Comics Alternative, Episode 250: Reviews of The Death of Stalin, Moonstruck #1, and Kros: Hallowed Ground

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Monsters…or Others

This week on The Comics Alternative‘s regular review show, the Two Guys discuss three recent titles, all of which involve monsters….or outsiders, depending on your perspective. They begin with The Death of Stalin, written by Fabien Nury and with art by Thierry Robin (Titan Comics). This is a translation of a French text that is soon to be released as a major motion picture in the UK, and then eventually coming to the US. It’s the semi-historical account of the death of Joseph Stalin and the unusual circumstances surrounding that event. As Andy and Derek point out, Nury’s dark sense of humor is apparent throughout, while Robin’s art captures the grittiness of the context.

Next, the guys move on to Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle, and Kate Leth’s Moonstruck #1 (Image Comics). The story takes place in an urban setting, with young people going about their daily, and sometimes wacky, lives…sort of like something out of Seinfeld or Friends. However, what marks this series is its fantastical nature: everyone is a mythical figure of some sort. While Leth provides a bit of the art, the lion’s share goes to newcomer Shae Beagle, which is a stand out. And although both guys had wondered when they read the original solicit if this series may be a bit too “cute,” they find Ellis’s story mature in a way they hadn’t expected.

Finally, Andy and Derek do something they haven’t really done before: review a title that is only available through a Kickerstarter campaign. Tom Mandrake and John Ostrander’s Kros: Hallowed Ground takes place during the horrific yet decisive Battle of Gettysburg, but it’s more than just a war story. This is a landscape populated by vampires. And what better feeding ground for bloodsuckers than this battlefield? On it’s own, this narrative leaves open a few questions, but the guys sense that this is the first in a series of Kros tales that will flesh out a larger storyworld. They hope that this, as well as other future installments, might find its way to print in the future.

The PKD Black Box – Episode #89: The Legends Edition

On this week’s show Shawn briefly discusses his future with Action Lab Entertainment, and then goes all in with a roundtable of special guests (David A. Price, Chris Campbell, Julian Lytle, and Martheus Wade) as they discuss the “Legends” mini-series from DC Comics!

And later in the show, Donny Salvo swings by to give us some interviews with top-notch creators from this year’s New York Comic Con.

Enjoy, and remember that Darkseid is a BOSS.

Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke: The Jonah Hex Podcast – Episode 5

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Scott H. Gardner goes solo for the latest, exciting, NEW weekly program from the “Two True Freaks!” network of fine internet radio shows!

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“Death and the Acrid Smell of Gunsmoke” — The Jonah Hex Podcast

In this fifth episode, Scott acknowledges some debts, gives thanks for all the excellent listener feedback, and even throws out suggestions for some other worthwhile western comics — plus offers up a movie recommendation! 

And then it’s on to Weird Western Tales #13 — and the story entitled “The Killer’s Last Wish” by John Albano, Tony DeZuniga, and Joe Orlando. 

Who is Windy Taylor?  Why has he sent for Jonah Hex?  What strange connection does he have to our anti-hero’s past?

Find out all this and more as we continue exploring the weird and thrilling tales of the baddest bad-ass bounty hunter ever to roam the Old West…

Jonah Woodson Hex!! 

 

NEXT WEEK:  Weird Western Tales #14!

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Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 114 (2/14/10)

So many fantastic picks out this week, but I can only talk about six! Speaking of six, Pick Of The Week from Gail Simone, John Ostrander, and J. Calafiore comes Secret Six #18 (DC). Fast Five picks include Ultimate Armor Wars #4 (Marvel), R.E.B.E.L.S. #13 (DC), Haunt #5 (Image), Daytripper #3 (Vertigo), and Amazing Spider-Man #620 (Marvel).

Tune in at the end of the episode for a very special announcement!