DC Co-Publisher Jim Lee is apparently scaling back his plans to illustrate the upcoming new twice-monthly Suicide Squad ongoing series. Although Lee was originally solicited to be the sole penciler on Suicide Squad #1-5 (through October), the publisher informed Direct Market retailers this week that he will instead draw a "twelve-to-thirteen-page lead story" in each issue with the remaining eight pages being back-up stories spotlighting members of the team by guest artists, beginning with former Justice League artist Jason Fabok. Series writer Rob Williams will write both stories in each issue.
"Given how frequently the issues will be coming out, Rob and I were inspired to do a modern take on the old movie serials and deliver super fast paced, high-octane, cliffhanger driven, extended bursts of story every two weeks," said Jim Lee. "The backup features will allow Rob to spotlight individual Squad members and collaborate with a slew of superstar talent to create amazing stories designed to resonate and support the main features."
Suicide Squad #1's "Personnel File" back-up story will featur Deadshot recounting a mission with Batman.
This could be seen as an attempt to mitigate any delays to the title, as previous titles the artist has worked on such as such as Superman: Unchained, Justice League, Batman: Europa, and All-Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder all experienced shipping delays.
Here is the revised solicitation for that issue, scheduled for release August 17:
SUICIDE SQUAD #1
Written by ROB WILLIAMS • Art and cover by JIM LEE, JASON FABOK & SCOTT WILLIAMS • Variant cover by LEE BERMEJO
“The Black Vault” part one! When a mysterious and definitely super-important cosmic item falls out of the heavens and into enemy hands, America has only one option: Task Force X, Amanda Waller’s strike team of incarcerated super-criminals. A one-stop-shop for plausibly deniable espionage and ultra- violence, this “Suicide Squad” only handles missions they’re not expected to survive. An insane new era of SUICIDE SQUAD begins here with superstar artist Jim Lee and red-hot writer Rob Williams (UNFOLLOW, MARTIAN MANHUNTER).
On sale AUGUST 17 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+