All-new team! Same old problems! After losing everything, Task Force Z has finally discovered who their real enemy is. Jason and his team are on the run, underpowered, and outgunned. But everyone knew this was really just a Suicide Squad when they signed up, right? One way or another, they are going to finish this. Only one thing stands in their way…but that one thing happens to be the Bat-Family.
But Why Tho?Task Force Z #8 is an excellent action issue. As two different battles unfold in the same book, Rosenberg and the amazing artists provide examples of why this is one of the most exciting series around. It fuses horror, dark humor, and some genuine family drama and affection. The blend isnt seamless, but that is not the nature of the book. Nothing is tidy or gentle, its rough and violent.
ComicBook.comIt's a Batfamily reunion in Task Force Z #8, one of the title's best issues of late. Rosenberg writes each member of the family from Nightwing to Batgirl exceptionally well, and creates an interesting premise that keeps Batman on his toes, even making the Caped Crusader sweat a little. The plot drives forward at an exceptional rate, even though little happens in contrast. The ensemble of artists do a great job putting the set pieces together despite having little scenery to work it. All and all, it's a real solid issue that fires on all fronts.
Dark Knight NewsTask Force Z #8 was funny, heartwarming, violent, and heartbreaking. Too many adjectives for you?! Well add undead heroes and villains and you've got yourself a great story! (Full disclosure, the cover of this issue is very misleading)
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Weird Science DC ComicsTask Force Z continues to be a fun time, even with this issue almost becoming just another Bat book overall, but even with this small disappointment, the outcome to this issue was amazing and I can't wait to continue my adventures with Harvey Dent and Red Hood's zombies as they try to get their Lazarus Resin program back from Mr. Bloom and Geri Powers.
Geek DadAs we head into the last act of Task Force Z, Jason is increasingly isolated. While various agents of the team run around and get into madness, and the sadistic Mr. Bloom experiments on the undead Kirk Langstrom, Jason puts his final plan into effect—getting his hands on the Lazarus Resin. Unfortunately, it’s in the hands of the Bat-family—which means he might need to undo all the good he’s done in recent years. He manipulates Barbara, in a conversation that plays on much of their shared past trauma. Then the rest of the Bat-family comes after him—including Cass, in a funny jump-scare moment. But while it’s clear Jason is playing them for a greater purpose, that doesn’t undo the damage he does this issue—including attacking and injuring one of his brothers, and torpedoing his relationship with others. It’s a fun issue in some places, but it largely feels like a step back for the character.
Lyles Movie FilesTask Force Z has deserved strong praise since its inception, but this was a disappointment all around. Hopefully, Rosenberg can get things back on track and this isn't a bad sign of the direction to come.
Batman-NewsI think this is the weakest issue so far. I just wasn't as entertained by it, and I'm not a fan of Jason's interactions with the Bat Family here because it emphasizes how Jason's been stuck in a loop for years. Batman's fight against the Task Force was fun, but it felt a bit hollow. Lastly, the fact that there are three different artists working on the same issue isn't doing the book any favors at all. This issue is a bit of a mess, honestly, and it only marginally advances the plot. If the series doesn't get back up to its usual quality with the next issue, this could be a jumping-off point.
The Batman UniverseThere are now multiple groups vying after their own end goals Jason with Task Force Z, Mr. Bloom, Geri Powers, and Batman and the other heroes of Gotham pursuing Jason and his team. Here's to hoping that it all leads to an epic conclusion.