Episode #297 features the return of scripter Jeff Parker, who I had the privilege of interviewing during the recent Baltimore Comic-Con! We talked about his work on the excellent Future Quest comic for DC, and how much he enjoys writing the various classic Saturday morning characters including the Herculoids, Space Ghost, Birdman, Mightor and Jonny Quest. He talks his favorites as well as what we might expect from this title in the near future. Since I’ve talked with Jeff before, I thought I’d include that interview in this episode as well. At that time, Jeff was working on Aquaman and Batman ’66 for DC Comics, and he talked about how he landed those gigs, among other things. I also chatted with him about his other work, including Underground, a fascinating trade paperback! Don’t miss this Jeff Parker spectacular!
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- 00:00:30 – Introduction
- 00:02:21 – Setup
- 00:03:03 – Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero
- 00:28:16 – Adam Strange/Future Quest Special
- 00:45:10 – Booster Gold/The Flintstones Special
- 00:53:05 – Green Lantern/Space Ghost Special
- 01:04:30 – Suicide Squad/The Banana Splits Special
- 01:20:22 – Wrap up
- 01:22:14 – Contact us
This week Andy and Derek discuss five new titles. They start off with Michael DeForge’s latest book, Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero (Drawn and Quarterly). While this is an unusual story, it’s nonetheless one of DeForge’s most conventional stories, at least when compared to many of his previous works. It’s an episodic narrative about its titular character, a multi-talented 49-year-old woman who moves to a Canadian national park to escape a scandal surrounding her rich father’s finances. There she befriends a bunny named Oatmeal, a moose lawyer who goes by the name “Lisa Hanawalt,” a love-struck eel, a “marked” young woman called Girl McNally, dumb geese, proxy ants, a bear chronicler, and the park’s wannabe reporter “Michael DeForge.” Did we mention that this is one of DeForge’s more conventional stories? This title began as a webcomic on Tumblr, and while people can still find the complete comic up and available, the guys strongly recommend that listeners get the new book to fully take in the physical, tactile experience.
Next, the Two Guys with PhDs turn to the four new Hanna-Barbera one-shots from DC Comics: the Adam Strange/Future Quest Special (by Mark Andreyko, Jeff Parker, and Steve Lieber), the Booster Gold/The Flintstones Special (Mark Russell, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna), the Green Lantern/Space Ghost Special (James Tynion IV, Christopher Sebela, and Ariel Olivetti), and the Suicide Squad/The Banana Splits Special (Tony Bedard, Ben Caldwell, and Mark Morales). They both enjoy all four of the titles, although Derek has some reservations about the Suicide Squad/Banana Splits team-up, and Andy feels that the Green Lantern/Space Ghost one is a missed opportunity. But they spend about as much time discussing the short backups in these four specials, with Howard Chaykin’s Ruff ‘n’ Reddy being a standout. Is that any surprise
While Aquaman has been around since 1941 and been through several badass incarnations, it seems everyone but dedicated Aquaman readers still thinks of him as the lightweight, Super Friends Aquaman. Tim, who’s been getting into the current Aquaman series, is joined this week by longtime Aquaman reader Emmet O’Cuana to sift through the character’s long history, various conflicting origin stories, costume changes, supporting cast, and more.
On this podcast we Hail Hydra! Everyone is doing it. After that we review Flash Gordon #1, Iron Fist #1 and the controversial Invincible #110. Comic book reviews! Ah-ahh! Listen in!
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The crew returns with the extra-special, extra-long 5-Year Anniversary Episode!
This week, it’s Brant, John, Gordon and Ron.
We have a HUGE show this week. First, the guys open with a skit.
Next, we do our usual opening and headlines, followed by TWO Topic Time segments, reviewing Starlight #2 and Flash Gordon #1!
Then, we have sample audio from upcoming episodes of Hall of Toys and the RaynMan Power Hour!
There’s also Facebook Shout-Outs, and guest audio clips to round out the show!
Finally, the guys wrap things up with some announcements.
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On this podcast we review three new titles: DC Comics’ Trinity of Sin: Pandora and Batman ‘66, and Marvel Comics’ What If? AVX #1. Oh, and a quick review of The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1. That’s about it, really. Listen in!
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Aww yeah, it’s another episode of my comic book shiz-ow! Pick Of The Week goes to Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples for Saga #4 (Image)! Fast Five picks include Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy #1 (Dark Horse), Daredevil #14 (Marvel), Glory #27 (Image), Fables #118 (Vertigo), and Dark Avengers #117 (Marvel). Spoilers!
This week on the 199th episode of your favourite East Coast Canadian LIVE comics radio show and podcast, we welcome Jeff Parker to the Monster Cave. You know Jeff’s work from such great series’ as Agents of Atlas, Hulk and of course, Monster Mike’s favourite Avengers book; Thunderbolts!
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Action-packed week for comics! Pick Of The Week goes to Mike Costa, Christos Gage, Chee, and Antonio Fuso for G.I. JOE: COBRA #13 (IDW). Fast Five picks include Brightest Day #20 (DC), Darkwing Duck #9 (BOOM! Studios), Thunderbolts #153 (Marvel), Green Lantern Corps #57 (DC), and 28 Days Later #20 (BOOM! Studios).
Apparently you ninnies need a spoiler warning from now on, so consider yourself warned! Pick Of The Week goes to Rick Remender & Jerome Opeña for Uncanny X-Force #4 (Marvel). Fast Five picks include Avengers #9 (Marvel), Scalped #45 (Vertigo), Thunderbolts #152 (Marvel), Detective Comics #873 (DC), and Fantastic Four #587 (Marvel).
Heads-up number two; I slightly rant about Marvel’s PR and the Fantastic Four this episode.
Very good week to be a comic book fan! Pick Of The Week goes to Jonathan Ross & Tommy Lee Edwards for Turf #3 (Image). Fast Five picks include Superman/Batman #77 (DC), The Walking Dead #78 (Image), Kick-Ass 2 #1 (Icon), Guarding The Globe #2 (Image), and Hulk #26 (Marvel).
Also, big announcement at the end regarding the Long Beach Comic Con!