Comics Alternative, Episode 218: Reviews of Love and Rockets #1, Garden of the Flesh, and The One Hundred Nights of Hero

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This week the Two Guys with PhDs Talking about Comics check out three recent titles, including the latest contributions from the Hernandez brothers. They begin with Love and Rockets #1 (Fantagraphics), the launch of the brothers’ new (fourth) series that will appear quarterly and in magazine-sized format. This kind of presentation harkens back to the original run of Love and Rockets beginning in the early 1980s. Andy and Derek are quick to point out that, while the format may have changed, the storytelling picks up where the Love and Rockets: New Stories annual left off. Jaime continues his previous storylines surrounding Princess Animus, Vivian’s half-sister Tonta, and, perhaps most notable, Maggie and Hopey’s punk reunion. With Gilbert, it’s the always evolving and convoluted Fritz saga, with even more Fritz imitators to keep track of.

And on the topic of Beto…The next book under discussion is his Garden of the Flesh (Fantagraphics). This is Gilbert’s treatment of the Book of Genesis, although with less fidelity than Robert Crumb has demonstrated. As you might expect, there’s a lot of explicit content, something that you might find in his Blubber series. In fact, the guys note that what we have with Garden of the Flesh is the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Noah and the flood…but with a lot of money shots.

Finally, Andy and Derek turn to Isabel Greenberg’s The One Hundred Nights of Hero (Little Brown). This is her follow up to 2014’s The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, and everything is set in the same storyworld. Here we find the return of god/creator BirdMan and his children Kid and Kiddo. And as with Greenberg’s first book, the overriding theme in The One Hundred Nights of Hero is storytelling. This time around, however, that theme is linked directly to female empowerment and sisterhood. With more than a tip of the pen to One Thousand and One Arabian Nights, Greenberg’s tale demonstrates not only how worlds are created through language, but the dynamics underlying the control of those worlds.


Arc Reactions – 35 – Billy Loves Nibbles

Travis Bundy, the creator of Billy Loves Nibbles, joins us for an interview about his latest graphic novel. In the novel Billy, a mentally handicapped man, falls in love with a pug named Nibbles and inadvertently takes on the mob when his dog gets hit by a car. Join us as we dive into this great independent comic that you can get by visiting the Indiegogo campagin.

Talking points


Bad things

Questionable content (7:57)


Good things

The Setting (9:47)

Momma (13:36)

Billy (25:29)

Helping characters (31:28)

Mob (36:35)

The story (42:18)

Art style (45:15)


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As mentioned in the episode:

Billy Loves Nibbles Indiegogo campaign
Creator’s Edge Press
Spokane Comiccon


Please check out our Age of Ultron movie review which is also releasing today.

Our next episodes will be Bat Books For Beginners – Episode 130: Batman Evolution on May 19th.

And come back May 26th for our Denver Comiccon review.

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