(WARNING: This article contains massive spoilers from Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1. Tread carefully!)
The mid-credits scene from #SuicideSquad was one of the film's most memorable moments. Bruce Wayne discovers the existence of Amanda Waller's team, and assures her that his "friends" will stop them if she refuses to do so. Since the movie's release, an encounter between the #JusticeLeague and Task Force X has been anticipated by fans more than ever.
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The new six-issue comic series, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad, almost begins right where that mid-credits scene left off. As the first major event of DC Rebirth, you can be certain that its primary issue was exhilarating and filled with action. But the underlying question of the series is: Will anyone make it out alive?
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Unearthing A Team Of Enemies
#Batman has built a file on the Suicide Squad and shares his information with the Justice League. Knowing what it's like to work with Amanda Waller, he knows the danger this can cause. The rest of his team agrees to stop them, but how?
Meanwhile, Task Force X is on a mission in Badhnisia, trying to obtain a stolen quake pulsar. Cyborg locates the team's whereabouts, and the rest is history.
A Tense Encounter
The Squad has completed their mission — or so they thought. The tremors have affected nearby buildings that are filled with people. Deadshot realizes that he and his team cannot save them and attempts to commit suicide, but life is definitely not over for him.
As expected, the Justice League arrives, bringing the civilians affected by the earthquake to safety. Clearly, there is unfinished business. Task Force X needs to be stopped, and the Justice League won't quit until they see this through. Wonder Woman assures the Squad that this isn't the answer — they can get away to somewhere safe. The team's mentality and stubbornness lead them to automatically rebuff, and chaos ensues.
Who Are The Real Villains?
Criminal mastermind Maxwell Lord has had a long, complicated history with the Justice League. This time he returns as a foe, releasing incarcerated villains to form a lethal strike team. This will create a more crucial threat for the Justice League, as opposed to ending the Suicide Squad. According to an official press release on the series, this villainous team "could expose dark secrets throughout the DC Universe, with ties to the hidden truths of Rebirth." Maxwell Lord claims that he's going to save the world, but we will only discover his real motive in time.
This comic kept me on the edge of my seat. If you're a fan of both teams, gorgeous artwork and impressive dialogue, then this series is for you. As mainly a fan of the Squad, their humorous exchanges gave this comic a sense of fun that it desperately needed. I love their dynamic, and I wonder if it will change with their new, slightly heartfelt members, Killer Frost and El Diablo. The Justice League emitted strength and intensity, which is undoubtedly worthy of appreciation.
I hope the teams can put their loathing for each other aside and actually become an unstoppable team. I'm excited to see what the future holds for these characters, and how the event could change Rebirth.
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 is available in all comic book stores. The weekly adventure will continue on December 28.
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