Comic Book Review: Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #3


Never underestimate what a villain is capable of given the right opportunity. If there is one thing you come to love about Suicide Squad it is that you expect the unexpected. If there was one thing I enjoyed most about the hype leading up to just the Suicide Squad movie last year, it was the general audience criticizing this team for what didn’t seem like a force capable of going head to head with the Justice League. The events of Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #2 proved that to some extent they are right, and terrifyingly to some extent they were very wrong.

The big question about Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #3 is wondering the big question. What next? After what we just witnessed, the first thing we would want to see transitioning into the third issue is what plans Amanda Waller could have for the greatest superheroes on Earth. But before that, this looks to be where the creative teams begins to add relevancy to these developments with Maxwell Lord. Sooner rather than later that it was addressed the mess he made when releasing all those dangerous villains back into the world. This is where things come together and in a big way. I don’t think anyone could have prepared themselves for what Max Lord has planned with these monsters. And even more so I don’t think anyone could prepare themselves for why they would all want revenge against Waller. If there’s one thing they made us overlook, it was why they cared so much about getting back at this one woman. The truth made everything clear, as well as confirming that there indeed was much more going on here than meets the eye.

What made this issue memorable was a single reaction shot.They teased us that the Justice League needs to be restrained to hear the terrible secret Amanda Waller has to tell them. Yet it was the other way around, and still not the reaction you would have thought.

Now like the issue before, this one has the same appeal where the little things do matter. Meaning the entertainment value of the things the Suicide Squad and Justice League would say to each other given a second opportunity. Some things predictable considering the rivalries, other things funny because the Suicide Squad is standing victorious, then other things surprisingly catching you off guard because you weren’t expecting something genuine to be said. Overall it really was fun seeing the Suicide Squad delighted in showing Earth’s greatest heroes how the other side lives.

The last art team we had consisted of Tony S. Daniel as penciler and Sandu Florea on inks. This one shakes things up once again with Jesus Merino(penciler), Andy Owens(inker), Alex Sinclair and Jeremiah Skipper. Like the other art team, this was a quality pick as well. So far they are making all the right choices artistically to make the statement that this is a crossover event they are taking seriously as the first for Rebirth. Merino and Owens have a great dynamic which sets the tone for this issue. Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #2 was beautiful for the spectacle of action you can only get from these two teams clashing. Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #3 on the other hand catches your eye for the moments of substance that comes with putting the fists down to focus on interaction. Mainly the only kind of interaction between heroes and villains you can get when you put them in the same room without the need for altercation. Well that is unless you’re Boomerang. Owens in particular it should be pointed out how well he handles the inking which acts as significance in not only depth, but capturing when characters are being serious. I’m very sure that Jeremiah Skipper was excited for this opportunity to be color artist along with Sinclair on the same issue. I will give him the same compliment as I did before. For having two color artists you didn’t feel as though there was much difference taking you out of the story. Both are aware of what kind of story this is, the characters and their styles, and of course the effect of the different worlds these characters all come from clashing.

Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #3 gives readers a lot to look forward to when as usual Waller is getting a reality check as to what happens when she loses control. Control is everything to her, and not everyone is welcoming to this. Overall, Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad is shaping up to be worthy as a stepping stone for what Rebirth has to offer from the DC Universe at large.

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