This is a very special episode of The Comics Alternative, in that it’s the guys’ very first live recording. That’s right, Sterg and Derek decided to record this week’s show via Google Hangouts. Yesterday — Tuesday, December 11 — they scheduled a live-streaming broadcast, and fans of the show could watch the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics record a show in real time. As Sterg put it on Twitter, “Come for the slow motion train wreck, but stay when it is instead a great talk about some recent comics!” And everything went off just fine.
On this episode they began with a discussion of Jon Lee Anderson and José Hernández’s Che: A Revolutionary Life (Penguin Press). This is graphic adaptation of Anderson’s 1997 biography of Che Guevara, and as the guys discuss, Hernández does an outstanding job of illustrating the broader life story of the famous revolutionary. After that they look at the first two issues of David and Maria Lapham’s The Lodger. This is the latest series from IDW’s Black Crown imprint, and Derek and Sterg note that it’s classic Lapham crime noir. In fact, this storyline could easily fit into the Stray Bullets series. Then they wrap up with a look at Kieron GIllen and Stephanie Hans’s Die #1 (Image Comics). This is a D&D-inspired fantasy narrative, and the guys frame this within the context of similar stories, such as Stephen King’s It, the Netflix series Stranger Things, and the first Jumanji movie.
On this podcast we’re joined by C-Bomb from Ultimate Facepalm as we talk some Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season Two casting news. Is it a step in the right direction? Then we review The Fade Out #1, Strain: The Night Eternal #1 and The Multiversity #1. Dig it? Listen in!
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This week on The Comics Alternative, Andy Wolverton and Derek review three more new titles. First, they look at another great book from SelfMadeHero, Frederik Peeters’s Aama, Vol. 1: The Smell of Warm Dust. This is the first of a multi-volume series from this innovative Swiss creator. The Guys discuss Peeters’s skills at world-building and his ability to get inside and flesh out his protagonist, Verloc Nim. Next they take a look at two new #1 issues: David Lapham’s Stray Bullets: Killers (Image Comics) and Jason Starr and Andrea Mutti’s The Returning (BOOM! Studios). They spend quite a bit of time discussing the return of Stray Bullets, starting with the big new Uber Alles edition — which collects the original 40 issues of Stray Bullets, plus the recent conclusion of its last story arc in issue #41 — and then moving onto the new Killer arc. They place the new title in context of the entire series and draw out similarities between it and the earlier comics. Finally, they flip through The Returning, reading it as a different twist on undead narratives. While they recognize the premise as fairly common, they hold out hope that Starr and Mutti will take their mini-series in a unique direction.
This week Gene and Derek take a look at six new titles. They begin with a discussion of two new works from Image Comics, the first three issues of Alex + Ada (Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn) and Deadly Class#1 (Rick Remender and Wes Craig). They go into depth on both titles, especially Craig’s art in Deadly Class and the narrative pacing in Alex + Ada, which ultimately leads to a discussion on panel sequencing and story decompression. Next, they look at issues #1-3 of Letter 44, written by Charles Soule with art by Alberto Jiménez Albuquerque (Oni Press). They discuss its unique take on science fiction within the context of recent politics. From there, they turn to recent #1 issues from three other publishers: David Lapham’s Juice Squeezers (Dark Horse Comics), Bill Willingham and Sergio Fernandez DaVilla’s Legenderry(Dynamite Entertainment), and Curse from BOOM! Studies (written by Michael Moreci and Tim Daniel, with art by Riley Rossmo, Colin Lorimer). In this episode, the Two Guys with PhDs are all over the place, moving from all-age comics to Bush-era politics to licensed characters to horror titles to science fiction to steampunk to Reagan’s Morning in America. There’s a lot packed into this show…more bang for your buck!
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).
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In this episode of the FWCP, the gang discuss two comics written by gentlemen named Jonathan. One is a groundbreaking achievement, the other is a derivative failure. Also, Jesse does a review on the recent events in Amazing Spider-Man that’s more in-depth than previously thought possible.
[01:08] S.H.I.E.L.D. #3
[10:39] Amazing Spider-Man 639 + A Discussion on The Gauntlet and Grim Hunt
Freddie and Art finally convince Jesse to sink his teeth into American Vampire and the gang discuss how some horses may or may not have shotgun hooves.
Start / Intro [00:20]
[01:10] American Vampire 2
[07:25] Crossed: Family Values 1 (of 6)
[15:08] Joe the Barbarian 4
[18:48] Guardians of the Galaxy 25
[23:22] X-Men Legacy 235
[25:52] Captain America: Who Won’t Wield The Shield
[28:32] Firestar 1
[30:50] Ultimate Enemy 3
[32:38] Ultimate Spider-Man 9
[35:46] Green Lantern 53
Total Time [44:58]
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The milestone! This week I take a look back on TW thus far and give thanks to all those who have supported and followed. Also, an e-mail, audio comments and a plethora of comic book reviews. Fifty in the can, ladies & gents, but I’m sure not done.
Items Discussed: The Darkness: Accursed Vol. 2, Deadman: Exorcism, The Factor #0, Northlanders Vol. 1, Sleeper: Season 2, Superboy (1994) #60-64, Unwritten #6, Young Liars Vol. 1