Task Force X just received the perfect successor for Amanda Waller, who left the primary DC Universe in favour of Earth-3, in the final issue of DC Comics’ current Suicide Squad storyline. The Suicide Squad is no longer a government group with bombs in their heads without her. The team is now set up as freelancers, with the possibility of a brand new patron for a future series.
Amanda Waller has shown in earlier issues of Suicide Squad that she is unconcerned by the troubles and crises of Earth-0, preferring to concentrate her energies on invading Earth-3, the home of the wicked Justice League known as the Crime Syndicate. After defeating the villainous squad, Waller walled Earth-3 off from the rest of the Multiverse, believing she could actually save the darker world with far better success than she could in the primary realm. She also elected to remain with her new Justice Squad, abandoning the Suicide Squad.
Amanda Waller’s God-tier Suicide Squad is completely unaware that they are employed by her.
Now, in the new Suicide Squad #15 from writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Eduardo Pansica, Rick Flagg devises a scheme to get Task Force X some big cash now that they’re no longer a government-approved unit. The goal is to split up and target none other than Lex Luthor, who will then be captured one by one, with the Superman foe curious as to what drove them to pursue him. In reality, all they need is a way to get past his security, break free, and force Luthor to pay his own ransom if he wants them to leave. However,Luthor does inquire as to why they did not simply request that he invest in their team. As a result, the Squad is paid at the end of the issue, while Lex mulls over the possibility of replacing Amanda Waller in the near future.
A fresh Suicide Squad series with Luthor at the helm may be interesting. It would surely be justified and more appropriate than Lex’s recent attempt to take over Batman Inc., an investment that did not go as planned in recent Batman issues. Given the Suicide Squad’s dubious moral inclinations, establishing his own covert ops unit of metahumans is a risky but intriguing concept for the classic Superman opponent.
While a new series would certainly not be dubbed “Task Force Lex,” as Luthor suggests, the prospect of a Squad directed by one of DC’s most infamous villains rather than Amanda Waller is intriguing. One can only hope that DC Comics is taking the idea seriously for a future Suicide Squad series. Both for the publisher and for Lex Luthor himself, it appears to be an opportunity too good to pass up.