Thor Ragnarok is the 3rd installment in the Marvel Thor movie franchise and it is bit of a departure from the previous 2 films.
It departs from the “Stranger in a Strange Land” way of storytelling as the previous movies and goes for a more comedic “Hero Fighting the Apocalypse Via Being a Stranger in a Strange Land” concept. Jon and I go over our expectations and if the movie lived up to them (Spoilers – it did!). We also mention what comics inspired elements of the story that make their way into the movie and end the podcast with a discussion on “Gods and their Sexuality“.
This will not be your typical movie review and we hope you enjoy the podcast.
It’s WAR! Rick and Neagan are finally going to war with each other. Who will win? What will happen to the loser? How many casualties will there be? Will Carl ever find another giant can of chocolate pudding?
These are the questions that everyone will be asking as we go through Season 8 of The Walking Dead. The season premier was last week so Jon and I go over the episode.
After we finish talking about the premiere, we start our patented All Season Spoilers part of the podcast. As you know, I have been reading The Walking Dead comic so I will review parts of the comic story that I think we will see in the show and I make predictions on the outcome of events to unfold up to the Mid-season episode. If you listen to the entirety of the podcast, you will hear speculation on the death of characters – All Spoilers – YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Then Jon wraps up the podcast with a question to the listeners about Blade Runner 2049.
“The first casualty of war is innocence. The second is a giant animated tiger. Stop crying, Rick.” – SL Buckly
Halloween is coming quickly so we wanted to talk about a comic that will scare the bejesus out of you – DC/Vertigo’s Clean Room.
It is written by Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Secret Six) with art by Jon Davis-Hunt (2000 AD). You may have overlooked this story with it’s initial print run of 18 issues but do yourself a favor and buy the trades. This comic is a real page turner. Once you start to find out what the truth is in the Clean Room universe you may want to stop turning pages but you will dare yourself to continue.
Jon did not read the original run so I gave him the first 6 issues and this is what we cover in the mostly spoiler free podcast. Jon mentioned that there was a creature that was briefly introduced named “Boop” and it gave him nightmares. Here is a picture of that creature:
This is one of the tamer looking monsters in Clean Room and this is what freaked him out. Can you imagine what else you will find? We talk about the series and what we believe are Gail Simone’s influences in the comic.
This comic is great and we cannot recommend it enough.
The air starts to feel cooler, the days grow shorter and a butt-load of new shows debut on all the networks. It must be Fall! There are many comic related shows that are out now but Jon and I decided to watch 2 shows we swore we were never going to watch: The Inhumans and The Gifted.
We watched the first episode of both shows, we give an overview of the episode, some pros and cons and finally: will we continue to watch the series. Our answers may surprise you.
We also do a quick recap of the upcoming movie trailers for: Thor Ragnarok, Justice League and The New Mutants.
It was 25 years ago this year that DC started the story line that would become a major media event – The Death of Superman.
Jon and I start the podcast talking about what we remember when those issue that came out leading up to the actual death of Superman and the subsequent “Reign of Supermen” comics that would follow in it’s wake (is this a pun? Maybe.).
After that, we focus on the recently released Marvel Comic Event – Legacy #1. This was written by Jason Aaron with art by Esad Ribic, Steven McNiven and many more!
Jon and I review that story lines of the first issue and prognosticate on the future of this miniseries and what Marvel is planning to do with all the Avenger/Spider-man family of books.
At the end of the Podcast, we give a shout out for Nick Spencer and his swan song to Captain America with the Generations: The Americas one shot.
There are always new titles being launched and we picked up 3 of these new titles, read them and loved them.
The comics that we are reviewing are:
Mech Cadet Yu #1 and #2 from BOOM! Studios. It is written by Greg Pak with art by Takeshi Miyazawa.
Ghost Money # 1 from Lion Forge/Magnetic Collection. It is written by Thierry Smolderen with art by Dominique Bertsil.
Sink #1 from Comix Tribe. It is written by John Lees with art by Alex Cormack.
These 3 comics are different from each other but are all worth your time. If you are looking for something familiar and fun then you’ll love Mech Cadet Yu. If you want something thrilling and abrasive then Ghost Money is what you want to read. And if you want something that will scare you but also make you think, then go by Sink.
Listen to the podcast to get the full details of all 3 comics and then go right out and support these comics by buying them.
It seems like the 80s are all the rage today. You have Stranger Things which is set in the 80s and Stephen King’s It which originally came out the 80s and the 2017 movie was based in that decade.
I’m not saying the Comics Misremembered.com is responsible for all this 80s nostalgia that’s been going around recently but is it a coincidence our podcast came out almost 3 year ago focusing on many 80s comics and then Stanger Things, The Goldbergs and It all came out after? Hmmmmm. Makes you wonder.
Well, we keep the 80s nostalgia going with a look at the Longshot miniseries which was produced by Marvel and published originally in 1985.
Longshot was an original character created by Ann Nocenti and Art Adams.
We really wouldn’t call this a review. It is more of a study on a comic that tried to do something more that heroes and villains. This comic was trying to expose people to much headier concepts like Existentialism, Metaphysics and Free Will vs Fate. Jon and I missed the philosophical concepts as kids but we appreciate them years later.
Jon and I also talk about Existentialism and the Metaphysics of Luck at the end of the podcast.
We had a great time misremembering everything about Longshot and getting the chance to read it again.
The AMC Preacher show just ended last Monday so this is a good time as any to talk about the 2nd season.
The 2nd season started strong with the Saint of Killers hot on the trail of Jesse, Tulip and Cassidy as they embark on their crusade to find God.
Did the season end as strong as it started? How close to the comic is season 2? Is it worth watching the 2nd season at all?
Well, all these questions and more will be answered in the podcast. We also make future prediction on what to expect to see in Season 3. The podcast is full of spoilers so don’t listen to it if you are still getting caught up on Season 2.
Welcome back! This week Jon and I decided to review the first issue of DC’s new event series: Dark Knight: Metal.
It is written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion. We had already did a podcast on the prelude books: The Forge and The Casting (Podcast 115) so we were very excited to read the first issue.
In the podcast, Jon and I refer to the series as just:
but the real name is:
It was a fun read that had many questions and not very many answers (just like the prelude comics) but we are looking forward to the next issue to hopefully start getting some answers.
Listen to the podcast for all the details on the comic.
I teased that we will be reviewing a Punisher story this week. We decided to go back to his 1986 roots and review the 1st Punisher mini-series which will be later be collected and known as Punisher: Circle of Blood.
One of the things that make this mini-series great was Mike Zeck‘s artwork. His distinctive style will always be associated to the Punisher character. Most of the artwork from this series has been used on merchandise like posters, shirts, packaging, etc. In fact, here are some of the covers of the mini-series and a page from the interior work. You probably have seen this reproduced on other merch:
The other part that makes this a great story is the writer, Steven Grant. He started writing while working at Marvel and this was one of his first stories. He started strong with this series and would continue to write other Marvel titles like the Avengers and The Incredible Hulk.
Jon and I talk about what real world events influenced the creation of the Punisher and also where did the did he come from and who actually created the character.
We hope to talk about more Punisher stories in the near future.
We mentioned last week that we went to Boston Comic Con and we met some great people. One of the coolest, most relax creators that I met there was Jason Latour. I knew he was going to be there so I brought my trade copy of Loose Ends and the first issue of Black Cloud (which will soon be a podcast topic).
I asked if he could sign each and he was more that happy to do it. I mentioned how much I liked Loose Ends and he took some time to talk to me about it. After speaking with him, I knew that this comic would be the next podcast.
Loose Ends is a 4 part miniseries which is self described as a Southern Crime Romance. It is written by Jason Latour (writer on Spider-Gwen and Black Cloud) with art by the Chris Brunner. It was published by Image Comics.
It is a fast ride of love, loss, murder and drugs…lots and lots of drugs. I gave my copy of the trade to Jon, who has never read it, and told him to be prepared to talk about it. He devoured the trade and was very excited to talk about it.
If you are looking for a comic that is not spandex and worth a read or two, you best pick up Loose Ends.
Boston Comic Con is a 3 day event (Fri – Sun) where fans can meet comic artist, writers and comic book related celebrities. Jon and I have gone to it in years past and have always had a good time.
We went to it Sunday and we share our experience meeting establish artists and writers but also talking with independent artists. It was mostly good and a little bad and we will go over how it all went down.
Once there were greenfields kissed by the sun; Once there were valleys where rivers used to run; Once there was blue sky with white clouds high above; Once they were part of an everlasting love. We were the lovers who strolled through greenfields.
These are the lyrics to the song Greenfields and I played a snippet of it at the start of the podcast but they hold meaning to the comic, Green Valley which is published by Image Comics.
You see, Green Valley starts very playful. The Knights of Kelodia live in a great kingdom where they are admired by the townsfolk. They all live happy, full lives and share everlasting love in the greenfields outside the walls of Kelodia. That is, until one fateful day when all this good fortune is brought crashing down around them due to the tiniest of mistakes…
Green Valley is a comic written by Max Landis with pencils by Giuseppe Camuncoli.
This story is a tale of knights, sword and sorcery and it has a twist ending. The covers also give away the ending and that is why I am only showing you the first 3 issues. Jon and I go over the comic. Jon talks about the story and characters, I talk about the twist and use some examples of how the twist was done in other media. I also talk about where I thought the comic was going and my take on “how I would have written it”. Finally, we end the podcast giving out final score on the overall story.
There are plenty of spoilers in the review and we do warn you when we start getting into spoiler territory so if you want to hear the “spoiler-free” version. Listen to the podcast until 7:35 then jump to 58:09 for the final review.
See you next week with our review of the Boston Comic Con 2017.