Crime Syndicate #1

Writer: Andy Schmidt Artist: Bryan Hitch, Kieran McKeown Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 3, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 23
7.0Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

Spinning out of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the Multiverse is reborn-and Earth-3 with it! In this six-issue miniseries, witness the true origins of the malevolent makers of mayhem known as the Crime Syndicate as a common foe unites them! But how long can alliances last between villains like these?
Also in this issue, it’s the origin of Ultraman in our special backup story drawn by superstar artist Bryan Hitch!

  • 10
    BGCP - Ian Linn Mar 3, 2021

    Let's not beat around the bush here. In case it's not incredibly clear, this is a must get book in the lineup of new post-Death Metal titles. On top of just being a really interesting take on Earth-3, it's also a limited six issue series, which means it will have the room to complete a full arc without worry of being canceled out of the blue. Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Mar 10, 2021

    DC has made a book that has come bursting out of the re-figured multiverse and hits me in the perfect spot. Meta, thought provoking and full of alternate history. It is so funny, smart and expertly drawn. I love a good Elseworlds tale and this one, is actually in canon. How fun is that? Pay attention to this mini series because I predict it will be such a hit that it will become a monthly. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Mar 2, 2021

    After many years of teaching, Andy Schmidt is back on the front lines of comic storytelling where he belongs. In this debut issue, both art and story are great, definitely in the top 5 books that DC's putting out this month. Pick it up!!!! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Mar 2, 2021

    Crime Syndicate #1 brings a new version of the supervillain team of Earth-3 to light in a way that leaves you wanting more. It does a great job at showing that these characters are bad and that we shouldn't like them. Despite that, we kind of do. We want to see these villains team against this common foe and to see them succeed. One of the only negatives after this issue is knowing that there are only 5 more to go! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Mar 3, 2021

    There is a cool Ultraman backup story that features art by Bryan Hitch. This one is very sharp and good and the detail in this short story are amazing. The art by Hitch is very good as well and the whole thing just works. I am interested to see where this title goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Mar 2, 2021

    Earth-3 is reborn and with that, the beginnings of the Crime Syndicate are established in this issue and will be told throughout this six-issue mini and if the rest of the mini-series is as fun and enlightening in its character and world-building, this will be a series that will remain my most anticipated each month it comes out. It's a brave new world for the Crime Syndicate, make sure you're there to see it form. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Mar 14, 2021

    While I'm not a super hug fan of McKeown's art in this book (being a tad too angular and cartoonish), the backup story more than makes up for it, as Schmidt teams up with Bryan Hitch to provide the origin story of the boy from Krypton, and how his powers were taken advantage of by the Kents, who treated him like their own personal super-powered Cinderella. One hopes that each issue will have similar backups, giving the foundational structure of each of the main characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Mar 3, 2021

    Fun to visit once a month, but you wouldn't want to live there Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 2, 2021

    It's an intriguing first issue, although still lacking in any real POV characters. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 2, 2021

    Crime Syndicate #1 is a bit too much of a fresh start with an unexpected tone that doesn't quite fit. These were brutally evil characters who were always plotting. Here we're presented with more goofy mirror images of heroes we know. There's potential for the series as it goes on with more interactions but as is, the comic is a bit choppy in its presentation getting them to that point. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Batman-News - Cam Lipham Mar 3, 2021

    This is a decent enough start to what I hope will end up being a very good series. The book neglects most of the Syndicate to focus on Ultraman, but that time is spent developing a character that I like. His motives are understandable, but not in a sympathetic villain sort of way. I'm looking forward to where the Starro story is going, and VERY much looking forward to the Owlman plot. Hopefully the other members of the Syndicate get their times to shine soon. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gregory Ellner Mar 8, 2021

    Despite some interesting ideas, it takes unfamiliarity with Earth-3, familiarity with classic DC Comics stories, and a willingness to accept heavy-handed modern politics to really glean enjoyment from this limited series debut. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Carlos R. Mar 2, 2021

    While not the strongest opening, there are some enjoyable moments in this issue and I’m hopeful the story will ramp up once the Syndicate comes together. If you’re a fan of previous iterations of the Crime Syndicate or just want to explore this new multiverse, this book is fun and sets up a great contrast to our heroes’ main Earth. Read Full Review

  • 5.3
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Mar 8, 2021

    It's not a bad comic, but there's nothing really new about it, either. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 1, 1970

    The Syndicate gets its first galactic incursion, which Schmidt is establishing as the spark that puts them together. At least with this first issue, this take on the Syndicate isnt that interesting as theres a sense of read and seen this done better before. Theres still time to turn it around, but this wasnt a good first impression of the DC Multiverses bad guys. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Mar 2, 2021

    Crime Syndicate #1 is an irreverently ribald and mean-spirited comic book that ultimately struggles for a hook. We've seen this basic concept done enough times that there's very little novelty left in the opposite world concept, and Andy Schmidt's laser focus on bad guys doing bad stuff leaves a narrative without a conflict. While this first chapter doesn't quite land, there's potential here in the form of Earth-3's Cat Grant as well as the promised future debut of a rebooted Alexander Luthor. Read Full Review

  • 4.0 - Chase Magnett Mar 3, 2021

    Competence does not cover the lack of new ideas in this issue and so there's only one question left for readers to ask themselves: What's the point of reading issue #2? Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    AIPT - Alex Richardson Mar 2, 2021

    The issue just feels severely uninspired. Read Full Review

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