CM Podcast 143 – The Realm

In the near future, there will be a cataclysmic event that will merge our world with one of fantasy.  The outcome will leave the world in shambles.  Civilizations will fall and humanity will be left to pick up the pieces and start over again…while being persecuted by Orcs…and a whiny wizard.  This is the world of…The Realm.

Jon and I will be reviewing the new fantasy/post apocalyptic comic series by co-creators Seth M. Peck (writer) and Jeremy Huan (artist).  It is published by Image comics.

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This is the Tony Moore cover of issue 1 that caught my eye and made me buy this book!

The series came out a few months ago and is currently up to issue 5 (as of the podcast).  There is a lot to like about this series and we give you a full break down of the story and characters.  Jon works in a Walking Dead comparison and I am not sure where he was going with it but he did it anyway (by the way, he is sober in this podcast). 😉

The comic is obviously inspired by the Dungeons and Dragons pen and paper Role Playing Game but you don’t have to know anything about D&D to enjoy this comic – trust me, I know next to nothing about Orcs and Dragons and I really liked this comic.

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This is the D&D guide homage that will be the cover of the trade.  Also, Jon does not read our Comics Misremembered Twitter and missed that I posted this image already.

Listen to the podcast and if it sounds like an interesting book, the good news is a Trade Paper Back will be coming out soon.  So run to your local comic store (or digital app) and buy this comic!

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 142 – Milk Wars Specials

There is a war going on in comics and it isn’t Secret.  It’s not necessarily a Crisis either.  But it is a war that is being waged with dairy products.  It will be known as The Milk Wars (we mistakenly call it the Milkman Wars in the podcast).

The Milk Wars are a cross comic event between DC’s Young Animals imprint and the New 52Gerard Way (Doom Patrol) and Steve Orlando (Justice League of America) are the creators of this event. There will be 5 one shot comics that will be released in February 2018 that support it.

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The first salvo in the Milk Wars is The Doom Patrol/Justice League of America one shot.  It is written by Gerard Way and Steve Orlando and the art was supplied by ACO.  Cover by Frank Quitely.

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We give a review of this issue in the podcast along with Part 2: Mother Panic/Batman Special written by Jody Houser with art by Ty Templeton.

The war has just started and we are very excited about it.  Now is a great time to hop on board the Young Animals brand of comics and read something that is more than super heroes comics.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 141 – Happy! Comic and TV Show

Welcome back to Comics Misremembered.  This week we will be talking about the comic miniseries Happy! and the Syfy TV show with the same name.

The comic was created by:

Writer: Grant Morrison

Art: Darick Robertson

The comic series came out in 2012 from Image comics and was 4 issues long.  In the podcast, you will hear me say it was 6 issues long because I thought it was longer or I am confusing it with another Grant Morrison miniseries – I am not sure why.

The comic miniseries was made into a TV show for Syfy which aired its season finale last Wednesday.  It was popular enough to be renewed for a 2nd season.

I had different opinions regarding the comic versus the TV series and if you listen to the podcast, you will understand why.

Jon did not read the comic prior to watching the TV series so we’ll find out which one he likes or does he like both?

Enough jibber jabber, listen to the podcast to get Happy!

You comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 140 – D. P. 7 (Marvel New Universe)

Back in 1986, Marvel was celebrating 25 years of comics.  Jim Shooter (Editor In Chief at Marvel) decided he wanted to do something special to commemorate Marvel comics so he and a few other writers and artist put their heads together and created the Marvel New Universe.

The New Universe would be different than the existing one.  It would be even more realistic.  Actions would have consequences and it would not rely on Myth, hidden alien races and supertechnology to tell a story.

One of the launch titles in the NU would be D. P. 7 which stands for Displaced Paranormals 7

(From left to right: DP7 premier issue, the great Wampus cover of issue 4, the final issue of a 32 issue miniseries – hilarious and the cover to the trade)

DP7 was written by Mark Gruenwald with art by Paul Ryan.  Since this universe cannot have mutants, they would get paranormals – a small group of the population would receive powers thanks a world event called The White Event.

I read some of the original DP7 comics back in the day but Jon has never seen them.  I picked up the Trade Paper Back called DP7 Classic which collected the first 9 issues and thought it would be a great, goofy ride of nostalgia and I was right.

Listen to the podcast for more insight into DP7.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 139 – Avengers: No Surrender

We will be talking about the epic 16 part weekly Avengers storyline that begins with issue #675: No Surrender!

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The story is so humongous in scope that it need 3 writers and 3 artist to tell it:

Writers: Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub

Artists: Pepe Larraz, Paco Medina and Kim Jacinto

The only issues available so far are part 1 (675) and part 2 (676).  We decided we wanted to get on this early so you don’t miss the boat on this story.

Jon has never been an Avengers fan so this is his first dip into their universe.  In issue 675, we are introduced to Valerie Vector AKA Voyager

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You remember Valerie Vector!  She was one of the founding members of the Avengers!!  What do you mean you don’t remember her?  Well, that is because she was just created this year and retconned (we explain what this term means in the podcast) into the Marvel Universe.  This threw Jon for a loop because he thought she really was an older character.  Besides introducing a golden age character we never met before, you also find out that the Earth has been stolen and it’s up to the Avengers to figure out who did it.

This is a great starting point for those that have never read this title and, with only 2 issues out, it seems that it will be a ripping yarn.

Here is a quick reference guide to the different Avengers teams that exist today:

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Listen to the podcast and if you find it entertaining, then go out and pick up all 16 issues of the Avengers: No Surrender.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 138 – Strikeforce: Morituri

While visiting our local comics store New England Comics (which is the best by the way), I came across a Trade Paper Back Blowout sale that they were having.  I looked through the many boxes that were there and came across an absolute buried treasure:

Strikeforce: Morituri – created by Peter B. Gillis and Brent Anderson back in 1986!!

The entire run (31 regular issues and 5 issue prestige format miniseries) was collected into 3 Trade Paper Backs!  Each one was $5 a piece!!

I instantly grabbed them up and proceed home as fast as possible to begin re-reading the series.  I knew that I had to have Jon read these trades and this was going to be the next podcast.

Jon read most of the 1st TPB and we decided to go over the first 2 story arcs of the series and then talk about what we think were some of the influences to Peter Gillis when he was writing this series.  It was great revisiting these stories and we hope that you can snag a copy of these comics and get a chance to read them or if you already read the comic, relive the memories that we have of the series.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 137 – New Comics Review

It’s a new year and there were a lot of new comics released at the end of last year and into 2018.  We picked 4 titles to talk about and here they are:

This is the breakdown of the comic reviews:

Jon Review

The Phoenix Resurrection – Marvel

Writer: Matthew Rosenburg

Artist: Leinil Francis Yu

 

Jim Review

Void Trip – Image

Writer: Ryan O’Sullivan

Artist: Plaid Klaus

 

Jon Review

Batman and The Signal – DC

Writer: Scott Snyder and Tony Patrick

Artist: Cully Hammer

 

Jim Review

God Complex – Image/Top Cow

Writer: Paul Jenkins

Artist: Hendry Prasetya

This was a good batch of new comics that we reviewed.  Listen to the podcast and see if any (if not all) interest you.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 136 – 3rd Annual Hazies Awards

It’s the end of the year, true believers so time for another Year End Wrap Up podcast.  At this time, most comic podcasts would do their “Top 10 Favorite Comics” or “Top 10 Worst Comic Reads“.  Not us!  Not this podcast!  We refuse to conform to the norm!!

Every year we do a fictitious award show based on comic events and comic books that came out during 2017.  We call it The Hazie Awards!  Now on to…

The 3rd Annual Hazie Awards

(2017 edition)

 
(I have to get a graphic or something for this part next year).

Here is the award that we do not give out to anyone

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Not actual award

In this count down, we give awards to Marvel, DC, The X-Men, The Inhumans, Donald Trump and more...

Listen to the podcast for a laugh or two when you are finished listening to all the Top 10 countdown podcasts.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 135 – Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review

This week we are not talking about a comic related item – not directly comic related.  We are talking about Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  The 2nd installment in the Disney Star Wars Trilogy.

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The reason we are talking about this movie is because of the way fans have reacted to the movie.  About half the people who saw this movie hated it.  Some hated it so much that they tried to get the Rotten Tomatoes score to go lower through hacking attempts.  Others put petitions together to get Disney to remove this movie from Star Wars canon.

This is the reason we had to do a Last Jedi review – to go over what exactly people hated about the movie and that hatred justified or is it just a fan boy knee jerk reaction to bold new moves?

**There are SPOILERS in the movie review.  You know the drill: Don’t listen if you plan on seeing the movie.**

The program goes like this:

  1. We discuss our opinion on the new movie.
  2. We then discuss some of what we feel are “pain points” for Star Wars fan boys
  3. We end the podcast with a comparison of Empire Strikes Back vs The Last Jedi (the similarities may shock you).

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 134 – Walking Dead S8 Mid-Season Finale

Season 8 of the Walking Dead just had it’s Mid-Season Finale last week and it ended on one helluvah cliff hanger!

I won’t spoil it here on the post but we talk about it in the CM Podcast – along with everything else that has happened in Season 8 so far…

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It is still All Out War between Neagan and Rick.  Both sides have taken casualties but who will win?  We shall see.  Before you start listening to the podcast, know this…

THERE ARE SPOILERS IN THE PODCAST

We warn you up front to stop listening if you have not watched everything up to and including the mid-season finale.  Fair warning.

Okay – I review the comic spoilers I gave at the start of Season 8 and I compare them to what the show used (it is still pretty close to the comic).

Then we talk about Carl.

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The Courtship of Eddie’s Father TV theme should play while viewing this picture

We talk about how the show ended and what does that mean for the rest of season 8 – we have several theories on what will happen next.  We also focus on other characters like Eugene and Dwight and what will be their futures.

Fun podcast and we hope you enjoy.  Sorry for my coughing breaks – damn winter cold!

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 133 – Doomsday Clock

A few weeks ago, DC launch their most audacious comic yet – Doomsday Clock.  It is a direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Watchman miniseries and it will tie the Watchmen universe directly into the DC universe.  Quite a bold undertaking to say the least.

The writer of this series is Geoff Johns.  He has written some great story lines for Superman, Green Lantern and the JLA that have earned him critical praise.  If there was on person to pick up where Alan Moore left off, Geoff Johns would be on the short list.

The series is penciled by Gary Frank.  He is an  accomplished artist in the comic industry.  I have been a fan of his work since I saw it on Peter David’s run of The Incredible Hulk.  Gary Frank is the perfect person to pick to fill the shoes of Dave Gibson.

Together, they are taking on the thankless task of continuing the adventures of The Watchmen in Doomsday Clock.

The first issue is out so Jon and I read it and we give a review of it on the podcast.  We also speculate on how the identity is of the new Rorschach.  We go on to talk about what may happen in the upcoming series.  We had a good time with the comic and talking about its future.  Did you know if you initialize the miniseries it would be DC’s DC? Weird.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 132 – CW’s Crisis on Earth-X!

Welcome back once again to the All-new, All-difference Comics Misremembered Podcast.  Okay.  I lied.  It’s not that different.  Jon and I still get drunk and try to remember information about comics, shows and movies but it is a new podcast.  I did not lie about that.

This week we are talking about the CW DC Comic shows: Supergirl, The Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow.  They had their 2nd crossover event called Crisis on Earth-X.

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Jon and I watched all 4 parts and we break them down.  We review the highs (and lows) of the shows and let you know if you show watch it.

The other part of a Crossover Event is: will it get you to watch the other shows?  The whole point of this is to expose viewers to the other show’s characters and hope they are interesting enough that you will continue to watch the other shows after the event.  Jon and I also discuss this on the podcast.

I also give a (very) brief history of DC and their relationship with the word “Crisis”.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 131 – Justice League Movie

The DC Cinematic Universe has been building up to this moment and it has arrived!  The Justice League movie has finally been released…

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If you read the reviews or watched a few review shows, you would have heard most of them say the this movie is garbage.  We here at Comics Misremembered would say that is not the case…mostly.  The movie has it’s terrible elements (which we cover in the podcast) but it also has some highly enjoyable moments too.

What we are saying is “Don’t Believe the Negative Hype“.  This movie is not perfect but it is a very good movie.  More so than what the reviewers are saying.  Listen to our podcast and see if we can’t convince you.

We also give a quick review on when the Justice League first formed in the comics.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 130 – The Unknown Soldier

It was Veteran’s Day last week so we celebrate it a week later with a war comic.  War comics were all the rage back in the 50s, 60s and 70s.  There were many great characters that came out of that genre like Nick Fury and Sgt Rock but one of the lesser known heroes was The Unknown Soldier.

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Whoa! Hitler is pissed.

DC introduced him on the pages of Sgt. Rock and he became so popular that he eventually received his own monthly title in the 70s that ran until 1982.

After that, the Unknown Soldier faded back into DC obscurity until a 1988 12 issue miniseries tried to resurrect him but that did not work.

Then in 1997, Garth Ennis (who likes the old DC war characters) pitched a 4 issue miniseries for but with a more mature storyline so DC picked it up and published it under the Vertigo imprint.

The series continued where World War II left off and put the Unknown Soldier in every clandestine meeting and leading every wet works operation from the 40s up until the present and it was a fun read.  It had fantastic interior art by Kilian Plunkett and the covers were done by the incomparable Timothy Bradstreet.

I read the original miniseries when it came out and recently bought the trade.  Jon had the opportunity to read it so we decided to give it a glowing review and explain why it’s a great comic for war historians and those that want to take a closer look at the US’s foreign policy since WWII.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 129 – Thor Ragnarok Review

Thor Ragnarok is the 3rd installment in the Marvel Thor movie franchise and it is bit of a departure from the previous 2 films.

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This poster rules!

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.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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