A new trailer for the upcoming DC comics film Suicide Squad just dropped and I'm just arrogant enough to feel my opinion is worth sharing! Get ready for stream of thought ramblings about the SQUAD!!!!!!Love the music choice. The action is fast paced and frenetic with a nice mix of superpowers and gunplay. El Diablo looks way cooler than I thought he ever could be. Slipknot is so clearly cannon fodder that they didn't even mention him in the team rundown (poor guy). I love that Katana's sword is clearly magical (it`s called the Soultaker and based on that you can probably guess what it does) and that they had the balls to show us magic in the trailer. Curious the see what role Enchantress will play, and rumours suggest that it will be pretty major.Before I delve into the characters that got a lot of focus in the trailer, I want to state for the record how amazing Jai Courtney looks as Captain Boomerang. Boomer is an unrepentant, misogynistic, racist asshole that you can't help but enjoy and if the movie does it's job right he should be everyone's favorite character. The short scene in the trailer, where he sneaks away from battle to drink a beer, is a perfect example of what makes Boomer great: cowardice and hedonism.Speaking of spot on characterization, Margot Robbie was born to play Harley Quinn. She is charismatic, funny and completely unique. Her accent feels iconic without being too close to the classic Tara Strong voice (Tara's is the version in Batman; The Animated Series and the Arkham games). Leto's Joker looks equally enthralling, though there wasn't a ton of new footage of him in this trailer. I know a lot of people don't care for the tattoos, but I think they help make him look more intimidating in live action. I also think that small changes like the tattoos or the Mark Zuckerberg stylings of Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman will help give the movies a unique feel. I like the ideas of unique versions of classic villains, rather than a greatest hits version.I also enjoyed Will Smith as Deadshot in the trailer. He seems the most altered from his comic counterpart; Floyd Lawton (Deadshot's real name) is generally either unhinged or emotionless. He really captures the confidence of Floyd and looks really great in the action sequences (wrist guns all day!)Overall I'm very very excited and cannot wait for August!
This is one of DC's best selling books right now and I'm giving it another chance after dropping it around issue 12. The book has gotten a lot tighter in the writing department. I never have trouble following the incredibly silly plots, which used to be a problem for me, and the supporting cast is much more memorable and likable. In the two new issue I have read, Poison Ivy has appeared in both. I really enjoy the pairing of those two. Not to mention that Conner and Palmiotti have to win the award for most explicit lesbian references between Ivy and Harley.That actually brings me to my next point, how surprisingly weird and occasionally filthy Harley Quinn is as a best-selling book. This issue features a sailor who looks exactly like Popeye eating alien seaweed that makes him super strong. Half way through the issue Harley has a multiple page pirate dream sequence featuring the Joker. And this is a top ten selling book!Conner and Palmiotti have really nailed the tone of exactly what a Harley Quinn book should be. It's a great example of artists doing what they want to do rather than trying to be popular and being rewarded for their efforts.Cullen Bunn's run on Aquaman continues as we, very slowly and in a unnecessarily complicated fashion, are told how Arthur became the enemy of Atlantis that he is in the new status quo.It turns out another dimension is slowly infecting ours and to save the world Aquaman must destroy the world infecting ours. The problem is that the other world is inhabited by people that are somehow Atlantean. The specifics of this were not revealed in this issue, which only helped highlight the pacing problems. All of the exposition is given intermittently through flashbacks while we see Aquaman in the present doing his renegade thing as he fights to protect these other dimensional atlanteans. This is very jarring and a storytelling technique that I feel is used to create a false sense of complexity.The story itself is interesting enough once it gets underway as we meet the gang of underwater themed badasses that Mera has sent to bring Aquaman in. It seems like a change destined to be forgotten though, as there is nothing that feels distinctly "Aquaman" about it. I think this storyline could really be slapped on to any character, and actually feels similar to the incursion storyline from New Avengers. I do plan to continue reading though, and would love to be proven wrong.It was recently announced that Rick Remender was going to be leaving Marvel to focus on his numerous creator owned projects. This was bittersweet for me; while I prefer his independent work, his runs on Venom and Uncanny X-force were part of the reason I got into modern marvel comics. I'm glad to see that the series that might very well be his last work at Marvel is off to a good start.Hail Hydra follows Ian Rogers, Steve's adopted son, as he is transported to a domain in Battleworld where Hydra has taken over everything. I believe the idea here is that this is the regular universe Ian who has been transported forward in time to Battleworld, which is a neat idea from Remender. So far this book really feels like a denouement to Remender's Steve Rogers run and a time for Ian to finally get the spotlight.Lots of good action and interesting set-up. A quality first issue.