DC Comics has been collecting the classic John Ostrander penned Suicide Squad run from the 1980’s just in time for the Suicide Squad film’s debut in one month on August 5, 2016!
Spoilers for the film?
And, yes, the official hashtag is #SKWAD!
Interesting this tpb will be out when film comes out. On July 13, 2016 Suicide Squad Volume 4 trade paperback (tpb) called The Janus Directive hits stands at a $19.99 US price point.
I wonder if any of these Janus Directive story beats will play into the Suicide Squad movie since this will be most recent tpb on shelves when the film hits the screen?
Suicide Squad volume 4: The Janus Directive
The Suicide Squad has always been held in check by their leader, Amanda Waller. But now it’s clear that Waller is sending the team on missions in the pursuit of her own personal agenda! Soon, other governments and super-villain teams become involved, and all-out chaos erupts. The question now is: who controls the one who controls the super-villains? Collects SUICIDE SQUAD #26-30, CHECKMATE #15-18, MANHUNTER #14, FIRESTORM #86, and CAPTAIN ATOM #30.
The Janus Directive checklist from the 1980’s:
This Suicide Squad run lasted 66 issues and this volume gets us to almost the half-way mark at Suicide Squad #30.
This is a great run from writer John Ostrander, co-writer at times Kim Yale, and mostly artists Luke McDonnell, Karl Kesel and Bob Lewis.
It was a great line-up back in the day.
The movie line-up seems compelling too and in many ways reflects the original team’s in spirit moreso than any recent Suicide Squad comics.
Here are the 1980’s Suicide Squad tpb volumes out so far.
Legends: 30th Anniversary Edition
(Debut of modern interpretation of Suicide Squad and re-issued in June 2016.)
Suicide Squad volume 1: Trial by Fire
Suicide Squad volume 2: Nightshade Odyssey
Suicide Squad volume 3: Rogues
All worth reading and I have the original issues too!
Plus, for fans of the movie, Entertainment Weekly just released their Suicide Squad movie special with 4 different covers!
A great time to be a Suicide Squad fan!
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