Everyone feels guilty about something. For some, that guilt becomes a burden and a gnawing presence—one that can rip a person in two and drive them to seek vengeance. That vengeance becomes their very existence, consuming them and motivating their every move. People like this have likely suffered unimaginable loss and they feel responsible. Or they may be suffering from the curse of El Diablo…
When gang leader Chato Santana was left severely wounded after being betrayed by his second-in-command, he found himself sharing a hospital room with the comatose gunslinger Lazarus Lane. The nearly dead Santana traveled to the spirit world, where Lane passed the El Diablo curse he had been suffering from on to him. It wasn’t a gift. The El Diablo curse is rooted in revenge and punishment. It drives the afflicted to seek right for any wrongs that have been done, regardless of the cost. It bestows its host with a variety of abilities, most notably pyrokinesis and extreme resistance to injury, as well as supernatural skills such as seeing a person’s sins written on their soul and communicating with spirits in the great beyond.
Chato used his newfound pyrokinesis when going after a rival gang. He set the gang’s home ablaze and accidentally killed an innocent woman and children in the process. Remorseful over his crime, Chato didn’t resist arrest and found himself calling Belle Reve Penitentiary home. Proving his loyalty under extreme duress, he was soon inducted into the Suicide Squad. Though his repentant attitude often runs counter to the devil-may-care approach of his teammates, Chato’s abilities as El Diablo have helped the Squad’s success rate tremendously.
EL DIABLO #1
The haunted horseman returns to the DCU in a six-issue miniseries! Who is Chato Santana? A ruthless ganglord or a modern-day Robin Hood? Caught between the law and a power struggle in his gang, Chato meets Lazarus Lane, an impossibly old man with a possessed past. Witness this tale of rebirth, revenge, betrayal, justice, Hell, comeuppance, curses, and consequences. Written by Jai Nitz (BLUE BEETLE, THE BATMAN STRIKES!) with art by Phil Hester and Ande Parks (GREEN ARROW, NIGHTWING).
EL DIABLO #3
The original El Diablo rides again! Chato Santana, the new El Diablo, catches up with the man that crippled him while Lazarus Lane fights for his life against Vorpal. Only one El Diablo will live through this fight.
JONAH HEX #24
The return of El Diablo and Bat Lash! Just in time for Halloween, a tale of possession and murder in the Wild West!
SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK FILES #2
Trapped inside her Soultaker sword, the soul of Katana is torn between staying with her murdered husband or rejoining the world of the living.
EL DIABLO #2
The new El Diablo learns what it means to have a legacy name in the DCU. Expect new villains, old scores to settle and ancient evils to align against Chato Santana. With the 170-year-old Lazarus Lane in tow, El Diablo runs from the law and goes after the man who crippled him.
EL DIABLO #4
The death of El Diablo! Chato Santana has been possessed by a gun-slinging spirit of vengeance. But what he's keeping inside will now be the death of him! If the gangsters out for Chato's blood don't kill him, the demons hunting El Diablo will. Trapped between two worlds, he'll discover even the DCU heroes are looking to send him to Hell!
INJUSTICE 2 ANNUAL #2
Injustice 2 ends here—so as the story segues into/sets up the Injustice 2 video game, we take one final look back.
SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK FILES #5
Katana’s spirit is still trapped in the body of the evil Eve—and now she must combat the schemes of Kobra with the Suicide Squad and Halo in hot pursuit!