What is the Suicide Squad and should we be worried about its health?
When it debuted in a 1959 issue of DC's The Brave and the Bold, the Suicide Squad was a gang of regular men and women putting their lives on the line during World War II. Fast-forward to the late 1980s, when the criminally underrated John Ostrander revamped the Squad as a crew of expendable supervillains culled from the maximum-security Belle Reve Penitentiary and tasked with impossible black-ops missions by government agent (and all-around badass) Amanda Waller.
Reading Suicide Squad you expect the clash of outlandish personalities, ultra-violence, a healthy amount of snark, and inner-team rivalry, but the book took off because it went political, explicitly exploring the real-world consequences of superheroes incorporating the real-world politics of the time. The Squad's relatively unknown staples -- Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Enchantress, Slipknot -- run the walk-of-life gamut. Daddy issues, dead wives, masochism, domestic violence, amnesia -- you name it, someone on the team's been screwed up by it. Suicide Squad stories are thrilling, intense forays into the deepest corners of the DC Universe.