Comics Alternative, Episode 288: Reviews of Five Recent #1 Issues

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This is a special episode of The Comics Alternative, as it’s the guys’ sixth anniversary! The podcast began on August 1, 2012, and Paul and Derek discuss some of the things they’ve done over the past six years, the number of episodes they’ve published, the amount of interviews they’ve conducted, etc. It’s a celebratory time, and the Two Guys hope that listeners will join in on the celebration and chime in with some of their favorite moments from The Comics Alternative‘s past.

After a brief discussion of the podcast’s anniversary, Paul and Derek then leap into the episode’s core, a discussion of five recent #1 titles. They begin with Ann Nocenti and David Aja’s The Seeds, the latest in Dark Horse Comics’ Berger Books imprint. The guys are fascinated by this first issue, not only with Nocenti’s multi-layered storytelling, but also with Aja’s signature art and design. They then look at the first issue of Tini Howard and Nick Robles’s Euthanauts, part of IDW Publishing’s Black Crown imprint. While they’re intrigued by the series’ premise, they’re not entirely sure if this is a successful #1 issue. There are confusing moments and, arguably, too many unanswered questions that dampen any desire to read on before the trade.

After that, Paul and Derek discuss two recent #1 titles from Image Comics. First, they look at Aleš Kot and Tradd Moore’s The New World, an intriguing futuristic narrative that juggles contemporary socio-political concerns along with a Romeo and Juliet-inspired storyline. They also review the first issue of Mirka Andolfo’s Unnatural, an erotic — but tasteful — anthropomorphic tale that was originally published in Italian and now is available as a limited series.

Finally, the guys wrap up with the first issue of Cullen Bunn and Jonas Scharf’s Bone Parish (BOOM! Studios). This appears to be a horror title — after all, that’s primarily what Bunn is known for — but as Paul and Derek point out, this first issue reads more as a crime mystery than it does horror. It’s an interesting premise, one that the guys are curious to see unfold.

So enjoy this week’s episode, and celebrate The Comics Alternative‘s sixth anniversary!

Comics Alternative Interviews: Karen Berger

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  • 00:00:24 – Introduction
  • 00:03:01 – Setup of interview
  • 00:04:46 – Interview with Karen Berger
  • 01:15:04 – Wrap up
  • 01:17:14 – Contact us

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Back on the Edge

Paul and Derek are excited to have Karen Berger on The Comics Alternative. The first release from her new Dark Horse Comics imprint, Berger Books, occurs next week, and the guys talk with Karen on the cusp of this event. The Two Guys ask their guest about the genesis of Berger Books as well as her efforts in launching new titles — such as Hungry Ghosts, Incognegro: Rennaisance, Mata Hari, and The Seeds — and securing impressive talent. But they also talk with Karen about her time working at DC Comics and establishing the industry-defining Vertigo brand. This is a fun and informative interview, and Karen Berger is one of the most engaging and pleasant guests the Two Guys have ever had on the podcast.

Breaking the 4th Wall – Episode 17

bt4wrectlogoCobble and Craycroft discuss Valiant news, Free Comic Book Day, and their favorite current DC books. They also review Animal Man, Earth 2, Harbinger Wars, Hawkeye, Snapshot, Indestructible Hulk, The Movement, Polarity, Shadowman, Suicide Risk, Superior Spiderman, Swamp Thing, Ten Grand, Thanos Rising, and Age of Ultron.
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Where Monsters Dwell 237 with Matt Fraction

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Listen to episode 237 now!

This week on the only LIVE comics radio show that always hits the bulls-eye of awesome, we welcome Matt Fraction to the Monster Cave. You’ve read Matt’s work on such comics as The Immortal Iron Fist, Uncanny X-Men and Casanova. He is currently the writer of Fantastic Four and FF as well as the best comic Marvel is producing currently; Hawkguy…I mean Hawkeye. He joins us to chat about everything he has going on right now so please, if you have a question for Matt, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-452-6056.

We will also be reviewing a random comic from last week, which we picked up at Strange Adventures, in our ‘Shit Comic Reviewers Say’ segment.

Music this week will be:
Re-Agent by Fredericton’s SpineSplitter
Blind By Midnight by Moncton’s Iron Giant
Lie to Live the Lie by Halifax’s Orchid’s Curse

Comic News Insider Episode 454 – Best of 2012 w/ Marvel’s The Watcher Lorraine Cink!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 454 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Mars Attacks Popeye One Shot, Morbius The Living Vampire Vol 2 #1, New Avengers Vol 3 #1, The Red Ten #1

It’s the super huge and long BEST OF 2012 show! Jimmy is joined by Marvel’s The Watcher host Lorraine Cink and good pal Mike Cho. Both are CNI vets and bring their nerdy knowledge to the podcast once again. Jimmy saw Django Unchained and Attack of the 50 Ft Cheerleader. One had lotsa violence and another had lotsa boobs. Guess which one he REALLY liked? News bits include:Axe Cop will debut on Fox’s late night animation domination in July, Guillermo del Toro is heading up a  DC comics based “Dark Universe” film, XX coming from Marvel, Adventure Time graphic novel on the way, Joseph Gordon Levitt cast in Sin City 2, Disney’s Aladdin coming to Broadway, and Disney Junior’s “A Poem is…” series recruits Doctor Who and Lady Mary Crawley. And the feature segment is our lengthy, informative and fun BEST OF 2012 picks…that we read! As always, listener feedback, Top 3 and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!

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Sidekickcast Episode #72 – No Super Heroes, No B.S., Just Jesus Christ

The original sidekicks bum-rush the geek behaviour this episode with the usual japery you’ve come to X-pect!

After discussing the Marvel Now! teasers and giving their guesses on what’s to come they touch on some Batman game news and move on to the ol’ fave Stack attack in a Number 1-o-rama, where they dismantle, (from Vertigo) Punk Rock Jesus #1, (from Image) Revivial #1 & Harvest #1 and (from Marvel) Hawkeye #1.

Then Bones tests the sub-standard geek knowledge once again in the veritable mastermind quiz-show-with-a-twist Secrets and Lies. Will Dan clamber back up for the lower rungs of the geek division? Listen to find out!

Finally, Dan takes the second part of his journey through the Holy Western that is Preacher. Not to mention the boys playing parts of a chosen passage from the book in “Preacher Theatre”.

If all this aint enough humdingin’ goodness just stay tuned for the awesome outtakes where the boys prove that 72 episodes just isn’t enough to get there Shiz together…

 

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 188 (10/30/11)

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The rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated. Lobster Johnson hijacks my show as I nurse the hangover from hell. His Pick Of The Week goes to Mark Waid & Marcos Martin for Daredevil #5 (Marvel). Fast Five picks include Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel), Journey Into Mystery #630 (Marvel), Captain Swing & The Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island #4 (Avatar), Secret Avengers #18 (Marvel), and Wolverine & The X-Men #1 (Marvel). Spoilers!

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 181 (9/11/11)

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New, in AUDIO VISION! Pick Of The Week goes to Dan Jurgens & Aaron Lopresti for Justice League International #1 (DC). Fast Five picks include Spider-Island: I Love New York City #1 (Marvel), Animal Man #1 (DC), Swamp Thing #1 (DC), Wolverine: Debt of Death #1 (Marvel), and OMAC #1 (DC).

Be sure to let me know what you think of the new show format!

The Fourth Wall Comics Podcast Episode 104

In which Jesse and Freddie celebrate a return to form from Ed Brubaker

and Art wonders why we’re not discussing The Walking Dead.

The FOURTH WALL FIVE for this week are:

  • [01:41] Secret Avengers #5
  • [08:12] Thor #615
  • [17:15] The Flash #5
  • [25:30] Treehouse of Horror #16
  • [31:24] Nemesis #3 (OF 4)

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 141 (9/26/10)

I’m back in the hosting seat this episode! Pick Of The Week goes to Geoff Johns & Francis Manapul for The Flash #5 (DC). Fast Five picks include Hulk #25 (Marvel), Fables #98 (Vertigo), Green Lantern Corps #52 (DC), Nemesis #3 (Icon), and Secret Avengers #5 (Marvel).

Yes, it’s a little longer than usual, but that just means you get even more of my ugly-mug!

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 70 (3/6/09)

Another huge week for comics! Will I ever get a break?  From Eric Powell, The Goon #32 (Dark Horse) reigns supreme!  Fast Five picks include War Of Kings #1 (Marvel), No Hero #4 (Avatar), Daredevil #116 (Marvel), Batman: Cacophony #3 (DC), and Secret Warriors #2 (Marvel).

Tune in tomorrow for Episode 70.5, where I’ll be reviewing five more picks I didn’t have time for in this episode!  Happy Birthday Goon!