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:
Identity Crisis (2004)
Ed Brubaker’s Captain America (2005)
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.
Hi all and welcome back to Comics Misremembered Podcast. Jon is sick so I am doing this podcast solo this week and I will be reviewing the Justice League Dark Animated Movie that was recently release on digital/Blu-ray/DVD.
Before I get into the movie, I realized that I did not talk about the intro music on the podcast. The song is Magic Man by the band Heart. If you like that song, go check out Heart on Spotify. They have a lot of good music.
okay, back to the movie…
The podcast is 2 parts: the beginning is an overview of the movie and my final verdict on if you should watch it. The 2nd half of the podcast, I give a back story and some history of each of the members of Justice League Dark and the villains.
At this point, I want to touch back on Zatanna’s outfit again…
Now this is one of the tamer images I found on the internet. It is part classy, part sleazy. This has got to be one of the greatest costumes of all time. My words do not do it justice. I just wanted to give you a visual aid before you listen to the podcast.
This is a 2 part podcast: the first 30 minutes are about real world politics in comics and what one company is doing to change that and the second 30 minutes is a review for FX Network’s Legion show. I didn’t want to confuse you and think it was a political discussion based on the Legion show.
Part 1 (minutes 1 – 30)
Recently in some comics, writers have been using existing comic universe characters as analogies for Donald Trump as not so subtly done in DC’s Catwoman (but still very funny).
Other comics have blatantly lampooned Trump in their comics like Marvel’s Spider Gwen seen here:
Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter (who does support Trump) wants writes to stop using real world politics in their stories. Jon and I discuss the implication of Marvel not using real world characters in their stories and if it is a good or bad thing.
Okay. Enough politics! Let’s talk about the FX show Legion.
Part 2 of the podcast (minutes 31 – 60)
Based on Marvel’s David Haller AKA Legion, the show is about the mutant that has a multiple personality disorder. We review the first episode.
we reveal some of the secrets of the 1st episode so don’t listen if you have not see it yet! Go watch the show (it’s great!) and then come back to listen to our takes on were we think it is going.
Image Comics will be celebrating 25 years in comics this month. Hard to believe that a fledgling studio founded by “rockstar” artists who would go on to make millions of dollars would still be around today.
Image was founded by Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Erik Larson, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino and… Todd McFarlane.
Our podcast will be focusing on Todd’s comic creation, SPAWN!
This 1st issue went on to sell 1.7 million copies. Sure that seems like a lot but that could have been a fluke! It was was thanks to the plucky spirit of the creators that Image studios persevered.
Jon and I go over a brief history of Todd McFarlane’s career prior to Spawn and then we will talk about the meager begins of the demonic anti-hero.
Press play for a little history lesson on one of the founding fathers of the Image Universe.
Your Comics Pal,
Comics Misremembered Podcast 89
I found the farting Violator video clip on YouTube. This a the highlight of the movie so if you never saw it… you’re welcome.
A show that is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year in 2017…
That show is the totally awesome, Batman: The Animated Series…
Jon and I recently came across the show bible and read a few passages and then started to reminisce about the show. Since it’s the 25th anniversary, we could not think of a better time to talk about this ground breaking show and it’s vision of Batman.
Join us as we reflect upon the show and characters and compare it to today’s movies.
We do give our opinions on the recently released DC Movie – Suicide Squad but before we do that, I give my impressions on this year’s #BostonComicCon.
0:00 – 17:15: Boston Comic Con Talk
Jon was not able to make the Con this year but I had a great time. I was able to meet Mark Waid, Cliff Chaing, Geof Darrow, Rafael Albuquerque, Terry Dodson, Art Adams and more!! I do a quick recap and review some of the swag I picked up.
Now let’s move on the the other part of the Podcast…
17:15 – 1:05:00: Suicide Squad and Assult on Arkham
We each give our review of the Suicide Squad movie – The Good, The Bad and The Joker.
“Here is a picture of the original Suicide Squad as it debuted in the comics back in 1987”
“Here is a picture of the Suicide Squad from the movie – for better or worse”
After a good skewering of the film, we compare it to the very excellent Suicide Squad Animated movie – Assault on Arkham.
“The Assault on Arkham Squad – a step between the comic and the movie.”
Marvel and DC crossover comic events are very rare nowadays but that was not always the case. In fact, 20 years ago was one of the best Marvel/DC comic events that ever happened and it was called the Amalgam Universe!
These Amalgam comics were the result of a battle between the Marvel and DC universes…
The champions fought each other in a limited series called DC Versus Marvel (or Marvel Versus DC depending on which issue you were buying). The heroes battles each other and it caused such a mess that is smashed the 2 universes together in 1 amalgamated universe.
Jon and I reflect back on the events that lead up to the Amalgam Comics to be published. This will be a 2 part podcast so tune in next week for part 2.
Time is a funny thing. It seems like yesterday I was picking up the first issue of Mark Waid and Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come and I was amazed at the painted artwork and great story.
Well, it was actually 20 years ago this year that I read that first issue. The story and it’s message is still relevant now as it was back then.
Jon has never read Kingdom Come and I recently acquired the collected trade paper back and lent it to him. I told him that he is really going to enjoy it and that we should do a podcast on this landmark series. Jon took the book and when I saw him a few days later, he was very impressed and was really keen on turning this into a podcast.
I am a fan of the book. Jon became a fan of it and we hope you listen to this podcast and give it a try. I am glad that DC gave permission to Mark and Alex to tell this different and dark tale of morality and forgiveness.
I have included the time code for each review, in case you want to jump ahead to that point but I recommend listening to the entire podcast for all the humor and political references.
*MAJOR SPOILER ALERTS*
We do revel some plot points in all the comics (not all the surprises but most). The surprise twist to Captain America was spoiled for me prior to reading it (Thanks, Internet!) but I also have to reveal it in order to give my take on “Why Captain America says what he says at the end of the comic” so don’t say we did not warn you!!
We like video games. So much so that Jon and I attended PAX East this year and saw a lot of great games that will be coming out through 2016. This got me thinking that there are many video games that feature superheroes and this would make for a good podcast.
We start off the show talking about the classic Konami arcade game – X-men: Children of the Atom. This was a standard ‘Beat’em Up‘ that features X-men characters beating up on well know villains like Juggernaut, The Toad and Magneto. What was unique about this game is that a special cabinet was made that allowed 6 people to play at once. Here is a pic of how it looked:
This is one of the first (if not only) arcade that allows 6 people to play at once. I had a great time playing this one back in the day.
WE spend some time going over the other great arcade games and eventually move on to some awesome console games like: Ultimate Spider-man, Marvel Ultimate Alliance and X-men Legends.
These games are great because they all have fantastic stories with dozens of Marvel characters (both heroes and villains). The more we talked about them, the more I want to go back and play the games.
We end the podcast talking about the greatest superhero video series: Batman – Arkham Series: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Arkham Origins and Arkham Knight. This series is the pinnacle of how all video games featuring heroes should be made.
Also, we are celebrating out 1 year anniversary of Comics Misremembered this month so thanks for listening and looking forward to another year of making podcasts!
It’s the end of 2015 and instead of doing a lame top 10 or 20 list of comics that you should have read like other sites and podcasts, we decided to come up with our own award show for the comics and publishing companies of 2015.
We are calling the award “The Hazie” because it fits with our theme of barely remembering the stories of comics that we have read. We had a great time coming up with creative categories in which we “award” comics, creators and companies for the material they put out in 2015.
Here is an artist rendition of the much coveted Hazie award:
(This is not actually the award. Maybe we will have an actual award next year.)
We had a great time recording this podcast. So much so, that we had to break it down into 2 parts. Here is part 1 of our Hazie Awards.
I was scrolling through my Twitter feeds earlier this week and I saw this post from Jimmy Palmiotti previewing an upcoming cover to the Harley Quin series. Here is the art for the cover:
As you can see, Harley has changed the color to her hair. In fact, the comic version of Harley Quinn is starting to look more and more like the Suicide Squad movie version of Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie.
I have noticed this with each passing year that if a comic movie or show is successful, the more the comic series starts looking like that successful movie or show. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Well, the answer all depends on what changed in the comic.
Jon and I talk about the following successful movie franchises and the direct impact to their comic counterpart. Here is the list:
Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Guardians of Galaxy
These changes are going to be more common with each release of DC and Marvel’s upcoming movies and the changes are not necessarily a good thing.
At the end of the podcast, we touch quickly on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I share a comic story of the Marvel translation of Return of the Jedi.
Today Jon and I talk about comic characters that are either Over hyped/Over saturated or under appreciated.
Starting with the Over Hyped! Over Saturated characters:
Cable – The mysterious mutant man that makes for mediocre monthly mythos. We both have a litany of problems that we have with this character and why he should not be brought back in October.
Superman – Yes, it may be a bit sacrilegious to not like Superman if you like comics but we can’t help ourselves. He may be the most boring character ever created and we will give you many reasons why this is true.
Batman and Deadpool spin-offs – Marvel and DC! Enough of these spin-off books!! We can’t take the over saturation of the excessive cashing in on these popular characters. If you keep this off – there will be a backlash in the market. The tipping point right now is Gwenpool. Really, Gwenpool!? Are you kidding me? Obviously not.
Now on to characters that are under appreciated and we would like to see more of (preferably in their own monthly titles):
Aquaman– The Superfriends cartoon made him a joke and recent comics have tried to change that. Comic fans know that Aquaman is a good character and if he was back in a monthly book, he could be a great character. Jon gushes about his man crush on Aquaman and explains why we need to have him more prominently placed in the DCU and DC You.
“I’m the reason why everyone hates Aquaman.”
Longshot (Marvel) and Firestorm (DC) – These are my 2 picks.
Longshot is a mutant alien with the powers of “luck” and he is a slave in a universe controlled by Walking Nightmares called Mojos that force him to compete on reality TV shows for their amusement. How relevant is this character today!! Give him his own series, Marvel!
“Longshot is the template for every Rob Liefeld character ever!”
Firestorm – DC character that is probably one of their most powerful characters ever created and no one knows what to do with him. Give him another chance, DC!
“Lose the flamehead and shoulder pads, Firestorm”
Give a listen to the podcast for the reasons to love and hate these characters.