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Jesus Merino , Justin Jordan
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16 July 2013 Team 7
Learn how the secret wars of the New 52 were fought by some of the biggest and deadliest stars of DC Comics! Set seven years in the past, Team 7 follows the tale of the deadly team as they travel into the Heart of Darkness to battle the evil Black Diamond. The dark secrets of the New 52 are found here, including the secret origin of Eclipso and the beginning of the Black Room from Justice League.

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (16 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401240925
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401240929
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.9 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 377,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Artist Jesus Merino makes it all look badass with a lot of people in extreme forms of action poses....this is a good looking issue."--"Aint It Cool News" "Team 7 will be integral to the back-story of the New 52, so we expect everything here to start paying off very soon." --MTV Geek


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New52. Team 7. Year 0. 5 out of 5. 7 May 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
New52. Team 7. Year 0. 5 out of 5.
I read this collection on Kindle.
Sometimes the kindle format seemed to have ‘slipped’ a little and some highlighted frames missed the odd word of dialogue but otherwise the reading experience adds a cinematic quality I enjoy.
I really enjoyed this series and count me among those disappointed that it was cut as short as it was.
This reads like a cross between Blackhawks and early (all-new-all-different) X-Men.
It’s a rollercoaster of a rollicking adventure and there’s some great action with enough characterisation to pique interest and quality artwork that enhanced the stories.
The ‘five-years-ago’ angle is one I thought deserved some attention and is a fascinating extra dimension to the adventures being showcased, what I find intriguing is that, for instance, I don’t generally like Deathstroke. – But Slade is brilliant here and he’s not unique in that.
Black Canary at last gets an origin that doesn’t involve mothers, other earths and odd wigs.
Grifter and Majestic were new to me but I’m impressed enough to support their integration.
Amanda Waller appears here and fits into her role in Suicide Squad which I also collect (and thoroughly recommend) with a natural flow.
Eclipso, Basilisk, even Pandora’s Box thread through the stories so, yes, this is a ‘relevant’ early chapter.
Perhaps this series was attempted too early in the new52 launch, maybe they could redraft a return or selected stories in mini-series format to bolster the past of this young new universe.
As it is this book holds interest and deserves attention.
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1.0 out of 5 stars That's enough, DC 27 Aug 2013
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
After discovering Justin Jordan's excellent writing on books like Luther Strode and Shadowman, I decided to hunt down more titles he's written which led me to the only other one I could find - Team 7. Normally I would avoid this because of the New 52 label on the cover, which has obtained the same notoriety as a hazardous sticker on a drum of toxic waste, but I thought, hey, this guy is awesome, I bet he brings his awesomeness to this book too!

Ah, optimism. Go die in the face of DC's unrelenting awfulness that is the New 52!

Team 7 is a failed hotdog.

I know hotdogs are made from weird leftovers in meat processing plants but all those leftover scraps in a hotdog taste awesome in the finished product. With mustard in a bun? The greatest snack.

Team 7 is made up of leftover characters from other failed New 52 books - Deathstroke, Grifter, Black Canary, and the ever annoying Amanda Waller whom DC seem determined to make into female Nick Fury, and continue to fail in this goal. There are some others that make up the 7 but they're nobodies. Put all these together and you have the world's worst hotdog. No amount of mustard or fresh bread can save this thing from making you violently sick!

The book starts off mimicking the worst moment of The Phantom Menace (and that film was all bad moments), specifically the midi-chlorians scene where George Lucas ruins the Force by saying it's all biological. In the opening issue the boss of Team 7 says that the emerging meta-humans (superheroes to you and I) all have special genes that give them superpowers. I know DC love their realism and are trying to take away all sense of wonder and fun with their characters, but really - the meta-human gene?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected... 27 Jan 2014
By Michael White - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A book that's all about the infamous "5 years ago" time frame in the new DCU? Sign me up. I was expecting this book to address a lot of issues I have with the New 52, mainly that of a confusing and ill-defined re-history. Unfortunately, aside from showing us how a few key characters received their powers and further integrating a few Wildstorm characters into DC's history, it doesn't tell us much.

I enjoyed the action and intrigue of this book while it lasted, but was disappointed that it didn't expand more on the New 52 history, specifically, for characters like Kurt Lance, James Bronson, and Higgins, all of who I was previously unfamiliar with. We get a fun adventure in a fictional country and few Basilisk story tie-ins that are relevant to Suicide Squad, but otherwise you could skip this one.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Team 7 (Vol. 1) 16 July 2013
By EdM - Published on Amazon.com
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Team 7 (vol. 1) collects issues #0-8 of the short lived series that DC comics introduced last year and quickly cancelled due to low sales. The story definitely reads better in trade format but the plot really has more meaning for a reader who has also read other titles to understand the nuances. The trade begins with issue zero, a basic gathering of the team. It should be noted that this series takes place five years ago from current DC continuity as the whole Justice League/ Superman events have just happened and heroes are something new. Team 7 is brought together as a response to this new possible threat. Team members include Amanda Waller, Slade Wilson, Dinah Lance, and Cole Cash. These are all characters that later are individuals of note in the current DC universe. (Slade=Deathstroke, Dinah=Black Canary, Cole=Grifter) The first mission is to find out why a meta prison went offline. The reason is revealed to be related to a serum (developed by Dr. Jekyl -that story in All-Star Western) that turns the inmates into eclipsed zombies. Yes- that means Eclipso. Here he is depicted as an ancient imprisoned god yet if one read Sword of Sorcery a reader finds out he was the lord of the Black Diamond house on Gemworld who was exiled and imprisoned on Earth. Either way the team fights and defeats him. DC decided to cancel the series at issue 8, right around the time issue five was on the market. That is surely the reason why the last three chapters seem hastily written and slightly out of sync. It is now two weeks later and the team has to go and fight an evil dictator on an island nation. Team member Bronson turns into Majestic, a Superman like being who decimates the entire island by tsunami and kills the villain. Curiously the soldiers of Basilisk (DC's COBRA) are on the island working for the villain- this group can be seen along with Amanda Waller in the title Suicide Squad. Majestic is seemingly killed but in a flash-forward in the previous chapter shows that he is soon to be coming back. A cameo of Pandora in the last few pages and her "box" is the weapon that the villain tries to activate before he is killed. Waller shoots and kills John Lynch, her boss, so the weapon wont be in government hands. She tells Dinah to hide it and the surviving members of Team 7 go their separate ways. Good story overall but too many holes for a better rating. DC has a few of the "deceased" characters in current titles. Caitlyn Fairchild, John Lynch, and soon Kurt Lance in Birds of Prey. DC had a good premise for showing the five year backstory of the new 52 through the actions of this special ops team. We could have seen how Slade became Deathstroke for example. For this reader a new title should be given more than eight issues before DC pulls the plug. Good story, good art, but vol.1 is also the last.
1.0 out of 5 stars That's enough, DC 27 Aug 2013
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After discovering Justin Jordan's excellent writing on books like Luther Strode and Shadowman, I decided to hunt down more titles he's written which led me to the only other one I could find - Team 7. Normally I would avoid this because of the New 52 label on the cover, which has obtained the same notoriety as a hazardous sticker on a drum of toxic waste, but I thought, hey, this guy is awesome, I bet he brings his awesomeness to this book too!

Ah, optimism. Go die in the face of DC's unrelenting awfulness that is the New 52!

Team 7 is a failed hotdog.

I know hotdogs are made from weird leftovers in meat processing plants but all those leftover scraps in a hotdog taste awesome in the finished product. With mustard in a bun? The greatest snack.

Team 7 is made up of leftover characters from other failed New 52 books - Deathstroke, Grifter, Black Canary, and the ever annoying Amanda Waller whom DC seem determined to make into female Nick Fury, and continue to fail in this goal. There are some others that make up the 7 but they're nobodies. Put all these together and you have the world's worst hotdog. No amount of mustard or fresh bread can save this thing from making you violently sick!

The book starts off mimicking the worst moment of The Phantom Menace (and that film was all bad moments), specifically the midi-chlorians scene where George Lucas ruins the Force by saying it's all biological. In the opening issue the boss of Team 7 says that the emerging meta-humans (superheroes to you and I) all have special genes that give them superpowers. I know DC love their realism and are trying to take away all sense of wonder and fun with their characters, but really - the meta-human gene?

I pretty much zoned out on the excessive narration employed in this book so I can't tell you the plot. It's bad enough having one narrator telling you what's going on, but two at the same time, while the art shows you what's happening as well? What the hell were you thinking, Justin? And it's not like they're saying anything interesting either. Despite Deathstroke, Grifter, Black Canary, and Waller all being supposedly super-skilled fighters, they rely an awful lot on guns which is just plain boring and the whole thing reeked of yet another failed New 52 series, the godawful Blackhawks. Now I think about it more, the kinda good/kinda bad characters in this team book reminded me of an even worse New 52 series, Suicide Squad. So basically, this book has all the worst associations possible.

The "story" is about the usual guff - end of the world, bad guys wanting power, blah blah blah. The villain is called Eclipso which I think is the name of an ice lolly and just looked like yet another arbitrary bad guy - monstrous looking, big toothy smile, and, if this were a movie, almost certainly speaking with an English accent. In other words, predictable schlock from start to finish.

Except I didn't finish it. Despite having shelled out for this book (I know, even heavily discounted, more fool me) I couldn't keep going. It was just making me too miserable. So I closed the book at the halfway point and put it on the pile of books heading to the charity shop - more than a few of which are published by DC. And, like puking up a bad hotdog, I immediately felt better! Especially as I picked up the latest trade of Fraction and Aja's Hawkeye which is the polar opposite to this book in terms of quality.

I know there are a number of people who rail on DC's editorial as bringing the quality of their comics down, and I'm kind of on the fence with this opinion - that is until I read Team 7. How could Justin Jordan have gone from being an awesome writer putting out brilliant books like Luther Strode and Shadowman only to plummet so far with this book? It can't be as simple as Jordan not trying on his work-for-hire, saving his A-game for his creator owned stuff, because Shadowman is work-for-hire at Valiant and that book rocks. Hmm... yeah, it's DC editorial all right!

The one good thing I'll say about DC editorial (because there's nothing good to say about the book itself) is that Dan Didio has always said that he's always on the lookout for new, exciting talent to come write for the company. And that's certainly true of Justin Jordan, one of the most exciting new voices of recent years, so Didio deserves props for standing by his statement. It's just a shame that working at DC completely sucks the creative juices out of said talent.
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