Peacemaker is the new leader of the Suicide Squad in the comics, bringing the same ultra-violence and deranged quips that have movie fans so excited.
Warning: contains a preview for Suicide Squad #2!
While Peacemaker‘s involvement in The Suicide Squad movie has already brought him fresh attention in the comics, a DC Comics preview of Suicide Squad #2 shows that the series’ handling of the antihero will be familiar to fans of the recent red band trailer, with Peacemaker already spewing memorable one-liners amidst absolute carnage.
Peacemaker was created by writer Joe Gill and artist Pat Boyette for Charlton Comics in 1966 as part of their Action Heroes line. The line was ultimately unsuccessful, and the Charlton heroes languished in limbo until DC purchased the rights to the characters in the early 1980s. They were inserted into DC continuity during the Crisis on Infinite Earths event, while also serving as Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ inspiration for comic classic Watchmen – in this case, with Peacemaker acting as the seed for the Comedian. Billed as the man who “loves peace so much that he is willing to fight for it,” the character has seen his stock rise in the past year; he will appear in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad, played by John Cena, as well as in a spin-off show on HBO Max later this year. What has fans so hyped for the character is his depiction as a hyper-macho, hyper-violent warrior whose clueless one-liners completely miss the irony of embracing brutal violence in the name of peace.
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The character is getting a similar treatment in the comics as well, as displayed in a DC Comics preview of Suicide Squad #2. Previously, Amanda Waller revealed her dark new ambitions as the Suicide Squad’s commander, sending her new team on their first mission to recruit Talon, a former assassin for the Court of Owls, from Arkham Asylum. Peacemaker and the rest of the Squad had the misfortune of attempting the breakout during the huge Joker Gas attack on Arkham. As he dodges the rioting inmates and the Joker Gas, Peacemaker makes statements such as “There will be peace, or there will be death” and “I don’t mind working with psychopaths. They’re hard workers.” Enjoy his quips in the preview pages below:
Much of what’s getting fans so excited for Peacemaker’s appearance in The Suicide Squad can also be seen in this preview: ultra-violent fight scenes interspersed with deranged quips. But as is usually the case with comic-book adaptations, the comic narrative brings a long history with it, making it clear that while Peacemaker’s personal philosophy may make him faintly ridiculous to readers, his combat capabilities and sincerity in his mission can’t be doubted. DC’s more elastic comic reality allows Peacemaker’s humor even more freedom without infringing on his darkness, making him a compelling figure to lead the newest incarnation of the team.
Far from the usual plan of safeguarding America’s interests, DC’s Future State event revealed that Amanda Waller is making plans on a multiversal scale, even taking dark inspiration from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. With his violent nature and nationalistic bent, Peacemaker is being set up as incredible fun in this series, but he’s also likely to have an issue with Waller’s endgame should he catch wind of her wider intent. From writer Robbie Thompson, with art by Eduardo Pansica, inker Julio Ferreira and colorist Marcelo Maiolo – and available from April 6 – Suicide Squad #2 promises everything fans are currently looking for from Peacemaker, while also hinting that he may end up an even more consequential member of the team than his silver-screen counterpart.
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