Superman Annual #11? That’s specific and yet random for a Comics Misremembered Podcast. Why are we talking about this one?
Glad you asked. Last podcast (159), I started to talk about Action Comics issue #1000 and I felt that it was a missed opportunity to tell a tale involving Superman to celebrate his life but also give new readers a little history on the character. It was a good issue but not a great issue. The stories did not live up to the milestone that Action Comics achieved, in my humble opinion.
Then I remembered reading Superman Annual #11 that came out in 1985. It was written by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons (the creative team behind The Watchmen) and I remembered how much I liked that story.
Jon never read the comic, which is also know as “For The Man Who Has Everything“, so he read it and I reread it and we decided to talk about it and then start breaking it down as to why it is a great story. We also elaborate on why a story like this would be a great introduction to new Superman readers (even today).
We then breakdown how Alan Moore took stories that were happening in politics in the real world in 1985 and used this story as an allegory for Krypton. The messages Moore was trying to get across in the story are as relevant today as they will be for years to come.
Listen to the podcast and do yourself a favor and get a copy of this annual to read.
Remember that Flintstones episode where Fred gets the cops to sing the “Happy Anniversary” song to Wilma for their anniversary? What do you mean you don’t know what ‘Flintstones’ are? Well, go on Youtube and watch it. I’ll wait.
You’re back! Good. And you heard the song? Great. That song runs through my head every time someone mentions the word ‘anniversary’ and it’s happening now that I am going to talk about 3 recent anniversary issues:
Invincible Iron Man #600
Amazing Spider-man #800
Action Comics #1000
Jon and I reminisce about what we remember regarding anniversary issue back in the day and then we dive into talking about these 3 issues. The stipulation I give Jon on these comics is: If I was a new reader and this was my first issue reading about these characters, would I enjoy it?
I know that there are other anniversary issues that came out recently (Captain America #700 and Deadpool #300 to name a few) but these 3 issue illustrate what I think all milestone comics do: 1) the are the ending to an epic story line or 2) they are a starting on point to a new story line, direction or character (sometimes all 3).
I will tell you this regarding the 3 books: 1 is not very good, 1 is very excellent and 1 is a missed opportunity. Listen to the podcast to find out which is which.
Last week, Jon and I reviewed the Deadpool 2 movie on the podcast. During the movie, Deadpool puts together a team of mutants that he calls X-Force. One of those mutants was called Zeitgeist and I thought he was made up for the movie. Turns out, he was 1 of 2 mutants (Domino being the other) that was actually on the team X-Force. How did I forget this?!
In 2001, Editor in Chief – Joe Quesada wanted to inject some life into X-Force that was not doing so well in sales at the time. Enter Peter Milligan, writer of Vertigo’s Shade the Changing Man and Animal Man. He told Joe his crazy idea for the book – Get rid of the original X-Force and replace it with a whole new, all different X-Force. Full of brand new mutants. Joe agreed to let Peter tell his story and we got…
X-Force #116 – see that guy in the center of the cover that is doing a vault over the ram-like mutant. That is Zeitgeist! The mutant that can spit acid. And get this, he dies in the comic during the first story arc.
The comic will gain popularity and change it’s name to…
X-Statix! I read every issue of this comic during it’s run from 2001 – 2004 and like the wackiness of the new teams. Jon has never read this version of X-Force/X-Statix so I lent him a trade that I had that collected the first 5 issues of X-Statix. We dicuss this off beat mutant book by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred.
2 years ago we witnessed an R-rated comic book movie called Deadpool and it was good. We did a podcast on the the movie and more.
Last week, the highly anticipated sequel came out. Is it as good as the original or is it Deadpoo? We will tell you what we thought of… Deadpool 2!
We will tell you up front – this movie is as good as the original (even better, maybe). Being a Deadpool movie, you know there will be jokes, violence and swearing but this movie also as heart and compassion (which were in the original – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it). Jon and I give our opinions on the movie and we try not to spoil too much on what makes it great.
In 2009, Mark Waid thought to himself “What if Superman was a complete bastard?” and this was the impetus for his original series – Irredeemable.
Irredeemable was written by Mark Waid with art by Peter Krause and it was published by BOOM! Studios. It ran 37 issues and it was a psychological profile on “What if a man with Superman’s powers used them for evil instead of good and why would someone do that?”
The main character of the story is a super powered hero turned ultimate villain by the name of The Plutonian and the comic starts at the point of the Plutonian suddenly behaving very violently and evil and the rest of the superhero community has to find out what happened to him. This comic starts at full throttle and never lets up.
Jon has never read the series so I gave him the trade of the first 4 issues and this is what we discuss in the podcast.
In our last New Comics Review, we did mostly independent titles so we decided to do some Marvel and DC new comics this time around.
There are 4 reviews this week and here are the titles:
Writer Jason Aaron with Artist Ed McGuinness for Avengers #1 (Jim review)
Writer Charles Soule with Artist David Marquez and Paulo Siqueira for Hunt for Wolverine (Jon review)
Writer Tom Taylor with Artist R. B. Silva for Adamantium Agenda (Jon review)
Writers Joshua Williamson, James Tynion and Scott Snyder with Artist Francis Manapul for Justice League: No Justice (miniseries) (Jim review)
The downside of some of these books is that Marvel and DC are renumbering their flagship titles again (Marvel’s Avengers #1 and DC will relaunch Justice League at the end of No Justice as a #1) but the creators on these books and the stories that they are telling make this change a little easier to swallow.
The upside is that Avengers #1 is a great starting point for non-comic readers who saw Avengers: Infinity War and want a jumping on point for the comics. Same thing for Justice League: No Justice. Both books introduce you to the core members of each team and show you what else is hiding in the shadows of their perspective universes.
The Wolverine books bring you up to speed on what has happen to Wolverine since the evens of Death of Wolverine and Legacy. These books bring back familiar faces of villains and heroes of the mutant universe.
Jon and I were both very excited about the books we picked and hope that you find some new reading material.
PS – Sorry to Justice League: No Justice – I referred to the enemy characters as “Doom Titans” but they are actually called “Omega Titans“. That’s why we call the podcast Comics Misremembered.
You know summer is in the air when the blockbuster movies start to make their way to the movie theater and there is no bigger summer movie than Avengers Infinity War!
This is a big movie, with a big story and even bigger cast. I can say without any hype, there has not been a movie so many years in the making with a bigger pay off than this. You may think the Star Wars movies have an epic storyline – Avengers Infinity War’s story is even bigger! The stakes are huge and the heroes are desperate to “save the day”.
Now, I will not give any plot points away in this post but I can guarantee you that there are plenty of spoilers regarding the movie in our podcast.
So this is your first and last spoiler warning – we talk about the movie and go over critical plot points.
If you have not seen the movie and don’t want anything spoiled – DO NOT LISTEN TO THIS PODCAST YET!!
Go see the movie (which we advise you to do) then come back and hit play on the podcast.
Back in 1993, DC created an imprint called Vertigo which was to feature comics with mature themes. One of the first miniseries to be published under that imprint was Sebastian O.
Sebastian O was written by Grant Morrison with artwork by Steve Yeowell. It was only 3 issues long and it featured a Steampunk Victorian dandy named Sebastian O who was wrongly imprisoned then escapes and seeks vengeance on the people who put him there. It’s a comedy by the way.
I read the original miniseries when it came out but Jon has never read it until now. We’ll let you know if you should read it and if it deserves an ongoing series.
We also give a little history lesson on Vertigo and some of it’s earliest titles. It’s a fun podcast we put together this week to help brace you for the fallout of next week’s Avengers: Infinity War movie podcast.
The Walking Dead Season 8 just ended last Sunday – it was All Out War! Negan Vs Rick in a Battle Royal for the title of Ass Kicker of the East Coast!
The battle that has been brewing since the beginning of season 7 finally reach it’s denouement and we have a victor! Jon and I talk about the events of the 2nd half of Season 8 and we review the predictions that I made in our previous TWD podcast 145. Click on the link if you want to listen to it.
I liked how Season 8 resolved itself and look forward to Season 9.
Remember that time when Thanos killed half the universe? You don’t? C’mon, you memeber! He got that bedazzled glove and just waved his hand and killed half the universe including several Marvel superheroes like Hawkeye and Sersi. Is it coming back to you now? That’s right! We’re talking about The Infinity Gauntlet miniseries that came out in 1991.
The Infinity Gauntlet was written by Jim Starlin and it had artwork from George Perez and Ron Lim.
In the podcast, we give a little history on the characters: Thanos and Adam Warlock and we talk about how the idea for the Infinity Gauntlet miniseries came about. We then talk about the story and what we hope to see the the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie.
It’s our 150th podcast so let’s celebrate by talking about a comic that is over 30 years old!
It’s a special milestone podcast so I wanted to talk about a special comic mini-series that was influential and had an impact on the comics industry as well as Jon and myself. That series is… The Watchmen.
Originally published by DC between 1986 – 1987, this seminal series was written by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons.
We were so excited about this series that John and I both flub our opening lines (it’s in the podcast – I barely ever edit anything). This is what I was trying to read:
“How did a min-series about a superhero team comprised of a psychopath, a sociopath, a meglomaniacal narcissistic egomaniac, an impotent self-doubting fanboy, a daughter trying to live up to a legacy’s expectations and an uncaring, indifferent god become one of the most awarded, beloved and reverent comics of all time?”
This is the question we ask and we do a pretty good job trying to answer it. We enjoyed the comic and hope you enjoy the podcast.
Jon picked up a French graphic novel a few weeks ago called Niourk. It was published by Dark Horse Comics.
He went to the comic shop, saw it sitting on the shelf, flip through the pages and it left such an impression on him that he immediately bought it that day.
He took it home and devoured it. He brought it to me and wanted me to read it and was very excited about making this a future topic for a podcast. Well, the future is now! We will be talking about the post apocalyptic world of Niourk.
The original story was based on a French novel written by Stefan Wul and published in 1957. The story would be picked up by Olivier Vatine and turned into a 3 issue comic in the early 2000s. Dark Horse took those issues and printed them in a treasury format of a graphic novel in January for 2018. Does a 60 year old story hold up in 2018? That is the focus of out podcast today.
We review the comic and compare it to similar stories that have since been published since 1957.
There have been a lot of good comics to come out lately so Jon and I have decided to do another New Comics Review Podcast.
We will be reviewing 3 new comics. These books have come out within the last 3 weeks so you should still be able to get them at your local comic shop (highly recommended) or download it digitally (if you must). I will tell you up front that all 3 comics are worth buying and we hope to convey through the podcast why each one is great.
The 3 titles we will be reviewing (in the order we review them in the podcast):
Gideon Falls #1 written by Jeff Lemire with art by Andrea Sorrentino (Image Comics)
Dry County #1 written and illustrated by Rick Tommaso (Image Comics)
Highest House #1 written by Mike Carey with art by Peter Gross (IDW Publishing)
Listen to the podcast then rush out and pick up these 3 books.
Jon and I have both seen the Altered Carbon series on Netflix and enjoyed it. Jon was very interested to talk about its themes on the podcast. I reminded him that Altered Carbon is based on a book, not a comic book so it wouldn’t fit with the milieu of our podcast.
I came up with a solution – there is a comic written by Robert Venditti with art by Brett Weldele called The Surrogates that came out in 2005 which has similar themes to Altered Carbon: a new technology is invented and it reshapes the world.
We give a brief overview of the stories for each book and then Jon and I discuss how the technology works, it’s social and economic impact in their respective worlds and how relevant it is in today’s real world.
It is a great and spirited philosophical podcast this week but we still manage to have a little fun.
From the pages of the very entertaining Metal mini series, DC has decided to launch a grouping of 8 new superhero books. Some of them have characters you are familiar with and some are brand new. There are 4 books out right now:
Damage – Written by Robert Venditti with Art by Tony S. Daniel
The Silencer – Written by Dan Abnett with Art by John Romita Jr.
Sideways – Written by Dan Didio & Justin Jordan with Art by Kenneth Rocafort
The Terrifics – Written by Jeff Lemire with Art by Ivan Reis
Jon and I have read the first four titles and we opine on which books we like and which books need a little more work. We also point out that some of the new characters seem a little familiar (maybe more so than a rival comic company would like). Will this strategy of evoking a pastiche of established characters in their new comics work for DC? We think it will and we explain why.