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Suicide Squad is a fictional supervillain team appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The first version of the Suicide Squad debuted in The Brave and the Bold 25 September and the second and modern version, created by John Ostranderdebuted in Legends 3 January One of the two teams saves the world from a threatening race of savages.
Regardless of abilities and talent, every member of the squad is expendable and it is expected that not many will return. As expendable assets, all members are fitted with an explosive device in their neck to assure obedience.
The Suicide Squad's name alludes to the dangerous nature of their missions. Various incarnations of the Suicide Squad have existed throughout the years as depicted in several self-titled comic book series, from its origins in the Silver Ageto its modern-day Post- Crisis reimagining, to the current version that was introduced in the DC Rebirth continuity reboot.
The current incarnation of the team appears in the fifth volume of the Suicide Squad comic series, and the recurring members include Captain BoomerangDeadshotEnchantressHarley QuinnKatana and Killer Croc. Hugh Evans and Jess Bright. This team was created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Ross Andru.
The squad was often paired together with DC's other government agency, Checkmate —culminating in the Janus Directive  crossover. While the Atom Smasher - Nathan Leigh - Ordinary Eternal Machinery is often depicted as succeeding on their missions, failure occasionally resulted.
Ostrander remarked on how Squad stories sometimes purposefully brought in characters to be killed off. Suicide Squad vol. Though the series' first issue featured a Squad composed entirely of Giffen's Injustice League  members, the roster was promptly slaughtered, save for Major Disaster and Multi-Man. These developments prompt Sgt. Rockwho is by now Bazuco - Wunderbach - 82 / 84 into the role of squad leader, to recruit new members—many of whom die during the missions.
It featured the return of writer John Ostrander, with art by Javier Pina. The story focused on the return of Rick Flag Jr. Amanda Waller once again directs the group from behind the scenes; Deadshot, Harley Quinnand King Shark feature prominently in this version of the Squad. This series concluded inwith issue New Suicide Squad was launched in July Team members appearing in the debut issue include physicist Jess Bright; astronomer Dr.
Hugh Evans; Rick Flag Jr. The characters have follow-up appearances in issues 26, 27 and The team's introductory story depicts them being called in to deal with a super-heated red-hued object, called the "Red Wave", which was heading toward a seaside resort and boiling the ocean along the way. They travel in a plane equipped with a testing and analysis Atom Smasher - Nathan Leigh - Ordinary Eternal Machinery . Follow-up appearances show the team dealing with a variety of challenges: a meteor storm the radiation from which Atom Smasher - Nathan Leigh - Ordinary Eternal Machinery them to shrinka giant serpent in the Paris subway tunnels, and a giant monster that captures Karin and a nuclear bomb.
Issues 38 and 39 show the team encountering Atom Smasher - Nathan Leigh - Ordinary Eternal Machinery and meeting the leader of the Cyclops. The squad's first mission is to eliminate Darkseid's rampaging fire elemental Brimstone; Blockbuster dies during the conflict and Deadshot takes down the creature with an experimental laser rifle.
During World War IIa number of Army riffraff are assembled into a unit that is highly expendable, and therefore nicknamed the Suicide Squadron shortened to Suicide Squad. Several such teams existed, but their history in comics is only scarcely recorded before Rick Flag, Sr. After the war ends, the team together with the Argent group is put under the umbrella organization of Task Force X.
After his father's death, Rick Flag Jr. A deadly encounter with a Yeti during a mission in Cambodia ends with Evans and Bright dead and sends Flag back to the U. An ill-fated trip to this world ends with Nightshade's mother dead and her brother abducted, and Nightshade spends the following years honing her shadowy powers and building a reputation as a crimefighter. She falls in with King Faraday at the C. It is unclear whether this team is part of the modern Suicide Squad canon The Eve Of The War (Ben Liebrand 12 Mix) - Various - Digital DJ Series 4 Vol.9 if the Squad introduced in Secret Origins was intended as a replacement for them in DC continuity.
Another classic version of the Squad Rick Flag Jr. The group is briefly shown undertaking the sorts of dangerous missions the Squad is known for, and Flag eventually drafts Hal Jordan onto the team to assist in preparing a manned space flight to Mars. The experimental rocket's test runs quickly goes south and the group sans Jordan dies in the explosion. In the final issue of the comic, it is revealed that after the end of the war, this Suicide Squad became a " Dark Justice League " defending the world against magical threats.
The first volume of Suicide Squadwritten by modern Squad creator John Ostranderlaunched in Mayshortly after the team was introduced in the Atom Smasher - Nathan Leigh - Ordinary Eternal Machinery Legends " crossover storyline.
It lasted for 66 monthly issues, along with one annual and one special Doom Patrol and Suicide Squad Special 1both published in This series details the covert operations of the modern, Post- Crisis Squad, created in-universe and directed by Amanda Waller.
It is notable for bringing obscure characters such as Captain Boomerang and Deadshot to prominence; the latter received his own tie-in miniseries inco-written by Ostrander and Kim Yale. Former Batgirl Barbara Gordon makes her first appearance as the information-broker Oracle and serves as the Squad's remote radio support, a vocation she adopted after being shot by the Joker.
She uses a wheelchair as a result of being shot. These staff members are frequently seen interviewing various Squad operatives  or providing evaluations of their mental states;  several full issues are Cotton Club Stomp - Various - Rakehells Revels to examining the personal lives and motivations of prominent characters.
Over the course of 66 issues, this incarnation of the Suicide Squad undertook numerous high-risk missions for the U. The team's first mission in the Suicide Squad title set them up against their recurring enemies, the Onslaught. They infiltrate their headquarters the fortress known as Jotunheim, situated in Qurac and proceed to defeat and kill most of the Onslaught members.
Elements from this first story arc return over the series, such as the death of Mindboggler, Captain Boomerang 's cowardly and treacherous nature, Nightshade 's attraction to Rick Flag Jr. Although the mission is largely successful in its first half, the team finds that Zoya does not want to be freed at all, causing friction among the team as they must plan their escape.
In the end, the mission ends with the Squad having to travel across a tundra to reach safety, but come face to face with Atom Smasher - Nathan Leigh - Ordinary Eternal Machinery People's Heroes, the Russian's own group of metahumans.
In the conflict, Trigorin dies and Nemesis Tom Tresser is captured. Nemesis eventually escapes thanks to a collaboration between the Suicide Squad and the Justice League Internationalalthough the two teams fight one another first. In this story arc,  building on subplots from previous issues,  Rick Flag goes after Senator Cray in order to assassinate him.
Previously, Senator Cray had been blackmailing Amanda Waller in order for her to ensure Cray's reelection, threatening her with the exposure of the Suicide Squad to the public. Waller deals Atom Smasher - Nathan Leigh - Ordinary Eternal Machinery the situation by engaging in counter-blackmail with help of Checkmatebut refrains from informing Flag.
In order to stop him, the Squad is sent after Flag, and it is eventually Deadshot who confronts Flag shortly before he can shoot Cray, but too late to prevent Tolliver's murder in Suicide Squad vol. As a result of these developments, the Suicide Squad is exposed to the public, contrary to Flag's intentions. Flag flees the scene, while Deadshot is shot by the arriving police officers. Unfortunately for Deadshot, who has a death wish, he does not die from the injuries.
Resulting from the exposure, Amanda Waller is replaced by an actor named Jack Kale so that she can continue to run the Squad. The team then goes on a public relations offensive, becoming, for a time, a prominent heroic team by saving a renowned nun La Banda (A Banda) - Mina - Una Voce, Un Cuore a repressive regime. During the crossover, the headquarters of Checkmate and the Suicide Squad are destroyed as the war between the agencies worsens, and Blame It On The Girls (Wolfgang Gartner Remix) - MIKA - Blame It On The Girls (Remixes) lives of all members of the Force of July are lost except for Major Victory.
In the end, with the defeat of Kobra, the various government agencies are made autonomous, to be overseen by Sarge Steel. In this issue, the character known Clawed - Bodycocktail - Reality Will Be Just What It Chooses Duchess regains her memory after Atom Smasher - Nathan Leigh - Ordinary Eternal Machinery from amnesia and recalls her true identity as Lashinaof the Female Furies.
Along with Dr. Darkseid arrives to destroy Lashina for bringing humans to his world and allows the rest of the Squad return to Earth with their dead.
Shade is returned to his home dimension as the Squad mourns Flo. This issue details the plan of a group called LOA to raise a zombie army with drugs spread across the world. To ensure the Squad doesn't interfere, they reveal how Waller is still in charge and the White House decide to wash their hands of Food And Hunting - Ragnar Bjerkreim - Cultures Spans The World. The deal for the villains is simple: the three will be set free after helping Waller kill the LOA.
While the villains run after the assassination, Waller allows herself to be put into custody. The storyline running through Suicide Squad vol. She receives a presidential pardon, courtesy of Sarge Steelas well as money in the bank and her old privileges concerning the use of imprisoned villains. This is done so that Waller can reassemble her Squad and prevent a confrontation between American and Soviet forces in the war-torn country of Vlatava.
As the Suicide Squad succeeds and finishes their mission, they go in a new direction, free from the government as freelance operatives per the terms negotiated by Waller. Under the leadership of Waller, who now also goes into the field as an operative, they are a mercenary squad open to the highest bidder.
This storyline ran through Suicide Squad vol. Amanda Waller and the Squad covertly sneak into Jerusalem seeking to capture or kill Kobra. However, the squad's arrival is detected by the Hayothand their Mossad liaison Colonel Hacohen takes Waller and Vixen into custody in order to show them that the Hayoth has already captured Kobra.
Amanda figures out that Kobra allowed the Hayoth to capture him but is unsure of why. Meanwhile, the Atom discovers Kobra's true plan all along was to corrupt Dybbuk the Hayoth's artificial intelligence team member. Kobra "corrupted" Dybbuk through a series of philosophical conversations about the nature of good and evil; he then attempts to use Dybbuk to start World War III. The day is saved by Ramban, the team's kabbalistic magician, who has a lengthy conversation with Dybbuk about the true nature of good and evil, choice, and morality.
Meanwhile, Ravan and Kobra have their final battle which results in Ravan's supposed death via poisoning. Batman is working to solve the murder of Ray Palmer, The Atom. He hears that Waller possibly knew about the explosion that killed him.
Adam Cray confronts Deadshot about killing his father, Senator Cray. The Hayoth mistakenly believe they would be allowed to take President Marlo into custody. This misunderstanding caused the Hayoth to become embroiled in a four-way conflict with the Justice League SupermanBatmanand Aquamanwho were there searching for Ray Palmer the Atomas well as the Suicide Squad, and the Onslaught. After a series of skirmishes, Superman ends the free-for-all with a shockwave caused by clapping both his hands together.
The League confronts Ray Palmer and he tells them about Micro Force and their murder of Adam Cray, the man who had been impersonating him as a member of the Suicide Squad. The series concludes in issues 63—66, in which the Suicide Squad travels to Diabloverde to depose a seemingly invulnerable and invincible dictator calling himself Guedhe.
This despot has his own personal bodyguards, a group of villains calling themselves the Suicide Squad. Insulted by the rival team usurping the Suicide Squad name, Waller accepts the mission to liberate Diabloverde at the price of one peso, paid by an exiled resident, Maria.
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