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"Defective, Part 2": Victor Sage begs the Secretary of Defence to have him moved off of Task Force X onto a different project, citing his inability to work with Amanda Waller as justification. Unfortunately, the Secretary warns th


Quote1 This one was supposed to go better. I thought with Sage not here, not getting in my way... I just wanted this one to go according to plan. Quote2
-- Amanda Waller



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Synopsis for "Defective, Part 2"

Victor Sage begs the Secretary of Defence to have him moved off of Task Force X onto a different project, citing his inability to work with Amanda Waller as justification. Unfortunately, the Secretary warns that he can't make that move so soon after appointing Victor to the Task Force, or it will reflect badly on the department. Besides, it's Victor's job to make it work between himself and Waller - so he should do that.

Meanwhile, in China, the Suicide Squad have come upon a laboratory full of unfinished manufactured metahumans, and thanks to Harley Quinn's clumsiness, the creatures have escaped, and are on the attack. As leader, Black Manta orders Reverse-Flash to place the explosive charges they were tasked with planting by himself while the others deal with the freaks. Unfortunately, Reverse-Flash is no Flash, and the exertion causes his knee to rupture.

Hearing this news bothers Amanda Waller, who had hoped that without Sage bothering her, the mission would go well. Her assistant Bonnie's attitude does not comfort her. Frustrated, she demands to know what Bonnie wants, and the woman explains that she was going to do a food run. Reticently, Amanda asks only for a salad, but reconsiders, and goes for the highly recommended pulled pork.

Back at Washington, D.C., Victor Sage has a drink at a bar, where a stranger in a suit comments that he can tell Victor's having a tough day. To Victor's surprise, he admits that he already knows about Task Force X due to his company's high level of government clearance. In fact, it was his company who rebuilt Belle Reve. He suggests that he can help Victor get what he wants - the stability that working for the government denies, and offers his card.

The commotion in the laboratory jostles one dormant metahuman into a boot-sequence, while Manta gets to Reverse-Flash's side and orders the others to place the rest of the charges - but they're too overwhelmed to comply. Fortunately, the retinue of Man-Bat Commandos they brought with them arrive to thin the ranks somewhat, and give Harley and Boomerang the berth they need to place the charges. With as many planted as they can before being overwhelmed again, Manta leads everyone to their van, and they speed off as he presses the detonator switch - just as the boot sequence reaches 100%.

The one, complete metahuman survives the explosion, but the devastation and death left in its wake horrifies him. Using enhanced vision, he spies the escaping van and vows revenge.



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  • This book was first published on January 14, 2015.
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