Friday, August 25, 2017

Green Arrow vol 3: Emerald Outlaw by Benjamin Percy

Let's just say that during New 52 I was less than impressed with the Green Arrow books. The character was nothing like what I remembered. I wanted the Emerald archer from the year one books and the wedding album where he gets married to Black Canary. That guy was lost in New 52. Rebirth changed all that and brought back the hero I had been missing. 

 A big thank you to DC Comics and Netgalley for allowing me to read this for a review. I have really enjoyed this series and can believe all the things DC has done to Oliver Queen. First they took away everything of substance and meaning from Oliver. Next the writers did something I never thought I would see in the pages of a Green Arrow comic. They killed Oliver Queen!!! Of course if you are reading this I am going to assume you have read the previous book or don't care to. Oliver really isn't dead but the villains and the city think he is. 

So what's left after taking everything and killing a character? Since Oliver is thought to be dead all that is left is the Green Arrow. Now the writers have made the Green Arrow the most wanted man in Seattle. Someone is out there killing people and making it look like the Green Arrow is the cause of it to ruin the image of hope the city has for it's Emerald Protector. 

I loved this story. There is something about watching everything go wrong for Oliver and seeing exactly how he gets out of each situation that is so much fun. I really like how this series ties to the show in a sense that we get some of the same characters. I read Green Arrow before New 52 and don't remember Diggle or some of the other characters that pop up in this book so I enjoy the little crossovers. 

This was an action pack ride from the very beginning to the end. We get some closure to the overall story that has been going on in the last 2 volumes but this still very nicely sets up the next volume and what I would guess, is going to be another big story arc. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Flash vol 3:Rouges Reloaded by Joshua Williamson

I am very grateful to DC Comics and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book. I have been very fortunate to be able to read these great books in Rebirth for reviews and this was the Flash book I was waiting for. 

Since Rebirth started there has been a lack of classic Flash Rouges and we had no idea what happened to them Were they laying low until the city calmed. Central city had been plagued by a speed force storm and a slew of random speedsters. A new villain named Goodspeed putting the city in a state of terror, then there were random lackeys that tried to live up to the legacy of the Rouges. This book is the triumphant return of our favorite villains/anti-heroes.

The Rouges have been keeping a low profile and planning the theft that will finally beat the Flash. Starting with a trip out of the country to steal something outside of Central City hoping the Flash wouldn't figure it out. This is only the first step of their master plan that leads to some pretty clever plotting my Captain Cold and the others. I won't give everything away because the goal of course is for you to read it yourself. 
The story was really well done and I couldn't put this down once I got going. My only mild isssue was the art work in this book wasn't as good as previous. I'm not sure why but since I read digital editions I like to use my favorite screen shots to point out parts that I feel are important. This book didn't really have a scene that stood out. I did like the variant cover gallery at the end though and I did feel like including one of my favorite classic style covers.

After reading this book and having time to think about this I really am enjoying this series and this book has me excited to see where the Rouges go from here. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Justice League Vs Suicide Squad Vol 1 by Joshua Williamson

You have no idea the excitement I had when I saw this book was coming out. When DC Comics and NetGalley had this up for review I jumped on the chance right away. Thank you DC and NetGalley for letting me read this for a review. Getting the approval was fantastic and I couldn't wait to start this one. Sadly I had other things on my plate that made me late to read it and my review is later than it should have been. 

Ok, so if you have read any of DC Comics or seen the movie (which I am one of the few who liked the movie, minus Jared Letto) you know who the what the Suicide Squad is. These are criminals forced to work for Amanda Waller because she has put a tiny explosion in their necks and if they don't their head becomes airborne. Waller has a new assignment for the group and there are some new faces along for the ride. Killer Frost has been added to the team. As they head out on their mission Batman has begun one of his own. He is out to end Task force X AKA Suicide Squad. He is going to need some help and there is where the Justice League comes in. 

Maxwell Lord is back and he is ready to get back to taking over the world with Checkmate. While the Justice League is busy with the Suicide Squad, Lord is out there trying to free the original Suicide Squad who was locked away because they are to much of a risk to let run around. Now these are villains that you never really read about but I liked this turn of events. Together they were dangerous and quite entertaining to watch.

This original team works with Lord to unleash villain almost forgotten in the DCU and forces the Justice League to work with the Suicide Squad to overcome this dangerous character. The dynamic of watching these heroes work along side some of their biggest villains was a lot of fun. I enjoyed every page of this book. The synopsis said this book links to the Rebirth special but not enough for someone who hasn't read Rebirth's beginnings get lost. I know, I need to sit down and finally read the issue that started this all. I'm going to have to soon because it seems things are building up to tie right back there in the universe soon. 

I loved this book and hope that there is more to this story and we get a Volume 2. I would jump at the chance to read that. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.