CM Podcast 175 – Heroes In Crisis

Heroes in Crisis is the new 9 issue miniseries by writer Tom King and artist Clay Mann.

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It is published by DC and it is their 2018 event comic.  How do I know it’s an Event Comic?  Well, it does have “Crisis” right there in the title.  I mean, that’s a dead give away right there, man.  C’mon!  Do you even comic book?

Enough of that silliness, let’s get back to serious business – talking about comic books!  Jon and I had the opportunity to read the first issue of Heroes in Crisis that came out this past Wednesday and we decided to give it a review on the podcast but also take some guesses as to who is the murder.  What?  You didn’t know it was a murder mystery?  Yep.  There are many murders in this book and it was a hero that did it?  (Or was it?)

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Okay.  Before we go too much further in the plot, let me just say right here:

  THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS PODCAST! 

Now, it’s just the first issue so I don’t know how much we can actually be spoiling but we do take some “stabs” at guessing who ultimately is responsible for the deaths at Sanctuary.

First Spoiler: There are 2 suspects that the reader is given at the end of the issue…

Harley Quinn

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and

Booster Gold

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I know exactly what you are thinking: “Who is Booster Gold?” or “Hell Yeah, it’s Harley Quinn!”  Both are valid points.  Listen to the podcast and we give our opinions on who really is responsible for the murders.  It just might change your opinion!  We also go over a quick history of Booster Gold for those that need a refresher.

Heroes In Crisis is starting off with a bang (and a stab)!  We look forward to the rest of the series.  Also, if you want to know why “Crisis” is DC’s event brand, you should really listen to Podcast 132: CW’s Crossover Event: Crisis on Earth-X.  I rundown all the related Crisis titles DC has published.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 168 – Death of Superman Movie

Back in 1992, DC comic creators had planned a story line where Clark Kent would finally marry Lois Lane after years of dating.  This story was canceled at the last second due to a series of unfortunate events (which we chronicle in the podcast).

At the eleventh hour, the creative teams decide to go with a story line that was first suggested as a joke – “What if we kill Superman”? 

This led to the infamous Death of Superman story line that ran for a few years through all 4 Superman books leading to the ultimate issue – Superman #75 where Superman finally dies…at least for a year or so.  C’mon!  No one stays dead forever in comics. 😉

Here is what Superman #75 looked like in it’s sealed black plastic bag and the actual cover.

Jump to 2018, WB video has just released a direct-to-video original movie called The Death of Superman.  It is a adaptation of the multi-issue comic event that ends with Superman dying. (Spoilers!)

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Jon and I have watched the movie, read the comic event and give a brief oral history on why it was a good idea to kill one of the most recognized comic creations.

Your comics pal,

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 155 – New Comics Review

In our last New Comics Review, we did mostly independent titles so we decided to do some Marvel and DC new comics this time around.

There are 4 reviews this week and here are the titles:

  1. Writer Jason Aaron with Artist Ed McGuinness for Avengers #1 (Jim review)
  2. Writer Charles Soule with Artist David Marquez and Paulo Siqueira for Hunt for Wolverine (Jon review)
  3. Writer Tom Taylor with Artist R. B. Silva for Adamantium Agenda (Jon review)
  4. Writers Joshua Williamson, James Tynion and Scott Snyder with Artist Francis Manapul for Justice League: No Justice (miniseries) (Jim review)

The downside of some of these books is that Marvel and DC are renumbering their flagship titles again (Marvel’s Avengers #1 and DC will relaunch Justice League at the end of No Justice as a #1) but the creators on these books and the stories that they are telling make this change a little easier to swallow.

The upside is that Avengers #1 is a great starting point for non-comic readers who saw Avengers: Infinity War and want a jumping on point for the comics.  Same thing for Justice League: No Justice.  Both books introduce you to the core members of each team and show you what else is hiding in the shadows of their perspective universes.

The Wolverine books bring you up to speed on what has happen to Wolverine since the evens of Death of Wolverine and Legacy.  These books bring back familiar faces of villains and heroes of the mutant universe.

Jon and I were both very excited about the books we picked and hope that you find some new reading material.

PS – Sorry to Justice League: No Justice – I referred to the enemy characters as “Doom Titans” but they are actually called “Omega Titans“.  That’s why we call the podcast Comics Misremembered.

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CM Podcast 142 – Milk Wars Specials

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 52Gerard 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.

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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.

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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.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 131 – Justice League Movie

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

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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.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 128 – New Comics Review

Every few podcasts we like to dedicate time to some of the recently released comics that we think you should check out.  This week we have a few to talk about:

Jim will review Boom! Studio’s Eugenic.  Written James Tynion IV with art by Eryk Donovan.

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Jon (with some assistance from Jim) will review the DC’s Dark Nights One-Shots (Tie-ins to the Metal series).

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Here are the one-shot list with names of the writers and artists:

  • Batman: Red Death – Writer: Joshua Williamson Art: Carmine Di Giandomenico
  • Batman: Murder Machine – Writer: Frank Tieri and James Tynion IV Artist: Riccardo Federici
  • Batman: Dawn Breaker – Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Ethan Van Sciver
  • Batman: The Drown – Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Philip Tan and Tyler Kirkman
  • Batman: The Merciless – Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Artist: Francis Manapul
  • Batman: The Devastator – Writer: Frank Tieri and James Tynion IV Artist: Tony S. Daniels

All these comics are great pick-ups.  Listen to the podcast to find out why.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 125 – Fall Comic Shows and Movies

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.

Thanks for listening.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 120 – Dark Knights: Metal

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:

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but the real name is:

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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.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 117 – Boston Comic Con 2017

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Boston Comic Con is a 3 day event (Fri – Sun) where fans can meet comic artist, writers and comic book related celebrities.  Jon and I have gone to it in years past and have always had a good time.

We went to it Sunday and we share our experience meeting establish artists and writers but also talking with independent artists. It was mostly good and a little bad and we will go over how it all went down.

Looking forward to next year’s con.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 114 – Nocturnals: Sinister Path

We are very excited to have a special guest this week, Dan Brereton!

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Writer and artist of Nocturnals and painter on The Psycho, DC’s Batgirl and Robin ThrillKiller, and hundreds of other comics. He is a legend.

We talk with him about his career, San Diego Comics Con, and his current Kickstarter campaign…

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In The Night Studio Kickstarter by Dan Brereton

We then focus on his new comic in the continuing series of The Nocturnals called Nocturnals: Sinister Path.

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Dan gives us a a quick recap of the new comics and then Jon and I review the story. We go over story elements and compare it to other greats works of art like L A Confidential and Leon The Professional.

We both think that this book is great and deserves your attention. If you cannot get to a comic shop, you can pick it up Comixology (along with the other Nocturnal titles).

Nocturnals Comics on Comixology

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Things that I took away:

  • The correct way to pronounce his last name.
  • Dan Brereton has been going to the San Diego Comic Con for 30 years, not 29.
  • The great Frank Franzetta passed away in 2010 and for some reason, I thought he was still alive and painting.
  • I called Doc Horror by the name Doc Hammer. Doc Hammer is actually the co-creator of the Venture Bros, not one of the characters in Nocturnals.

This podcast was a blast and we had a great time with Dan Brereton. We to hope to have Dan back in the near future for other podcast projects.

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CM Podcast 113 – 2017 Eisner Awards

It is another San Diego Comics Con so that means another round of Eisner Awards.  Jon and I love the Eisners because it nominates that best of the best from the comic industry for categories like Best Writer, Best Artist, Best New Series, Best Ongoing series and more.

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The award show spotlights comics that you are probably reading and some that were over looked last year.  The nominees always makes for great material for a podcast.

Many comics nominated for Eisners were reviewed by us as comics that you should be reading like Saga, Paper Girls, Kill or Be Killed and Vision.  There were also some comics that we have read but have not talked about on the podcast yet like Clean Room and Black Hammer.  We are looking forward to giving a more in depth review for those.

Great discussion this week.  Looking forward to next years crop of comics.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 104 – New Comics Review

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We decided to cover some of the new titles we have been reading for this week’s podcast.  The comics we are covering today will be:

  • X-men Gold (Jon review) – written by Marc Guggenheim with art by Ardian Syaf
  • USAvengers (Jim review) – written by Al Ewing with art by Paco Medina
  • X-men Blue (Jon review) – written by Cullen Bunn with art by Jorge Molina
  • The Button Crossover (Jim review) – This is issues 21 and 22 of Batman by written by Tom King with art by Jason Fabok and issues 21 and 22 of The Flash by Joshua Williamson with art by Howard Porter.

Listen to our reviews/critique of the books and hopefully you will have found some new books to read.

See you next week.

Your comics pal,

Jim

CM Podcast 93 – Disappointing Comics

Has this ever happened to you: There is a major announcement about a writer/artist/character that really excites you but when you get the final product and finish reading it, you are left wanting?

Well, it has happened to Jon and myself a few times.  This week, we recount 3 comics that we were psyched about reading but at the end of the day, we were disappointed.

Jon will cover 2 miniseries and I will do 1.  Here are the books we will be talking about:

From left to right:

  • Death of Wolverine
  • Final Crisis
  • Wolverine: Origin

Why did these comics that had all the right ingredients turn out so badly?  We will give you the answers.

We will be back next week with a review of the movie, Logan.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 92 – Controversial Stories

Welcome back, CM Podcast fans.  Jon and I both have this cold that’s been going around so we apologize in advance for the coughs and hope to be back to 100% next week.

I have been reading Nick Spencer’s Steve Rogers: Captain America and really have been enjoying it.  It is a controversial story because it has Cap as an Agent of Hydra instead of the Sentinel of Liberty.  Time will tell if this will go down as a great story or terrible idea in the annals of history.

This gave me the idea to talk about 3 other controversial stories and how people reacted to them.  In this podcast, we review the following:

  1. Identity Crisis (2004)
  2. Ed Brubaker’s Captain America (2005)
  3. The new 52 Launch (2011)

Also, In the podcast Jon speaks to the criticism that DC received on their female characters in the new universe.  To give you a visual on how women were portrayed in the new 52 here are 3 examples (left to right): Catwoman, Starfire and Voodoo.

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As always, thanks for listening.

You comics pal,

Jim

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