Squadron Supreme #1

Squadron Supreme #1

Writer: James Robinson Artist: Leonard Kirk Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 16, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 18
6.9Critic Rating
7.4User Rating

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They're each the sole survivor of a lost Earth and they'll do anything to protect this one, whether you like it or not. The Squadron Supreme -- comprising Hyperion (Avengers), Nighthawk (Supreme Power), Dr. Spectrum (the Great Society), Blur (DP7) and Power Princess -- are a team that doesn't ask permission or what the rules are. To them all that matters is the safety of Earth and if you stand in the way...that's your problem! Tell that to the Squadron's first target -- Namor, destroyer of Dr. Spectrum's homeworld, who will have to pay for his crimes...but at what cost to the people of Atlantis.
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  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 16, 2015

    Squadron Supreme #1 is a huge issue that will have a long lasting impact on the Marvel Universe. The creative team has come out of the gate with all barrels blazing and I'm excited to see where they take this story next. If this is going to be Marvel's equivalent to Earth 2 then I am all in, if for no other reason than to see what havoc this team causes. Bring me more Squadron Supreme, stat! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Jan 27, 2016

    This is easily once of the best first issues I've read from Marvel yet, and it's no-brainer to recommend checking it out. Amazing cover, great characters, and a line in the sand you're not even sure which side you should be on – what a great start! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Dec 21, 2015

    A great debut issue that plants lots of interesting seeds for future issues to reap. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Doom Rocket - Scott Southard Dec 17, 2015

    Although it opens with a bang of gruesome aggression, Squadron Supreme doesn't solely rest on the (admittedly baffling) action sequences, as the nuances of each character are thoughtfully portrayed with subtlety and righteousness. Theyare the anti-binary of right and wrong. I believe in Squadron Supreme as the defenders of Earth, and as beings whobelieve they do what they do for a reason. Even if the choices they make aren'talways right. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 16, 2015

    I went in to the first issue with high expectations and the comic met them and more. A solid beginning that so far is the best “Avengers” title to date. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault Dec 17, 2015

    Robinsons reverence for the Golden Age and his appropriation of its elements should come as no surprise to those familiar with his body of work, particularly Justice Society of America and Earth-2. While hes still playing with DCs archetypes, such are set within Marvels multiverse, and if he can replicate for the House of Ideas the success he had at the Distinguished Competition, Squadron Supreme should prove among the best books to come out of All-New Marvel Now. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Dec 17, 2015

    I like the idea behind this, it's fun to see a take on the Justice League that does manage to feel original if going over slightly familiar ground. I love the art" but" there are some issues: it felt too short, the whole thing was 19 pages long, and a page or two more for some exposition would have been really useful. I knew of these characters and I needed a little guidance, this is meant to be an issue #1 where complete newbies can join in. Still, I want to know what happens next and I'll give issue #2 a shot myself! Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley Dec 21, 2015

    Squadron Supreme is a book teeming with potential: if built properly, the Squadron could be viewed as a legitimate threat to the Avengers, while making readers care about who these characters are. Given the teaser on the last page, though, it doesn't appear that Robinson is going to waste any time in getting to the Squadron versus Avengers conflict. While there is intrigue in seeing that fight, there are only so many times readers will care about this before it becomes old hat. Squadron Supreme is off to an okay start, but James Robinson, Leonard Kirk and Marvel need to be careful not to allow this team to fizzle out before they've told the compelling story that lives within this new series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Dec 17, 2015

    Robinson and Kirk assemble a strong and diverse multiversal roster that is capable of carrying a series in "Squadron Supreme" #1. Despite the wavering tone, it's a strong enough debut to bellwether the upcoming issues of the series. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    IGN - Levi Hunt Dec 17, 2015

    This is an issue with a great sense of purpose, but one that doesn't fully sell the ongoing nature of the book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 17, 2015

    Very leery of the writer working these story beats again, but good art and some interesting character moments make for a successful #1… Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Dec 17, 2015

    I get it, they're trying for a different tone - and they succeed there - but this isn't a team I have any interest in. Super-heroics in which the "heroes" kill and destroy at will? Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Dec 17, 2015

    Squadron Supreme is a tough book to have work narratively in an editor driven connected universe like Marvel's and sadly the team isn't up to the task. James Robinson is good, but he and the mandatory time-lapse don't give the reader time to understand the characters. Leonard Kirk shows great improvement in his craft with the help of Paul Neary and Frank Martin to ensure the book looks solid but sadly this series does not look like one that can last long given its non-new reader friendly approach and how it works against the box most superhero comics have written themselves in. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Dec 16, 2015

    Unfortunately, both characters and big action set pieces fail to live up to any potential found within the script. Leonard Kirk's pencils appear inconsistent with Paul Neary providing varying levels of detail and refinement between individual scenes and pages. Much of the enormous battle falls flat, as neither the movement nor scale of what is occurring is realized. Even the composition of a few key moments fails to land with a big (previously spoiled) death rolling across the finish line, rather than racing. It's a disappointing display of a comic that has, if nothing else, potential. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Dec 17, 2015

    Overall, this was not the best start to a newSquadron Supreme title, but there's a decent enough concept that it may be worth coming back for a second issue. Do not expect this to be Marvel'sJustice League, but do look at it as its own thing: an updatedSquadron Supreme for the 21st century. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Dec 17, 2015

    The Squadron Supreme may have been heroes on their own respective worlds but here in this debut, they look and act more like the villains. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Nightmare of Solomon Dec 20, 2015

    Namor's death feels like someone at Marvel asking "Hey, who else is related to the FF, so that we can crap on them?" and Robinson raised his hand and said "There's Namor, and I can have him killed in my book!" and that Marvel exec said "Do it!"

  • 4.0
    Briton Dec 18, 2015

    A depressing first issue which by it's very nature cannot have a long run. It relies om the gimmick of violence and shock. I wish we could get back to a more reasonable Squadron, as I used to enjoy them.

  • 10
    darkfire369 Dec 16, 2015

    Fantastic intro issue. The Squadron Supreme, while not doing agreeable things, are an interesting and brutal team. I loved the fight scenes and the responses from the citizens and the original Human Torch. Can't wait for the next issue.

  • 10
    UltraPro777 Jan 28, 2016

    Incredibly boring despite the ultra-violence.

  • 9.0
    chubster654 Jan 22, 2016

    As a comic with the context of Jonathan Hickman's New Avengers run this issue was amazing and showed a different side to people trying to do the right thing. It wasn't just violence for shock value since I felt it had weight. You have to realize that Namor not only destroyed Dr. Spectrum's world but he went around with Thanos and the Black Order eradicating hundreds of earths so their reality could survive. It's very interesting to see these people who were affected by the incursions now fighting back. I can't wait to continue reading this title.

  • 8.0
    JBL Reviews Dec 19, 2015


  • 7.5
    Synthozoid Dec 25, 2015

    Not the book I was hoping for, but I'll stick around to see what Robinson does with Jim Hammond.

  • 6.0
    Big Brother Dec 20, 2015

    I love the Squad, but this was done in bad taste. One long fight scene where one side dominates the other. At a certain point, I wondered "Is this it?" "Want to see what happens next," with Hyperion crushing Namor's skull? Not particularly.

  • 3.0
    Gizmo Jul 28, 2016

    A cold, joyless and boring mess. I have no interest in any of these characters and have only been handed reasons to dislike them. As for Namor, I can't say that I ever liked the guy, but to give Marvel's first anti-hero such a half-assed fate with no weight to it is just a kick in the balls. Not to mention shrugging off the genocide of an entire city. I know James Robinson is capable of better than this and I expect more from the editors at Marvel as well. I know Marvel is throwing everything that they have at the wall right now to see what will stick, but the world would be better off if this comic had never existed.

  • 10
    Uldogi Dec 16, 2015

  • 9.0
    Rotivv Dec 16, 2015

  • 9.0
    Juanpk26 Dec 16, 2015

  • 9.0
    Ordinary Joe Dec 20, 2015

  • 8.0
    mrDovydas Dec 20, 2015

  • 7.5
    Zumba May 16, 2016

  • 7.0
    Jabberwocky_Superfly Dec 20, 2015

  • 6.5
    Kamahl88 Dec 18, 2015

  • 6.0
    DXO Dec 23, 2015

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