Reviews: Back to the Future Citizen Brown #1, Penny Dreadful #1, Satellite Falling #1
Melissa Dowell joins Jimmy in studio for this solemn remembrance of the legendary Darwyn Cooke. They chat about his legacy and some of their favorite works. Jimmy was lucky enough to have known Darwyn over the years (see previous post on CNI website) having interviewed him a few times and hung out at various comic shows. The comic world lost a great one but his work will live on and you must check it out if you haven’t. Producer Joe also helped put together a compilation of the 3 interviews that CNI did with Darwyn over the years and will release it later this week. Still great talks and Darwyn gives great insight into his work. News includes: DC Comics gets a new logo (again), Agent Carter and The Muppets are officially cancelled, Supergirl moves to The CW for season 2, Disney Tsum Tsum plush toys are coming to Marvel comics, an X-Force film is being developed, Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will get a spin-off movie, San Diego Comic Con may be creating a special Comic Con awards show, New York Comic Con will require fan verification for all attendees and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
“It’s like Invasion of the Body Snatchers…but with more weed.”
This week on The Comics Alternative, Andy and Derek review three recent works. They begin with Darwyn Cooke’s Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground, from IDW Publishing. This is the fourth of Cooke’s comics adaptation of the Parker crime/heist novels from acclaimed writer Donald Westlake (AKA, Richard Stark). The Two Guys compare Slayground to the three other works Cooke has previously released: The Hunter (2009), The Outfit (2010), and The Score (2012). They note that while they like this graphic novel, and find Cooke’s artwork (as always) truly outstanding, they nonetheless feel that the book is a little slim, especially when compared to the earlier works. At the same time, the book also includes a reprint of the 11-page story “The 7eventh,” originally appearing in Richard Stark’s Parker: The Martini Edition (2011). What with IDW’s recent announcement that they’re going to be publishing Westlake’s original Parker novels, illustrated by Darwyn Cooke, and the promise of another Cooke adaptation of one of those novels, this is an exciting time to be reading the Parker narratives.
Next, the Two Guys with PhDs discuss two new #1 issues: James Robinson and J. Bone’s The Saviors (Image Comics) and The Midas Flesh (BOOM! Studios), written by Ryan North with art by Braden Lamb and Shelli Paroline. Their discussions of these two recent comic books are complementary, and at times provide illustrations of contrast. The Saviors gets going with an Invasion of the Body Snatchers and horror kind of feel — weird creatures of some sort apparently infiltrate a small Southwestern community and pose as respected locals — is told from the perspective of a pothead, and ends with a cliffhanger…literally! The Midas Flesh, which will be an 8-issue miniseries, juxtaposes two different stories, one a sci-fi quest taking place in an apocalyptic (?) future and the other alluding to Greek mythology set in some distant past. What makes this title especially notable is that it’s the first for the publisher’s BOOM! Box imprint, and the guys still aren’t sure how BOOM! will be defining that imprint. Both of these new #1s leave the guys, to greater or lesser degrees, anticipating future issues and looking forward to how their stories unfold.