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Where to Start: Suicide Squad

In our latest "Where to Start" we will take a look at DC's dirty dozen: Task Force X, better known by it's nickname "Suicide Squad". To get you good and ready for the movie we will do a quick look at the history of the team and then follow up with a few lists of current and classic stories every DC villains fan should check out!

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History

The Suicide Squad has been a long standing element in the DC universe. The first version of it appeared in 1959's "The Brave and the Bold #25", but the real Squad as we know it today was actually created by John Ostrander in 1987's comic "Legends #2".
The Squad, or Task Force X which is the official name, is a government program that forces incarcerated super villains from Belle Reve Penitentiary to go on black ops missions in which the government wants full deniability... and what is a better way out of a failed mission than just blaming it on escaped super villains?
Led by warden Amanda Waller and outfitted with mirco bombs implanted in their necks, the changing members of the Squad are getting dropped into suicide missions, with the odds always stacked firmly against them and they almost never come home with the whole team alive.
Maybe some of you hope that Joker is a member of the Squad, but he only works against them in some stories, like he will in the film as well. His connection with the Squad is more about his connection with Harley herself.

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Current Stuff

The movie version of the Squad will primarily draw its influences from the New 52 incarnation of the Squad, where Harley Quinn was first introduced as a regular member. So for people interested in Harley and the modern team, the New 52 version is the best place to start Keep an eye out on King Shark (now best known from his appearances on he Flash TV show), he is hilarious:

1. Suicide Squad TP vol.1 Kicked In The Teeth

2. Suicide Squad TP vol.2 Basilisk Rising

3. Suicide Squad TP vol.3 Death of the Family

4. Suicide Squad TP vol.4 Discipline and Punish

5. Suicide Squad TP vol.5 Walled In

The first New 52 Suicide Squad storyline will then be followed up by the "New Suicide Squad" here, which still features main characters Harley and Deadshot, but also a few new members:

1. New Suicide Squad TP vol.1 Pure Insanity

2. New Suicide Squad TP vol.2 Monsters

3. New Suicide Squad TP vol.3 Freedom

For a few side stories with some of the Squad members you can get these:

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana

Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot

Harley Quinn & The Suicide Squad Adult Coloring Book

Deadshot: Bulletproof TP

If you love the concept of DC bad guys working together in a team, I would also recommend the great "Secret Six" stories. It features a group of super villains (Deadshot, Catman and Bane among others) teaming up to be a mercenary team for hire. It is very in the spirit of the Suicide Squad, but in a more darkly comedic take written by Gail Simone.

Secret Six vol.1 TP

Secret Six vol.2 TP

Secret Six vol.3 TP

Secret Six vol.4 TP

There is also a New 52 incarnation of that team but without Deadshot (because he is part of the Suicide Squad again):

New 52 Secret Six vol.1 TP The Secrets of the Six

BONUS: Check out the amazing animated movie "Batman: Assault on Arkham" to see a really cool Suicide Squad film, before the live action movie hits theatres! Batman only features in a smaller way into this. This is a Batman movie in name only, as the Squad is the actual focus of the film. It also has Joker facing off against the Squad, who has to get something incredibly dangerous from Arkham Asylum and is based on the Arkham videogame universe. Very worth a watch:

Batman: Assault on Arkham Blu Ray

Batman: Assault on Arkham DVD

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Classics

If you wanna have a look at the classic Suicide Squad stuff, take a look below.
At first there is the original Squad form the late 50s/early 60s:

Suicide Squad Silver Age Omnibus HC

For the original John Ostrander run of the first "real" Suicide Squad, you can check that out here:

Suicide Squad vol.1 TP Trial by Fire

Suicide Squad vol.2 TP Nightshade Odyssey

Suicide Squad vol.3 TP Rogues

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Merch

With Suicide Squad coming closer and closer now, we also have a huge selection of amazing Suicide Squad related merchandise, which you can check out below and on archonia.com

SUICIDE SQUAD GIRLY TEE T-SHIRT (WHITE/RED) DADDY'S LIL MONSTER SIZE L
SUICIDE SQUAD GIRLY TEE T-SHIRT (WHITE/RED) DADDY'S LIL MONSTER SIZE M
SUICIDE SQUAD GIRLY TEE T-SHIRT (WHITE/RED) DADDY'S LIL MONSTER SIZE S
SUICIDE SQUAD GIRLY TEE T-SHIRT (WHITE/RED) DADDY'S LIL MONSTER SIZE XL
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - JOKER SHIRTLESS
SUICIDE SQUAD POCKET POP VINYL KEY CHAIN - HARLEY QUINN
SUICIDE SQUAD POCKET POP VINYL KEY CHAIN - JOKER
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - CAPTAIN BOOMERANG
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - DEADSHOT (MASKED)
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - DEADSHOT (UNMASKED)
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - DR. HARLEEN (LIMITED EDITION)
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - EL DIABLO
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - HARLEY QUINN
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - JOKER SHIRTLESS
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - KATANA
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - KILLER CROC
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - RICK FLAG
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURE - THE JOKER (BOXER) (LIMITED EDITION)
SUICIDE SQUAD POP VINYL FIGURES 2-PACK - METALLIC JOKER & HARLEY QUINN (LIMITED EDITION)
SUICIDE SQUAD METALS DIECAST MINI FIGURE DEADSHOT 10 CM
SUICIDE SQUAD METALS DIECAST MINI FIGURE HARLEY QUINN 10 CM
SUICIDE SQUAD METALS DIECAST MINI FIGURE KILLER CROC 10 CM
SUICIDE SQUAD METALS DIECAST MINI FIGURE THE JOKER 10 CM
SUICIDE SQUAD METALS DIECAST MINI FIGURE THE JOKER BOSS 10 CM
SUICIDE SQUAD METALS DIECAST MINI FIGURES 2-PACK JOKER & HARLEY QUINN 10 CM
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG BOMB
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG CHARACTERS
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG CHARACTERS & LOGO
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG DADDY'S LIL MONSTER
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG DEADSHOT SKULL
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG FLAG SKULL
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG GROUP
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG HARLEY
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG HARLEY SKULL
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG JOKER
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG JOKER SKULL
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG LOGO
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG LOGO
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG SKULLS
SUICIDE SQUAD MUG TASK FORCE
SUICIDE SQUAD STATUE BOOMERANG
SUICIDE SQUAD STATUE DEADSHOT
SUICIDE SQUAD STATUE HARLEY QUINN
SUICIDE SQUAD STATUE KATANA
SUICIDE SQUAD STATUE KILLER CROC
SUICIDE SQUAD STATUE THE JOKER
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