This week I will discuss the Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto’s run on Black Widow! I also talk about there other works as well as where this run ranks among other Black Widow series. Enjoy!
The Professor from Rhymes With Geek sits in on this podcast again as we talk Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the blown-up FF movie cast and Oscar “I’m now Apocalypse” Isaac. Then we review Image Comics’ ODY-C #1. We’re going R2-D2 short this episode. Listen in!
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On this podcast we’re joined by the head muckety muck of Rhymes With Geek as we talk some Marvel TV / DC movie news, and review Armor Hunters #1, Revenge #4 and Original Sins #1. That’s a face full of entertainment. Listen in!
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Destruction, Death, and the Holocaust…an Uplifting Show!
This week on The Comics Alternative, Derek and Gene put on their happy faces to review three titles concerned with the positive and uplifting sides of life. First, they go through Loïc Dauvillier and Marc Lizano’s Hidden: A Child’s Story of the Holocaust (First Second), a new graphic novel focusing on genocide. A translation of the 2012 French album, L’enfant cachée, this is the story of a survivor telling her young granddaughter the traumas she underwent in 1940s France. Perhaps even more significantly, it’s a story about hiding: hiding from terror, hiding who you are, hiding your experiences, and hiding from your family. Among other facets of the book, the guys focus on the possible audience assumptions with this story, how it’s crafted for younger readers while at the same time having an all-age appeal. Next, they turn to Genesis (Image Comics), the new one-shot from Nathan Edmondson and Alison Sampson. Gene is uncertain about the issue, feeling that the story reaches for a deeper significance that it never really earns. Derek is a little more positive, arguing that Sampson’s intriguing (and at times, surreal) art goes a long way in carrying the weight of this quasi-parable. The story has everything to do with death and destruction…much like Hidden, and much like the next title that the Two Guys review. The latest issue of World War 3 Illustrated (distributed through Top Shelf Productions), #45, is described by editors Peter Kuper and Scott Cunningham as “the death issue.” All of the 31 contributions to this anthology have something to do with death, whether it be the passing of a family member, the “death” of an idea or identity, coming to terms with the end of life, or the presence of death in art and literature. As Derek and Gene discuss, some of the most moving, and most notable, pieces in this latest issue of World War 3 Illustrated include comics by Kuper, Rosalie Lightning and Tom Hart, Hayley Gold, Seth Tobocman, Sandy Jimenez, and Kevin C. Pyle. The tone of the comics discussed in this episode may be dark or heavy, but the stories are all fascinatingly told and well worth reading.
This episode’s incidental music is brought to us by
Elvis Costello’s Blood and Chocolate
This week on the Let’s Talk Comics podcast we welcome artist Christian Ward to the show. Christian’s style is one that is positively unmistakable and one that is going to make waves in comics. An art teacher by day, Christian is clearly a student of the medium and doing everything he can to make his mark on this industry. He got his first pro comics gig with the Atomic Robo team, then went to work with Nathan Edmondson on Olympus and later did Infinite Vacation with Nick Spencer. With an upcoming creator owned series coming out from Image Comics with writer Matt Fraction, he’s a picture perfect example that it’s never too late to jump into making comics. And thats not all because Christian’s work can also be seen gracing the covers of some current Marvel comics!
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Art’s piloting the rocketship, this time around. Also we talk about Frankenstein, young and old, mention girl superheroes, and discuss ex-hitmen on the run. What’s on the space docket for this episode:
[01:39] Takio #1
[18:22] Frankenstein Alive, Alive #1
[31:17] Dancer #1
Intro Music: Edgar Winter Group – “Frankenstein”
Freddie got the chance to sit down with writer Nathan Edmondson at Wizard World Austin back in November to discuss Grifter, the DCnU, The Activity, working with artists Mitch Gerads and Nic Klien, screenwriting, Batman, and more.
Issue #4 of Grifter hits shelves this Wednesday. (12/14) Be sure to check it out!
For more info on Nathan Edmondson check out nathan-e.com.
To listen to Freddie’s first interview with Mr. Edmondson (from Jan. 2011) go here.
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!
Part two of the continuing adventures of The Fourth Wall boys reading DC comic books. The secret word of the day is tepid. As in, “The Fourth Wall’s tepid reception for the following books Grifter, Green Lantern, and Batwoman (to an extent) will be evident if you listen to this episode.”
[00:54] Grifter #1
[09:27] Green Lantern #1
[20:14] Batwoman #1
The review episodes are back! No pick this week, but we do have a Fast Five! Affordable Fast Five picks include Chew #18 (Image), Jonah Hex #66 (DC), Nonplayer #1 (Image), Sweet Tooth #20 (Vertigo), and Who Is Jake Ellis? #3 (Image).
It’s been a hectic week, so I’ll have the Book Of The Month show up within the next few days!
So many good choices this week, only so few spots available. Pick Of The Week goes to Nathan Edmondson & Tonci Zonjic for Who Is Jake Ellis? #2 (Image). Fast Five picks include Fantastic Four #588 (Marvel), King Conan #1 (Dark Horse), Star Trek: Infestation #2 (IDW), Scalped #46 (Vertigo), and Avengers #10 (Marvel).
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