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Meet The Task Force X and it's Various Formations Throughout History
HARLEY QUINN, DEADSHOT, KING SHARK and others are a team of death-row Super-Villains recruited by the government to take on missions...
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Brief description and history
The Task Force or Suicide Squad as we know it (year 87 and so on) is formed by a secret US government project to use powerful criminals in such dangerous operations that would be classified as suicide missions. The villains have access to lend their support in exchange for their sentences to be commuted. A sort of community service.
The team was also known at various times as Task Force X, and had different formations and leaders. At post-Crisis era Amanda Waller was in charge of the team in most cases, using all sorts of devices to keep members in line, something that happens very often. Other leaders, although with less time command, were Frank Rock and Lex Luthor.
Let's review some of its most important periods.
The Task Force X or better known as The Suicide Squad is a team of anti-heroes and villains from DC Comics Universe organized by force to fulfill specific missions of espionage or assault, missions that are considered suicide, due to the high risks involved. It was created in 1959 by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru as an alternative to the Justice Society of America. In the post-crisis era, the team was reinvented by John Ostrander conceptually sheltering the spirit that prevails until our days.
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First Squad and Original Team (1959)
The original idea that had Kanigher and Andru it is very different from the modern concept of the Suicide Squad, however, worth mentioning. The first appearance of this team was for the mini series The Brave and the Bold. His goal was to combat natural threats while JSA members were in retirement or persecuted for McCarthyism
.Members: Rick Flag Jr., Jess Bright, Dr. Hugh Evans and Karin Grace.
Second Squad, Post-Crisis Era (1987 - 1992)
After the Crisis on Infinite Earths the team returns to the action in the writings of John Ostrander and in a new format: a team of villains forced to carry out assault and espionage missions. Under the leadership of the legendary Amanda Waller, the Suicide Squad begin to take their first steps as an action tool for the government in the United States.
While the team was comprised mainly of villains, many heroes would join over the years for various reasons.
Members: Rick Flag Jr., Bronze Tiger, Captain Boomerang, Count Vertigo, Deadshot, Doctor Light (Arthur Light), Duchess (Lashina), Enchantress, Jewelee, Nemesis (Tom Tresser), Nightshade, Oracle (Barbara Gordon), Poison Ivy Punch, Ravan, Shade, Thinker and Vixen.
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Third Squad, Luthor Era (2001 - 2002)
Ostrander series suffered a cancellation in 1992, and had to wait about 10 years for a man named Keith Giffen to revive it again. In 2001, Suicide Squad returns to the action with the leadership of Lex Luthor during the period when he was president. This time, the team will be renamed the Task Force Omega.
Members: Frank Rock, Amanda Waller, Big Sir, Bulldozer, Clock King, Cluemaster, Deadshot, Havana, Killer Frost (Louise Lincoln), Major Disaster. Modem and Multi Man.
Fourth Squad, the return of Ostrander (2007 - 2008)
In 2007 John Ostrander returns to the helm and revive the popular Rick Flag Jr. (apparently dead). Unfortunately, the mini series "Raise The Flag" was not successful and disappeared in their eighth number.
Members: Amanda Waller, Rick Flag, Jr., Blackguard, Bronze Tiger, Captain Boomerang (Owen Mercer), Chemo, Count Vertigo, Deadshot, King Faraday, The General, Marauder, Multiplex, Plastique, Thinker (Cliff Carmichael), Twister, White Dragon (William Heller) and Windfall.
Fifth Squadron, New 52 (2011 - 2014)
The Suicide Squad re-appeared again from the ashes with the momentum of the New 52 reboot, this time scripted by Adam Glass. In fiction, Amanda Waller redirects the team, but this time with Deadshot as field leader and Harley Quinn as flaming incorporation. The series would be more satisfied than before, completing the 32 monthly numbers and a bonus issue # 0 as especial number.
Members: Amanda Waller, Black Spider (Eric Needham), Captain Boomerang (George Harkness), Deadshot, El Diablo (Chato Santana), James Gordon, Jr., King Shark, Harley Quinn, The Unknown Soldier and Yo-Yo.
New Suicide Squad
With the confirmation of the movie by Warner Bros, DC Comics he took the opportunity to relaunch the series with the name New Suicide Squad. This is the training that currently see in the universe of DC Comics and whose members are: Black Manta, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Harley Quinn and Duela Dent, the "daughter" of the Joker.
The most important comics of the Suicide Squad
The franchise has more than 50 years publishing with different formations and concepts. Personally we recommend these arcs: Legends, Mission to Moscow, Rogues and Final Round, Onslaught, Raise the Flag and Kicked in the Teeth.