Although many of you may have only become familiar with the Suicide Squad in recent months, they have been a fixture in the DCU since 1959, where they appeared in the Brave and The Bold.
Though their core membership has altered many times in the intervening decades, the core concept has only really been altered once, with John Ostrander’s re-imagined Squad becoming a work-release program for the DCU’s most notorious villains.
Under the aegis of Amanda Waller and her Task Force X, the squad undertakes the most dangerous missions for the military and the American government, missions from which not all of them are expected to return.
It’s this basic concept that has allowed writers and artists to add new dimensions to previously mediocre or underused villains. In particular, character like Floyd Lawton (A.K.A. Deadshot) or Harley Quinn have benefited from being members of DC’s most dangerous club.
Now, with David Ayer’s movie version of the Squad hitting the Imax At Empire Leicester Square, you can take the opportunity to revisit the different interpretations of Task Force X, with the original Silver Age incarnation, the brilliant 80’s Ostrander version and the New 52 regenerations all available here at the Eisner award-winning Orbital Comics! Also, check out our website for a review of the movie!