Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Task Force Z #5 Review


Written By: Matthew Rosenberg
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Matt Santorelli, Jack Herbert, Adriano Lucas, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 22, 2022

Let's jump back into Gotham to see how well Jason Todd is faring in his attempt to lead a team of dead super-villains that have been reanimated with Lazarus Resin. Previously we saw that Two-Face was the man behind Jason's recruitment and all the missions he's been on but we also learned that Amanda Waller was shutting him down. Not only that though, but there's also seems to be another team that our Z squad has to go up against and it looks like it might be pretty dangerous since it's led by KGBeast. Let's jump into this issue and see what's going on with this plot concerning Amanda Waller and hopefully learn what Mr. Bloom is really up to. Let's check it out.

For this issue I was totally surprised because I had the belief by the end of the previous issue that we had a whole other Chop Shop situation with another lab and another Task Force Z.... you know, playing into the aspect of Two-Face being Two-Face even though he thinks he's cured but that was completely wrong and here we discover that what I thought were zombie KGBeast, Copperhead, Madam Crow, Zsasz and Solomon Grundy...... who still I guess is a zombie, are actually a Suicide Squad and just straight up not supposed to be in this lab just like our title characters. This as you'd imagine creates an issue that is essentially a big ass fight scene that leads to some exposition that allows us to understand what's going on in the greater world of Task Force Z. That being said though, it doesn't feel like it ties into what's currently going on in Suicide Squad even though it tries to say it is.

Beyond the big fight, we do get an interesting cliffhanger, a look at what people think about Jason Todd, the meaning of good and evil, and the knowledge that Bloom has definitely been up to some shenanigans this entire time. Not to mention we do have a great connection to the Super Heavy story during Snyder's Batman run that allows us to know that this Mr. Bloom is actually the one from that story and not the original one, who continued on after that story, who was once friends with Duke Thomas. There's a bit of new information here, especially about the future of Lazarus Resin, but I can't say that this issue was one of the stronger installments to this series, especially since I'm now looking for a proper tie-in to what's currently going on in The Joker book.

All in all, even though we had a bunch of artists on this book, I really liked the way that it looked and thought that the Task Force Z vs. this iteration of Task Force X was fun, even though it doesn't make a lot of sense with what's currently going on in the Suicide Squad book. That being said the most interesting part of this for me was learning about the future or what could be the future of the Lazarus Resin, but I still feel in the dark about what this Task Force Z team is, how it will continue working, or a lot of the background stuff, especially since the Amanda Waller presence in this feels off. This book is still fun but I'm going to be needing more out of it as it continues because even though we're not even halfway through it, it feels like it's losing steam.  

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Bits and Pieces:

Even though I enjoyed some bits of information in this issue, the way that the book looked, and the big-ass fight scene that we got here, I'm going to need a bit more out of this book for me to feel like Task Force Z is worth its twelve issues. I'm always looking to be wowed though and I'll definitely be reading each and every issue, waiting for that moment to happen.


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