Critiquing Comics #072: Lifehacks

LifehacksLifehacks, by Ovi Demetrian Jr and Jen Hickman, is “a modern noir detective story about a hacker turned private investigator.” While the story idea and the art seem solid, Tim and Mulele have to put in some on-mic detective work to understand just where it is our main character works…

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Comics Alternative Podcast Episode 70: Reviews of Slayground, The Saviors #1, and The Midas Flesh #1

“It’s like Invasion of the Body Snatchers…but with more weed.”

Slayground1This week on The Comics Alternative, Andy and Derek review three recent works. They begin with Darwyn Cooke’s Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground, from IDW Publishing. This is the fourth of Cooke’s comics adaptation of the Parker crime/heist novels from acclaimed writer Donald Westlake (AKA, Richard Stark). The Two Guys compare Slayground to the three other works Cooke has previously released: The Hunter (2009), The Outfit (2010), and Slayground2The Score (2012). They note that while they like this graphic novel, and find Cooke’s artwork (as always) truly outstanding, they nonetheless feel that the book is a little slim, especially when compared to the earlier works. At the same time, the book also includes a reprint of the 11-page story “The 7eventh,” originally appearing in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (2011). What with IDW’s recent announcement that they’re going to be publishing Westlake’s original Parker novels, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke, and the promise of another Cooke adaptation of one of those novels, this is an exciting time to be reading the Parker narratives.

SaviorsNext, the Two Guys with PhDs discuss two new #1 issues: James Robinson and J. Bone’s The Saviors (Image Comics) and The Midas Flesh (BOOM! Studios), written by Ryan North with art by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline. Their discussions of these two recent comic books are complementary, and at times provide illustrations of contrast. The Saviors gets going with an Invasion of the Body Snatchers and horror kind of feel — weird creatures of some sort apparently infiltrate a small Southwestern community and pose as respected locals — MidasFleshis told from the perspective of a pothead, and ends with a cliffhanger…literally! The Midas Flesh, which will be an 8-issue miniseries, juxtaposes two different stories, one a sci-fi quest taking place in an apocalyptic (?) future and the other alluding to Greek mythology set in some distant past. What makes this title especially notable is that it’s the first for the publisher’s BOOM! Box imprint, and the guys still aren’t sure how BOOM! will be defining that imprint. Both of these new #1s leave the guys, to greater or lesser degrees, anticipating future issues and looking forward to how their stories unfold.

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Critiquing Comics #057: “Sortafellas”

sortafellasSortafellas, a comic submitted to us by Ed M., is set on the mean streets of 1970s New York; a police “bag man” goes to “Junkie Central” to pick up bribe money for his superiors. Having seen only 10 pages, Mulele & Tim aren’t quite sure where it’s going, but would like to see more!

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Gutter Trash – Episode 108: Lowlife

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Lowlife. Music by Sepultura, Black Wolf Fight, and The Slew

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Gutter Trash – Episode 105: Miami Blues

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Miami Blues. Music by Sepultura, Black Wolf Fight, and Beck

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Gutter Trash – Episode 103: Comic Book Villains

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Comic Book Villains. Music by Sepultura, Black Wolf Fight, and Jawbox

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Gutter Trash – Episode 94: Noir

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Noir. Music by Legbone, Black Wolf Fight, and Archers of Loaf

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Gutter Trash – Episode 56: Scotland, PA

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This week Jason and I review Scotland, PA, starring Christopher Walken and can’t figure out when it was made. We expose ourselves as the illiterate morons we are, discuss Big Lots/Odd Lots and the joys of shopping for christmas gifts there. We debate babaganoush versus goulash, remember rock ‘n’ roll trading cards, more mullet talk, and I declare “Idiocracy” to be the scariest horror film ever made.

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Gutter Trash – Episode 50: The Lookout

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Hey, look! A milestone! Kinda. This week on the sexiest episode yet, we’re bringin’ the “nwaaah” back with a review of The Lookout, our second noir film with Joseph Gordon Levitt. We wonder about the other Non-Lithgow castmembers of “3rd Rock from the Sun”, Jason gets violated, and I start a-Twitterin’.

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