* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: The subplot about the two Doctors Light and the demon torturing them.
* CrowningMomentOfAwesome:
** Comicbook/AmandaWaller staring down Batman is probably the big one (loosely adapted into the ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' cartoon with Waller offhandedly calling him "rich boy"), but the gradual reveal of Oracle proved to be the one with the most disproportionate effect on the DCU. [[https://braveandboldlost.blogspot.com/2013/11/amanda-waller-and-hulk.html Byrne's famous cover has become a Memetic Mutation.]]
** For perspective, following [[StuffedIntoTheFridge her crippling]] in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', Barbara Gordon had been all but written out of the Bat-books and the DCU in general, and most people remembered her as Creator/YvonneCraig in the ''Series/{{Batman}}'' TV show from the 60s. After this, Oracle's become big enough to get several comic series including ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey'', her own TV show of [[Series/BirdsOfPrey the same name]], repeat Justice League memberships, and inspired the resurrection of a cheesy villain named the Calculator just to be her evil counterpart. She's generally considered one of the sexiest women in the DCU, and it's primarily for her personality and mind.
** Comicbook/AmandaWaller herself was a walking mine of awesome moments. Laughing as her rebellious subordinate desperately held a gun to her face, and ''daring'' him to shoot. Utterly crushing Kobra's Janus Directive plans. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Easily mending the relationship between her son-in-law and her daughter by force of pure, unadulterated]] {{Sassy Black Woman}}hood.
** Shattering the Thinker helmet counts. To wit, she's destroying a powerful piece of technology simply because it made her ''doubt'' if she was in charge of her life.
%%** The [[PieInTheFace Mad Pie Thrower]].
* EnsembleDarkhorse:
** Deadshot. The series put the character on the map (he had less than a dozen pre-Squad appearances) and is largely credited for his popularity amongst fans. Because of this, he became the team's de facto field leader in the New 52 series.
** The squad itself in appearances in other books. Virtually every time they've shown up in guest spots, it's someone's depiction of a "classic" line-up, leading to people hoping for a revival.
* HarsherInHindsight: In an early issue Rick Flag and [[Comicbook/AmandaWaller Waller ]]get into a fight over mind-wiping old Suicide Squad members so they don't reveal information about the squad. Mind-wiping to hide secrets would become a much more serious problem when regular heroes start doing it in ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis''. Even weirder, Waller of all people eventually relents and decides mind-wiping is too extreme.
* HilariousInHindsight: Count Vertigo and Kanto wind up fighting each other in Issue 35, which is funny considering that both characters would later be voiced by Michael York in the {{DCAU}} shows (the former appearing in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and the latter in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'').
* MagnificentBastard: '''[[Comicbook/AmandaWaller AMANDA WALLER]]'''. There are VERY few people in the DCU who beat her at this.
* NightmareFuel: [[spoiler:As of issue 6, Yo-yo is still alive inside King Shark's stomach and he appears briefly to beg for help.]]
* TaintedByThePreview: The New 52 reboot of Suicide Squad didn't make the best first impression. A lot of the people who would have eagerly supported such a book were put off by ComicBook/SecretSix getting cancelled seemingly to be replaced by the new Squad, and the new costumes (particularly for Harley Quinn) were... not well-received. Since the book officially launched, it has attracted a fair share of complaints for its characterizations that seem a bit off and for, what some consider to be, pointless design changes, such as Amanda Waller's slimming-up.