Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 (Ace’s Pick)
It’s just about the end of the year and here we are with DC Rebirth’s first event. As the title implies, the Justice League and the Suicide Squad go at it. After the “I Am Suicide” arc in the main Batman title, Batman informs the League what’s going on and obviously want to shut it down. And with the return of a major villain, it looks like there will be more than just the two teams fighting. Don’t worry, this event is pretty manageable. There’s a checklist in the book and the whole thing will be over by next month (the checklist doesn’t list the JLA Rebirth one-shots next month that tie into the story). It should go without saying but if you’re keeping an eye open for anything leading to the Watchmen, this is definitely a series to read. Awesome book, looking at the months ahead it appears this is the book that will open the floodgates to the epic Watchmen event.
Gamora #1 (Jay’s Pick)
For those who love Guardians of the Galaxy, this book will be a perfect fit for them. If you’ve watched the first movie, then you know that Gamora is the daughter of Thanos who was a tool of his oppression until she wrestled away from his grasp and eventually joined Star-Lord, Drax, Rocket, and Groot to protect the Galaxy from evil. This issue jump starts a story arc that takes place during Gamora’s time under Thanos’s thrall. The writer does a great job showing the weight of Gamora’s internal pain of losing her entire race, while dealing with Nebula’s homicidal tendencies towards her. As well as trying to stomach Thanos’s idea of fatherly love. The best part of this book, other than Gamora showing no mercy when she throws down with the Badoon, is getting to see Thanos coveting her as his favorite, all the while throwing it in his other daughter Nebula’s face. It gets to the point where Thanos interrupts one of their fights with a death threat to Nebula if any harm comes to Gamora. The artwork does a great job capturing Thanos’s ferocity very well. This book is definitely worth checking out.
Star- Lord #1 (Turk’s Pick)
Right on the heels of the recent Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 trailer, it’s another attempt to aim the spotlight on forgotten heroes. It’s a logical marketing move, especially after seeing characters like Black Panther and even El Diablo really gain some momentum after their respective movies released. Knowing this, I expected the issue to struggle to to keep my interest but it actually wasn’t half bad. Star- Lord, ex leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy has been “grounded” on this mother’s home planet, Earth. Continuously baffled by the strange earthlings and their “no drinking before noon” rules, Star- Lord (aka Peter Quill) stumbles through the day, desperately searching for someone to hang out with. After making a fool of himself several times in front of several people, he finally finds an unlikely friend in old X-men (whom I will not name, you’ll just have to read it…it’s cool I promise). Things eventually go south and a drunken brawl ensues. Good times.
Again, not a bad start. It’s sad but also pretty funny seeing Quill struggle to make himself at home in an alien world. It’s also awesome reading Peter with Chris Pratt’s voice in my head. I will also say that reading Civil War II helps, as the book references it a couple of times. Otherwise, be prepared for a few spoilers.