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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CM Podcast 91 – Justice League Dark Movie

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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…

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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…

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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.

Thanks for listening.

Your Comic Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 90 – Politics and Legion

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).

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Other comics have blatantly lampooned Trump in their comics like Marvel’s Spider Gwen seen here:

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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.

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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.

***Spoiler Alert***

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.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 89 – Spawn

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!

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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.

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“This image embodies everything that was happening in comics during the 90s”

Press play for a little history lesson on one of the founding fathers of the Image Universe.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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PS

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.

CM Podcast 87 – Batman: The Animated Series

There is a show that you may be familiar with…

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A show that is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year in 2017…

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That show is the totally awesome, Batman: The Animated Series

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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.

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 65 – Suicide Squad Movie Review

Welcome back!

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.

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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.

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“Here is a picture of the original Suicide Squad as it debuted in the comics back in 1987”

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“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. 

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“The Assault on Arkham Squad – a step between the comic and the movie.”

That’s all folks.  Thanks for listening.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 63 – Amalgam Comics Part 1

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!

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These Amalgam comics were the result of a battle between the Marvel and DC universes…

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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.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 56 – Kingdom Come

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.

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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.

Thanks for listening.

You comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 53: Summer Crossover Events

It’s a new comic review.  We are going to review:

(from left to right)

  • DC’s DC Universe Rebirth #1 (4:09)
  • Avenger’s Standoff Omega (28:17)
  • Civil War II #0 (34:48)
  • Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 (53:35)

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*

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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!!

Enjoy the podcast and your Memorial Day Weekend.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 49 – Superheroes in Video Games

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:

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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.

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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!

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 45 – Batman Vs Superman Review

The Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice movie came out and we saw it and have much to discuss about it.

We start the conversation of by talking about what comics we believe inspired the overall story of this movie.  Here are the comics we saw in this movie:

Clockwise from upper left: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Superman: The Death of Superman, Trinity, JLA – Rock of Ages story arc and Superman vs Batman: Public Enemies.

We spend a few minutes going over these comics and their influences (intentionally or subconsciously) in the movie.

After that, it’s all spoilers and no holds barred deathmatch deconstruction of the movie itself…

102597285-Batman-vs-Superman.530x298  Jon and I give our opinions of the movie and then jump right into going over the plot and (lack of ) motivation for the characters.  There are laughs and deep philosophical debates.

See the movie for yourself and you be the judge.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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Bonus – I found this video of Kevin Smith reviewing 1 comics in the JLA: Rock of Ages story arc and thought it was pretty good and relevant to this podcast: