12 Crazy Gruesome Moments in Suicide Squad Comics –
In Superman comics, you expect hope and optimism. In Batman comics, you expect grit and darkness. In Suicide Squad comics, you expect gore – and lots of it. The Suicide Squad comics have been around for decades, but only recently have they been thrust into the spotlight thanks to the film adaptation.
But even before the movie, DC Comics have always had a hit on their hands with Suicide Squad, as it focuses on the villains kind of acting as heroes who never shy away from violence. Gory Suicide Squad comics are very easy to find because practically every issue has something incredibly dark and disturbing. The most violent Suicide Squad issues often have a character die in a shockingly brutal and gruesome way. Check out the list below for some of the goriest Suicide Squad comic books ever and vote up the moment you find the most brutal.
King Shark Devours Yo Yo
As any fan of the series knows, if you join the Suicide Squad you should never trust your teammates – they might eat you if you let your guard down. That’s what happens in Suicide Squad Vol. 4 #5 when King Shark devours Yo Yo. There was just something about that gleam in King Shark’s eye that made it seem like he saw the elastic Yo Yo as an extra delicious and chewy piece of beef jerky. This brutal moment reinforced that these people are not your everyday heroes and can turn on each other in a moment’s notice.
Voltaic Helps Save the Day, Dies Because of It
When you join the Suicide Squad, they won’t celebrate with a parade or party. But they might have a bullet with your name on it. In Suicide Squad Vol. 4 #2, the team was celebrating their first victory. They had just defeated an evil plague that had also killed a large number of people, but there was a twist: the government was responsible for accidently creating the plague. After the squad killed everyone infected by the plague, Amanda Waller ordered Deadshot to kill fellow teammate Voltaic. This way, Voltaic’s body would give the government someone to blame for all the dead bodies, shifting attention away from what really happened.
Blockbuster’s the First to Go
You don’t put “suicide” in a team’s title if people won’t start dying – and soon. The Suicide Squad made their debut in a 1987 DC Comic Crossover called Legends, and right off the bat, DC wasn’t afraid to show that this team would face constant danger. The very first casualty the team suffered was that of Blockbuster. He was a Batman villain with strength comparable to the Hulk, so what could possibly kill him? How about a fire demon named Brimstone? Darkseid sent the demon who promplty picked up Blockbuster and crushed him. Readers can easily see Blockbuster’s flaming corpse drop right out of Brimstone’s hand.
Windfall Gets Melted Down to Nothing
Suicide Squad recruits loads of dangerous criminals – it’s kind of their thing. Which makes Windfall’s story weird. She comes from a much more tragic background. She works for a team of villains, but isn’t afraid to save lives when necessary. She eventually retires and goes to college. Her happiness is cut short when someone rapes her at a frat party. She kills the men who attacked her with her powers, and is promptly arrested for it. She then joins the Suicide Squad to get her sentence reduced, but when the team is betrayed by one of their own members in Suicide Squad Vol. 3 #7, Windfall pays the ultimate price. A gigantic chemical monster sprays her with acid until she melts and dies.
Shrike Becomes Swiss Cheese
Not even the relatively good members stay safe in Suicide Squad. In the 1989 comic Suicide Squad #25, Shrike, a tragic mental patient, meets a brutal ending. Shrike, an extremely childlike and easily manipulated person, utters the words, “I’m a comin’ Jesus” after a squad of hit men riddle her with bullets. That line strikes readers as especially ironic considering Shrike’s back story includes molestation at the hands of a priest and his wife, which is what originally caused her to lose her mind and join the forces of evil.
Modem Gets His Face Melted Off
The best thing anyone in the DC Comics universe can do is avoid any and all contact with the Suicide Squad. Even working in the background for them opens you up to a gruesome death. That’s what happens to Modem in Suicide Squad Vol. 2 #11. He is the team’s resident hacker, who works remotely – seemingly out of the way of danger. But, the danger catches up to Modem when he starts digging too deep for information. A super villain, Digital Djinn, quickly jumps through Modem’s computer, grabs him, and proceeds to melt his face off. So much for hiding in the background.
General Zod Uses Heat Vision to Destroy Captain Boomerang
The Suicide Squad film from 2016 has made the group more popular than ever, but the writers of the comic still aren’t afraid to kill off popular characters. In the new DC Rebirth storyline, Suicide Squad # 2, General Zod horrifically murders Captain Boomerang. While on a mission to the Black Vault, Boomerang is advised to stay away from an obviously dangerous device. Of course he doesn’t, and he’s quickly disintegrated by heat beams, leaving nothing but his boots behind. The team has to watch in horror as Zod steps out of the device, ready to battle again.
Big Sir Gets Blown to Pieces by a Robotic Child
Most readers don’t expect a high level of intelligence from someone with a name like Dufus P. Ratchet. But Ratchet, who goes by the villain name Big Sir, exhibits epic levels of stupidity when he engages a creepy robot child (never do this) while out on a mission in 2001’s Suicide Squad Vol 2 #1. The child says he’s a popper and asks if Big Sir wants to be a popper, too. Big Sir picks up the child, overjoyed at the thought of joining the popper ranks. The robot kid suddenly explodes, blowing Big Sir to bits.
Bolt, Eliza, and Larvanaut Get Eaten by Mutant Ants
There are gruesome ways to die, and then there are GRUESOME ways to die. A large number of Suicide Squad members die in Suicide Squad #3 Vol. 2, and their deaths definitely fall into the latter category.
While on a mission to a dangerous island that had already killed Big Sir and the Clock King, the squad encounters a pack of hungry, mutant ants. Bolt dies first after he falls down a deep hole, breaks both legs, and can’t get away from the ants in time. Next up is Eliza, who’s super power helps her talk to animals. She tries talking to the ants, but conflict resolution apparently isn’t their strong suit. The ants eat her too. Lavernaut, the lizard man, also tries to fight back against the swarm, but he also ends up as nothing more than ant food.
Yasemin Soze Foolishly Thinks Honor Exists Among Criminals
Blackest Night was one of the biggest DC Comic events in recent memory, so of course it had to include an appearance from the Suicide Squad. In Suicide Squad #67, the team now includes Yasemin Soze, a shooter who replaces Deadshot after the assassin goes rogue and starts his own team. Soze has a chance to kill Deadshot, but decides to confront him with honor, saying they will both draw their weapons on the count of three. As soon as Soze says one, Deadshot pulls a gun and shoots her dead. Never think one of the world’s greatest assassins will fight with honor, especially in a Suicide Squad comic.
The Atom Becomes a Shish Kabob
When a character joins the Suicide Squad, fans often start worrying about their impending death. That’s what happened when The Atom was introduced to the squad in Suicide Squad #44. A lot of people assumed that it was the most famous version of the character, Ray Palmer, and his inclusion in the team meant he wasn’t long for this world. Turns out, fans were only half right. In 1992’s Suicide Squad #61, the Atom did indeed meet a grisly fate with a spear to the back. Fans were relieved to learn it wasn’t Ray Palmer, but Adam Cray, a stand-in that Palmer hired to take his place for a while. Sucks to be Adam Cray.
Slipknot Loses the One Thing That Makes Him Valuable
If you find yourself on a team filled with extremely talented and popular killers, you better find a way to make yourself stand out. Poor villain Slipknot never made that big of an impression, mainly because his power involved tying great knots. Again: he ties really nice knots.
He’s the very definition of a sacrificial lamb. He becomes even more useless in 1988’s Suicide Squad #9 when he doubts the seriousness of his situation and decides to run away. The comics make it very clear what happens to people who try and feel the Suicide Squad:if they do, bad things happen. But some member of the squad always tests this rule, often with disastrous consequences. Slipknot loses his arm in an explosion when he tries to run away. If your specialty is knot tying, and you get an arm blown clean off, well, your career might be over. That’s like Green Lantern dropping his ring down the garbage disposal or if the Flash gained 400 pounds.