Monday, March 26, 2018

Episode 33: Invasion Hits Checkmate!

Squadmates,we're back for a second month in a row with Episode 33: Invasion Hits Checkmate!  We're almost a week late, but we're here.

Funny story about that.  I spent the past week trying to find time to finish recording this episode.  I had to finish up my thoughts on issue 12 and do my end closing.  This past Sunday, the wife and kids went to church, so I had an hour or so to myself.  I thought, I'll get Task Force X done.... pulled it up, and low and behold, looks like I had already finished recording... just had to throw commercials in... Well, son of a gun... So long story long, here is Episode 33.

On this episode, first up, I look at:

Checkmate 11

Checkmate #11
Cover Date: Holiday 1988
On Sale Date: October 11, 1988
Cover Price: $1.25
Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Title: "God Save the Queen"

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Agustin Mas
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Gil Kane

Synopsis from Mikes Amazing world of comics:
Following the alien invasion of Earth, a group of terrorists takes over the House of Parliament in England. Checkmate Knight Lionel Hawkins responds to the threat. He defeats the gunmen who, although human, have aligned themselves with the aliens. The group's leadership remains at large and is planning to assassinate the queen. Checkmate tracks the group and captures most of them. Only four men escape. When they stage their attack at the estate of Lord Benchly, the Knight thwarts their attack. He is nearly killed by the leader of the terrorists, but Scott Jameson shoots the gunmen before he can execute Hawkins.

Then at about 30 minutes in, we take a look at....
Checkmate 12


Checkmate #12
Cover Date: February 1989
On Sale Date: December 13, 1988
Cover Price: $1.25

Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Title: "Knight Launch"

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Art Thibert

Synopsis (from Mike's Amazing World of Comics):
During the alien invasion of Earth, Cape Canaveral was attacked. The damage set back the American space program. One shuttle, the Atlantis commanded by Colonel Ben Rogers, survived the attack. An urgent mission is put together for the shuttle team to launch a tri-sat defense satellite. However, a series of technology thefts lead Checkmate to believe that someone inside the space program is trying to sabotage the mission.
Knight Connie Webb joins the shuttle crew. She uncovers flight engineer Dick Guilardi, who has taken navigation technology intended for a planned Mars mission. He dies before he can reveal his plan or his accomplices.

When the mission gets underway, Colonel Rogers reveals himself as another traitor. He tries to guide the shuttle toward the alien fleet in orbit. He hopes to gain interstellar technology from the aliens. However, before they can reach the fleet, it leaves orbit following the alien defeat by Earth's heroes. Webb takes down Rogers and completes the mission to launch the satellite.
Before they return to Earth, the remaining crew witnesses a small alien ship fire a device toward Earth which detonates in an explosion of black light.

Something new I'm doing, I'm going to start listing the commercials I play this episode.
This time out I play:



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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Episode 32: Checkmate 10 and Suicide Squad 21

Again, Squadmates, I welcome you back to our newest episode!  After a lengthy hiatus (which I apologize for) I present to you Episode 32: Checkmate 10 and Suicide Squad 21

On this episode, first up, I look at:

Checkmate 10
Checkmate 10
 
Cover Date: Winter 1988
On Sale Date: September 13, 1988
Cover Price: $1.25

Title: "Funny Money Part 2"

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: John Statema
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Helen Vesik
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Editor: Jonathan Peterson


Synopsis from Mikes Amazing world of comics:
Claymore, a member of a gang of counterfeiters, has tracked a Checkmate knight back to Koning Industries. To gather more information, Claymore kidnaps pawn Rene Rockwell when she is leaving the facility. He tortures and kills her for information.

Claymore then leads a strike against Checkmate headquarters. He holds Harvey Bullock at gunpoint and demands that the masked man be brought out. Gary Washington fights him and rescues Bullock.

Meanwhile, knight Roger Dayton has infiltrated the gang of counterfeiters. He is able to recover stolen printing plates, take possession of the counterfeit currency, and capture the gang.


Then at 30 minutes in, we take a look at....
Suicide Squad 21


Suicide Squad 21
Cover Date: 1988
On Sale Date: October 4, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Rogues"

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Luke McDonnell
Inker: Karl Kesel
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Cover Credits
Penciller: Luke McDonnell
Inker: Karl Kesel

Notes:
Contains Bonus Book #10

Synopsis:
Amanda Waller meets with Tolliver. She blackmails him into ending his threats to expose the Suicide Squad. She then returns to Belle Reve where June Moone shoots Eve Eden. Eve survives, but just before she enters surgery, she tells Waller that Rick Flag has left on a personal mission. The mission takes Flag to Washington where he confronts and murders Tolliver.

Bonus Book #10
Title: "Deadly Perspective"
Pages: 14

Writer: Larry Ganem
Penciller: Peter Krause
Inker: Frederik Butler
Letterer: Helen Vesik
Colorist: Matt Webb

Synopsis:
The Bronze Tiger is sent to stop a hired assassin named Neiko from killed a political leader. He studies his opponent and fights off an attack by two killers Neiko sent to test him. Eventually, the Bronze Tiger and Neiko face one another face-to-face. Ben wins the fight and demands that Neiko break his contract. Neiko agrees, but he promises to take his revenge at some time in the future.

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Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk about Suicide Squad and Checkmate.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Episode 31: Checkmate 9 and Suicide Squad 20

Again, Squadmates, I welcome you back to our newest episode! I present to you Episode 31: Checkmate 9 and Suicide Squad 20

On this episode, first up, I look at:


Checkmate #9
Cover Date: December 1988
On Sale Date: August 9, 1988
Cover Price: $1.25

Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Title: "Funny Money"

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: John Statema
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Gaspar Saladino
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Art Thibert

Synopsis (From Mike's Amazing World of Comics):
Checkmate headquarters becomes the target of increased scrutiny after Black Thorn was able to penetrate security. While security tests are underway, a field operation is being conducted in Washington to locate the source of a counterfeiting ring. Knight Roger Dayton is able to shut down a warehouse run by the group. He fights a large man named Claymore whom he leaves for dead in a burning building. However, the body is not recovered. Claymore survived and has followed Dayton to Koning Industries, the front for Checkmate Headquarters.


Then at 29 minutes in, we take a look at....


Comic Title: Suicide Squad #20
Cover Date: December 1988
On Sale Date: September 6, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Practice to Deceive"

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Luke McDonnell
Inker: Robert Lewis
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Cover Credits
Artist: Karl Kesel

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 I start my Armageddon 2001 coverage!

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk about Suicide Squad and Checkmate.

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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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Episode 30: Double Checkmate

Again, Squadmates, I welcome you back to our newest episode! I present to you Episode 30: Double Checkmate

We finally finished our Deadshot coverage.. now on with Checkmate!

First up, I look at:
Checkmate 7

Checkmate 7
Cover Date: October 1988
On Sale Date: June 14, 1988
Cover Price: $1.25

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Gaspar Saladino
Colorist: Nansi Hoolahan
Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Cover Credits
Artist: Gil Kane
Title: "Arabian Knights"


Synopsis (from DC in the 80’s):

Checkmate has tracked a ring of international arms smugglers to the rogue nation of Qurac. They covertly send three knights into the country to meet with local rebel groups. They also kidnap a Quracan minister who reveals that the supply of arms has been consolidated in a central location due to Checkmate's previous operations.

When the time is right, the order is given and the rebel groups begin a campaign of chaos throughout the capital city of Al Kuwait. Checkmate's knights then enter the compound where the weapons are stored and plant explosives. An assassin who has tangled with Checkmate on two other occasions awaits them. He wounds Winston O'Donnell just as he activates the bomb's timer. A female Knight named Beth then kills the assassin. Beth is forced to leave Winston behind to die in the explosion which destroys the weapons.

By the following morning, the Quracan troops have restored order. The rebel uprising fails to unseat President Marlo. However, Checkmate primary mission to destroy the weapons was successful, though it cost them the life of one of their own.

Then we take a look at....

Checkmate 8

Checkmate 8
Cover Date: November 1988
On Sale Date: July 12, 1988
Cover Price: $1.25
Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Title: "A Thorn in Her Side"

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

Cover Credits
Artist: Gil Kane

As you can see by the cover, this issue spotlights Black Thorn. Also, as seen on the cover, she's going up against Amanda Waller, so you know I'm going to love this one.

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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 I start my Armageddon 2001 coverage!

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk about Suicide Squad and Checkmate.

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.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Episode 29: Deadshot 3 and 4

Welcome back once again, Squadmates! For some reason, it appears I forgot to update the site last time I uploaded... sorry about that... Don't know what I was thinking.... So the podcast has been up for awhile, just now updating the page....

I bring to you our amazing... Episode 29: Deadshot issues 3 and 4

We continue our Deadshot coverage with the final two issues of his minseries.

First up, I look at and talk about the third issue.

Deadshot #3

Comic Title: Deadshot #3
Publisher: DC
Cover Date: Winter 1988
On Sale Date: September 20, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Victims"

Writers: John Ostrander and Kim Yale
Artist: Luke McDonnell
Letterer: Timothy Harkins
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

Reprinted In:
Deadshot:Beginnings TPB (2013)

This issue we continue our+ closer look at the origins of everyone's favorite killer... Deadshot....

Then at about 32 minutes in, we look at the 4th issue....
Deadshot 4
Comic Title: Deadshot #4
Cover Date: Holiday 1988
On Sale Date: October 18, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Astride a Grave"

Writers: Kim Yale & John Ostrander
Artist: Luke McDonnell
Letterer: Timothy Harkins
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

Reprinted In:
Deadshot:Beginnings TPB (2013)

We finally finish our look at Floyd Lawton... aka Deadshot, as the series comes to a deadly conclusion.

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


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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. The Invasion is among us.... listen to find out more!

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 I continue looking at the Atom, plus whatever else....

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I conclude the Deadshot miniseries.

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, January 17, 2017

Episode 28: Deadshot issues 1 and 2

Welcome back once again, Squadmates!

I bring to you our amazing... Episode 28: Deadshot issues 1 and 2

Sorry, all of my Headcasts are delayed, but they are coming out....  Thank you for bearing with us.

This time I put a pause on the Suicide Squad and Checkmate coverage to look at the first two issues of the Deadshot mini-series.



First up, I look at and talk about the first issue.
Deadshot 1: Beginnings


Comic Title: Deadshot #1
Cover Date: November 1988
On Sale Date: July 19, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Die But Once"

Writers: John Ostrander & Kim Yale
Artist: Luke McDonnell
Letterer: Timothy Harkins
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

Cover Credits
Artist: Luke McDonnell

Reprinted In:
Deadshot:Beginnings TPB (2013)

This issue we being the four issue closer look at the origins of everyone's favorite killer... Deadshot.... 

Then at about 33 minutes in, we look at the 2nd issue....

Deadshot 2

Comic Title: Deadshot #2
Cover Date: December 1988
On Sale Date: August 23, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Suffer the Child"

Writers: John Ostrander & Kim Yale
Artist: Luke McDonnell
Letterer: Timothy Harkins
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

Cover Credits
Artist: Luke McDonnell

Reprinted In:
Deadshot:Beginnings TPB (2013)

We continue our look at Floyd Lawton... aka Deadshot.

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

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...

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.  The Invasion is among us.... listen to find out more!

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.  I swear the show isn't dead... it is returning....

The following week, look for Head Speaks where I continue looking at the Atom, plus whatever else....

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I conclude the Deadshot miniseries.

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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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Episode 27: Checkmate 6 and Suicide Squad 19

Welcome back once again, Squadmates!

I bring to you our amazing... Episode 27: Checkmate 6 and Suicide Squad 19

Still a little delayed due to home life, but we're back...  the 27th episode of Task Force X.  Also due to trying to get this episode out, there may be a bit more pauses and some background noise than I like, again, I apologize.

First up, I look at and talk about Checkmate number 6 which again has two stories.
Checkmate 6... HEAT


Checkmate #6
Cover Date: September 1988
On Sale Date: May 10, 1988
Cover Price: $1.25
Editor: Jonathan Peterson
Cover Credits
Artist: Art Thibert

Title: "Heat"
Pages: 16

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

Second story
Title: "Knight Game"
Pages: 8

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: James W. Fry
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Albert Tobias De Guzman
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

This story concludes Reed's journey on becoming a Knight...


Then at about 26 minutes in, we look at the 19th issue of Suicide Squad....

Suicide Squad 19- Personal Files... Amanda Waller

Suicide Squad Vol. 1 #19 (November 1988): "Personal Files - Amanda Waller"
Comic Title: Suicide Squad #19
Cover Date: November 1988
On Sale Date: August 2, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Luke McDonnell
Inker: Robert Lewis
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Cover Credits
Penciller: Joe J. Brozowski
Inker: Karl Kesel

This story takes place before/around the same time as the annual from last episode.
At the 10K foot level (as The Irredeemable Shag is fond of saying), this is a day in the life of Amanda Waller.


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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.  The Invasion is among us.... listen to find out more!

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 episode 28, where I'll be talking about the Atom plus whatever else crosses my fancy.... 

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk more about the Deadshot miniseries.

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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