Comics Alternative, Episode 268: Reviews of Recent Romance Comics

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Built for Love

It’s Valentine’s Day, and this week the Two Guys with PhDs are doing something they’ve never done before: devote an entire episode to recent romance comics. And this year, there are quite a number of new comics devoted to love and relationships…and with curious twists. And speaking of twists, they begin their show by discussing the first two issues of the new Image Comics series, Twisted Romance. This is a four-issue anthology published weekly throughout the month of February, and in issues #1 and #2 we see comics contributions from the creators Alex de Campo, Katie Shelly, Sarah Horrocks, Alejandra Gutierrez, and Meredith McClaren, with short prose offerings from Magen Cubed and Vita Ayala. From there they go to Death of Love #1 (Image Comics), written by Justin Jordan with art by Donal Delay. Much like Twisted Romance, this is a skewed look at love — and this one includes assholes and drugs.

Following that, Gene and Derek discuss one more recent release from Image Comics, Tee Franklin and Jenn St-onge’s Bingo Love. This is a unique LGBT narrative that focuses on the relationship of older citizens. While intended for teen readers, this is a graphic novel that can be appreciated by all ages. After that they visit, once again, the wacky world of Craig Yoe and his partner Clizia Gussoni. Weird Love, Vol. 6: So This Is Love! (IDW Publishing/Yoe Books) is the latest collection of their Weird Love series, classic romance stories from the 1950s and 1960s that not only appear warped to our contemporary eyes, but were probably strange to their original audiences. And finally, the guys wrap up their special Valentine’s Day episode with an offering from DC Comics, Young Monsters in Love. Much like last October’s DC House of Horror, this is an extra-long seasonal anthology issue written and drawn by a who’s who of DC creators. Included are stories focusing on, among others, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat, Raven, Frankenstein Agent of S.H.A.D.E., Solomon Grundy, Deadman, the Creature Commandos, and (one of the guys’ favorites) Monsieur Mallah and the Brain.

Love is definitely in the air this week!

Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #183: The Star Wars, Trees, C.O.W.L. and The Fantastic Four are Gone?

Episode #183

On this podcast we’re joined by Doc Fluxx from Feed It Comics as we discuss the possible disappearance of the Fantastic Four. Then it’s on to comics with reviews of The Star Wars series, Trees #1 and C.O.W.L. #1. That’s how we do. Listen in!

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Wayne’s Comics #94: Kyle Higgins & Dave Romeo

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It’s been a terrific week for fans of Superman and Batman, and we get to celebrate that here at the Wayne’s Comics Podcast with a special 94th episode!

First up is a great interview with Nightwing and upcoming Batman Beyond scribe Kyle Higgins, who talks about both gigs and how he got into writing for the Batman family of comics. He discusses the current storyline with Dick Grayson in Chicago and gives a couple of hints about what we might expect in the coming months.

Then I talk with Dave Romeo from Comics on the Green in Scranton, Pennsylvania, about how his great store is doing (and the industry as well). Their site is located at comicsonthegreen.com!

Everything wraps up my “faster than a speeding bullet” review of the new Superman film Man of Steel, so don’t miss it!

 

Where Monsters Dwell 223 with Kyle Higgins

This week on the only LIVE comics radio show that doesn’t make campaign promises it can’t keep, we welcome writer Kyle Higgins to the Monster Cave (patent pending). You know Kyles work from DC’s New 52 series’ Nightwing and Deathstroke. He joins us to chat about his comics work and his film work, including his thesis film ‘the League’. If you have a question for Kyle, feel free to post it on our Facebook wall or give us a call at 506-453-4949.

Also; ‘Shit Comics Reviewers Say’; This week we picked up Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends #23 and Great Pacific #1 from Strange Adventures.

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 190 (11/13/11)

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Have you joined the Occupy Monster Planet movement yet? Pick Of The Week goes to Jeff Lemire & Alberto Ponticelli for Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE #3 (DC)! Fast Five picks include Incredible Hulk #2 (Marvel), Batwoman #3 (DC), Baltimore: The Plague Ships #4 (Dark Horse), Deathstroke #3 (DC), and Avenging Spider-Man #1 (Marvel).

This episode has been brought to you by, Zombie Outlaw.

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 186 (10/17/11)

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A day late due to technical difficulties (*cough LIBSYN cough*), but I still have plenty to review for you! Pick Of The Week goes to Scott Snyder & Sean Murphy for American Vampire: Survival Of The Fittest #5 (Vertigo). Fast Five picks include Orchid #1 (Dark Horse), Frankenstein: Agent Of S.H.A.D.E. #2 (DC), PunisherMAX #18 (Marvel), Deathstroke #2 (DC), and Who Is Jake Ellis? #5 (Image). Spoilers!

Panel Discussions #17 – Jeff Lemire & Kyle Higgins

This week’s episode sees Russ joined by Jeff Lemire, whose Sweet Tooth and Essex County books have made him an indie darling and whose Superboy bought him enough mainstream cred to position him as one of the architects of DC’s New 52 relaunch project. As the writer of the much-anticipated Animal Man #1, out today, and of Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #1, due out next week. The pair talk about expectations, being excited about the DC relaunch and what “no events” really means.

In the second half? None other than Kyle Higgins, whose upcoming Deathstroke and Nightwing series will help establish a pair of characters who have more years in the metahuman game under their belts than almost anybody, even in the new DC Universe. Will time and age amount to baggage, or will time as Batman simply help to bolster Nightwing’s confidence in his new/old gig?

Played for laughs is our intro music, Jello Biafra and Mojo Nixon’s “Nostalgia For an Age That Never Existed,” which is a reference to the fact that Dan DiDio seems to have suggested that Ted Kord, Wally West and Connor Hawke simply never were in this new timeline. And as a sendoff to the old DC Universe in our first new episode since the release of Flashpoint #5 and Justice League #1 last week, R.E.M.’s “It’s The End of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” plays us out.

Links of Note

Jeff Lemire’s Blog

Kyle Higgins’s website

Kyle Higgins’s The League

Subscribe to DC’s New 52 titles

Buy “Prairie Home Invasion” on Amazon

Buy “Eponymous” on Amazon

Like Panel Discussions on Facebook

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 167 (5/22/11)

Another week, another Fast Five. Picks include Super Dinosaur: Origin Special #1 (Image), Uncanny X-Force #10 (Marvel), 28 Days Later #23 (BOOM! Studios), Batman: Gates of Gotham #1 (DC), and Science Dog Special #2 (Image).

This episode has been brought to you by, VALKYRIE SQUADRON!