The six issue (plus a couple of tie-in issues) Justice League vs. Suicide Squad was the first major crossover of DC Comics’ Rebirth era. And mow that the battle has finally ended, it is time to see where things stand for both teams and the DC universe in general.
Remember how people got pissed that Batman and Superman only fought for a few minutes in Dawn of Justice?
Well, I’m guessing some people probably got ticked off something similar happened in Justice League vs. Suicide Squad. Don’t get me wrong, the teams do fight each other, but for the most part its a mind controlled league that battles the Suicide Squad. It’s a classic comic book trick: yeah they’re fighting, but only because some of them can’t control their actions.
The real threat of the series was Maxwell Lord. You know, the annoying guy who was more slapstick than anything else in the 80’s and 90’s. The same Max Lord that killed the Blue Beetle about a decade ago and then had his neck snapped by Wonder Woman. Somewhere along the line Lord got better, and in Justice League vs. Suicide Squad his plan was to release Eclipso from his ‘Heart of Darkness’ diamond. The plan of course goes horrible wrong, and Eclipso soon turned the United states into an Eclipso Disney world.
Thing is, Eclipso has done far worse before, see the 1992 event Eclipso: The Darkness Within for details. So him taking over a few members of the League and the Suicide Squad seemed like small potatoes. So having Eclipso and Max Lord as the big baddies of Justice League vs. Suicide Squad was a bit of a let down I thought.
Another thing I wasn’t too thrilled with was the different art teams. Jason Fabok, Tony S. Daniel, Jesus Merino, Fernando Pasarin, Robson Rocha, and Howard Porter. are all excellent artists in their own right. But having a different artist per issue was jarring at times.
However, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad featured some really good stuff too. One of my favorite interactions was between Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman. I loved the fact that Harley wanted to be friends with Wonder Woman, even if it was half-joking, it was sweet. And they end up sharing a moment when Harley saves Wonder woman. I would love to see this friendship developed in Harley’s monthly book.
The series also put the spotlight on super villain Killer Frost. Who knew she’d become arguably the most dangerous player on either team, and who knew her powers could do so much?
Of course all of this would have been more impactful if DC hadn’t announced Killer Frost was joining the Justice League before Justice League vs. Suicide Squad was published. Regardless, I like where her story is going, and I hope this is only the beginning for Killer Frost.
At the end of the day my complaints are probalby minor. The fact is Justice League vs. Suicide Squad was worth reading, because there was more good than bad. Plus, the series catapulted a C level villain to the major leagues.
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad final score: B