Warning! Contains spoilers for Multiversity: Harley Screws Up the DCU #3!The Suicide Squad has just found a way to become an even deadlier unit all thanks to one DCEU nemesis. Harley Quinn’s misadventure across time and space has allowed one villain to reform the Squad in a terrifying way.
In Multiversity: Harley Screws Up the DCU #3 by Frank Tieri and Logan Faerber, Harley is trying to fix the timeline after she accidentally erased the Justice League by altering its founding member’s origins. Harley and her alternate timeline self successfully repair Superman’s origin, but they remain unaware that Starro the Conqueror is making moves to stop them from going any further.
Starro, the ruler of Earth in this new timeline, assembles a team consisting of Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Poison Ivy, and Red Tool, all possessed by Starro spores. The team trains together and is quite efficient at killing anything that comes their way. As the two Harleys prepare to fix more superhero origins, Starro assembles the revamped Suicide Squad in a newly constructed Time Sphere. The team is sent after Harley, determined to eliminate the Harleys and keep the new timeline intact.
Starro’s Suicide Squad is Far More Deadly Than the Original
Harley has always been accident-prone, but her latest mistake has doomed the entire planet. Harley was gifted a time machine that she promptly activated without studying, sending her all over the DC Universe. At the end of her trip, she wound up in a world where the Justice League had never formed thanks to Harley somehow screwing up every hero’s origin. Because there was no League, Starro the Conqueror was able to seize control of Earth, and every remaining hero and villain fell under its control.
The original Suicide Squad is already one of the most lethal teams in the DCU. After all, they’re a team of villains assembled by the hard-nosed Amanda Waller who keeps them in line with the use of bombs at the base of their skulls. But Starro doesn’t need bombs for its team. Starro is a hive mind, and anyone unfortunate enough to get a spore attached to their face is added to the Conquerer’s collective. By focusing its attention on a small band of villains, Starro has created possibly the most efficient version of the Squad.
Even at their best, the Suicide Squad is filled with villains and antiheroes who don’t always get along. The Squad’s members are usually those with bold personalities that don’t often play nice with others. But Starro’s will supersedes their individual desires and forces the Squad to act as a cohesive unit. Instead of bickering or improvising, the Squad acts as one, because they’re all an extension of Starro’s will. Is the loss of their individuality horrifying? Absolutely. But it’s hard to argue that they wouldn’t be one of the most effective groups of killers by acting completely in sync. Fans can see the Suicide Squad get a makover from their DCEU antagonist in Multiversity: Harley Screws Up the DCU #3 on DC Universe Infinite and in stores May 9th.