"Trial by Fire": The Suicide Squad is in northern Qurac waiting for the agents that will help them get inside Jihad's base Jotunheim. Suddenly, one of Jihad's members, Chimera, teleports in the midst of the Squad. Flag quickly reassures his teammates that Chimera is their agent, who turns out to
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Synopsis for "Trial by Fire"
The Suicide Squad is in northern Qurac waiting for the agents that will help them get inside Jihad's base Jotunheim. Suddenly, one of Jihad's members, Chimera, teleports in the midst of the Squad. Flag quickly reassures his teammates that Chimera is their agent, who turns out to be Nightshade working undercover. Nightshade slaps Flag, angry at him for not warning her about Jihad's demonstration that had killed people and thus making her an accessory to a massacre. After Nightshade finishes venting her anger, Flag gives his teammates specific assignments once they are inside Jotunheim: Plastique is to destroy the lab creating new members of the Jihad; the rest of the Squad will take out their specific targets in Jihad while Flag will personally go after Rustam; and Nightshade goes after Marlo. Furthermore, Nightshade's partner inside Jotunheim will disable the base's generators.
Nightshade uses her teleportation powers to distribute the Squad members throughout Jotunheim. Plastique then decides to betray the Squad as she confronts Mushtaq and offers herself to join the Jihad and reveals the Squad's attack. But Mushtaq trains his gun on Plastique and reveals himself to be Nemesis, Nightshade's partner. The real Mushtaq died in a firefight three months ago. Plastique makes a run, forcing Nemesis to chase after her and abandon his plans to sabotage the generators before Plastique can derail the entire mission.
The attack soon commences with Briscoe bringing Sheba to firing on Jotunheim. Plastique stops Nightshade from apprehending Marlo, but she is tranquilized by Nemesis. Unfortunately Nightshade is knocked out and she is unable to provide the Squad's escape from the fortress. The Squad succeeds in killing Manticore and Jaculi; Enchantress destroys the machine that gives Djinn his powers. But Flag fails to eliminate Rustam, who in turn kills Mindboggler. Captain Boomerang was in his sights to potentially save Mindboggler but deliberately let her die. The Squad makes their escape on a business jet. Rustam and Marlo watch them go as the former swears that Jihad will be rebuilt and find out and destroy the perpetrators who did this.
Appearing in "Trial by Fire"
- Suicide Squad / Task Force X
- This story is reprinted in the trade paperback Suicide Squad: Trial By Fire.
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