In the world of corporate comics, creators are challenged to put together a run on a given book that will stand out against everything that’s come before in that book, and leave a mark on the series that will last well beyond their run. Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run, from 2001 to 2004, met that challenge. In the ten years since he left the book, several characters and situations he set up have endured, including Fantomex, the Stepford Cuckoos, and Scott Summers’ relationship with Emma Frost. Morrison had a good handle on all his characters, old and new, and introduced the new ones in a way that made us care about them, something that certain comics writers have failed to do.
Of course, it’s not perfect. The X-men going public seemed to be the biggest event of the run — somehow overshadowing the slaughter of six million mutants on Genosha. The art was inconsistent — great when Frank Quitely was on it, but questionable some other times. This week Tim and Kumar examine Morrison’s run, particularly the initial “Cassandra Nova” arc.
This week at the only LIVE comics radio show that burns the candle at all three ends, we welcome J. Bone and Mark Millar to the Monster Cave. It’s only our second week with the new hour long format but we’re already switching it up (for this week, anyway).
We’ve been lucky enough to book two fantastic guests so you get TWO great comic creator interviews for the same low, low price of $FREE.99.
First we’ll be chatting with J. Bone about his latest book with Roger Langridge from IDW, Rocketeer: Hollywood Horror. If you haven’t checked it out, run don’t walk to your local retailer and hope they have a copy left for you because it’s great fun!
Next, we are presenting our interview with Mark Millar. He will be filling us in on his latest project with Frank Quitely, Jupiter’s Legacy as well as chatting a bit about his career and what else he has coming up.
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Is Flex Mentallo just a superhero story or is it something far more? Does it speak only to comic book fans or can it say something for everyone? Is it about childhood, adulthood, drugs, loss, hope, despair, the comic book marketplace, pain, healing, or all of these at the same time? And do you have to be on acid to understand Grant Morrison, or does it just help? Writer Troy Belford and indie cartoonist John Linton Roberson go on and on about all of this, and it’s a bit beyond the usual. Have a listen to this special mega-length episode…IF YOU DARE.
Superman is one of the most iconic characters in American comics. Even people who don’t read comics (and perhaps haven’t seen the movies either) have some familiarity with him. While Tim is not a DC reader, Kumar is somewhat of a fan, especially of Silver Age Superman stories. Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All Star Superman mines those Silver Age stories for wackiness, but then infuses the wacky ideas with thoughtfulness and heart. Kumar, finally back from vacation, joins Tim to review.
The good titles return this week after a very disappointing last week! Pick Of The Week goes to John Layman & Rob Guillory for Chew #11 (Image). Fast Five picks include Booster Gold #33 (DC), House Of Mystery #26 (Vertigo), G.I. Joe: Cobra #5 (IDW), Daytripper #7 (Vertigo), and Batman #700 (DC).
Remember to go watch the World Cup games after you’re done reading your comics!
Ross Campbell and Nick Marino talk about Wet Moon, The Last Airbender, M Night Shyamalan, Batman and Robin, All-Star Superman, We3, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, Astonishing X-Men, New X-Men, X-Men Legacy, JRjr, Armor Wars II, and more.
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In this very late episode, Nick and Jason try to record a show without Mark. Some of the new Batman books are discussed, including Batman #687, Batman and Robin #1, and Red Robin #1. The hardships of getting to the Pittsburgh Comics and Collectibles Show are shared. Jason shouts out to some of his podcast friends. Also, as a nice bonus, listener Syd Hart contributes a segment where he discusses the hallucinogenic properties of Blackest Night and his dislike of the movie version of Deadpool.
I was taken with both surprise and enjoyment with the pick this week. From Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely comes Batman and Robin #1 (DC). Fast Five picks include Amazing Spider-Man #596 (Marvel), Jonah Hex #44 (DC), Scalped #29 (Vertigo), The Boys #31 (Dynamite), and The Mighty #5 (DC).