Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Task Force Z #7 Review

Dying To Join

Written By: Matthew Rosenberg
Art By: Jack Herbert, Daniel HDR, Adriano Lucas, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 3, 2022

Let's get back to the icky business of looking at dead bodies. Well, what used to be dead bodies, but are now an undead group of super-villains looking to stop Powers International and Mr. Bloom from continuing their research of the Lazarus Resin, and it's funny because at this point, it all kind of just seems like a personal vendetta. I mean, Two-Face wants to be legit and be the main man in charge of the research and development of Lazarus Resin but essentially it all just boils down to the fact that it's just what he wants and doesn't really have an actual claim to it. So with that let's jump into this issue and see if our main characters can put together some more Lazarus resin, put together a team and go and take back what was taken from them by Mr. Bloom. Let's check it out.

For this issue of Task Force Z, we see what's left of our team trying to get new recruits to take on Geri Powers, the head of Powers International, and the devious Mr. Bloom. So what we start with is Two-Face, Jason Todd, zombie Bane, zombie Mr. Freeze, and thanks to removing what was left of the Lazarus resin from the original test subject "Fishman", our team was able to put KGBeast back together and add him to the roster. With that, the group goes after this series' Suicide Squad members that got away previously, and for the most part, that's all you get here. Go and collect members for the team.

Yeah, our action portion to this book is packed with getting new members..... which means finding Madam Crowe, Solomon Grundy, Victor Zsasz, and Copperhead..... and killing them so we can bring them back, so their lives can be bartered for services and while it feels weird for what we've been doing in this book and becomes a sort of scavenger hunt, which I'm not usually a fan of, this bit isn't bad and with that, we have a new element added to our story that adds to the drama and stakes and continues to show how this Task Force Z endeavor maybe was always doomed to fail. It's a fun bit that I can't wait to see resolved but sadly since we had to have a recruitment drive in this issue, we didn't really move the story that further along.

All in all, the art in this book continues to be top-notch. The style is dark and moody while continuing to make all our characters look great. As for the story, I'm still invested in this zombie Suicide Squad.... mostly because I want to see where this takes Harvey Dent's character by the end and while I enjoyed this issue, for the most part, the excitement factor, for the most part, wasn't where this title usually is. I mean, there's a moment in this issue that screws our team over royally, which is great, but gathering new recruits this issue felt kind of tedious and even pointless by the end but with the war with our team and Powers International coming I guess we have to hold things off as much as possible since we're only at the seventh issue. Still, a fun read though overall and I'm still shocked that I like this premise as much as I do..... I mean, zombie villains..... come on. It's crazy and yet so so fun.

Usually I just like to have two pictures in my reviews, but I really needed a grown ass Jason Todd in a too small Robin costume to be here.

Bits and Pieces:

While there are strong action elements to this story that I love to see in this book because...... Well, zombie villains going up against people, this issue turns it into a scavenger-hunt style that I'm not a huge fan of, and it kind of bogs down the book. Thankfully, we have great art throughout and a swerve to our story that I can't wait to see how our team recovers from.  


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