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Doom Patrol/Suicide Squad Special, "Red Pawn"

Plot: John Ostrander
Script: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Erik Larsen
Inker: Bob Lewis

Summary:
written by William Sherman (sherman@netcom.com)

Hawk is taken prisoner by the Sandinistas. Reagan and Amanda Waller send in the Suicide Squad: Psi, the Thinker, Weasel, Col. Flag and Mr. 104. Two of Waller's rivals, hoping to embarrass her, decide to gum up the works by tricking Valentina into involving the Doom Patrol.

Sneaking around the castle where Hawk is being held captive, the SS meet the Doom Patrol: Cliff, Arani, Josh and Valentina. 104 attacks Cliff (an old enemy), Weasel kills the Thinker and the groups fight each other. The battle is stopped when the Rocket Red Brigade shows up and surrounds everybody. Using the Thinker's helmet, Col. Flag stuns the RRB and the two groups combine forces to escape from the Russians. In the ensuing combat, the Rocket Reds kill Psi and Mr. 104. Col. Flag is being contaminated by the helmet, becoming evil. Eventually, the Americans defeat the Rocket Reds.

A super-strong, silent man rescues Hawk from his cell and disappears into the night. Flag kills the Weasel, manages to remove the helmet, and collapses. The DP escape from the remaining Rocket Reds, find Flag and Hawk, and escape in a helicopter.

In an epilogue, we find that Hawk was rescued by an operative of a rival of the commander of the Rocket Reds, also out for political gains by embarrassing said commander.

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