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"Battle Lines": The JLI have come to the USSR by order of the American president to stop the rogue Suicide Squad from rescuing their teammate Nemesis from p

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Suicide Squad #13 is an issue of the series Suicide Squad (Volume 1) with a cover date of May, 1988.

Synopsis for "Battle Lines"

The JLI have come to the USSR by order of the American president to stop the rogue Suicide Squad from rescuing their teammate Nemesis from prison. The groups quickly pair off to do battle.

Blue Beetle confronts the powerful Duchess, using his incredible agility to dodge her powerful blows. Deadshot first intends to take a shot at Batman, but the Dark Knight quickly intimidates him, and the two part ways. Former Justice League Detroit teammates Martian Manhunter and Vixen talk out their differences. Captain Boomerang becomes furious at Guy Gardner, who refuses to fight, preferring to sit in an impenetrable green bubble. Captain Atom and Nightshade, who work together for the U.S. government (with the public cover that they are dating), pretend to fight, but are actually engaging in frolicsome play.

Rick Flag attempts to talk out the situation with Batman, who slugs Flag, igniting a vicious brawl. Meanwhile, Mister Miracle evades Deadshot's uncanny aim, and Black Canary and Bronze Tiger trade martial arts blows. Booster Gold uses his force field to frustrate Javelin.

The JLI's Rocket Red talks to Nemesis, determined to find the truth of the situation. The hero came to the Soviet Union to liberate dissident author Zoya Trigorin, whose work Dmitri is intimately familiar with.

Amanda Waller is visiting Maxwell Lord in a hospital, where Max suggests that he might expose the Squad, prompting Waller to take advantage of his delicate situation by twisting his foot. Max calls for the nurse.

In the USSR, the People's Heroes, Red Star, and the Red Rocket Brigade near the prison. Inside, the battle winds down. Dmitri is concerned that Nemesis will be killed if he remains, and suggests to the Manhunter that both teams work together to rescue him. Batman and Flag, however, will not stop trading blows.They are pulled apart, and Flag collapses, while Batman storms away. Nightshade opens a dimensional hole, so that the Squad can disappear before they are seen by anyone else in the USSR.

When the Russian forces finally arrive, the JLI reveal their intention to interrogate the prisoner at their Russian embassy. There is some tension, but the situation has been resolved. Nemesis will return to the USA.

In the aftermath of this adventure, J'onn scolds Batman for using the League to achieve his own ends. Batman responds by quitting the JLI.

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  • The covers to these cross over issues are two perspectives on the same fight.

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