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Suicide Squad #25 Review

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Suicide Squad #25

Written by: Matt Kindt
Art by: Patrick Zircher

Suicide Squad proves to be a fun tie in to Forever Evil. It’s such books as this where the world has been turned upside down that you can really take advantage of what the character are capable of when able to let loose a bit. The Thinker has taken over Belle Reve, and he’s formed the Reverse Suicide Squad. Matt Kindt’s choice for this team is clever knowing that they are for the most part very strong heroes and the Suicide Squad is well, pretty outmatched in terms of strength.

What’s so great about this book is that issues like this show you just how unpredictable the story can be. Nothing is ever really as it seems and it is always able to catch you off guard by some of the character’s decisions. If you weren’t aware of the type of person Waller is by now, this issue made clear of this. The secrets she keeps, the emotions she tries to hide, the overall authority that is hard for anyone to ignore unless they know her well. She has been unknown for the longest time, mainly about her past, and it’s inevitable that we get to see her look through the many doors she has closed that house things that should never see the light of day again.

Suicides Squad is one of the many books out there that really gains something from its ties to Forever Evil. Seeing the evils that resurface and what that means for this world when majority of the heroes are MIA. It’s clever that Kindt takes this opportunity to remind us of how unpredictable Harley can be. In fact it is something he emphasizes heavily through Thinker. That is something to look forward to because anything can happen when it’s involving her. Aside from this Patrick Zircher brings back that style which makes this book feel so grim, yet thrilling. The darkness in everyone’s expressions and the action scenes that makes this high-octane.

Score: 8.5/10

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

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Superior Spider-Man #21 Review

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Superior Spider-Man #21

Written by: Dan Slott
Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli

Last we saw two things have gone wrong for Otto, what’s new? He is now in danger of losing his credibility due to being called out for basically stealing his own designs to get his doctorate. And now the reawakened Angelina Brancale aka. Stunner is in Manhattan looking for revenge against the Superior Spider-Man for the supposed death of Otto Octavius. Just another train wreck for Otto to avoid to keep his secret under wraps.

For Otto it seems to be one stressful situation after another, dealing with the fact that his genius as Otto cannot surface when in public as Peter. He makes enemies this way, Slott knows this and that is what makes this book interesting. No one can truly understand the amount of effort that Peter puts forth to balance his life as himself and Spider-Man, something Otto is learning the hard way. I think this was a very powerful issue in the sense that you saw some serious sincerity from Otto. It may have only been for Anna, but he never went about this situation with his usual blown ego. Sometimes it does actually pay to be the “Superior” one.

I’d have to say that with Spider-Man 2099 out of the way things have gotten back on track and for the better. This story does much better when the focus is on Otto, one Spider-Man is all that we really need in this book.

This was a great issue that once again narrowly manages to keep Otto from losing what he had fought so hard to achieve. Fought for his reputation, his future, his love, and to stay ahead of those who want to discredit him. With this said you might feel a bit bored with the escapades of Carlie, it’s been a constant step forward and two steps back with her and you know that she won’t be getting any closer to revealing Otto as Peter any time soon. Aside from this the fight between Spider-Man and Stunner looked very lively, something we haven’t seen in a while and Camuncoli does well in capturing their expressions.

Score: 8.6/10

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

X-Men Gold #1 Review

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X-Men Gold #1

Written by: Chris Claremont
Art by: Ron Garney

It’s the 50th Anniversary of the X-Men, and it couldn’t be a better time to go with something classic such as X-Men Gold. Considering how long the X-Men have been in this schism, it’s nice to be able to look back at when they were somewhat at their best. When they were actually a team and were out kicking someone elses ass instead of being at each others throats.

Taking the first story from Kitty’s perspective made this an interesting tale. Around this time with her being the poster child it only made sense. It also made this book reader friendly to those who needed some explanation of what kind of team this was. This story takes us back to traditional heroics and that is something very welcome during this time. We have lost that over time and Chris Claremont understands that and because of it this story is a lot more exciting. The dynamic between them feels very natural and reminds you of what they are capable when they work together. Seeing the tag team of Colossus, Wolverine, and Kitty makes you love how he uses them to their full potential.

Only thing I found unnecessary with the first story was that there was too much talking just in their heads. I would rather them actually talking to each other or saying what’s on their mind rather than thinking of everything that is happening at that moment.

“The Sorrow Beneath The Sport” was a fun story which showcased much of what made the original X-Men the best there was. They may have been young and in training, but it didn’t make them any less entertaining due to them not having that bond they have now. The other stories I found to be quite interesting in their own way. Sunfire and Banshee made a fun story due to their clashing personalities at first, then the other kinda reminded you of things that can go wrong for the X-Men. It was the most random, but you get that sense of sacrifice that always comes into question from their actions.

You do enjoy how well they were able to recapture the classic appearance of the X-Men at their various periods. It felt as if this was something drawn around that time, but it still held the quality of any other great book out there right now. Heavy inking, light on the coloring, and a nice use of fine lines. outlining them all.

As the untold story of the X-Men starring Cyclops, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Kitty Pryde and Rogue, this was a great treat for X-Men fans. Again as the 50th Anniversary of the X-Men, this is a fun way to remember the glory days of the X-Men. X-Men Gold is a book you should want to pick up if you want a sense of nostalgia, or maybe you read it to help keep that hope alive that the X-Men of now will soon come together and forget their conflicts of interest.

Score: 8.2/10

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

Thor God of Thunder #15 Review

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Thor God of Thunder #15

Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Ron Garney

The hunt continues and Malekith proves to be quite the challenge for this group to catch. Since the minute Frigga put this League of Realms together, it has been a train wreck waiting to happen. All hate each other yet come together for a single goal and singular hatred of Malekith. Jason Aaron puts them to the test and this doesn’t look to get any better for them.

I find this issue to be very impressive in regards to emphasizing the type of person Thor has become. Any person who isn’t familiar with this Thor would easily assume him to be the same brute with an inflated ego, but that hasn’t been for a long while. Here you see just what he has learned over the years, from experience and those closest to him. It makes a lot of sense given the type of portrayal you see of Thor in the Avengers books. Showing so much humility that you find his efforts to make this league work understandable.

From the exotic fairy gardens of Alfheim to the frozen mountains of Jotunheim, where giants dwell it all looked visually stunning to say the least. And the narrations as usual adds to that feeling of this being an epic tale.

A solid issue of Thor God of Thunder. Being the third part there has been a lot of progress since the League of Realms formed. You have to appreciate that Jason Aaron has not dragged on this chase for Malekith to the point where this becomes folly. The confrontation between them is inevitable and hopefully the next issue pushes a bit further to see one side actually start to take control of this fight. The League has suffered one loss, tragic, but very well may be the kick they need to really start to work together when not drunk.

Score: 8.2/10

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.

Injustice Gods Among Us – Annual #1 Review

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Injustice Gods Among Us – Annual #1

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Xermanico

For a long while we have not see Harley Quinn due to the war between Superman and Batman. It’s very cool that she makes her return as Superman still has business to take care of with her. Whenever she was present in the main story, she was written to be very humorous and it was sad to see that she was gone after that, until now that is.

Lobo’s Injustice counterpart is every bit as badass as him, maybe even more. He is every bit as entertaining as well. Lobo invades the world of Injustice in a big way, with a bang actually. You love the confrontation between him and Superman because this isn’t the same Superman that he has dealt with in the past. This is one that doesn’t want to waste time messing with the likes of Lobo and as Lobo says, he’s the main man. Getting back to Harley, her dialogue with Lobo is just brilliant. Two people confronting one another who are nuts in their own way. You have to admit you laughed when you see her trying to make him laugh with her fake mustache. You may have even gotten more of a laugh when she meets up with Green Arrow and Black Canary. Taylor really knows how to make her click with the characters around her.

Harley with powers in general is a bad combo, yet creates the most exciting situation you could think of in the Injustice Universe. With that said, there was a lot of characterization on her end. It was a point in her story you’d anticipate for those who have played the game. She grows as much as a person compared to the many others who get a bit more time.

Overall, this Annual is in every way as exciting as the main books. Tom Taylor has an excellent grasp on what makes Harley such a fun character that she can hold her own story. Smart, cynical, humorous, and now just as kick ass as those with powers thanks to that pill. This story is a testament to how amazing Taylor is as a writer and this story is a must read if you are a fan of the series. Both for the story and the art which Xermanico does astonishingly. Some things from a distance looked a bit lacking, but everything else in focus looks so real and alive.

Score: 9/10

Jideobi is the Comic Editor at Analog Addiction where he writes all things comics and comic related(especially if X-Men). Also follow him on Twitter @Siphen0.