What Was the True Identity of the Sgt. Rock That Led the Suicide Squad?

In Left Unresolved, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved.

Today, based on a suggestion from reader Kostas T., we look at the mystery of just who the leader of the early 2000s iteration of the Suicide Squad was.

In 2000, Lex Luthor became the President of the United States. Jeph Loeb then put together a clever mixture of DC Comics characters to serve as Luthor's cabinet, including a still-alive Frank Rock. This being 2000, he would have to be in his 80s by this point, right? Rock couldn't be younger than 25 at the end of World War II, right?

However, whatever, the key is that Frank Rock was still alive in the DC Universe. This went against what Robert Kanigher always wanted for the character, as he believed that Rock belonged to World War II and in Kanigher's mind, Rock was one of the last men killed in 1945. That doesn't mean that anyone has to follow Kanigher's take on things, of course. Heck, Bob Haney routinely had Rock guest-star in Brave and the Bold during the 1970s, and Haney actually was right there at the introduction of Rock (you could make an argument that Haney even CREATED Sgt. Rock, although it is more like Haney did so at the direction of his editor, which was Kanigher, who then officially introduced the character as Sgt. Rock, but still, it is not like Haney was some huge outsider messing with Kanigher's plans for Rock or anything like that).

Later, in the Imperiex War (that was part of the DC crossover event, Our Worlds at War), Rock volunteers for a suicide mission, delivering a nuclear payload against Imperiex.

He is believed to be dead, but it soon becomes clear that he probably is not dead.

Okay, so spinning out of the events of Our Worlds at War was a new Suicide Squad ongoing series written by Keith Giffen and drawn by Paco Medina and Joe Sanchez.

The first issue shows Bulldozer, of Easy Company, now an old man in a wheelchair directing the Squad. The first issue the Squad was made up of the Injustice League, from Giffen's iconic Justice League International run. Giffen knew that it would carry some weight if he used some characters from his classic Justice League run and then kill nearly the entire team off...

Bulldozer is talking to a mysterious leader throughout the issue, but it is not until the end of the issue, where we see how Bulldozer was recruited to join the team, that we learn who his mysterious boss is and, of course, it is Frank Rock. Although, oddly enough, he doesn't actually SAY that, just makes his "Rock of Ages" joke...

Perhaps that was a clue?

In the next issue, Rock collects his new support staff for the Suicide Squad...

These would be the main cast members for the rest of the series, with Major Disaster (more or less the only survivor of the first mission, although Cluemaster also turned up alive later) being the main constant team member (alongside Killer Frost as the other main member). Eventually, Suicide Squad mainstay Deadshot would rejoin...

And in #9, Amanda Waller became a major part of the book, as well...

So, what is the big mystery with the ending of the series?

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