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Absolute Power #1 (of 4)

Comicscore Index
Universal acclaim

Based on 25 critic ratings.


DC’s epic summer event kicks off with a bang, as the combined might of Failsafe and the Brainiac Queen has at last given Amanda Waller the ability to steal the metahuman abilities of every hero and villain on planet Earth. As chaos erupts in the streets and a massive misinformation campaign sways public opinion to her side, the founder of the Suicide Squad methodically targets each superhero dynasty one at a time, starting with Superman. But even in this darkest of hours, a resistance is forming… and Batman is out for vengeance.

It’s a shocking blitzkrieg across the globe that is decades in the making—and will shape the course of the DC Universe for years to come!

Brought to you by the superstar talents of Mark Waid and Dan Mora—it all starts here!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
38 pages
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25 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Lyles Movie Files

    Absolute Power #1 has garnered plenty of hype. This issue proves it just might be warranted. If the other three issues are this strong, DC might have its signature mega-event since Dark Nights: Metal.

  • 100


    Absolute Power #1 delivers a solid opening issue, and sets up some fantastic and intriguing events for the follow-on issues. This is an absolute must read!

  • 100

    Get Your Comic On

    An incredible start to the Absolute Power event. Waid and Mora are masterminding a devastating and compelling story to take the DCU to the brink of destruction.

  • 100

    Nerd Initiative

    In one calculated strike, the entire DC Universe is put on notice that their time is up. Waid crafts a multi-layered story with superb writing. The electric artwork of Mora and Sánchez will leave readers in awe of the shocking and thrilling onslaught. Once the last page is read, there is no doubt the quest for power shows no mercy.

  • 100


    There’s so much to love about Absolute Power. From the stellar art, complexities of Waller’s use of fake news, the loss of superhero powers, and almost no way the heroes can win, you’ll be dying to read the next issue. Absolute Power will resonate with readers for now and maybe always. Absolute Power is the very definition of a superhero epic.

  • 100

    Dark Knight News

    Absolute Power #1 was more than a warning shot… it was a shot to the heart, on multiple fronts. Brace yourselves, loyal readers, the war has only just begun.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Enlisting a creative team that has spent years collaborating brings expertise and energy to Absolute Power #1, which is instantly noticeable. It’s an issue filled with shocks from start to finish, swinging with savagery.

  • 95

    Comic Book Revolution

    Absolute Power #1 is a grand slam of a start for the DC Universe’s latest big event. Mark Waid and Dan Mora nailed making this start work as a culmination of all the storytelling with Amanda Waller since Dark Crisis On Infinite Earth #7’s epilogue. This is a must-read comic book for fans of the DC Universe.

  • 95

    Fortress of Solitude

  • 92

    Monkeys Fighting Robots

    Absolute Power #1 is a powerhouse of a first issue, and one that won’t fly under the radar. It’s filled with memorable art, colors, writing, and letters that are sure to stick with you for the weeks to come until the next issue. Waid, Mora, Sánchez, and Maher all come together to put Waller’s plan into motion. It’s quite a display and feels like a return to what events should be.

  • 90

    Geek Dad

    This is one of the bleakest first issues of an event comic I can remember in a while. My only hesitation is that this still doesn’t feel like Waller, and I’m wondering if that’s a twist to come. But one thing is for sure – I am hooked.

  • 90


  • 88

    Comics From The Multiverse

  • 88

    Comic Watch

    Absolute Power #1 is a fantastic first issue to this event and efficiently sets the scene, reveals the stakes, and raises questions. Waid does many interesting things with the execution of Waller’s plan and essentially makes every hero the most vulnerable they have been in years. There’s plenty of action that one would expect from a big summer event, but it also covers some fascinating concepts that are happening in the real world at the same time.

  • 88

    Graphic Policy

    Absolute Power #1 is a solid start to an event that takes inspiration from real world fears and hits the zeitgeist in many ways. Waller deals a populist blow by manipulating the people to rise up against those who do have power, but also help society too in imperfect ways. Waid and the team have a start of an event that might seem like a flashy surface but underneath there’s some interesting substance as well.

  • 87

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Overall, Absolute Power #1 is a thought-provoking prelude that sets the stage for a potentially epic DC event. Pick it up if you enjoy political intrigue in your superhero comics and are interested in a story that explores the dark side of power. If you prefer a more action-oriented narrative, you might want to wait for subsequent issues.

  • 87

    Superman Homepage

    I’m probably being generous with this rating but while it was an entertaining issue with a lot of action, I just felt that we’ve seen a lot of this before. Someone making the heroes look bad. The public going against them. Of course this story is taking it up several notches.

  • 85

    Caped Joel

  • 80

    Absolute Power #1 might be the rare comic book where the execution vastly outweighs its central concept, as Waid, Mora, and company give it their all in rendering DC’s next monster event. That does not excuse the issue of its flaws, namely the grandfathered-in characterization of its central villainess, but it does prevent the event from veering towards total narrative desolation. Luckily, through various tie-ins and one-shots, we’ll get plenty of chances to see if and how Absolute Power ultimately proves itself, but at least the artistry on display makes the central title interesting.

  • 80

    Weird Science DC Comics

  • 72

    Weird Science DC Comics

    Absolute Power #1 presents oodles of action, adventure, excitement, and drama to get readers on board with DC’s big Summer event. As a bonus, Dan Mora’s art is an exquisite match for Mark Waid’s surprisingly engaging script. That said, the story only works if you choose to believe Amanda Waller can take over the world without anyone lifting a finger to stop her, which is a mighty big pill to swallow.

  • 63

    The Super Powered Fancast

    This is a story that has been brewing for months across the DC universe and its final execution is, unfortunately, less than impressive. I really enjoy Waid’s writing and style, but everything about this storyline only works if you are willing to believe that every superhero in the DC universe is so spectacularly stupid that they never conceived of this as a possibility and that conceit takes me out of the story as it continues to unfold. It also takes everything that was unique and interesting about Waller away and reduces her to another moustache twirling villain with delusions of grandeur. As a reader and fan, I would be hard pressed to find a reason to continue this storyline beyond the spectacle because it is lacking in substance.

    Dan Mora’s art is one of the only things that redeems this first issue for me. I love the visual style and the spectacle Mora brings to every action packed moment. I just wish the story was worthy of his skills.

  • 60


    I hope there’s some kind of twist at the end of this that will explain this wild characterization. Waid is a good writer, but he does have a history of mishandling characters that aren’t his favorites for the sake of a story. Hopefully Absolute Power will explain this and prove to be worth it.

  • 60

    DC Comics News

    Overall, Absolute Power #1 is a decent comic.  The art is great and Waid has some good moments.  He’s trying really hard to make this a big event with some startling moments.  However, there’s nothing behind them that is interesting enough.  DC’s events have struggled for a while, and so far this seems no different.  If you’ve never read a big comic event the execution will probably suffice, but when you’ve seen numerous events the big idea here just doesn’t hold one’s interest.  That said, I feel like the outcome of this series will result in a DC Universe with greatly reduced number of super-powered beings.  I’m imaging that not every character gets his or her powers back.  And, that’s where I think that last page with Jon Kent is leading.

  • 60


    Conceptually this event feels less creatively bankrupt than the last few (admittedly that’s not too hard to pull off) and I’m interested in seeing where Waid takes things. On the other hand, I worry that, in the end, this will be nothing more than a contrived mess with beautiful art if more clarity isn’t reached. 

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