Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Task Force Z #12 Review

All Zombed Out

Written By: Matthew Rosenberg
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 27, 2022

Task Force Z #12 ends a year of zombie shenanigans with Two-Face and Red Hood, but now we've come to the end, and it's time to see if our so-called heroes will be able to stop the evil plans of Mr. Bloom and finally pull that evil weed at the root. In our previous issue, Bloom with the help of Gotham and Gotham Girl had incapacitated both Jason Todd and Harvey Dent but thankfully because of a dim-witted zombie and a well-placed bomb it looks like Red Hood will be able to get another shot at taking down our title's threat. Let's jump into this issue and see how Task Force Z ends.  

Task Force Z #12 is a fight to the finish as our would-be heroes go up against not only Mr. Bloom but Gotham and Gotham Girl as well and it's the latter two's involvement that feels the weirdest about all of this and yeah, it's going to feel weird because Gotham felt shoehorned into this series because of the Bane reveal in the Joker series, but all they really do is act as muscle for Mr. Bloom because..... Jason is not as good as he would like to be? He hurt Gotham when he thought he was Bane? It's all rather weird, especially since so much hangs on Mr. Bloom just having the ability to put things in people's minds out of nowhere, but the Gotham stuff just doesn't go anywhere but to pad out the issue with some fun fights because the issues he has that I've already listed just had to be explained to Gotham again and finally he was cool with the scenario.

Yeah, this isn't the greatest end to Task Force Z because by the end all we really seem to be doing is setting up Two-Face's return to villainy, but that case kind of feels weird and not as important as it should because it already happened in Batman: One Bad Day: Two-Face and the way that things pan out here don't match up with that, not to mention about the dead villains we're left with. I mean, do we have enough Lazarus Resin left to bring them fully back? I don't know if it matters and even though I had fun with this series overall, I have to wonder if any of this even mattered because it seems that everyone is just going back to where they started pre-zombie squad.

All in all, the art in this issue is still enjoyable, but some of the action felt lost, and right in the beginning there's supposed to be a huge moment with Grundy taking a building down, but most of that didn't play out too well in my mind. Yeah, this is a decent enough issue and a decent enough ending I guess, especially for a series that towards the end felt kind of lost in what it wanted to do or actually had to change things on the fly, but our ending is essentially talking to Gotham a little harder and then going back to the status quo of our characters by the end...... and even that felt weird for how we saw Two-Face in One Bad Day. We ended things nice enough for Jason though and if we can take anything away from this series, hopefully, it's sending Jason on his new path in life, and hopefully we get to read about where that path takes him.

Bits and Pieces:

Task Force Z #12 may not be the best conclusion to our series, but we definitely have an action-packed one that does its best to put our characters back so others can use them. I enjoyed the art overall and while there is some fun to be had in this issue, I ultimately just left this wanting more answers.... and having way more questions.  


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