The White Suits #1

The White Suits #1

Writer: Frank J. Barbiere Artist: Toby Cypress Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 19, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22
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Mysterious killers dressed in white, they savaged the Cold War Russian underworld—then disappeared. Now they have resurfaced in New York, leaving a trail of dead mobsters. In this bloody wake, an amnesiac and an FBI agent search for the answer to a single question: Who are the White Suits?

  • 9.5
    Front Towards Gamer - Lido Feb 17, 2014

    The artwork is another great element of the series, but one that can threaten to overindulge itself. Though a lot of the time the heavy stylization only adds to the mood, especially in moments where the white suits themselves sort of twist and morph from the stylization to become more disturbingly monstrous, at other times the styling can obstruct what we're seeing. Thankfully, that didn't happen often, and there are enough truly great moments to this comic that it easily overcomes any pitfalls like that. I've gushed about this issue for the last 900 words, so anything I say here will just be additional gravy; great style and use of the medium combine to make a great comic. You should buy it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Hulking Reviewer - Kareem Ali Feb 19, 2014

    The White Suits #1 is an excellent start to the series and exceeded my expectations, which were already high based on the potential of the premise. The story moves seamlessly between past and present events painting a clear picture of the current situation while creating more intrigue and interest in everything that is taking place. The artwork complements the story well as it conveys the ultimate shadiness on the part of the characters in the story. And the way all the elements in this issue combine to make a smooth story with enjoyable action, this has instantly become one series whose issues I can't wait to get my hands on. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Feb 17, 2014

    "Who are the White Suits?" Barbiere and Cypress take an elegant, but simple pitch and build a true mythos around it. For fans of noir or hard crime stories, this story has many different hooks with which to try and grab you. Barbiere proves once again to be a terrific artist-friendly writer and in turn we get something amazingly inventive out of Cypress. For fans of mind-bending artistic showcases and strong collaborative efforts, "The White Suits" is essential reading. It's absolutely stunning. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Zac Thompson Feb 15, 2014

    Ive managed to read this issue three times now, and with each successive read I gain something new from the story. It is ripe with detail, steeped in tribute and manages to elevate the genres that inspired it. The White Suits will blow you away on every level. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Sean Tonelli Feb 19, 2014

    Those looking to be challenged with a cerebral thrill ride should look no further than The White Suits #1. With just 22 short pages, Barbiere and Cypress have given the world a new group of villains that readers can get behind. While we may not know just who the White Suits are, we can rest assured knowing they are going to take the comic shelves by storm. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Samantha Cross Feb 19, 2014

    Final Thoughts: For all that blood, those suits are impeccable. Those are the types of assassins I like! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Byron Hendricks Feb 22, 2014

    The White Suits #1 is an enjoyable read that will leave you with a sense of awe. Whilst the conclusion to this issue seemed rather predictable, it still looks as though this series will be a promising one. If you are a fan of over the top violence of the Kick Ass nature, this is definitely a read worth looking into. With a good plot, crazy hyper violent imagery and Cold War references, this is definitely a title that will suit the genre. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    We The Nerdy - Patrick McAleer Feb 24, 2014

    The White Suits isn't overly unique, but if you like dark tales of criminals getting their just desserts it is definitely well worth your hard earned cash. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Feb 18, 2014

    The comic is a successor to classics such as Sin City, 100 Bullets, and Criminal. This is a prime example of a slick, cool, entertaining story matching its interior art, much like those mentioned series. A combination that creates a comic that's a visual treat to look at and read. If you're a fan of action, thrillers, or crime/noir stories, this should absolutely be on your buy list. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Josh Reifler Feb 18, 2014

    White Suits #1 is a thrill filled first issue that is sure to please the most hardened crime/action movie fan. With fast paced story-telling and great art it's sure to be a hit for fans of the genre. I'm inclined to support NJ based Rutgers alumni no matter what the project but this comic delivers a lot in a small space and kept my attention for the entire first issue. Check out issue #1 and give it a shot! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ra'Chaun Rogers Feb 18, 2014

    I feel like this book is off to a good start though I must say that it feels suspiciously like a pitch for a film. But I look forward to the mysteries that unfold with this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Feb 18, 2014

    The White Suits gets off to a brilliant start, and despite there being a lot of questions that need answering, the suspense makes this a thrilling read. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Feb 19, 2014

    There's so much to say about White Suits simply because there's so much embedded in the narrative. One read through simply isn't enough to appreciate the intricacies within the narrative"two or three are recommended. While such thought from the creative team is appreciative, it brings into question whether or not readers will want to read through something three or four times to get the issue's full effect. The answer: please take the time to go through it multiple times " it'll be worth it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Feb 21, 2014

    "The White Suits" #1 makes a strong showing for Barbiere and Cypress' latest venture. Fans of the mystery/thriller genre particularly will delight in the enigmatic characters and dark, shady artwork. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Feb 25, 2014

    All in all, it's hard to judge the quality of the story from what we get in this issue (though this is #1, the introduction to the team took place in previous issues of Dark Horse Presents), I'm still interested by whatever it is that's going on with The White Suits. There's a hint of historical context, a bit of the old ultra-violence, and some interesting art in play, but I can't help but find elements of the story a bit familiar, reminding me of '100 Bullets' and the various similar titles that popped up around the year 2000, but it's not something that torpedoes the story. I've read this one three times now, and I'm intrigued by it, but still unsure of whether I need to come back next issue for more. The White Suits #1 is fascinating to look at, but a little bit scattered in its execution. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Apr 9, 2014

    There's nothing great here, but there is value. The art is confusingand distracting, but it “feels” like a comic, which I like. The bookdrips with atmosphere, even if it feels like a borrowed atmosphere.And the story may be simple, but it is well told. And I like the useof red spot color, even if there isn't any consistency. I'm not inlove with The White Suits, but I am on board with it. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    IGN - Melissa Grey Feb 19, 2014

    There's a lot going on here; the White Suits are back on the scene, while the lords of the underworld struggle to grapple with the new threat. Meanwhile, an amnesiac narrator finally confronts the mysterious woman who's been tailing him. All potentially interesting plot points, but the narrative feels like it lacks the connective tissue to bind all of these elements together. While this might be a case of a story not being done justice by a monthly issue format, the debut of White Suits falls flat more often than it soars. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Blair Stevenson Feb 18, 2014

    The art in White Suits reminds me of an art-school project, with each panel looking crudely drawn with a range of felt tip pens. The graphic violence is highlighted even further by the restricted colour use, with only black, white and red appearing on Tony Cypresss colour palette. I look forward to following this story, to see if it can live up to the groundwork that has been laid in this issue. Big out peeps. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Feb 18, 2014

    For an opening installment, White Suits #1 was a great start for this series. Theres clearly a lot more to be covered, but this book does a great job of building interest and the visuals were absolutely terrific. This issue felt different in all the right ways without relying on shock or the absurd; definitely a strong beginning. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Guy Copes Feb 25, 2014

    Despite some instances of muddied and nearly indiscernable art, this book is a gritty double tap to the dome in the back alley behind your favorite dive bar. Hope you like your ales. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Feb 19, 2014

    This is a tough one, because there are some incredible visuals and a lot of potential with the story. Unfortunately the story we're given, as far as this first issue, reads unoriginally and uninspired. I'd give this a two issue chance, but at this rate it's not looking so good. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - David Craig Nov 26, 2014

    The White Suits tried to tell a story that, while not particularly groundbreaking, could have been solid and fun. But while it does have some cool moments every now and then, and at first I was interested to see where it was going to go, it ultimately crumbles under all of the book's shortcomings. The lack of any likeable or interesting characters is fatal, and the inconsistent artwork also does the book a great deal of harm over the duration. Mix in an ending that was a little ludicrous and doesn't take advantage of the real events of the Cold War, and you have a book that is truly underwhelming and tough to get through. Read Full Review

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