Comics Alternative, Episode 187: Reviews of Panther, Mae #1, and The Walking Dead: The Alien

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The Dynamic Doctoral Duo is back for another action-packed episode promising thrills and chills! This time, Gwen and Derek begin by discussing Brecht Evens’s  Panther (Drawn and Quarterly), a book that gives a first impression of innocence but then becomes darker and increasingly disturbing as the story develops. Gwen is a scholar of children’s literature, and she points out that Evens follows many of the tropes found in picture books, and his style — what you’d find in his earlier works, The Wrong Place and The Making Of — may even lead readers to see this as one. But she argues that Panther is anything but a text for younger readers. Evens’s penchant for watercolor and his borderless panel style make this a most sophisticated narrative, one with no easy answers and ending in ambiguity.

Next, Derek and Gwen transition into yet another portal narrative, Gene Ha’s Mae #1 (Dark Horse Comics). In this new creator-owned series, which began last year as a Kickstarter, the titular character’s older sister, Abbie, has discovered a way into another world and often absents herself from her family. But Abbie’s fantastical getaway begins to insert itself into the mundane world, initiating events that are sure to carry the  homebody Mae into unexpected adventures. This is Ha’s first attempt at both writing and illustrating in a longer narrative form, and it’s a series that both cohosts plan on returning to in the months to come.

Finally, the two wrap up by doing something that has not yet been done on The Comics Alternative: reviewing a Walking Dead title. As much as Derek enjoys the popular comic-book series and the TV show, they’ve just never had the opportunity to discuss a beginning point or something standalone from Kirkman and Allard’s franchise. But this time, they have: Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s one-shot, The Walking Dead: The Alien. This is available on the creators’ Panel Syndicate website, and as with the other titles you’ll find there — e.g., The Private Eye and Barrier — this is a pay-what-you-want comic. Gwen does not have much history with The Walking Dead, and she’s not a fan of zombie narratives, so she brings a unique perspective to the discussion…and likes what she reads. And as Derek points out, this is a title that will resonate with avid Walking Dead fans and at the same time can hold up outside of any larger narrative context. As if we needed any addition reason to love the creative team of Vaughan and Martin.

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Comic News Insider: Episode 667 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: A-Force Vol 2 #1, Last Contract #1, Lone Wolf 2100 Vol 2 #1, Obi-Wan and Anakin #1, The Shannara Chronicles

Jimmy is joined in studio by regular co-host Jon Hoche and newcomer/future foley artist Megan Bussiere! They chat some more Best of 2015 that they forgot about, Jimmy’s going to guest on another podcast and they focus on The Force before heading off to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the 3rd time (2nd for Megan)! News includes: Gene Yang named national ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Netflix will launch new Dreamworks Animation shows including Voltron, The Venture Bros. season 6 premieres January 31st, KaBoom! Studios is making Over the Garden Wall an ongoing series and the final hour long episode of Gravity Falls will air February 15. Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!

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The Backroom team share some first things first, preview Free Comic Book Day, and ponder the topic of superhero resurrections.

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Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 188 (10/30/11)

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The rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated. Lobster Johnson hijacks my show as I nurse the hangover from hell. His Pick Of The Week goes to Mark Waid & Marcos Martin for Daredevil #5 (Marvel). Fast Five picks include Incredible Hulk #1 (Marvel), Journey Into Mystery #630 (Marvel), Captain Swing & The Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island #4 (Avatar), Secret Avengers #18 (Marvel), and Wolverine & The X-Men #1 (Marvel). Spoilers!

Cammy’s Comic Corner – Episode 159 (3/20/11)

No Pick Of The Week, but we do have a great Fast Five! Picks include Ultimate Avengers Vs New Ultimates #2 (Marvel), Hulk #30.1 (Marvel), R.E.B.E.L.S. #26 (DC), 5 Ronin #3 (Marvel), and Amazing Spider-Man #656 (Marvel).

Stay tuned at the end for a special WonderCon announcement!