How Peacemaker’s Harcourt Recovered the Suicide Squad in the Comics

Today we take a look at the comic book version of Harcourt and how she took over Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad (and how Waller picked her up). Spoilers for last year’s Suicide Squad movie, Peacemaker TV series, and Suicide Squad comic.

This is technically a new feature called “Story Preview”. I say technically because I retroactively changed some older features so that they would also be in this category. See, I had a feature called “Follow the Path,” where I highlight changes to comic book characters based on outside media, as well as characters entirely from outside media. There are so many comic book movies and TV shows these days that we can highlight examples of TV and movies adapting specific, less famous comic book stories into other media (so no ” Spider-Man kicking up debris” or stuff like that, I mean more obscure stuff). I called this feature “Written in the Book”. But I thought that often the characters are only LOGGLY adapted, and it’s hard to really call them “adaptations”. Like a recent one I did on White Dragon in the comics. The similarities to that of the hit Peacemaker series are really slight (basically the visuals, that there’s a Suicide Squad connection and that the guy was a neo-Nazi), so now we have this feature, where I highlight the comic book version of a character that was adapted for film or television as a simple “name/look” adaptation.


This of course brings us to the case of Emelia Harcourt.

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WHAT IS EMELIA HARCOURT LIKE IN THE DC EXTENDED UNIVERSE?

We first met Emelia Harcourt, played by Jennifer Holland, in the film written and directed by James Gunn last year, The Suicide Squad. She was one of Amanda Waller’s agents who helped lead the squad in the field…


Later in the film, when the team members decide to stop Starro from taking control of Corto Maltese, Waller wants them killed for disobeying his orders to get away. She even tries to detonate the bombs in her head, but one of Waller’s agents, Flo Crawley (played by Tinashe Kajese), knocks out Waller and Harcourt and the others then go back to helping the Squad kill Starro. .



At the end of the film, Harcourt and John Economos (Steve Agee) are punished for their role in the mutiny (since they didn’t actually punch Waller, they weren’t arrested) by being forced to work with Peacemaker on a mission. .


During the recent Peacemaker series, Harcourt became a leader of the team…


When we last saw her, she was recovering from being badly injured in the final battle of their mission. Okay, is that how Harcourt is in movies/TV? What about in the comics, though?

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WHAT IS EMELIA HARCOURT LIKE IN THE DC COMICS UNIVERSE?

We first met Emelia Harcourt in 2016 suicide squad #2 (by Rob Williams, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair), as an NSA agent who uses the Suicide Squad on a mission to reach a cosmic object to protect it from the Russians…



We learn in the next issue that the Russians are operating their own version of the Suicide Squad under someone named “Karla”, but the Squad managed to obtain the cosmic object they were looking for, which was a Phantom Projector. Area keeping General Zod prisoner.


We see that Harcourt is ready to use General Zod as a weapon…


After the events of the Justice League vs. Suicide Squad miniseries, Amanda Waller was in a tough spot with the government…


So Harcourt took control of the Suicide Squad by suicide squad #11 (by Rob Williams, John Romita Jr., Richard Friend and Dean White)…



This Suicide Squad series was put together in a quirky way where there were two stories in each issue (initially so Jim Lee could do the book), but whereas originally the backups were more traditional backups , they soon became sorted into separate chapters in the main narrative, and in the second part of suicide squad #11 (by Williams, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira and Adriano Lucas), Amanda Waller is murdered…


Deadshot turned out to have been hired by the villains to kill Waller. The squad member known as Hack, however, figured out that there was a traitor in the suicide squad and that it was Harcourt all along (as shown suicide squad #13 by Williams, Barrows, Ferreira and Lucas)…



Although it was Captain Boomerang (who had temporarily made a deal with the bad guys) who actually killed Hack…


However, things get crazy when Waller appears alive in suicide squad #14 (by Williams, Barrows, Ferreira and Lucas)…


It turns out that Deadshot killed her on his own orders, with the plan that the Enchantress would then bring her back to life…


In suicide squad #17 (by Williams, Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, LeBeau Underwood, and Tomeu Morey), Harcourt is finally revealed to be a villain as she plans to blow up Squad headquarters…


Waller, however, made her THINK she could blow up Belle Reve because she thought she would make a connection with her boss, “Karla,” and she was right…


She taunted Waller with the fact that Waller probably assumed that Harcourt killed Hack, but she didn’t. She was about to tell Waller when, of course, Boomerang then murdered Harcourt…


So it’s for the comic book journey of Emelia Harcourt, a Russian spy who works for the mysterious “Karla,” but she at least briefly took control of Waller’s Suicide Squad, which is more than meets the eye. most people can tell. The DCEU version of Harcourt is cooler though, I think.

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