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Absolute Power #1

Event\Storyline: Absolute Power Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Dan Mora Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 3, 2024 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 31
8.6Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

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THE TRINITY OF EVIL HAS WON. DC's epic summer event kicks off with a bang, as the combined might of FAILSAFE and the BRAINIAC QUEEN has at last given Amanda Waller the ability to steal the metahuman abilities of every hero and villain on planet Earth. As chaos erupts in the streets and a massive misinformation campaign sways public opinion to her side, the founder of the Suicide Squad methodically targets each superhero dynasty one at a time, starting with SUPERMAN. But even in this darkest of hours, a resistance is forming...and BATMAN is out for vengeance. It's a shocking blitzkrieg across the globe that is decades in the making--and will s more

  • 10
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 1, 1970

    Absolute Power #1 has garnered plenty of hype. This issue proves it just might be warranted. If the other three issues are this strong, DC might have its signature mega-event since Dark Nights: Metal. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - James Attias Jul 2, 2024

    Absolute Power#1 was more than a warning shot it was a shot to the heart, on multiple fronts. Brace yourselves, loyal readers, the war has only just begun. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 3, 2024

    There's so much to love about Absolute Power. From the stellar art, complexities of Waller's use of fake news, the loss of superhero powers, and almost no way the heroes can win, you'll be dying to read the next issue. Absolute Power will resonate with readers for now and maybe always. Absolute Power is the very definition of a superhero epic. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Get Your Comic On - Neil Vagg Jul 3, 2024

    An incredible start to the Absolute Power event. Waid and Mora are masterminding a devastating and compelling story to take the DCU to the brink of destruction. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerd Initiative - Ken M. Jul 3, 2024

    In one calculated strike, the entire DC Universe is put on notice that their time is up. Waid crafts a multi-layered story with superb writing. The electric artwork of Mora and Snchez will leave readers in awe of the shocking and thrilling onslaught. Once the last page is read, there is no doubt the quest for power shows no mercy. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicsOnline - Tony Rhea Jul 3, 2024

    Absolute Power #1 delivers a solid opening issue, and sets up some fantastic and intriguing events for the follow-on issues. This is an absolute must read! Read Full Review

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jul 3, 2024

    Enlisting a creative team that has spent years collaborating brings expertise and energy to Absolute Power #1, which is instantly noticeable. It’s an issue filled with shocks from start to finish, swinging with savagery. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 2, 2024

    Absolute Power #1 is a grand slam of a start for the DC Universe's latest big event. Mark Waid and Dan Mora nailed making this start work as a culmination of all the storytelling with Amanda Waller since Dark Crisis On Infinite Earth #7's epilogue. This is a must-read comic book for fans of the DC Universe. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Mohamed Malla Jul 4, 2024

    'Absolute Power' #1 is a thrilling read from start to finish with gorgeous art and colors, accompanied by some impressive high-stakes writing. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jul 3, 2024

    This is one of the bleakest first issues of an event comic I can remember in a while. My only hesitation is that this still doesn't feel like Waller, and I'm wondering if that's a twist to come. But one thing is for sure I am hooked. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Jul 3, 2024

    Absolute Power #1 is a fantastic first issue to this event and efficiently sets the scene, reveals the stakes, and raises questions. Waid does many interesting things with the execution of Wallers plan and essentially makes every hero the most vulnerable they have been in years. There's plenty of action that one would expect from a big summer event, but it also covers some fascinating concepts that are happening in the real world at the same time. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 3, 2024

    Absolute Power #1 is a solid start to an event that takes inspiration from real world fears and hits the zeitgeist in many ways. Waller deals a populist blow by manipulating the people to rise up against those who do have power, but also help society too in imperfect ways. Waid and the team have a start of an event that might seem like a flashy surface but underneath there's some interesting substance as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Jul 3, 2024

    Absolute Power #1 might be the rare comic book where the execution vastly outweighs its central concept, as Waid, Mora, and company give it their all in rendering DC's next monster event. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Jul 2, 2024

    Absolute Power #1 presents oodles of action, adventure, excitement, and drama to get readers on board with DC's big Summer event. As a bonus, Dan Mora's art is an exquisite match for Mark Waid's surprisingly engaging script. That said, the story only works if you choose to believe Amanda Waller can take over the world without anyone lifting a finger to stop her, which is a mighty big pill to swallow. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 3, 2024

    Dan Moras art is one of the only things that redeems this first issue for me. I love the visual style and the spectacle Mora brings to every action packed moment. I just wish the story was worthy of his skills. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Super Hero Hype - Matt Morrison Jul 2, 2024

    I hope there's some kind of twist at the end of this that will explain this wild characterization. Waid is a good writer, but he does have a history of mishandling characters that aren't his favorites for the sake of a story. Hopefully Absolute Power will explain this and prove to be worth it. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jul 3, 2024

    Overall, Absolute Power #1 is a decent comic. The art is great and Waid has some good moments. He's trying really hard to make this a big event with some startling moments. However, there's nothing behind them that is interesting enough. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - William Martin Jul 3, 2024

    Conceptually this event feels less creatively bankrupt than the last few (admittedly that's not too hard to pull off) and I'm interested in seeing where Waid takes things. On the other hand,I worry that, in the end, this will be nothing more than a contrived mess with beautiful art if more clarity isn't reached. Read Full Review

  • 10
    SinceAge7 Jul 5, 2024

    If DC books are like this moving forward, I might switch over...

  • 10
    gusresm Jul 2, 2024

    I can’t remember the last time I was excited by a summer event, but Waid and Mora do the trick. The art is, as always, uncanny. Mora might be the best artist of his generation. Waid is a comic book legend and need no praise. I understand that you need some suspension of disbelief to accept that Waller could defeat the justice league with little opposition but I think Waid (and Tom Taylor) prepared the build up to the event really well.

  • 9.5
    sawright20 Jul 3, 2024

    I am flabbergasted by how good this was! I haven’t felt so positively about an event in a long time. Dan Mora is always phenomenal, but his work somehow looks better than ever here. Maybe that has to do with the coloring from Alejandro Sánchez, I’m not familiar with him. And I’m a sucker for everything Mark Waid writes, he might be at his zenith as a creator right now.

  • 9.0
    Jawnyblaze Jul 12, 2024

    Great start to the event. Art is impeccable and the writing of course is great, Mark Waid is one of the greatest to ever do it. There seems to be more than a little Civil War influence here, but instead of the superhero community being divided, it's regular folk vs superheroes. Basically just the fear mongering of superheroes being able to go unchecked, but it definitely has plenty of its own flavor and nuances. Using altered media to influence the ignorant masses is very relevant to the current state of the world as well.

    Overall it was an incredible start with only very minor quibbles, primarily the kinda surprise hero Waller has on her side. Even if he's a mole as some have speculated, it just goes against his character more

  • 9.0
    Afre Jul 3, 2024

    Amazing start

  • 8.5
    retcon_D Jul 8, 2024

    Really solid start, but I can't get past the mischaracterization of Amanda Waller. Waid and Mora can do no wrong in my eyes.

  • 8.0
    daspidaboy Jul 2, 2024

    while I am not a big fan of Amanda waller's characterization, I do like the intriguing plot on how Amanda Waller managed to trick the world by misinformation. I wish we are shown on her doing it instead of off screen, but it's good regardless. I don't like Amanda waller to be honest, and I think it's a little plot convience for every single superhero to lose their ability by technology, but so far I'm enjoying this start.

  • 7.5
    Criminology. Jul 10, 2024

    The build-up to this event was incredible. The way it uses so much of the output of the last 2 years is incredible. It just ties the universe together and shows that DC could have a stable continuity. Thinking that this was teased in Dark Crisis is just mind-blowing, considering that i think that dc is kind of a mess. And I know it had its editorial hiccups, but whatever, it's here now. There is just that sense of reward.

    This event certainly carries a 2000s feel to it. It's focused more on the political side, it's more grounded, and modernly dark, while definitely less gross and cynical. It feels tamer in a good sense and the character does not feel less than the superheroes they are. This makes sense because Waid has similar c more

  • 7.5
    Mout Jul 9, 2024

    Buddy Baker is a has been in the current DCU, now Waid brings him back just for him to be beat up in front of his daughter? Damn 😭

    Really liked this one, it feels like a Marvel event in a way, by it's commentary of IA and it's danger, even our heroes are getting defeated by it.

  • 7.0
    Tempra16v2.0Turbo Jul 2, 2024

    The art is good, but we have to wait. I didn't think it was a great start.

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  • 6.0
    fzanca Jul 7, 2024

    I know everyone is gushing over this like schoolgirls and Dan Mora's art elevates this very mediocre story. We saw this before. The general public turning on heroes. I twas called prelude to Civil War by Marvel. I don't recall AMazo doing anything but duplicate powers. Stealing them is silly, as he's stealing magic, mutation, alien, etc. It makes no sense for an robot to be able to do that. I'm not impressed.

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  • 5.0
    Lafcadia Jul 18, 2024

    It looks like a strange remix of JLA: Tower of Babel and Final Crisis ("The Day The Evil Won"). I am completely not interested in the story as we already have a way better and well-received version, but still, I would say that Dan Mora's art is very cool.

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