With the onset of the DC Comics “Rebirth” era upon us, DC creative are looking ahead and planning series more tightly aligned with their cinematic universe (DCEU). Case in point is this week’s release of Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special #1 (2016). The fun 40-page issue features a preview of Jim Lee’s work on the Suicide Squad, as he is to be the artist of record on the new Suicide Squad series in August 2016.

Since it is set to be released approximately the same time as the film, Jim Lee spoke with CBR recently on how his upcoming Suicide Squad series intertwines with the film and how it differs:

I’ve actually passed on the opportunity to see elements of the movie, because I want us to really forge our own identity. But at the same time, I have seen the trailers, and they are doing a kick-ass job with it, so you can’t help but be influenced from that aspect. I think the closest similarity is that the rosters align fairly closely: Katana, Harley Quinn, Rick Flag, Deadshot, Killer Croc, Boomerang,” Lee revealed.

Thankfully, their depiction of Amanda Waller has pushed aside The New 52’s Waller with her svelte, top-heavy, young self and brings it back more old school and similar to Viola Davis portrayal in the upcoming film.

Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special #1

Variant cover by: Sean Galloway, Jim Lee
Written by: Rob Williams

U.S. Price: $4.99
On Sale Date: Apr 6, 2016
Page Count: 40



Synopsis of Harley Quinn & the Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special #1:

Dr. Harleen Frances Quinzel, M.D., welcomes you to Evil Anonymous, the support group for super villains in need; where no problem is too insane or homicidal, and where discretion is assured as only a clown princess of crime can—which is to say, not at all. But when Harley Quinn starts using her patients’ own evil schemes against them, it turns out that a much bigger, far more dangerous, and truly life-altering joke is being played on her.






To celebrate the release of this issue, DC All Access interviewed writer Rob Williams to get his thought on the character of Harley Quinn. See the exclusive interview here: