Reviews: Bill & Ted Go to Hell #1, Power Man and Iron Fist Vol 3 #1, Snowfall #1, Tomb Raider Vol 3 #1
Jimmy is in his hometown of Jacksonville, FL so he gets his friends Ted Carruba and Ashley Lanni Hoye to co-host. Ashley is manager at the awesome comic book shop Superhero Beach where we record this episode. Superhero Beach is located at 1124 3rd St N, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250. Thanks to owner Neil Sindicich for letting us record in the shop! After catching up a bit, the trio chats about the recent Retrorama toy show that Ted was a part of, some favorite comics/TV and lament over the possibility of Agent Carter getting canceled. News includes: DC announces full title line-up for Rebirth event, Dark Horse announces new titles including Black Hammer and Wonderfall, Marvel is doing a comic adaptation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Image Comics will launch a monthly magazine called Image+, Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez are doing a Tales From the Darkside comic, the Nintendo World store has re-opened in NYC, Julianne Moore has been cast as the big bad in the Kingsman 2 sequel and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 adds new cast members including Kurt Russell. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
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Whacked Out Comics
This week, Derek and Andy W. — fresh from their trip to HeroesCon — return with a discussion of three new, fascinating, and…well, whacked out comics. But they’re all whacked out in their own, unique ways. They begin with the release of Gilbert Hernandez’s Grip: The Strange World of Men (Dark Horse Books). This is not really a new work from Hernandez, as Grip was originally published in color as a five-issue limited series from Vertigo in 2002. (The new book contains only black and white art.) But the recent Dark Horse release marks the first time that the entire story has been collected. What’s more, Hernandez provides four new pages that function as the setup of this strange narrative. And what a weird and twisted story it is, but it’s one that distinctively bares the mark of Gilbert Hernandez. The guys attempt to follow the various narrative threads, however, making sense of this story is beside the point. What matters is Hernandez’s imagination and the fun to be had slipping into his narrative world. Derek even argues that the story comes at a curious time in Hernandez’s career, several years after the end of the first Love and Rockets series, the beginning of the second series, and at a time when Gilbert is reaching beyond the more realistic confines of his Palomar stories. Next, the Two Guys turn to Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez’s Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland (IDW Publishing). Andy admits that, at first, he was a little hesitant about this book, thinking that it might be nothing more than a mere retread of Windsor McCay’s newsprint classic. But Shanower and Rodriguez — known largely for their Wizard of Oz and Locke and Key comics, respectively — are up to much more than that. Their Little Nemo uses McCay’s as a springboard into an entirely new narrative, pulling in some elements of the earlier comic, yet at the same time bringing in new ideas to present a long-form story. Readers may recognize similarities to McCay’s pacing, his humor, and his innovation, but this project easily stands on its own. Finally, the guys look at the first issue of a new twelve-part series from Alan Moore and Jacen Burrows. Providence (Avatar Press) is another Lovecraftian tale similar to the team’s earlier Neonomicon and The Courtyard, yet this one has been described by the publisher as “the Watchmen of horror.” That’s a lot to live up to, as both Andy and Derek discuss in their coverage of this first issue. But the guys point out that if the inaugural installment is any indication, this may not be mere hype. While nothing much seems to happen in this issue, there are actually multiple stories being told, with Moore setting the stage for a larger, disturbing narrative. Much like the allusive Cthulhu, there is an unsettling presence lying just beneath the surface of what unfolds in this first issue.
Comic book fans, I have returned to you! Pick Of The Week goes to Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez for Locke & Key: Clockworks #6 (IDW)! Fast Five picks include Saga #3 (Image), Fantastic Four #605.1 (Marvel), Hardcore #1 (Top Cow), Scalped #58 (Vertigo), and The Manhattan Projects #3 (Image). Spoilers!
Super Bowl weekend, and no superheroes in sight! Pick Of The Week goes to Jeff Lemire for Sweet Tooth #30 (Vertigo)! Fast Five picks include O.M.A.C. #6 (DC), Locke & Key: Clockworks #4 (IDW), Animal Man #6 (DC), The Strange Talent of Luther Strode #5 (Image), and Swamp Thing #6 (DC).
Let’s go Giants!
I’m sick this week! Hopefully you won’t catch what I have from listening to this episode. Pick Of The Week goes to Jason Aaron & R.M. Guera for Scalped #54 (Vertigo). Fast Five picks include Secret Avengers #19 (Marvel), Locke & Key: Guide To The Known Keys (IDW), Fantastic Four #600 (Marvel), Invincible #85 (Image), and Captain America & Bucky #624 (Marvel).
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Tons of comics this week, only so many slots available. Pick Of The Week goes to Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez for Locke & Key: Keys To The Kingdom #6 (IDW)! Fast Five picks include Detective Comics #876 (DC), FF #2 (Marvel), The Walking Dead #84 (Image), Justice League: Generation Lost #24 (DC), and Avengers #12.1 (Marvel).
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Independent titles rule supreme! Pick Of The Week goes to Ben McCool & Nikki Cook for Memoir #1 (Image). Fast Five picks include G.I. JOE: Cobra #12 (IDW), Hellblazer #275 (Vertigo), Doctor Who #1 (IDW), The Boys #50 (Dynamite), and Locke & Key: Keys To The Kingdom #4 (IDW).
Also, none of the titles this week are under $3!
In this 2010 wrap-up, I discuss my favorite writers, artists, series, story arc, single issue, and graphic novel.
Best Writers – Robert Kirkman, Scott Snyder, Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, Geoff Johns, Bryan Q. Miller Best
Artists – Amanda Conner, Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon, Gabriel Hardman, Tommy Lee Edwards, Gabriel Rodriguez
Best Series – Green Lantern (DC), Scalped (Vertigo), Strange Tales II (Marvel), CHEW (Image), Daytripper (Vertigo)
Single Issue – Hellboy in Mexico (Dark Horse)
Story Arc – The Flash #1-6 “The Dastardly Death of the Rogues”
Graphic Novel – Super F*ckers
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In this special episode, I’m joined by Art & Freddie (The Fourth Wall Comics Podcast) to discuss the best writers, artists, series, and much much more of 2010.
Freddie, Art, and Danny review four fantastic comics, and two not so fantastic ones.
Egg Nog, Asgardian construction workers,
and Kathy Griffin in tight, black leather are also discussed.
Listen and find out why.
[01:31] Detective Comics 871
[10:42] Batwoman #0
[18:16] Batman and Robin #17
[21:46] Amazing Spider-Man #649
[26:29] Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #3
[31:46] Walking Dead #79
The year may be coming to an end, but the good reads keep going strong! Pick Of The Week goes to Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez for Locke & Key: Keys To The Kingdom #3 (IDW). Fast Five picks include Batwoman #0 (DC), The Traveler #1 (BOOM! Studios), Justice League: Generation Lost #14 (DC), Scalped #43 (Vertigo), and Detective Comics #871 (DC).
Bat books are still going strong as well!