Suicide Squad #1

Suicide Squad #1

Writer: Adam Glass Artist: Federico Dallocchio Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: September 14, 2011 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 2
7.1Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

They're a team of death-row super villains recruited by the government to take on missions so dangerous they're sheer suicide!Harley Quinn! Deadshot! King Shark! Defeated and imprisoned, they're being interrogated about their mission and about who's pulling the strings behind this illegal operation. Who will be the first to crack under the pressure?

  • 10
    Heretical Jargon - Heretic Sep 17, 2011

    Of course, Im going to have trouble NOT comparing this to the greatest super villain comic ever made, the Secret Six. Gail Simone gave that title what it needed in order to still be qualified as a bad guy book, while maintaining a certain, twisted sense morality and family loveIm wondering if this new Suicide Squad can do something to help give its readers something to relate and hold onto, much like the Secret Six did. But as of right now, Im hooked and looking forward to whats coming next month more than any other title thats come out thus far! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Nuts - Jef Mendoza Sep 17, 2011

    All in all, a wonderful introduction to a set of villains which I don't know what's going to happen. Are they going to do bad things still because they are evil? Is the government evil? Do the super heroes know that the government is doing this? Who is Voltaic and King Shark? And why is King Shark hilarious even though he only has one work he repeats over and over (i.e. "Meat!")? Stay tuned for answers in next month's issue #2 review. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St-Louis Sep 24, 2011

    I like Dallocchios artwork, but find that the inking is uneven and not complementary to his work. He needs someone with thinker lines to really surround his work. Here, the lines are too thin and brittle to extract all the good designs from the penciller and throw it out at the reader. Because the lines are so thin and much of this issue is dark and with little light, it can sometimes make understanding whats happening in an individual panel difficult. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Sep 14, 2011

    When the New 52 relaunch was announced and the titles revealed, a lot of fans lamented the fact that Gail Simone's Secret Six wasn't going to survive in the new DC Universe. I'm pleased to say, though, that those who enjoyed that title will probably appreciate what writer Adam Glass does here. I was reminded of the darker side of Secret Six at several points, and I honestly don't think it's a coincidence by the end of the issue, the team is made up of six members that include past members of the Secret Six. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 15, 2011

    There are a few more surprises " and I do mean surprises " filling out the roster, not to mention the "scope" of the roster, the source behind the opening torturous scene, and the team's first assignment. Those pieces add up to a book that grabs my attention by the back of the neck and whispers to me to come back next month. Honestly, I don't see how I'm going to miss it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Sep 16, 2011

    This is one of my favorite books to come out of the DC relaunch, but it definitely isn't for everyone. If I didn't make it clear enough, this book is mean, but it happens to be my kind of mean. It is also one of the best of DC's number ones at making clear just what it is doing right out of the gate. There isn't any questions about what is or isn't in continuity, and the ending literally drops the team into the action in classic cliffhanger fashion. Unfortunately, the shenanigans on art left a sour taste in my mouth, making what could have been a stunning debut merely really good. Four stars out of five. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Sep 16, 2011

    This is one of my favorite books to come out of the DC relaunch, but it definitely isn't for everyone. If I didn't make it clear enough, this book is mean, but it happens to be my kind of mean. It is also one of the best of DC's number ones at making clear just what it is doing right out of the gate. There isn't any questions about what is or isn't in continuity, and the ending literally drops the team into the action in classic cliffhanger fashion. Unfortunately, the shenanigans on art left a sour taste in my mouth, making what could have been a stunning debut merely really good. Four stars out of five. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Sep 15, 2011

    Suicide Squad has been a concept that I've liked since I first read it and I was glad when it had a release again during Blackest Night, even if it was poorly executed. Just bringing the idea back to the forefront again was appealing. With this relaunch here, it's giving us the early missions once again with a different kind of cast to it yet with some familiar aspects as well. It's a book that's going to be controversial easily enough and for good reason, but if I wanted the same thing again I could just reread what they published years ago. The book has a good flow here, some solid artwork and a cast of characters that I want to see work together and die together. I went into it with an open mind and a curiosity about the changes and came away looking forward to the next issue quite a lot. It's not a book I have really high expectations for, but it gives us a look at a different side of the DC Universe that should be more dangerous, gritty and filled with gallows humor. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 16, 2011

    It's not high-art, but it is quite entertaining. Glass' script lacks the gallows humour that it's immediate predecessor, Secret Six, had, but it's not completely devoid of levity either. In filling the void of Secret Six, it will be interesting to see if Glass can build a team like Gail Simone did, and if he's even interested in building a support organization like the 80′s Squad had. The foundation Glass has laid so far is really good, but what it really needs is consistency on art. Two different artist handle the duties on this issue's 20 pages, each distinct enough from the other to be noticeable and a little distracting. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 14, 2011

    The readers who dislike this series the most will be the ones holding it to the standard of previous incarnations of Suicide Squad. And while that may be perfectly justified given the strong legacy of Suicide Squad, it's better to pretend this is the start of an original franchise. It's better to hope that once the team is fully established, Glass will be able to provide a fun, violent, and uncluttered team book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Sep 14, 2011

    Overall, it was a decent book. I think more than anything I'm excited to continue reading this. I'm loving the character redesigns and Harley Quinn stepping away from Joker. On the downside, the multiple artists bugged me out and I really just didn't enjoy this issue overall. I also don't feel this is a solid book for new readers. I mildly MILDLY recommend this book only because I think it's the foundation for a good upcoming storyline and nothing else. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Roman Colombo Sep 16, 2011

    Final Thoughts: I love the Thunderbolts, and I wouldn't mind a DC version of it, but this issue started on the wrong foot…in the wrong town. I'll try it for a little while longer and see how the future issues turn out. Maybe it's misguided, but I still have a little faith in this title still. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Wayland Sep 14, 2011

    I had high hopes, but low expectations, for this. The expectations were right. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Sep 14, 2011

    As much as Glass wanted to term this new iteration of the Suicide Squad as "kick-ass," it falls far short of that mark. It's just grating. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    general_zod Jul 26, 2015

    "Kicked in the Teeth", the premiere issue of The New 52's Suicide Squad is a guilty pleasure. It doesn't contain a real story, but it does manage to entertain in a sickly way. The main problem with the book is that nothing really happens; it's all just setup. Writer Adam Glass reintroduces the team through an extended torture sequence which includes a few flashbacks and a "twist" ending that most readers will see coming a mile away. The enjoyment comes from the colorful artwork and the dark humor sprinkled throughout the issue. The gruesome violence displayed is a little over-the-top, but I guess that just goes with the territory. After all, this series is dealing with some of the hardened criminals of the DC Universe. Long-time fans of Task Force X will probably be disappointed with some of the character changes, but as a new reader, I just wished there was more of a story. Issue #1 isn't a classic, but it does provide nasty fun and the cliffhanger is a doozy.

  • 7.0
    JuliusMc Mar 5, 2017

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