Suicide Squad’s powerful new recruit is its worst member ever: Black Hand
The Suicide Squad has recruited many of DC’s most twisted personalities, but its latest recruit is particularly questionable.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Suicide Squad # 10, on sale now from DC Comics.
The Suicide Squad has always featured the DC Universe’s deadliest villains and antiheroes. However, the director of Task Force X, Amanda Waller, dramatically increased the stakes during the Infinite Frontier era. Expanding the team’s mission to encompass the entire Rising Multiverse, Waller has regularly recruited some of the most powerful characters Task Force X has ever seen. However, Waller’s latest recruit is probably a step too far.
Waller’s recent ambitions have led her to send the Suicide Squad all over Earth-3 to confront the Crime Syndicate of America in the fiery depths of Hell. The squad’s final mission saw them investigate the ruins of the Green Lantern Corps headquarters in Oa, leading them to a cosmic showdown with the relatively new Green Lantern Jo Mullein.
As the Suicide Squad endures otherworldly horrors across the DCU, Suicide Squad # 10 (by Robbie Thompson, Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Dexter Soy, Marcelo Maiolo, Allen Passalaquia, and Wes Abbott) asks the team to recruit the true target of their deep space mission: Black Hand.
In the Sciencells where the Green Lantern Corps has locked up the DCU’s most infamous criminals, the Suicide Squad finds Black Hand, presumably clad in a power-dampening suit to prevent his escape. And while the Suicide Squad are able to safely extract Black Hand and place him in stasis for the long journey home, they have voluntarily recruited the worst member of the shady history of Task Force X.
While Black Hand was a longtime nemesis of Green Lantern Hal Jordan, he has recently become a threat to the entire DCU. Working in the service of Nekron, the personification of death, Black Hand led the Black Lantern Corps, an army of undead monsters hunting the living for their raw emotional energy. This came to a head during the 2009 crossover event Darkest night (by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis) where Black Lanterns nearly overwhelmed the DCU superhero community.
The legacy of Blackest night and the Black Lantern Corps has strongly dominated the DCU in recent years. At Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s 2020 crossover event Black Nights: Death Metal, an undead Batman became a Black Lantern and ordered the dead to rise up against the Batman Who Laughs. At the start of the Infinite border Then, Roy Harper returned as the Black Lantern.
Even before recruiting Black Hand, Waller had it own hands full, leading an iteration of the Suicide Squad that regularly plots against her, especially longtime members Rick Flag and Peacemaker. With Black Hand now at her disposal, Waller has a supervillain capable of plunging the entire DCU into eternal darkness, but she may have inadvertently obtained the instrument of her own destruction with all of life in it. universe.
Battle lines are forming against Waller and his leadership on the Suicide Squad, and new conflict is almost certain. Black Hand may be the ultimate wild card that not only comes out of Task Force X, but could trigger a second Blackest night. Once a federal government agent, the Suicide Squad’s worst recruit effectively made Waller the most dangerous woman in the DCU.
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