How the penguin survived its involvement in the suicide team

Today, we look at the time when the Penguin served briefly with the Suicide Squad.

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of John Ostrander Suicide team (which he developed with publisher Robert Greenberger) was a great reversal of the original idea of ​​the Suicide Squad (as a group of extremely dangerous missions in which they could die every time outside, hence the “Suicide Squad”), as the book now concerned super-bad guys working for the government on dangerous missions in exchange for reduced sentences (or, in some cases, their release from prison / psychiatric care). The name still fit, only it had an extra layer of cynicism in the mid-1980s, as while the original Squad did “suicide missions”, the new Squad was sent on these missions and it was not clear how much they had to say no.


The book came at a thrilling time for the DC Universe, as it did after Crisis on infinite lands had brought back DC, and as a result, most DC series were re-released with new # 1, and part of this new # 1 stop was a general look forward to the supercars. The wide range ofCrisis supervillains were mostly sent to the bench in the aftermath Crisis on infinite lands, except for a few big bad guys who later saw notable updates (like Lex Luthor who actually became Donald Trump). The end result was that Ostrander had a wide variety of bad guys to choose from Suicide team, as older supervillains were largely ignored at this point in time (which is why a longtime Flash villain like Captain Boomerang was available). Ostrander went through the then recent DC Who is who series (as the series was produced, as Greenberger worked on this series as a moderator) to choose his choices for the team and mostly went with dark characters that he could be free to do as he wished (the team also had some superhero characters as well, as one has to make sure the supervillains follow the rules).

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However, Ostrander apparently also saw the book setting as perfect for using more notable guest-star supervillains occasionally for specialized work. The first of these was Chronos in Suicide team # 4 (by Ostrander, Luke McDonnell and Bob Lewis), as he built a time-changing machine to make sure a crossbow bolt was missing (as part of a plot to discredit a racist villain who plays the racist hero) .


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Next, though, was the famous Batman Rogue, the Penguin!

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WHY DID THE PENGUIN ENGAGE IN THE SUICIDE GROUP?

In Suicide team No. 5 (by Ostrander, McDonnell, and Lewis), Ostrander cleverly used the fact that, despite his paradox as a supervillain, Penguin was famous for making some pretty elaborate designs. In fact, if you go back to the penguin’s early days, its original hook was specifically to make elaborate designs and make deals with gangs to give him a piece of the loot they got from using his clever designs. So Ostrander used this part of the Penguin story to get him to devise a plan for the Suicide Squad to sneak into the Soviet Union to help free a political prisoner before the Soviets force the United States to decide whether to exchange a high-level prisoner. theirs for her …



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In a nice twist, Rick Flag, the Suicide Squad field commander, urged Penguin to go on the mission with them, as he felt more confident about the Penguin plot knowing that Penguin himself would be in danger if the plan did not work out. ..


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HOW DOES THE PENGUINE CAN TAKE HIS MISSION TO SUICIDE?

Immediately from the bat, it was clear that the Penguin was not exactly cut off for espionage, as he refused to take out his monocle, even when he was disguised as a monk …


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However, the penguin plot was good. He had Nemesis, the master of disguise, sneak into the Soviet Union and replace the dissident doctor (he had written an allegorical novel criticizing the Soviet nuclear arsenal. Her father was also a dissident novelist who used the magical powers of the Enchantress to turn it into a double of the prisoner …



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Things go wrong, however, when it turns out that the prisoner does NOT want to leave! She wants to get more attention as a political prisoner! Then a subordinate entered the plot and, therefore, things got away …


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The group escapes, but they are chased by a Soviet fate and, again, the woman who was there to save them did not want to be saved!

Deadshot uses a fancy weapon to shoot down several of their pursuers, but also makes the Penguin nervous about how close he lets the bullets come at them …


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However, when the group finally hits the American embassy, ​​they learn that their actions have been rejected due to arrest. So they have half an hour before the embassy chases them.


Penguin cleverly discovers an American tourist group and the group takes their passports to escape …


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This means that there is a whole tourist team that knows what is going on, so Penguin notes that he solved this problem as well, putting Deadshot to kill them. However, Rick Flag stops Deadshot.


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Nemesis then offers to volunteer to watch the tourists. He is captured, however, by a group of Russian superheroes, who follow the Squad to their escape route (as one of the Soviets can read minds, so he saw Nemesis’s thoughts on escape). They brought Nemesis with them and he escaped, but he was badly injured and the prisoner stopped to help Nemesis, as while she did not want to be saved, she could not let anyone get hurt trying to help her escape.

So, of course, then he is killed …


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Nemesis went back for her and was arrested. The rest of the group escaped, but the dissident was now the witness he always wanted to be, so in a twisted sense, the mission worked somewhat (the group would later prevent Nemesis from being released).

Okay, this is for this dose of this feature! I know you all have suggestions for future installments, so be sure to let me know by sending me an email at brianc@cbr.com!


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