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