With a name like the Suicide Squad, you might expect writer Rob Williams and artist (and DC Entertainment co-publisher) Jim Lee’s team to be a scrappy gang of supervillains. But during DC’s Rebirth this summer, the team is getting an upgrade that might put a little bit of fear in the Man of Steel himself.
“One of these characters will be joining the team: Doomsday, Mr. Mxyzptlk or General Zod,” teased Williams in the DC Comics Previews catalog, which will be in comic book shops this week.
This powerful new recruit would fit in nicely with the team’s new hero-targeting mission, as revealed this week in Williams and Lee’s Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad: April Fool’s Special. The team’s current lineup includes characters from the upcoming Suicide Squad film, including Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Katana and Killer Croc.
Two of Williams’ prospective villains have had a recent Q-rating boost in this month’s multimillion-dollar film Batman v Superman, which featured a major subplot involving Zod’s corpse and the creation of the inhuman engine of destruction known as Doomsday.
In the comics, Mxyzptlk has not been seen since Grant Morrison’s exit from Action Comics, while Zod’s current status was put into question when Batman and Wonder Woman visited the Phantom Zone during the “Doomed” arc in Batman/Superman, which reimagined Doomsday not just as a creature of violence, but as an actual virus that threatened to consume Superman himself.
In the DC Comics Previews catalog, Lee also spoke about the book’s twice-monthly schedule, answering questions about how someone as “deadline-challenged” as he could tackle a book with such frequency.
“It seems counterintuitive… [but] I’m leading by example,” Lee said, adding that he will be rotating art duties with Philip Tan, who lives close to Lee and thus can review layouts and visual continuity in-person. “We’re asking creative teams to collaborate on a very deep level.”
Meanwhile, in writer Dan Abnett and artist Brett Booth’s latest take on Titans, the original team — composed of Nightwing, Donna Troy, Arsenal, Aqualad, and Lilith — will have their memories fully returned, as they tackle the Fearsome Five.
Currently, there is no word as to the whereabouts of the other Titans seen in Abnett’s series Titans Hunt, including Herald, Cave-Boy, or Hawk and Dove.