YMMV / Suicide Squad

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The subplot about the two Doctors Light and the demon torturing them.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome:
    • Amanda Waller staring down Batman is probably the big one (loosely adapted into the Justice League Unlimited 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. Byrne's famous cover has become a Memetic Mutation.
    • For perspective, following her crippling in The Killing Joke, Barbara Gordon had been all but written out of the Bat-books and the DCU in general, and most people remembered her as Yvonne Craig in the Batman TV show from the 60s. After this, Oracle's become big enough to get several comic series including Birds of Prey, her own TV show of 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.
    • Amanda Waller 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. Easily mending the relationship between her son-in-law and her daughter by force of pure, unadulterated Sassy Black Womanhood.
    • The cherry on the cake: due to the manipulations of a lovestruck lab tech, Lashina and Poison Ivy, the team is stranded in Apokolips. Many of the Squad perish fighting Parademons and the Female Furies. And then, Darkseid appears. Long, long before Batman ever did, Waller decided she had had enough, and proceeded to threaten the God of Evil with her handgun. When Darkseid offered to revive the fallen, Waller rebuffed him in no uncertain terms, and told him exactly why.
      • Vertigo takes out the blade he's been stabbed with and uses it to backstab a New God.
    • 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.
    • Werner Vertigo, half insane and half drugged, manages to fly to the skies above Jerusalem and stops a missile salvo from hitting the Dome of the Rock.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • 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.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: In an early issue Rick Flag and 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 Identity Crisis. Even weirder, Waller of all people eventually relents and decides mind-wiping is too extreme.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: 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 Batman: The Animated Series and the latter in an episode of Superman: The Animated Series).
  • Magnificent Bastard: AMANDA WALLER. There are VERY few people in the DCU who beat her at this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: As of issue 6, Yo-yo is still alive inside King Shark's stomach and he appears briefly to beg for help.
  • Tainted by the Preview: 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 Secret Six 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.