If you happen to be down at the beach and there is a spacey blonde staring off into the distant horizon, you don’t ask her if she is okay. You keep moving and mind your business. You’ll do this if you know what’s good for you and you’ll especially do this if you are a character in a Ed Brubaker Criminal story.
My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is the latest story from writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips in their Criminal anthology series. Unlike their other series, it is a hardcover novella instead of the traditional 4 to 5 issue miniseries. The books are published through Image Comics.
This story focuses on young Ellie and her time spent in a high class rehab center. She tells us of her past problems with addiction which stem form her mother’s struggles with drugs. She is draw to people with addiction problems and that explains why she listens to a lot of music where the lead singer has died of drug overdoses (and also explains the title).
While in rehab, she must attend ‘group sessions’ – a sharing therapy session where other addicts share their problems in a sitting circle. While in a group session, Ellie shares her thoughts on drugs…
As you can see, Ellie is not having a great time at rehab but she did meet a nice boy and maybe they can have some fun together.
My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is a great read. The story and art are top notch. Jon and I go over the story by we don’t spoil it. Listen to the podcast and if you are looking for something more than superheroes in comics, we recommend picking this comic up.
Last week, Jon and I started the discussion of one of Grant Morrison’s most controversial, divisive works – The Filth.
We had so much to say about this 13 issue miniseries that we keep the conversation going from last week. We continue the adventures of Greg Feely/Ned Slade as a member of the secret police called The Filth.
If you missed last weeks discussion, you will see a link for Podcast 179 at the bottom of this post. I highly recommend that you start there and then come back here for the 2nd half.
I made a joke that The Filth was like X-Files but with a perverse twist so you could call it the XXX-Files. That is why you hear the X-Files theme at the start of Podcast 180.
We continue to talk about Ned Slade’s strange cases and then get into the ultimate discovery of what The Filth is and were it comes from.
Jon recently picked up the collected miniseries The Filth by Grant Morrison and Chris Weston. Originally published by DC under the Vertigo imprint in 2002.
I remember reading the original series in issues when it was originally released. It is a bizarre and humorous look at a secret police force that “cleans” away people and things that affect the “Status:Q”.
Here are some of the original covers to the series when it was released as issues. As you can see, the covers are minimalist but don’t really describe what is actually happening in the book. It does grab your eye and make you want to take a peek at what is happening inside…
Those that dared were treated to Chris Weston’s art. I bought the book because Grant Morrison wrote it but Chris’ artwork was icing on the cake.
Jon and I relive the miniseries and try to explain why you should do yourself a favor and read this book. We go through the whole series and try to touch on what we liked (and a few bits that we wished Morrison would have changed).
***WARNING BEFORE YOU LISTEN TO THE PODCAST***
This is an adult comic that deals with adult situation (mostly in a humorous way) so if you have delicate sensibilities, you may not wish to listen to this nor buy the comic. Also, we talk about the whole thing so there will be spoilers in parts 1 this week and part 2 next week.
In the podcast, I promised to show what a Hand agent’s uniformed looked like. I was actually able to pull a good image. Here is Ned Slade – Agent of Hand!
I apologize in advance for this week’s recording. Jon and I both have head colds and we feel like we are the walking dead right now. We did not want to wait a week to talk about this so please bare with us.
Jon and I have watched the premiere of Season 9 of the Walking Dead and we go over the show. There have been many changes since the end of season 8: Negan is no longer in control of the Saviors. Rick and the Survivors have taken control of Sanctuary and it, as well as the other communities, have started to produce their own crops and thrive. This is just a start of the new society that Rick wants to make by there are many hurdles that they will still have to overcome.
We go over some plot points and speculate on the future of this season.
And we wrap the podcast up with our Complete Season Spoiler Review for Season 9 up until the mid-season finale. We do this by giving plot points from the comic and take guesses on if it will be used in the show. We have been doing this for a few years now and the predictions have been pretty accurate so far.
We’ll be back to talk about the rest of the season at the end of the mid-season finale.
Hello and welcome back to Comics Misremembered. This week we will be tackling all the issues that are destroying the Comics Marketplace and give you solutions!
Before we get to solving all the problems, I was to take a minute to address the passing of 2 of my favorite artists:
I speak about their careers and what an impression that both these artist have left on me growing up.
We then go on to address the anti-corporate political movement on social media regarding a certain comic group and why they don’t like the upcoming new titles being released by Marvel and DC.
I am a man that looks for solutions when he is presented with a problem and I give some very real remedies to the so called “political problems” of today’s comics. What is the answer to all these issues?
I can sum it up by showing you a few things. What do these 4 comics have in common?
Give up? All 4 of these comics are Anthology comics. If you were born after 1995, you may be asking “What the heck is an anthology comic?”
Well, young person, an Anthology comic is a weekly or bi-weekly comic that features 3 to 4 different stories per book. These stories feature some of the most popular heroes and are written by new and established talent. It is also a great opportunity to introduce brand new characters into their prospective universes and see if they click with the audience.
In the podcast we go over many different reasons on why Anthology comics needs to make a come back into the current comic scene and why it’s the perfect testing ground for new characters in order to spring board them into their own ongoing series.
Listen to the podcast and see if this is crazy enough to work!
Heroes in Crisis is the new 9 issue miniseries by writer Tom King and artist Clay Mann.
It is published by DC and it is their 2018 event comic. How do I know it’s an Event Comic? Well, it does have “Crisis” right there in the title. I mean, that’s a dead give away right there, man. C’mon! Do you even comic book?
Enough of that silliness, let’s get back to serious business – talking about comic books! Jon and I had the opportunity to read the first issue of Heroes in Crisis that came out this past Wednesday and we decided to give it a review on the podcast but also take some guesses as to who is the murder. What? You didn’t know it was a murder mystery? Yep. There are many murders in this book and it was a hero that did it? (Or was it?)
Okay. Before we go too much further in the plot, let me just say right here:
THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS PODCAST!
Now, it’s just the first issue so I don’t know how much we can actually be spoiling but we do take some “stabs” at guessing who ultimately is responsible for the deaths at Sanctuary.
First Spoiler: There are 2 suspects that the reader is given at the end of the issue…
I know exactly what you are thinking: “Who is Booster Gold?” or “Hell Yeah, it’s Harley Quinn!” Both are valid points. Listen to the podcast and we give our opinions on who really is responsible for the murders. It just might change your opinion! We also go over a quick history of Booster Gold for those that need a refresher.
Heroes In Crisis is starting off with a bang (and a stab)! We look forward to the rest of the series. Also, if you want to know why “Crisis” is DC’s event brand, you should really listen to Podcast 132: CW’s Crossover Event: Crisis on Earth-X. I rundown all the related Crisis titles DC has published.
Since the debut of the Captain Marvel trailer for the upcoming movie, the internet has been a buzz about who is Carol Danvers? How did she become Captain Marvel? and what is her connection to the alien races: Kree and Skrulls?
This week, I have decided to make a podcast that answers none of these questions. Well, maybe one – The Kree. We are talking about the Kree this week. Except, it’s the not blue Kree that Carol Danvers knows. It’s the pink Kree from a parallel world. This pink Kree will eventually become Marvel Boy. This will make him the 5th Marvel Boy in the 616 Universe. Got that, right? Confused yet?
We are talking about the 2000 miniseries from Marvel called Marvel Boy. This is written by Grant Morrison and it has art from J. G. Jones. It was released under the Marvel Knights (mature readers) imprint.
This is a fantastic tale of sci-fi fantasy with a quick paced story that features art from one of the industries best. It’s a revenge tale of an alien that declares war on humanity only to fall in love with the enemy. There are many fun and fresh ideas that come out of this miniseries and we review them in the podcast.
You’ll learn about Marvel Boy AKA Noh-Varr. His nemesis/girlfriend Oubliette and her father – the Indomitable Dr. Midas…
Midas is the one in the golden Iron Man suit. He is a collector of Marvel artifacts and in this panel there are probably 8 Easter Eggs. He is also crazy because of all the Cosmic Ray radiation that he put himself through to gain superpowers.
Jon and I both read this series when it came out in 2000 and we had a blast re-reading it again. Join us in the podcast and let us convince you that you must read Marvel Boy!
We will be going back to 2003, George W. Bush was in office, the US was administering shock and awe to Iraq and we have the official formation of the Department of Homeland Security.
There was a lot going on in the world, so it seemed like the perfect time for writer Mark Millar to pitch the Elseworlds tale “What if Superman grew up in 1950s Communist Russian?” Luckily for all of us, the DC editors gave him the green light.
This leads to a 3 issue Elseworlds tale entitled Superman: Red Sun. Written by Mark Millar with art by Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett.
These are the 2 Tradepaper back covers of the collected story. Both are done by Dave Johnson so you get an idea of how great it looks.
Jon has never read this story so he found it very shocking. I read it when it originally came out and recently reread it when I bought the TPB.
Jon and I had a great time going over the book and there are spoilers but we save them for the very end of the podcast and do warn you to stop listening if you are going to read it.
In last week’s podcast, I mentioned that I met Tom King at the Fax Expo Boston and he saw me carrying a copy of John Byrne’s 2112 graphic novel. King asked if he could look at it and I began to tell him the history of how this book was made. I did not get to meet John Byrne but it gave me an idea.
This was the impetus for this week’s podcast. Jon has never read the graphic novel 2112 and I always like covering old comics so I thought we will do a review of it…
Here is the cover. Pretty cool, right? It has dinosaurs there and tall futuristic towers in the back. I know what you are thinking…”Dinosaurs are from the past! How did they get into the future?!” Well, we will find out together. Also, there is the image of a masked man. Who is this mystery man? Well, that would be…
Sathanus! The main antagonist in our story. You knew he was going to be a bad guy. How many guys in masks with red eyes turn out to be humanitarians? His mutant power…er, I mean – Halfling power (not mutant) is that he sucks the life out of people like a vampire. He was born to be the bad guy and he has ‘anus’ in his name so that makes him an a-hole.
Here is an image of Sathanus…uh, sucking. Pretty brutal. But who will be brave enough to take down this heel? Why that would be…
Agent Red – our main hero. This scene is early on in the comic and as you can see here is a tough and stoic man. Jon mentions in the podcast that Agent Red reminds him of Judge Dredd and that is an apt description.
Jon and I go over the graphic novel and let you know if this is something to be on the look out for next time you are at your local comic shop or flea market.
Back in 1992, DC comic creators had planned a story line where Clark Kent would finally marry Lois Lane after years of dating. This story was canceled at the last second due to a series of unfortunate events (which we chronicle in the podcast).
At the eleventh hour, the creative teams decide to go with a story line that was first suggested as a joke – “What if we kill Superman”?
This led to the infamous Death of Superman story line that ran for a few years through all 4 Superman books leading to the ultimate issue – Superman #75 where Superman finally dies…at least for a year or so. C’mon! No one stays dead forever in comics. 😉
Here is what Superman #75 looked like in it’s sealed black plastic bag and the actual cover.
Jump to 2018, WB video has just released a direct-to-video original movie called The Death of Superman. It is a adaptation of the multi-issue comic event that ends with Superman dying. (Spoilers!)
Jon and I have watched the movie, read the comic event and give a brief oral history on why it was a good idea to kill one of the most recognized comic creations.