Arc Reactions – 55 – Velvet 1-10

We discuss the first 10 issues of Velvet by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. This female led spy story is set in a very realistic environment and focuses on a retired agent who must use her spy skills to solve a mystery.

Talking points
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Is Velvet a Ms. Male character? (11:18)

Velvet’s approach to Marina (21:51)

A More Realistic Spy Story (36:16)

The plot (42:44)

The world is very real (50:28)

Naration (55:47)

Continuation past this story (1:04:41)

Letters Pages (1:07:16)

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As mentioned in the episode
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BBFB 142 – Bruce Wayne, Murderer?

Deadpool film

Winter Soldier film

BBFB 141 – Catwoman: Dark End of the Street

Cosplay artist who painted her body like comic book characters

Our next podcast will be our coverage of the Suicide Squad (film) on August 7th. Our next Bat Books For Beginners episode will be Gotham Central: In The Line of Duty on July 19th.

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Arc Reactions – 44 – Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth

A story from 1978 that introduces many elements into the Judge Dredd canon that endure to this day. It is also the first long form story for the character. We talk about the story, the social commentary, and the possible origins of the Jurassic Park novel in this episode.

Talking points
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BAD THINGS
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The Plot (15:09)

 

GOOD THINGS
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Atmosphere (19:34)
World Building (21:25)
Alien Riders (26:46)
Social commentary (29:26)

 

OTHER POINTS
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Jurassic Park comparison (54:10)
Favorite sub-story (57:45)

 

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As mentioned in the episode
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Arc Reactions 41 – Who Is The Black Panther?
Michael Crichton lecture on Yellowstone
Insular Cases

 

Our next podcast will be our review of the Batman V. Superman film on March 27th. Our next Bat Books For Beginners episode will be Orpheus Rising on March 15th.

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Arc Reactions – 18 – Watchmen Part 3

We take our final look deep into the classic tale of The Watchmen from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. We had a blast researching and talking about this in depth tale. Join us for a double length episode as we try to cover the rest of our talking points.

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Talking points
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Sub-plots and did they add to the story for you (0:30)

Very much a cold war era book (25:55)

Philosophical question: Who makes the world? (Issue 4) (46:48)

Is this comic ‘adult’ for the sake of being ‘adult’? (58:40)

Watchmen is credited with starting several things (1:14:50)

 

Character study
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Orig. Silk Spectre (1:20:00)

Silk Spectre II (1:22:27)

Doctor Manhattan (1:25:20)

Night Owl (1:30:22)

Rorschach (1:34:31)

Ozymandias (1:41:05)

Fate of Hooded Justice and Cap Metro (1:51:46)

Daniel and Hollis discussing their times as Night Owl (1:54:19)

 

 

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Our next podcast will be on May 25th and we will be covering Days of Future Past.

 

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ARP – 17 – Watchmen Part 2

We dive into the deep end of dissecting the classic story The Watchmen by Alan Moore. Please listen to part 1 first so you get the summary of the story as we started right where we left off last time. There will not be live tweeting this week as I will be out of town and cannot guarantee that I will be near a computer.

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Talking points

 

BAD THINGS
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Gibbons on the plot of Watchmen (0:29)

 

GOOD THINGS
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Technology (3:40)

Real superheroes drove people to want Pirate comics (6:09)

Deterioration over time (7:53)

The use of cancer as a scary thing (13:39)

Non-linear storytelling (16:24)

Supplemental materials (19:37)

What happens after Watchmen? (24:20)

 

MORE DISCUSSION
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Overall (58:49)
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Our next podcast will be our review of The Amazing Spider-man 2 on May 4th.

 

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ARP – 06 – Wonder Woman Gods and Mortals

DC comics rebooted their continuity in 1986 with Crisis on Infinite Earths. Wonder Woman was killed in the mini-series and her book was not restarted until 1987. Join Dylan and John as they review and react to the first story arc from the reboot of Wonder Woman. Issues 1-7 give Wonder Woman’s origin as well as follow her as she tries to save the world from Ares’ evil plan.

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Talking Points

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Complaints

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  • A bit of sexism (Etta has to demand a weapon from Michaelis #5)
  • Who was going to stop the Soviets from firing their missle?
  • Ares’ plan (nuclear war)

Praises

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  • Merging the Greek Mythology into Wonder Woman’s origins.
  • Wonder Woman figuring out how to use her powers.
  • Wonder Woman having to learn English
  • Re-design of Col. Trevor and Etta Candy

General

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  • Grounding of the story in the cold war
  • Wonder Woman not being a founding member of the Justice League
  • William Moulton Marstan
  • Bondage and symbolism

 

 

Join us on September 22nd for a supplemental covering some major comics news that has come out recently from Marvel and DC.

 

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Deconstructing Comics #238: Laika

In 1957, the Russians were winning the space race. After the successful launch of Sputnik, the Russian space program was under pressure to further embarrass the U.S. by launching a living thing — a dog — into orbit. This is the story of Laika, who made a historical splash big enough to get a vague mention in Peanuts. Nick Abadzis’ graphic novel on the topic reaches even higher thematically, and delivers. Tim and Brandon review.

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