Waller vs. Wildstorm #1

Writer: Spencer Ackerman, Evan Narcisse Artist: Eric Battle Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: March 29, 2023 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 11
8.3Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

In the early 1980s, as the Cold War stubbornly refuses to thaw, a new battle heats up...for the soul of the intelligence agency Checkmate. As the agency's super-heroic public face, Jackson King--a.k.a. the armored Battalion, former leader of Stormwatch and the symbol of American might--has long suspected that Adeline Kane is up to dirty tricks overseas, engineering horrors that betray everything he believes about service to one's country. But King doesn't know that Kane has a clever new ally--an ambitious young woman named Amanda Waller. She has her own ideas about how metahumans can serve their country. And honor, dignity, and long lives don more

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 29, 2023

    Waller vs. Wildstorm #1 is a solid debut that has us excited to read more. We sadly will have to wait for the second issue, but what has been shown so far makes us not just want that but this entire concept expanded upon. The comic entertains while also exploring our very complicated and dark reality. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Mar 28, 2023

    Overall, this first issue shows a lot of promise, sending Lois into a web of secrets that hints at a dark underbelly to the DCU. I'm not familiar with Spencer Ackerman, but this issue shows the same deft hand with complicated issues that he displayed in the Gilded City tie-in concept in recent months. Another win for Black Label. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Mar 28, 2023

    Most of this issue was devoted to establishing the players and opening the door on the conflict. This made for a quick read, but the next issue exploring what happens now that the players know the stakes is just as pivotal to see if this series is ready for checkmate. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Comic Watch - Tyson Yurai Mar 29, 2023

    Waller vs. Wildstorm is an interesting concept that lays the ground work for a very thrilling tale of betrayal and violence. With excellent and layered writing from Spencer Ackerman and Evan Narcisse, awesome art by Jesus Merino, Vicente Cifuentes and Mike Atiyeh and stellar letters from Dave Sharpe, this miniseries is off to a rocking great start! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - Timothy ONeil Mar 28, 2023

    An intriguing and tense debut for this new adults-only series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Mar 29, 2023

    Wherever this conspiracy is set to lead, Waller vs. Wildstorm #1 makes it clear that DC characters will provide a potent cast and that the series itself is well prepared to address the complexities of American geopolitical interventions and the often monstrous individuals who carry them out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Dark Knight News - Philip Clark Mar 29, 2023

    There's not a lot to go on here, as it's the first issue after all. What I will say is that I felt bombarded with exposition, which didn't feel right with the flow of the story. Battalion's betrayal by his teammates and Waller fell short emotionally, simply because we weren't given enough about them. They were revealed on one panel, and a few images later we got the betrayal. The writing just seemed a little scrambled, and I'm unsure if it's because the two writers got some wires crossed or not. Read Full Review

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