Comic Book Reviews (Week October 28, 2020): Wynd Issue 5, Suicide Squad Issue 10, and More!

suicide squad issue 10 review
Suicide Squad Issue 10 (Image: DC Comics)

Welcome! In this week’s comic book review round-up (October 28, 2020), I will be covering Wynd Issue 5, Suicide Squad Issue 10, The Pull Issue 1, and more.

Let’s being by talking about Suicide Squad Issue 10 by writer Tom Taylor. I enjoyed everything that happened in the latest issue as our team went after Black Mask while trying to cope with Deadshot’s fate. Also, kudos to Taylor for giving comic book readers queer characters like Wink and Aerie. I hope this queer couple continues to pop up in other stories. They’re great.

I guess we will find out in the next issue who was able to survive after what happened during the final panels of Suicide Squad Issue 10. I don’t want to give anything away. With Taylor’s run coming to an end very soon, I hope he comes back to this comic book property down the line. He made me not only pick up but continue reading a Suicide Squad book. W0w!

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

runaways issue 32 review
Runaways Issue 32 (Image: Marvel Comics)

Runaways Issue 32

Runaways, from writer Rainbow Rowell, finally came back (it took a long break due to what the world’s currently dealing with). After what the young team had to go through because of Doc Justice, seeing them decide what to do next made sense. I’m all for certain members of the team (including Gib) getting to experience life as high school students.

Also, with Molly checking out her invitation to the mutant island Krakoa, I wonder if Professor X will send someone to recruit her. And yes, not seeing a lot of Karolina in this issue (even though she’s the only one on the cover) did feel weird. She’s the superhero that Doc Justice wanted to kill. I hope we get to learn more about her emotional health in upcoming issues.

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

department of truth issue 2 review
The Department of Truth Issue 2 (Image: Image Comics)

The Department of Truth Issue 2

This is a new horror-mystery comic book series by writer James Tynion IV. The premise involves a department that works to keep the truth in check because allowing conspiracy theories to run rampant can make them become real. I know, right? That’s a very interesting basis for a comic book. Such a possibility allows Tynion to explore numerous conspiracies.

The debut issue handled Flat Earthers and The Department of Truth issue 2 decided to tackle the Satanic Panic in the 1980s because of the event’s connection with our queer lead character Cole. Of course, I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen next. The story’s just begun, but you can see a lot of opportunity for world-building.

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

power rangers drakkon new dawn issue 3 review
Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn Issue 3 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn Issue 3

From writer Anthony Burch, the final issue of Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn gave our characters a new direction in life. I wasn’t expecting this issue to feature so many surprises, especially the one that happened in the final panel. Without spoiling stuff, I will say that there’s a lot of action, emotional moments, and new suits! I need this timeline to return!

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

Wynd Issue 5 review
Wynd Issue 5 (Image: BOOM! Studios)

Wynd Issue 5

Another enjoyable comic book that came to an end this week was Wynd. The story’s issue 5 brought the first book to a close with a promise that Wynd will return with a second book (beginning with issue 6) in May 2021. With Wynd issue 5 being the final chapter in the first book, I have to say it offered me everything I was hoping for. Thankfully, it didn’t drag out reveals. We got to learn about the Bandaged Man’s identity as well as see Wynd accepting his true self. I just want him and his friends to be happy. Also, I’m liking the way Wynd and Thorn’s relationship’s progressing. The two of them are quite cute together.

Does it have obvious queer characters? Yes.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP!

The Pull Issue 1 review
The Pull Issue 1 (Image: TKO)

The Pull Issue 1

I was provided with a free early copy of The Pull Issue 1. The opinions are my own.

On paper, The Pull wouldn’t necessarily be the type of comic book I would pick up. However, I decided to read it because it’s from writer Steve Orlando, and I’m glad I did. A lot happened in a single issue. We got introduced to the story’s fictional world and a mysterious resource, a group of agents meant to protect the planet by harnessing the power of said resource, and a nearing apocalyptic event due to something called the Undoer.

With the apocalypse coming up, it’s understandable that people will act weirdly and society will collapse. Without sharing spoilers, The Pull issue 1 gave me a very interesting (and layered) story about how humanity dealt with impending doom and the importance of hope. I’m looking forward to reading more of this 6-issue offering.

The art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and colors by Triona Farrell gave this book a very manga-like aesthetic (which I liked). It does have nudity and sexual scenes. So, keep that in mind before reading.

Does it have obvious queer characters? No.

Recommendation: PICK IT UP. (You can pre-order from TKO’s official website.)  

Which comic books did you read this week? Did you enjoy Wynd issue 5?

Let us know.

Author: Farid-ul-Haq

Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.

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