Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1

Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1

Event\Storyline: Justice League vs. Suicide Squad Writer: Joshua Williamson Artist: Jason Fabok Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 21, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 47
7.9Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

The first major event storyline of DC's Rebirth era begins with a day Amanda Waller always knew would come: the Justice League discovers the existence of the Suicide Squad! This government-sponsored black-ops team of super-villains with bombs implanted in their brains is obviously a deal-breaker for Earth's paragons of truth and justice! But you can bet that the Wall and her Task Force X won't go down without the fight to end all fights as this weekly series gets underway!

  • 10
    Fortress of Solitude - Sergio Pereira Dec 21, 2016

    As far as first issues go, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 is as close to perfect as anything else I've read. It's turned my initial feelings of indifference into genuine excitement in just 40 pages. DC, you have my attention now. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Chris Tresson Dec 21, 2016

    Justice League vs Suicide Squad #1 is great and if you're buying it, you're getting some serious quality for your money here. I recommend you buy it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 21, 2016

    Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 is a big league book, the first event post-Rebirth, and Williamson, Fabok and Sinclair deliver a thunderous first issue that is a big-screen, action-packed royal rumble for the ages. I'm excited to see where they take this one, they certainly grabbed my attention with this first issue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Dec 21, 2016

    I hadn't planned on picking up Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #1 this week. Now I can't wait for the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Wesley Messer Dec 22, 2016

    This is the cure for the common event book. It's excellent work all around with a strong script, great art, and amazing construction to bring this together. Justice League vs. Suicide Squad is going to be a weekly event that will be worth the time of any comic book fan. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Dec 24, 2016

    Another group of villains gets assembled at the end of the issue. All major players, from a variety of different books, and people not really seen since Flashpoint. Im not sure where all the cards will land, but even from this starting point it is clear that this miniseries will be intimately connected to Rebirth as it plays out. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 21, 2016

    My expectations for this book was high. Suicide Squad has been one of Rebirth's most consistently enjoyable reads, Williamson is a writer on the rise and Fabok is a legit artist superstar. Add in the Justice League and this crossover is delivering exactly what I was hoping. There's a slew of quality DC releases this week, but if you can only get one it absolutely has to be Justice League vs. Suicide Squad. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Jan 1, 2017

    I have been missing Fabok's art styling in this Rebirth saga but now he is here when it counts the first event, Justice League vs Suicide Squad. The level of detailing that goes along with his art shines brightly with every character being sharp and well drawn. He has been able to take the different feeling between the Justice League and Suicide Squad making it gritty and light within the same page. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Dec 22, 2016

    Overall, this story sets itself up to be one of the best to close out the year. We can't wait to see where it leads. Looking to start a new series? Definitely get into Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Spfcderon Dec 20, 2016

    Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1 is afantastic first issue that delivers both on story and action with a final page reveal that will have the DC Comics faithful excited. The artwork is amazing in its detail and the story makes you excited for more. Pick this issue up and you will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Ryan Lower Dec 21, 2016

    Overall, what a great start forRebirth's first crossover story. There's perfect character introductions, world building, buildup and of course action. The good news is we don't know what to expect but only have to wait a week to find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 21, 2016

    While we get some really fun setup with this first issue of Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad, this issue is just that: setup.  That being said though, I had a great time with this story and found myself really intrigued by the cliffhanger.  This event has really kicked off to a great start thanks to Jason Fabok's art knocking my socks off and I can't wait to see where we go from here and how this will affect the rest of Rebirth from here on out.   Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Dec 21, 2016

    Whether you're in for the story or truth about what would happen if these two superpowers collide, Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #1 sends the message that we are in for the best of both worlds. We are in store for as clash that will hopefully be as memorable as we hope it be for a fight you don't just wash over so casually. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Dec 21, 2016

    What definitely adds a level of excitement and scale to this is the return of fan favorite Jason Fabok. To my knowledge he hasn't been seen since the epicDarkseid Warearlier this year, so seeing him draw the Justice League again feels hugely exciting and brings back memories of other big events. Every panel is rendered with perfect cinematic beauty, from the low, mysterious angled shots of the hidden villain, to the big, bombastic action scenes, everything feels cranked to 11, especially for an event that on the surface seemed to me quite small in scale. Fabok absolutely nails the big action splash pages you pay for when it comes to an event book and reminds me why I've missed him so much. It's gorgeous on every front and worthy of an event title. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 21, 2016

    In some ways, Justice League vs. Suicide Squad is a very straightforward, traditional superhero crossover. However, several elements help it stand out, from Joshua Williamson's strong characterization to Jason Fabok's cinematic art style to the emergence of a sinister third party that promises to shake up this battle in a major way. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Dec 21, 2016

    he real draw of this issue (and event) is the villains that will eventually bring the Justice League and Suicide Squad together on the same side. If you've managed to avoid spoilers, I won't reveal who the mastermind is and who this person has on their side. But it raises many questions on where these characters have been. There are references to being "forgotten" and the world needing fixing. Fixing from what? From who? Is this all tied to the greater mystery behind Rebirth? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    FanboyNation - R.C. Samo Dec 21, 2016

    Justice League vs. Suicide Squad rehashes an old story idea that has the potential to be great, if you can look beyond the standard set up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Dec 21, 2016

    Justice League vs Suicide Squad #1 is what a team crossover should be. It's fun and action packed with some interesting seeds planted for the rest of the story. Fans will be quite happy with the results, and hopefully, the rest of the series follows suit. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Steven Brown Dec 22, 2016

    Justice League vs Suicide Squad is already becoming a favorite book of mine in only it's first issue! The Justice League has been on course against the government before but Waller is someone to be taken seriously. Always one of my favorite DC characters, although she has no powers Waller is one of the most dangerous women on the planet in my opinion. So far Williamson is showing us why she is, and I'm enjoying it! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Dec 23, 2016

    If the rest of the series is anything like this premiere issue, I'm definitely a fan. You can pick up this issue at your local comic book shop now! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Leroy Dee Jan 3, 2017

    This isn't some introspective think piece. It's superheroes punching each other. This is junk food, but who says junk food can't be fun? Just sit back, eat your popcorn, and enjoy the story. It's okay for a comic to just be fun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Ricky Church Jun 30, 2017

    Overall this was a compelling story that highlighted the differences between the League and Squad and utilized the premise well for some fun character beats and a fairly good paced story. There's little to complain of the collection itself with everything in one place. There's some occasional gutter loss in the imagery, but nothing really significant to distract from the art. Fans of the Justice League and Suicide Squad should enjoy this book, marking it down as a success for DC Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 21, 2016

    The issue is what I expected. It doesn't blow me away by a long shot, nor is it all that deep in what it delivers, but what it does do is deliver fun that I'd expect in a summer blockbuster. That's not a bad thing. It's a straight up action story without pretending it's anything else and in that way, it very much succeeds and excels. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Brian Warshaw Dec 21, 2016

    A pretty good start to Rebirth's first major crossover event, JLVSS #1benefits greatly from the inherent levity of Task Force X, as well as smartly-written Squad dialogue from Williamson. While I'm not convinced Fabok was the right artist for the job, his work is nonetheless breathtaking, and pairing him with Alex Sinclair is an editorial master stroke. Pick it up for a good time with the Squad and a fat stack of beautiful pages. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Dec 26, 2016

    Lord help them they're trying, but while it looks great, there's just so many things that don't work like they should. It's fine if you want to shut your brain off and watch two teams go toe-to-toe, I suppose. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AiPT! - Jason Segarra Dec 20, 2016

    Overall the book is off to a bit of a rocky start. Hopefully the creative team will discover their voice and take the story in a unique direction. Otherwise this series will just be yet another directionless superhero punch up between two popular teams. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 21, 2016

    Justice League vs. Suicide Squad is a fun exercise in pitting two ideological opposites against each other in a way that makes more sense than something like Avengers vs. X-Men. The rub is that Williamson hasn’t introduced a real conflict beyond the dichotomies already established by the very existence of these characters. There’s potential for his ending to inject some more life into the title, but for right now, it’s a pretty standard heroes-versus-villains book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Dec 23, 2016

    I am not going to rate this book too highly, but I recognize that is because of my personal prejudice. If you are a big fan of the Justice League, Suicide Squad, or just like to see classic characters in print again I'm sure there will be a lot here for you to enjoy. The $3.99 cover price is a bit more than the typical Rebirth titles, though if this is up your alley you probably won't be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Dec 29, 2016

    Because such a fight can't last all that long (certainly not six issues) his first issue also throws a wildcard in the mix as Maxwell Lord makes his first appearance in Rebirth taking advantage of the situation with a prison break to fill out his own team of soldiers including Lobo (thankfully back to his classic style). Not sure just what Max is after, but his involvement in the story does make it slightly more intriguing. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - soshillinois Dec 21, 2016

    That said, if you're in for the Justice League beating up the Suicide Squad, there's not much that's going to dissuade you here. Though with any luck, the plot will come to match the talent involved. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Dec 21, 2016

    As a Wednesday read, it's fine. Big, dumb, Michael Bay-esque superheroics that's real easy on the eyes. You could do worse, and honestly, I probably enjoyed this more than the current Suicide Squad book. I wouldn't put at the top of my pile personally, but if you just gotta be in the know about what's to come, or you just really miss Maxwell Lord (he is pretty great after all, just not on Supergirl), it's probably worth picking up. Give it a browse anyway. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 21, 2016

    All in all, Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #1 seems to be aimed at movie fans looking for more of that universe, doing an okay job of explaining who everyone is and what they're doing, but making for an overstuffed plot that never quite finishes anything. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Dec 22, 2016

    With any luck, the bookends to this issue will quickly come into play and shake up the event, but if the paneling remains as rigid and Williamson's dialogue remains at this level of nuance, it's going to be a long six issues. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Dec 27, 2016

    There is a great last page surprise though which bodes well for the rest of the series; acouple of classic characters, two of which will shock the heck out of fans, appear on the last page cliffhanger as the series' big bads. The awesome last sequence will make you feel like you read something great, but you didnt; you read something that exists to cash in on film properties brought to you by a writer thats trying his best to make the darn thing work and an innovative artist doing the work of his career. Read Full Review

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