New Suicide Squad #1
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New Suicide Squad #1

Writer: Sean Ryan Artist: Jeremy Roberts Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 9, 2014 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 12
6.4Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

The world has changed for Task Force X, a.k.a. the Suicide Squad. Director Amanda Waller no longer has the autonomy she once had. New members disrupt the team dynamic. And the team takes on an international scope. New members Jokers Daughter, Deathstroke and Black Manta join Harley Quinn and Deadshot for a mission in the most dangerous and unpredictable place in the world: Vladimir Putins Russia!

  • 10
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jul 12, 2014

    The only gripe I have is that I really don't want any of these characters to die. And that's kind of the whole point of the last series. Anything (or anyone) goes. Check this book out if you're a fan of the Ostrander stuff or if you just liked the previous volume. Read Full Review

  • 9.9
    We The Nerdy - Jonathan Crean Jul 16, 2014

    Victor Sage doesn't waste anytime sending the newly assembled team on a mission, that seems to be a piece of cake. This is where the issue truly takes on pumping adrenaline! The team is sent to Russia to take care of some people who are “stepping over the line”, and Roberts takes us through pages upon pages of each team member doing what they do best. Ryan keeps great dialogue up while Roberts pounds the pages with blood, battle actions that can make you wince, and clever battle strategies that could be expected from a “crazy” team like this. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Hero Nuggets - Val 'Brolossus' Benidze Jul 9, 2014

    I haven't followed Suicide Squad in quite some time, but New Suicide Squad #1 has done a great job of pulling my interest back into the team. Maybe it's simply my love for Deathstroke, but I think this book is going to be a hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jul 11, 2014

    New Suicide Squad #1 isn't a bad start to the new series at all, and I'm hoping that things really do get better and that we get to see more of a look-see on all the different characters. However, this isn't as new-friendly as it could be since Waller's fall from grace is never really addressed and you get dropped right into the action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jul 9, 2014

    New Suicide Squad #1 is action packed, mindless fun and that's just what I want.  Sean Ryan introduces the new team and briefly shows the tension filled dynamic before getting to the big explosions.  I had a good time with this issue and am looking forward to more zany over-the-top adventures. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Jul 10, 2014

    On the whole, theres plenty things here to like. New Suicide Squad gets the book off to a solid start and itll be interesting to see where we go from here. Needles to say it should be a great read going forward and Ryan is somebody who proves hes got a good grasp of what makes these villains tick. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Jul 9, 2014

    NEW SUICIDE SQUAD #1 seems to focus on style over substance. The issue aims to entertain as thew new team is tossed into a fairly topical scenario and we're told to just sit back and watch all of the madness unfold. It's a good looking ride and it certainly is a fun one, too. That said, there's a handful of promising elements that are swiftly touched upon in this issue. The basics of several conflicts have been teased and there's a lot of promise with the two that are running the show. Watching these villains travel the globe and cause chaos is good fun, but this roster has so much potential for character-driven stories and you can see a glimpse of that direction in this first chapter. Now it's just a matter of seeing how it'll all be handled. Crazy action is always a blast, but focusing on the relationships between these characters could transform this book into something exceptional. Here's hoping we begin to see more of that in the next issue! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jul 9, 2014

    New Suicide Squad #1 is a pretty good start for this new comic. It does a good job setting everything up, including the introduction of the new and old cast of characters and starting off several promising storylines. The writing and artwork need some work, but I do seem potential here if the team here is able to improve. I'll be checking out the next issue for sure; give it a shot and see if it is for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Jul 10, 2014

    Overall: This is a fun, action packed book that debuted to give us a fresh start, and readers deserve to do the same for this book. If you have reservations because of the previous Suicide Squad then let them go. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Kenny Coburn Oct 1, 2015

    Overall, this is one of the stronger recent issues of Suicide Squad with the entire arc coming to a very satisfying close however, it just does not quite feel unique enough to warrant the annual label. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jul 9, 2014

    In the end, New Suicide Squad #1 has a solid foundation upon which to grow, even if it didnt wow me out of the gate. If the dilemma of the Walls new situation is expounded upon, and the team dynamics unravel a bit, this could be a really compelling book. For now, it boasts some wonderfully clean art and a cast of characters with real potential. Time will tell if the book can be more compelling than its premier chapter would lead me to believe. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jul 9, 2014

    In the end things could be better with New Suicide Squad. There needs to be a change of focus and a reason given to us to care about these new characters. Maybe you could give this a couple more issues to show this, though already it is hard to say that you're comfortable with the direction of the story so far. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Good Kind Of Geek - Nikki Yuan Jul 10, 2014

    Jeremy Robert's art is the best part of the issue. His art style is clean and polished, and it makes me feel like I'm watching an animated cartoon instead of reading comic book. Overall, the New Suicide Squad needs more changes to shake things up a bit. However, if you are already a fan to the previous incarnation, then the issue is like the series never leave in the first place at all. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 13, 2014

    If you are looking for a book that has got all the delightfully bad characters you love simply blowing things up, then New Suicide Squad just might be the title for you. Setting up future rivalries signals some interesting potential storylines, but for now it remains a solid piece of brain candy. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jess Camacho Jul 10, 2014

    Overall, New Suicide Squad #1 is not great but not exactly bad. There's potential in this team, and despite a shaky debut, this will be worth coming back to, even if it's just for the art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Infinite Comix - Dan Gehen Jul 10, 2014

    Despite a rocky start, Suicide Squad fans shouldgive this a try. Though it pales in comparison to the legendary series by John Ostrander, it is not trying to be that and should not be judged as so. This is a perfect title for readers looking for popcorn entertainment. However, anyone looking for something with a little more character depth and stronger storytelling should give this a pass. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Colin Catchings Jul 9, 2014

    Pick this one up if you like dudes overestimating their own abilities, attacks on Russia, or terrible costumes. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jul 11, 2014

    This wasn't the relaunch I was hoping for with this series and, to be blunt, that is rather disappointing. There are a number of ideas present here like the on-the-nose use of new members who are a little too similar to current members in order to create conflict within the team and the corporate power struggle between Waller and Sage that could have made this new era of “Suicide Squad” stand out. However, this issue sacrifices the most important part of the book in order to play up that power struggle; the Squad itself. There is still a chance to save this book, not all hope is lost, as Jeremy Roberts really put his all into making what little of the Squad is shown action shines against the rest of DC's catalogue. All this series needs is a solid second issue to really showcase the Squad and bring Roberts' action-packed character-driven artwork to fore to kickstart this series into something really enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 15, 2014

    This new Suicide Squad benefits from a compelling and creative lineup of characters, but unfortunately the writing doesn't match. The plot lacks that same creativity, and the story fails to put these characters into more complex situations in order to create chemistry. Overall this first issue fails on the writing side and has trouble making me care enough to pick up the second issue, especially after the weak last page ending. Since it's only a first issue, there's still time for this series to turn around, but if the next few issues fail to deliver, I can't see this series becoming a success. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Booked - Julien Loeper Jul 9, 2014

    Overall, it wasn't terrible, but I feel like it misses the point of the concept almost entirely. New Suicide Squad strips away what made Ostrander's run so great, and reduces it to an inoffensive action movie. Sean Ryan's not a bad writer, he's just missing the point entirely (in this reviewer's opinion). I hope to see that change in the future. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 10, 2014

    While filled with plenty of action, "New Suicide Squad" #1 really excels when it tackles the dynamics between the characters as the new overlord for Task Force X pulls some strings to unleash a fresh batch of chaos. Some of the characters seem repetitious, but those overlaps set up conflicts to come and internal strife built into the story. The action, unfortunately, is overshadowed by the drama in "New Suicide Squad" #1, which one would expect to open with bombastic explosiveness. Instead, it dramatically begins its run with soap opera, effectively short-selling its greatest potential asset: action. This roster and the bureaucracy behind it has grand story potential, but the opening is less than grand. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jamil Scalese Jul 15, 2014

    This is a remarkably average start but there's enough there that a good story could bloom in the next issue. We'll see. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 12, 2014

    Roberts does an acceptable job, but there was no heart or soul in the work. It was like he was drawing characters for trading cards and then just putting them together to make a scene. And all of the action was just generic mayhem, with little to no creativity in the mission. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Jake Baumgart Jul 10, 2014

    Sure, a failing title could always use a shot in the arm, but New Suicide Squad #1 isn't it. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 11, 2014

    I love the idea of the Suicide Squad, but if this is the rebooted version of the reboot, I hope it dies quickly. I will not return to this book with these creators. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jul 9, 2014

    Most times the Suicide Squad, much like Parker Lewis, can’t lose. We, as readers, can’t get enough of anti-heroes. The Suicide Squad has always been a team made up of volatile A-personalities who have to learn how to survive together. New Suicide Squad #1 isn’t a team, it's isn't even a time bomb - it's just mediocre. Sean Ryan and Jeremy Roberts have plenty of time to right the ship and could quite possibly offer us a second issue next month that garners a metric ton of goodwill back, doing justice to the characters and giving readers an entertaining entry into the Suicide Squad canon. But New Suicide Squad #1 is neither entertaining or true to the characters it portrays. This is New Coke X when you asked for real cane sugar Dr. Pepper. Sage may think that you couldn’t mess this up if you tried - he's just lucky he doesn’t have to read his own comic. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Newsarama - Marlene Bonnelly Jul 15, 2014

    All in all, this was a strange book. While it’s certainly not the worst thing I’ve ever read, the cast of characters, art and general storyline make it hard to see any potential in future issues. I’ll be honest and say that the only redeeming quality was the very end, if only because I desperately hope those Rocket Reds will actually do some damage to this ridiculous team. Read Full Review

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