Crime Syndicate #2

Writer: Andy Schmidt Artist: Bryan Hitch, Kieran McKeown Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: April 7, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 15
7.0Critic Rating
6.0User Rating

With Starro ravaging the planet and controlling superheroes and villains alike, the fate of the world rests in the hands of Ultraman, Superia, and Owlman-in other words, win or lose, humanity is doomed!
Question of the month: What famous Gotham foes are held in Owlman’s cave?
Plus, in the backup story, witness the origin of Owlman in a tale illustrated by superstar artist Bryan Hitch!

  • 10
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Apr 9, 2021

    Crime Syndicate #2 takes everything the first issue did so well, and improves upon it. While this was an Owlman issue, it never felt like it; unlike last month's Ultraman-centric issue. This is a fun story with evil takes on our favorite heroes, and its landing. The tease of the importance of John Stewart, the Emerald Knights, and the ring is extremely exciting, and remains what I'm looking forward to the most out of this series. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    BGCP - Michael Lennox Apr 9, 2021

    Do not start with issue 2, get down to your local comic shop and get the few remaining copies of issue 1 to get not only the start of the invasion but the untold origin of Ultraman! If you liked BGCP's Review of Crime Syndicate #2 and tell us in the comments below! Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Apr 8, 2021

    The issue also has a backup story written again by Schmidt and with artwork by Bryan Hitch. It is a well drawn and interesting story about Owlman. It shows his origin and has a few interesting facts in it as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Cam Lipham Apr 6, 2021

    This is a significant improvement on the last issue overall. The characters are great, and all of them are actually present this time. Owlman is technically the main focus of this issue, but unlike Ultraman, it doesn't feel like he's hogging the page. Most importantly, I think the story is turning out to be fun. I came into this series hoping for a fun romp in a world where my favorite heroes were evil, and that's what I'm getting. I'm glad the book seems to be straying away from the dark and gritty side of things. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jan 1, 1970

    Crime Syndicate #2 is an extraordinarily fun read. Schmidt and the art team are creating a parody of the Justice League whilst also telling an effective origin story that can stand on its own. Brimming with energy and violence, this series is perfect for new readers to learn about the Crime Syndicate. We have seen this group at the peak of their powers and at the end of their reign. But this is a new and updated piece of history. Much of the darkness is in the dialogue instead of the action, and the world-building is done through subtle comments instead of huge montages. Even within the second issue, the readers have discovered a lot about this Earth just from references and hints. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    The Comicbook Dispatch - soycornholio Apr 8, 2021

    Honestly, you could either read this issue OR skip it for now. Certain stories (such as this one) make a lot of sense when you do a binge-read session. Either way, I am hooked and am patiently waiting for issue 3! Lastly, this almost serves as an answer to that James Gunn and Kenneth Huang movie Bright Burn. If you have NOT seen it, go ahead and venture to your local Blockbuster and rent it today Just kidding, stream it somewhere! It has been out since 2019. Happy reading!  Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Apr 13, 2021

    Crime Syndicate #2 is still interesting. There is a lot of fun to be had in the alternate versions of history. Earth-3 has a lot of real estate to mine. I would be totally down for each member of the Syndicate to have his/her/their own mini-series where we can really learn more about how other things could have gone. I am hopeful that this whole zany dialogue stuff can be chalked up to Starro and we can get back to what was so great about this series last month. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Apr 6, 2021

    While I still enjoy this series and this issue, I'm hoping that as it progresses that it puts off the feeling of being something as big as it is because we're defining an entire Universe and Earth here and yet the scope doesn't feel like it's as large as it should be. That feeling aside, I do love the art in this book and love seeing these new versions of the characters defined. I just wish that the backups were as strong as the rest of the book. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AIPT - Franco Giacomarra Apr 6, 2021

    The plot and story mechanics here still aren't particularly compelling, but there are plenty of fun subversions of the Justice League mythos and smart stylistic choices to keep hardcore fans turning the pages. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Apr 6, 2021

    This mini-series just isnt working so far. Next issue marks the halfway point and while theres fleeting hope for a turnaround theres still time for a comeback. Read Full Review

  • 3.0 - Chase Magnett Apr 7, 2021

    There's nothing of substance or interest to be found in these pages as readers are left to ask, once again, "Why does this comic exist?" Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Apr 11, 2021

    Funny, brutal, the only real issue with this re-telling of the JLA's 1st appearance stretched-out, is the somewhat pedestrian pencil work. Other than getting a new penciller on board, this issue elevated the stock of the legendary Earth 3 Syndicate. Watching Superwoman & Ultraman demolish satellites without a care for the crew workers on them suffering in the vaccum of space, to ending up witnessing this realities' Thomas Wayne & his nihlistic viewpoint becoming solidified through the murder of Harvey Bullock, this limited series is doing a great job in filling in much needed backstory on the Syndicate that other books dating back to the first Crisis have only alluded to, while presently giving a story that not only pays homage to the Jim S more

  • 7.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Apr 16, 2021

    This was better than issue one, for sure. I actually like the characterizations for Owlman and Superwoman, so that's probably why I'm more positive on this one. However, Owlman's origin is super ridiculous and I legitimately laughed at it. I don't know if that's a new origin or if that's always been his origin, but man... It's powerfully ridiculous.

  • 7.5
    DiegoLDUganda Apr 6, 2021

    Its kinda better than the first issue, but its still really regular.
    The plot its really simple and it seems the interactions and action moments are really amazing, but it feels like the narration its getting slower and slower even with the issue finishing with the team fully formed. Some details like putting some stories that only exist in earth 3 are kinda funny. Also, Owlman backup story its great, but it seems that it has the same problem of the previous issue, it needs more pages to feel a credible progression.
    BUT its still really funny to read.

  • 7.5
    Red Hood Apr 6, 2021

    It's not entirely bad, the action is possibly the best part of this issue. Considering this is a limited series, the writers obviously have to make their point and assemble the team, so this would be a decent issue to do that. I'm really intrigued that Donna Troy is the new Superwoman and not Lois Lane from N52/previous incarnations.

    Starro taking over the cities was a great part of this book. Liked seeing the Doom Patrol and Hawkwoman and Deathstorm again.

    The backup story was decent. The artwork was consistent throughout the whole book.

  • 7.0
    Merlyn Apr 6, 2021

    Better than the first one, kinda dumb fun sort of book but it still doesn't reach very high. I like that he borrowed the Owlman philosophy from the movie but it was very poorly executed in the backup story.

  • 6.0
    F.T. Wolf Apr 6, 2021

    A step down from #1. It misses a lot of the intrigue of that one, instead going for a more traditional route. Typical Alien invasion scenario. Did appreciate the Owlman origin. Nuanced & love the Justice League: Two Earths inspirations. Instead of just going the 'they're just evil versions' route this run does its best by giving you a plausible explanation of why these characters are bad guys in this universe. I appreciate this approach.

  • 4.0
    Spacey Medicine Sep 16, 2021

    The dialogue is so bad.

  • 8.0
    imderekreide Apr 7, 2021

  • 8.0
    sebastianorellana95 Apr 6, 2021

  • 7.0
    JBL Reviews Apr 12, 2021

  • 6.5
    😒 Aug 20, 2021

  • 6.0
    Bananaknight Apr 13, 2021

  • 4.0
    Radar Apr 12, 2021

  • 1.5
    SenpaifenixJäger Apr 6, 2021

  • 1.0
    TheBest Apr 6, 2021

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