Deconstructing Comics #525: Comics and Politics

Comics and PoliticsIn the wake of the 2016 presidential election, with a result that many found unexpected and disturbing, Emmet and John discuss various comics that have commented on politics and on government gone bad, including V for Vendetta; X-men: God Loves, Man Kills; Ex Machina; Prez; Transmetropolitan; Nemesis the Warlock; American Flagg; Congressman John Lewis’ March; and more.

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Comic News Insider Episode 666 – Best of 2015!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 666 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Best of 2015! Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2015 favorites in comic books, TV and film. They didn’t read or watch everything released that year, so it’s just the Best of what they did read/watch. Fun discussions on great comics, their creators, TV shows, films, actors and more. What were your favorites last year? Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 48: “Interns Take Over!” — BITCH PLANET

It’s not everyday that you get to participate in one of your first ever podcasts when you have been loving podcasts for years AND you get to do it on one of your favorite comic books ever written. So if I sound a little excited chock it all up to that, but without further ado this is the BITCH PLANET podcast which stars me, Jamie Rice, and my fellow bitches Brian Delpozo and Kathy Wisneski. Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by the amazing Valentine De Landro, BITCH PLANET is a story set in the not so distant future about a group of women that have been sent anyway to the Auxiliary Compliance Outpost a.k.a. Bitch Planet for offenses that range from obesity to non-compliancy.

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I think it’s pretty clear from that description what exactly BITCH PLANET is in dialogue with, but if you have an ever growing desire to listen to people talk about the metaphorical resonances of science fiction and what exactly it means to be an angry feminist than this certainly the podcast for you. With only four issues printed (but five is coming very soon!), BITCH PLANET has already managed to take note of many different tropes, and as my favorite Bitch Brian dutifully noted it doesn’t make a joke of a trope, but instead takes a trope and makes it feel real (I know it sounds complicated, but if you listen to the podcast I know it will be more clear).

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We also got a chance to talk about what makes Valentine De Landro’s art simultaneously smartly retro and real, and about the ways that BITCH PLANET is a large operatic metaphor while at the same time being a completely realistic reflection of the way that women are treated by men and the way women treat each other in our patriarchal society. If for some reason you have not read BITCH PLANET and are curious about whether or not there is anything there then this is a great podcast to listen to or if you read it and didn’t feel like you got anything out of it I have to say that this conversation enriched me as someone who has read the comics more than once. Basically, it’s worth a listen and all non-compliant bitches are welcome.

The following members of the ComicsVerse family participated in this podcast episode:
Kathleen Wisneski, Jamie Rice and Brian Delpozo

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He’s Got Issues #171.3: Independents, 4/29/15

BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Big Trouble In Little China #10
  • Burning Fields #4 (Of 8)
  • Hit 1957 #2 (Of 4)
  • Munchkin #4
  • Plunder #3 (Of 4)
  • Rocket Salvage #5 (Of 5)
  • Steven Universe Greg Universe Special #1 (One Shot)

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Captain Midnight #22
  • Conan Red Sonja #4 (Of 4)
  • Conan The Avenger #13
  • Order Of The Forge #1 (Of 3)
  • PastAways #2
  • Resident Alien The Sam Hain Mystery #0 (Of 3)

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Battlestar Galactica Six #4 (Of 5)
  • Blood Queen Vs Dracula #3 (Of 4)
  • Devilers #6 (Of 7)
  • King Jungle Jim #3 (Of 4)
  • Twilight Zone Shadow And Substance #4

IDW PUBLISHING

  • G.I. JOE #8
  • Garbage Pail Kids Fables Fantasy And Farts #1 (One Shot)
  • Haunted Horror #16
  • Jem And The Holograms #2
  • Judge Dredd #29
  • My Little Pony Fiendship Is Magic #5 (Of 5)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #45
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures #22
  • Transformers More Than Meets The Eye #40

IMAGE COMICS

  • Alex + Ada #14
  • Bitch Planet #4
  • The Fuse #12
  • Invincible #119
  • Mice Templar V Night’s End #2 (Of 5)
  • Morning Glories #45
  • Outcast By Kirkman And Azaceta #8
  • Red One #2
  • Rumble #5
  • Skullkickers #32
  • Spread #7
  • Sunstone Volume 2 GN
  • They’re Not Like Us #5
  • Wayward #7
  • Witchblade #182

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Quantum And Woody Must Die #4 (Of 4)

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  • The Walking Dead Volume 23 TP

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He’s Got Issues #158: New Comics, 1/28/15


First Five:
1) Batman #38
2) Spider-Man 2099 #8
3) Uncanny X-Men #30
4) Uncanny Avengers #1
5) Sex Criminals #10

Top Ten:
6) Batman Eternal #43
7) New Avengers #29
8) Multiversity Guidebook #1
9) Thor #4
10) Gotham By Midnight #3

Best of the Rest:
DC COMICS

  • Arkham Manor #4
  • Bodies #7 (Of 8)
  • Catwoman #38
  • Deathstroke #4
  • Effigy #1
  • Gotham Academy #4
  • Secret Origins #9

MARVEL COMICS

  • Amazing X-Men #16
  • Nova #26
  • Spider-Man And The X-Men #2
  • Wolverines #4

BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Abigail And The Snowman #2 (Of 4)

IMAGE COMICS

  • Alex + Ada #12
  • Bitch Planet #2
  • They’re Not Like Us #2

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Unity #14
  • X-O Manowar #32

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  • Guardians Of The Galaxy All-New X-Men The Trial Of Jean Grey TP

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He’s Got Issues #158.3: Independents, 1/28/15

BOOM! STUDIOS

  • Abigail And The Snowman #2 (Of 4)
  • Adventure Time #36
  • Amazing World Of Gumball 2015 Special #1
  • Big Trouble In Little China #8
  • Clive Barker’s Nightbreed #9
  • Evil Empire #10
  • Munchkin #1
  • Sleepy Hollow #4 (Of 4)

DARK HORSE COMICS

  • Captain Midnight #19
  • Colder The Bad Seed #4
  • Conan The Avenger #10
  • ElfQuest The Final Quest #7
  • Father’s Day #4 (Of 4)
  • Halo Escalation #14
  • Mind MGMT #30
  • Predator Fire And Stone #4 (Of 4)
  • Sundowners #6
  • Tomb Raider #12

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Damnation Of Charlie Wormwood #4 (Of 5)
  • Flash Gordon #8
  • Justice Inc #6 (Of 6)
  • King Flash Gordon #1 (Of 4)
  • King The Phantom #1 (Of 4)
  • Purgatori #5
  • Turok Dinosaur Hunter #11

IDW PUBLISHING

  • Angry Birds Comics #8
  • Angry Birds Transformers #3 (Of 4)
  • Creature Cops Special Varmint Unit #1 (Of 3)
  • Doberman #5
  • G.I. JOE A Real American Hero #210
  • Godzilla Rulers Of Earth #20
  • Judge Dredd #27
  • Judge Dredd Classics The Dark Judges #2 (Of 5)
  • Maxx Maxximized #16
  • My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic #27
  • Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #1 (Of 6)
  • Rot And Ruin #5
  • Skylanders #5 (Of 5)
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Classics Volume 3 #2
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters #4 (Of 4)
  • Transformers Drift Empire Of Stone #3 (Of 4)
  • V-Wars #10
  • Winterworld #7
  • X-Files Season 10 #20

IMAGE COMICS

  • Alex + Ada #12
  • Bitch Planet #2
  • Casanova Acedia #1
  • Danger Club #6
  • Death Vigil #6 (Of 8)
  • Dying And The Dead #1
  • Graveyard Shift #2 (Of 4)
  • Punks The Comic #4
  • Rasputin #4
  • Revival #27
  • Sex #19
  • Sex Criminals #10
  • They’re Not Like Us #2
  • Umbral #12
  • Zero #14

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

  • Quantum And Woody Must Die #1 (Of 4)
  • Unity #14
  • X-O Manowar #32

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Comics Alternative Episode 114: Reviews of Here, Wolf Moon #1, and Bitch Planet #1

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HereHappy Hanukkah! On this episode of The Comics Alternative, Derek and Andy review three new and exciting titles. First, they look at Richard McGuire’s Here (Pantheon) a project that actually goes back to 1989. A different, black-and-white 6-page version of the comic appeared in the first issue of Raw Vol. 2,  Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly’s groundbreaking comics anthology that ran from 1980 until 1991. The new book doesn’t include or build directly off of that original comic, but it does use the design and concept as a springboard into the larger, more ambitious project. Everything that takes place in this story — and the guys use the word of “story” loosely, here — is anchored in one physical space, the corner of a room. What McGuire does is to give us a history of that particular space, revealing events that took place in that area over a span of centuries. The “movement” within the narrative is strictly temporal, reaching back into the prehistoric past (the earliest year being 3,000, 500, 000 BCE) and pushing into a speculative future (the year 22,175). McGuire accomplishes this through an arrangement of two-page spreads, inlaid or nested panels, and precise placements of images that, taken together, provide visual and even thematic coherence. Indeed, it seems as if events across time resonate and interact. WolfMoonThis is the kind of book that is difficult to appreciate fully outside of the actual reading process, and it’s one that requires diligent and repeated efforts, each of which will be richly rewarded.

After their involved discussion of Here — and the Two Guys spend the better part of this episode on McGuire’s work — Andy and Derek look at two new #1 issues. The first is Wolf Moon, written by Cullen Bunn and with art by Jeremy Haun (Vertigo). This is the first of a 6-issue miniseries based on the werewolf myth. However, Bunn gives his supernatural retelling a unique spin, creating a lycanthrope narrative where physical transformation isn’t the only effects of a full moon. Haun’s art is appropriately dark, ill-defined in places, and violent. There’s a lot of blood in this first issue, and Wolf Moon promises to be a title that isn’t for the squeamish. After that, the guys turn to the new comic from Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine de Landro, Bitch Planet (Image). Both BitchPlanetDerek and Andy like this first issue and plan on continuing to read the series, but they nonetheless disagree as to the impact or accomplishments of this inaugural installment. Andy feels that this is a successful #1 that does everything it’s supposed to do. In fact, this may be one of his favorite single issues of the year. However, Derek feels that this is a story that will read better in trade, in that the first issue seemed incomplete and required more story space for effective immersion. There needs to be more there there. What’s more, he felt that Danielle Henderson’s mini-essay at the end of the issue was unnecessary and potentially undermined the impact of the story itself. While Andy felt that this was a useful supplement that helped to set a critical or thematic framework — and it does — Derek sees the essay as an expository exercise that tells (not shows) the reader what the series is all about. Instead, he feels that DeConnick and de Landro’s story should speak for itself, especially in this first issue. (Although Henderson’s essay would make a nice supplement to a future collected edition.) Still, both guys agree that this is an intriguing title that both will continue reading…if  not monthly, then in trade.

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Kenny Ellis’s Hanukkah Swings!, Barenaked Ladies’ Barenaked for the Holidays,
and The Klezmatic’s Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah
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Comic News Insider Episode 519 – CNI Expo!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 519 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: All-New X-Factor #1, Avengers World #1, Lil’ Vampi #1, Revolutionary War Alpha #1, Helix, Lost Girl, Being Human, Bitten, Archer, Chozen

Jimmy gives a quickie solo episode as there is a lot of reviews and TONS of great news to cover. News includes: Image Expo announcements (new titles from such names as Kelly Sue DeConnick, Scott Snyder, Matt Fraction, James Robinson, Jock, Brandon Graham, etc), Marvel news includes the relaunch of the Ultimate line, Peter Parker back from the “dead”, Bill Paxton joins the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, Michael Douglas cast as Hank Pym in Ant-Man movie, DC news includes the return of Wally West, NBC has ordered a pilot for Constantine from David Goyer, upcoming Gotham series will be a Batman origin story after all, Star Wars: The Clone Wars will get an ending in comics from Dark Horse, Disney’s Frozen is coming to Broadway and San Diego Comic Con changes their badge purchasing policy. As always, Listener Feedback, Top 3 and more. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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