Chain gang ca­pers

Rob Williams and Jim Lee el­e­vate Sui­cide Squad to the big league

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

“This is a comic with en­ergy and a punk aes­thetic,” says writer Rob Williams. “It’s go­ing to make a sar­cas­tic com­ment, hit you in the face and look good do­ing it!”

With its re­lease timed to co­in­cide with this month’s highly anticipated cin­e­matic out­ing, the lat­est in­car­na­tion of DC’s an­swer to the Dirty Dozen packs a punch like no pre­vi­ous run. Writ­ten by Williams and il­lus­trated by lead­ing artists Jim Lee and Philip Tan, the bi-weekly title is in­tended to el­e­vate the band of mis­fits to the front and cen­tre of the DC Uni­verse, and will fea­ture a ros­ter sim­i­lar to the big screen line-up.

“Any book lives or dies on their cast, and the Sui­cide Squad are such fun to write,” Williams tells Red Alert. “They’re vil­lains, they don’t like each other, and they ab­so­lutely hate their boss, Amanda Waller. There are all kinds of in­sane dy­nam­ics be­tween them, as Har­ley Quinn is crazy, Boomerang’s a self­ish cow­ard, Dead­shot is the world’s great­est as­sas­sin, and Killer Croc just wants to eat ev­ery­one!”

While he re­fuses to con­firm its pre­cise na­ture, the first arc will see the team at­tempt­ing to solve the mys­tery of the Black Vault. “They’re sent on a mis­sion to re­trieve an un­known item from a se­cret un­der­sea prison in the Laptev Sea near Rus­sia,” re­veals Williams. “What they find there will change ev­ery­thing. Not just for them, but po­ten­tially the whole planet.”

Sui­cide Squad: Re­birth #1 is pub­lished on 3 Au­gust and Sui­cide Squad #1 on 17 Au­gust.

You wouldn’t call them if you needed a babysit­ter.

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