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

Time Codes:

  • 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 192: Reviews of Limbo, Weird Detective #1, and Control #1

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Well-Handled Weirdness

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The Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics are back to give you another ear-full of good quality comics talk, and this week the focus is on noir weirdness. They begin with the collected trade edition of Limbo (Image Comics). Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard’s six-issue limited series ran from November 2015 to April of this year, but last week the TPB was released. It’s the story of Clay, a cynical and world-worn detective who finds himself stuck in a strange world whose origins are a mystery. Andy W. and Derek liken this book to a voodoo-infused version of Videodrome, and the guys are particularly struck by by Wijngaard’s neon palette and his occasional metafictional page layouts.

And while Limbo injects more than enough weirdness into its noir, it’s easily rivaled by the Lovecraftian flair of Fred Van Lent and Guiu Vilanova’s Weird Detective #1 (Dark Horse Comics). The first issue in this miniseries introduces us to Detective Sebastian Greene, a heretofore mundane investigator whose recent display of uncanny abilities at detecting confound his partner, Sana Fayez, and their superiors. The strangeness is compounded by a string of unusual crimes that are sure to appeal to fans of the Great Old Ones.

Finally, Derek and Andy wrap up with a more conventional noir narrative, Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank, and Andrea Mutti’s Control #1 (Dynamite Entertainment). While this one doesn’t have the genre-bending, otherworldly twists of this week’s other titles, it nonetheless concerns an unfathomable dark region. Not electric voodoo or Cthulhu, but Washington, D.C. politics. At least that’s what the guys gather from this first installment in this six-issue series. As Andy and Derek point out, Diggle is an old hat at this kind of storytelling, and this helps explain why Control is perhaps the most tightly woven narrative they look at this week. And from the information found on the copyright page, this looks like a series with a promise of multiple volumes, something akin to Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s Criminal. At least the Two Guys hope.

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Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 166 (5/15/11)

No Pick Of The Week, but we have a wonderful Fast Five! Picks include Daredevil: Reborn #4 (Marvel), Batman Incorporated #6 (DC), CHEW #27 (Image), FF #3 (Marvel), and R.E.B.E.L.S. #28 (DC).

This episode has been brought to you by, VALKYRIE SQUADRON!

Event: NYCC 2010 – Vertigo Panel Bootleg

While at the New York Comic Convention 2010 I (Adam) sat one full panel.  That panel was Vertigo: On the Edge.  Why that panel? Chrissie Zullo.  While there I sat along side CBR reporter, Karl Kelly.  He was recording the panel for his notes, so I thought I’ll record this thing from the audience guerilla style and see what I get.

Those in attendence include the following plus many more: Brian AzzarelloAndy DiggleChrissie Zullo, Scott Snyder, andMike Carey

Podcast Link: http://www.thedollarbin.net/shows/event-nycc-2010-vertigo-panel-bootleg.html

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 112 (1/31/10)

Holy hell did a lot of comics come out this week! Pick of the Week goes to Geoff Johns & Doug Mahnke for Green Lantern #50 (DC). Fast Five picks include New Avengers #61 (Marvel), Gotham City Sirens #8 (DC), Daredevil #504 (Marvel), Detective Comics #861 (DC), and Avengers: The Initiative #32 (Marvel).

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