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Can Red Hood and Bane get along enough to make the zombie Suicide Squad Task Force Z work?

Task Force Z #1 variant cover
Task Force Z #1 variant cover (Image credit: Lucio Parrillo (DC))

Suicide Squad has always been a dark concept, but what if you add the idea of zombified villains to the mix? 

DC's upcoming new series Task Force Z does that, with former Robin Jason Todd (who has some experience coming back from the dead) putting back on his Red Hood moniker to recruit a group of dead villains for a mission - with the dangling hope they could be fully resurrected if they complete the job.

Task Force Z is written by Matthew Rosenberg, with art from penciller Eddy Burrows, inker Eber Ferreira, and colorist Adriano Lucas. Check out this unlettered preview of Task Force Z #1:

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"Task Force Z rises from the simple question 'what if we made the Suicide Squad even more fucked up?'" Rosenberg writes in his newsletter. "Red Hood is in charge of a team of recently deceased villains as they work for a chance of getting their lives back, literally."

Red Hood's team includes the reanimated dead villains and heroes that died in Infinite Frontier #0 as a result of the Joker's A-Day attack on Gotham City. His initial line-up is Bane, Man-Bat, Mr. Bloom, the Arkham Knight, and a new character called Sundowner.

"But more bodies will be added along the way, I promise," Rosenberg adds. One of those "more bodies" appears to be the recently-killed Deadshot, at least according to the description of Task Force Z #3.

The writer makes it a point to note that Task Force Z is in continuity with DC's main superhero books, particularly tying into the recent Red Hood serial in Batman: Urban Legends.

Task Force Z is being built up with a backup story in Detective Comics #1041, #1042, and #1043 by Rosenberg with artists Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez.

Task Force Z series artist Eddy Barrows has drawn the primary cover to Task Force Z #1, with variant covers coming from Tyler Kirkham, Ben Oliver, Rodolfo Migliari, Dan Mora, Kyle Hotz (two versions), Lucio Parrillo (three versions), and Phillip Tan (a Things from Another World exclusive). Check them out here:

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Task Force Z #1 variant cover

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Task Force Z #1 goes on sale on October 26.

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