Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1
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Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1

Writer: John Ostrander Artist: Gus Vasquez Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 31, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 14
7.2Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

When a retired American politician is taken to Europe and tried for alleged war crimes, the USA must recover him from an allied nation before terrible truths are revealed. Enter the Suicide Squad, who storm the Hague itself to save America from her own dark secrets. The writer who started a revolution, John Ostrander returns to the Suicide Squad for the first time in a decade to tell one of his boldest and bloodiest stories ever.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Sean Blumenshine Aug 31, 2016

    This is a very cool one shot. Ostrander's story is interesting and the characters are all well utilized and characterized. The art is amazing and there's a lot of room for more. I hope we see further stories from this creative team in the future. I highly recommend checking this issue out. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - John White Aug 31, 2016

    The man who defined the team for the modern era has returned with an original story that can stand up alongside any of his classics. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Casey Walsh Aug 31, 2016

    Suicide Squad Special: War Crimes #1 is another testament to how to tell a Task Force X story and do it well. Everyone has their role, the mission is appropriate to their skills and with get the ruthless, cutthroat moments we love from the team and especially Waller. Fans of the movie will enjoythis comic because its more Suicide Squad, while comic fans will love it because its the Suicide Squad they know and love without the meddling of Hollywood. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comicsverse - Amber Colyer Aug 31, 2016

    Overall, SUICIDE SQUAD SPECIAL: WAR CRIMES was a great issue that harkens back veteran writer John Ostrander. With hilarious writing, thrilling action and an all-around well-written team of psychopaths, WAR CRIMES makes for a wonderful read. While it may not be perfect, with rushed pacing and a couple of knee-jerk moments that speed by, WAR CRIMES has a lot to offer fans of SUICIDE SQUAD. I personally cannot wait to see what is in store for our beloved freaks in their next adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 31, 2016

    This was a fun little one-shot Suicide Squad story by the daddy of the whole damn thing.  In the end, nothing and everything happens which is par for the course for the Squad.  One mission just leads to the next, but it was fun to ride along with John Ostrander as he takes another spin around the block.  He still has it and I hope DC let's us see more of it in the near future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Sep 1, 2016

    Suicide Squad; War Crimes Special #1 is not arevolutionarystory. Yet it is more than a welcome slice of nostalgia. More than anything else it is proof positive that John Ostrander can still craft a good, topical political thriller nearly three decades after he first revived Task Force X as a new kind of team at the height of The Cold War. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Aug 31, 2016

    Its just one special, but War Crimes is classic Suicide Squad greatness penned by the master. Longtime Squad fans wont miss it and new fans should find it equally enjoyable. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Aug 31, 2016

    All in all, War Crimes is a comic Id hand anyone interested in seeing a quintessential take on the Suicide Squad, assuming I couldnt put hands on my original issues. Where the book lacks a bit of depth and fresh nuance, it makes up for it in reminding me just how special John Ostrander with his hand in the Squad really is. Lets get more from the man and these characters, stat. Im dying to dive back in all over again, and I doubt Im alone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Sep 15, 2016

    Suicide Squad has been saturating the market lately, enough to turn some readers off, but if you're looking for a return to top form then this is it. Now, with some luck, we'll get more stories like Suicide Squad: War Crimes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Joshua McDonald Sep 1, 2016

    While War Crimes doesn't meet the prestige of Ostrander's original run, it's still extremely satisfying. It's a pleasant read for any fan, but I would most likely recommend this issue as an introduction for people who aren't familiar with Suicide Squad. In fact, this would be perfect for fans that want to transition from the film to comics. Regardless of the bracket you group yourself in, this is still a solid issue, and an incredibly entertaining read! Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 31, 2016

    DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Sep 3, 2016

    All in all this first issue serves as a fairly good jump on point for anyone wanting to check out 'Suicide Squad', but it will not blow away those that have read the previous incarnations of this comic. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 30, -0001

    This issue proves that Ostrander hasn't lost his touch with Suicide Squad. If anything, it argues that Ostrander should be playing a more active role at DC these days. Fans of the classic Suicide Squad will feel right at home with this new adventure, even if the art doesn't quite gel with the tone of the story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Aug 31, 2016

    All in all, Suicide Squad Special: War Crimes #1 feels disposable, but that's far from a criticism. Ostrander's 40-page tale evokes childhood trips back from the newsagents with a wad of cheap creased comics under your arm, to be enjoyed once then flung into a bedroom corner and forgotten about. Visually, while Gus Vazquez and Carlos Rodriguez contribute some characterful illustration here, Gabe Eltaeb's bright colors detract from the murky nature of the Suicide Squad's mission. Despite this tonal weakness, Ostrander shows that he's just as comfortable writing for DC's Clown Princess of Crime as he is with classic Squaddies Amanda Waller, Rick Flag, Captain Boomerang and Deadshot. There are technical problems here, but Suicide Squad Special: War Crimes #1 is still a neat little one-and-done that harkens back to a simpler time, for whatever that's worth. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Lead Sharp Sep 7, 2016

    That's it. This is an unremarkable comic released because there's a film out and if you enjoyed that you might like this. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Nat Brehmer Sep 2, 2016

    Overall, Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1 is a recommendable book, especially for people who are new to Suicide Squad, but at times offers a mixed bag of characterization. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Tyson Jones Aug 31, 2016

    As a one-shot, War Crimes does a solid job of getting across who these people are and what they do, as well as the consequences and ideologies behind their actions. This is something I think worth handing to a newer fan of the series like myself especially if you're not keen on digging through older Ostrander Suicide Squad stories. But if they like this, it feels like a good gateway to more Squad adventures. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey Aug 31, 2016

    Ultimately,War Crimes isn't a great comic. It's an OK comic, but perhaps not the best choice for introducing a new reader to either the Squad or to John Ostrander. The former can be done with this month's much less expensiveSuicide Squad #1, and the latter can be done with the new trades collecting the 1980s series. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Corbin Pool Sep 2, 2016

    Recommendation: I'd pass on this. It just doesn't feel worth the money, especially when there is much more quality stuff out there. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 31, 2016

    Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1 is a very skippable special indeed. Harley fans will enjoy the character's always silly panache, but the story lacks purpose, teeth, or exciting action. Read Full Review

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