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How Suicide Squad's Captain Boomerang Was Resurrected in the Comics

Captain Boomerang met a grim death in the comics, but he didn’t stay dead, returning as a Black Lantern and eventually rejoining the Suicide Squad.

George “Digger” Harkness, aka The Suicide Squad‘s Captain Boomerang, receives an ignoble death early on in James Gunn’s movie, but being dead won’t necessarily prevent his return in future films, since it certainly didn’t in the comics. The infamous Flash Rogue and member of the Suicide Squad known for his aim and trick boomerangs met his end during the controversial Identity Crisis. Harkness returned to life during DC’s Blackest Night, and remains a fixture in ongoing stories.

Created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino in Flash #117, the Australian criminal’s crime sprees were constantly thwarted by Barry Allen, the second Flash. Eventually Captain Boomerang was recruited for Amanda Waller’s Task Force X where, despite his longevity, he was unpopular and distrusted by his teammates due to his provocative attitude. Although he enjoyed a brief stint impersonating the Mirror Master, Digger remained with the Suicide Squad until they disbanded. He met his death in 2004’s Identity Crisis when he was hired to kill Jack Drake, the father of then-Robin Tim Drake, only to be double-crossed by his employer, who gave Jack just enough notice to fight back. Although both men perished, Digger’s legacy lived on in his son Owen Mercer, who he had reconciled with before his death, and who donned the mantle of Captain Boomerang.

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