Future State: Suicide Squad #1

Writer: Jeremy Adams, Robbie Thompson Artist: Javier Fernandez, Fernando Pasarin Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: January 27, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 27
6.8Critic Rating
5.4User Rating

The Suicide Squad enters the Future State era as Amanda Waller uses Task Force X to save the world and remake it in her image-but what happens when the team shows up to stop her?
And in the second story in this extra-sized issue, Black Adam, the immortal one-time champion of the wizard Shazam, rules the planet Kahndaq in the 853rd century. Can he save the future from a threat rooted in the past?

  • 9.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Morgan Hampton Jan 27, 2021

    Future State: Suicide Squad proves that no matter when, no matter how, Amanda Waller is gonna put a bomb in some people's brains. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Percy Waelchl Jan 26, 2021

    Thompson and Adams stories could each carry a satisfyingly standalone issue. Packaging them together prevents the story stumbling that has occurred in other Future State titles. That is a victory worthy of returning to for another issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Beyond The Panel - Jideobi Odunze Jan 27, 2021

    All in all, Future State: Suicide Squad #1 was worth the read. Some books are going to be a must-read, and some you are going to take a chance on. Future State: Suicide Squad is one of those that you may thank yourself for giving a chance. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Jan 26, 2021

    While it might just play out like DCs answer to Dark Avengers, Thompson and Fernandez make this a fun read and dynamics worth exploring next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Jan 26, 2021

    Solid start, with a very intriguing last-page twist. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jan 26, 2021

    All in all, Future State: Suicide Squad #1 delivers a solid pair of stories. While its opener stumbles a little in my opinion, its not without its worth. While the back half of the book hits with a bang and never lets up. This book is worth the price of admission for that alone. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Comic Watch - Rob Stryczek Jan 26, 2021

    For the Black Adam story, we see heroes putting their last hope into Black Adam. While this story lacks an interesting cast of enemies, it does makes up for it with the dialogue Black Adam shares about how his past trauma affects him. The art does an incredible way of capturing the beauty of the planet of Kahndaq. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Jan 26, 2021

    Future State: Suicide Squad #1 highlights some unique and obscure characters, cloaking them in very famous disguises whilst offering a peek at the state of the omniverse at the very end of time. The spectacle of it all is the draw here, and there's not much beneath that shallow surface. Weird and gross, it's a fresher take on a concept that had become tired in recent years. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Jan 27, 2021

    Even if the overall construction of Suicide Squad feels far too full"making it difficult to imagine any of these ideas receiving a satisfying conclusion"there's still enough on the page to deliver an interesting, if not gratifying, read. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Sam Rutzick Jan 26, 2021

    I wish I could recommend this book. In my heart, I like it -- I like the spirit here. I just wish that the rest of the book was as good as its soul. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 28, 2021

    The Suicide Squad comic presumes the reader is already familiar with the concept and characters involved, yet makes little effort to be funny or get us emotionally invested in any of the characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jan 29, 2021

    Future State: Suicide Squad is a bit of a mixed bag. Neither story knocks it out of the park as far as a stand-alone story is concerned, but "The Justice Squad" manages to at least pique my interest for the next chapter and future titles coming from DC. Black Adam's "The Beginning of the End," however, while not bad, is forgettable in every single way. Should you pick this up? Mmmm" That's on you. If you're a die-hard Black Adam fan, then you might find something there. Other than that, I'd say only pick this book up if you want a tease into what DC has planned for Suicide Squad and The Crime Syndicate. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Jan 26, 2021

    This issue is a bit of a mixed bag because while I was here to see what the Suicide Squad of the future was up to, I found myself caring way more about the Black Adam backup and enjoying that art more as well. The Suicide Squad story is just kind of a mess and doesn't give you enough of a look into that world to really care about what's going on and the Black Adam backup does feel like it needs you to know the DC One Million characters to fully enjoy it but maybe that's just me thinking too much into it but I'm just happy that it was here because at least I had something to enjoy out of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    DC Comics News - Matthew Lloyd Jan 26, 2021

    If you're not already a fan of these concepts there's not a lot here to see in terms of the Suicide Squad and Black Adam. While there appears to be a bizarre synergy between the two stories, the execution leaves a lot to be desired. This probably won't bring in any Conner Kent fans either. Both tales seem to lack a significant direction. Definitely not one of the better "Future State" issues. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Jan 27, 2021

    Both stories could have been better and it stinks that they weren't. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    DiRT May 13, 2021

    This review covers both Future State: Suicide Squad #1 and #2.

    I knew that Future State had to offer at least one book that was a bonafide good title worthy of your money in both story and art, from start to finish. I had hoped that I would find that praise-worthy title amongst the Superman and Batman titles that crowd the shelves. You can only imagine my surprise when I has finished the first issue of this Suicide Squad/Black Adam book and realized that I eagerly wanted to read more. Other titles in Future State had given me hope with a good back-up story after a terrible feature, but this title gave me a good feature and a good back-up, mixing good stories with good artwork, all while properly paying homage to the characters of more

  • 8.0
    C.V.R. The Bard Jan 31, 2021

    Batman gets his head blown off, Superman gets checked, and tbe Crime Syndicate makes a return - Amanda Waller has assembled a better JL team than whatever the current DC writers ever could on the main title !
    Didn't read the Black Adam short. After all that, why?

  • 7.0
    REYNARD Jan 26, 2021

    I actually had a lot of fun with this issue. Not a lot happened, but I really enjoyed the concept of Waller going to Earth 3 with an ad-hoc Suicide Squad made of Justice League analogues taking out the Crime Syndicate and "saving the world".

    As for the Black Adam story; I think its incredibly stupid to have Superman One Million job/act as a metric to prop up the villain. They did that in Orlando's "Electric Warriors" and I personally think its pretty shallow from a narrative stand point. Black Adam has always been a compelling anti-hero and I'm excited to see how he deals with "The Unkindness" (stupid name btw) as well as Gold Beetle.

  • 6.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Jan 30, 2021

    The Suicide Squad story was alright. There were things in it that were entertaining, but also things that held it back. But it was better than I was expecting. The Black Adam backup was similar, except it did far more egregiously bad things.

  • 5.5
    mrDovydas Feb 21, 2021

    Ugh, the first story was half-decent, but my god do I not care about the backup one. It's just plain awful.

  • 5.5
    Bananaknight Jan 28, 2021

    I actually enjoyed the first story, but the second one was so bad and boring that I stopped reading it halfway through.

  • 5.0
    F.T. Wolf Feb 24, 2021

    The book is a definete 'meh'.
    The main story has potentail, Waller having her own 'Dark Avengers' in the from of the Justice Squad is an intriguing idea. An unexpected, but still logical step up from her ussual Suicide Squad. I'm not onboard with the story though, as I find it quite lacking in many departments. From the art to the character work (with exception of 'Flash', she intrigues me) and the overall pacing of the story.

    The Black Adam backup story is just... bad. Just bad. The only interesting thing that happens in it is the final panel with arrival of 'Gold Beetle'. Would love to know more about what her deal is!

    All in all, read at your own risk.

  • 5.0
    Ulf Jan 29, 2021

    For all the writers hailing the work of Ostrander and company from the 80s Suicide Squad glory days, rarely do you see a writer who will actually capture that flavour. Strange - the Ostrander-style Squad is so good but we never get it much anymore.

  • 4.5
    Onomatopoeia Jan 27, 2021

    Every time I felt this comic was about to get interesting, it falls back on old tactics that are just boring at this point. Amanda Waller is a puppet master whose only real power is a bomb implant. Yup, control, and freewill subverted for the greater good... or is it?! Just want something new at this point.

    As for the second story, I can't help but laugh that Black Adam is meant to help defeat something Superman Prime couldn't.

  • 4.0
    Nihilist Jan 26, 2021

    Sometimes comics don't even try to mask their obvious intent to cross promote something else without offering anything of value themselves. That's how I feel about this comic - it's an obvious cheap and hollow attempt to introduce audiences to chaarcters that are going to play a role in DC movies to come. There's Mongal and Peacemaker, representing James Gunn's The Suicide Squad (which I actually look forward to, since I'd like the brand to redeem itself after the abominable face tattooed atrocity directed by David Ayer 4 years ago), and there's Black Adam looking like The Rock. You know what's not here, though? Engaging story, well written dialogues and memorable characters. Yeah, sure, the new Flash is pretty cool, but she kinda falls int more

  • 1.0
    Sup3rsa1yan1990 Jan 26, 2021

    Great to see that quality writers like tomasi, venditti and jurgens were dropped for losers like this

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