Comics Alternative, On Location: The Second September Visit to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

Batman’s Junk

Michael and Derek are back at their local shop, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, to discuss recent mainstream and indie titles that have captured their attention. Mike starts the ball rolling by focusing on recent expressions of a couple of second-tier characters, Doctor Strange and Hawkman, as handled by Mark Waid and Robert Venditti, respectively. He then takes the conversation into a more “adult” direction with the first issue in Batman: Damned, part of DC’s new Black Label imprint. This title is notable for a couple of reasons. First, it’s now difficult to find, and as such, both fans and retailers are selling copies for a hefty price. But even more significant is the fact that in this first issue, readers get to see Batman naked. That’s right, Wayne’s wang. Batman’s junk. The recent titles that Derek brings up are much tamer in nature. He begins with Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins’s Black Badge (BOOM! Studio), the second issue of which will be released next week. This is a promising new limited series that has all of the secretive, undercover, and espionage-y markings of a Kindt narrative. However, Derek isn’t as excited about the new Image series, Man-Eaters, written by Chelsea Cain and art by Kate Niemczyk. While he admires the message that seems to be embedded in the story, the first issue is rather sketchy in laying any satisfying narrative groundwork. But Derek more enamored by the minicomic Common Blessings and Common Curses, written by Maritsa Patrinos and nominated this year for an Ignatz Award in the Outstanding Minicomic category. It was a wonderful find at this year’s Small Press Expo.

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Comic News Insider Episode 744 – CNI’s Best of 2016!

Comic News Insider: Episode 744 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

It’s our Best of 2016! And just like last year, Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2016 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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Comic News Insider Episode 735 – Rob Kutner at The Plaza!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 735 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Champions #1, 2, Midnighter and Apollo #1, 2, Moonshine #1, Reborn #1, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Class, The Walking Dead S7 premiere, Stan Against Evil, Doctor Strange

Due to some sort of national duty of ours, no one is available to co-host so Jimmy flies solo.  But fret not, he recruits friends to send some audio reviews and read the news. Many thanks to Heidi, Marta, Emily, Rachel, Melissa and Dave for participating! He also had a chance to sit down with Rob Kutner at The Plaza Hotel to talk about his comic book Shrinkage, his podcast Runaway Brains and his work as a writer on The Daily Show and Conan. News includes: Marvel announced a Star Wars: Doctor Aphra comic series, DC announced a Captain Atom series and an Amazons series, IDW announced a Biff to the Future comic series, Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming next fall, Donald Glover has been cast as a young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming solo Han Solo film, Season 2 of Jessica Jones will have all female  directors, Cyborg Superman is coming to Supergirl, Young Justice season 3 is coming, a Time Bandits TV series is in the works, Michael Keaton is playing The Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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