Artists: Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Alex Sinclair,
Jeremiah Skipper, Rob Leigh
Whatcha Gonna Do When They Come for You
Wasting not even one panel Max and the original Suicide Squad bust into Belle Reve Penitentiary into an awesome splash page face off. Other than Cyborg looking like he’s not sure what to do with his hands, the stand off between good and evil …and eviler is one for the history books. Just a really cool page. The originals are no joke to be messed with as they begin to display their strengths. Max gets June Moon to attack Enchantress, which means attempting to scratch her own face off, and Emerald Empress targets Simon in an energy blast. Just when you think it couldn’t get more crowded Johnny Sorrow unleashes his inner demons. I’d like to know the square footage of that place! Max uses the distraction to sneak away and find what he’s been looking for. With a few suggestive words and he has Killer Frost easily under his spell. Off they go into the heart of Belle Reve.
A little Mystery
At this point we don’t know what Max is trying to get, but we know he intends to use it in his twisted version of saving the world. We also get another little glimpse into maybe another story to come. Emerald Empress’s eye of Ekron can’t harm Jessica Cruz. I knew that girl was special. Simon busts in the scene just in time to send a flying truck into the eye, cracking it. Fearful for her fate she slips out her reason for being there, looking for Saturn Girl. A story for another time I guess.
Back to the Action
Face off after face up The Justice League and the new Squad admirably hold their own against the originals. This leads to some great looking and comical pages. The art in this book has a good blend of the new more realistic style along with the classic comic feel. If you can’t tell already I really love this arc. Batman protects Waller from Lobo’s hairy gloryiness the only way he can, but you’ll have to read to find out. It’s too great to spoil. Now they need to get to the truth what is it that Max is really after? To everyone’s horror they find out exactly what he is after…
If I had to choose any of these powers, I’d choose Max’s. “Yes, you want to give me a free donut…dooooo it,” yeah I probably wouldn’t make a good hero or villain. My favorite thing about this book was the banter between Flash and Boomerang. I could probably read a whole book on those two, more than once Boomerang actually had me laughing out loud. The art was great, and emerged me further into the story. The awesomeness of that relationship could only be competed by Harley and Wonder Woman’s relationship. Harley’s quirkiness in this book is super charming and likeable. This creative team should just go ahead and take over Justice League and Harley Quinn, just a thought. I’d also love to watch Twilight redone with Lobo in it, now that’s a movie I’d get behind. Ok I’m done talking about how much I loved the characters. Just go out and pick up this book do it, Maxwell Lord commands it.
Salvation: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Ariel DuPey | NCR