Comics Alternative, Episode 290: A Discussion of the James Bond Comics Published by Dynamite Entertainment

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  • 00:00:26 – Introduction
  • 00:02:36 – Setting a James Bond context
  • 00:04:59 – A discussion of the James Bond comics published by Dynamite Entertainment
  • 00:59:59 – Wrap up
  • 01:01:43 – Contact us

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Bond. James Bond.

This week’s episode of The Comics Alternative is special. Gwen and Derek devote their entire show to the the James Bond comics that have been coming out from Dynamite Entertainment for the past few years. They begin the show by sharing some of their own experiences with the James Bond franchise and how much it was a part of their childhoods. Then they get into the core of the show, discussing the eight James Bond trades, along with the recent six-issue The Body, that have been released since 2016. While they are unable to talk in detail about all of the works — after all, there’s a lot to cover — they nonetheless provide a broad overview of the various elements, themes, and styles that define Dynamite’s James Bond, plunging into deeper readings whenever possible. The various works they cover, along with the creators and years of trade publication, include:

  • Vargr – Warren Ellis and Jason Masters   2016
  • Eidolon – Warren Ellis and Jason Masters  2017
  • Hammerhead – Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida  2017
  • Black Box – Benjamin Percy and Ralph Lobosco. 2017
  • Felix Leiter – James Robinson and Aaron Campbell. 2017
  • Kill Chain – Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida  2018
  • Casino Royale – Van Jensen and Dennis Calero  2018
  • Case Files – Various creators (including the one-shots Service, Moneypenny, Solstice, and M)  2018
  • The Body – Ales Kot and various artists  2018

Comics Alternative, Episode 288: Reviews of Five Recent #1 Issues

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This is a special episode of The Comics Alternative, as it’s the guys’ sixth anniversary! The podcast began on August 1, 2012, and Paul and Derek discuss some of the things they’ve done over the past six years, the number of episodes they’ve published, the amount of interviews they’ve conducted, etc. It’s a celebratory time, and the Two Guys hope that listeners will join in on the celebration and chime in with some of their favorite moments from The Comics Alternative‘s past.

After a brief discussion of the podcast’s anniversary, Paul and Derek then leap into the episode’s core, a discussion of five recent #1 titles. They begin with Ann Nocenti and David Aja’s The Seeds, the latest in Dark Horse Comics’ Berger Books imprint. The guys are fascinated by this first issue, not only with Nocenti’s multi-layered storytelling, but also with Aja’s signature art and design. They then look at the first issue of Tini Howard and Nick Robles’s Euthanauts, part of IDW Publishing’s Black Crown imprint. While they’re intrigued by the series’ premise, they’re not entirely sure if this is a successful #1 issue. There are confusing moments and, arguably, too many unanswered questions that dampen any desire to read on before the trade.

After that, Paul and Derek discuss two recent #1 titles from Image Comics. First, they look at Aleš Kot and Tradd Moore’s The New World, an intriguing futuristic narrative that juggles contemporary socio-political concerns along with a Romeo and Juliet-inspired storyline. They also review the first issue of Mirka Andolfo’s Unnatural, an erotic — but tasteful — anthropomorphic tale that was originally published in Italian and now is available as a limited series.

Finally, the guys wrap up with the first issue of Cullen Bunn and Jonas Scharf’s Bone Parish (BOOM! Studios). This appears to be a horror title — after all, that’s primarily what Bunn is known for — but as Paul and Derek point out, this first issue reads more as a crime mystery than it does horror. It’s an interesting premise, one that the guys are curious to see unfold.

So enjoy this week’s episode, and celebrate The Comics Alternative‘s sixth anniversary!

Episode 265: Reviews of The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head, Days of Hate #1, and Vinegar Teeth # 1

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Darkness, Cthulhu, and the Alt-Right

On this week’s review episode, Gene and Derek discuss recent titles that are quite varied in tone and narrative approach. They begin with  David Gaffney and Dan Berry’s The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing). This is a somewhat surreal, and dark, look at a young woman and her various relationships with men. The memories of these encounters are something she apparently cannot let go of, and this is represented deftly through the metaphor of rooms and psychological compartmentalization. The guys like the fact that the story ends ambiguously — and with happy elves, no less! — but they’re not too sure what to make of the sudden shift in point of view about two thirds of the way through.

The Two Guys follow this with a very timely new title. Days of Hate #1, written by Aleš Kot and with art by Danijel Žeželj (Image Comics), is set in the year 2022, a time after some sort of civil war takes place in the US — we’re not sure yet of the details surrounding this conflict — and it apparently has resulted, or perhaps even caused by, the rise of extremist or alt-right groups in America. In this inaugural installment, we’re introduced to several characters on various ends of the political spectrum, some of which have intermingled and contentious pasts. There are many questions set up and left unanswered in this first issue, but that doesn’t detract from the intrigue and motivation to continue on with the series.

And what better way to follow up a story on the alt-right than a discussion of monstrous Lovecraftian mayhem? This is exactly what you’ll find in Damon Gentry and Troy Nixey’s Vinegar Teeth #1 (Dark Horse Comics).It’s a strange and wacky tale revolving around a schmucky, but effective, cop named Artie Buckle. An undercover assignment he’s on is almost ruined when a Cthulhu-like creature pierces his world’s dimension, with the unlikely result that the city’s mayor makes this creature a police officer and assigns him as Artie’s partner. What transpires is the beginning of a weird buddy cop story with interdimensional, and narratively warped, potential.

Comics Alternative, Episode 261: Reviews of Generation Gone, Vol. 1, Assassinistas #1, and Love and Rockets IV #4

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Hackers, Assassins, and Locas

This week Gwen and Derek take a look at three recent and exciting titles. They begin with the first trade collection of Aleš Kot and André Lima Araújo’s Generation Gone (Image Comics). This initial volume establishes the premise of the intriguing series. The story focuses on three hackers who attempt to get into government systems, are discovered, and “infected” with genetic codes that give them supernatural powers. Gwen points out that, in some ways, this narrative is reminiscent of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, although as Derek mentions, Kot and Araújo’s world isn’t anything post-apocalyptic. This first volume introduces what promises to be an engaging series and whets readers’ appetites for what may follow.

Next, the Two People with PhDs Talking about Comics turn to the first of two Hernandez-infused comics covered this week. The first is Gilbert Hernandez and Tini Howard’s Assassinistas #1, part of IDW Publications’ and Shelly Bond’s Black Crown imprint. The debut issue introduces us to three former assassins, two of which — at least as far as we know — have left that life and are attempting to “go legitimate” and live a normal life. However, drama erupts when one of the team, Charlotte “Scarlet” La Costa, has her son kidnapped, bringing another team member, Octavia “Red October” Price, back into a life she thought she had left behind her. And what of the third member of this one-time trio, Rosalyn “Blood” Diamond?  Both of the cohosts enjoyed this title, although the paratextual material in the back of this issue, commentary from editor Shelly Bond, is a bit conspicuous and doesn’t add much.

Finally, Derek and Gwen wrap up by discussing the latest issue of Love and Rockets IV (Fantagraphics). This fourth issue picks up with the various storylines that both Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez have established going back to the previous Love and Rockets annuals. For Jaime, this means continuing the Princess Animus and Isle narratives, as well as giving us glimpses into both Maggie’s and Hopey’s pasts growing up in Hoppers. And then there’s Derek’s favorite part of this issue, a two-page focus on Ray that follows up on the events in The Love Bunglers. Gilbert’s contributions gives us a brief glimpse into Killer’s career choices, but there is also a Pipo storyline where this foundational character tries to come to terms with a relationship she once had in Palomar. In fact, in extended flashbacks, we’re taken back to “classic” Palomar and characters we haven’t seen for quite a while. But as Derek points out, one of the most striking things about this issue is that we see little of Fritz…and no mention at all of any Fritz imitators. A rarity in recent Love and Rockets issues!

Comics Alternative, Episode 150: Reviews of The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane, Wolf, and Americatown

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Genre Goodness for All!

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics look at three recent titles, each one an example of genre mash-up. They begin with a new book that isn’t really so new. Philippe Druillet’s The 6 Voyages of Lone Sloane (Titan Comics) is actually a reprint of a series of stories originally published in the Franco-Belgian comics magazine Pilote between 1970 and 1971, and then later made available to English speakers through both Dark Horse Comics and NBM. Each short narrative centers on the titular character, a space wanderer/adventurer who encounters a variety of pirates, robotic threats, despotic rulers, and space gods along his multi-dimensional journeys. Druillet’s style is colorful, lush, and baroque, demonstrating much of the cultural psychedelia of the time, and the artwork is nicely showcased through the bandes dessinées format in which Titan Comics chose to publish this LoneSloaneedition. Derek and Gene discuss in some detail Druillet’s non-traditional panel layout and how he utilizes the mise-en-page to both generate meaning in unique ways and demonstrate a playfulness engaging reader expectations. This is the first in a series of Lone Sl0ane narratives that Titan will reproduce, the next two featuring his adventures originally published in 1972’s Delirius. After these fantasy-inspired space quests, the guys turn their attention to something more earth-bound, although not necessarily of this world. Ales Kot and Matt Taylor’s Wolf (Image Comics) is a curious blend of supernatural and noir conventions featuring werewolves, vampires, ghosts, demons, Cthulu, and possibly the Antichrist. The second issue was just released, so Gene and Derek are able to discuss this new series with quite a number of pages under their belts. Ironically, though, the guys aren’t entirely sure what’s going on in this title, despite the almost-60-pages first issue and the regularly sized second. Kot and Taylor have laid out their narrative groundwork, for the most part, but there just isn’t much that happens in these first two issues. Despite the intriguing premise and the promise of socio-cultural pertinence, this may be a title that reads better in trade…or so Gene and Derek wonder. An inaugural issue with much more action can be found in Bradford Winters, Larry Cohen, and Daniel Irizarri’s Americatown #1 (BOOM! Studios/Archaia). What drew the guys to this new series is its premise, a futuristic or alternative world where U.S. citizens become illegal immigrant workers in other countries, sending back their earnings to provide for their families while they evade the surveillance and deportation. Given recent political news — thanks largely to that paragon of civil discourse, Donald Trump — Americatown is a timely speculation on national boundaries and economic survival. Gene especially appreciates Irizarri’s art, and it is for this reason, as well, that both he and Derek are likely to return regularly to this eight-issue limited series and not wait for it to be collected.

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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #215: Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Wolf! Weirdworld!

Sharknado 3 Review

On this podcast we talk about Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! #AprilLives or #AprilDies? Tough question. Then we review Wolf #1 and Weirdworld #2. Listen in!

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Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #177: Flash TV, Cap 3 vs. Batman vs. Superman and Comic Reviews!

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On this podcast we talk about The Flash’s new costume. Tight enough for you? Then some Captain America 3 news, and reviews for Captain Marvel #1, Magnus: Robot Fighter #1 and Secret Avengers #1. Listen in!

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Comic Timing – Episode 152

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According to Brent, this episode is titled, “The Back-Up Plan: The All Bitching Episode.” Although we do a lot more than just bitch, I promise. Brent and I are joined by Mr. Raphael Soohoo as we discuss The Flash’s new TV outfit, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the season so far (including the Sif episode), The Lego Movie, Brent’s review of Justice League: War, the official cancellation of Beware The Batman!, the announcement of the Arkham Knight game, my thoughts on Fables: The Worlf Among Us, and plenty more. We also review some comics, including Forever Evil #6, Superman/Wonder Woman #6 both She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel #1, Secret Avengers, Image Comics’ Zero and some other stuff here and there.

As a warning, there was a chirping noise that kept recurring throughout the recording. We couldn’t trace the source, so it’s there throughout. I did my best to get rid of it whenever possible, but it’s still there occasionally. Shouldn’t be too loud or annoying, I swear! Also, next week we should be joined by Sean and Jim of Raging Bullets, as due to power outages we had to push their episode back a week. So barring any other weird weather, it shall be done!

As always – we are sponsored by DCBS! That’s right! Discount Comic Book Service! All comics from major publishers like Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse are 40% off or more. And hardcovers and trade paperbacks from Marvel and DC are at least 50% off! Plus, be sure to check out their Comixology digital storefront for even further savings!

You can e-mail the show at comictiming@gmail.com and be sure to Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ComicTiming. Thanks, and we’ll catch you next time!

Ultimate Facepalm: UFP 1st Birthday, Prisoners movie review and New York Comic Con

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We have officially turned One Year old! And with age comes wisdom…. But while we’re still waiting for that to come around, here’s the show.

 

Channel 10’s ‘Wake Up’ is now the latest disaster to arrive on our TVs

Love from our Crew and some favourite moments on the show

 

UFP Crew Questions

–          Potential Disney/DC crossovers

–          Confusing lists of Men

–          We explain the rules of “Knifey-Spooney”

–          DC Villains month wrap up

–          Comic recommendations

–          The future of UFP

 

Abysmal Hercules Trailer!

The man who donated Crystal Meth to flood victims

Sir Anthony Hopkins love letter to Bryan Cranston

 

Movie Review: Prisoners

 

Nerd News (@ 1 hour 7 mins)

–          Shit Nerds Never Say

–           NEW YORK COMIC CON!!!!

–          Plush Rocket Racoon now on Ebay for $110!

–          Miracle Man returns!!!!

–          Silver Surfer ongoing by Dan Slott and Mike Allred

–          Fantastic Four wrap up and re-launch

–          Secret Avengers by Ales Kot and Michael Walsh

–          Loki: Agent of Asgard by Al Ewing and Lee Garbett

–          Punisher by Nathan Edmundson and Mitch Gerads

–          Elektra by Zeb Wells and Mike Del Mundo

–          Ghost Rider by Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore

–          New Warriors by Chris Yost and Marcus To

–          She Hulk by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido

–          All New X-Factor by Peter David and Carmine Di Giandomenico

–          Marvel – Revolutionary War

–          Avengers Undercover by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker

–          DC: Five years later

–          Detective Comics 75th Anniversary: Frank Miller returns

–          Batman Eternal – Stephanie Brown returns

–          Green team, Vibe and Katana cancelled

–          Kevin Smith and Walt Flanagan Batman miniseries

–          Transformers/GI Joe Series by IDW

–          Greg Rucka: Veil by Dark Horse

–          Ant Man: Joseph Gordon Levitt or Paul Rudd

–          Zach Whedon on a Serenity follow up for Dark Horse

–          Watch Dogs delayed until Q2 2014

–          Australians excited about PS4, other next gens not so much

Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #156: Injustice: Gods Among Us, Zero and Buzzkill Reviews

Episode #156

On this podcast we talk The Walking Dead spinoff, the Agent Carter TV series(?), and wrap it up with reviews for Injustice: Gods Among Us #36, Zero #1 and Buzzkill #1. Comics! Listen in!

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Where Monsters Dwell 262 with Ales Kot

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This week on your LIVE comics radio program of choice, we welcome comic writer Ales Kot to the Monster Cave. Ales will be joining us to chat about his new book, ZERO coming from Image Comics. The series focuses on super-spy Edward Zero and follows his 20 year career in war. Each issue will feature art from a different illustrator and be a stand-alone story. Sound too good to be true? Tune in to find out.

If you have a question for Ales kot, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.

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Pacific Rim review, Oldboy and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will be extraordinarily horrible

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NSFW!!!

 

PHEW! Long-ass show today! Lots to get through so here you go!

 

New Simpsons might be turning it around

Coining phrases such as “One-handed Ad” and “Gayer than Baz Luhrmann’s browsing history”

The “Jobs” cardboard cut-out may make you not want to see the movie

Another reason why we do the Podcast is revealed (and it’s in relation to a highly implausible scenario)

New vids are up on our YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/UltimateFacepalmUFP

Assholes….. Just….. assholes.

 

NEWS!

Sh*thead DJ who drove nurse to kill herself is now suing her employers

Getting SO drunk you want to pretend you’re Rebel Wilson

Here’s one for you for free, DON’T visit the Legoland Discovery Centre at the Ontario tourism centre without a child with you

 

MOVIE REVIEWS!

Pacific Rim

Despicable Me 2

 

UPF CREW QUESTIONS!

Kick Ass 2 review shall be forthcoming

RIPD Movie

Vin Diesel meeting with Marvel

Which was worse; Nic Cage in Ghost Rider or Shaq in Steel?

 

NERD NEWS! @ 1 hour 30 mins

Oldboy remake

Ales Kot off Suicide Squad

Andrew Hope to write an ongoing Fantomex series

Fox to pick up League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series (and it will more than likely horrible)

Curse of Chucky will be released to no audience

Live action Jungle Book adaptation

Sandman Overture, 6 issues being released bi-monthly

New TV spot for Agents of SHIELD

Smash Brothers will now be streaming

Rockstar Job listing hints at PC port for GTA5

Assassin’s Creed IV manga to be released in Jump X on August 10

Game releases for the week:

 

–          11 July 2013

         Star Wars Pinball

         Wii U

 

         Toki Tori 2

         PC

 

         Tiny Thief

         iPhone

 

–          12 July 2013

         Dynasty Warriors 8

         Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

 

–          14 July 2013

         Mega Man Unlimited

         PC

Six Gun Gorilla, Reef Doctors officially sucks and Howard Sattler: Clod of the Highest Order

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Turning Japanese perhaps? I really think so. At least no-one can say we don’t cater to international markets!

Now on with the retardedness!

 

SUPANOVA!!!

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“What do you think of The Hoff being here?”

1 like = 1 respect…. What the f*ck are you talking about?

We shed a pink eye on the latest Japanese trend; Worming

We are three times more optimal than the average podcast

 

UFP Crew Questions and Talk Topics!

In-game walkthroughs

Jimi Hendrix Vs Stevie Ray Vaughn

Rupert Murdoch: P*ssy Hunter

Jaden Smith’s Eyebrows

Insulting a Podblocked host (upon their request!)

Basking Sharks….. We aren’t sure why the f*ck

The Digital Comic Revolution

Hi Alison Grad Jones! You made us talk about Man of Steel

We would rather see Taylor Swift than Fear Factory

Complimenting a Podblocked host (upon another podcast’s request)

Beating off to your daughter that you didn’t know was yours (stick with us on this one!)

 

NEWS!

It’s official! Reef Doctors is a bona-fide piece of shit! (Amongst many other shows we have touted as garbage)

Celebrities being slacktivist blowhards…. Plus the Robocop statues!

UFP of the Week runner up: Worst car thief ever!

UFP of the Week: Howard Sattler, f*cking clod of the highest order

 

NERD NEWS!!!

Comic reviews!

–          Superman Unchained

–          Batman #21

–          The American Vampire Anthology

–          The Wake

–          The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

–          Six Gun Gorilla

Sons of Anarchy comic via Boom studios

Astonishing Captain America

New Defenders of the Earth comic

Jonathan Hickman’s God is Dead via Avatar Press

Journey into Mystery ending???

Matt Fraction’s Sex Criminals (a MUST for pre-orders as they WILL sell out!)

Zero by Ales Kot

Reality Check from Image

300: Rise of an Empire trailer

Man of Tai Chi trailer

Alpha Papa (Alan Partridge Movie) trailer

Iain Banks RIP

Yes, we are getting a 65 year old Terminator

IGN people’s choice for E3 goes to: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Final Fantasy XV looks incredible!

Xbox One/Microsoft response for “always online” and used games

PS4 will be region free and a removable/upgradable 500GB hard drive

Ouya sh*t fight