Skip to main content

REVIEW: 'Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Boomerang' #1 by Nitz, Moreci, Richards, Bazaldua, et al


★★★★☆ (4/5)

DC Comics' 'Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Boomerang' #1 (of 6) is really two separate stories that will eventually cross over but it sets the groundwork for two of the "worst heroes ever." The creative teams of  Jai Nitz and Cliff Richards (El Diablo) and Michael Moreci and Oscar Bazaldua (Boomerang) give each character a distinctive storyline worth checking out. 

It's a tricky job for Nitz as he has to balance Chato Santana as the reluctant footsoldier for Waller's Task Force X and the former drug runner seeking redemption. The portrayal of a Latino gang-banger is as stereotypical as Italian, Irish, or Russian mobsters, but it seems the directive from DC, in the film too, is to humanize El Diablo and soften his image. Nitz goes as far as making him a benevolent neighborhood drug pusher with a spiritual side. The result is mixed but overall an intriguing profile with a lot of potential for Chato whose left without many options and a chance to thumb his nose at Waller in the process. 

The art is dynamic and energetic as Richards' fight scenes hum with devastating action. The character designs are varied but most notably Bloodletter is unique and intimidating. The perfect foil, beastly and devilish, for a man like Chato looking for divine forgiveness. Hi-Fi's color work is fantastic as usual, adding bold deep colors, enriching each scene from a prison beat down to a house engulfed in flames. 

Boomerang has his own set of problems as things go awry while on a mission with Task Force X. Amid the battle, Digger Harkness, decides to take a long pub break before helping out his mates. That doesn't sit too well with Deadshot but it's all for naught because they accidently left him behind. Now it's up to Boomerang and a mysterious girl to make it out alive of a South American country while being chased by El Jaguar's minions. 

Moreci's talent for dialogue is on full display with a chatty character like Digger. His snarkiness and "semi-racist attitude" makes for some entertaining predicaments. It's a fast-paced story that doesn't quite feel significant enough at first but then it becomes clear that the stakes couldn't be much higher. It's a quick exciting introduction into Boomerang's storyline with, again, like the El Diablo story a lot of potential. 

As for the art, there's no downgrade from the El Diablo portion either. Bazaldua keeps the layouts lively with virtually constant characters in motion. They're either shooting, jumping, kicking, throwing boomerangs, or running throughout the story. Bazaldua delivers clean crisp lines and has great command of facial expressions starting with Digger. The only "downside" if you will is Harley Quinn. As drawn by Bazaldua she looks fine but it takes some getting used to as I've become accustomed to the Amanda Conner/Chad Hardin version for so long. Overall, the art and colors are first-rate. 

In 'Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Boomerang' you get two stories for the price of one. Considering that both have a lot going for them and make you want to read more I'd say it's not only a bargain but well worth your time. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Fred Van Lente & CAFU Decode ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1

Valiant announces ARMSTRONG AND THE VAULT OF SPIRITS #1 – a hard-charging, standalone special coming this winter from New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, Incredible Hercules) and red-hot rising star CAFU (RAPTURE)! On February 7th, join in a riotous celebration for the ages as Armstrong, for the very first time, uncorks the ancient mysteries of his centuries past – and dares his closest comrades into the adventure of several lifetimes!

Deep beneath New York City’s seediest dive bar, Armstrong – the hard-hitting, harder-partying immortal veteran of history’s greatest escapades – is hosting an invitation-only affair for his most beloved friends and allies! Archer… Ivar, Timewalker… Faith… Quantum and Woody… And special guests from across the Valiant Universe… All have been offered a seat at the table for a personally guided tour of Armstrong’s most valuable and tightly guarded treasure… From the Great Flood to ancient Greece to the height of the C…

REVIEW: 'Bonehead' #2 by Bryan Edward Hill, Rhoald Marcellius, and Sakti Yuwono

Bryan Hill pumps the brakes a little in the follow up to the fast-paced debut of 'Bonehead' with more great world building. The mystery surrounding Bonehead 56 deepens but we at least get some backstory and details about what his arrival means for a pair of brothers with opposing viewpoints.


BONEHEAD #2   
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Rhoald Marcellius, Sakti Yuwono Letterer: Jaka Ady Graphics: Comolo Editor: Elena Salcedo Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 31, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score:★★★★☆ (4/5)
After a thrilling video game-like first issue, issue two gives way to the brothers Kray. Aleph is a tech scientist examining the unconscious "56" and marveling at his abilities. He reminds him when his brother Hideki roamed the city as the vigilante Blackdeath. Hideki is a Gladiator (cop) now and he questions Aleph's methods with 56 and its legalities. Nonetheless, they need 56 to be free on the streets for now so they can monitor him. The brothers c…

REVIEW: 'Hit-Girl' #1 by Mark Millar and Ricardo Lopez Ortiz

Hit-Girl is most certainly back and as deadly and crazy as ever. She's gone international looking to fight injustice and find a worthy sidekick. Mark Millar is in top form with help from artists Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and Sunny Gho. The heart of the Kick-Ass legacy lives on as bloody and as thrilling as you remember.


HIT-GIRL #1
Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, Sunny Gho Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 21, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99
Score: ★★★★★ (5/5)
The retirement of Dave Lizewki as the original Kick-Ass has left a void in Mindy's crime-fighting life. Trying to recruit his replacement has been challenging to say the least. She's going to go it alone and taking her skills global as a cry for help leads her to Colombia.

Millar hits the floor running with a wild prison break, Mindy parting ways with an unworthy partner, and a grieving mother looking for justice. The sudden blitz back to the world of Kick-Ass is like comfort food for comic book fans. …

NEW COMIC BOOK DAY: Notable Releases 2/7/18

What a week in comics! There are so many great books out this week that I couldn't include them all on this list. Take a look at this killer's row of shiny new comics.



(W) Sean Murphy (A/CA) Sean Murphy
Jack's mind and body begin to betray him as he prepares for an inevitable showdown with Batman, and Bruce himself struggles to keep his team united. As the game gets tougher, Batman seeks counsel from a shocking source-and after Wayne Manor is infiltrated, a car chase for the ages aims to curb Napier's supercriminal crew once and for all.


(W) Paul Dini, James Robinson, Jeff Lemire, Steve Orlando, Mark Russell, Kyle Higgins, Alisa Kwitney, Phil Hester (A) Guillem March, Frazer Irving (A/CA) Kelley Jones
It's hard being a monster... and even harder being a monster in love. Sparks will fly and hearts will be broken when the ghouls and ghosts of the DC Universe assemble to bring you the Valentine's Day Special that no one saw coming!


(W) Tom King, Len Wein (A) Kell…

ADVANCE PREVIEW: 'BLACK [AF]: America's Sweetheart' by Kwanza Osajyefo and Jennifer Johnson

Can a black woman be America's first superhero?


Eli Franklin is a 15-year-old girl living in rural Montana--and she just happens to be the most powerful person on the planet.

In the aftermath of the world learning that only black people have superpowers, Eli makes her debut as the superhero Good Girl, on a mission to help people and quell the fear of empowered blacks.

When a super-terrorist threatens to take away everything Eli has worked toward, will donning a patriotic costume be enough for her to find acceptance?

America's Sweetheart expands BLACK into a universe of heroes.

BLACK [AF]: America's Sweetheart
Written by Kwanza Osajyefo (BLACK) and illustrated by next breakout artist Jennifer Johnson. With a gorgeous cover by Sho Murase. Letterer: David Sharpe
Designer: Tim Smith 3
Editor: Sarah Litt
Published by Black Mask Studios

Based on characters created by Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 from the world established in BLACK, the breakout comic book series by Osajyefo and Smith, …