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Review: Suicide Squad Annual #1
“For The Wicked, No Rest”
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Ronan Cliquet
Review by Philip Clark With Taskforce X away on a mission in Atlantis, Waller brings in a new team of criminals to deal with her most recent problem. A little break away from the mainstream Suicide Squad story, this issue shows just how deep the prison hole goes.
The story follows a very similar Suicide Squad trope. Waller needs the squad to hunt down an asset before they reach larger population. The story’s antagonist changes from time to time, although you never really root for the ‘heroes’ of the story. The team,once again, come across complications that lead to an exciting, fast-paced read.
The New Disposables
Cullen Bunn has done a great job with this issue, and it’s exactly what I’ve been craving for a while now. It’s a brand new roster of, relatively, unknown villains and Bunn makes them completely sympathetic within a few pages. Adding believable characters a team that already has dynamic relationships, friendships and clashing personalities is no small feat, especially since we’re so used to seeing the ‘faces’ of Taskforce X and that team dynamic, which is changing in and of itself too.
The characters in this issue are absolutely what the Suicide Squad comic should try to emulate going forward. A rotating team of characters that all have their own unique skill set and personalities which add to, or detract from, the mission. They should be hand picked by Waller for every op, as each one would require different skill sets.
I loved this issue. From start to finish, I genuinely thought it was great. I enjoyed the refreshing new roster of characters. I thought the artwork complimented the setting and tone of the story.
My only hope is that the future of the mainstream Suicide Squad comic blends with this Annual, if not, I hope this creative team gets an extended run, and not just this one-shot story.
Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment
review was originally published on the Dark Knight News website on August 22nd 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…