Wednesday, January 25, 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #6 by Joshua Williamson - Book Review

From the publisher: Legendary JLA artist Howard Porter returns for the ultimate showdown between the Suicide Squad, the Justice League and the forces of [REDACTED]. Unlikely heroes emerge from the rubble of DC’s first major event since DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, leaving both teams in a place they’ve never been before...and setting the stage for the all-new JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA.

*Small Spoilers*

Throughout the preview five issues of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, Joshua Williamson continually raised the stakes for his characters while also adding small character moments. As each chapter added a new reveal, they all built to this final issue, #6. And the conclusion is big, and yet small at the same time.

As the heroes of the Justice League and the Suicide Squad are being possessed by evil, Batman, Lobo, Amanda Waller, and Killer Frost are left to save the world. The solution comes from a surprising place, and with a satisfying result. In the aftermath, secrets are revealed, a new Justice League is put into motion, and a big, but as yet unclear, consequence results.

I have really enjoyed Williamson's writing. He effectively raised the stakes each time out, which is hard to due in an event series of this sort. He also did a fine job of developing the characters, in particular Killer Frost and Amanda Waller, while adding to the legend of Batman. The series also may act as a springboard to at least one, and possibly two, new teams. All in all, it was a fun, entertaining read.

I highly recommend Joshua Williamson's Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6. This should appeal to fans of either team, as well as those who are looking for event series that have an impact on the DC Universe overall. At this point, it may be easier to wait for a collected edition, but if you can't wait, it's definitely worth collecting all six issues.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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