Comics Alternative, On Location: The Second September Visit to Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find

Batman’s Junk

Michael and Derek are back at their local shop, Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find, to discuss recent mainstream and indie titles that have captured their attention. Mike starts the ball rolling by focusing on recent expressions of a couple of second-tier characters, Doctor Strange and Hawkman, as handled by Mark Waid and Robert Venditti, respectively. He then takes the conversation into a more “adult” direction with the first issue in Batman: Damned, part of DC’s new Black Label imprint. This title is notable for a couple of reasons. First, it’s now difficult to find, and as such, both fans and retailers are selling copies for a hefty price. But even more significant is the fact that in this first issue, readers get to see Batman naked. That’s right, Wayne’s wang. Batman’s junk. The recent titles that Derek brings up are much tamer in nature. He begins with Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins’s Black Badge (BOOM! Studio), the second issue of which will be released next week. This is a promising new limited series that has all of the secretive, undercover, and espionage-y markings of a Kindt narrative. However, Derek isn’t as excited about the new Image series, Man-Eaters, written by Chelsea Cain and art by Kate Niemczyk. While he admires the message that seems to be embedded in the story, the first issue is rather sketchy in laying any satisfying narrative groundwork. But Derek more enamored by the minicomic Common Blessings and Common Curses, written by Maritsa Patrinos and nominated this year for an Ignatz Award in the Outstanding Minicomic category. It was a wonderful find at this year’s Small Press Expo.

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F BombCast 74: Mind If We Dance With Yo’ Dates

TJ And Kev take a seat on the aisle as we discuss Shutter Island, House of the Devil, and such topical films as the Star Wars Prequels. I apologize right here cause we get into our feelings on Captain America 602 and Mark Waid and Boom! studios, So things get slightly political, but I promise we really don’t get too much into ideologies, just our feelings on creators interjecting their opinions into their work, what we say may actually surprise you. The Comics, Oh the Glorious Comics, Lots of damn Comics. All the books discussed are : GI Joe Cobra II #1, Colt Noble and the Megalords, Buffy the Vampire Slayer #32, Books of Blood/Hellblazer miniseries 1&2, and Doomwar #1.

Also there is contest announcement at the end of the episode.

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