The Suicide Squad Crash Course

Want to catch up on the essential Suicide Squad stores before the movie hits theaters on August 5? Well, here’s your two-week crash course to writer John Ostrander’s classic ’80s comic series! You’ll find digital versions of everything you need over at Comics Conspiracy’s digital store; specifically, the four Suicide Squad collected editions and the Deadshot collected edition will get you everything up through Day 8 of this reading order. After that, you’ll need single issues for Suicide Squad #31-66.

So grab this stuff, and see what the Suicide Squad is all about! You’ve got exactly two weeks from today until the film releases, and I’ve broken it all up into nice, clean story arcs for you, with an easy 5-7 issues per day!

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DAY 1: TRIAL BY FIRE
Secret Origins (1986) #14 (the prelude to the entire series)
Suicide Squad (1987) #1-4

DAY 2: THE FLIGHT OF THE FIREBIRD
Suicide Squad (1987) #5-8
Millennium (1988) #4 (optional Suicide Squad #9 tie-in, but you won’t miss much)
Suicide Squad (1987) #9

DAY 3: BLOOD & SNOW
Suicide Squad (1987) #10
Doom Patrol and Suicide Squad Special (1988) #1 (really awful, totally skippable one-shot)
Suicide Squad (1987) #11-12
Justice League International (1987) #13 (must-read crossover with Suicide Squad #13)
Suicide Squad (1987) #13

DAY 4: THE NIGHTSHADE ODYSSEY
Secret Origins (1986) #28 (essential prelude to the Nightshade Odyssey arc)
Suicide Squad (1987) #14-18

DAY 5: ELECTION YEAR
Suicide Squad (1987) #19
Suicide Squad (1987) Annual #1
Suicide Squad (1987) #20-22

DAY 6: BEGINNINGS
Deadshot (1988) #1-4 (absolutely essential, FANTASTIC Deadshot miniseries)
Suicide Squad (1987) #23-25

DAY 7: THE JANUS DIRECTIVE
Suicide Squad (1987) #26
Checkmate (1988) #15 (the first in an 11-issue crossover event)
Suicide Squad (1987) #27
Checkmate (1988) #16
Suicide Squad (1987) #28
Checkmate (1988) #17

DAY 8: THE JANUS DIRECTIVE, CONCLUSION
Manhunter (1988) #14
Firestorm (1982) #86
Suicide Squad (1987) #29
Checkmate (1988) #18
Suicide Squad (1987) #30
Captain Atom (1987) #30 (the final part of the Janus Directive crossover)

DAY 9: APOKOLIPS NOW
Suicide Squad (1987) #31-37

DAY 10: THE PHOENIX GAMBIT
Suicide Squad (1987) #38-43

DAY 11: SERPENT OF CHAOS
Suicide Squad (1987) #44-50

DAY 12: THE DRAGON’S HOARD
Suicide Squad (1987) #51-57

DAY 13: LEGERDEMAIN
Suicide Squad (1987) #58
War of the Gods (1991) #3 (optional Suicide Squad #58 tie-in, but you won’t miss much)
Suicide Squad (1987) #59-62

DAY 14: THE FINAL MISSION
Suicide Squad (1987) #63-66

EXTRA CREDIT (if you finish early and just can’t get enough)
Suicide Squad (2001) #1-12 (Keith Giffen’s very odd, different, sometimes bad, and sometimes underrated series)
Checkmate (2006) #6 and Checkmate (2006) #7 (Greg Rucka’s absolutely awesome 2-issue Suicide Squad arc)
Suicide Squad (2007) #1-8 (John Ostrander’s brief, fantastic return to the classic Squad)

THE RECENT STUFF (not the best… but if you want Harley Quinn, here she is)
Suicide Squad (2011) #1-30 (plus #0 in the middle there) (you can grab issue #1 for free!)
Suicide Squad: Amanda Waller (2014) #1 (really bad one-shot about the awful Amanda Waller remake)
New Suicide Squad (2014) #1-22 (along with Annual #1 and Futures End #1)
Convergence: Suicide Squad (2015) #1-2 (multiverse crossover event that more-or-less features the classic Squad)
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana (2016) #1-6
Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fools’ Special (2016) #1 (lead-in to the upcoming Jim Lee-drawn series)



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