Suicide Risk #1

Suicide Risk #1

Writer: Mike Carey Artist: Elena Casagrande, Andrew Elder Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: May 1, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 1
7.2Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

Heroes are dying, and cops are dying twofold. Humanity is underpowered in the face of their onslaught, and people are suffering untold casualties trying to stem the flow. After barely surviving a super-powered bank heist gone horribly wrong, beat cop Leo Winters vowed to try and find a way to stop them. Following a lead, he discovered two lowlifes who seemed to be able to grant a person powers...for the right price.

Thing is: you don't get to choose which power. It's seemingly random, a crap-shoot, a risk.

Will Leo decide to take that risk? And why is it that even the heroes in this world eventually break...bad?

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker May 9, 2013

    I'm not sure this will replace Gotham Central, but with the first issue, it seems like it might be a worthy successor. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - J.R. Johnson May 6, 2013

    The first issue of Suicide Risk is enough to demand your attention for what's on the cusp of this impassioned story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin May 5, 2013

    Suicide Risk #1 is a mighty enjoyable read. Mike Carey and Elena Casagrande combine to give us a brand new world of heroes and villains that feels deep and real, with some mysterious hooks that really grab you. It's also nice to see original content coming from Boom!, which has often been more focused on (admittedly great) licensed content. Here's hoping that future issues live up to the strong start we have here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Apr 30, 2013

    Overall, Suicide Risk marks a much stronger debut than many superhero comics are lucky to get these days. While it has its share of flaws, mainly stemming from a lack of time building up the central characters before drastically changing their world, Suicide Risk packs in more intrigue and merit than disappointment. The biggest success for the big is that it presents an interesting enough world, and an engaging enough hook to make readers want to know more about the characters, to feel the impact that's missing from this issue's last few pages, to inhabit their world, and unravel the mysteries within it. And in today's superhero landscape, that's about as big a success as you can hope for in a brand new concept. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson May 6, 2013

    "Suicide Risk" is certainly worth a few issues to see if Carey and Casagrande can find that magic that makes a great new superhero story with a twist. All the elements are in place for it to happen, and I'm willing to give them a few months to hammer out the kinks, you should too. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski May 2, 2013

    Mike Carey is not known for slow-burning stories, so “Suicide Risk” feels instantly uncharacteristic. That said, he's earned enough trust for this story to be one to watch. There's nothing that says that Carey isn't trying to approach this story more methodically than usual. But with such a talented artist in tow you want to see more chances taken. Instead, “Suicide Risk” is a winning premise that stumbles in execution in its first issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Crux - Leslie Rising May 10, 2013

    All-in-all, I applaud this books efforts to try a new approach to the superhero genre. I just hope the following issues allow the reader to get to know the people behind the Spandex costumes. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Steve Paugh May 16, 2013

    I don’t think Suicide Risk will ever become a classic, but I do think it has the potential for its world to become fully realized and in general, a good story. Hopefully, the creative team can capitalize on its momentum by exploring a deeper rabbit hole, but either way, I’m pretty damn on-board for this series and am already looking forward to seeing how the electrifying final moments of the first issue will continue in the next and throughout the series as a whole. Check this one out! Read Full Review

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