The Most Wanted series is back and this time the focus shifts over to El Diablo and Boomerang. With the upcoming release of DC Comics’ latest film, Suicide Squad, it is expected for some of their lesser known characters to take the spotlight in order to introduce them to those meeting Task Force X for the first time. And while none of these characters are new in any way, some have had the opportunity to be showcased recently on mainstream media longer than others, Such as Deadshot (The CW’s Arrow) and Harley Quinn (Batman: Arkham City) who has become exponentially popular in the last couple of years, both of them also happen to be the main focus for the film’s marketing, and while Boomerang may have had his appearance on Arrow, we haven’t had quite the chance to explore him as we’d like to.
From the creative team comprised by Jai Nitz and Cliff Richards in charge of El Diablo’s story, and Michael Moreci and Oscar Bazaldua are doing Boomerang’s.
The first one showcasing El Diablo being released from Belle Reeve against Amanda Waller’s best interest. This book is not an origin story but rather an opportunity to see these characters in a different light, one that allows them to be themselves without being influenced by the Suicide Squad, with El Diablo’s being more of a redeeming tale where he’s depicted as someone with heart and values and his return to society.
It would seem like DC was planning on establishing the character as a standalone as we put him in a path away from the Squad and into a new team featuring a character we haven’t seen in a while! Some elements are somewhat cliché in terms of exposition required to make Chato the likable character he has the potential to be in contrast with the Squad’s toxicity, however this doesn’t make the title any less enjoyable as it features beautiful darker toned art to accompany it.
Moreci and Bazaldua drop us off in the heart of the action as the Suicide Squad takes on an army of metahumans in the heart of South America with Boomerang nowhere in sight. The dialogue between Squad members is on point and reflective of their personalities as we get an insight to Boomerang’s irresponsible tendencies, and while he may not be a terrible guy his flaws are heavily influenced by his lack of judgment and inability to prioritize.
While some of metahumans featured were somewhat generic due to the high number of opponents featured in this issue it ultimately pays off . The art is comprised of less frames and larger action pieces as well as close ups to Boomerang that make it a fun ride.
This limited run is an interesting title to check out if you want more of these two and where the artists can take them. SUICIDE SQUAD MOST WANTED: EL DIABLO AND BOOMERANG #1 hit shelves on August 10,2016.
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