Reviews: Iron Man: Hong Kong Heroes #1, Lucy Dreaming #1, Weapon H #1. Krypton
Jon Hoche returns to the rotating co-host chair after his big stint Off-Broadway! News includes: Frank Miller signs a 5 project deal with DC Comics, a Spice Girls animated film is in development, Kurt Busiek’s Astro City is coming to TV and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Reviews: Atomic Robo And The Ring Of Fire #1, Head Lopper #1, Journey To Star Wars Force Awakens Shattered Empire #1, Tet #1, Tyson Hesses Diesel #1, Cooties
Emmy Potter returns after a long absence to co-host! She brings all of her Whovian love with her. They chat about Doctor Who, Kit Harington, and more. News includes: DC cancels several titles, Joe Kelly’s I Kill Giants will be a movie starring Zoe Saldana, Jessica Jones will debut on Netflix on November 20th, Rachel McAdams will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in upcoming Doctor Strange film, and New York Comic Con extends panels to Hammerstein Ballroom. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
On this episode of the monthly manga show, Derek and Shea discuss the recently published Henshin, by Ken Niimura (Image Comics), and Katsuhiro Otomo’s classic Akira (Kodansha Comics). They begin with Henshin, a thirteen-story collection from the artist behind I Kill Giants(and written by Joe Kelly). Shea points out that it’s difficult to find much information on Niimura, as most of his work has been published in either Japan or in Spain. But Henshin — which means “transformation” in Japanese — may be a good introduction to his style and range of work. As the guys point out, the thirteen stories cover a variety of genres, from crime to cooking to sports to salaryman narratives. There are also four autobiographical shorts interspersed almost evenly throughout. Neither Shea nor Derek feel that these tales are as successful as the non-autobiographical stories, but they do show a lighter and more personal side of Niimura’s work. The tone in the other nine pieces are more dramatic, and at times tender and even melancholic. In all, the collection is a multifaceted example of a non-traditional kind of manga storytelling. Next, the Two Guys look at a classic manga title, Otomo’s Akira. This series is a challenge to discuss, because it’s a sprawling saga that develops over six collected, and densely packed, volumes. But Derek and Shea do their best to highlight the premise and major events within the series, as well as addressing the significance of the story, contextualizing it within the 1980s and as an example of post-apocalyptic cyberpunk storytelling. They briefly compare the manga to the anime version, pointing out many of the stark differences between the two. Shea emphasizes what he sees as the Western or European storytelling influence on Akira — indeed, he sees the same in Henshin — yet at the same time highlights this as a seminal and defining work of manga. They even discuss Akira‘s publication history, originally serialized in the seinen weekly Young Magazine (1982-1990), introduced to American audiences through Marvel’s Epic Comics imprint (1988-1996) — and being one of the first English translation of a manga series published in its entirety — then being published by Dark Horse beginning in 2000, and then finally having new editions released through Kodansha in 2009. It is an ambitious attempt for the Two Guys to cover such a title, and they could easily devote an entire episode to the series. But listeners will come away with a sense of the story, if they’re not already familiar with it, and hear some of the major critical points that define Akira. If you’re interested in manga, this is definitely a narrative you have to experience.
American comics fans were introduced to Ken Niimura back in 2010, when his art appeared in the Image miniseries I Kill Giants, written by Joe Kelly. Since then, Ken’s work has been seen in some short Spider-Man stories, and more recently, his book Henshin, which just came out in English from Image.
He currently lives in Tim’s stomping grounds of Tokyo, so this week it’s an in-person interview with Ken, about why I Kill Giants was in black and white, his story goals and storytelling techniques in Henshin, and much more.
Brandon’s back in Japan (and yes, we’re OK following the earthquake!), and he and Tim discuss I Kill Giants, by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura. In approaching an emotional topic through fantasy, blurring the lines between the two, is it effective or confusing?
Also, part 2 of Tim’s report on Emerald City Comicon! Notes and links below the jump.
It’s back to business for the Sidekicks with some new features for 2011. Sidekickcast hosts Gavin and Dan do their usual update of the latest comic book news including their thoughts on the most recent pictures of the upcoming Marvel movies, The Marvel Big Shots intiative and some fan made trailers. This is followed up with an interview with Stuart Tipples, grand master of the 10thology anthology book as part of the Countdown to Cardiff Con.
Reviewed in Stack Attack this week is Age of X: Alpha, Uncanny X-Force #1-4, Avengers #9 and Slaughterman’s Creed #1-5. The comic book news quiz with a twist, Secrets and Lies follows the reviews with Dan trying make up some ground before the live show at Cardiff International Comic Expo.
The first edition of a new segment, The Devil’s Back Bones is Dan’s way of reminding people just how good Dareevil can be after the disaster of Shadowland, this week; Daredevil vol.2 #71-75: Decalogue by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. The show ends with another new segment, Educatiing Dan, the latest attempt to expand Dan’s horizons, this week I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura. Don’t forget to listen past the outro music for the usual barrage of balls ups in the out-takes.
With a main character who “revolves” between a mundane world where he has a lousy job, and an alternate world where multiple terrorist attacks have thrown the average person into a bleak, violent survival mode, Revolver (by past guest Matt Kindt) explores issues from nature vs. nurture to violence in video games. Tim and Brandon review.
Join Cammy in this special episode as he interviews a plethora of creators from WonderCon in San Francisco! Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery, Andy B. (The creative team of Kill Shakespeare), Tom Pinchuk (Hybrid Bastards!), Chris Giarrusso (Mini Marvels), Joe Kelly (I Kill Giants), Kat Rocha & Josh Finney (Titanium Rain), Chandra Free (The God Machine), and Patrick McEvoy (Starkweather: Immortal).
Hoots & hollers, winks & nudges, and so much more fun runs abundant in this episode!
It’s a marathon episode this week as myself and co-host Joe Aulisio rundown all that was great in comic books throughout the year of 2009. Plenty is discussed as we close out the exciting year and welcome 2010.
This week on Gutter Trash, we review Joe Kelly’s comic I Kill Giants, featuring a surprising lack of giants and suprising abundance of awesome. We show Keith Giffen some love and wished he loved us back, we contemplate blackmailing Chris Ware, I defend The Walking Dead and Image Comics, and Jason gushes about Dungeons and Dragons.
Music by Legbone, Black Wolf Fight, and Hazmat Modine.
Wonderful week to be a comic book fan! Many picks were considered, but one stood-out from the rest; from Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura comes I Kill Giants #6 (Image). Fast Five picks include Echo #8 (Abstract Studios), Final Crisis #5 (DC), House of Mystery #8 (Vertigo), Green Lantern Corps #31 (DC), and Secret Invasion: Dark Reign #1 (Marvel).
Slaying of giants, alien armor, and the Illumi-naughty make this week awesome!