Friday, November 23, 2018

Episode 41: The Janus Directive Parts 7 and 8

Hey Squadmates.  Here we go...  I proudly present to you: Episode 41: The Janus Directive Parts 7 and 8

As per the episode name, we are continuing our look at... The Janus Directive.

First I introduce my special guest, The Irresponsible..err The Irredeemable Shag.  Shag talks about himself a little (a subject matter he loves and is an expert at) and about Firestorm's history.

During our conversation, he mentions some material that was sent out to comic shops a month before hand.  You can view that at:

http://firestormfan.com/2010/03/08/elemental-firestorm-promotional-efforts/

http://firestormfan.com/images/firestorm86preview.pdf

Once I can get a word in edgewise, we actually look at the issue in question (with no Ninja counting from me).

Firestorm 86: Janus Directive 7

Firestorm (the Nuclear Man?) #86
Cover Date: June 1989
On Sale Date: April 11, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00
Title: "Home Fires Burning"

Writer: John Ostrander
Artist: Tom Mandrake
Letterer: Duncan Andrews
Colorist: Nansi Hoolahan
Editor: Dennis J. O'Neil
Cover Credits
Artist: Tom Mandrake

Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad:The Janus Directive TPB (2016)

Notes on this issue:
Parasite next appears in Starman 13, which I covered in Starman/Manhunter Adventure Hour 17 (From July).

He last appeared in Firestorm 82 (concluding story from Invasion), and then before that was back during the Suicide Squad/Firestorm crossover we covered back in Episode 12 (all issues covered somewhere on The Headcast Network).

Then at 1 hour and 12 minutes in, we take a look at....

Suicide Squad 29: The Janus Directive 8
Suicide Squad 29
Cover Date: 1989
On Sale Date: April 18, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00

Title: "Heavy Squad"
Writer: John Ostrander
Writer: Kim Yale
Penciller: John K. Snyder III
Inker: Pablo Marcos
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Cover Credits
Artist: Karl Kesel
Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad:The Janus Directive TPB (2016)

Listen in as we discuss these two issues of the great Janus Directive crossover.

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 The following week, look for G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast the second week of the month, where we look at G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic from Marvel.

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk about Suicide Squad and Checkmate.  And coming next month.... The next part of The Janus Directive.  Checkmate 18 and Suicide Squad 29.

And coming soon, A Tale of Two Worlds: A Heroes Unlimited Podcast...

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Episode 40: The Janus Directive Parts 5 and 6

Hey Squadmates.  Here we go...  I proudly present to you: Episode 40: The Janus Directive Parts 5 and 6

As per the episode name, we are continuing our look at... The Janus Directive.

First up, is Checkmate 17!
Janus Directive 5: Checkmate 17


Checkmate 17
June 1989
On Sale Date: April 11, 1989
Cover Price: $1.50

Title: "A Hard Day's Knight"

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Gil Kane
Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad:The Janus Directive TPB (2016)

Then at 30 minutes in, we take a look at....

Manhunter 14
Manhunter 14
Cover Date: June 1989
On Sale Date: April 11, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00

Title: "Misdirection"

Writer: Kim Yale
Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Doug Rice
Inker: Pablo Marcos
Letterer: Albert Tobias De Guzman
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Doug Rice

Editor: Barbara J. Kesel (Randall)

Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad:The Janus Directive TPB (2016)

Listen in as we discuss these two issues of the great Janus Directive crossover.

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Other news for the Headcast family.

As usual, The Headcast Network is where you can find all of my podcasts under one feed.

Over on The Starman/Manhunter Adventure Hour, where I'll be talking about the Will Payton Starman and Mark Shaw Manhunter comics.

Then, look for Head Speaks,where In February, I've started my multi-episode look at Armageddon 2001 where I have guests from the internet and podcasting world join me every episode.

 The following week, look for G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast the first week of the month, where we look at G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic from Marvel.

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk about Suicide Squad and Checkmate.  And coming next month.... The next part of The Janus Directive.  Checkmate 18 and Suicide Squad 29.

Again, thanks for listening and be sure to tell people about us. Also write in and let me know what you think of this episode!

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Episode 39: The Janus Directive Parts 3 and 4

Hey Squadmates.  Here we go...  I proudly present to you: Episode 39: The Janus Directive Parts 3 and 4

As per the episode name, we are continuing our look at... The Janus Directive.

First up, is Checkmate 16!
Checkmate 16
Checkmate #16
Cover Date: May 1989
On Sale Date: March 28, 1989
Cover Price: $1.50

Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Title: "Shadow Knights"

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Rick Hoberg
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Gaspar Saladino
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Gil Kane

Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad: The Janus Directive TPB (2016)


Then at 30 minutes in, we take a look at....

Suicide Squad 28 - Part 4
Suicide Squad #28
Cover Date: 1989
On Sale Date: April 4, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Robert Greenberger
 
Title: "Death Game"

Writer: Kim Yale
Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: John K. Snyder III
Inker: Karl Kesel
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Cover Credits
Artist: Karl Kesel

Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad: The Janus Directive TPB (2016)

Listen in as we discuss these two issues of the great Janus Directive crossover.

Commercials played this episode:
DC OCD: Where Mike and Paul take a look at all of the DC Crossover events.

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Over on The Starman/Manhunter Adventure Hour, where I'll be talking about the Will Payton Starman and Mark Shaw Manhunter comics.

Then, look for G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast the first week of the month, where we look at G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic from Marvel.

The following week, look for Head Speaks,where In February, I've started my multi-episode look at Armageddon 2001 where I have guests from the internet and podcasting world join me every episode.

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk about Suicide Squad and Checkmate.  And coming next month.... The next part of The Janus Directive.  Checkmate 17 and Manhunter 14.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Episode 38: The Janus Directive Parts 1 and 2

Hey Squadmates.  We're back with Episode 38: The Janus Directive Parts 1 and 2


This month we start our look at the crossover, The Janus Directive.

First up, is Checkmate!
Checkmate 15 - Janus Directive 1


Checkmate #15
Cover Date: May 1989
On Sale Date: March 14, 1989
Cover Price: $1.50
Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Title: "Knight Kill"

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Agustin Mas
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad: The Janus Directive TPB (2016)
Cover Credits
Artist: Gil Kane

And to hear me talk about this issue with the group over at Longbox Crusade, check out Episode 14 which was released Feb 22 2018.

Then at 29 minutes and 50 seconds in, we take a look at....

Suicide Squad 27
Cover Date: 1989
On Sale Date: March 21, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Scattermove"

Writer: John Ostrander
Writer: Kim Yale
Penciller: John K. Snyder III
Inker: Pablo Marcos
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford

Cover Credits
Artist: Karl Kesel
Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad: The Janus Directive TPB (2016)


Commercials played this episode:

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Other news for the Headcast family.

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Over on The Starman/Manhunter Adventure Hour, where I'll be talking about the Will Payton Starman and Mark Shaw Manhunter comics.

Then, look for G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast the first week of the month, where we look at G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic from Marvel.

The following week, look for Head Speaks,where In February, I've started my multi-episode look at Armageddon 2001 where I have guests from the internet and podcasting world join me every episode.


Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk about Suicide Squad and Checkmate.  And coming next month.... The next part of The Janus Directive.

Again, thanks for listening and be sure to tell people about us. Also write in and let me know what you think of this episode!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Episode 37: The Exorcist and the Squad.

Hey Squadmates.  We're back with Episode 37: The Exorcist and the Squad.

Before we get to the Suicide Squad, Amanda visits the Justice League....


Justice League America #27
Cover Date: June 1989
On Sale Date: April 11, 1989
Cover Price: $0.75

Title: "Mindsnap"

Penciller: Keith Giffen
Scripter: J. Mark DeMatteis
Penciller: Ty Templeton
Inker: Josef Rubinstein
Inker: Dick Giordano
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Editor: Andrew Helfer

Reprinted In:
Justice League International Vol. 4 HC (2009)
Justice League International Vol. 4 TPB (2010)

Cover Credits
Penciller: Ty Templeton
Inker: Josef Rubinstein

And during the podcast, I talk about the Exorcist movie poster...

See?  Very nice homage there....
Man.. that JLA cover is nice....

Anyways... moving on....

Then at about 41 minutes in, we take a look at....

Suicide Squad #26
Cover Date: April 1989
On Sale Date: March 7, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Stone Cold Dead"

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Grant Miehm
Inker: Karl Kesel
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford

Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad:The Janus Directive TPB (2016)

Cover Credits
Artist: Karl Kesel


Commercials played this episode:

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Other news for the Headcast family.

As usual, The Headcast Network is where you can find all of my podcasts under one feed.

Over on The Starman/Manhunter Adventure Hour, where I'll be talking about the Will Payton Starman and Mark Shaw Manhunter comics.

Then, look for G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast the first week of the month, where we look at G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic from Marvel.

The following week, look for Head Speaks,where In February, I've started my multi-episode look at Armageddon 2001 where I have guests from the internet and podcasting world join me every episode.



Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk about Suicide Squad and Checkmate.  And coming next month.... The Janus Directive.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Episode 36: BlackThorn and The Trial concludes!

Hey Squadmates.  Here we go with Episode 36: BlackThorn and The Trial concludes!

First up we get a look at Black Thorn:

Checkmate 14: BLACKTHORN!

Checkmate 14
Cover Date: April 1989
On Sale Date: February 14, 1989
Cover Price: $1.50
Page Count: 32
Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Cover Credits
Artist: Art Thibert


This issue has several creative teams contributing to one over all story:
Story 1 Title: "Neighborhood Watch"
Pages: 8

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Artist: Tod Smith
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

Story 2
Title: "Knight of the Living Dead"
Pages: 9

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Paris Cullins
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Albert Tobias De Guzman
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

Story 3  Title: "Hot Property"
Pages: 7

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Artist: Eduardo Barreto
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

Blackthorn is robbed and has to retrieve something precious to her.

Then at 33 minutes in, we get a double Character Profile (yes, it's back for now).  We look at the newest Squad couple, Punch and Jewelee.


Then at about 40 minutes in, we take a look at....

Suicide Squad 25
Suicide Squad 25
Cover Date: March 1989
On Sale Date: February 7, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Sea of Troubles"

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Grant Miehm
Inker: Karl Kesel
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford

Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad:Rogues TPB (2016)

Commercials played this episode:

Waiting For Doom: This is where Paul Hix and Mark Garvey (both previous guests) sit around waiting for... DOOM (The Doom Patrol, not the Doctor).

WHO’S WHO – THE DEFINITIVE PODCAST OF THE DC UNIVERSE: Shag and Rob cover the great DC comic book series, Who's Who.

Head Speaks - The home of my main podcast where I'm currently covering the Armageddon 2001 crossover.

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Be sure to check the Facebook page for news and further information. That's where I tend to post information as it comes to light.

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Other news for the Headcast family.

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Over on The Starman/Manhunter Adventure Hour, where I'll be talking about the Will Payton Starman and Mark Shaw Manhunter comics.

Then, look for G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast the first week of the month, where we look at G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic from Marvel.

The following week, look for Head Speaks,where In February, I've started my multi-episode look at Armageddon 2001 where I have guests from the internet and podcasting world join me every episode.

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk about Suicide Squad and Checkmate.  And coming soon.... The Janus Directive.

Again, thanks for listening and be sure to tell people about us. Also write in and let me know what you think of this episode!

All characters are owned and copyrighted by DC Comics. Check out DC Comics for the monthly adventures of the New Suicide Squad.

If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please e-mail me at TaskForceX@HeadSpeaks.com (and you too can be read in Listener Feedback).

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Episode 35: A Knight In the Tropics and The Squad on Trial

We're back, on time, with a regular episode...  Episode 35: A Knight In the Tropics and The Squad on Trial

First up we look at:
Checkmate 13.... fun in the sun...  or not.

Checkmate #13
Cover Date: March 1989
On Sale Date: January 17, 1989
Cover Price: $1.50

Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Title: "A Knight in the Tropics"

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Penciller: Rick Hoberg
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Agustin Mas
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Art Thibert

Stein takes his boys on a Caribbean vacation.... What could go wrong?

Then at about 30 minutes in, we take a look at....

Comic Title: Suicide Squad #24
Cover Date: February 1989
On Sale Date: January 10, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Slings and Arrows"

Writer: John Ostrander& Kim Yale
Penciller: Luke McDonnell
Inker: Karl Kesel
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford

 Cover Credits
Penciller: Luke McDonnell
Inker: Karl Kesel

Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad:Rogues TPB (2016)

Synopsis: from Mikes
Following the public exposure of the Suicide Squad's activities, Amanda Waller is called to testify before a senate committee led by Warren Eden. To ensure, that the individual Squad members are unavailable to give testimony, Waller sends the team on a mission to East Africa to rescue Sister Agnes Martinon. Nemesis quits the group rather than comply with Waller's orders. Simon LaGrieve also tenders his resignation.
The Bronze Tiger leads the Squad to Africa where they locate the rebel camp where Martinon is believed to be held. They arrive too late as troops from the African nation's current government has already attacked the camp. They have taken Martinon and they have no intentions of setting her free.

Commercials played this episode:

Comics With Normies - This is a show where my podcasting buddy Jarrod Alberich gives a comic to a normie and gets their reaction.

Head Speaks - The home of my main podcast where I'm currently covering the Armageddon 2001 crossover.

It All Comes Back To Superman - Where Podcasting Godfather, Michael Bailey, shows all it... well, all comes back to Superman.  Great show.

Thank you for listening to this episode of Task Force X.

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Other news for the Headcast family.

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Over on The Starman/Manhunter Adventure Hour, where I'll be talking about the Will Payton Starman and Mark Shaw Manhunter comics.

Then, look for G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast the first week of the month, where we look at G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comic from Marvel.

The following week, look for Head Speaks,where In February, I've started my multi-episode look at Armageddon 2001 where I have guests from the internet and podcasting world join me every episode.

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk about Suicide Squad and Checkmate.  And coming soon.... The Janus Directive.

Again, thanks for listening and be sure to tell people about us. Also write in and let me know what you think of this episode!

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