As part of its New York Comic Con slate of announcements and reveals, DC Comics has released the first look at the cover for “Justice League vs. Suicide Squad” #1, depicting the two teams locked in battle, and revealing that one character thought dead might not be quite as deceased as we’ve been led to believe.
The cover art, by the series’ creative team of artist Jason Fabok and writer Josh Williamson, features all the usual suspects locked in battle. Among Batman, Flash, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc and the rest of the heroes and villains mixing it up, we see Captain Boomerang who, the last time readers saw him, had been reduced to nothing more than a pair of smoldering feet thanks to a heat vision attack by the returning Kryptonian villain General Zod.
The six-issue limited series finds the teams facing off with each other after Batman decides to end Amanda Waller’s Task Force X program once and for all. Over the course of the story, a larger threat will emerge that will cause the two teams to unite, though it remains to be seen just who or what that common enemy is.
“This is something DC had been talking about for a while, even before I came on,” Williamson said when the project, the first major event in DC Comics’ new Rebirth era, was first announced back in September.
Killer Frost, a new addition to the Suicide Squad who was recently revealed as to be a member of the upcoming incarnation of the Justice League of America, and long-standing Task Force X member Deadshot, will some of the main P.O.V. characters at the heart of the story. “Do you believe in second chances,” Williamson said in the original announcement. “I think that’s a big part of what Rebirth has been about.”
2016 will go out with a bang when “Justice League vs. Suicide Squad” #1 arrives in stores December 21, with the second issue slated to arrive a week later. The series will maintain its weekly schedule though January, though the event won’t be limited to just the miniseries; tie-in issues of “Suicide Squad” (#9 and #10) and “Justice League” (#12 and #13) will also ship in January. The ramifications for the showdown will be felt throughout the DCU, particularly in February’s “Justice League of America.”
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