That's the question at the heart of the story started in this week's issue #20 by new series writer Ales Kot and artist Patrick Zircher. The end of their first issue revealed a new player pulling the strings of the criminal team: James Gordon, Jr. -the cold blooded serial killer son of Commissioner Gordon. Teamed with Squad task master Amanda Waller, James spent the issue testing the emotional boundaries of villains like King Shark and Harley Quinn -- all the while Waller was revealing her own power to bring assassin Deadshot back from the grave for new missions.
With the secret out of the bag and the team set for some new, personal confrontations, CBR News spoke with Kot about Gordon's character, his love for Amanda Waller, the plans to hit the whole team where it hurts and more revelations as the book heads towards its second prison-focued installment.
CBR News: So "Discipline and Punish" ...empathy and aggression... it seems like you have your themes for the series right out front in this first issue. At this early stage, are you looking to explore the tension of redemption surrounding these characters? With the right amount of pressure, can these murderers be made into something different than they are?
"Suicide Squad" #20 is on sale now from DC Comics.