Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Task Force Z #3 Review

Task Force Z #3 Review - Weird Science DC Comics
Sometimes Dead Is Better

Written By: Matthew Rosenberg
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 28, 2021

Our zombie squad is at it again as they continue their quest to get Lazarus Resin off the streets and back into the hands of Project Halperin. In our previous issue, we saw Jason Todd try to get a new member for his squad but in order to do that he and his zombie force had to go through Kobra to do it and anytime someone takes it to Kobra, I have a good time. By the end, though we discovered that Deadshot was their newest zombie but the trauma of waking up still dead left Floyd putting a bullet through Red Hood. Let's jump into this issue and see what happens next.

For this issue, we see that Jason Todd isn't invulnerable to getting under Project Halperin's thumb as he's brought back to life after the events of the previous issue but it's weird the way that it's presented here because it seems like it's a secret but for the rest of the issue it seems that Jason Todd is constantly told that he was brought back to life. That aspect aside, this is another great issue of this maxi-series that adds a lot of emotion to the idea of being brought back through characters like Deadshot, who I've personally wanted back in the game since he died in the last Suicide Squad series. While I've liked the story so far, the character side of what's been going on is what keeps me engaged and thankfully this issue delivers that in spades with not only Deadshot but Jason Todd as well in how he deals with the idea of working with Bane after the character killed Alfred Pennyworth.

For this issue, we see another fight against Kobra, but there's a larger threat here that's just using the cult the same way Project Halperin is using their agents and we get a big old fight with Red Hood vs. Cheshire, who sadly didn't take her second chance status that we saw in the Catwoman series. While that's disappointing, the idea of Cheshire having redemption never made sense there and was only added to have a brief connection with her daughter so her inclusion here is fine with me and I can't wait to see how the cliffhanger reveal about who Crispin, the leader of Project Halperin, is, plays out in further issues because it is a crazy reveal and I need to know how it makes sense going forward.

All in all, I continue to love the art in this series, and the character-driven moments continue to be really engaging and deep at times, especially for this issue. I just hope that the overall story becomes bigger than just getting Lazarus Resin off the streets since we don't really have an idea of the source of the pills or how they made their way everywhere, to begin with. The action is badass though, I love the characters involved and the manipulation of Jason Todd is very intriguing, while so is Jason's own reasons for being a part of this team. I'm really enjoying this series and hope that it continues to be as strong as it has been so far.

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Bits and Pieces:

There's some big reveals this issue in not only who is behind Task Force Z, but in how Jason Todd is dealing with his grief over Alfred Pennyworth. Those two things are enough to keep me a fan of this series but the character moments, great art and explosive action scenes are just icing on the cake of this unexpected awesome series.


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