SUICIDE SQUAD (2019) #3 Review

SUICIDE SQUAD (2019) #3 Review

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Color Artist: Adriano Lucas
Letterer: Wes Abbott

Review by Max Byrne

Crash, bang, wallop, what an issue! Suicide Squad #3 is a thoroughly entertaining read from start to finish, continuing the extremely high level set by Tom Taylor‘s preceding two issues. a perfect storm of wanton violence, character development and a great showcase for the skillsets of the new members of Task Force X.

Following on from the cliffhanger ending of issue #2, the mission is still very much in the balance, after the explosive actions of Osita put the team in jeopardy. I applaud Taylor’s choice regarding the decision made by Deadshot in this immediate aftermath. It shows the nice handle that he has on the character and his moral compass. Whilst a deeply flawed and at times ruthless killer, the arc that Lawton goes on here is very consistent with the rich history of the character, it feel authentic and right.

This issue is very much the territory of the new team members, with the old stalwarts Harley and Deadshot pushed slightly out of the spotlight. Again, this is the correct choice. Long time readers of the Squad’s exploits will already familiar with what their favourites bring to the table, so by giving the new breed a push, the process of getting to know them is made easier and quicker. Don’t get too attached though, as we all know that the Squad line up has always been somewhat…transient.

The aforementioned new characters are a real breath of fresh air, adding a fresh coat of paint to the proceedings. Powered up newbies such as Jog, Deadly Six and Fin are classics in the making, with so much scope for future missions and adventures heavily featuring them. So new and exciting are they, that in the words of Harley Quinn, “I’m feelin’ a little redundant”. Deadly Six is a favourite of mine, his ability to physically channel the seven deadly sins on to his enemies is really vivid. Whilst his refusal to channel lust due to it being “icky” is noble, one gets the feeling that it won’t be long before everybody is feeling the love!

The art on offer here is once again top notch. Bruno Redondo is doing a masterful job on this title, his work is so full of life and has a hugely kinetic quality to it. Action scenes really explode off the page and take on an almost 3D quality. Taylor certainly has a proven track record when it comes to writing blockbuster action, and he has found the perfect collaborator here in Redondo. I am a huge fan what they are doing here, and hope that the two consistently work together as a Snyder/Capullo style package.

Verdict

Another high quality issue, with plenty to sink your teeth into. A bigger picture is certainly being painted here, with the identity of Lok’s cruel superior destined to end up being a jaw dropping moment. As the issues roll on, it’s clear that along with the “mission of the week” style adventures, we are going to be taken along a journey to bigger things. With the promise of a certain Aussie character returning in issue 4, the team is shaping up very nicely indeed. For a veteran title, the re-invigoration here has been tangible and Suicide Squad is certainly worthy of a seat at the top table.

9/10


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Elisabeth Moss

Leading lady Elisabeth Moss talks taking on THE INVISIBLE MAN (video)

It’s time for another video from the press kit for Universal Pictures The Invisible Man. The film hits cinemas today and you can pick-up James’ review here.

In this next video from the press kit, leading lady Elisabeth Moss talks all about her role as Cecilia Kass. She discusses taking on the role as well as the strength and support system that the character utilises throughout the film.

Watch the video in full in the player below.

Jason Blum, our current-day master of the horror genre, produces The Invisible Man for his Blumhouse Productions. The Invisible Manis written, directed and executive produced by Leigh Whannell, one of the original conceivers of the Saw franchise who most recently directed Upgrade and Insidious: Chapter 3.

The film is also produced by Kylie du Fresne (UpgradeThe Sapphires) for Goalpost Pictures. The executive producers are Whannell, Beatriz Sequeira, Charles Layton, Rosemary Blight, Ben Grant, Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno. The Invisible Manis a co-production of Goalpost Pictures Australia and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Nervous Tick, for Universal Pictures.

The Invisible Man is due in cinemas February 28, 2020.


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Power Rangers: Sins of the Future (BOOM! Studios)

BOOM! Studios revealed the future of the Time Force in new graphic novel POWER RANGERS: SINS OF THE FUTURE

Discover a Love That Crosses All of Time and Space in a New Power Rangers Graphic Novel in October 2020

BOOM! Studios, under license by Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), today announced an original graphic novel POWER RANGERS: SINS OF THE FUTURE, with story by Trey Moore (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), written by Matthew Erman (Bonding), illustrated by Giuseppe Cafaro (Saban’s Power Rangers: Soul of The Dragon), and lettered by Ed Dukeshire. This all-new graphic novel, available in October 2020, features two of the most popular Rangers of all time and what happens to them after the events of the hit Power Rangers: Time Force television series!

After defeating the villainous Ransik alongside their allies in the time-traveling Time Force, Pink Ranger Jen Scotts and Red Ranger Wes Collins want to try for a real relationship. But without sacrificing their commitments to the Silver Guardians and Time Force, can the two actually make the ultimate long-distance relationship work?

When Jen returns from the future, she and Wes are attacked by a mysterious stranger who has dire news – if these two stay together, they’ll disrupt the timeline and change the destiny of humanity! The shocking identity of their accuser sets them on a collision course with an enemy they never expected.

Matthew Erman is a comics writer from Columbus, Ohio. Alongside Lisa Sterle, he co-created the critically acclaimed comic horror series, Long Lost, which was optioned for Film/TV by Producer Jenny Klein (The Witcher, Daisy Jones and The Six). Since then, he’s worked with IDW on a new Care Bears: Unlock the Magic series as well as Vault Comics on his upcoming original graphic novel Bonding, with artist and co-creator Emily Pearson. His short work can be found in anthologies such as Corpus (2018), Dead Beats (2019), and Everything is Going Wrong (2019).

“I was once six years old eating malted milk-balls in my pj’s, glued to the television, exclusively watching Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers. 25 years later, I’m actually writing Power Rangers, and it is bonkers: a literal dream come true. POWER RANGERS: SINS OF THE FUTURE is the story that my six year old self would have wanted to write,” said writer Matthew Erman. “Jen Scotts of Power Rangers Time Force takes center stage in this story, and she’s such a deep, interesting character with so much to pull from that writing her and other characters from Time Force has been a real gift. It’s been so wild to play in this sandbox and easy to see why it’s regarded by fans as some of the best the franchise has to offer. I can’t wait for everyone to read this!”

Giuseppe Cafaro is an Italian comic book artist who has worked in the industry since 2010 to great acclaim. Cafaro has been the artist for titles such as Catwoman, Suicide Squad, and Superman/Wonder Woman for DC Comics, Fathom and Soulfire for Aspen Comics, and Power Rangers: The Psycho Path, Power Rangers: Soul of the Dragon and Firefly: Bad Company for BOOM! Studios.

“I’m extremely honored to be the artist for a new Power Rangers graphic novel,” said artist Giuseppe Cafaro. “BOOM! Studios is doing a huge and amazing job on every single book of the Power Rangers and I’m sure SINS OF THE FUTURE will be even more fun and intense than ever before!”

Currently, Power Rangers is celebrating 26 continuous years on the air, making it one of the longest running kids’ live-action series in television history with nearly 900 episodes aired to date. Created by Haim Saban and launched in 1993 with Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the franchise celebrates its milestone anniversary year with the 26th season, “Power Rangers Beast Morphers” currently airing on Saturdays at 8 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S.

POWER RANGERS: SINS OF THE FUTURE reunites two fan favorites in a love that crosses all of time and space while threatening the very fabric of the universe. For the first time ever, fans will find out what happened to Jen and Wes in this new original graphic novel ” said Dafna Pleban, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “And just when you think the Rangers will find their happily ever after, a new threat arises that could end not only their romance but also their realities. It doesn’t get more epic than this!”

Print copies of POWER RANGERS: SINS OF THE FUTURE will be available in October 2020 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you), or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers like comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

Softcover collections of MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, and other Power Rangers releases from BOOM! Studios are available now, everywhere books are sold.


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Jason Blum

Jason Blum discusses working on THE INVISIBLE MAN (video)

In our next deep dive on the press kit for The Invisible Man, producer and all around horror legend Jason Blum talks working with director Leigh Whannell and casting Elisabeth Moss in the role of Cecilia.

Watch the full interview in the player below and grab our review of The Invisible Man here.

Jason Blum, our current-day master of the horror genre, produces The Invisible Man for his Blumhouse Productions. The Invisible Manis written, directed and executive produced by Leigh Whannell, one of the original conceivers of the Saw franchise who most recently directed Upgrade and Insidious: Chapter 3.

The film is also produced by Kylie du Fresne (UpgradeThe Sapphires) for Goalpost Pictures. The executive producers are Whannell, Beatriz Sequeira, Charles Layton, Rosemary Blight, Ben Grant, Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno. The Invisible Manis a co-production of Goalpost Pictures Australia and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Nervous Tick, for Universal Pictures.

The Invisible Man is due in cinemas February 28, 2020.


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Mulan (Walt Disney Pictures.)

Disney releases new stunt featurette for live-action MULAN

Walt Disney Studios is gearing up to release its latest live-action remake, Mulan, in a little over a month. With the promotional gears beginning to get up to speed, a new featurette has been released focussing on some of the incredible stunt work in the movie.

Take a look in the player below and see how the cast, director and stunt team was able to take the story of the animated classic and the legendary character and craft a new, epic reimagining for a contemporary audience.

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. Masquerading as a man, Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her inner-strength and embrace her true potential. It is an epic journey that will transform her into an honored warrior and earn her the respect of a grateful nation…and a proud father.

Mulan hits cinemas March 27, 2020. The movie is directed by Niki Caro, stars Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Yoson An, Gong Li and Jet Lee.


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Zatanna and The House of Secrets (DC Comics)

DC Comics releases preview of ZATANNA AND THE HOUSE OF SECRETS

DC Comics has released new preview art from their latest all-age book Zatanna and the House of Secrets. Written by Matthew Cody and Yoshi Yoshitani and is available in comic book stores now.

This original graphic novel tells a captivating tale of Zatanna and her father Zatara that will also delight comic fans who have loved the iconic DC characters for years. A book everyone will adore? It must be pure magic.

Zatanna and the House of Secrets is a magical metaphor for middle school as Zatanna struggles with her friends changing, creating new relationships with her parents and staying true to herself. Even if you’re not a magician, starting middle school can feel like just as huge of a mystery to uncover and sometimes it seems as if the whole world you know is suddenly talking to you backwards. Who will you be? Who will your friends be?

Your own middle schooler might not live in a magic house, but when they pick up and read Zatanna’s adventure, they’ll certainly understand how it feels to wonder who you are and how you fit into the world as you grow up. Thanks to this original graphic novel, they’ll feel like they’re not alone, and they can be just as brave as one of DC’s most enchanting superheroes.

。・゚゚・ Daer siht koob! ・゚゚・。

Zatanna and the House of Secrets is now available in bookstores, comic shops and magical libraries everywhere. It’s also available as a digital graphic novel.


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Leigh Whannell

Director Leigh Whannell talks THE INVISIBLE MAN (video)

Today see’s the release of Blumhouse and Universal Pictures’ The Invisible Man. You can get our 8.5/10 review of the film here but today we’re also taking a deep dive on the press kit.

In this video interview director Leigh Whannell discusses production on the film and how he came to be involved with one of the original horror icons.

Jason Blum, our current-day master of the horror genre, produces The Invisible Man for his Blumhouse Productions. The Invisible Manis written, directed and executive produced by Leigh Whannell, one of the original conceivers of the Saw franchise who most recently directed Upgrade and Insidious: Chapter 3.

The film is also produced by Kylie du Fresne (UpgradeThe Sapphires) for Goalpost Pictures. The executive producers are Whannell, Beatriz Sequeira, Charles Layton, Rosemary Blight, Ben Grant, Couper Samuelson and Jeanette Volturno. The Invisible Manis a co-production of Goalpost Pictures Australia and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Nervous Tick, for Universal Pictures.

The Invisible Man is due in cinemas February 28, 2020.


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Candyman (Universal Pictures)

Dare to say the name in first trailer for CANDYMAN remake

Universal Pictures has dropped the first trailer for its upcoming Candyman remake. The film, directed by Nia DaCosta, hits cinemas in June and is set to bring the legendary horror icon to a brand new audience.

The first synopsis for the film reads:

For as long as residents can remember, the housing projects of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighbourhood were terrorized by a word-of-mouth ghost story about a supernatural killer with a hook for a hand, easily summoned by those daring to repeat his name five times into a mirror. In present day, a decade after the last of the Cabrini towers were torn down, visual artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; HBO’s Watchmen, Us) and his girlfriend, gallery director Brianna Cartwright (Teyonah Parris; If Beale Street Could Talk, The Photograph), move into a luxury loft condo in Cabrini, now gentrified beyond recognition and inhabited by upwardly mobile millennials.

With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo; HBO’s Euphoria, Assassination Nation) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

Watch the terrifying first trailer for Candyman in the player below.

Directed by Nia DaCosta, Candyman stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett and Colman Domingo. The screenplay comes from Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld and Nia DaCosta.

Candyman hits cinemas on June 12, 2020.


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The Flash (The CW/Warner Bros.)

Celebrate Wally West’s return in new episode photos from THE FLASH

As with the rest of the so-called Arrowverse, The Flash is taking a break from the speedforce next week and putting his feet up. It’s not like Iris (Candice Patton) is stuck in the mirrorverse and multiple versions of Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) are turning up all over Central City.

But when the series returns on March 10 with a new episode, “Death of the Speed Force”, it will be bringing with it a very special guest star! Check out the synopsis and promo shots below.

WALLY WEST SPEEDS BACK INTO CENTRAL CITY — Kid Flash (guest star Keiynan Lonsdale) returns to Central City with a Zen attitude and new tricks up his sleeve. While thrilled to see his family again, Wally confides to Barry (Grant Gustin) that he returned because he thinks there is something wrong with the speed force. Meanwhile, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) returns from his fact-finding mission across Earth-Prime. Brent Crowell directed the episode written by Sam Chalsen & Emily Palizzi Gilbert (#614). Original airdate 3/10/2020.

The Flash stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, Carlos Valdes as Cicso Ramon, Tom Cavanagh Harrison Wells, and Jesse L. Martin as Joe West. The series airs Tuesdays  at 8/7c on The CW.


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