"Defective, Part 4": In China, the Suicide Squad has been battling a genetically engineered super-hero in a mock-version of the city of Metropolis, and now the mock-globe of the mock-Daily Planet has tumbled from the roof, and threatens to crush [[Harl
Appearing in "Defective, Part 4"
- Mr. Daemon
- Secretary of Defence
Synopsis for "Defective, Part 4"
In China, the Suicide Squad has been battling a genetically engineered super-hero in a mock-version of the city of Metropolis, and now the mock-globe of the mock-Daily Planet has tumbled from the roof, and threatens to crush Harley Quinn. At the last moment, the super-human they'd been fighting leaps into the globe's path and catches it, sparing Harley's life. He responds to her surprise by reminding of his credo that no one will die anymore. Unfortunately, the Chinese military is not as charitable as he is, sending jets to destroy him, and men to surround the squad.
Struggling with the fighter jets, and seeing the Squad fighting for their lives below, the super-human becomes angry, and decides to simply abandon Earth, flying up into the atmosphere. Fortunately, the Squad escape in the meantime. Before long, they are back on American soil, and back in restraints at Belle Reve.
At the Pentagon, Vic Sage meets with the Secretary of Defence in advance of his return to work at Belle Reve. He is surprised to learn that Task Force X is getting positive reviews from Congress and the White House, despite the fact that the squad has never actually completed a mission. The Secretary explains that the end result isn't what's important. Their job is merely to make it look like they are supporting Task Force X, regardless of the results.
Back at Belle Reve, Floyd Lawton has essentially recovered physically from his injury in the field - though he will require pain medication in the meantime. Floyd, though, is not psychologically healed enough, having not recovered his perfect aim yet. Elsewhere, Amanda Waller visits Black Manta in his cell, where he demands to be let out of the Suicide Squad, as it isn't what he expected it to be. It is disorganized, and its members are inept. Their information about their missions is limited, the roster changes frequently - and frankly, her leadership seems clueless. Amanda responds that whatever he wants, he will not be leaving Belle Reve. He is in prison, after all - whether he volunteered or not. People usually end up where they're suppose to be, she says, prompting Manta to question why she is there. What does it say about her that she is leading a team of pyschos into foreign countries to kill people. Grumpily, she warns him to rest up for the next mission, but as she walks away, he reminds that she has nothing to keep her there - not even a bomb in her neck.
As night falls, each member of the Suicide Squad considers their future, and their reason for being there. Vic Sage contemplates the invitation to join the Pearl Group, and Amanda's assistant Bonnie returns home to her family, leaving the worries of Task Force X behind her.
- This book was first published on March 11, 2015.
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