Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

Event\Storyline: Rebirth Writer: Rob Williams Artist: Philip Tan, Jonathan Glapion Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 3, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 34 User Reviews: 38
7.5Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

Soldier. War hero. Traitor. Captain Rick Flag was one of America's greatest military commanders before he was banished to a secret military prison. But after years of isolation, Flag's life changes forever when a woman called Amanda Waller offers him redemption in exchange for taking on the single most dangerous job in the entire DC Universe: keeping the Suicide Squad alive!

  • 10
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Aug 3, 2016

    Suicide Squad Rebirth is actually fantastic to sit down and read! Rob Williams story about super villains being “heroic” in all the wrong ways is brilliant and refreshing tale! What makes this so much fun is you can really tell the Squad doesn't really care what they are doing and they don't care for each other, unlike most super villain story lines where you try to feel sorry for them, you don't get that vibe from this story at all! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read about a group of heroic super villains! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Big Comic Page - Jules Boyle Aug 4, 2016

    Is a small complaint though, as Suicide Squad is firing on all cylinders here. It's immense stuff. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Aug 3, 2016

    I have loved the Suicide Squad through good incarnations and bad ones. Its far more fun when I can truly enjoy the book. And by the looks of this issue, the new series is one I will be proud to be a fan of. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 3, 2016

    This issue primarily informs the reader of the Suicide Squad's pecking order going forward, and there are some interesting developments. This iteration of the team seems to be moving closer to the version in the film, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. A strong showing of great storytelling and solid action that bodes well for the title's immediate future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - John White Aug 3, 2016

    Rob Williams has proven with this issue that he truly understands the voice needed to write great Suicide Squad stories and I look forward to reading his continued work on the series. While the art is enjoyable to truly amazing aspect is the colors by Alex Sinclair. With such vibrant cast, it is only fitting that the look of the book should match. Although it is easy to get overexciting with a re-launch of a classing title, nothing in Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 points to expectations for the series being based in anything other than fact. Fact number 1, the classic lineup plus wonderful additions from recent years are back. Fact number 2, Williams appears to be setting up the book to tell stories that only the Suicide Squad can tell. Fact number 3, Amanda Waller is back to her, uh, full self. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Jon Arvedon Aug 5, 2016

    While it's certainly not a game-changer, Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 is a good read with plenty of fun moments and lots of action. Rob Williams fully captures the team dynamic and has a solid understanding of what the Suicide Squad is all about. The art isn't quite what I was hoping for but an excellent array of colors by Alex Sinclair helps to alleviate some of the pain points I came across. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Aug 8, 2016

    A good reboot for this series, though there are only three villains in this squad. More is better, so bring on a bigger team, DC! If you liked the previous incarnations of the Suicide Squad or the film, you'll enjoy this. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Leroy Dee Aug 9, 2016

    Out of all the single issue Rebirth titles, Suicide Squad may be my favorite. It's un-apologetically entertaining and it's something about seeing psychos with no conscious enjoying being psychos with no conscious. I'm really exited for the next issue, plus (the real) Jim Lee will actually draw that book, so time for the Master to show the Student how it's done. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Aug 12, 2016

    It also helps that Suicide Squad is really well drawn by Philip Tan, with a starched edge of sinister, realistic grit contrasted with a twisted colour and flavour when we see the bad guys in action. When you combine such nice panels with Williams' great writing and intelligent storytelling, which establishes Task Force X really well–particularly for people who may not be all that familiar with the concept going in–then what you have is almost an alternate reality companion to the recent David Ayer movie, albeit one doing the job far better. If you're yet to see the movie, do yourself a favour – save your money and buy this instead. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 3, 2016

    Suicide Squad is getting a heavy marketing push with the movie and a slew of toy/collectible lines. What previously was a niche title is now one of DCs most important books. This Rebirth kickoff was an impressive debut. If the series stays on this path, DC has another big hit on its hands. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicBuzz - EJ G. Aug 26, 2016

    Overall, Suicide Squad: Rebirth was a great read with a lot of promising material to be used in the near future. The bomb can play a very interesting part as this series continues seeing as how it could be a devastating weapon against the Justice League. The moments between characters were succinct and successful in their attempts to keep readers intrigued enough for upcoming stories. There were times when the dialogue came off as clich but it didn't damper the story. What has been your favorite Rebirth comic series so far? Comment below! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Aug 6, 2016

    This new era for the team started by Suicide Squad: Rebirth#1 could definitely spark a whole new generation of readers into the fray of DC Comics, it's a great jumping off point. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Aug 3, 2016

    Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 eases any concern you may have about at least Rob Williams taking over as writer for the Rebirth relaunch. As for Jim Lee and Scott Williams, we'll just have to wait and see when the actual issue #1 comes out later this month. All in all this is Suicide Squad. They know what we want out of these characters, the kind of violence we should get out of them, and the possibilities for story development we can get out of them too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Alexander Handziuk Aug 3, 2016

    Suicide Squad Rebirth Special #1 is a mouthful to say but a great book to read as Williams and Tan make the squad engaging, without sacrificing pacing.It manages to sidestep the over exposition heavy trap that has befallen many Rebirth Special issues, and while this issue is light on the payoff, it sets this series up as a potential must read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 3, 2016

    That all said, Tan's style has enough of that Jim Lee-style energy that many readers will likely go along with the book, especially when it's anchored by the solid colors of Alex Sinclair, who adds depth and weight to each page. And in many ways, that's Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 in a nutshell - it doesn't revolutionize the team or superhero comic books in general, but has plenty of solid elements to make up for its bouts of inconsistency and ease new readers into the villain-centric status quo. And while this team has been known for its body count, with a movie in theaters this week, it might just make sense for Suicide Squad to play it safe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Aug 3, 2016

    There is a high body count and gallons of blood. If that is what you wanted out of the reborn Squad, you will be thrilled. If that is not your thing, this is not for you. Nothing about Suicide Squad is for the meek. Bring the pain. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Aug 4, 2016

    But the classic Squad feel is front and center in Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 with intriguing badass characters and Waller at her string-pulling best. Even if you dont like the film, the Rebirth era Suicide Squad book seems to be the place to go for classic Squad action as it hits all the right John Ostrander notes while existing in its own modern space. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 3, 2016

    Based on the critical response to DC's Suicide Squad movie, fans might be better off skipping the theater and picking up this comic instead. It's not exactly groundbreaking storytelling, but it does offer a clean, easy gateway and an enjoyable depiction of the Amanda Waller/Rick Flag rivalry. It suggests that better days are in store for this troubled franchise. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 3, 2016

    The comic does a decent job of catching folks up who are new, but I'm not sure there's quite enough to really sell the concept for old readers and maybe even the new ones. Still, this is a series I want to see where it goes and we'll see if the alignment of the comic with the film is a good thing or a bad one. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Dark Knight News - Nat Brehmer Aug 5, 2016

    Either way, Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 did its job very well. It got me interested in reading about the squad again, does a great job of bringing new readers up to speed and seems to almost mirror the visual style of the movie so that fans of that won't feel alienated by the source material. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 6, 2016

    The team looks to included Deadshot, Captain Boomerang (who apparently has been demoted), and Harley Quinn. With so little time on the page it's hard to suss our more than Harley is the crazy one, Boomerang is the dick, and Deadshot is the killer. While this certainly works as an introductory issue it still leaves me with several questions about the series when it isn't primarily focusing on Waller. Worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Aug 5, 2016

    It's a solid book... But if you want to skip it, and go straight to issue one, I would understand. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Aug 7, 2016

    In terms of story, Harley Quinn doesn't dominate the story or action which is good as Rob Williams balances the small cast that stars Harley, Deadshot, and Boomerang. They're tasked with saving and extracting a scientist out of China who has developed a meta-bomb that's capable of giving normal people powers for thirty-six hours, but it also negates the powers of super heroes for the same amount of time. Like the other Rebirth issues, this is a done-in-one story that is designed to attract new readers and I think the story definitely succeeds here. There's maybe a bit too much set up at the beginning with Amanda Waller and Rick Flagg, but it provides a mechanism for Williams to tell the Suicide Squad's origin. Of the two Suicide Squad related releases this week, Harley Quinn was the more enjoyable, but this issue had a solid story despite art that I just couldn't enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Aug 10, 2016

    Based on Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 it's hard to feel enthusiastic about the new series. Maybe it'll get better, but it's got a long way to go if this is any indication. It's like a party balloon: it might entertain a few people but it's still full of hot air, bloated and hollow. Read Full Review

  • 6.6
    Comicsverse - Dennis Mui Aug 3, 2016

    The personalities of saidcharacters seems a bit different from the New 52 versions, and again that may be because of the movie release. Boomerang has lost his hunger for revenge againstDeadshot and is more of a comedic character, as the film looks to portray him. Deadshot's signature gun is prominently featured and his whole body is completely covered with his armor in the issue, but I wouldn't be surprised if he is revealed to resemble Will Smith. Most noticeably, Harley Quinn more resembles the version that will be seen on the big screen. She is now a bit more colorful with the pink and blue, instead of just her usual black and red. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Aug 4, 2016

    Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 isn't quite the start I was looking for, and given the poor critical response the movie is receiving, this comic needs to excel. That said, the creative team do show some promise, as between the visuals and some dramatic encounters, it is clear that there is plenty of potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Jeremy Matcho Aug 4, 2016

    Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 was a pretty good introduction to the main characters. Its no coincidence that the lineup just so happens to match up with the current film's, but what are you going to do? Rob Williams turned in a decent script that didnt offer many surprises, but was fine enough, andthe art is what really sells this issue. Philip Tan and Alex Sinclair really put in a good effort this issue and make it very enjoyable to read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Aug 4, 2016

    Costume designs aside, Suicide Squad will be a great jumping on point for fans of the film, and while it doesn't feature very many characters at the moment, the ones it does focus on are done well. William's take on Rick Flag is intriguing so far, and if he can get the reader to care about him, then hopes are high that he can get fans to care about the rest of the team. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Aug 4, 2016

    There's a lack of precision in this issue that just made me struggle to get invested in any of the goings on. More a shouty shamble than a ballroom blitz. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 3, 2016

    This is a decent start to a series that clearly has its strength in the action. Williams establishes he has a good handle on the characters and some cool big ideas, but it takes way too long to get going with story elements we've seen a thousand times before. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Daniel Mills Aug 6, 2016

    Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 may serve as an adequate introduction, but ultimately falls short of a new beginning. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Aug 3, 2016

    If your non-comic reading friends are looking to jump onto a Suicide Squad book after seeing this week's film, then sure, give them Suicide Squad Rebirth #1 and see how they take to it, but it's not phenomenal, and that free April Fool's Day reprint might make for a cheaper sampler for your friends. Let's hope that the non-"Rebirth" #1 coming on August 17, which actually had Jim Lee's art, fares better. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comicosity - Emma Houxbois Aug 3, 2016

    At the end of it all though, I worked out my feelings about this issue adopting the mom voice for my inner monologue. Im not mad, Im just disappointed. I still have full confidence that Williams and Lee will find ways to blow our minds that may just reach as far back as Hitman to find precedent for under the main DC brand. Ive read too much of their work to be able to feel otherwise, but even with a great deal of promise in some of the ideas and characterizations present, this is a crushing disappointment for what should be one of the brightest shining stars of Rebirth. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Aug 3, 2016

    Maybe it's just an omen of what's coming to theaters on Friday, but Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 is a whole bunch of "meh" wrapped inside far too much hype. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Big Guy 4U Aug 3, 2016

    While it's far from a bad issue, Rob Williams doesn't start off his run on Suicide Squad in the best way possible. While I understand that it is a setup issue, Williams demonstrates problems which are likely to persist for much longer. The dialogue is unrealistic, and a lot of William's jokes don't land properly. The pacing is a bit off, with the book throwing a load of action into the reader's face all at once. That being said, he does manage to write an above average action sequence, and his setup for the run is far from terrible. And while Jim Lee's art is much worse than usual, it's still quite good.

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  • 9.0
    The Villain Aug 3, 2016

    Another excellent Rebirth one-shot. Suicide Squad Rebirth is probably a bit of an effort to get people in the theater to see the film adaptation on opening weekend and it does do its job. This issue is a great introduction to Amanda Waller who appears to be a bad ass. We learn a lot about Rick Flagg as well. The actual Suicide Squad do take a bit of a backseat but it works. There is a great scene between Waller and the president to kick off the issue and the action and story are great. I recommend this issue to anyone who is interested in the new movie.

  • 8.0
    TheMatteo0 Aug 3, 2016

    A strong introduction to Rick Flag and the Suicide Squad, this really has most of what one could want from a Rebirth one-shot. It asks interesting moral questions with well-written dialogue for the most part, and solid artwork. If it misses something, it is an engaging storyline and a detailed plot, but hopefully as the main series gets underway they can move from a fun introduction into a more substantial and interesting plot. If I had one other 'complaint,' it might be that the relationships and dynamics between the characters wasn't really set-up at all here; although perhaps that was more a limitation of length than anything else. Overall, a strong start but some room to improve before it will flourish.

  • 8.0
    the green death Aug 4, 2016

    Manages to fit a big fat action movie into one 20 page book, that's impressive! It doesn't reinvent anything but it moves along at a great pace, introduces Flag and Waller and manages to have some strong action scenes too. I'm going to stick around for this one.

  • 7.5
    DarioV Aug 12, 2016

    "Suicide Squad: Rebirth" is a nice surprise, with witty dialogue and solid laughs. The real problem is the artistic department, which was terrible, but knowing that the actual series will be illustrated by the man himself, Jim Lee, makes me hopeful for this series.

  • 7.0
    thehellblazer221 Aug 25, 2016

    Suicide Squad rebirth starts off on an extremely strong note, with Amanda Waller basically bullying the president himself into continuing the Task Force X project. However, things fall apart shortly after that. The banter between the squad members was awkward at times, especially with Captain Boomerang. The art also somewhat loses some of it's luster, and the disposable plot doesn't help anything.

  • 6.5
    ComickerPerson Aug 3, 2016

    A serviceable introduction with poor art. The moral quandaries are displayed in full, and a bit on-the-nose. Not quite as good as the previous New Suicide Squad arc.

  • 6.5
    ak94 Aug 4, 2016

    looks like to be in '90s. the story is the most easy possible, art is ok; had potential, let's see what happens next.

  • 6.5
    Kitaru Sep 4, 2016

    For some reason I just did not enjoy this Rebirth special. Perhaps it was because it felt like they were basing the comic on the movie, rather than the other way around, or because it felt overdone. Overall, I don't really intend to actively collect the series.

  • 5.0
    JBL Reviews Aug 3, 2016

    Unoriginal

  • 4.5
    Gizmo Aug 9, 2016

    So let me get this straight, the Suicide Squad has been operating without Whitehouse authorization, so when the President finds out he decides not only to keep the Director in charge (who's kept it secret all these years, essentially committing treason) but to allow her to appoint her own oversight without vetting her choice? Either Rob Williams doesn't think much of the President, or he doesn't care. If Williams didn't want the President to interfere with the status quo, why even bring him up? The rest of the book isn't particularly compelling either, it's basically just some action to fill out the issue. It's just a hollow, empty shell of a comic. Suicide Squad hasn't been worth reading for the last few years and it doesn't appear like that's going to change any time soon.

  • 10
    merre Aug 7, 2016

  • 9.0
    gusresm Aug 3, 2016

  • 9.0
    haniballecto Aug 7, 2016

  • 9.0
    Lotrbruno Aug 27, 2016

  • 8.5
    Redeadhood Aug 20, 2016

  • 8.0
    Barnparty Aug 4, 2016

  • 8.0
    truffaz Aug 21, 2016

  • 8.0
    SwampyCA Sep 3, 2016

  • 7.5
    Gunnarthehuman Aug 4, 2016

  • 7.5
    LocoNasty Aug 5, 2016

  • 7.5
    ockedman Aug 11, 2016

  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.5
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  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
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  • 7.0
    Andrew Aug 28, 2016

  • 7.0
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  • 6.5
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  • 6.5
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  • 6.5
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  • 6.5
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  • 6.0
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  • 5.0
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  • 5.0
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