Readers of popular geek culture behemoth IGN were shocked and appalled Thursday morning to learn that the website gave a rating of 4.4 out of 10 to a comic in its weekly review round-up. New Suicide Squad: Future's End #1 was the unlucky recipient of the lowest score in recent mainstream comic book website review history, coming in a full 2.5 points lower than the week's next lowest rated comic, The New 52: Future's End #19. Saying that the comic " reads like the middle chapter of a longer story we’re never going to see," the review admitted there were "a few interesting ideas at play, but on the whole the story reads less like an extension of Futures End and more like a What If? plot where each character is transformed in some silly and pointless way." Wait, what? We thought that was the entire concept behind Future's End.
The mean score for the 31 comics reviewed this week at IGN was 7.8 out of 10, while the median was 7.9 out of 10. The averages, which would have both been 8 if not for the abnormally low score, were dragged down by the Suicide Squad score as well as several other Future's End tie-ins that scored lower than the website's usual Big Two book score of 8 out of 10, as well as an Oni Press book, Stumptown #1, that scored an abysmal 7.5 out of 10, with the review wondering, "what the hell is this? Where is Batman? Where's Wolverine? The world doesn't make sense right now!" The reviewer was rushed to a hospital after becoming confused and unresponsive due to the lack of characters with at least three currently available branded children's lunchboxes, and remains in critical condition.
At press time, IGN was working on a public apology for the terrible Suicide Squad score, and representatives of the site and other top comics websites were hopeful that the insult would not affect the flow of advertising revenue from Marvel and DC that represents 90% of their income. Stay tuned to The Outhouse for future developments.