“Birds of Prey” written by Duane Swierczynksi; “Suicide Squad” written by Adam Glass
These issues show us the first mentions of Basilisk after the fall of Gamorra from “Team 7” and the ways in which Regulus (Kaizen Gamorra fused with Team 7 member Dean Higgins) tries to connect with his Team 7 teammates.
Amanda Waller wanted to take a permanent vacation after Team 7, but she’s found by an old soldier whom she had recruited years ago. He convinces her to stop her vacation and help him stop Basilisk, who is right there in Malaysia. Apparently they’re about to set off a bomb somewhere in the town. While the rest of the team search for the bomb, Waller faces the leader himself, Regulus.
They talk of their shared Team 7 past; Waller knows Regulus’ true identity. Regulus offers her to join his cause, but Waller refuses. She’s confident her team will stop the bomb from going off – but she doesn’t know they’re actually the trigger. It turns out it’s a gene bomb, meant to create metahumans for Basilisk’s cause. The bomb goes off, turning everyone in the town into monsters, including Waller’s team. Regulus is free to escape amidst the chaos, and Waller has no choice but to kill everyone in the place; it is mercy at that point. Afterwards, Waller feels so guilty for having recruited a man to his death that she decides from now on she’ll only work with people who deserve what happens to them; this leads her to create the Suicide Squad, a team made with convicted criminals with death sentences.
Meanwhile… Still hurt about losing her husband, Black Canary learns about a man from Basilisk wanting to sell something called a “mutation bomb” to Penguin, one of Batman’s enemies. She pretends to be a criminal and gets herself hired as one of Penguin’s bodyguards, hoping to be close to the action the night of the trade. However, things get messy when Batgirl falls from the ceiling and starts punching all the bad guys. After some fighting, Canary manages to convince Batgirl that they’re on the same team, and the trade is stopped. This marks the beginning of the all-female team known as Birds of Prey.
This issue is the first to reveal Dinah’s husband, Kurt, is alive and under the care of Amanda Waller. Kurt will spring into action in “Teen Titans.”
Next: “Teen Titans” Vol.4 issue 23.2 and “Deathstroke” Vol.2 issue 6, by Corey Mays, Dooma Wendschuh and Kyle Higgins.