira
Review by Philip Clark
Rob Williams is back at the helm of Suicide Squad, after a short two-issue stint by Si Spurrier. Williams is joined by the artistic talents of Eduardo Pansica and Julio Ferreira for this instalment. Let me tell you, this creative team rocks. The story puts forward a really interesting question; What happens to Taskforce X when the government creates themselves a brand new American hero?
This is what Suicide Squad should be. Everything is falling apart around Amanda Waller and she’s trying to keep some form of control in her life. I find that Waller sometimes gets left as a background character, so it’s nice to see Williams focus on her and how being in charge of Suicide Squad affects her personal life.
Williams Back On Top
I enjoyed Spurrier’s run on the comic, but was not left wanting this issue. Williams jumps straight back into the writer’s chair and creates a fantastic story that had me interested from the get go. The government creating it’s own superhero, to do exactly what Taskforce X does. How will that affect Waller and her squad? Two of the team’s heavy hitters are still reeling from the effects of the last Williams run, with both Killer Croc and Enchantress out of commission. How will that affect the squad on missions? A lot of questions are left unanswered at the end of the issue, with the last few pages creating even more!
The artwork is brilliant as well, Pansica and Ferreira do a wonderful job with the facial expressions of each character, something I feel that Suicide Squad has lacked recently. Too many times, I’ve felt like the art of the comic has been lacking. The pair however, do well to focus on the details of each panel, allowing the reader to take in all the conflicting emotions within the squad. This is quite possibly, one of the strongest issues of Suicide Squad that I’ve had the pleasure of reading for a very long time.
This issue has everything it should, plus more. There is action. Intriguing plot threads. It has heartfelt moments. Suicide Squad has been going from strength to strength in the last few issues. I sincerely hope that they keep this trend going and that this creative team stays on this comic for time to come.
Overall, a fantastic issue with much room to grow.
Images courtesy Of DC Entertainment
(This review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on February 17th 2018)
FINALLY! Well readers, Spoiler season has begun. Wizards teased us so heavily on the 19th with Vona's Hunger, but now we've finally seen the first of what Rivals of Ixalan has to offer. River Darter is, I think, intended for Draft, along the same lineage as Audacious Infiltrator. Thrashing Brontodon is also very good in Limited, being able to pop Pious Interdictions or Ixalan's Bindings, but may even see sideboard play in Dinosaur decks in Constructed to remove Cast Out, God Pharaoh's Gift or Gearhulks.
Rob Lane provides the bottom end in Ryan Hamilton and the Traitors. Onstage he’s a blur of hair,
throwing shapes with his trusty bass like a full on rock star. Away from the
band, he heads up his own project Straight
To Video, a mix of rock/punk music which draws influence from eighties
culture in general, as well as creating some cool merchandise to go along with
the music. Rob was cool enough to chat to us recently about
music, the eighties and being a geek.
Scott Hamilton: Would
you like to tell us a bit about yourself Rob? Rob Lane: Hey
Scott.... Thanks so much for reaching out! So, I guess I start with introducing
myself.... my name's Rob Lane... a bass player from the East Midlands /
Nottingham / Derby area. I've been actively playing with various bands for the
best part of 20 years. For over ten years I was the bassist for Nottingham
Power Pop Rockers TEENAGE CASKET COMPANY...
we had a pretty good run from 2003 through to November of last year, …
The wind has not left our sails as we continue on with Rivals of Ixalan Spoilers. A cycle of tutors, a flying pirate with a shrink ray, and Jace overcoming his amnesia are on order for today, let's have a look. Well then. If I remember right, the premier Aggro deck of the format played a one mana 2/1 before rotation just because it was a one mana 2/1. Colour shift it, and give it the potential for flying (which isn't hard for the Vampire deck to do) and this thing is going to see play as the other one drop (other than Legion's Landing) for the Vampire deck. Even the flavour text is a joke towards how pushed it seems! Another key piece shown today might be all the pieces Vampires needs. Having something on the same spot on the curve and mana cost Cast Out or Ixalan's Binding but adds to the tribal synergy overall is very needed in a tribal deck. The second line, isn't strictly needed (it's safer to keep this guy out of the red zone) but giving i…