Arc Reactions – 76 – Turncoat

We cover Turncoat from Boom Studios in this episode. This comic is a great look at the effects of colonialism on the common man set in a sci-fi dystopian world. Creators Alex Paknadel and Artyom Trakhanov do a great job with this 4-issue series telling a compelling tale and giving us lots to talk about.

Talking points
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World building (3:25)
Hybrid kids (27:48)
Marta (38:31)
Everyone is flawed (56:10)
Overall Metaphor/Theme of the story (1:05:25)
Art (1:08:36)

As Mentioned
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Black Panther
Kaijumax

Our next podcast will be our review of the Spider-Man Homecoming film on July 9th.

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Arc Reactions – 70 – Kaijumax Season 1

WARNING! In this episode we talk about a sexual assault scene in Issue 4 of this story. We will provide a trigger warning before we begin talking about it and our show notes will have the time stamps of when we start talking about it and when we finish talking about it.

Kaijumax is a story about giant monsters (Kaiju) that are imprisoned on an island with guards who can grow into giant superheros. We talk about the world building, the tone of the book, the humor, and more.

BAD THINGS
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Made up curse words and slurs (14:16)
Electrogar’s rape scene (17:29)
GOOD THINGS
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Aftermath of Jeung Killing a Kaiju (22:20)
World Building (26:35)
Humor (34:18)
OTHER THINGS
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Tone of the book (36:46)

 

Our next podcast will be our review of the Netflix Iron Fist series on April 16th.

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Arc Reactions – 59 – Sweet Tooth part 2

Welcome to the final episode of Followup Fall for 2016. In this episode, we return to Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire. We talk about the world, the prophecy, the characters and more. This is a truly interesting episode where Dylan and John have very different ideas about the story.

Talking points
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BAD THINGS
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Use of the R-word (3:00)
Prophecy as a story telling device (5:02)
The World (11:05)
Jeppard abandoning his son to the dog boys (17:30)

GOOD THINGS
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Gus killing the gator kid in the sewer to protect Wendy (21:38)
Gus’ innocence despite this bleak world (28:34)

 

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As mentioned in the episode
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Sweet Tooth part 1

 

Our next podcast will be Bat Books For Beginners 147 – Birds of Prey: Catwoman/Oracle on Tuesday, October 18th. Our next Arc Reactions episode will be Dr. Strange (film) on November 6th.

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Arc Reactions – 53 – Ghost Rider: Road To Damnation

We tackle the Spirit of Vengeance with Ghost Rider – Road to Damnation. We are joined by our friend Cade Reynolds and dissect this mini-series where Ghost Rider battles the forces of heaven and hell.

Talking points

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BAD THINGS
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Ghost Rider’s presence does not effect the outcome of the story (4:47)

Methods of the agents of heaven (12:51)

Pacing (22:46)

 

GOOD THINGS
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World Building (26:53)

Art (38:00)

 

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As mentioned in the episode
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Our next podcast will be our coverage of Denver Comiccon on June 26th. Our next Bat Books For Beginners episode will be Bruce Wayne: Fugitive on June 21st.

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Arc Reactions – 36 – Brimstone and the Borderhounds

Brimstone and the Borderhounds follows the titular character as he leads his band of bounty hunters working for the Hell corporation. The group gets set up by a mysterious villain trying to destroy Brimstone. Does that villain succeed? Will the Borderhounds live to fight another day? Listen to the episode and find out.

 

Talking points
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BAD
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Sidekicks (7:45)

Use of racial slurs (13:15)

 

GOOD
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The World (setting) (29:54)

Hostile (serial killer) (39:11)

Detective Altar (45:26)

Brimstone (48:49)

 

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ARP-36-BrimstoneBorderhounds.mp3

 

As mentioned:

Hound Entertainment Group
ARP – Captain America – The Winter Soldier

 

Our next episodes will be Bat Books For Beginners – Episode 131: Huntress – Cry For Blood on June 16th.

And come back July 5th for our Death of Wolverine episode.


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We look forward to hearing form you and thanks for listening

 

Comics Alternative Interviews: Isabel Greenberg

The Art of World-Building

IsabelGreenbergOn this episode of The Comics Alternative Interviews, the Two Guys with PhDs talk with Isabel Greenberg, the author of The Encyclopedia of Early Earth (Little, Brown and Company). Most of the conversation centers around Isabel’s debut book — the genesis of The Encyclopedia, its dominant theme of storytelling, its structure as a series of embedded narratives, the artist’s preference for black-and-white illustration, the many myths that inform Greenberg’s storyworld, its I call them humans (c) Isabel Greenberg.jpgintended audiences, the humor that permeates the book, and the kind of critical responses it has been receiving — but Andy and Derek also ask the author about her history as a reader of comics, her time as an apprentice creator, and her plans for future stories. While The Encyclopedia of Early Earth has been garnering much critical praise — including its place on Derek and Andy’s “Best of 2013” list — Isabel Greenberg is a fairly new name on this side of the pond. So the Two Guys talk with her about her history with the UK comics scene and the ways in which her work is finding a much wider audience. It’s a fun conversation, and it ends with the promise of more great things coming from Isabel’s imagination.

This week’s incidental music is brought to you by
the original soundtrack to the film, A Night on Earth

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