Jon is back! Jon joins us remotely for this week’s CM Podcast. As Jon explains in the podcast, he is currently in the hospital for cancer. This is a new complication that Jon found out about within the last few day. He is in one of the greatest hospitals for cancer and is being treated by some of the best doctors so it is my hope that Jon will return in person to co-host the podcast with me in the near future.
But you know Jon, he is too stubborn to let anything stop him from talking about comics so through the power of technology, I was able to get him included in the discussion on this week’s comic, Black Badge.
Black Badge is written by Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT, Grass Kings) and artist Tyler Jenkins (Snow Blind and Grass Kings). It was published by BOOM! Studios back in 2018 as a 12 issue limited series.
I had the opportunity to read the collection for the first 4 issues. Jon has not been able to read this comic yet so I describe the book to him (mostly spoiler free) and Jon makes the decision if he will be reading this comic in the future.
I loved the concept – Boy Scouts are recruited to run wet work/black ops jobs for the US government. It is full of cold war espionage but with a modern twist. I thought it was a great comic and plan to get the rest of the series.
This week we have a slight variation in our comic review. This is a new comic but it a comic that is adapted from a well know American novel. Jon and I are reviewing Ryan North and Albert Monteys‘ comic adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. The adaptation is published by BOOM! Studios and is available now.
You may be familiar with writer, Ryan North. He worked as the writer on the awesome and very funny Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for Marvel comics. What I discovered about Mr. North in doing some research is that he also created the Dinosaur Comic that is still running today at his own website, qwantz.com
It is one of the earliest internet memes that I remember. Here is the 1st comic that started it all…
The dino comic uses the same art format for each additional comic, only the script changes.
The Artist, Albert Monteys is a Spanish artist that works on the satirical weekly comic magazine, El Jueves. He has also created his own web comic called Universe! which has been collected and published.
And finally, Kurt Vonnegut who was an American author who had a 50 career and has published many fantastic novels such as The Sirens of Titan (I misremembered this as the Game Player of Titan which is a Philip K Dick book), Breakfast of Champions, Cat’s Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five.
We went over an hour on this one but we kept it under 2 hours so not to split up the podcast. Jon and I both love the original book and we think the adaption is brilliant. We talk about the story and how well the comic stayed true to the source material. In the podcast, we make recommendations on movies based on Vonnegut’s novels and I must mispronounce Paul Lazzaro‘s name about 15 times. I don’t know if I ever got it right.
We like to do new comics reviews every once in a while because there are always new series coming out that need attention. We like to let our listeners know about new writers and artists out there that are putting out some high quality comics!
This week we are reviewing 4 new comics series that are all limited series. These comics have come out in the last 3 weeks so you should be able to find them physically or digitally.
Here are the 4 reviews and we highly recommend that you pick up all 4 of these books:
Review #1 – Jon review
Once and Future # 1
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Dan Mora
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Review #2 – Jim Review
Black Hammer/Justice League #1 and 2
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Michael Walsh
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics/ DC
Review #3 – Jon Review
Doctor Mirage #1
Writer: Magdalene Visaggio
Artist: Nick Robles
Review #4 – Jim Review
Tommy Gun Wizards #1
Writer: Christian Ward
Artist: Sami Kivela
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
4 different comics from 4 different genres. All are great reads with fantastic art. We highly recommend picking up all the books and listen to the podcast to find out why we recommend them.
In 2009, Mark Waid thought to himself “What if Superman was a complete bastard?” and this was the impetus for his original series – Irredeemable.
Irredeemable was written by Mark Waid with art by Peter Krause and it was published by BOOM! Studios. It ran 37 issues and it was a psychological profile on “What if a man with Superman’s powers used them for evil instead of good and why would someone do that?”
The main character of the story is a super powered hero turned ultimate villain by the name of The Plutonian and the comic starts at the point of the Plutonian suddenly behaving very violently and evil and the rest of the superhero community has to find out what happened to him. This comic starts at full throttle and never lets up.
Jon has never read the series so I gave him the trade of the first 4 issues and this is what we discuss in the podcast.
There are always new titles being launched and we picked up 3 of these new titles, read them and loved them.
The comics that we are reviewing are:
Mech Cadet Yu #1 and #2 from BOOM! Studios. It is written by Greg Pak with art by Takeshi Miyazawa.
Ghost Money # 1 from Lion Forge/Magnetic Collection. It is written by Thierry Smolderen with art by Dominique Bertsil.
Sink #1 from Comix Tribe. It is written by John Lees with art by Alex Cormack.
These 3 comics are different from each other but are all worth your time. If you are looking for something familiar and fun then you’ll love Mech Cadet Yu. If you want something thrilling and abrasive then Ghost Money is what you want to read. And if you want something that will scare you but also make you think, then go by Sink.
Listen to the podcast to get the full details of all 3 comics and then go right out and support these comics by buying them.
We tried to see the Wonder Woman movie last weekend and got locked out due to tickets selling out at the theaters in our area so instead of a review of that movie, we decided to review some new comics that have recently come out.
Jon does a review of Marvel’s Darth Vader # 1 Vol. 2
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
I do a review for Boom Studio’s Godshaper # 1 and 2
Writer: Simon “Si” Spurrier
Artist: Jonas Goonface
We really like one of these books and the jury is out on the other one. Listen to the podcast to see which one you should buy.