Originating out of the same ’80s black-and-white/anthropomorphic boom that brought us the Ninja Turtles, Usagi Yojimbo is one of the few comics of that batch that are still going today. Stan Sakai’s work combines historical drama, understated violence, light comedy, and even some explanations of 17th century Japanese culture — and he can pack a surprising amount of story into a few pages. Tom Spurgeon joins Tim and Kumar to talk about the long-eared samurai.
In preparation for the new Michael Bay movie, we decided to cover a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle story. We settled on City at War which takes place after the Shredder has been killed by Leonardo. Will the Turtles be able to survive the aftermath? Come along with us as we watch the characters grow as individuals and a team.
Casey Jones characterization (26:06)
A middle story (35:46)
Turtles get the opportunity to team up with The Foot and end their conflict for good, but at what cost (42:27)
The conflict of Bushido honor and loyalty with an increasingly complicated set of circumstances. (55:21)
Leo’s motivation to kill Shredder’s elite guard (complicated) (1:03:53)
Violent but not gorry? (1:07:17)
Turtles have to learn to operate as a team without their mentor Splinter (1:12:23)
Rat King (1:13:18)
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Today we also released our movie review for Guardians of the Galaxy. Join us next week for the TMNT movie.
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It’s the 71st episode of the Wayne’s Comics podcast, now at ComicBooked.Com!
This week, I have a fun interview with Jeff Amano, scripter for the excellent Kickstart (not Kickstarter!) comic Divine Wind! Here’s the description: “Five years ago, the Samurai drove back the Mongols from their shores where they were swallowed up by the Dvine Wind. But their return has been inevitable and their armies gather, thirsty for revenge. Young fisherman Shoichi follows his dream of becoming a Samurai when Kublai Khan’s Mongol horde invades again. Led by the wise warrior-monk Tametomo, Shoichi and the samurai battle to the last to defend their island.” We discuss this graphic novel and also check out other projects he’s working on, so be sure to give it a listen!
Then I review the latest comics, and everything wraps up with Gianluca Glazer discussing the latest ‘News & Previews’ with me as he does every week!
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DC Entertainment and Boom! Studios artist Dave Beaty along with special guest host Darrell Taylor join Shawn as they reminisce about the Super Powers Collection by Kenner! We talk about the toys (good, great, and bad), the Super Powers mini-comics, & geek out over childhood memories.
World of Hurt Kickstarter Project by Jay Potts – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/53746704/world-of-hurt-the-thrill-seekers-graphic-novel?ref=live
Jetta – Tales of the Toshigawa: Full Circle OGN – http://www.dcbservice.com/search.aspx?search=jetta
Bushi Tales – http://www.bushitales.com
Some of Darrell Taylor’s podcasts – http://comicbookroadshowandnoapologies.wordpress.com/
Super Powers Mini Comics – http://rapidshare.com/files/454150248/SuperPowersMiniComics.zip
Unreleased Super Powers Line – http://www.comicsalliance.com/2011/02/03/unused-and-unbelievable-action-figure-designs-for-road-warri/