Suicide Squad / The Banana Splits Special #1

Suicide Squad / The Banana Splits Special #1

Writer: Antony Bedard, Mark Russell Artist: Ben Caldwell, Dale Eaglesham Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 29, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 18 User Reviews: 5
7.0Critic Rating
6.7User Rating

"SUICIDE SPLITS"! Mistaken for metahumans, thrown in the bowels of Belle Reve, the animal rock band Banana Splits are recruited by Amanda Waller for a secret mission: to save the Suicide Squad! What follows is the weirdest team-up you never thought you'd see! How can Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky stand up to Harley, Deadshot, Katana and Croc?! And in the backup feature, Snagglepuss is a Southern gothic playwright working with an ensemble cast of cultural figures, exploring an intensely creative time in the New York City theater scene of the 1950s...

  • 9.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 29, 2017

    This comic is my favorite of the week delivering two entertaining stories that are entertaining in totally different ways. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    DC Comics News - Duke Harrington Mar 29, 2017

    And I'll say this word is DC is going to try again with a second round of Hanna-Barbera remakes. If this version of The Banana Splits, by this issue's creators, is in that mix, I will most definitely pony up my hard-earned cash every month for some of that. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nation Of Nerds - Cas Mar 29, 2017

    The Suicide Squad and The Banana Splits?! Did I just read that? Yep. It happened. Hanna-Barbera and DC Comics create a mash-up that was not only a good read but was pretty funny to boot. Including the story name of Suicide Splits (Hey, it beats "Banana Squad"), that gave me a good laugh. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Mar 30, 2017

    In life, you do not fight battles because you intend to win. You fight them merely because they need to be fought. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - SHAY REVOLVER Apr 1, 2017

    Suicide Splits is exactly what you'd expect and what your soul wants in your one off mash-up story. Well written, great art and a bit of a pulp all in one comic. Trading off of the Squads badassery and having them need a rescue from a pop band who hasn't had a hit since before I was born is a cute touch that works well with the over the topness of the Squad. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Apr 3, 2017

    While I can appreciate what DC is trying to do by mixing up two of the craziest teams in the Warner Bros. library, there is something that feels odd about this issue. Maybe it is just too crazy and over the top for my liking, but I found the Snagglepuss backup to be much more interesting, entertaining, and "deep." If you are a fan of Crank or Fast and Furious 6, then Suicide Squad Banana Splits Special #1 is going to be perfect for you. The team of Bedard and Caldwell did a great job of bringing these two teams together and those it seems like an odd combination, in the end everything works. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Alexander Jones Apr 3, 2017

    The "Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Annual" #1's wild, irreverent tone will demand your attention thanks to the beautiful art and surreal writing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Lu Mar 29, 2017

    Knowing nothing about the Banana Splits besides what is available on Wikipedia, I can't say whether or not any of what takes place in Suicide Squad/The Banana Splits is true to the original incarnation of their characters. That said, I don't particularly care if it is! This book is fantastic and one of the most fun reads on the shelf this week. I can't say it's a timeless work, but it's certainly the sort of book that will leave you giggling from start to finish. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Mar 29, 2017

    The true star of this book, and the main reason why everyone should pick this up, is the Snagglepuss story by Mark Russell and Howard Porter. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Slackjaw Punks - Iron Squid Mar 29, 2017

    Suicide Squad/Banana Splits has absolutely no reason to exist, but at the same time is not harming anyone for being a thing, it is fun and it for the sheer fact it's there. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    GWW - Travis Vertuca Mar 29, 2017

    Better than it has any right to be, the juxtaposition of 1970s characters and a modern team of criminals is funny and interesting in a way rarely found in DC comics. If you like humor, animals, and Amanda Waller this may just be the book for you. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Blair Marnell Mar 30, 2017

    This joke was worth telling; it just shouldn't have been a full-length story. If anything, this one should have been the backup tale to Snagglepuss Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Mar 29, 2017

    I wasn't expecting much going into this issue so I wasn't too disappointed. There isn't much going on to get fans of either property excited and it all ends up being a pretty forgettable Annual. However, I did enjoy the Snagglepuss backup and am suddenly looking forward to his upcoming book. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Brazen Bull - Evan Kiick Mar 29, 2017

    Unless you really think this might be worth something one day, I'd leave this one on the rack. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Batman Universe - Gerry Green Mar 31, 2017

    I expected a Suicide Squad-Banana Splits crossover to be silly and it was. I'd recommend this book to those that have nostalgia for the old show or just want a brainless fun ride. I wouldn't say that there is anything compelling here though and its $4.99 cover price may rightly dissuade some readers from getting the book. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    AiPT! - Eric Cline Mar 29, 2017

    This is not a good issue. Eight pages of high quality work cannot make up for thirty pages of boring writing and art that fail to live up to an interesting premise. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Mar 30, 2017

    I dont know who this book is for, and I dont know why it exists. Im not even sure why I Im here. Snagglepuss, I guess, but I could have just skipped to the ending like an actual adult. God knows I dont like the Suicide Squad or care about the Banana Splits. Perhaps deep down I had hoped for something really strange, stupid, and fun, but Im far too cynical to think DC could actually deliver on that promise. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    We Got This Covered - Tom Bacon Mar 29, 2017

    All in all, this is probably one of the strangest comics I've ever read. I'm sure those of you who are familiar with Banana Splits will find it much more exciting; for me, though, it was just a little over the line of 'surreal' for my taste. That said, the Snagglepuss story was exceptional. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Supes' soups Mar 29, 2017

    Harley makes out with the monkey after losing a twerking contest to the elephant. The killer croc on lion action was a bit too graphic for me. Just kidding, none of that happened. My @ss was as high as a kite when I read this issue and I tried to grab em by the snagglepuss only to realize it was my old ChuckE Cheese rat costume I never returned after getting fired from sneaking cheese pizzas from a kid's birthday party...

  • 8.0
    Kitaru Apr 1, 2017

    I thought it was one of the weaker crossover issues, but I did not feel that it was anywhere near as bad as the reviewers said it was. It could be cheesy at times, but I think that should be expected from the Banana-Splits appearing in a comic.

  • 6.5
    DizzyG Apr 4, 2017

    Snagglepuss was the only saving grace for this book.

  • 5.0
    Big Brother Mar 29, 2017

    The Banana Splits story lost my interest about halfway through. It just wasn't funny enough to be worth it. However, Mark Russell hits it out of the park again with Snagglepuss and it's definitely worth reading!

  • 4.0
    Kreniigh Apr 3, 2017

    There's something to be said about taking an goofy old kid's show and tossing it into a cynical, ironic modern setting, but it's rarely something fresh. Did anything about this play off of the Banana Splits in particular? You could have grabbed just about any 70s Hanna-Barbera show and plugged them into this same plot and ended up with the same thing -- a predictable, by-the-numbers Robot Chicken sketch, right down to the rap show ending.

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