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19 minutes | Aug 10, 2020
Probably The End
Well friends, it's been a good run. I always wanted to do a comic book podcast and I did it. I'm proud of the show. I had a lot of fun with it. With some new events on the horizon, I decided it was time to leave the show behind and focus my efforts and concentration towards some different endeavors.Maybe I'll come back to this some day. Maybe not. Thanks so much for listening. It means the world to me. Take care of yourselves. Take care of others. Read some comics.
25 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
100 Bullets: Samurai
In this episode, we slice off a sliver of the complex interweaving crime comic opus that is 100 Bullets. One of my favorite comics of all time, this collection deviates from the main narrative to tell some stranger tales. We go through prison politics, the dangers of a makeshift backyard zoo, a massive junkie with a murderous streak, and so much more as Risso and Azzarello once again spin a one of a kind sequential art yarn. It's not the clearest cut comic in terms of conveying the bulk of the actual story that is 100 Bullets. But hot damn is it a lot of weird fun.
36 minutes | Jul 27, 2020
Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days - Pt. 2 (the interview)
Today I'm Joined by creative renaissance man and all around good dude, Geoff Haney. We dive into details of the first Ex Machina trade paperback and discuss favorite moments and characters, personal politics, ethics behind controversially content, and a ton of other wild stuff. Geoff's Instagram: gyhaneybommRemember to check out part 1 of the Ex Machina episodes for more comic coverage!
22 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Ex Machina: The First Hundred Days: Pt. 1 (the breakdown)
In this episode we enter a comic book version of America and follow the life of newly elected New York mayor Mitchell Hundred as he tries to keep control of the bustling metropolis. The comic jumps through temporal points as the Mayor works his way through getting super powers, takes up the mantel of probably misguided vigilante, meets the various characters the populate his present day, and makes the decision to leave the superhero costume behind for the slick suit of a big city politician. Ex Machina is a prime example of how stereotypes of comic books being simple minded picture books for kids is complete and utter bullshit.
21 minutes | Jul 13, 2020
Wolverine # 34. The Hunter in Darkness
At the risk of using my platform here to wax nostalgic on my yesteryears, I'm running down one of the very first comics I ever remember reading. In my defense, the shit holds up. This episode we follow Wolverine in a single issue where he traverses the great white outback of Canada and teams up with some Mounties while tracking down a murderer and finding something much, much worse lurking deep within the woods. Here we find vintage Wolverine, trying to figure out his past and ready for anything that enters his present. He starts buck naked using his claws to spear fish for dinner and ends fully costumed, squaring up with a wild monster in the Canadian frontier. This is one of the comics that began it all for me.
25 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
New Avengers: The Trust
In this episode we get to jump into the mix of an unrelenting series as we attempt to take on some of that good ol' Marvel madness in Brian Michael Bendis' New Avengers. The action never ceases as we ride through plane crashes, demonic gangsters, Wolverine getting shot right in the dick, hostel large scale symbiote takeovers, shower scenes, alien invasion induced paranoia, Luke Cage being a cool dude, and more D-list villains than you can shake a stick out. Join me as I try to condense the substantial concoction of superhero nonsense that was Marvel in the mid-2000's and have a blast doing so. Sweet Stan Lee do I love me some Marvel comics.
31 minutes | Jun 29, 2020
Moonshine: Vol. one Pt. 2 (the interview)
This episode is a further examination of Moonshine as Malissa Moore helps me unpack the plot, try to understand character motivations, and pinpoint just who the hell is actually a werewolf in this Horror/noir graphic novel. We go on to discuss depictions of historical racism, why some men are just plain stupid when it comes to women, the comic's own problematic imagery, and more as Malissa discusses her first experience reading a comic book. Remember to check out part 1 of the Moonshine episodes for more comic coverage!
24 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
Moonshine: Vol. one Pt. 1 (the breakdown)
This week's episode drags us down into deep southern woods and nightly blackouts as a New York city mobster with a heavy drinking problem makes his way into the Virginia countryside. This here's a prohibition era horror-noir story where mobsters, werewolves, bootleggers, and nightmares collide as our drunken narrator leads us down a debaucherous tale of doom and double crossing. A yarn that keeps you guessing as it unravels itself with anxiety and bloodshed, Moonshine is an original tale of lycanthropic violence mixed with gangland warfare, led by a charming drunk with good looks who makes bad decisions. Azzarello and Risso don't disappoint as the powerhouse comic partnership reunites once again to tackle noir in a gruesome new fashion.
24 minutes | Jun 15, 2020
Criminal: Wrong Time, Wrong Place
In this episode I dive into but a small corner of the Criminal world. A series that rotates through a vast cast of interconnected crooks, lowlives, thugs, mobsters, and dirty cops over decades. This story focuses in on Teeg Lawless. Perhaps one of the worst of them. We follow Teeg as he fights for his life behind bars where he finds he has a hit put out on him. Then we go for a ride with him and his young son Tracy as they mix things up in a small town during one of Teeg's crime sprees. Criminal ain't a lighthearted romp filled with superheroes and bright colors. It's a comic that drags you through the streets of a dirty town where killers rule and mobsters make the laws. But deep in the cracks of the blood stained cement of the city you can find a pulse from the heart of those that are just trying to make it through. Because no matter how bad things get, you can always find something worth fighting for...and those brave enough to fight for it
32 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
John Constantine, Hellblazer: Highwater
The English enigma that is John Constantine has had a lot of different creative teams at his comic's helm over the years. A divisive run written by an American happens to be both my personal introduction to the "blue-collar warlock" as well as one of my favorite runs. Bringing his tour through the backwaters of American to an end, Constantine finds himself up against white supremacists, an eccentric billionaire, kinky sex club participants, and the ghost of the man whose death brought about this whole unholy misadventure in the first place. Join me as I discuss the chthonic life of Constantine and even realize some of my own frustrations with a comic I've read time and time again. One thing's to be sure about Ol' John, he always keeps things interesting.
35 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
Hawkeye: Rio Bravo Pt. 2 (the interview)
Today's episode is a deeper dive into the Hawkeye: Rio Brave trade paperback as Sam Guikema-Bode joins me in unpacking the beautiful comic book. We discuss color schemes, humor highlights, character interactions, just what it is that makes this comic so damn good, and much more. Sam is a wonderful guy and a great guest. I had a lot of fun talking to him about some comic books. Check the show out and if you haven't listen to part 1 yet, go listen to that as well!
23 minutes | May 25, 2020
Hawkeye: Rio Bravo Pt. 1 (the breakdown)
What do you get when you take an Avenger and pull him away from the fancy costumes and over-the-top fights of the superhero world? Well as it turns out, you get one of the best damn Marvel comic books of all time. In this episode, we go over the final installment of the trade paper backs that collected the Fraction and Aja Hawkeye run. Even if you don't like superheroes, even if you don't like the Avengers, even if you don't like that dude Clint Barton, it really don't matter. The book is so well written and illustrated that it could charm even the most ardent of superhero haters. And how does it do that? Well listen to the episode, ya goof!This episode is part 1 of the Hawkeye coverage as I breakdown and discuss some of the book's finer points. Next week, we'll dive further into the comic's content during the interview for part 2.
25 minutes | May 18, 2020
The Crow (solo ep.)
All us counterculture 90's kids grew up with the subversive superhero in white makeup that went around murdering Detroit thugs on a revenge mission from the other side of the grave. But chances are you knew The Crow from the movie. Did you know it was based on a comic book? Because I'm that dude that will repeatedly interject that kind of information into a conversation any chance I can get and in no way is that something annoying that should have ceased long before I was in my thirties! Right?Join me today as I do something a little different. This episode marks a new direction for the show, as I deviate from the structure of narrative retelling and dive more into peripheral and personal information about the comic book, its creator, and the influences that run through the soul of the story.
32 minutes | May 11, 2020
Blade of the Immortal: Comrades (solo ep.)
In this episode, we travel back to feudal Japan to cover our first manga. Blade of the Immortal ran for almost twenty years of blood, brutality, sword fights, and immortality. The protagonist Manji, with his cursed blood worms and twelve blades, travels the roads of old Edo as he cuts down members of the Itto-Ryu, a samurai gang that murdered the parents of the young girl he vowed to help and protect. In this story arc, Manji has quite possibly met his match as he has a roadside showdown with three of their more dangerous members. Dismemberment and anachronistic slang abound as our scarred and immortal anti-hero locks swords with the Itto-Ryu members in a bloody chapter of a sanguinary story.
55 minutes | May 4, 2020
Astonishing X-Men: Gifted
In this episode, we explore one of the best portrayals of the X-Men ever put to paper. My personal favorite X-Men run begins with a bang (or an optic blast, a diamond skinned punch, an adamantium clawed slash, etc. ) as the OG mutant superheroes pull their team and their school back together to once again protect a world that hates and fears them. If you're looking for peak X-team characterization, look no further than Whedon and Cassaday's Astonishing X-Men. Joining me for this episode is fellow comic book junkie, Jalen Rodriguez. We explore not only the contents of this great book and how it highlights the X-Men's strengths, but also our own relationships with the X-Men and how much comic books mean to us. He's a great guy and it's a thoughtful and honest conversation about comics. Also, if you listen to this podcast while doing the Macarena, you've somehow already mastered the art of time travel. Tell me how you did that. TELL ME.
23 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
Ultimate Fantastic Four: Crossover (solo ep.)
Zombies abound in this episode, wherein which we cover the Ultimate version of the Fantastic Four. Behold in terror as supposedly smart people make some poor decisions and traverse to a nearby dimension where the undead versions of the Marvel heroes run rampant with unrelenting appetites for human flesh. YOU KNOW HOW ZOMBIES DO. In the introductory story of the subsequent Marvel Zombies series, we take a terrifying tour through an alternate universe and watch superheroes scramble simply just to stay alive. Remember kids, just say NO to Interdimensional teleportation.
24 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
Deadpool (1994) (solo ep. )
In today's episode we talk about everyone's favorite merc-with-a-mouth in one of his first solo series. The epitome of nineties nerd-cool, Deadpool chews the scenery of these panels as Siryn, Black Tom, Banshee, and The Juggernaut rampage through the night in NYC. We drag cheesy jokes, knife factories, failing healing factors, and Jay's cringe-worthy attempts at Irish accents through the deep waters of nostalgia in one of the best Deadpool stories of all time. The wise-cracks are worth the price of admission alone.
49 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
Scott Pilgrim: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
This week I wade deep into the pool of nostalgia while reading the story of the antics of a twenty-something slacker who fills his abundant free time by playing in crappy bands, making doomed decisions about dating, and generally being a bit of a derpy dude. No, it's not a tale about me in my early twenties, it's the introductory story arc of the saga of Scott Pilgrim. It's a fantastic mixture of humor, music, video games, fight scenes, and all-around nonsense, presented in one fanciful indie-comic format. In the second half of the episode, we're joined by Lindsay "Peach" Sanderson who shares an affinity for this particular funny book. We talk about the impact the book had on us, the highs and lows of the comic itself, how we've known a few "Scotts" in our lives, and why it's a good thing we don't find him relatable anymore. Also, if you dance with this podcast in the pale moonlight, you'll undoubtedly gain the ability to think you have the proficiency of telepathy.
32 minutes | Apr 6, 2020
Wolverine: Manifest Destiny (Solo ep. w/ guest appearance)
In this episode we follow Wolverine through the tough streets of San Fransisco's Chinatown, where he has a complicated history with the locals who seem to have a straightforward hatred for him. The ol' canucklehead claws and kills his way through time as we follow a story that's fifty years in the making. The battle for the position of The Black Dragon takes us through some super-powered urban warfare in this humorous and action-packed comic. Later in the episode we explore some of the potential pitfalls of racial stereotypes and white savior complexes that can emerge in stories such as this and we hear a message from Candice Kortlever, who offers some wonderful insights onto the subject and even shares some of her beautiful music with us.
24 minutes | Mar 30, 2020
Hitman: Zombie Night at the Gotham Aquarium (solo ep.)
In this episode, we follow Tommy Monaghan and friends as they step out of the slums of Gotham City and take their particular brand of mercenary skills to attempt a hit on a scientist gone mad. And where does this misadventure lead them? To the aquarium! Join the league of chain smoking, beer drinking, gun toting, 90's tough guys as they shoot, explode, club, and chainsaw their way through legions of zombie aquatic animals in one of my personal favorite story arcs of the fantastically fun and ridiculous DC comic book HITMAN.
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