As the Suicide Squad steps up its efforts to bring in the new Swamp Thing, Peacemaker handpicks the perfect team for the job.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Swamp Thing #6, on sale now from DC.
The Suicide Squad has been gunning for some of its biggest targets yet during the Infinite Frontier era, from taking on the masked vigilante Red X to staging a full incursion into Earth-3 to confront the Crime Syndicate of America. And as Amanda Waller’s ambitions extend across the DC Multiverse, an old acquaintance calls in an old favor that pits Task Force X against the new Swamp Thing Levi Kamei, with Waller forming a special team of supervillain to bring the elemental hero down.
Here are all the members of this special Suicide Squad tasked with hunting down Levi across India in The Swamp Thing #6 by Ram V, Mike Perkins, Mike Spicer and Aditya Bidikar.
With the main Suicide Squad committed to their mission on Earth-3, the field commander for the Swamp Thing hunt is the gun-toting antihero Peacemaker. Initially one of Waller’s most prominent associates, Peacemaker finds himself trying to get back into his bosses good graces after she learned he was plotting to overthrow her.
Created by Joe Gill and Pat Boyette in 1966’s Fightin’ 5 #40, Peacemaker is a violent idealist so committed to bringing peace to the world that he is willing to kill anyone standing in his way of achieving it. This led him to the Suicide Squad, though he has doubts Waller is as committed to peace as he is.
Facing off against an elemental superhero that can command the all plant life on Earth, this Suicide Squad decides to bring in a living defoliant to keep the plants at bay in Chemo. While Chemo’s limited intelligence means that he can’t actively respond to orders from Peacemaker, his destructive presence serves as a toxic destruction.
Created by Robert Kanigher, Ross Andru and Mike Esposito in 1962’s Showcase #39, Chemo was introduced as a collection of chemicals compiled into a single container by a mad scientist before he became sentient and escaped to wreck havoc in the DC Universe. Recently, Chemo surfaced in the Infinite Frontier attacking New York City’s Liberty Island, only to be stopped by Shazam and the heroes of Teen Titans Academy.
While Chemo is something of an uncontrollable mess of chemicals brought in to preoccupy Swamp Thing, the longtime Flash supervillain Heat Wave is the most active figures on the field as the battle is joined. With Levi incapacitated by the team’s resident magical expert, Mick Rory does what he does best by torching all the plants in the surrounding area, unbeknownst to a vengeful Swamp Thing that materializes behind him.
Created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino in 1963’s The Flash #140, Heat Wave is a prominent fixture in Central City’s rogues gallery and thematic opposite to his often frenemy Captain Cold. Mick was last seen learning he was suffering from terminal cancer and was determined to go out with a bang, prompting a fiery confrontation with Wally West back in Central City.
One of the more obscure characters on this Suicide Squad and the most recently introduced characters in the DCU for this team is Nightmare Nurse. A demonic healer who holds supernatural power over wounds, Nightmare Nurse uses her magical abilities to incapacitate Levi through his own unresolved trauma letting the rest of the team get into better position.
Created by Dan Didio, J.M DeMatteis and Philip Tan in 2013’s The Phantom Stranger #8 (vol. 4), Nightmare Nurse’s involvement with the Suicide Squad makes this something of a betrayal. The sorceress previously worked with a prior iteration of Swamp Thing on the Justice League Dark, making her Infinite Frontier debut here working against her old teammate’s successor.
With the Suicide Squad facing off against one of the strongest superheroes in the DCU, Waller has the good sense of recruiting a supervillain that has made his name regularly battling the most visible superhero in the world, the classic Superman antagonist Parasite. Parasite is brought in to leech life force from both plant life and Swamp Thing when he inevitably appears but finds the Green-infused foliage too irresistible to consume rather than focusing on the mission.
The original Parasite was created by future Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter in 1966’s Action Comics #340, with a whole line of copycat supervillains appearing over the years. The most prominent is Rudy Jones, created by John Ostrander and Joe Brozowski in 1987’s Firestorm #58.
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