Crime Syndicate #3

Writer: Andy Schmidt Artist: Bryan Hitch, Kieran McKeown Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: May 5, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 19
6.9Critic Rating
6.1User Rating

With the Crime Syndicate’s forces combined for the first time, seeds are sown to change the world forever. But before that can happen, Ultraman, Superia, Johnny Quick, Atomica, and Emerald Knight must survive a final battle with the biggest Starro of them all-and each other! Plus: Earth-3’s Alexander Luthor makes his debut!
Question of the month: On Earth-3, are Starros friends or foes?
And in the backup story, witness the origin of Superwoman in tale illustrated by superstar artist Bryan Hitch!

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker May 4, 2021

    Crime Syndicate #3 is an epic battle filled with incredible characters. The readers arent routine for many figures within this comic, as everyone appears to be a monster. So the excessive violence is more enjoyable because there is a lack of concern for whoever it is being inflicted on. Despite this, Schmidt does include lines of dialogue that briefly pull at the heartstrings. But there is something important about this group that is maintained throughout this series. They are not and will never be good people. The fight itself never gets boring, the extensive cast resulting in awesome displays of powers and personalities. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Dark Knight News - Kevin M. Gallagher, Jr Jun 4, 2021

    Understanding the formula this limited series is taking is bringing a level of enjoyment I didn't know I could have for Crime Syndicate. This third issue continues to move the story forward (so much so, I wonder where it's going next?) and Schmidt demonstrates he understands these characters inside and out. I'm excited to see what he does with the rest of the Syndicate, and where this story goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz May 5, 2021

    This seems to only be getting better with each passing issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea May 4, 2021

    Superwoman takes center stage in this story as the evil versions of our favorite superheroes come together for the first time to take on the Starro Collective and it's a fun experience that explains what's happened before, now and points to a direction for the future, not to mention giving us my favorite origin backup we've had so far. The art looks great, the first half of this story was enjoyable but I can't wait to see where we'll go for the second leg of the Crime Syndicate's journey as they become a team. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield May 4, 2021

    The Starro invasion has pushed the Earth-3 counterparts to their limit, and this issue delivers several interesting twists as they battle to keep the alien invaders from converting Earth into their personal army. While none of the leads are particularly compelling yet, Andy Schmidt doesn't really let us dwell on that as there's too much going on to slow down. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina May 5, 2021

    I know that Starro needs to be part of the DC Universe again somehow because of the new Suicide Squad movie and why not stick it here, in a world where the bad guys, becomes good guys, and form a new Justice League (sort of). Starro was, as we all know, the first Justice League villain and it makes perfect sense to use it here. Shoehorned in for sure, but still a fun look at the character and a pretty heartfelt concept as well. Schmidt sure makes me feel for the Starros. It is thoughtful commentary on immigration and the crisis on the US border. I know, I know, it sounds silly, but seriously, read this with that in mind and you will see. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Batman-News - Cam Lipham May 5, 2021

    This mini has been a lot better than I expected. It had a rocky start, sure, but it has been steadily increasing in quality since issue 1, and I'm excited to see where it goes. The tone is super goofy and campy without shying away from some darker source material, which is a nice surprise. It's easy for a book like this to slip into a grimdark gorefest that attempts to shock its readers at every turn, but this is just a fun ride I can easily recommend for any fan of the Crime Syndicate. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles May 4, 2021

    As the series reaches its planned end point, its showing some slight signs of improvement. Im curious to see Schmidts approach for the second half of the mini-series. Theres still some potential here even if it gets lost with some random wacky characterization. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    BGCP - Michael Lennox May 6, 2021

    For fans of Invincible or The Boys, this universe has no heroes but struggles to show the darkness within the characters. It's a bit by the numbers and as above a pantomime for us to boo and hiss. I'm glad it's a limited run as it could turn into another Batman who Laughs or King In Black style story. When evil wins, who cares anymore? The world needs heroes and obstacles to overcome and achieve, hopefully, DC doesn't jump the shark with this. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Declan Mclaughlin May 4, 2021

    Showing signs of improvement at the halfway mark, 'Crime Syndicate' is shaping up to overcome its initial problems for a perfectly average conclusion. Read Full Review

  • 2.0 - Chase Magnett May 5, 2021

    This miniseries started out being dull and then doubled down on that approach for two additional issues. The only question I have left regarding Crime Syndicate is: If it were cancelled tomorrow, would anyone notice or care? Read Full Review

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