Wednesday, January 18, 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD #5 by Joshua Williamson - Book Review

From the publisher: [REDACTED] has finally obtained that which [REDACTED] has sought all this time—it’s the means to utterly [REDACTED] the Justice League forever. Now, only [REDACTED] and the Suicide Squad stand in [REDACTED] path of total world domination. No pressure!

*Minor Spoiler May Follow*

Joshua Williamson continues and terrific story with Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #5. As the story opens, Maxwell Lord has control of the Heart of Darkness diamond and all of the Justice League except for Batman. Finding himself unchallenged, Lord creates "peace" in the U.S. Meanwhile, Bats, Amanda Waller, and the Suicide Squad have been left to dig out from the remains of Belle Reve Penitentiary. The rest of the story finds the our "heroes" gearing up for a final confrontation.

Issue #5 is full of action, and it is nearly all set-up for what is to come in issue #6. Williamson has done a great job steadily amping up the action and the stakes, without it seeming forced. The story has progressed naturally from the first issue through this one. One of the fun aspects is how Williamson is taking the Suicide Squad and making them legitimately the good guys. How he does that needs to be read, and it is a fun ride. I'm anxiously awaiting the final issue to see how/if Williamson can stick the landing. Based on the first five issues, I think he's got a really good shot at wrapping the series up well.

I would recommend Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #5, but would definitely not recommend it as a starting spot. Read the previous issues to prepare yourself for the book and the one to follow.

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

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