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.
Another February ends and another season of Walking Dead’s mid-season premiere show airs. Followed by another awesome Comics Misremembered Podcast talking about the show and spoiling the rest of the season. It goes without saying:
**MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS PODCAST REGARDING THE SHOW AND THE FUTURE OF SEASON 8**
Rick looks pissed in this poster and if you watched the episode, you know why. I will not discuss the object of Rick’s misery in this post but we do discuss it in the podcast.
Morgan also looks to be backsliding to his former killing machine modem. Jon and I chat about that and where we think it will lead.
We also speculate of the future of the Walking Dead TV show after Season 8.
Finally, I do my favorite section – Season Spoiling Predictions based on prediction of the comic series. I have read the comic, Jon does not. I make calculated guesses on what will happen to the characters based on the comic storyline. It has been pretty accurate in the past, what will happen this season!?
Last weekend The Black Panther was released. Many people went to see this movie judging by how much it made and all the presale ticket sellouts. We were lucky and scored a couple of tickets and saw the movie. Now it’s time to talk about it…
We start the podcast with a little history behind his creation and his impact in Marvel comics. Jon and I then discuss our comic introduction to the character, Black Panther. Finally we talk about the movie and if we recommend it.
***It is a spoiler filled podcast so fair warning. ***
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.
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.
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!
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 52. Gerard 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.
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.
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.
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).