CM Podcast 298 – Top 10 (1999 comic miniseries) Part 2 of 2

Welcome back to the 2nd part of the Top 10 comic review. This comic originally came out in 1999 as an Image comic. It was printed under Alan Moore’s imprint of America’s Best Comics. The writer was Alan Moore with Gene Ha and Zandar Cannon providing the artwork.

In part 2, I wanted to explore the themes of some of the storylines rather than just talk about the story itself. This comic can be quite humorist both visually and the jokes that are used. Gene Ha and Zander Cannon pack each page with dozens of comic book easter eggs that a long time fans will love. Moore also lays out a dozen jokes and funny situations for readers to enjoy.

There are also many dramatic and humanistic moments in the comic. I outline a few but this is just touching the surface of what the miniseries offers.

This was a favorite of mine 20 years ago and I had a blast re-reading again for this podcast. I left this review mostly spoiler free so that you can grab a copy of it and enjoy the 2 main plot twists.

Jim

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CMPodcast 297 – Top 10 (1999 comic miniseries) Part 1 of 2

I start the podcast by letting everyone know that Jon Babcock, co-founder of the Comics Misremembered Podcast, has passed away on Monday January 25th 2021. He succumbed to his 4 month battle with cancer and he will be missed.

Here is a picture of Jon with Daisy, the comics misremembered dog.

I wanted to give everyone a brief history of what happened to Jon. His sudden death was a shock to everyone especially me. He helped me created the Comics Misremembered Podcast and his presence will be missed on the show but I plan on continuing the podcast for the foreseeable future.

This week is the beginning of a 2 part podcast on the comic miniseries Top 10. It is a police procedural comic where everyone one in the comic has superpowers of some kind. It was written by Alan Moore with art by Gene Ha and Zander Cannon. It was published in September 1999 by Image Comics under Alan Moore’s imprint America’s Best Comics (ABC).

I talk about the history of how DC now owns part of the rights to this comic and how that must piss Alan Moore off and may be the reason he no longer works in the comic industry.

I compare this comic to a popular 1980s Police Procedural TV show called Hill Street Blues and why you may want to check that show out. The early 2000s were also a popular time for comics that featured superheroes working as cops and I give a few examples.

We then get into talking about the story and how Robyn Slinger AKA Toybox (girl featured in the center of the above image) starts her new career as rookie on the Top 10 police force. She meets her new partner, Smax (left in above image) and gets her first case. This comic mixes crime drama with the humor of everyday life and features the fine detailed art of Gene Ha with help by Zander Cannon.

Here is an example of Gene Ha’s art work. This is just one panel on one page and it is filled with detail and hidden references which is part of the fun of reading this comic.

I only just get started in talking about the other police officers we meet in the series and the first big case of Robyn Slinger. I will continue this exploration of Top 10 in next week’s CM Podcast.

Jim

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CM Podcast 284 – The Neonomicon (comic 2011)

Welcome to the Halloween edition of the Comics Misremembered.

If the image above didn’t scare you away then continue on, intrepid listener. But be warned! You will have to be made of much sterner stuff to listen to this week’s podcast.

This week, we are covering a Cosmic Horror comic called The Neonomicon.

Look at that guy at the top of the cover! His mind can’t handle what’s going on in this book.

The Neonomicon is by writer Alan Moore and artist Jacen Burrows. It was published by Avatar Press back in 2011 at 4 issues. 2 of the issues are reprints of an earlier collaboration between Moore and Burrows called The Courtyard and the remaining 2 issues are just a continuation and conclusion to the story.

In the podcast, I go over the origins of Avatar Press, Alan Moore and his love of H.P. Lovecraft, The many, many Lovecraft references in the book (I probably missed a few) and we talk about the actual story.

I keep it mostly spoiler free and do warn you when I am going to spoiler the rest of the comic in case you do want to read it. I highly recommend picking this up and reading. Especially during October!

Jim

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CM Podcast 279 – Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow (1986 comic book)

Last week, we reviewed the Warner Bros. Animated movie Superman: The Man of Tomorrow. Months ago, when the title of the movie was announced and there wasn’t any information about the movie, I thought they may be adapting the venerated Superman story: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow. To my dismay, they did not adapt it and we were given a generic origin story for Superman.

Fast foward to a week later, I decided that we will be doing a retro review for Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow. This story was originally told as a 2 part tale in Superman # 423 (Part 1) and Action Comics #583 back in 1986. It was written by Alan Moore (with help by editor Julius Schwartz). The art was done by long time Silver Age artist, Curt Swan with inks done by George Perez (Superman #423) and long time Silver Age inker, Kurt Schaffenberger (Action Comics #583). The story is regarded as the “Last Superman Story” which is somewhat true. It was the last Silver Age story before DC would reboot and modernize Superman with the release of Man of Steel miniseries.

If you have never read this story, we highly recommend you buy the Collected Edition (Retails for $14.99 but you can find it for less online) and then listen to the podcast. This story has some surprises in the 2nd half and we spoil all of them in the podcast.

If you don’t mind spoilers, then check out the podcast. We go over a brief history on how Alan Moore was selected for this story and why it is considered one of the best Superman stories as well as best told comic book stories.

Jim

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CM Podcast 257 – V for Vendetta (1982 comic) Pt. 2

Welcome back to the second and final part of our discussion of Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta comic miniseries. The 10 issue miniseries was published by DC back in 1982.

In part one of our discussion we covered: the uniqueness of Lloyd’s original black and white art and the problems with coloring it with DC. There are several literal influences in V for Vendetta but the political climate of the UK in the 1980s may have been the biggest influence on this comic.

We started to talk about the comic but we ran out of time. We picked up that discussion with Part 2. We go over who exactly Guy Fawkes is and why his mask is relevant to the comic. we get through the story and what we like (and dislike) about it but we feel it is still a very relevant comic that still need to be read.

we recently, watch the V for Vendetta movie and compare it to the comic. Jon and I have very different views about the movie and if it is faithful to the comic. Listen to the podcast to see who’s side you will take.

Overall, V for Vendetta is a good read with great art. It is not as ground breaking to comics as Watchmen but you’ll enjoy the ride.

Stay safe,

Jim

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CM Podcast 256 – V for Vendetta (1982 comic) Pt. 1

The world is in a social crisis. COVID-19 is impacting everyone and we are all worrying about the future. Now seems like the perfect time to talk about a cheery subject – a totalitarian future were everyone’s freedoms are stripped away and there is no hope.

This is not entirely true. The is one hope – one man wages war on a despotic government to overthrow the tyrants and return freedom to the people. Hooray! We are going to be talking about V for Vendetta. A comic by writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd. It was originally published as a serial in a UK comic Warrior in 1982. DC converted it into a 10 issue miniseries in 1988.

I have been waiting for the perfect time to talk about this comic and now seems the best time. Jon and I share our history regarding reading this comic.

We talk about the history of the comic coming from Warrior and moving over to DC. The original David Lloyd art was in black and white and DC wanted it to be in color. Normally, this would not be a problem but Lloyd uses Negative Space technique for the black and white images and that will not look great with color. The colorists for the comic get around the problem.

We then get into world history of the UK in the 80s and how that would have a major influence on Moore and Lloyd on the creation of V and how their dystopian society looked.

We then get into talking about the actual comic (but not too much). We go over the first 2 issues. We learn about V, the main protagonist. Evey, a innocent by-stander that gets swept up by accident into V’s terrorist plot and finally, Mr. Adam Susan, face of the fascist regime that is controlling the UK.

Mr. Susan – everybody’s favorite wanker.

This podcast is a great place to start if you have never read V for Vendetta. We don’t talk too much about the comic in this podcast but we are giving you a chance to read it and come back in a week for part 2. Next week, we will get into all of the comic and do a comparison of the movie to the comic.

Some bloopers in the podcast: This is podcast 256, not 258. Alan Moore wrote Swamp Thing not Swamp Men and there are probably a dozen others but I am too tired to address them. This is why it’s called Comics Misremembered.

In the podcast, I promised a link to Superman Annual #11 (Here) AKA “For The Man Who Has Everything”. Moore explores the same themes of nationalism and fascism.

Jim

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CM Podcast 231 – Watchmen TV series (2019)

Over the last few years, HBO has teased use with this image…

This is interesting. People never thought the original miniseries Watchmen would ever get a movie adaptation and it eventually did. Now, HBO wants to make it a TV show based on the original comic? This did not seem like a good idea.

The series was partially written and produced by Damon Lindelof, who has success, to varying degrees with other sacred franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek so he seems like the best choice for this series.

Time goes on and I have not heard a peep regarding the show until within the last few weeks. The premier episode was viewed at the New York Comic Con and fans got a taste of the new show and overall, the reaction was surprisingly positive.

Jon and I watched the premier episode, along with millions of other people and we came to the conclusion – The show was very strong and seems to have legs.

****SPOILERS AHEAD AND IN THE PODCAST****

In this week’s podcast we are going to talk about…

All of these images. We will try to answer questions like: Who is Looking Glass and what is his “Pod” used for? Who is Sister Night and are her origins tied to the original miniseries? Why are the cops wearing masks? Who are the Seventh Kalvary? We ask a whole lot more questions and look for clues on a few conspiracy theories like does the show really tie into the comic timeline or is it in it’s own universe?

Listen to the podcast for clues…

Also, if you did watch the show, go to HBO’s Watchmen website for some supplemental material. Link here: https://www.hbo.com/watchmen

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CM Podcast 224 – Swamp Thing Show

Time Warner has a cool app called DC Universe that carries all the DC Heroes animated shows like Batman TAS, Superman TAS, Justice League Unlimited, and more.

It also has new and exclusive live action hero shows like Titans, Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing.

This poster gives away a big secret but you will have to watch the show to find out.

Jon and I recently subscribed to the DC Universe app to watch Doom Patrol (and we hope to review it soon) but we stated to like some of the other shows too. We both had little knowledge about Swamp Thing so we started to watch Season 1 and we both really liked it. We like it’s American Gothic setting and story. We like characters and the actors that played them. We like the special effects and the horror elements. We consumed all 10 episodes wanting more and we found out the Warner Media cancelled the series!!

In the podcast, we talk about what we knew about Swamp Thing prior to watching the show and what we really liked about the show itself. We also explain what Phantom Stranger and Blue Demon have to do with the show.

You don’t know about these 2 obscure characters are? That’s great because we share a little info on who they are and why they fit perfectly in the Swamp Thing show.

We lament on what could be with a Season 2 and other characters that would have been introduced like Anton Arcane.

We recommend checking out the DC universe app and the Swamp Thing show now before it is removed. Maybe if enough people watch the show, we can get a 2nd season!

Jim

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CM Podcast 160 – Superman Annual #11

Superman Annual #11?  That’s specific and yet random for a Comics Misremembered Podcast.  Why are we talking about this one?

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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.

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Poor Kal-El.  He can never catch a break.

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.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 150 – The Watchmen

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.

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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.

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 95 – “Missed The Bus” Comics

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What does the title “Missed The Bus” comics mean?  It means great comic series that have been published but for what ever reason Jon and/or myself have never read.  The alternative title I have for this podcast is “Whats The Matter With You Dummies!?

Hard to believe that there are some comics that exist out there that Jon or myself have not read.  This is a true fact!  There are some many comics that exist that we cannot get to all of them so some of the gems get left in the mine.  Today, we talk about 3 of those series which are:

  • DMZ – Vertigo/DC
  • A Distant Soil – Image Comics
  • 100 Bullets – Vertigo/DC

We talk about why we missed reading them when they were first released, why we want to read them now and is it even possible to read comics that are no longer being published?

Just so you know, I have read DMZ and 100 Bullets.  It is only A Distant Soil that we both have not read.

Enjoy the podcast.

You comics pal,

Jim

CM Podcast 72 – Miracleman/Marvelman

We did a 2 part tribute podcast to Alan Moore a few weeks ago and in the podcast, I mentioned Marvelman (Miracleman here in the States).  I said that I did not want to just mention it as part of Moore’s body of work.  I wanted to do an entire podcast on the comic series.  Well, the time has come.  Jon and I sit down and talk about the first story arc “Book 1: A Dream of Flying

We do a brief history on who is Marvelman/Miracleman and how did Alan Moore get the opportunity to write him.

We then move into the story and discuss how a comic story that is over 30 years old is still extremely relevant to comics, TV and movies today.

Here are the characters  that we are introduced to: Marvelman (left) and Kid Marvelman (right).

We start to talk about how this story was mature and it dealt with scientific and philosophical topics that were ahead of its time.  We feel its influence can be seen in things like the movie, The Matrix and the Ron Moore’s version of Battlestar Galactica.

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Here is Evelyn Creme – Can you trust a man with sapphire teeth?

Moore took a cheesy, cartoon character from the 60s and modernized him into a realistic superhero of the 80s and the transition made sense (well for a comic story).

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Does this page represent a new beginning for humanity or its end?

At the end of the podcast, we theorize on stories and authors that may have influenced Alan Moore when he was creating Marvelman/Miracleman.

We had a great time recording this one and we hope you laugh and learn something new after listening to it.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 70 – Alan Moore Pt. 2

Our Alan Moore Tribute continues this week…

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We are chronologically chronicling the career of creator and comic composer (and cantankerous critic), Alan Moore.

We left off at The Watchmen and continue with the year 1988 and the comic Batman: The Killing Joke.

Other comics we touch on are:

  • From Hell
  • Spawn
  • Violator
  • WildC.A.T.s
  • Supreme
  • Judgement Day Miniseries
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Top 10
  • Providence
  • and more Moore!

Join us for a lively discussion and Dan Campbell Jokes (regional American Football humor).

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CM Podcast 69 – Alan Moore Tribute Pt. 1

Alan Moore, who has penned some of the greatest comic stories ever written, stated that he will be retiring from comics after all his current Avatar Press comics are completed.

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Jon and I are really big fans of his work so we decided to go over his body of comic work and discuss some of our favorite books.

This is not a complete list of everything that has been published by Alan Moore.  This is a list of titles that Jon and I compiled that we think are excellent reads and we highly recommend picking these up in trades.

This is a 2 part conversation.  In this podcast, we cover the following and more:

  • D.R and Quinch
  • Captain Britain
  • V for Vendetta
  • Watchmen

I also talk about the ground breaking Marvelman (AKA Miracleman here in the states).  Here is the page that I read that let me know that I was in for a great and epic tale:

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This is from the original run and not the recent Marvel reprints.

All the titles that we cover in this podcast are worth their own individual podcasts and we will be returning to some of them in the future.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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