Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Making Our Way To The JLA

Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Howard Porter, Alex Sinclair, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Alright boys and girls, we're finally at the end of our story and through it we've seen the Justice League fight the Suicide Squad, the two teams teaming up to fight the Lost Prisoners aka the first Suicide Squad and now that Maxwell Lord has taken control of the Justice League besides for Batman, it looks like our Dark Knight will have to take the Suicide Squad...... and Lobo and make them his new Justice League so that they can save the world from his Eclipso-ed out friends and as we saw at the end of the previous issue, Eclipso himself, now that he's completely taken over Maxwell Lord.  Let's jump into this conclusion and see how this band of villains being led by Batman can turn the tables against this gigantic threat.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our conclusion begins with all hell breaking loose on the White House lawn as our new Justice League takes on the former team now that they are all crazy and Eclipso-ed out.  The odds seem to go against our good guys though when Eclipso goes through and begins converting the Suicide Squad into being their darkest selves until finally we're left with only Batman, Lobo and Killer Frost left to save the day.  Lobo has to hold everyone back, while Killer Frost creates an ice prism so that they can use Superman's heat vision against him by turning it into sunlight, which is the only way to reverse the affects of Eclipso......... Yeah, it starts getting a bit hokey and forced at this point, but it's still kind of fun.  The only problem is, Killer Frost doesn't have enough energy left to maintain the prism, but the initial blast from Superman does give our Justice Leaguers and the Suicide Squad their minds back and with that, we start seeing those odds shift back to the good guys saving the day.

We see a lot of possible sacrifices here, where Batman is willing to die so that Killer Frost can get the energy she needs and even Superman offers himself up, but it all comes down to a team effort so the two groups decide that Killer Frost should take a little from all of them to finish off her sunshine work....... and really, Eclipso should have just done some physical type attack to her because when he tries to probe her mind so that he can discover her most hidden secret, it completely backfires on him because where he thought he'd find hate and anger, the thing that Killer Frost keeps hidden within her is hope and she uses that hope to maintain the prism, while Superman zaps it, creating enough sunlight to beat back Eclipso and send the Heart of Darkness within him flying out, reverting him back to Maxwell Lord.  

In the end, with the day saved, we see our two teams actually being civil to one another, even to the point where Batman tells Waller that he sees and understands that the Suicide Squad serves a purpose.  With that though, he demands that Killer Frost be set free and go with him.  Waller initially refuses, but after realizing that Batman admitted he was wrong, she goes with it and we then follow Batman on the second leg of his starting the JLA, when he asks Lobo to join as well.  Now this part is a bit ridiculous because while Lobo tells Batman that he appreciates him breaking Lord's whammy on him and that he'll do any job for him for free, he doesn't agree to starting a career in super heroics and that's just what Batman has in store for him when he asks Lobo to join his new team....... and there's no way that Lobo will want to keep this up.  As our issue closes, we see Maxwell Lord locked up in a suspended bubble with enough blood thinners being injected in him that if he ever tried to use his power to escape, he'd bleed out before ever getting out of the building, but the kicker to all this is Max asks if this is the point where Waller welcomes him into the Suicide Squad and she says no, but she may have a place for him in Task Force XI........... I don't know if I'm supposed to say eleven to this or XI........ this ending is hokey as hell.

That's it for this conclusion of Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad and while I was really getting hyped up for this ending, I have to say that it came off pretty forced to get us to our conclusion and seemed to mainly just act as a way to start up the JLA title next month.  Yeah, I always knew this event was going to lead to the JLA, but I don't think I ever thought that it was solely going to do this alone.  Eclipso, for all the build up really became no threat and everything was neatly wrapped up with a bow in a very anti-climactic way just to give us the redemption of Killer Frost.  The art in this issue was okay, but where I normally like Howard Porter's art, I found myself thinking that it felt really rushed at parts here.  All in all, this event was hyped up for nothing because it's only a stepping stone to JLA with no real ramifications happening besides for the hokey ass Task Force XI bit we got at the end and I find myself leaving this a bit disappointed.

Bits and Pieces:

Man does this conclusion come off forced as hell just to get us to our ending.  For all the build up we had, this big bad turned out to be nothing but a chump and ultimately, this was just simply a hokey way to set up the JLA book with strange characters that don't really feel like they belong there.  The art was okay, but even that felt a bit rushed at times and I left this event feeling a bit disappointed.  



  1. I ended up liking this story. But, if the purpose was to get me to read JLA... well I didn't plan on reading it and this hasn't changed my mind.

    1. it all comes off as a ploy to do just that...i'm looking forward to jla, but this made me angry

  2. I liked the story a bit more than you but the art was a little rough here for me. This event actually made me like killer frost so it accomplished something for me.

  3. And wanted to say something about this book but I pretty much completely agree with Branden lol.