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!

Comics Alternative Interviews: Karen Berger

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  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:03:01 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:46 – Interview with Karen Berger
  • 01:15:04 – Wrap up
  • 01:17:14 – Contact us

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Paul and Derek are excited to have Karen Berger on The Comics Alternative. The first release from her new Dark Horse Comics imprint, Berger Books, occurs next week, and the guys talk with Karen on the cusp of this event. The Two Guys ask their guest about the genesis of Berger Books as well as her efforts in launching new titles — such as Hungry Ghosts, Incognegro: Rennaisance, Mata Hari, and The Seeds — and securing impressive talent. But they also talk with Karen about her time working at DC Comics and establishing the industry-defining Vertigo brand. This is a fun and informative interview, and Karen Berger is one of the most engaging and pleasant guests the Two Guys have ever had on the podcast.

Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #157: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., DC on TV and Joker’s Daughter

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On this podcast we review the premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Then we talk about some upcoming DC Comics shows like Gotham and Constantine. Plus, we review The Dark Knight #23.4 (The Joker’s Daughter #1). Listen in!

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Two True Freaks! Episode 269 – Star Wars Monthly Monday 42

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After a month with the monkey, The Freaks are back on format!!

That means new reviews of Marvel Star Wars and Indiana Jones comics!  Whoo-hoo!!  But first — there’s some housecleaning,  some thank yous to the listeners, Chris plugs the Two True Freaks Tumblr page, and Scott catches up on his Star Wars Expanded Universe book reviews. 

Also, Chris runs afoul of a Sith child at a garage sale , the much-anticipated Star Wars Celebration event is discussed, and Scott goes to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends (and brings back some awesome surprises)!!

Then, it’s on to the comics!!  Unfortunately, these aren’t the most stellar issues ever reviewed on this show, but that just means that The Freaks have to pull out their greatest defense mechanism – HUMOR!

It’s a MASSIVE EPISODE!  MASSIVE!

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Back To The Bins! #59

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Disenfranchised by the modern comics industry, Scott Gardner and Michael Bailey (of “Views From The Longbox” and “From Crisis To Crisis: A Superman Podcast” fame) now ply the timestream in a never-ending quest to re-discover and re-connect with that unique brand of fun and excitement that can only truly be found in good ol’ fashioned randomly-selected Comic Book back issues!! Journey with them now…back…Back To The Bins!!

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