Comics Alternative, Episode 213: Reviews of Recent Crime Comics, Part 1

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There has been an abundance of crime comics published over the past several months — see, for example, the Two Guys’ earlier discussions of Weird Detective, ControlKill or Be Killed, Cousin Joseph, Black  Monday Murders, and Sombra — but recently this number has been almost dizzying. In the first of a two-episode series devoted to current crime comics, Andy and Derek discuss six titles that take the genre into curious directions. They range from the historical (Rick Geary’s Black Dahlia), to the formula-bending (Chris Hunt’s Carver: A Paris Story and Janet Harvey and Megan Levens’s Angel City), to the genre-blending (Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s Moonshine), to the comedic (Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber’s The Fix), to the truly hardboiled (Walter Hill, Matz, and Jef’s Triggerman as well as Christa Faust, Gary Philips, and Andrea Cameron’s Peepland). There is a lot of crime/detective/noir/procedural goodness packed into this show, and the same is in store for the next week’s episode, the second in the series.

The incidental music in this episode is from classic crime TV shows, and you can find these theme songs in Television’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1Television’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 3Television’s Greatest Hits Vol. 4, and Television’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 6. Check out the fun!

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Comic News Insider Episode 698 – Still More Heroes Con w/ Brenden Fletcher!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 698 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Action Man #1, Lucas Stand #1, She Wolf #1, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Adaptation #1, Game of Thrones S6 finale

The last of the Heroes Con interviews are upon us! Jimmy sat down with Brenden Fletcher for a long overdue interview about his work on Gotham Academy, Batgirl, Black Canary and more. Jimmy’s old friend Rebecca joins him in studio in the rotating co-host chair and they have a lengthy (sorry) discussion about that Game of Thrones finale. They discuss a PR email and Jimmy is ecstatic over a Steranko tweet to him. News includes: Cerebus returns, Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl also return in comic book form, IDW is bringing us a new Star Trek anthology, the new Mortal Kombat film has cast 12 major roles, the second volume of the music of DC comics is coming, the 2016 NJ Superhero weekend at Comic Fusion is again holding their annual event in August. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Episode 191: Reviews of Dark Night: A True Batman Story, Midnight of the Soul #1, and The Experts

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Buckle up, because Andy and Derek are back behind the wheel. On this week’s trip, they’re taking you down a road that includes three very different titles. They begin with Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso’s Dark Night: A True Batman Story (Vertigo Comics)…and yes, you did read correctly, the guys are discussing a book with “Batman” in its title. But while the Caped Crusader is a prominent part of the story, this isn’t a standard superhero narrative, but an autobiographical account of a traumatic event in Dini’s life. The guys discuss the manner of Dini’s narration, especially as it’s represented by Risso’s art. In fact, it’s the latter that consumes much of the conversation, as they highlight Risso’s diversity of style to reflect shifts in the storytelling.

Next they look at the first in a five-issue limited series from Howard Chaykin, Midnight of the Soul (Image Comics). This is a story that Chaykin has been wanting to tell for some time, and the guys are happy to see it MidnightOfTheSoul-interiorfinally coming to fruition. It’s the tale of Joel, a wannabe writer who is emotionally scarred from the fighting in Germany during the closing days of World War II. In this first issue, Joel discovers that his wife is living a double life, and both Derek and Andy comment on the signature Chaykin elements in the story, including someone getting shot in the head in the middle of a blowjob. But there’s more than just sex and violence in this comic. As the guys reveal, they’re impressed by the tightly woven elements within the premise, the visual patterns and rhythms that Chaykin establishes at the outset, and in anticipation (they hope) of big narrative payoff.

Finally, the Two Guys wrap up with a recent publication from Retrofit/Big Planet Comics, Sophie Franz’s The Experts. This is a short one-shot that blends horror with the fantastic. In the story, a group of individuals, the experts, are studying a mysterious group of aquatic humanoids while their experiences doing so are slowly pulling them apart. This is the first time either Derek or Andy have encountered Franz’s art, but they like what they see and call it one of the most notable titles they’ve read this year. But then again, this is the kind of comic they have come to expect from Retrofit/Big Planet.

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Comic News Insider Episode 661 – Team Cap!

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Comic News Insider: Episode 661 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1, Ringside #1

Emmy Potter returns to co-hosting duties! So of course, she and Jimmy have to chat Doctor Who and their love of Peter Capaldi. They also chat about the Peter Jackson/Doctor Who video tease as well as the new trailer for Captain America: Civil War (#TeamCaptainAmerica). News includes: Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso will be the creative forces behind a new 121 page graphic novel called Dark Night: A True Batman Story from DC/Vertigo, CBS picks up Supergirl for a full season and R2-KT may appear in the upcoming Star Wars film. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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Comic Book Savant Trade Your Pick Episode 37: 100 Bullets Vol. 8: The Hard Way TP

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This month’s Trade Your Pick selection is 100 Bullets Vol. 8: The Hard Way TP. As always I do a detailed review of the book and talk all things surrounding it. Enjoy!

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 177 (8/7/11)

Huzzah and Shazam! Pick Of The Week goes to Gail Simone & J. Calafiore for Secret Six #36 (DC)! Fast Five picks include Batman: Knight of Vengeance #3 (DC), Sweet Tooth #24 (Vertigo), Irredeemable #28 (BOOM! Studios), Flashpoint #4 (DC), and Scalped #51 (Vertigo).

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Fight For Comics – Episode #105 – Captain America Movie Review

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This week the Wednesday Warriors review Captain America the movie. Did they believe it followed Thor’s greatness or should it have been shot before being drafted into the military. Find out in this exciting episode that also has Batman surprises and kung-fu action.

Books reviewed:

Infinite Kung Fu (Top Shelf Productions)
Written and drawn by Kagan McLeod

Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #2 (DC Comics)
Written by Brian Azzarello; Art by Eduardo Risso

Captain America And Bucky #620 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Marc Andreyko and Ed Brubaker; Art by Chris Samnee

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Trivia Contest: Infinite Kung Fu #5 signed by Kagan McLeod.

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Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 169 (6/5/11)

I’ve got my mojo back this episode! Pick Of The Week goes to Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Brad Walker for Heroes For Hire #8 (Marvel)! Fast Five picks include Secret Six #34 (DC), Hellboy: The Fury #1 (Dark Horse), Batman: Knight of Vengeance #1 (DC), Sweet Tooth #22 (Vertigo), and Flashpoint #2 (DC).

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