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!
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.
We will be talking about the epic 16 part weekly Avengers storyline that begins with issue #675: No Surrender!
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…
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:
Listen to the podcast and if you find it entertaining, then go out and pick up all 16 issues of the Avengers: No Surrender.
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.
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
(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
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.
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.
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:
We discuss our opinion on the new movie.
We then discuss some of what we feel are “pain points” for Star Wars fan boys
We end the podcast with a comparison of Empire Strikes Back vs The Last Jedi (the similarities may shock you).
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…
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.
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!
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