One-Star Squadron #1

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Steve Lieber Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 8, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 30
8.3Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Who you gonna call? One-Star Squadron! Meet DC’s superhero team where heroism meets capitalism. This ragtag group of heroes led by Red Tornado is here to provide service with a smile. All you must do is send a request via their on-demand hero app and they’ll answer any call. Whether it’s a children’s birthday party or an alien invasion, no job is too small or too big! Brought to you by Eisner nominee Mark Russell (The Flintstones, Wonder Twins, Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles) and Eisner winner Steve Lieber (Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen), you’ll want to invest early in this one-of-a-kind miniseries that promises a stor more

  • 10
    Comic Watch - Cody White Dec 9, 2021

    From master satirist Mark Russell (@manruss), Eisner Award winning art team Steve Lieber (@steve_lieber) and Dave Stewart (@dragonmnky), and letterer Dave Sharpe (@daveLsharpe) comes an emotionally charged story about what happens to heroes after their moment has passed in One-Star Squadron #1 from #DCComics. Read Full Review

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    COMICON - Olly MacNamee Dec 9, 2021

    Even heroes have to pay the bills. And that's why some of them need to lower their expectations and work for Heroes4U. But below the satire in One Star Squadron #1 is a story that's more real world than many superhero comics. One part Office Space and another part your regular DC Comics. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comics Bookcase - Zack Quaintance Dec 7, 2021

    Writer Mark Russell and artist Steve Lieber are a natural fit, and with One-Star Squadron #1 they put out a first issue that is deeply hilarious, whip smart, and just heartbreaking enough to set the stage for a great miniseries. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Dec 8, 2021

    That's what two of the most critically-acclaimed humorists in the medium, artist Steve Lieber and writer Mark Russell, aim to address in One-Star Squadron #1, and the debut suggests they'll succeed in delivering equal amounts of laughter and desperation in this black comedy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Dec 7, 2021

    It's a new Mark Russell superhero satire, which means we're probably going to get some absurdity featuring D-listers and maybe something surprisingly profound along the way. This satire of the gig economy seems to have more on its mind than even Russell's usual fare, though, and it sends us into a slightly off-kilter world where B-list to Z-list heroes have started their own company. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Dec 7, 2021

    Mixing sharp satire with genuine pathos, the debut issue of 'One-Star Squadron' offers sobering (and frequently funny) take on life after superhero stardom. Read Full Review

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    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Dec 7, 2021

    ONE-STAR SQUADRON #1 has a ton of heart, compassion, realism, and loads of subtle humor. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Zac Owens Dec 7, 2021

    DC Comics' ONE-STAR SQUADRON is hilarious and depressing all at once. This creative team has delivered a biting, moving, side-splitting series that asks "What happens to superheroes who are past their prime?" Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Dec 7, 2021

    Lieber does some great work with the art in the issue. There is an understated humanity to the way the characters are depicted. There arent any flashy, buff characters to be seen. The characters look like real people and that perfectly captures the spirit of the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Dec 11, 2021

    Funny, touching and well put-together, One-Star Squadron is off to a great start. Russell and Lieber seem to have been given cart blanche to engage in some dry office humor with a bunch of obscure comic book superheroes, which is exactly what I want from life. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Hannibal Tabu Dec 26, 2021

    The result here is an uneven experience — humorous moments ("Are you in a flashback?") are too heavily interlaced with brow furrowing ones ("so we suffer alone") — but there is clearly something going on here. Time will tell whether it's something worth coming back to or something closer to Minute Man's customer rating on an app. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Weird Science - Gabe Hernandez Dec 7, 2021

    One-Star Squadron #1 re-imagines some of DC's most powerful superheroes as a collection of losers working at a superhero agency for hire. Unfortunately, while the creators were going for absurdist satire via extreme contrast between the heroes and their situation, the only thing extreme about this issue is how corny, unfunny, and tonally inconsistent it turned out. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Dec 13, 2021

    It's a superhero story that openly loathes superheroes, with art that is consistent and likeable, set in a world where everyone seems to be a different flavor of bastard. I don't expect that I'll be back next issue. Read Full Review

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