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Justice League vs Suicide Squad #2 Review
By Deejay Dayton
Dec 31, 2016 - 21:27

DC Comics
Writer(s): Joshua Williamson
Penciller(s): Tony Daniel
Inker(s): Sandu Florea
Colourist(s): Alex Sinclair
Letterer(s): Rob Leigh
Cover Artist(s): Tony Daniel, Mark Morales, Alex Sinclair, Terry & Rachel Dodson, Amanda Connor, Laura Martin
$2.99 32 pages

This is a fun one.

After my last review, one of my friends took me to task for not comparing this miniseries to the “Legerdemain” storyline from the original run of Suicide Squad.  That also pitted the Squad against the Justice League, while involving a third group of metahumans, the Hayoth.  But while that story relied on the duplicity and machinations of Amanda Waller, this miniseries has a different evil genius operating behind the scenes, Maxwell Lord.

Maxwell Lord has gathered a number of villains who had either not been seen since Rebirth, or not handled very well.  Lobo has been un-rebooted, and joins Dr. Polaris, Johnny Sorrow, the Emerald Empress and Rustam, one of the first enemies that the Squad faced during John Ostrander’s tenure on the team.  But these players are all kept to side right now, to be used later in the game.

In this issue, we get to see the Justice League and Suicide Squad members taking each other on in individual battles.  The Enchantress redeems her weak appearances thus far in the new Suicide Squad book by using her magic against Superman.  Aquaman and Killer Croc are given a previous history, and are well suited as opponents.  El Diablo has to deal with the Green Lanterns, while Killer Frost messes up Cyborg.

Some of the pairings are predictable.  Batman vs Deadshot and the Flash vs Captain Boomerang.  But even these are done well, and neatly substitute characterization for innovation.

But you always gotta give the gold star to Harley Quinn.  She may not fare as well against Wonder Woman as some others have, but no one else has ever glitter bombed the Amazon princess.

And it looks like Amanda Waller has been doing some shopping as well.  The set of tubes that Professor Ivo used to trap and drain the Justice League when he created Amazo make an appearance in this story as well.

The one and only caveat I have is that Amanda Waller is looking a bit too svelte, especially on the last page.  Rebirth brought back the heavy woman we all knew and loved/hated.  Please don’t make her a Barbie doll again.

Rating: 9.5/10

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