After the massive, somewhat unexpected success and acclaim of this past summer’s Rebirth initiative, DC Comics co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee have revealed the first big crossover event: “Justice League vs. Suicide Squad.”
Speaking in an exclusive with The Wall Street Journal, DiDio and Lee reveal the concept behind the upcoming miniseries, their reactions to the success of Rebirth, as well as a few hints as to what is to come.
The core of the comic-book event — which pits Batman and Superman’s superhero team against the covert team of supervillains working for ruthless government operative Amanda Waller — will transpire over six issues, two in December, four in January. It will also tie into “Suicide Squad” #9 and #10 and issues #12 and #13 of “Justice League” during January.
The story will revolve around Batman questioning the need for Waller’s Task Force X in a world where the Justice League already exists.
Josh Williamson, current writer for The Flash, will handle writing duties, and Justice League artist Jason Fabok will be illustrating.
According to Williamson, the story will focus on Killer Frost, a new recruit to the Squad, and looks to be just as much about the moral conflict of the traditionally heroic League against the decidedly less noble Squad. Keeping with the mission statement of Rebirth, there will also be themes of redemption, corruption, and second chances, so expect a lot of great character work along with the more straightforward action inherent in the clashing of two teams.
The miniseries begins this December, with Suicide Squad and Justice League crossing over in their respective titles, and the long awaited return of the Justice League of America title will launch as a direct result of the event. As always, more details as we hear them here at Batman News.