Through the Freedom of Information Act, Siskoid's Blog of Geekery has gotten its hands on formerly top secret info on the project code-named Suicide Squad that offered full pardons to so-called "supervillains" in exchange for participation in dangerous black ops missions for the U.S. government. While Task Force X had some more permanent members made up of "heroes" to keep the villains in line and villains with personal reasons for staying, it made ample use of whoever was jailed at the time, retiring them at mission's end one way or another. These are those retirement files.
Subject: Blockbuster IProfile: Lame Batman villain
Powers: Super-strength balanced by low intellect
Mission: To stop Brimstone, a giant flaming envoy from Apokolips.
Chance of survival going in: Fair. Enchantress seemed the most obscure member of the team at the time (a member of the Forgotten Villains) and was pegged to bite it. Because this was the first appearance of this iteration of the Squad, it was hard to gauge who would.
Retirement: DECEASED. Brimstone squeezes him hard. (Legends #5)
Final report: Blockbuster has since been replaced by his brother. After Neron's interference, Blockbuster II also gained near genius intellect forcing him to compete for the "monster voiced by Frasier" niche currently dominated by the Ultra-Humanite.
Profile: Hot Firestorm villain
Mission: Infiltrate the Jihad's base, code-name Jotunheim, and eliminate all members of the superhuman terrorist team. Specifically, destroy the lab where new Jihad members are created.
Chances of survival going in: High. Though Firestorm villains assigned to Task Force X had a tendency to die (see next Subject), Plastique was always one of the more appealing members of the Nuclear Man's rogues gallery.
Retirement: JAILED. Plastique betrayed the Squad - perhaps unavoidable that a FLQ member would try to join an international pan-ideological terrorist group - but was apprehended by Nemesis. (Suicide Squad #2)
Final report: Dr. Moon altered Plastique's memory so she would forget about the Suicide Squad and after escaping prison would go on to become an important part of Captain Atom's rogues. She would eventually land back in jail and be used by the Squad again.
Profile: Lame Firestorm villain
Mission: Infiltrate the Jihad's base, code-name Jotunheim, and eliminate all members of the superhuman terrorist team. Specifically, keep terrorist troops occupied once the fighting starts.
Chances of survival going in: Low. John Ostrander was writing both Suicide Squad and Firestorm, so seemed to have carte blanche when it came to offing that character's rogues gallery. Given her costume's design and generic powers, she was dead the minute she showed her punk hairdo in the briefing room.
Retirement: DECEASED. Shot in the back by Jihad leader Rustam as petty team member Captain Boomerang just watched and smirked. (Suicide Squad #2)
Final report: Mindboggler returned as Ifrit, the Jihad's replacement for Djinn and was captured by Task Force X in an attempt to use her as an asset.
Still collating files (so many boxes!), but there'll be more. In the meantime, you can always get more Suicide Squad from the Task Force X blog.