Comics Alternative, Episode 233: Reviews of Afar, Underwinter #1, and Helena Crash #1

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Time Codes:

  • 00:00:29 – Introduction
  • 00:02:30 – Patreon news!
  • 00:04:13 – Listener mail!
  • 00:09:14 – Afar
  • 00:36:46 – Underwinter #1
  • 00:56:10 – Helena Crash #1
  • 01:06:37 – Wrap up
  • 01:07:25 – Contact us

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This week Andy and Derek check out three recent titles for listeners with divergent, yet discerning, tastes. They begin with Leila Del Duca and Kit Seaton’s Afar, an original graphic novel coming out next week from Image Comics. Both of the guys enjoyed the story, although Derek feels that the narration is unbalanced. It’s almost as if the creators hadn’t ultimately decided where to take their fantasy or which character’s perspective they wanted to privilege. Andy feels that this “incompleteness” may be due to future plans for the story, that this may be the first installment in a series of graphic novels.

Next, the Two Guys turn to the first issue in the latest series from Ray Fawkes, Underwinter (Image Comics). While the creator’s art style here is reminiscent of his earlier miniseries, Intersect, the storytelling is more immediate and accessible. In what purports to be an ongoing horror series, this first issue of the initial arc does everything that it needs to do and nicely sets the stage for what’s to come. Both guys are impressed!

Finally, Derek and Andy strike a lighter note with Fabian Rangel Jr and Warwick Johnson Cadwell’s Helena Crash #1 (IDW Publishing). This is a fun story, a futuristic tale in some unspecified world where coffee is illegal. The title character is a smuggler of the banned java, and her fearless, caffeinated attitude, along with the luchador crime boss she freelances for, makes for some wacky reading.

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About Derek Royal

The Comics Alternative is a weekly podcast focused on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. (There’s nothing wrong with the superhero genre…we just want to do something different.) New shows become available every Wednesday…much like the comic books you get. Episodes feature reviews of graphic novels and current ongoing series, discussions of upcoming comics, examinations of collected editions, in-depth analyses of a variety of comics texts, spotlights on various creators and their oeuvre, roundtable discussions with prominent critics and scholars in the field, and interviews with the artists and writers who make all of this possible. Along the way, Andy and Derek will talk about the various books that they are reading; the many pop cultural references that, for better or worse, inform their lives; and the unpredictable (and inexplicable) weirdness that seems to creep into each episode. In essence,The Comics Alternative podcast is brilliantly simple: Two guys with PhDs talking about comics.

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