Comics Alternative Webcomics: Reviews of Henchgirl, Huge Hana, and Digger

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Derek and Andy W. are back for another of their monthly webcomics episodes, and for April they discuss three exciting titles, two currently ongoing webcomics and one completed series. They begin with Kristen Gudsnuk’s Henchgirl, the story of a young villain trying to find her way (and her fortune) in a world of super-powered crime. HenchgirlCover4However, her heart and her relationships keep getting in the way, making her a unlikely and often-torn protagonist. As the Two Guys point out, this is more of a relationship-based story than a superhero one, and Gudsnuk is adept at showing the unglamorous and untold side of villainy. Manga-influenced and reminiscent of the style and tone of Scott PilgrimHenchgirl is probably a story aimed at a younger (Millennial?) readership, but it’s humor and playfulness can be enjoyed by all. Next, the guys, not intending to be alliterative this month, discuss another H-heavy webcomic. Huge Hana is a relatively recent title created by Ian Burns, with a first installment posted on December 30, 2013, and an active Patreon campaign underway. As Andy describes it, it is a scientific science-fiction tale with a bit of Attack of the 50 Foot Woman HugeHanaRedPanelsthrown in and complete with devastating meteors, mutations, and enough of a medically based premise to set the Center for Disease Control on edge. It’s the story of a young woman transformed into a giant and in search of answers to her dilemma, all the while trying to navigate a world that now sees her as a monster. Finally, the guys look at what could arguably called a “classic” in webcomics, Ursula Vernon’s Digger. Running from February 2007 to March 2011, Digger is an epic that may have you reaching for your copy of Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces. It involves an anthropomorphic wombat far from home and in an unlikely team-up with the Hindu deity, Ganesh — or at least a wooden statue of the god. Accompanied by an exiled hyena skin painter, a mentally unstable worshipper of Ganesh, and a shadow born of a white bird that just may be a demon, the story’s hero, also known as the Digger-of-Unnecessarily-Convoluted-Tunnels, reluctantly undergoes a journey to uncover the source of evil magic that is gumming up the world. If you’re a fan of such quest narratives as Tolkein’s The Hobbit, Dave Sim’s Cerebus, or Jeff Smith’s Bone, then Digger is definitely a webcomic for you.

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EJDAC Podcast Ep. 21: Out of Order

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Disagreetings! This week Erik & James get into a juicy, spoiler-filled discussion about a few new comic books: Ant-Man #4, Avengers World #19, All-New Hawkeye #2, Howard the Duck #2, Hulk #14, and the extra-large, extra-fun death of the Merc with a Mouth in Deadpool #45 (or #250). This episode is coming out before we record and release Episode 20, because we couldn’t get it together to record over the busy Easter Weekend – but those books will be talked about in a special time travel episode. But nevermind that – tune in to find out that James, even though he loves Philadelphia so damn much, has not spent much time there and has no particular favorite place for Philly cheesesteaks!! (I know, right?) Engage with us! We’re @EJDAC on the tweets, erikandjamesdisagree on the gmail. Recorded on 4.12.15.

Super Hero Speak – #100: Secret Backwater Chinese Moonbase

On their 100th episode Pete, Ben, Dave and John talk Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. They haven’t talked about it in some time so they cover everything from Skye becoming Quake to the “Real” SHIELD going after Coulson. The guys thank you for listening to the last 100 episodes and hope you will listen for a 100 more!

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Comic News Insider Episode 602 – Mighty MoCCA Merriment w/ Dean Haspiel/Seth Kushner/Barbara Stok!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 602 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Convergence #1, Rebels #1, Savior #1, Daredevil, Game of Thrones

It’s the MoCCA recap and Jimmy is joined in studio by Producer Joe and pal Jon Hoche. Jimmy and Joe attended MoCCA Festival over the weekend and experienced some amazing small press comic book goodness! Jimmy interviewed Monica Gallagher, Dean Haspiel, Seth Kushner, Barbara Stok and Jamie Tanner. You’ll hear Dean, Seth and Barbara in this episode and Monica and Jamie in next week’s episode. Jimmy also cheated on CNI by appearing on 2 other podcasts last week. He was part of the annual Jay and Jack charity podcast for Autism Speaks and a guest on his friend Amber’s Vodka O’Clock podcast (available next week). Jimmy and Joe gave their recap and thoughts on this year’s MoCCA. Hint: It rocked! News includes: New Lego Dimensions game from Warner Bros., DC Comics leaves NYC for good, you can relive Superman 2 with Margot Kidder, Agents of SHIELD gets a spin-off, Olivia Munn is cast as Psylocke in upcoming X:Men film, new Spider-Man film will have teenage Spidey/no origin re-telling/new costume with “classic Spidey” feel, Brad Bird is working on The Incredibles 2, Lucy Griffiths joins AMC’s Preacher cast and director Michelle McLaren leaves Wonder Woman film over “creative differences”. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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He’s Got Issues #169: New Comics, 4/15/15

First Five:
1) Convergence #2 (Of 8)
2) Legendary Star-Lord #11
3) Uncanny X-Men #33
4) Thor #7
5) Chrononauts #2

Top Ten:
6) Convergence Supergirl Matrix #1 (Of 2)
7) Convergence Justice League International #1 (Of 2)
8) Convergence Batman Shadow Of The Bat #1 (Of 2)
9) Convergence Superboy #1 (Of 2)
10) Convergence Catwoman #1 (Of 2)

Best of the Rest:
DC COMICS

  • Convergence Aquaman #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Green Arrow #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Green Lantern Parallax #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Suicide Squad #1 (Of 2)
  • Convergence Superman The Man Of Steel #1 (Of 2)
  • The Kitchen #6 (Of 8)

MARVEL COMICS

  • Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #7
  • Deathlok #7
  • Ms. Marvel #14
  • Nova #29
  • Spider-Man And The X-Men #5
  • Superior Iron Man #7
  • Wolverines #14

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Archie Vs Predator #1 (Of 4)

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Star Trek #44

IMAGE COMICS

  • The Fade Out #5

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Bloodshot Reborn #1
  • Unity #17

Trades:

  • Frank Miller’s Ronin Gallery Edition HC
  • Top 10 TP

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He’s Got Issues #169.1: Marvel Comics, 4/15/15


MARVEL COMICS

  • Avengers Millennium #3 (Of 4)
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad #2 (Of 5)
  • Captain America And The Mighty Avengers #7
  • Deathlok #7
  • Legendary Star-Lord #11
  • Loki Agent Of Asgard #13
  • Magneto #17
  • Ms. Marvel #14
  • Nova #29
  • Spider-Man And The X-Men #5
  • Superior Iron Man #7
  • Thor #7
  • True Believers House Of M #1
  • True Believers Old Man Logan #1
  • Uncanny X-Men #33
  • Wolverines #14

Trades:

  • Deadpool Classic Companion TP
  • Fantastic Four Volume 3 Back In Blue TP
  • Marvel Masterworks The Avengers Volume 15 HC
  • Marvel Universe All-New Avengers Assemble Digest Volume 1 TP
  • Men Of Wrath TP
  • Moon Knight Volume 2 Dead Will Rise TP
  • Nova Volume 5 Axis TP
  • Skrulls Must Die The Complete Skrull Kill Krew TP

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