It’s our Best of 2016! And just like last year, Jimmy sits down with The Beat’s Heidi MacDonald and good pal Jon Hoche to go over their 2016 favorites in comic books, TV and film. They didn’t read or watch everything released that year, so it’s just the Best of what they did read/watch. Fun discussions on great comics, their creators, TV shows, films, actors and more. What were your favorites last year? Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
Reviews: The Circle #1, Motor Crush #1, Reggie and Me Vol 2 #1, Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #1
Jimmy is joined in studio again by co-Hoche-st with the most, Jon Hoche! Jimmy’s birthday did not go as planned but he appreciated your wishes! He also attended the awesome Warner Bros. Holiday Media Mixer and got to hang with some of his favorite publicists. News included: Dragon Ball Super will air in January, A Duck Tales reboot is coming next year, Archie Comics will release 4 special one-shots, Gypsy will come to The Flash TV show, Pokemon Go releases new monsters, Fantagraphics is getting into the superhero game, R.L. Stine will write Man-Thing, and DC Comics is teaming up some of their heroes with ones from Hanna-Barbera. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
This month for the on-location recording at Collected Comics and Games in Plano, TX, the discussion table is rather crowded. Derek is joined by many of the regular Collected customers — Craig, Matt, and Nick — but joining the conversation for the first time are Tristan, Chris, and Carrie, as well as Brian, the shop’s newest associate. The talk begins with Craig’s recounting of his own experiences at this year’s San Diego Comic-Com, but then it segues into a discussion of recent comics that folks have been reading. Some of those titles include Grant Morrison’s Klaus, Divinity II, Black Hammer, Backstagers, Giant Days, Voltron Legendary Defender, Fight Club 2, Black Panther, WonderWoman,and various Brian K. Vaughan titles. They also discuss several comics-related Netflix shows, DC’s upcoming Young Animal series, and writers in other media who have tried their hands in comics. Needless to say, this is a packed episode with a full table of participants and plenty of topics to go around.
Reviews: Batman Vol 2 #50, Circuit-Breaker #1, Independence Day #1, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Jon Hoche makes it 3 weeks in a row as co-host! They chat about the Supergirl/Flash crossover in all of its adorableness and have a LENGTHY discussion/recap/review of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I mean LENGTHY. News includes: lots of DC Rebirth news, Elijah Wood will be the co-lead in BBC America’s upcoming Dirk Gently series, Peter Serafinowicz has been cast as The Tick in the upcoming Amazon live action pilot. and the Kingsman sequel will be called Kingsman: The Golden Circle and will take place in America. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
“There’s a lot of liquid and goo in this first issue”
For the past several weeks the Two Guys with PhDs have been looking mostly at book-length works, trades, original graphic novels, and archival collections. This week, Andy W. and Derek thought that they’d catch up with their single-comic-book-issue reading by focusing on six recent #1 titles:
Paper Girls – Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang (Image Comics)
Monstress – Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
Klaus – Grant Morrison and Dan Mora (BOOM! Studios)
Snow Blind – Ollie Masters and Tyler Jenkins (BOOM! Studios)
James Bond – Warren Ellis and Jason Masters (Dynamite Entertainment)
The guys note that there’s an embarrassment of riches to choose from, as there have been many recent first issues from some powerhouse creators, including Brian K. Vaughan, Jason Aaron, Grant Morrison, and Warren Ellis. For the most part, each of the titles from these writers is a home run, although Andy is not quite impressed with Klaus, feeling that it’s a little too formulaic. The guys also note that The Goddamned isn’t for those with Puritanical sensibilities, James Bond breaks free of the property’s Hollywood shackles, and Paper Girls visits the 1980s in a fun and non-stereotypical way. (Plus, Derek is glad that there are no Goonies references anywhere to be found.) Snow Blind is a great first issue, as well, setting up what promises to be an intelligent four-issue crime/noir miniseries…although given the potential in this inaugural issue, this story seems that it could go on for more than four installments. And both Andy and Derek are bowled away by Liu and Takeda’s Monstress. Not only is the storytelling sophisticated, intricate, and intelligently populated, but there is over sixty pages of story in this first issue. The guys are used to oversized #1 issues from Image — in fact, they’re getting spoiled by them — but the amount of material in this comic goes above and beyond! Finally, the guys wrap up my commenting briefly on some of the other recent #1 issues that they could have included in this episode, such as Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s Black Magick(Image Comics); Garth Ennis and Keith Burns’s Johnny Red(Titan Comics); Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, and Patric Reynolds’s Joe Golem: Occult Detective (Dark Horse Comics); and Sam Humphries and Tommy Patterson’s Citizen Jack (Image Comics). And then there are the various Vertigo #1 issues that have been coming out recently. But that’s the subject of another podcast!
Chris goes solo with this episode and when he’s left to his own devices things can get… scary.
This episode Chris goes over a little bit of news, covers KLAUS #1, UFOLOGY #6, ROWANS RUIN #2, THE WOODS #17, and briefly touches on JOHN FLOOD #4, TOIL AND TROUBLE #3, and mentions HACKTIVIST #4 by name! Yeah. That happened.
We’re always looking for your thoughts on the books we read and the books you’re reading. So, be sure to comment below and let’s talk about it!
Reviews: E Is For Extinction #1, We Are Robin #1, Venture #1, Falling Skies (TNT), Humans (AMC)
The podcast wife Erica Schultz returns to help finish off the final Heroes Con interviews that Jimmy got while covering his favorite convention. You’ll hear Nate Simpson (Nonplayer), Andrew Maclean (Head Lopper/Apocalyptigirl) and Lauren Moran! News includes: Grant Morrison/Dan Mora bring a bad ass new Santa Claus origin in Klaus from Boom! Studios, Top Cow will end Witchblade series in October, Guillermo del Toro has dropped out of the Justice League Dark movie, Season 3 of Agents of SHIELD will feature the Secret Warriors, Aquaman is most toxic superhero online, a The Walking Dead zombie cruise is scheduled in January with stars from the series and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love!