CM Podcast 165 – Ant Man and the Wasp

The next Marvel movie has come out and it is…

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Ant Man and the Wasp.

We saw it a few weeks ago and decided to do a review of it this week.  It is a continuation of the last Ant Man movie and references ties to Captain America: Civil War.

The Ant Man series (like the Guardians of the Galaxy Series) are more light hearted and funny movies than the other series and I enjoy that.  Not every hero has to be grim and gritty.  This movie continues with a mixture of levity and fast pace story telling.

The movie introduces a new character called Ghost.  Ghost is more of an anti-hero in the film than a true villain or at least, a sympathetic villain.  This is similar to how Ghost is portrayed in the comics and we go over that in the podcast.

We go over the movie with minor spoilers and give our verdict if you should go out and see it.  We then get into so the Marvel Comics story lines it references and some of the Easter Eggs that we spotted.

You 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 15 – John Byrne retrospective part 2

Welcome to the mid-week comic post.  The topics is still the creator, John Byrne.

Part 2 of the podcast continues the discussion of Byrne and Claremont’s run on the Uncanny X-men and Byrne’s final story arc: The Dark Phoenix Saga.

Then we focus on the next book Byrne takes over: The Fantastic Four.  He takes over writing and drawing the book starting with # 232 and ending with issue #295.  This was a 5 year story run and it has some of the greatest Dr. Doom stories ever.  I go into detail on some of these stories.  This run was also a change in the dynamic of the team.  Traditionally, the Fantastic Four was always: Mr. Fantastic, The Invisible Girl, The Human Torch and the Thing.  Byrne’s new line up is: Mr. Fantastic, changing The Invisible Girl into The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch and adding She-Hulk in place of the Thing.  At this time, The Thing has left the Fantastic Four and goes on his own solo adventures in his own book (which was also written and some issues drawn by John Byrne).  Also, I meant to say “The Trial of Reed Richards” and not “The Trial of Galactus”.

Jon (not John Byrne) then gets started on Alpha Flight, a book Byrne drew and wrote at the same time as the Fantastic Four (who does this?  No one anymore!).  We learn about Guardian, Snowbird, Aurora, Northstar, Puck and Sasquatch.

I add in this podcast that John Byrne does a short art run on the Avengers prior to the Fantastic Four and one of the characters he helps create (with Roger Stern) is Scott Lang – The 2nd Ant-Man.

Here are some of the covers that we talk about:

1) The infamous and often duplicated Uncanny X-Men #141.

2) The comic cover that turn me on to John Byrne and the Fantastic Four – Fantastic Four #268

3) The very funny Fantastic Four #275 when a adult magazine gets a photo of She-Hulk topless and how she handles the publisher at the end of the issue is classic.

Enjoy the second part of this 3 part discussion on John Byrne,

Jim

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CM Podcast 13 – All Movie Review

It’s July 31st the first day of Boston Comic Con so we are doing a “short” podcast (it was supposed to be short but once you get us started it is hard to shut us up).

Jon and I review 2 movies: Marvel’s Ant Man and DC Direct’s Justice League: Gods and Monsters.

We give a quick primer on the comic book equivalent of the characters from both movies and what our thoughts are on the movies.  Quite a ripping good time.

– Jim

Without further ado, here is CM Podcast 13:

CM Podcast 9 – Hot takes on the upcoming All-New, All Different Marvel Universe.

Welcome back, everyone!

Marvel will be relaunching their Universe once again this October and they have given everyone a sneak peek at the new titles and creative teams.

Jon and I go through the free previews guide and discuss what we know of the new writer and artist on each book and then if we plan on either buying it, testing it out for a few issues or skipping the book altogether or has we call it: Buy, Try or Deny!

I noticed that some books were missing this time around like Punisher, Black Widow, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.  Also, some writers are gone like Rick Remender and Jonathan Hickman, who has written the Avengers these last few years and the architect of the new Secret Wars series.  These changes don’t bode well with me.

I hope our wisdom and witty banter helps you make an informed decision on if you want to spend your hard earned dollars on any of these new books.

As always, we appreciate your feedback – What do you have to say about the new books?  Any ones that are a definite buy?  Any ones to avoid like the plague?

This podcast runs a little long but it is worth it.  Enjoy.

-Jim

All-New, All-Different Marvel – Revisited

If you are a Marvel fan, by now you have read or heard that Marvel will be restarting (otherwise known as Retconning) their Universe at the end of Secret Wars.

Jon and I will be previewing the new titles and creative teams in this week’s podcast but my question to you is:

“Is Retconning the Marvel Universe necessary?”

Here is what I think.  Marvel is first and foremost a business and as a business, you need to improve sales year over year to show that you are profitable to your shareholders.  If you do not hit these profit marks, then you have to try something different to get those customers back.

Marvel followed this formula with Marvel Now! back in 2012.  This plan of action cancelled all the existing Marvel books and relaunched them with new creative teams and reformation of books like the Avengers and Uncanny X-men.  For the most part, I liked the changes.  I enjoyed the new creative teams’ takes on existing characters and there were some very good stories that came out of this change.

Now it is 2015 and Marvel is following the playbook again by cancelling all the books, reforming the comics teams and telling new stories with brand new creative teams.  I understand why Marvel is doing this; new and old readers alike start on the ground floor with teams that are familiar but also fresh.  I am looking forward to trying these new books but at the same time, I am like “When will this universe be destroyed and retconned again?”

Is there such thing as burn out from all these retcons?  If you are a longtime DC reader, you know the pain of which I speak.  You have seen your DC universe destroyed and rebuild some many times over that you have a hard time remembering which universe are you reading (Is the Crime Syndicate from World 2 or World 3 in this reboot?)

I guess the point I am getting at is that companies like Marvel and DC are more focused on the ‘bottom line’ that they are willing to sacrifice their character’s legacy.  I feel that rebooting universe will lead to lazy story telling.  In the past if you wanted to modernize a universe, you had keep the 30 – 50 years of history.  That took some really creative story telling to build a bridge from the past to the future.  Now, all you have to do is destroy that history and start anew.  Where is the fun in that?  It just doesn’t seem right.  Are we all getting ret’conned’ with this new universe?

How do you feel about these changes with Marvel?

– Jim