Episode 265: Reviews of The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head, Days of Hate #1, and Vinegar Teeth # 1

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Darkness, Cthulhu, and the Alt-Right

On this week’s review episode, Gene and Derek discuss recent titles that are quite varied in tone and narrative approach. They begin with  David Gaffney and Dan Berry’s The Three Rooms in Valerie’s Head (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing). This is a somewhat surreal, and dark, look at a young woman and her various relationships with men. The memories of these encounters are something she apparently cannot let go of, and this is represented deftly through the metaphor of rooms and psychological compartmentalization. The guys like the fact that the story ends ambiguously — and with happy elves, no less! — but they’re not too sure what to make of the sudden shift in point of view about two thirds of the way through.

The Two Guys follow this with a very timely new title. Days of Hate #1, written by Aleš Kot and with art by Danijel Žeželj (Image Comics), is set in the year 2022, a time after some sort of civil war takes place in the US — we’re not sure yet of the details surrounding this conflict — and it apparently has resulted, or perhaps even caused by, the rise of extremist or alt-right groups in America. In this inaugural installment, we’re introduced to several characters on various ends of the political spectrum, some of which have intermingled and contentious pasts. There are many questions set up and left unanswered in this first issue, but that doesn’t detract from the intrigue and motivation to continue on with the series.

And what better way to follow up a story on the alt-right than a discussion of monstrous Lovecraftian mayhem? This is exactly what you’ll find in Damon Gentry and Troy Nixey’s Vinegar Teeth #1 (Dark Horse Comics).It’s a strange and wacky tale revolving around a schmucky, but effective, cop named Artie Buckle. An undercover assignment he’s on is almost ruined when a Cthulhu-like creature pierces his world’s dimension, with the unlikely result that the city’s mayor makes this creature a police officer and assigns him as Artie’s partner. What transpires is the beginning of a weird buddy cop story with interdimensional, and narratively warped, potential.

Comic News Insider Episode 670 – CNI: The 11th Wizardry School!

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Reviews: Cry Havoc #1, Faith #1, Victorie City #1, The Venture Bros. S6 premiere

Jimmy is joined in studio for the 2nd week in a row by regular guest co-host Emily Edwards! They chat about the DC Comics Rebirth rumors out there and whether they would drop their friends if they got famous. (Emily claims no and you can probably guess what Jimmy claims). News includes: DC announces new slate of Hanna Barbera comics, the CW has picked up the pilot episode for the live action Riverdale series, Barbie gets a makeover, Pottermore announces more wizardry schools, and Fish Mooney returns to Gotham! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic News Insider Episode 611 – TCAF: Robert Goodin/Dan Berry

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At TCAF (Toronto Comic Arts Festival), Jimmy sat down with Robert Goodin to talk about his beautiful new graphic novel The Kurdles from Fantagraphics. He also chatted with podcast nemesis Dan Berry about his podcast Make It Then Tell Everybody as well as much of his work in comics. (He’s actually a quite awesome dude and they got along swimmingly!) Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Comic News Insider Episode 605 – Age of CNI!

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Reviews: Mayday #1, Pisces #1, Scarlett Couture #1, Avis Dolphin, Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword, Gotham (season finale), Avengers 2: Age of Ultron

Jimmy is joined by good friend Melissa Dowell in studio. They chat about the Suicide Squad cast picture released and how Jimmy seems to have trouble with the English language lately. Jimmy is going to TCAF this weekend in Toronto and chats a bit about the show and the massive amount of interviews he has lined up. News includes: a Marvel/Netflix Punisher series may be on the way,  the untitled Flash/Arrow spin-off will go straight to series and debut in January 2016 and LucasFilm confirms the long rumored new Indiana Jones film. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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