Fellow Squad enthusiast Brian Cronin over at Comics Should Be Good was kind enough to host Part One of the Top Ten Suicide Squad Lines, and now we finish our bloody work here with Part Two.
5. Deadshot doesn’t read minds
Deadshot, the Suicide Squad’s smugly deranged marksman, is literal to a fault. He’s like an evil genie that will twist the wording of your three wishes into curses if you’re not careful - an evil genie with guns.
Here's the set-up: In Suicide Squad #22, batshit crazy Rick Flag intends to kill a crooked US senator in order to keep the Squad secret. Waller orders the Squad to keep Flag from killing the senator using any means possible. When Deadshot catches up with Flag and his soon-to-be victim at the Lincoln Monument in D.C., he executes his orders to the letter – by killing the senator before Flag can! D’oh! Then Deadshot nearly lives up to his name by getting shot like, twelve times by police – APE POLICE!!!
No, that would be stupid.
Later in a hospital, Waller asks the miraculously not-dead Deadshot what the hell he was thinking.
Deadshot: Said to keep Flag from killing Cray… any means possible. Exact words.
Waller: I didn’t mean by killing him yourself!
Deadshot: Shoulda said so. I don’t read minds.
4. Friend or foe?
I like this simple Count Vertigo line from Suicide Squad #28, a chapter in The Janus Directive crossover. It’s just something the arrogant European noble would say, and it reminds me of Adam Ant. I love Adam Ant.
Anyway, during a big-ass battle, the Squad’s Count Vertigo flies up to lay a whammy on Peacemaker, who despite appearances to the contrary, is not wearing a bedpan on his head.
Peacemaker: Friend or foe?
Count Vertigo: Oh, foe. Definitely foe.
3. How zen
Aww, Bronze Tiger and Vixen used to be such a cute couple. It's too bad their lethal, paranoid work enviroment and his psychosis from years of assassin conditioning drove them apart. Nowadays there are treatment programs for ex-assassins, but back in the Eighties there wasn't a lot of professional help for guys like Bronze Tiger.
Anyway, before they broke up they were a handsome pair who would engage in playful banter whilst on deadly missions.
2. Deadshot totally believes you
In Suicide Squad #18, Task Force X battles a reformed Jihad in Manhattan, with bloody results. As in their previous encounter, the Squad wipes out the Jihad big time - meaning they totally murder them dead.
Deadshot goes up against Jaculi 2.o, an upgraded mini-skirted version of the original Jaculi. Deadshot shoots her in the knee, which slows her down considerably.
"Kill me American," she says. "Or I will come back for you."
Deadshot considers this for a moment. Then - and this is mean - he shoots her.
"I believe you," he says.
That is ice cold.
1. "Is there a plan or do we just shoot things at random?"
Be careful how you answer Deadshot's question because he will start shooting things at random if instructed to do so. That's just how he rolls.