Today at the Diamon Retailer Summit, DC Entertainment announced the “first major event” post-Rebirth “Justice League vs Suicide Squad”.
The story will unfold in a two month/six-issue weekly miniseries written. The story will be told in Justice League vs Suicide Squad #1-6 followed by the corresponding issues of Justice League (#12/13) and Suicide Squad(#9/10) (Note: with how Suicide Squad is currently being produced something of a teaser will appear in Suicide Squad #8). Justice League vs Suicide Squad will be written by Joshua Williamson with art by Jason Fabok and Tony S. Daniel. The remaining issues will be written by current Suicide Squad scribe Rob Williams, the Justice League will be written by Tim Seeley.
The day that Amanda Waller has long dreaded has finally come to pass: the Justice League has discovered the existence of Task Force X! America’s paragons of truth and justice won’t take well to a government-sponsored team of black ops super-villains (with bombs implanted in their heads), but before the Justice League can shut down the Suicide Squad, a bigger problem looms: another deadly strike team is lurking in the shadows, one that could expose dark secrets throughout the DC Universe, with ties to the hidden truths of REBIRTH. Longtime enemies such as Batman and Deadshot, the Flash and Boomerang, and Wonder Woman and Harley Quinn will have to put aside their differences when an evil threat once thought lost to the DC Universe makes their return.
“This story is another building block to REBIRTH. With all of our heroes back on the board, it’s the super-villains turn. And the events within will set the stage for REBIRTH Phase 2 as a surprising team emerges and another piece of the puzzle of the future of the DC Universe, and the past, comes into focus,” said Geoff Johns, President and Chief Creative Officer, DC Entertainment.
The announced but creative teamless Justice League of America will be spinning out of this event. Which makes me believe that they will spin up a JLA like they did in the New 52 making it the State backed team (but sadly not the JLI).
According to the Wall Street Journal, Justice League vs Suicide Squad will be the first of four “quarterly events” the publisher will release from now on. The term “Event” has something of a pejorative connotation amongst comic fans, who have grown tired of Marvel always seeming to be in one universe shattering event or another at all times since the first Civil War. It’s also something DC hasn’t really done, in the New 52 there was really only one “Forever Evil”. I don’t think I’d consider Justice League vs Suicide Squad to be a capital ‘E’ event in the Marvel since. Without December solicits there isn’t proof of more tie-in issues, it is these line wide tie-in that tends to earn the capital ‘E’ (what Marvel is doing currently with Civil War II). Barring the pair of starter issues, this appears to be playing in DC’s normal crossover style, focusing on Family Crossovers like the Batman: End Game. Worth noting that event had special one shot issues of series like Batgirl: End Game that acted as the normal tie-in and didn’t stop the progression of the main series.
If DC keeps these quarterly events how they’ve been doing them in recent years, there shouldn’t be too much gnashing of teeth amongst the readership. It’s easy enough to just skip them and still buy books to read if things are effectively siloed.