Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Episode 13: Suicide Squad 5 The Flight of the Firebird

Welcome back Squadmates!

Well here it is... Episode 13: Suicide Squad 5 The Flight of the Firebird

This episode we talk about...  yeah, you guessed it.. Issue 5 of Suicide Squad.
Suicide Squad number 5
Cover Date: September 1987
On Sale Date: June 23, 1987
Cover Price: $0.75

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Luke McDonnell
Inker: Robert Lewis
Letterer: Todd Klein
Colorist: Carl Gafford

And like an idiot, I forgot to mention on the show:
Penciller: Luke McDonnell
Inker: Robert Lewis

Editor: Robert Greenberger
Title: "The Flight of the Firebird"
Pages: 22

Reprinted In:
Suicide Squad:Trial by Fire TPB (2011)

This issue our team has to break in to a Russian prison to extract a political prisoner!

Also, we have a Character Profile from last month's guest villain, CHRONOS!

Chronos fight The Atom!

And once again a little self pimping....
Not only can you find me on Task Force X and Head Speaks, but as I said last month, I am on the latest episode of Comic Book Fight Club podcast, where we pit The Suicide Squad against The A-Team.

Also coming up in about 2 weeks or so, I will be appearing on Secret Origins episode 14 where me and Ryan discuss the Secret Origin of... The Suicide Squad.
Though, you should be listening to that show anyways (after mine of course) as Ryan is doing a great job covering this fantastic series!

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.

As you might have noticed, you can now get directly to our page by going to taskforcex.headspeaks.com.  You can still go to http://headspeaks.com and click on Headcasts to get to the embedded Stitcher player.

Other news for the Headcast family...

Myself, previous guest Ryan Daly and Kyle Benning have teamed up and have started a new HEADCAST!  Well, technically I started it and Ryan and Kyle are my mostly normal guest hosts...   Anyways...  the new Headcast is entitled: G.I. Joe: A Real American Headcast.

The 0 episode has been released where I give an overview of the show, talk about the cartoon, the comics, the toys and so on.
Then next month, me and my guest hosts will return where we cover the first issue of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.
Then join us monthly as we cover an issue an month.
We'll also be covering the Special Missions, Yearbooks, Order of Battle, etc.
It can be found on the website, iTunes, and Stitcher Radio!

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

Be sure to return next month and listen as we talk about Suicide Squad number 6 and the exciting conclusion of this storyline!

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  1. The Russian story arc in issues #5-7 is probably my favorite Suicide Squad story out of the twenty-or-so issues I've read. This issue was mostly set-up but it did a great job of positioning the characters and establishing the tension that would continue to mount as the Squad's situation got progressively worse (and the story progressively better).

    The editorial note that Penguin's previous appearance was in Batman Annual #11--that was a story illustrated by Norm Breyfogle, his first published Batman story, in fact.

    1. Thanks for the information on Batman Annual 11. I know I read that story previously, but I didn't realize it was Norm Breyfogle's first Batman story.

      And yeah, usually as the Squad's situation would get worse, the stories would get better. 8)

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