Do you enjoy great storytelling in as many genres as I do? Then you’ll want to listen to my interview with Frank J. Barbiere, one of the most versatile and prolific writers in comics today! During Episode 274, Frank and I talk about several of his comics, but spend most of our time on Violent Love from Image Comics, his latest! We discuss how the story came to be, what we might expect from the series, as well as some of his other completed works, including Dejah Thoris, Solar Man of the Atom, Black Market, and the return of Five Ghosts! To keep up with Frank and what he’s working on, follow him on Twitter or go to his website!
In the second of their two-episode look into recent crime comics, Andy and Derek turn up some truly incriminating evidence. They begin their investigations with Jim Thompson’s The Killer Inside Me, adapted by Devin Faraci and Vic Malhotra (IDW Publications). The guys spend much of their time comparing this adaptation to the original classic noir novel, yet at the same time they try to focus on the comic on its own terms. Next, they briefly discuss Christopher Sebela and Niko Walter’s Demonic (Image Comics), a mashup of both crime and horror, and the first issue of Wolfcop (Dynamite Entertainment). The latter is Max Marks’s spinoff of the 2014 movie, and despite (or because of) its over-the-topness, it doesn’t capture much of the guys’ attention. But Derek and Andy are much more interested in the next two #1 issues, Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos’s Violent Love (Image Comics) and James Robinson and Tom Feister’s Grand Passion (Dynamite Entertainment). These are both crime narratives with a twist of romance, stories that look to play off of the young-couple-on-a-crime-spree formula. Finally, the guys wrap up with the first volume of Goldie Vance(BOOM! Box), Hope Larson and Brittney Williams’s all-age detective series, reminiscent of Nancy Drew and Sally Lockhart stories.
And if you haven’t already, be sure to catch last week’s episode, the first in the Two Guys’ look at recent crime comics.
The Two Guys with PhDs (talking about comics) are back with another Publisher Spotlight episode. This time they are focusing on Dynamite Entertainment, specifically the new Gold Key comics that they have been reviving: Turok: Dinosaur Hunter, by Greg Pak and Mirko Colak; Magnus: Robot Fighter, by Fred Van Lente and Cory Smith; Solar: Man of the Atom, by Frank J. Barbiere and Joe Bennett; and Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult, by Mark Waid and Neil Edwards. They discuss the new series in the order in which they’ve been introduced, and the guys even comment on Dynamite’s strategy of staggering releases and not just publishing everything at once, much like Valiant did with their new revived titles a couple of years ago. Andy is more familiar with the original Gold Key comics, at least most of them, than Derek, so when they can they point out the similarities and differences between the recent comics and their earlier manifestations from Gold Key, Valiant, Acclaim, and Dark Horse. The guys definitely have their preferences — e.g., they love Van Lente’s humor in Magnus, they appreciate both Van Lente and Waid’s send up of reality television, they’re curious where Barbiere is going with Solar’s daughter, and while they’re not big fantasy/Conan fans, they do like what Pak and Colak have done with Turok — and much of this comes out in their discussion. Overall, they really like what Dynamite is doing with their recent revival and look forward to seeing how it unfolds…and how things may all come together (as we are teased in the first issue of Doctor Spektor).
Plus, the guys share listener mail that they’ve recently received. Keep ’em coming!
On this podcast we talk Avengers: Age of Ultron filming and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trailer. Then we review Real Heroes #1, All-New Ghost Rider #1 and Blackout #1. Three comics, three different companies. Variety is the spice of life. Listen in!
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This week on the podcast we chat some news first. Fantastic Four, Guardians of The Galaxy, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Heroes Reborn. Then it’s on to comics with reviews of New Warriors #1 and The White Suits #1. Listen in!
Do you remember “Heroes Reborn” from Marvel / Image Comics in 1996? Would a Heroes Reborn: Born (with mock-Liefeld) title from Foshkos interest you?