1 Suicide Squad Member’s Heroic Act Proves Batman’s No-Kill Rule Works


  • King Shark proves Batman’s No-Kill Rule valid by selflessly defending Killer Moth in
    Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum
    #2 preview.
  • This altruistic act highlights King Shark’s potential for rehabilitation, challenging his traditional villain label.
  • DC could be setting up King Shark as its next beloved anti-hero, much like they did with Red Hood and Harley Quinn.

In a display of pure altruism, Suicide Squad member King Shark has officially proven the undeniable validity of Batman’s No-Kill Rule. This heroic moment may also serve as evidence of DC Comics further establishing Nanaue’s moral stance as an anti-hero rather than merely a villain forced to play the role of a “good guy.

On March 5, 2024, Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum #2 by John Layman and Jesus Hervas will hit comic shelves. While enthusiasts eagerly await the second part of this comic prequel to Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, they can delve into its preview, which unveils a significant bout of character development for King Shark.

In this preview, King Shark’s heroic act goes beyond mere coercion by Amanda Waller’s head bomb threat, demonstrating genuine altruism. Consequently, this voluntary altruism highlights the capacity for change even within creatures labeled as “monsters,” lending further credence to Batman’s No-Kill Rule.

King Shark Sticking Up For Killer Moth Proves Batman’s No-Kill Rule Is Valid​​​​​​

Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum #2 begins with Killer Moth enduring unjust brutality at the hands of Amanda Waller’s new Arkham guards, who are explicitly encouraged to mistreat and harm prisoners. Confined to his cell, King Shark witnesses Moth’s beating as the man pleads for the guards to stop, prompting Nanaue to intervene by saying, “I think he’s had enough, drawing negative attention from the guards onto himself. Despite the potential consequences, King Shark comes to Killer Moth’s aid without personal benefit or threat, risking his own well-being by standing up for another prisoner.

King Shark’s selfless act of altruism lends credence to Bruce Wayne’s unwavering moral stance against killing. One of the key principles behind Batman’s No-Kill Rule is his belief in rehabilitation. Batman believes that even individuals labeled as “monsters” by society possess the capacity for change and deserve the opportunity to reform rather than being condemned to death. Therefore, in this pivotal moment, King Shark’s actions reveal a glimpse of inherent goodness within him, positioning him as a prime candidate for rehabilitation success.

Is DC Setting King Shark Up to Become Its Next Villain Turned Anti-Hero?

Suicide Squad Kill Arkham Asylum #5 featuring King Shark on the cover.

Typically, King Shark’s “good deeds” in comics stem from the threat of Waller detonating a bomb in his head if he fails to comply. Therefore, the altruism he displays by defending Killer Moth represents a significant departure from his usual motivations. This shift marks a pivotal moment in Nanaue’s character development and could indicate that DC Comics intends to steer his character in a new direction, potentially transforming King Shark from a villain into a beloved anti-hero, akin to the transformations of Red Hood and Harley Quinn.

Suicide Squad: Kill Arkham Asylum #2 is available on March 5, 2024, from DC Comics!


Suicide Squad Kill Arkham Asylum #2 cover featuring Harley Quinn, King Shark, Captain Bommerang, and Deadshot

  • Writer: John Layman
  • Artist: Jesus Hervas
  • Colorist: David Baron
  • Letterer: N/A
  • Cover Artist: Dan Panosian