We watch the 2.5 star “Last Survivors”. It’s a Marvel ep, and that means it’s monstro sized madness. We start with the Riri news, then jump into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 12 brings us Regent, Ghost, and becomes a fun but fairly traditional Marvel Team-Up issue. We like it. AVENGERS 9 premieres the New Wasp-Nadia-who seems to be a fun character, while Jarvis makes the hangar livable. It’s OK. PUNISHER 1 volume…whatever the hell, focuses on one of Frank’s old commanders, nasty face-skinning drug dealers, DEA Agents, and more. we dug it, but the time is not right for us to have anew Frank book. BLACK PANTHER 2 is SUPER complex and you should just read it. it’s worthwhile, but resists summarization in such a small space. BLACK WIDOW 3 is next, having Nat stabbed by a kid, on a mission for the Weeping Lion. The de riguerre flashback style story telling is killing me and it’s use in the ancillary solo box is getting tiresome, really. INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN 3 Howard was right should be a new marvel catchphrase, as Cassie is in fact double crossing him, and the Mandroids have the drop on him, and he gives up. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN9 The Board is revolting, Riri is making armor, Rhodey confronts Yukio, Ninja Girls show up, Doom mak3es maneuvers on Tony’s girl, and Tony’s disappearance was a ruuuuuse…HOWARD THE DUCK 7 is in the Savage Land, and really, you don’t need anymore than that. SILVER SURFER 4 concludes the arc with a moral wash of saving Earth by deleting Zenn-La. It’s a feel good book, and we’re fine with that. THOR 7 gives us Dragon’s blood, Bodolf the untamed, ancient Viking battles, and a lot of really coolness stuff. MS MARVEL 7 is one of the more enjoyable issues as SCIENCE FAIR TIME! comes. It’s Kamala vs Miles with pocket nuke reactors, flying sharks, and more and it turns out as you’d expect. DR STRANGE 8 is a desparate quest for the last crumbs of magic…and it’s not enough. CAPTAIN AMERICA VOLUME 32 1 is exactly what i told you it would be. It’s well done, but you guys have to lay off the parallel story telling, you fucking bastards. SPIDER-WOMAN 7 is next, with Jess back from parallel dimension and fighting her gender swapped self. DAREDEVIL 7 is the Dallas it was all a dream issue. Sigh. CAPTAIN MARVEL 5 is all deception, betrayal, biomechanical viri, and the real traitor is found out as being just a class warrior. We kill it all there.
This week the Two Guys decide to mix up their routine a bit and review nothing but recent #1 issues. They begin with Jonathan Hickman and Tomm Coker’s The Black Monday Murders (Image Comics), a unique take on the crime genre. In this extra-long first issue, Hickman unpacks his premise via design, prose, and visuals, creating a dense narrative world filled with conspiratorial intrigue and anchored in history.
Next, Andy and Derek discuss an even more genre-bending comic, Kingsway West (Dark Horse Comics). Written by Greg Pak and with art by Mirko Colak, the story combines fantasy with the mid-nineteenth-century American West, while at the same time hovering in the territory of alternate history.
Things get more comedic when the guys turn to Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tony Fleecs’s Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth(Oni Press). The eponymous hero is a textbook loser who, through an infamous bout of constipation, is chosen by alien forces to determine the future of Earth. Also, President Obama high fives his Joint Chiefs!
The guys end on a much more explicit note with their last #1 issue, James Kochalka’s Superf*ckers Forever, published by IDW. (And to make their discussion easier, Andy and Derek don’t shy away from using language that may offend more delicate ears.) This is Kochalka’s return to his whacked-out superhero series, complete with Superdan, Ultra Richard, Grotessa, and Wonder Kyle. And yes, Jack Krak is still the motherf*cker.
Right under the monthly promise wire we return with our Suicide Squad review! Join in as Ian Levenstein, Brent Kossina, the LEGENDARY JAMAL IGLE, and Brandon Christopher review the film. The last time these three were together, Brandon heel-turned on Brent over Man of Steel! Will it be the same this time? Find out in this episode! Also included are some DC Rebirth talk, and upcoming DC Movie trailers from Comic-Con.
This week the guys are joined by James Schumacher (Inheritance) and Ken Knudtsen (Wolverine). Together they discuss their new project Of Devils and Men. Plus they talk about true art versus mass produced commercially viable art. So sit back and enjoy!
At San Diego Comic Con, Jimmy sat in on the roundtables for Justice League Action. Among the cast/creative participants were Kevin Conroy and Deidrich Bader. You’ll hear about the upcoming season 1 and what DC heroes and villains might appear. Tune in to find out more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps serves as the central focus of episode 106 of the Podcast of Oa. Co-hosts Myron Rumsey and Bill Giancoli talk about the Rebirth issue of the series as well as the first three regular issues. Bill and Myron share several listener emails received from around the globe, including their takes on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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The Sixth Gun takes place in the old west, shortly after the end of the Civil War. The story centers around a set of six pistols, each imbued with dark powers. The wielder of each pistol gains an ability unique to that weapon, and is tied to the pistol until his or her death. The guns are numbered, with the titular Sixth Gun belonging to one of the story’s protagonists: Becky Montcrief. The other main protagonist is Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a very pragmatic outlook on the guns. The villains of the series include recurring antagonist General Hume, the Knights of Solomon, the Sword of Abraham, and others vying for control of the guns.
This episode features the long-awaited return of Cade (although sadly just for this episode). We have a good solid discussion on the book, along with digressions (and trigressions) into films, opera, and—as apparently always—mystery/crime fiction.
On the next episode of The Long Run we will be reading Scott Pilgrim, by Brian Lee O’Malley.
Our hosts on this episode are Tobiah Panshin, Joe Preti, Adam Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.
For the August manga episode, Shea and Derek go topless…at least that’s a common condition that they sense in the two titles that they discuss this month. They begin with Hiroya Oku’s Inuyashiki, the fourth English-language volume of which was released in June by Kodansha Comics. It’s the story of an older Sad Sack of a salaryman, Ichiro Inuyashiki, whose slowly crumbling life is turned around after contact with an alien life form. As a result of this encounter, his body is replaced with a weapon-grade robotic shell, and over the course the first four volumes, Inuyashiki learns to use his new condition to positively change the lives of others. However, complications arise when another man similarly changed by the same alien encounter decides to use his powers for more nihilist purposes. Shea and Derek spend much time discussing Oku’s art — a clean yet static style — the borderline melodrama of the storytelling, and the fact that Inuyashiki goes around without a shirt much of the time.
After that, the guys turn to their second title of the month, Kenji Tsuruta’s Wandering Island (Dark Horse Manga). This is a quest narrative centered on the discovery of a mythical island in the Pacific that is free floating. The protagonist of this series, Mikura Amelia, owns a small delivery service and pilots a bi-floatplane along the Izu Islands. When she discovers the writings of her dead grandfather about the elusive Electric Island, Mikura sets off with her cat Endeavor to prove its existence. The guys appreciate the protagonist as a fully formed, complex adventuring character, but they disagree slightly about the ways in which Tsuruta represents her. Shea feels that the frequently bikinied Mikura is too often posed specifically for the male gaze, and while Derek agrees with his cohost, to a point, he’s not entirely convinced that Mikura is sexualized for that purpose. Regardless, Wandering Island rests upon a fascinating premise that will have both of the guys coming back to the title for volume two…whenever that publication might be.
The epic space opera Queen Emeraldas from Kodansha is the first release of manga in English by legendary cartoonist Leiji Matsumoto since 2002. Kumar and fellow Matsumoto advocate Ryan Cecil Smith dig into the recently-released first book of the 2-volume series and discuss Matsumoto’s relative obscurity in the West, the brutal morality of life in space, and potato heads on the sea of stars.
John and Drew discuss BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #1 by DC, STAR WARS POE DAMERON #5 by Marvel and BRIGGS LAND #1 by DARK HORSE.
00:44 DC: BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY #1
15:48 Marvel: STAR WARS POE DAMERON #5
29:53 Other: BRIGGS LAND #1 [DARK HORSE]
47:27 General discussion
51:25 Next Week Promo
51:46 Wrap up
52:16 End of episode.
V FOR VENDETTA was a personal podcast for me. As the resident anarchist in ComicsVerse’s stable of commentators, I was both one of the people advocating for an episode about it and one of the most well-prepared on the panel to discuss its political inspiration.
Justin jokes early on that our open discussion is “the strangest of all podcasts,” but to me, as an academic, this discussion felt familiar. V FOR VENDETTA is a sprawling, intellectually dense work that has to be engaged with from a scholarly perspective to be fully appreciated. It’s packed with allusions, political theory, and musings on human nature. We tried our best to meet it on its own terms. Therefore, what makes for one of our most heady podcasts is also one of our most interesting. Those of you who’ve got near the end of your BA or past it will probably find it similar to a seminar in which the professor has an even more dry sense of humor— Justin’s sense of humor —than professors tend to have. Connor, as a Princeton graduate, is able to seamlessly move into our seminar-style discussion. Naturally, ComicsVerse editor Jake Grubman’s post-graduate education in law prepared him well for such a discussion, and of course, Gabby Beans’ reputation as a thinker precedes her, so her thoughtful contributions come as no surprise.
Part of why I hoped that we would do a podcast on V FOR VENDETTA is simply that I love Alan Moore’s work, but I also thought that it was doubly relevant in the present US political climate. It’s relevant to a topic that’s been making the rounds in the news for years: the hacktivist organization Anonymous. And it’s relevant to a much newer topic: the accusation that Donald Trump and his rise are fascistic. Especially with some small degree of confrontation between Anonymous’ and Trumps’ organizations themselves, the questions of whether Trump is a fascist and of whence Anonymous’ inspiration comes are worth asking and discussing. We touch on these topics, and I hope the groundwork that I lay for them myself by attempting to define fascism and anarchism is helpful to listeners. In this way, we hope this podcast allows you to continue these discussions yourselves!
We’re not gonna apologize here: we love The Tick. During the 1980s Rob was a regular customer of the Brockton, MA New England Comics retail store where The Tick was born, Amanda was a fan of the 1990s Fox cartoon that brought the character to national prominence, and we both enjoyed the Patrick Warburton live action show from back in the day when your live action TV superhero choices were The Tick, Smallville or (God help us) Black Scorpion.
So we were excited when Amazon Prime video announced that part of their 2016 comedy pilot season would be a new, live action version of The Tick. And as fans of the character from the days he was a Daredevil parody through his more silly Saturday morning cartoon adventures, we were excited to see the character back in live action… but we really weren’t expecting what we got from the show. It’s a much darker, more psychological take on the character than we’ve seen maybe since the first few Ben Edlund issues of the comic book, and yet still pretty funny. And we had a lot of fun talking about it, on its own merits and in comparison with earlier versions of the character.
What’s that? You don’t have an Amazon Prime membership and you want to see the episode we’re talking about? Well, you can see it for free on your computer, and even find a link to a survey where you can give Amazon your feedback on the show.
We also discuss:
Kingsway West #1, written by Greg Pak with art by Mirko Colak,
Civil War II: Ulysses #1, written by Al Ewing with art by Karl Kesel, and:
Detective Comics #939, written by James Tynion IV with art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira!
And, as usual, the disclaimers:
This show contains spoilers. If you don’t want to know whether Warren Ellis fan Al Ewing spends more time developing the character of Warren Ellis’s Karnak or Brian Michael Bendis’s Ulysses, consider yourself officially warned. You don’t need to be warned, but you are.
This show contains adult, profane language, and is therefore not safe for work. Let’s just say that, “Spoon!” is not the strongest word we shout during the show. Consider ear buds.