Comics Alternative, Episode 272: Reviews of Babylon Berlin, The True Death of Billy the Kid, and The Highest House #1

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This week Gene and Derek discuss three recent titles, all of which concern mysteries. They begin with Babylon Berlin (Titan Comics), Arne Jysch’s comics adaptation of Volker Kutscher’s noir prose novel. It takes place in 1929 Berlin and set in the Weimar Republic, with all of its historical and cultural contexts embedded within. The guys are very impressed with Jysch and Kutscher’s narrative, and they spend a lot of time not only discussing the work as an example of crime noir, but also the issues involved in adapting a text from one medium to another (including the recent Netflix series).

Next, they look at Rick Geary’s latest efforts, The True Death of Billy The Kid (NBM Graphic Novels). This began as a Kickstarter campaign back in 2014, and in many ways it follows the format of Geary’s true crime comics. Indeed, both Derek and Gene are big fans of Geary’s art and his handling of the history and research surrounding infamous deeds. This is not a biography of Billy the Kid, but true to the book’s title, it focuses on the days that lead up to the death of this legendary figure.

Finally, the Two Guys turn their attention to The Highest House #1 (IDW Publishing). Released in conjunction with the French publisher Glénat Editions, this brings back together Mike Carey, Peter Gross, and Yuko Shimizu, the creative team that brought us The Unwritten. This story is more of an overt fantasy than the previous series. The inaugural issue sets a solid foundation for Carey’s world building, and as both Gene and Derek observe, the larger album format allows a full display of Gross’s marvelous art.

V for Vertigo, Episode 103: Summer Movies

I recently watched both Thor and Fast Five so you know I have to talk about them. Don’t worry, I don’t spoil them, but if you haven’t seen them, you should. And stay past the credits, this includes Fast Five.

There’s one sad, but unsurprising news this week as I say goodbye to FOX’s Human Target. I then move on talking about the imaginative, inventive, and something else that starts with ‘i’ in The Unwritten: Dead Man’s Knock (Mike Carey, Peter Gross). It’s Vertigo’s best ongoing series.

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Episode 81: East Coast Bias

This week I talk about how the Gigantes didn’t win but how the Phillies lost, at least according to the talking heads on various sports networks. I also go over how different people are from me and how they suck.

Lastly, I talk about Vertigo’s only on-going series that’s not written by people starting with the letter ‘W’ in The Unwritten: Inside Man (Mike Carey, Peter Gross). I struggle talking about it as I wasn’t expecting to talk about it alone.

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The Fourth Wall Comics Podcast Episode 103

In which the boys ask an important question to their listening audience: “Who buys this stuff?


  • [01:37] The Unwritten #17
  • [10:03] Morning Glories #2
  • [19:05] Joe The Barbarian #7 (OF 8)
  • [27:38] Halo: Fall Of Reach: Boot Camp #1 (OF 4)
  • [35:27] Astonishing Spider-Man Wolverine #3 (OF 5)

Teenage Wasteland Episode 80 – The Flash, The Unwritten, Batman and More

This time on Teenage Wasteland…

A traditional episode. Four comic books with four reviews.

Books Mentioned
Batman: The Widening Gyre #1
The Executor
The Flash #4
The Unwritten #15

Teenage Wasteland Episode 62 – Sweet on Sweet Tooth

This week on Teenage Wasteland…

A new release from Zenescope, some old favorites with The Unwritten and Batman & Robin and Sweet Tooth quickly rises up the ranks. Plus, what has happened to Captain America? And if that wasn’t enough, the first ever installment of The Sandbox from Mr. Jeff Sandquist.

Books Discussed
The Waking #1
Captain America: Reborn, Who Will Wield the Shield, and #602
Batman and Robin #7
The Unwritten #9
Sweet Tooth #1-5 “Out of the Deep Woods”

Music featured is by GZA.

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Teenage Wasteland Episode 50 – Comic Talk & A Look Back

The milestone! This week I take a look back on TW thus far and give thanks to all those who have supported and followed. Also, an e-mail, audio comments and a plethora of comic book reviews. Fifty in the can, ladies & gents, but I’m sure not done.

Items Discussed: The Darkness: Accursed Vol. 2, Deadman: Exorcism, The Factor #0, Northlanders Vol. 1, Sleeper: Season 2, Superboy (1994) #60-64, Unwritten #6, Young Liars Vol. 1

Music featured is by The Deftones.

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