To cure Gotham Girl, Batman needs to find the Psycho Pirate. Good news: he knows exactly where the Pirate is. Bad news: He’s being held by Bane on Santa Prisca. In Batman #9, the Dark Knight sets out to snatch the Pirate out of Banes hands, but he’s going to need some help. To that end, he recruits his own Suicide Squad under the gaze of Amanda Waller.
Writer Tom King says, “It’s Batman forming his own Suicide Squad. It’s Batman working with Amanda Waller, going into Arkham Asylum and picking out a special team to accomplish a mission that he can’t do on his own or with the Justice League. If you’ve read the end of Batman #6, you know that Bane has the Psycho Pirate, who can cure Gotham Girl. Batman needs to get him, but Bane lives in his own country. On top of that, he lives in a prison that’s the worst prison in the history of humankind. So Batman can’t just go in there because it’s illegal and impossible. So he needs a team who can do something illegal and impossible, and that’s the mission of the Suicide Squad. That’s where we start, with Batman making his own Suicide Squad to invade Santa Prisca and try to get Psycho Pirate back from Bane.”
Check out these preview pages for Batman #9, where we learn a little about the Psycho Pirate’s past. Batman #9 hits comic store shelves on October 19th, written by Tom King, with art and cover by Mikel Janin, colors by June Chung, and letters by Clayton Cowles.