DC is bringing back its monthly Suicide Squad comic, and they’ve reunited a superstar creative team to kick off a brand new era for this motley crew of villains.The new volume of Suicide Squad will reunite writer Tom Taylor and artist Bruno Redondo, who previously collaborated on the Injustice: Gods Among Us and Injustice 2 comics. Ivan Reis will provide cover art.
This version of the Suicide Squad will shake up the formula in more ways than one. In the aftermath of Event Leviathan and the dismantling of many of the world’s top intelligence agencies, Amanda Waller is no longer in control of Task Force X. The new lineup includes mainstays like Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and King Shark, along with several newcomers pulled from a team of super-terrorists known as The Revolutionaries. And DC is promising not every member will survive the events of issue #1.
Taylor spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the new Suicide Squad series, revealing that one of the goals is to bring back a sense of danger and the unexpected with this incarnation of the team. Taylor promises that issue #1 will upset the status quo so much “that issue two is practically a new number one.”
“For a long time, there’s been a sense of safety around the Suicide Squad,” Taylor said. “The anti-heroes and villains have gone out on the mission, fought dirty, won dirty and most of them have come home. In our book, that’s not the case anymore. The team we send out in issue one won’t all live through the first mission. DC characters with years of history are going to be confined to history after issue one. Truly, no one is safe.”
Taylor also voiced his excitement at working with Redondo again, following Redondo’s brief stint on the current Justice League comic.
“In many ways he’s my dream collaborator.” said Taylor. “We speak the same storytelling language, and we have the same storytelling values. We value the acting of the characters above anything else, and Bruno has this rare gift to make readers feel more than almost any other artist. The loud bits and the quiet. He nails comedy and he nails sorrow. His acting is subtle and nuanced. Lots of brilliant artists can draw Batman punching someone in the face and grimacing. Bruno can draw Harley Quinn covering heartache with a smile.”
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Suicide Squad #1 will hit stores in December 2019.
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