Suicide Squad #1

Suicide Squad #1

Writer: Rob Williams Artist: Jim Lee, Scott Williams Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 17, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 35
7.0Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

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"The Black Vault" part one! When a mysterious and definitely super-important cosmic item falls out of the heavens and into enemy hands, America has only one option: Task Force X, Amanda Waller's strike team of incarcerated super-criminals. A one-stop-shop for plausibly deniable espionage and ultra- violence, this "Suicide Squad" only handles missions they're not expected to survive. An insane new era of SUICIDE SQUAD begins here with superstar artist Jim Lee and red-hot writer Rob Williams (UNFOLLOW, MARTIAN MANHUNTER).

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Aug 17, 2016

    It's also worth noting that the back-up story features operatives of Kobra, a recurring opponent of the Suicide Squad, and seems to be laying the groundwork for that villain to return in this run. At least, I hope that is the plan. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 17, 2016

    Suicide Squad is a shot out of a barrel that's fun and reminds us how and why these characters are captivating. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning Aug 20, 2016

    It's a good start, and I think the potential can really come out in this one. Partnered with the backstory stuff at the end, It's definitely worth a look, and the future looks bright for Suicide Squad. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pastrami Nation - Nolan Smith Aug 6, 2016

    I loved how this film established each of these characters with insightful flashbacks, some bound to make fans geek out. I walked out of the theater smiling, and knowing that I will be seeing the film again to catch everything that I missed the first time. DC Comics has a hit on its hand, dont believe the negative reviews: I dont understand how so many people can spew so much hate for such a movie. The film propels the DC Universe forward and makes a band of misfits into fan favorites. Suicide Squad delivers and should be heralded as the success it is. We get a new incarnation of Batmans bane of existence, a live action version of arguably one of the most popular character in comics, and an introduction to a soon to be fan favorite assassin- what more could you ask for? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Aug 17, 2016

    It's the first official mission for the classic Suicide Squad team since Rebirth, and it feels like a familiar, dysfunctional home. In the relatively little space we see them together, there's plenty of action, laughs, and character work that makes it all pretty compelling. The back-up is cool, tells us more about Deadshot and establishes his motivations for those wondering or confused (given other character changes during Rebirth.) Frankly, I could have excised the back-up and done with more story, but that's what you want, right? Leave the audience wanting more? Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 17, 2016

    Regardless of the artist, Suicide Squad is quickly establishing itself as one of the superior team books in the DC Rebirth era. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Aug 17, 2016

    Still, for those who find the main arc leans a little too silly, there's also a really strong back-up story about Floyd Lawton's past. There's very little fun to be had there as we learn how Deadshot ended up in Belle Reve in the first place. What makes the Suicide Squad interesting as a concept is that while the individual members are villains, they are capable of goodness. Williams proves that here through Lawton's attempt to save his daughter from a gang that hired him to kill Bruce Wayne, perfectly summarizing everything we need to know about the character's motivation. Hopefully, all the characters get the backstory treatment in the following issues. That alone would be reason enough to keep reading. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Aug 17, 2016

    Suicide Squad #1 is a solid start that read fast for a first issue, yet delivers promise of the thrill of everything and anything goes when the mission starts. The best time for anyone who is a fan of this team to jump in without feeling lost, or without a need to really read the Rebirth #1. Overall a good balance between plot progression, and character development sectioned off at the end through the Personnel File. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Huck Talwar Aug 23, 2016

    This is a great series to follow up the release of the film. Despite mixed reviews about the theatrical version, this series looks pretty promising. For any DC fans out there, this book is worth the read. Check it out, see if you like it, and let us know what you think! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Aug 18, 2016

    You only need to notice that Harleys shirt reads Rebirth to fully understand what this book is about. It is funny, it has heart, it is fully aware of itself and it has Jim Lee. JIM LEE. Wow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Nat Brehmer Aug 19, 2016

    The issue is a great jumping on point for new readers. Rob Williams provides a great, intriguing, funny script and Jim Lee's handling the art, so they've given this comic the best of the best. It works. I'm already so excited to find out what happens next, and there's no better indicator of a good comic than that. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - John White Aug 17, 2016

    The combination of Rob Williams’ sharp and clever writing and Jim Lee’s fantastic art make Suicide Squad issue #1 a great opening issue in a series with high expectations. If they can be this good consistently throughout the forthcoming issues, then I am sure that Suicide Squad will be a highlight of the post Rebirth era. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Flickering Myth - Tony Black Aug 22, 2016

    All in all, it's another fine issue for Suicide Squad, which might have gotten off to one of the strongest starts in all of the DC Rebirth issues yet. Rob Williams tells a great main story which has an intriguing plot and lots of character points, drawn gorgeously and darkly by Jim Lee, while his Deadshot-centric extra flashbacks story adds a great profile to one of the squad's most interesting characters, drawn by Jason Fabok with more of a grey, depressed but effective pallet, lacking the exuberant colour of the squad together. It's just a great package which looks set to go far. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    411Mania - Steve Gustafson Aug 25, 2016

    Bottom line, this issue is geared to ride off the publicity of the movie and bring in new fans. For those of us who've been on the Suicide Squad team for years, it's a filler but good enough to get me to come back for the second issue. Good not great but hopeful for the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs Aug 23, 2016

    For now, if you're looking for a good antihero story that's wonderfully weird… go read Harley Quinn's solo series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Doug Zawisza Aug 17, 2016

    Suicide Squad #1 is a book packed with promise, but the marketing synergy overwhelms the creative output. Thankfully, with two tales present every reader is bound to find something that hits the mark for “their” Suicide Squad, with Williams, Lee, Fabok, and company lining up additional missions. For me, the backup hit closer to home than the lead, but fans of the film are sure to find aspects of the lead just as enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - John McCubbin Aug 18, 2016

    Suicide Squad #1 is a solid start for this new ongoing, as despite the briefness of the main narrative being a little frustrating, it more than does enough to leave me excited for the next issue. The back-up story also gives us a familiar look at Deadshot's past, integrating elements from the recent movie in a bold and unique manner. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Aug 19, 2016

    Recommendation: Despite my critical ramblings, I'd suggest you buy this book. It's not perfect by any means, but it has a great team dynamic, and it's fun to read. The writing is solid, the art is top notch… The backup story saved it, it's a buy. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 17, 2016

    This Suicide Squad relaunch shows a lot of potential, but it needs to focus less on rehashing the basics and more on exploring the clash of personalities and the chaos of battle. Kicking off the ongoing series with such a short lead story really doesn't help further that goal. Still, the artwork from Jim Lee and Jason Fabok is more than enough to justify a purchase. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Aug 17, 2016

    I do enjoy that they decided to go with the team that they used for the movie, simply because people who got into Suicide Squad because of the movie can now pick up the book and still have familiar characters to read about. This will create a great way to get more people interested into not only the Squad themselves, but also the DC Universe as a whole. Other then that, I feel like old school Suicide Squad fans will be turned off but stay faithful, and new readers will enjoy it for the familiar characters! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Aug 17, 2016

    Suicide Squad not bad by any means, but for people that were excited for this book, it's disappointing this didn't reach the bar. Hopefully, as this book continues, it can get a bit more out of the shadow of the film and become its own series. There's a lot of potential here, but the first issue just doesn't grab the reader the way it should, considering the talent that is on this book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Aug 17, 2016

    Suicide Squad is a movie-driven comic that gets the job done. It's not the Ostrander-penned classic series, and you really shouldn't expect it to be on the heels of a movie. But it delivers even if it isn't Shakespeare Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Aug 25, 2016

    Narrated by Amanda Waller, Suicide Squad #1 goes over the basics of these characters and the Task Force X set-up for new readers before dropping the characters into their first mission which goes wrong before they even land in Russia. Mostly just preamble for the story yet to come, it's too early to judge how well this new team will work together just yet. For fans. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Chris Tresson Aug 17, 2016

    Though disappoint at first, I'm still going to say buy it. Read it and make up your own mind. Though I see it as a bit of a false start considering the level of talent involved, I'm hoping there's a bit more story in the second issue that'll takes it up a gear because I really want to follow this book and tell you how great it is later on down the line. Rob Williams does great work. I loved Martian Manhunter. I love his 2000 AD work and I love creator-owned seriesUnfollow. I know he can tell stories, I just don't think he's had a fair chance to get going yet with this title. It's definitely a comic I'll be keeping a close eye on. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Aug 17, 2016

    Though Task Force X is bringing the heat to the box office, Suicide Squad #1 doesn't quite get past its initial smolder. That said, if we know one thing about these characters, it's that they are great at setting fires, and the spark is there for future issues. With a keen characterization and hints of a thrilling first mission, Rob Williams misses the larger mark as he gets tangled in set-up with little execution. Couple that with the uneven pages from a usually stellar artist, and you have an experience that fails to strike while the iron is hot for a team that is at the peak of their popularity. Read Full Review

  • 5.6
    Comicsverse - Dennis Mui Aug 18, 2016

    SUICIDE SQUAD #1 is a boring issue and needs a lot more to keep readers engaged in the series. The main plot is not interesting enough, as it just establishes that the Suicide Squad is now comprised of the characters from the movie. The background pages at the end work to give some insight into Deadshot, but it unnecessarily comes at the expense of the core storyline by restricting the number of pages dedicated to it. I assume the background "Personnel File" section will keep going with the other villains, which could continue to hinder the series' plot. I hope the series moves towards a more exciting storyline in Russia, but we'll see. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick Aug 17, 2016

    All in all, for a series about villains, Suicide Squad #1 is too safe an issue. It comes off as a movie tie-in without its own vision behind it. This isn't necessarily a bad thing on its face, but the split nature of the book means that there simply isn't enough room to hook you in or expand the concept. I have faith in the talent involved that there's something more on the way, but they need to move quickly past introducing the concept in order to make this book more than just a recreation of a movie we've already seen. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Aug 17, 2016

    There are highs and lows throughout this issue, but Williams and Fabok's short-form "Never Miss" only makes the shortcomings of Williams and Lee's "The Black Vault" glaringly obvious. While I don't find this issue to be terrible, I really hope the arcing story makes up some ground in issue number 2. With such a short number of pages to hook readers and bring them back each issue, the main creative team is going to need to deliver a hell of a punch of quality, and fast. The main narrative was lucky to have such a flawless supporting story to back it up! Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Aug 17, 2016

    Ill be honest, Ive never really been a huge fan of the Suicide Squad in the past.  Thats not to say I ever had anything against them necessarily, I just never felt the desire to pick up many of their comics.  Like a lot of people, its a combination of the Warner Bros movie and DCs strong Rebirth track record that made me want to jump on board with this new series.  Sadly however, after this first issue I honestly cant see any reason for me to continue with this one, save for the unquestioned pedigree of its two supremely talented co-creators. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Aug 17, 2016

    Suicide Squad#1 has one solid Deadshot and one utterly unstimulating Suicide Squad story, and it's worth passing on unless you're a huge Deadshot and want to see Jason Fabok draw him teaming up with Batman. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Aug 19, 2016

    The opening story, with an achingly obvious title ("I Wanna Be Sedated"), is tonally miles apart from what comes after. Wait a minute" two completely different stories with two completely different tones, retroactively spliced together by an skittish creative team that ultimately delivered a depressing product. Now where have I heard that one before... Read Full Review

  • 2.4
    Multiversity Comics - Alice W. Castle Aug 22, 2016

    This is the third "Suicide Squad" series in five years and not only does it just retread old material, but it feels like half an issue with some padding tacked on the back so it makes the page count to ship. Read Full Review

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