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Review: Suicide Squad #44
“Constriction” - Conclusion
Writer: Rob Williams
Artists: Joe Bennett, Mick Gray & Vicente Cifuentes
Review by Philip Clark This is it. This is what we’ve been waiting for. The conclusion of the three part Batman invasion of Suicide Squad. After the exciting last issue, this episode jumps straight into the action. Batman and Deadshot are still on the way to save Deadshot’s daughter from the dangerous cult, Kobra. Waller has sent three of her best (?) agents after them. Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and newcomer Captain Cold.
Oh man was this story great. I loved every single issue. From the prison break, to the road trip. All the way to the helicopter fiasco of the last issue. Rob Williams, as usual, has done a brilliant job at writing an interesting story, with gripping characters.
The Family Connection
The last two story arcs have had an underlying theme of family, taking the forefront in this run. Amanda Waller’s family secrets came to light in the ‘Shock and Awe’ run. Now, Floyd Lawton’s daughter has been kidnapped by the criminal cult, Kobra. I certainly hope that Williams continues this family run.
I’d love to have more backstory to the characters within Suicide Squad. I feel like the standard team ensemble can sometimes tend to be a little one dimensional. There are so many rich characters in the roster of Taskforce X. I’d like to see a run with some ties to Captain Boomerang, or Katana. I feel like Williams could do some fantastic work in introducing more depth to these characters.
This was everything it could have been. It was the perfect conclusion to one of the best stories I have read in a very long time. This was genuinely perfect. I loved everything about it. The art, the writing. More like this please!
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment
review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on July 12th 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…