DC Comics 2016
Written by Rob Williams
Penciled by Jim Lee
Inked by Scott Williams
Coloured by Alex Sinclair
Lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot
I wanted very much not to like this series. Yes I know there are two more issues already out as I read this but DC doesn’t work with me as a reviewer so i’m running behind on their titles. However what Rob is doing here, even if Captain Boomerang is really dead, is pretty good stuff. I feel like it’s a lot less like the movie and fits more into what the original Squad was all about, going into dangerous situations to do a mission while being disposable. Well I suppose if Hack is going to be a new member one had to bite the bullet as it were, so here’s hoping that Digger’s son takes up the mantle next because that’s the better of the two Captain Boomerang’s.
While I’m not immersed or that knowledgable about the goings on in the DCU anymore it’s nice to see the opening with Amanda narrating why she’s doing what she’s doing. From seeing manmade skyscrapers to the destruction that was wrought in the Justice League: the Darkseid War it makes more sense that she’s committed to this line of action.
Last issue General Zod fried Captain Boomerang from the shins up and the team must now face a mad Kryptonian. That this team is supposed to go up against someone of his power stature is what this team is all about, isn’t it? This is the weapon the Soviets were hiding and the one Amanda wanted, though how she thought she’d control Zod of all people is beyond me, and i’m beginning to wonder if she knew exactly what it was that she was after in the first place.
I have to give it up for Rob he’s an amazing writer and the dialogue and characterisation he’s bringing us here is pretty fantastic. The story development and advancement is superb as is how strong the pacing is. Things move quickly here and it has to they are in a fight for their lives and there’s really no time to stop, assess and think it’s pure instinct and action and that means what Rob has in store here is essentially perfectly done. Though I have to admit that the one who stops Zod for now isn’t the most obvious or logical choice but it sure as hell is a showstopper!
Also the revelation about this base and who’s on it well that just makes my day. We don’t get to see a lot of the world outside the U.S. in comics so it’s only logical that this is what it is. Hopefully this will also mean the possible emergence of Soyuz and Red Star as well though I sincerely doubt that I can still dream.
I’ll give a tip of my hat to the interiors here as well. Though not for the pom pom buns on Harley and Hack. I mean Hack looks like a version of Bumblebee and on Harley c’mon quick mucking about with her look and let’s make it classic again. Everyone else has a form of iconicness in their uniforms so bring her’s back to something other than movie slut. Otherwise the attention to detail, the use of page layouts with the angles and perspective not to mention the backgrounds are all utilised well.
There’s something here that’s new to this time and yet has a more classic feel with Flag leading the team. It’s a solid book and it’s got that interest factor and unpredictability to it with not knowing if anyone could die at any time. With strong writing, characterisation and interiors the Squad is on it’s way back to being formidable.