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.

And you can still get directly to our page by going to taskforcex.headspeaks.com.
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.


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.

And you can still get directly to our page by going to taskforcex.headspeaks.com.
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 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).

If you want you can also send us an MP3 file with your thoughts and I'll play them on the air.

Look for us on Facebook and Google+ (look for Task Force X).

Make sure to tell a friend and check back next month for another great episode of TASK FORCE X!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Episode 26: Checkmate 5, Suicide Squad 18 and Annual 1

Welcome back once again, Squadmates!

I bring to you our amazing... Episode 26: Checkmate 5, Suicide Squad 18 and Annual 1

Still a little delayed due to sickness and home life, but we're back...  the 26th 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.

This month we have three character profiles and we look at three different comics.....

First up, I do a character profile of Shade The Changing Man.
Shade The Changing Man

Then at about 12 minutes in, I look at and talk about Checkmate number 5 which has two stories.
Checkmate 5

Checkmate #5
Title of first story: "The Dallas Connection"

Cover Date: August 1988
On Sale Date: April 12, 1988
Cover Price: $1.25
Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Albert Tobias De Guzman
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Jerry Bingham


2nd story
Title: "The Dome"
Pages: 8
Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Art Thibert
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter

This second story, we look at Reeds training to become a Knight and get a little of his background.

Then at about 49 minutes, we look at the 18th issue of Suicide Squad....

Suicide Squad 18
"Manhattan Massacre"
Cover Date: October 1988
On Sale Date: July 5, 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

I follow that book up with 2 more character Profiles.
Ravan of the Jihad and Mark Shaw 'Manhunter'
Ravan killing a guard
Mark Shaw - Manhunter
 For more on Mark Shaw, check out my podcast 'The Starman-Manhunter Adventure Hour' where I talk about Will Payton Starman and the Mark Shaw Manhunter comics.


Finally at one hour and twenty fives minutes in to the show, I look at the Suicide Squad Annual 1.

This has two stories in it.  The first continues from Manhunter number 6.  For more on this, see episode 6 of The Starman-Manhunter Adventure Hour (available from The HeadCast Network)

Suicide Squad Annual #1
Cover Date: 1988
On Sale Date: August 16, 1988
Cover Price: $1.50
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Title: "Ghosts and Shadows"

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Graham Nolan
Inker: Timothy Dzon
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford

The second story is an 8 page story of Amanda Waller.
Title: "Family Duty"

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Keith Giffen
Inker: Robert Oksner
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford

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.

And you can still get directly to our page by going to taskforcex.headspeaks.com.
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.  Currently I'm only looking at the Manhunter comics,as Invasion! is coming.

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 issue 13 and the first episode of the regular series.

The following week, look for Head Speaks episode 27, where I'll be talking about The Sword of the Atom issue 4, plus whatever else crosses my fancy.... 

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk more 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.

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).

If you want you can also send us an MP3 file with your thoughts and I'll play them on the air.

Look for us on Facebook and Google+ (look for Task Force X).

Make sure to tell a friend and check back next month for another great episode of TASK FORCE X!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Episode 25 : The Movie Review Plus Suicide Squad 17 and Checkmate 4!

Welcome back once again, Squadmates!

I bring to you our amazing... Episode 25 : The Movie Review Plus Suicide Squad 17 and Checkmate 4!

A little delayed due to sickness and home life, but we're back...  the 25th episode of Task Force X.

First up we review the Suicide Squad movie.... Did I like it?  Did I hate it?  Listen and find out!

Then at about an hour and a half in, we look at the 17th issue of Suicide Squad....

Suicide Squad issue 17.  The return of the Jihad!


Suicide Squad #17
Title: "Battleground Manhattan"
Cover Date: September 1988
On Sale Date: June 7, 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


Then at about the two hour mark, I look at Checkmate 4 (with two stories this month).

Checkmate #4
Cover Date: July 1988
On Sale Date: March 15, 1988
Cover Price: $1.25
Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Title: "One Knight in Venice..."
Pages: 16

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Gaspar Saladino
Colorist: Thomas J. Ziuko

Title: "Moves"
Pages: 8

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Don Heck
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Gaspar Saladino
Colorist: Thomas J. Ziuko

Cover Credits
Artist: Gil Kane


Finally I wrap things up with Suicide Notes.

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

Be sure to check the Facebook page for news and updates on the Suicide Squad movie.  That's where I tend to post information as it comes to light.

And you can still get directly to our page by going to taskforcex.headspeaks.com.
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.  Currently I'm only looking at the Manhunter comics,as Invasion! is coming.

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 issue 13 and the first episode of the regular series.

The following week, look for Head Speaks episode 26, where I'll be talking about The Killing Joke animated movie and The Sword of the Atom issue 3.... 

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.

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).

If you want you can also send us an MP3 file with your thoughts and I'll play them on the air.

Look for us on Facebook and Google+ (look for Task Force X).

Make sure to tell a friend and check back next month for another great episode of TASK FORCE X!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Episode 24 : The Two Year Anniversary – The Nightshade Odyssey

Welcome back once again, Squadmates!

I bring to you our amazing... Episode 24 : The Two Year Anniversary – The Nightshade Odyssey

Before listening to this episode of Task Force X, you may want to listen to Ryan Daly's Secret Origins 28 where the two of us talk about the uhmm secret origin of Nightshade!

Then return here as first, I do a Character Profile on the aforementioned Nightshade!



Then Ryan joins me here, as we talk about the Nightshade Odyssey that ran through Suicide Squad 14-16.

Suicide Squad 14

Suicide Squad 15

Suicide Squad 16, the final part of the Nightshade Odyssey?


Comic Title: Suicide Squad #14
Cover Date: June 1988
On Sale Date: March 1, 1988
Cover Price: $0.75
Editor: Robert Greenberger
Title: "Slipping into Darkness"
Writer: John Ostrander
Artist: Luke McDonnell
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford

Comic Title: Suicide Squad #15
Cover Date: July 1988
On Sale Date: April 5, 1988
Cover Price: $0.75

Comic Title: Suicide Squad #16
Cover Date: August 1988
On Sale Date: May 3, 1988
Cover Price: $1.00

Cover Credits
Artist: Jerry Bingham

Then I do a Character Profile on Captain Cold:


At about one hour and fifty six minutes in, I play the final Suicide Squad trailer and give my thoughts on it....

And as I mentioned, here is the link for the Suicide Squad trailer, with the little mini-bios of the Squad members:

After I uploaded the episode, one thing I thought of I forgot to cover was the music.

In short, I love the music of the trailer.  For the rest of my thoughts, listen in....

Finally I wrap things up with Suicide Notes.

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

Be sure to check the Facebook page for news and updates on the Suicide Squad movie.  That's where I tend to post information as it comes to light.

And you can still get directly to our page by going to taskforcex.headspeaks.com.
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 issue 12 and the fifth episode of the second cartoon series, Revenge of Cobra, in our one year anniversary episode.

The following week, look for Head Speaks episode 26, where I'll be talking about something.... 

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

But before you listen to that episode, be sure to look for Ryan Daly's Secret Origin Podcast episode 28 where we look at the origin of Nightshade in a lead up to next month's story arc.

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).

If you want you can also send us an MP3 file with your thoughts and I'll play them on the air.

Look for us on Facebook and Google+ (look for Task Force X).

Make sure to tell a friend and check back next month for another great episode of TASK FORCE X!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Final Suicide Squad trailer

Hey Sqaudmates....

I know the 24th episode is a little behind.  Finishing up editing it as we speak.  Hope to have it out in the next couple of days....

But in the meantime, fresh from San Diego Comic Con 2016, here is the final Suicide Squad trailer before the big release in a couple of weeks....

Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below or you can e-mail us at taskforcex@headspeaks.com

You can also visit us on Facebook looking for Task Force X.

Final Suicide Squad Trailer!

Thanks for tuning in guys.

Squadmates... Dismissed!

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).

If you want you can also send us an MP3 file with your thoughts and I'll play them on the air.

Look for us on Facebook and Google+ (look for Task Force X).

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Episode 23: Justice League International and Suicide Squad 13

Welcome back once again, Squadmates!

About two weeks late, but....I finally bring you... Episode 23: Justice League International and Suicide Squad 13


First up, I do a Character Profile on The Justice League International!
Justice League International


I then introduce my special guest star....  Paul Hix, from the Waiting for Doom podcast, as we talk about the Justice League International and Suicide Squad cross over!





Justice League International Vol. 1 #13 (May 1988): "Collision Course"
Cover Date: May 1988
On Sale Date: January 12, 1988
Cover Price: $0.75
Editor: Andrew Helfer
Plotter/Penciller: Keith Giffen
Scripter: J. Mark DeMatteis
Inker: Al Gordon
Letterer: Bob Lappan
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Cover Credits
Penciller: Steve Leialoha
Inker: Al Gordon

Reprinted In:
Justice League International Vol. 2 HC (2008)
Justice League International Vol. 2 TPB (2009)

and 

Suicide Squad Vol. 1 #13 (May 1988): "Battle Lines"
Cover Date: May 1988 
On Sale Date: February 2, 1988
Cover Price: $0.75
Page Count: 32
Editor: Robert Greenberger

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Luke McDonnell
Inker: Robert Lewis
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Cover Credits
Penciller: Steve Leialoha
Inker: Al Gordon

Reprinted In:
Justice League International Vol. 2 HC (2008)
Justice League International Vol. 2 TPB (2009)

Finally my second Character Profile of Javelin:
Javelin


Then I wrap things up with Suicide Notes.

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

Be sure to check the Facebook page for news and updates on the Suicide Squad movie.  That's where I tend to post information as it comes to light.

And you can still get directly to our page by going to taskforcex.headspeaks.com.
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 issue 12 and the fifth episode of the second cartoon series, Revenge of Cobra, in our one year anniversary episode.

The following week, look for Head Speaks episode 25, where I'll be talking about something.... 

Finally, be sure to return next month and listen as I talk about Suicide Squad issues 14-16 for our two year anniversary with another special guest host.

But before you listen to that episode, be sure to look for Ryan Daly's Secret Origin Podcast episode 28 where we look at the origin of Nightshade in a lead up to next month's story arc.

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).

If you want you can also send us an MP3 file with your thoughts and I'll play them on the air.

Look for us on Facebook and Google+ (look for Task Force X).

Make sure to tell a friend and check back next month for another great episode of TASK FORCE X!