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Team 7 #0 - Mission Zero: The Majestic Seven Review

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A team is created to take on the threat of super powered individuals. We are re-introduced to many familiar faces and it's looking like a pretty cool set up.

The Good

Team 7 in the DC Universe is a strange and fascinating idea. When it was first mentioned that Steve Trevor was a member in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE, it opened the door to possibilities. It's ideas like this that makes the integration of the Wildstorm Universe into the DCU a joy. This isn't quite the same Team 7 we had before. There are some of the same characters. The update and inclusion of certain DC characters is what makes this book stand out from the typical covert government team book.

The zero issue takes us back five years ago. With superheroes making the scene in a big way, it's understandable that the powers that be in the government would want to take precautions. "People with more power that a nuclear bomb are walking the Earth." The government is usually portrayed as being paranoid in matters such as these but you have to admit they have good reason. A giant unknown factor has been thrown in their faces.

One of the greatest joys was seeing John Lynch in these pages. I wasn't sure what his status would be since we hadn't seen him in the first year of the New 52. Also, is it just a coincidence it's called "The Majestic Project"? This is the perfect place to start a new series. As a zero issue, it introduces the entire team (well, at least most of it, I think since there is one member apparently missing). Some of the members seen here are surprising (even though they were revealed when the series was announced). Because they are in this early "five years ago" stage, many will be different than what we've seen so far in the present. How they go from here to now is going to be interesting.

I'm a fan of Jesus Merino who does the art along with Norm Rapmund and Rob Hunter. It has the right feel for this type of book. The characters are recognizable even though some will go through some changes.

The Bad

I really liked this book. I really like the potential it has. Because of this, I am worried how the series will play out. I will be strongly rooting for this title to continue to wow me each month. What kind of missions will they go on and how long can the need for the team last?

I don't really like the suits the member use in the field. It makes sense for them to have non-specific suits and a sort of uniform since they are a government team. The look can be a little gaudy and cliché. Some of the members have little personal touches such as Deathstroke wearing blue or Grifter wearing red along with his mask. That's good for the characters to have their own identity but doesn't seem like the best idea for a covert team to be wearing brightly colored suits.

The Verdict

I was excited for the New 52 relaunch of Team 7 and was a little scared at the same time but this issue is off to a promising start. With the sudden emergence of superpowered individuals, it makes perfect sense that a group would be created to deal with any potential problem that could arise. This is the perfect introduction, even to characters that have had their own titles in the New 52. Things were different "five years ago" in the DC Universe and and it's such a treat to see these stories play out. I'm assuming and hoping the series will continue to run in this time period since characters such as Black Canary, Deathstroke and Grifter all have present day appearances going on. This was close to a five star book for me. I have high hopes for this series and this issue justified me having them.

18 Comments
Posted by CircularLogic

Reminds me of those generic 90's teams image and wildstorm kept pumping out (X-force, Youngblood, Stormwatch etc.) that were all basically the same book. The art does little to calm my fears. I like Justin Jordan, but I need to see better than this before I add it to a monthly.

Posted by zackattack529

@CircularLogic said:

Reminds me of those generic 90's teams image and wildstorm kept pumping out (X-force, Youngblood, Stormwatch etc.) that were all basically the same book. The art does little to calm my fears. I like Justin Jordan, but I need to see better than this before I add it to a monthly.

this.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@zackattack529 said:

@CircularLogic said:

Reminds me of those generic 90's teams image and wildstorm kept pumping out (X-force, Youngblood, Stormwatch etc.) that were all basically the same book. The art does little to calm my fears. I like Justin Jordan, but I need to see better than this before I add it to a monthly.

this.

Did you read it?
Posted by CircularLogic

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@zackattack529 said:

@CircularLogic said:

Reminds me of those generic 90's teams image and wildstorm kept pumping out (X-force, Youngblood, Stormwatch etc.) that were all basically the same book. The art does little to calm my fears. I like Justin Jordan, but I need to see better than this before I add it to a monthly.

this.

Did you read it?

I said seems like, I only flipped through it in the shop and read a preview. However, most other review sites I've been on, IGN in particular, have all but said this book is basically Youngblood set in the DCU. Nothing I've heard so far has disproved this theory, this review included.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@CircularLogic said:

@Jonny_Anonymous said:

@zackattack529 said:

@CircularLogic said:

Reminds me of those generic 90's teams image and wildstorm kept pumping out (X-force, Youngblood, Stormwatch etc.) that were all basically the same book. The art does little to calm my fears. I like Justin Jordan, but I need to see better than this before I add it to a monthly.

this.

Did you read it?

I said seems like, I only flipped through it in the shop and read a preview. However, most other review sites I've been on, IGN in particular, have all but said this book is basically Youngblood set in the DCU. Nothing I've heard so far has disproved this theory, this review included.

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Posted by Booster_Bronze

Might be a good pick up for those of us who never read any of the Wildstorm universe (like myself) and are unfamiliar with all the new puzzle pieces that have been placed into the DC universe. Took me 3 months into The New 52 to figure out that the Daemonites weren't from DC lore! I'd say it's a Hybrid book that I hope integrates the two continuities, one of which I'm not that familiar.

Posted by ChernobylCow

This issue pretty much reads like a series of recruitment scenes from an Ocean's Eleven flick. We don't get a whole lot of in-depth stuff but just a little for each character. It's a pretty good read.

I am most interested in this book since DC does not currently have a big espionage focused book. Preferably I'd like to have a book that focused on the DEO with X-Files style stories starring Chase Cameron.

Depending on the direction Team 7 takes, it's probably the closest thing we'll get to a CHECKMATE, Secret Warriors, or Winter Soldier style of book.

Amanda Waller is one of the recruits. If you're interested in that character Suicide Squad #0 is pretty much her stand-alone issue.

The section shown in previews is honestly, the most promising.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

IGN gave this 4- BAD. and CV gives this 4/5... hmmmmm... So should I get this or not?

Posted by noj

@MadeinBangladesh: IGN are generally considered to be pretty crappy comic reviewers. I trust G-Man's opinion WAY more than I trust any of the comic reviewers on ign. Take from that what you will. I did read the it though. It was a pretty fun book and its purpose is to introduce all the members of Team 7. If you find it the least but interesting you should give it a shot.

Posted by TheCommissar

I didn't really care for it, myself. It wouldn't say it's "bad", at least I don't think so, I just don't really care for how it seems to be going for a pretty standard action movie feel. Although I will admit that this is only the first issue, so it most likely just needs some time to show its colors.

Posted by ltbrd

Wait a second.....wasn't Steve Trevor a member of Team 7? That's what was stated in issue 8 of Justice League. So is this a new Team 7? Is Steve going to come along later?

Aside from that little piece.....anyone else feel like they were reading Neon Genesis Evangelion in the first few pages with the floating obelisks and non-specific, holographic, computer room thing (and how exactly did they get pictures of Superman fighting on the Collector of World's ship???).

Can anyone give any info on James Bronson. Is he a Wildstorm character or someone from an obscure part of DC lore? Or just a completely new character.

I can see why I should like this book, but the little things are really bothering me. Very cliche spy actions (travel around the world, pick team up, shadow government financing, secret projects, etc...), the standard comic book fare of having a government official say something doom and gloom like a superhuman arms race has begun when its the government organization itself that is putting together plans for a superhuman force, having a space-based headquarters/ship with a huge 7 on the side (really??? How is it that nobody like Superman or any of Batman or the Justice League's system sensors detects stuff like this? Its not hard to spot things in low orbit and Superman flies around the planet all the freaking time!!!!!!), Amanda Waller's hair (the skinny Waller angle is fine with me but could Jordan and Merino be any more stereotypical about a strong African-American female when she looks absolutely NOTHING LIKE THAT IN SUICIDE SQUAD!!!!), and just the overall concept.

But my two biggest issue with this book...........1) Its all happening in the past and I really don't think DC should be timeline jumping when it can't even keep a good timeline flow right now with long established characters and 2) its not going to be a long-standing title. We know that going in. The little bio page even tells us the team broke apart. So really the only reason to invest in this book is to get some background information and that's something that could easily have been done in titles like Grifter, Deathstroke, Suicide Squad, Birds of Prey, and Justice League of America. We don't need a stand-alone title that may only last 2-3 years (and that's being generous) just to get background info.

On the positive side.....art was good and I thought the dialog was okay (some standard spy cliche lines here and there but overall not terrible). I think it would have done better if the team was already formed and on their first mission. No real reason to show us the jobs they had before when they could have easily included a quick bio for each character in specific pages that the character is highlighted during the first mission rather than cramming in the various origin stories.

Don't have high hopes for this series right now but unfortunately feel like I have to read it so I can get more info on the new 52 that will most likely be coming back up in the second year of Justice League (given Waller's appearance and dialog in issue 12) and the sometime coming Trinity War. Maybe I just don't like having to be arm tied by what I need to read as DC seems to be planning (not that Marvel is any better mind you).

Posted by G-Man

@ltbrd: I mentioned Trevor in the first paragraph. He's supposed to have been a member. Maybe he just joins later. I wonder if some of the new characters we're seeing here are 'red shirts.' Maybe there'll be a reason to add new members. I'm not crazy about the idea of new characters being created just for this sake but the possibility of having casualties adds a little more realism for a government black ops group.

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Posted by ltbrd

: Completely missed that when I put down my comment.

From the way its alluded to in Justice League in my head it made more sense that Steve would have been part of Team 7 before he met Diana and that his time on the team would have been why he was selected to be her liaison/handler.

As I think about the issue the next day, I guess this title solidifies the idea that there wasn't a Justice Society/Freedom Fighters/All-Star Squadron before all of this if this is the first time metahumans and superpowered individuals are known to the government. Kind of sad actually. I know DC probably doesn't want to confuse people on having a New Earth Justice Society and Earth-2 characters, but they could have used the wide range of Freedom Fighter and All-Star Squadron characters to establish an early 20th century team background. Even if all those members are never actually seen as they all aged normally (no Ragnarok dimensions or mystical youth spells) and are either dead or very old, it seems too weird that all of a sudden the government would be concerned with issues like metas, aliens, and magic when we have real world historical ideas like Area 51 or comic book ideas like the Black Room in A.R.G.U.S (can't tell me that all of that stuff was only collected in the last 5 years).

Uh, headache. I get most of my frustrations with the new 52 are because I have a very linear, order by order process way of thinking which suits my job very well.......but is it too much to ask that DC at least get its s%&! together even just a little bit so that things actually make sense. I'm all for the writers being given the opportunity to take full advantage of their talents and give us great stories, but there comes a point where somebody in that company should at least streamline the process a little.

Posted by hitmanclark

Why would a comparison to '90s X-Force be a bad thing? I loved that book from, like, '92 to '95.

I realize this is borderline blasphemous to say online, but I LIKE "big-budget action" books.

Good review, G-Man.

Posted by TheSmallvillefan12

Sounds interesting to me. I'll get it this weekend to check it out.

Edited by neiliusprime

For me I liked the issue, but I'm also skeptical on how the series will play out. But I wonder how many stories will be told in the early days of The New 52?

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Posted by Zoch81

I thought was a good issue and looking forward seeing how this series develops the art was okay but not great.

Posted by Cap10nate

Isn't Deathstroke a wanted killer? Is this before he became a mervenary or are his crimes overlooked for this team because of his skills?