Review: ‘One-Star Squadron’ #2 – ‘Office Space’ But With Superheroes And Some Tragedy Too

by Olly MacNamee


‘One-Star Squadron’ #2 continues to present the more desperate side to suer-heroism in the DCU. When you’re a washed up hero some, like Minute Man, have to ply their trade through agencies like Heroez 4 U. As well as the usual satirical swipes – but this time set in a workplace environment – there is more than a touch of tragedy to Minute Man’s story.


One-Star Squadron is most definitely a satire, but behind the facade lies a lot of heart-ache too as we focus in on washed up has been, Minute Man. A man addicted to the same Miracle pills that give Housman his powers. But, with no high paying gigs coming in through Heroes 4 U, Minute Man is at rock bottom. Erratic behaviour, the sweats, and desperate deals with street corner hustlers are all signs that our hero is in need of help. And fast. 

But, it’s not the only problems this issue deals with. This Office Space, (but with superheroes), work-placed comedy includes a lot of observational quips many readers may be able to relate to. And, what one expects from a writer like Mark Russell who brought us such delicious delights as Billionaire’s Island. Why is that Plastic Man also gets the “primo gigs” for instance is a sentiment I’m sure many of us have shared, whether we work in an office or elsewhere. But, it’s not all plain sailing for Red Tornado, the boss, either. For an android, he’s certainly showing a good deal of emotional range dealing with the day-to-day petty office politics that polite the workspace.

It’s an issue that gives up a good deal of situations and scenarios, as well as a cameo appearance from a certain someone very much associated with this comic book. Hey, if it’s good enough for the likes of Grant Morrison, them why not other creators too, right? After all, with great power comes… well, abuse of that responsibility, I guess. It’s a nice touch in a comic full of nice touches and relatable moments. 

Steve Lieber’s art is devoid of any of the usual super heroic exaggerations, and as such continues to be a great fit for a story purposefully lacking in the usual over-the-top pompous genre tropes. Dave Stewart, meanwhile, dies bring a certain sense of spandex splendour to certain characters, particularly Red Tornado, who continue to contrast against the mundane world such super folk usually don’t find themselves frequenting. Well, not the successful ones anyway.

If you even wanted to know what some superheroes did when not appearing in their own title, or when not called up for team work – even reserve team work for the Justice League- then this series is a wickedly wonderful alternative perspective whether it’s canon or not. And another socially relevant satire too. Whether you’re a superhero or not. 

One-Star Squadron #2 is out now from DC Comics

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