A Deathstroke Inc. #15 Micro-Review – Year’s End

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TITLE: Deathstroke Inc. #15
AUTHOR: Ed Brisson
ARTISTS:
Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Mikel Janin.

RELEASED: November 22, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

“Deathstroke: Year One” ends with an issue that accents the friendship between Slade and Wintergreen. One might compare them to Batman and Alfred. But their dynamic, at least as it’s shown here, is much more about two friends as opposed to surrogate parenthood.

Cool to see Mikel Janin draw Grant and Rose Wilson, as we see on the cover. Though they don’t appear in the issue, which means I have to take a few points off…

This “Year One” story has easily been the highlight of Deathstroke Inc. I’m curious to see where it goes next, particularly after Dark Crisis.

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A Deathstroke Inc. #14 Micro-Review – A Bad Man

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Deathstroke Inc 14, cover, 2022, Mikel JaninTITLE: Deathstroke Inc. #14
AUTHOR: Ed Brisson
ARTISTS:
Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Mikel Janin.

RELEASED: October 25, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

At the risk of using an extremely tired term, this issue is pretty badass. Once again, Brisson does a fine job of balancing between Slade the villain and Slade the anti-hero. Make no mistake, this is a bad man right here.

We get a decent amount of carnage in this issue. Soy and Gandini had a good amount of blood to draw…

I’m curious to see where things go in a couple months, after this “Year One” story has wrapped up. It’s been so good that it may be hard to come back to the present day.

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A Deathstroke Inc. #13 Micro-Review – A Villain and a Hero

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Deathstroke Inc 13, cover, 2022, Mikel JaninTITLE: Deathstroke Inc. #13
AUTHOR: Ed Brisson
ARTISTS:
Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini, Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Mikel Janin.

RELEASED: September 27, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Ed Brisson has done a great job keeping Slade a villain, despite him being the hero of this story.

Certain portions of the “Deathstroke: Year One” arc are tough for me to read as a dad. Case in point, the scene in this issue where Slade learns he’s going to be a father a second time. In that sense, Deathstroke’s origin story is a tragic one.

On the flip side, this issue really endeared the character of Wintergreen to me. Strictly speaking, he’s a criminal. But he’s also a damn good friend to Slade. Better than Slade deserves, actually.

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A Deathstroke Inc. #12 Micro-Review – Missing Green Arrow

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Deathstroke Inc 12, cover, 2022, Mikel JaninTITLE: Deathstroke Inc. #12
AUTHOR: Ed Brisson
ARTISTS:
Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Mikel Janin.
RELEASED:
August 23, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This issue made me realize just how much I miss Green Arrow in an ongoing series…

It’s not necessarily easy to make the Emerald Archer look tough, especially when he’s sporting the Robin Hood hat. But Brisson, Soy, and this team manage to pull it off, giving us a pretty cool fight between Ollie and Slade. If this issue is any indicator, I wouldn’t mind giving them said Green Arrow ongoing series.

I buy this issue as the start of Ollie and Slade’s rivalry. In that sense, it very much accomplishes its goal.

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A Deathstroke Inc #11 Micro-Review – Less Fantasy, More Tears

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Deathstroke Inc 11, cover, 2022, Mikel JaninTITLE: Deathstroke Inc. #11
AUTHOR: Ed Brisson
ARTISTS:
Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini (Colorist), Steve Wands (Letterer). Cover by Mikel Janin.
RELEASED:
July 26, 2022

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

This series is a hell of a lot more grounded than when I last left it. Much more personal too. Gone are the more fantastical elements that defined this series at the start. In their place are often heavier scenes, a la Slade looking into the eyes of his crying child.

This “Year One” story is a bit more palatable for yours truly. Less to take in all at once when you open the issue. Plus, these Mikel Janin covers are epic.

There’s a pretty cool showdown teased for next issue. For now, Deathstroke Inc. has me hooked back in.

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A Suicide Squad #8 Micro-Review – Still Buggin’ Me

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Suicide Squad 8, cover, 2021, Gerald ParelTITLE: Suicide Squad #8
AUTHOR: Robbie Thompson
ARTISTS: Eduardo Pansica, Dexter Soy, Julio Ferriera (Inker), Marcelo Maiolo (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Variant cover by Gerald Parnel.
RELEASED: October 19, 2021

Sadly, Ambush Bug’s meta narration was no more tolerable this time around. It’s to the point where I’m actually debating dropping Suicide Squad for the time being. I’m sure Thompson is having fun with it. But I’m certainly not.

On the upside, the issue is fun to look at. The Eduardo Pansica/Dexter Soy combination do right by Peacemaker especially. But it’s also fun getting to see them draw Swamp Thing, Bizarro Superboy, Talon, among others.

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A Suicide Squad #6 Micro-Review – Matching the Movie

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Suicide Squad 6, cover, 2021, Eduardo Pansica, Julio FerreiraTITLE: Suicide Squad #6
AUTHOR: Robbie Thompson
ARTISTS: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Dexter Soy, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Cover by Pansica, Ferreira, & Marcelo Maiolo.
RELEASED: August 3, 2021

If I’m at DC, I want this Suicide Squad book to be firing on all cylinders because of any interest the new James Gunn movie might generate. Frankly, I’m not sure it is. Right now we’ve got a story about Squad members traveling to Earth-3. That’s appealing to regulars like yours truly. But to a casual audience that might not normally read comics? Maybe not.

And while I normally am not a fan of how overexposed she is, not including Harley Quinn in this line-up might have been a mistake given how prominently she’s featured in the film.

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A Suicide Squad #5 Micro-Review – Enter Bloodsport

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Suicide Squad 5, cover, 2021, Gerald ParelTITLE: Suicide Squad #5
AUTHOR: Robbie Thompson
ARTISTS: Dexter Soy, Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Joe Prado, Alex Sinclair (Colorist), Wes Abbott (Letterer). Variant cover by Gerald Parel.
RELEASED: July 6, 2021

Bloodsport’s introduction into this series was inevitable, as Idris Elba plays him in the upcoming movie. I dig the way Robbie Thompson writes him. He’s got a cool mission as a multiverse explorer. This issue is a step up.

Unlike what we got with the Teen Titans Academy crossover, I’m game to see the Squad go up against the Crime Syndicate. That feels like it’d be a lot of fun. The quality of the art we get here doesn’t hurt things either.

Peacemaker’s helmet is supposed to look stupid, right? Because it does. It really does.

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Weekly Comic 100s: Future State: Green Lantern #2

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By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

TITLE: Future State: Green Lantern #2
AUTHORS: Geoffry Thorne, Josie Campbell, Robert Venditti
ARTISTS: Tom Raney, Andie Tong, Dexter Soy
COLORISTS: Mike Atiyeh, Will Quintana, Alex Sinclair
LETTERERS:
Andworld Design, Dave Sharpe, Steve Wands
RELEASED: February 9, 2021

Exactly how old is Keli Quintela supposed to be? Her superhero name is Teen Lantern. But, although Andie Tong does a fine job here, she looks like she could be about 10.

Also, I wouldn’t complain at all if they want to team her with Mogo again. Their dynamic was kinda cute.

I give colorist Alex Sinclair so much credit. He gives almost all of his work a truly epic feel. I suspect that comes largely via his association with so many classic stories over the years.

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