Batman forms his own version of the Suicide Squad to break into one of the most impossible places in the world to get to- Santa Prisca prison. And you know what that means.
I am Suicide
The new arc is called I am Suicide in Batman’s title book, and for good reason. Not only does the Dark Knight have to form his own Suicide Squad with the help of Amanda Waller, but the mission is kind of, well, suicide.
Though I doubt that Batman has much to worry about, his team might. Breaking into Santa Prisca after all, is no easy task. And that Bane is there and actually holding the new team’s target prisoner? Yeah that’s a recipe for disaster right there.
And did I mention that that ‘target’ is Psycho Pirate? This one’s going to be fun for a whole mess of reasons. Plus there’s a little crossover coming at the end of the year that I have a feeling is going to tie-into all this ‘Batman working with the Suicide Squad’ stuff. So keep your eye on that possibility too.
Writer Tom King talks about the new arc below at length, though there’s plenty more from him thanks to his Batman Day interview. For that, click here.
As for the preview, that’s down under the quotes, so scroll away if you’re looking to just read that. Batman #9 hits racks on October 19th.
I Am Suicide begins in BATMAN #9!
“She’s been infected by the Psycho Pirate’s fear,” says King about Gotham Girl. “She needs to get that out of her head and the only one who can do that is the Psycho Pirate himself. So to save Claire—to save this one last remnant of this hope he has in issue #1—Batman has to find Psycho Pirate, and that mission leads him directly into Bane.”“It’s Batman forming his own Suicide Squad,” says King about the new story arc I Am Suicide. “It’s Batman working with Amanda Waller, going into Arkham Asylum and picking out a special team to accomplish a mission that he can’t do on his own or with the Justice League. If you’ve read the end of BATMAN #6, you know that Bane has the Psycho Pirate, who can cure Gotham Girl. Batman needs to get him, but Bane lives in his own country. On top of that, he lives in a prison that’s the worst prison in the history of humankind. So Batman can’t just go in there because it’s illegal and impossible. So he needs a team who can do something illegal and impossible, and that’s the mission of the Suicide Squad. That’s where we start, with Batman making his own Suicide Squad to invade Santa Prisca and try to get Psycho Pirate back from Bane.”
BANE“I don’t think of him as a fringe character,” says King about Psycho Pirate. “He plays a huge part in CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS. That’s where I was first introduced to him. He’s the guy who kills Barry Allen! So he’s played a role in the DCU for years. And then Grant Morrison took him into ANIMAL MAN and made him the one character in all of DC continuity who can remember the Multiverse. He remembers what happened beforehand. So he has both those aspects of him—he’s played a key role in this huge crossover and he also has this bizarre memory. He’s this huge character…and he’s a wimp. He’s a nobody! And he’s terrible. He’s always manipulated by other people.”
BATMAN #9 arrives October 19th, 2016, written by Tom King with art and cover by Mikel Janin, colors by June Chung, letters by Clayton Cowles. Final order cutoff at your local comic book store is Monday September 26th.