Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Episode 48: The Return of Bishop and Apokolips NOW!

Welcome back Squadmates.  Here is Episode 48: The Return of Bishop and Apokolips NOW!

We're back once again, this time with Checkmate #21.....
The Return of BISHOP!
 Checkmate 21
Cover Date: October 1989
On Sale Date: August 29, 1989
Cover Price: $1.50
Title: "One Wet and Wild Knight"

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: John Costanza
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Cover Credits
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Keith Stan Wilson



Then at 30 minutes and 45 seconds in, I once again have a Character Profile.  This time we look at Force of July's Silent Majority!



Then at 34 minutes and 50 seconds in, we look at Suicide Squad 33


Suicide Squad 33
Cover Date: 1989
On Sale Date: August 8, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00
Title: "Into the Angry Planet"

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: John K. Snyder III
Inker: Geof Isherwood
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Editor: Dan Raspler

Cover Credits
Penciller: John K. Snyder III
Inker: Karl Kesel
Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad: Apokolips Now TPB (2017)


Commercials played this episode:

Zero Hour Strikes- I can't wait for this podcast to start covering the Zero Hour event!

Waiting For Doom - Mike and Paul continue their journey through DC's events....  May Joe Pesci have mercy on their souls....

M*A*S*HCast - Where Rob Kelly and rotating guests look at one of the greatest military shows ever.
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Thank you once again 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 comics.

Also, the fourth week of the month, I have Bravo Team, a G.I. Joe related cast, looking at other Joe related items.

Then, look for Head Speaks,where I'm nearing the end of 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 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.

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!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Episode 47: Finishing Moscow and Preparing for Apokolips

Welcome back Squadmates.  Here is Episode 47: Finishing Moscow and Preparing for Apokolips

We're back once again, this time with Checkmate #20.....
Checkmate 20

Checkmate 20
Cover Date: September 1989
On Sale Date: July 25, 1989
Cover Price: $1.50

Title: "Into the Knight"

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

Cover Credits: Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Dick Giordano


Then at 36 minutes in, I once again have a Character Profile.  This time we look at Force of July's Major Victory!


Then at 42 minutes in, we look at Suicide Squad 32

Suicide Squad 32

Suicide Squad 32
Cover Date: 1989
On Sale Date: July 4, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00

Title: "Steel Trap"

Writer: John Ostrander & Kim Yale
Penciller: Grant Miehm
Inker: Keith Stan Wilson & Kevin Phillips
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Editor: Dan Raspler

Cover Credits
Artist: Karl Kesel
Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad: Apokolips Now TPB (2017)


Commercials played this episode:

Zero Hour Strikes- I can't wait for this podcast to start covering the Zero Hour event!

Fanholes - A great podcast from friends of the show, looking at a variety of material

DC OCD - Mike and Paul continue their journey through DC's events....  May Joe Pesci have mercy on their souls....

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Thank you once again 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 comics.

Also, the fourth week of the month, I have Bravo Team, a G.I. Joe related cast, looking at other Joe related items.

Then, look for Head Speaks,where I'm nearing the end of 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 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.

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).
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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Episode 46: A Knight in Moscow and Father Cramer

Welcome back Squadmates.  Here is Episode 46: A Knight in Moscow and Father Cramer

After the commentary track on the Suicide Squad movie and The Blackest Night, we are back with our newest issues...

First up, Checkmate 19
One Knight In Moscow


Checkmate #19
Cover Date: July 1989
On Sale Date: May 30, 1989
Cover Price: $1.50
Title: "The Dead of Knight"

Writer: Paul Kupperberg
Penciller: Rick Hoberg
Penciller: Steve Erwin
Inker: Pablo Marcos
Inker: Al Vey
Letterer: Agustin Mas
Colorist: Julianna Ferriter
Cover Credits
Artist: Gil Kane
Editor: Jonathan Peterson

Then at 33 and half minutes in, I bring back the Character Profile and we look at SHRIKE!
Shrike

After that we take a look at Suicide Squad 31

Suicide Squad #31
Cover Date: July 1989
On Sale Date: June 6, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00
Title: "Acts of Contrition"

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

Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad:Apokolips Now TPB (2017)

Commercials played this episode:

Rod Pod - A great podcsst about the IDW Transformers comic, by Jonathan and Maggie Schafter-Hames

Waiting For Doom - Paul and Mike have a great show covering both The Doom Patrol and all of the DCU events....

Zero Hour Strikes- I can't wait for this podcast to start covering the Zero Hour event!

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Thank you once again 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.

Then, look for Head Speaks,where I'm nearing the end of 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 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.

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!

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Episode 45: JLMay - Suicide Squad 67 and Secret Six 17 & 18

This month we're taking a break from our usual coverage as the shadow of The Darkest Night falls upon us....



Yes, this month squadmates, we join the JLMay crossover as we look at Suicide Squad 67 and Secret Six 17 & 18 on Episode 45: JLMay - Suicide Squad 67 and Secret Six 17 & 18

Keep in mind that this is spoilers, as this issue takes place after the last issue of the Suicide Squad book we're looking at.....

But before you listen to our show, you need to listen to the first four shows of the crossover (to find out how we got here).

The Podcast of OA for issue 0.

Then go to Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill for issue 1.

Then The Idol-Head of Diabolu for issue 2.

The listen to the Fire and Water Podcast for issue three.

And then, only then can you come back here to listen to the issues we're looking at.

First up is: Suicide Squad 67
Suicide Squad 67 - Blackest Night
Suicide Squad 67
Cover Date: March 2010
On Sale Date: January 6, 2010
Cover Price: $2.99
Title: "Danse Macabre Part 1"

Writers: Gail Simone & John Ostrander
Artist: Jim Calafiore
Letterer: Steve Wands
Colorist: Jason Wright
Editor: Sean Ryan
Cover Credits
Artist: Daniel Luvisi

Reprinted In:
Secret Six: Danse Macabre TPB (2010)
Secret Six: Cat's Cradle TPB (2015)

Then at 40 minutes in, we look at Secret Six 17
Secret Six 17 - Darkest Night Part 2
Secret Six 17
Cover Date: March 2010
On Sale Date: January 13, 2010
Cover Price: $2.99
 
Title: "Danse Macabre Part 2"

Writers: Gail Simone & John Ostrander
Artist: Jim Calafiore
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Colorist: Jason Wright
Editor: Sean Ryan

Cover Credits
Artist: Daniel Luvisi

Reprinted In:
Secret Six:Danse Macabre TPB (2010)
Secret Six:Cat's Cradle TPB (2015)

Finally at one hour and five minutes in, we crack open, Secret Six 18
Secret Six 18 - Part 3
Secret Six 18
Cover Date: April 2010
On Sale Date: February 10, 2010
Cover Price: $2.99

Title: "Danse Macabre Part 3"

Writer: Gail Simone
Writer: John Ostrander
Artist: Jim Calafiore
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Colorist: Jason Wright
Editor: Sean Ryan

Cover Credits
Artist: Daniel Luvisi

Reprinted In:
Secret Six: Danse Macabre TPB (2010)
Secret Six: Cat's Cradle TPB (2015)

Promos for this episode:
The LanternCast
Waiting for Doom
Justices First Dawn
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The Fire and Water Podcast
The Idol Head of Diablou
Coffee and Comics

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Also, this week is The Starman/Manhunter Adventure Hour episode 25 (right here on the Headcast Network).

Then next week, tune in to Head Speaks, episode 47 as we look at the fourth issue of Blackest Night!

After that, look for Clinton's show, Coffee and Comics for issue 5.

Issue 6 will be in the Longbox Crusade's episode.

And finally, issues 7 and 8 will be dealt with over on The LanternCast.

Other shows involved:
Waiting For Doom - Doom Patrol issues
Justices First Dawn (Tentatively)- Justice League Issues
Coffee & Comics - Adventure Comics Issues & Untold Tales of the BN

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Thank you once again 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.
Also on the fourth Tuesday of the month, I release my newest show, Bravo Team, which is a companion show to my G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast.

Then, look for Head Speaks,where I'm nearing the end of 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 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.... a commentary track for the Suicide Squad movie.

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!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Episode 44: The Suicide Squad movie commentary

Welcome back Squadmates.  Here is Episode 44: The Suicide Squad movie commentary

Now that the Janus Directive is over, we take a break from the comic books, and watch a movie.

Me and Robert Myers (from the podcast Everyone Loves The Drake and Everyone Loves Young Justice), sit down and watch the Extended Cut of the Suicide Squad movie and record our thoughts.

Image result for suicide squad extended cut
Suicide Squad movie
So, put on some popcorn, pop in the movie and join Robert and myself as we watch the movie and talk about our feelings about it.

When you're done watching the movie, be sure to let me know what you think.

Then once you're done there, head over to Robert's page or download his podcasts and take a listen.


Thank you once again 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.

Further down, I'll list all my podcasts like I normally do, but next month (May), things are going to be a little different.

I've been asked to join a great yearly cross over... JLMay.  Every year a bunch of podcasters join together and talk about some Justice League America stories....  This year, they're looking at Blackest Night.  And I'm joining them.

So next month (May), my schedule is going to be a little off.

First Tuesday, we will see Task Force X and Starman/Manhunter Adventure Hour.
On Task Force X, we'll look at Suicide Squad 67 and Secret Six 17 & 18.  That same week, on Starman/Manhunter Adventure Hour, we'll look at Starman 81 (and not the Will Payton one either).

Then on the second Tuesday, Head Speaks will come out and we'll look at Blackest Night issue 4.

Then the third Tuesday, G.I Joe: A Real American Headcast episode 26 will look at the first part of the Snake-Eyes origin.

Finally, the fourth Tuesday, Bravo Team will be released... this episode is entitled "VS".

Then June we're back on our normal schedule (at this point).

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 I'm nearing the end of 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 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..

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!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Episode 43: The Janus Directive Parts 11 and Epilogue

Welcome back Squadmates.  Here is Episode 43: The Janus Directive Parts 11 and Epilogue

First up this month, we look at Firestorm 87.

Firestorm 87

Firestorm the Nuclear Man #87
Cover Date: July 1989
On Sale Date: May 16, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Dan Raspler

Title: "Freakstorm"
Writer: John Ostrander
Artist: Tom Mandrake
Letterer: Duncan Andrews
Colorist: Nansi Hoolahan
Cover Credits
Artist: Tom Mandrake

Comments: Pages 1-4 of this story occur between pages 19 and 20 of Suicide Squad #30.

Then at fifteen minutes in, we take a look at....
Captain Atom 30

Captain Atom #30
Cover Date: June 1989
On Sale Date: May 2, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00

Editor: Dennis J. O'Neil

Title: "Troubles in Paradise"

Writer: Cary Bates
Writer: Greg Weisman
Penciller: Rafael Kayanan
Inker: Romeo Tanghal
Letterer: Carrie Spiegle (McCarthy)
Colorist: Gene D'Angelo
Cover Credits
Artist: Pat Broderick

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

Then finally, at thirty one minutes in to the show, I go back in time and look at The Brave and The Bold 38, to look at a couple of stories featuring the original Suicide Squad.


Writer/Editor: Robert Kanigher
Penciller: Ross Andru
Inker: Mike Esposito
10 cents for 25 pages (two stories)
Cover: Oct/Nov 61
On Sale: Aug 29, 61
Story 1: Mater of the Dinosaurs (15 pgs)
Story 2: Menace of the Mirage People (10 pg)

Commercials played this episode:
Thank you once again 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.

Then, look for Head Speaks,where I'm nearing the end of 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 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.... a commentary track for the Suicide Squad movie.

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!

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Episode 42: The Janus Directive Parts 9 and 10

Welcome back Squadmates.  Here is Episode 42: The Janus Directive Parts 9 and 10

First up this month, we crack open Checkmate 18....

Checkmate 18

Checkmate #18

Cover Date: June 1989
On Sale Date: April 25, 1989
Cover Price: $1.50
Title: "Knight Fight"

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

Cover Credits
Artist: Gil Kane

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

Synopsis:
After learning that Kobra has pitted several government agencies against one another, the leaders of each agency join forces to oppose the cult leader. The President appoints Sarge Steel to take charge of the operation. Steel divides the resources, consisting of the Checkmate, the Suicide Squad, Firestorm, Captain Atom, Major Force, and Peacemaker into three units. First Firestorm and Captain Atom force Kobra spaceark from orbit, then a second unit consisting of Checkmate and Suicide Squad members board the ship. From inside, Manhunter works to free the hostages held by Kobra, including Dr. Megala. During the attack, Kobra is angered and decides to utilize his microwave weapon to defeat his foes.

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


Suicide Squad 30

Suicide Squad #30
Cover Date: 1989
On Sale Date: May 2, 1989
Cover Price: $1.00

Title: "Endgame"
Writer: John Ostrander
Writer: Kim Yale
Penciller: John K. Snyder III
Inker: Karl Kesel
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Editor: Robert Greenberger


Cover Credits
Artist: Karl Kesel

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

Synopsis:
The combined forces of Checkmate, the Suicide Squad, Project Atom, and several other heroes assault the space ark of Kobra. Inside, the teams find Manhunter who had infiltrated Kobra's ninja army. During the battle Silent Majority and Lady Liberty are both killed. Kobra tries to escape, but Manhunter stops him.

Fearing that the ark will crash into a populated area, Sarge Steel orders a nuclear strike which will kill all those still on board. Firestorm and Captain Atom destroy the missile before it can harm anyone
In the aftermath, the President reorganizes the intelligence community. Sarge Steel, head of the CBI, is appointed as an overseers. Wade Eiling, head of Project Atom, now reports directly to Steel. Harry Stein retains control of Checkmate which is now independent of Task Force X which has been resolved. Peacemaker is assigned to Checkmate. Major Victory is assigned to the Suicide Squad which continues under Amanda Waller's leadership.


Commercials played this episode:
Silver and Gold Podcast

Thank you once again 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.

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 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 conclusion of The Janus Directive.

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

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!