We started a tradition 3 years ago on the podcast called The Hazies where we did a review show for that previous year but we disguised it as an award show.
We still give out the same Hazie as we did back then. Here is a photo of it:
Everyone does year end reviews about the “Best Comics” of that year but we already spend the whole year telling you what comics you should be checking out so why be boring and tell it to you again. Jon and I decided that since it is the Holidays, we want it keep it light and make the last podcast of the year just one big party. This was the inception of The Hazies. This is our 4th Annual Hazie countdown and we create some “Awards” aka jokes for the Comic Industry (more like, at their expense).
See who won the Hazies for:
I’m All About The Foreplay
Circle of Jerks
That Not So Fresh Feeling
I Can’t Feel My Brain
and more! Grab a beverage of your choice, sit in your most comfortable chair and have a laugh with us at The Hazies.
Hello and welcome back to Comics Misremembered. I wanted to take a moment and post about the passing of a comics legend, Stan Lee. He was a man of vision. When he began writing in the 50s and 60s, a comic writer was considered an embarrassing job, but Stan saw it as an opportunity. With the help of some great artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Stan was able to create some of the greatest stories of all time that have gone on to be loved by generations.
Normally, we record our podcast on the weekend but due to schedules this week, we recorded the podcast as week early so we did not have the opportunity to talk about Mr. Lee’s passing. We will rectify this in our next podcast.
Speaking of great stories and creators, this week’s podcast ran through the Spider-man comics of the 80s. It is considered to be the definitive Kraven the Hunter story and it’s goes by the title – Kraven’s Last Hunt.
Kraven’s Last Hunt was a 6 issue miniseries that ran through the Spider titles in 1987. There were 3 books then which where: Amazing Spider-man, Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-man and Web of Spider-man.
The Story was written by J. M. DeMatteis with cover and interior artwork done by Mike Zeck (pencils) and Bob McLeod (inker).
Here are some of the covers:
Jon had never read this comic before and I only read it in a trade I picked up back in the early 90s. We explain in the podcast why this is a great comic and why anyone that is interested in Spider-man should pick it up and read it. It is a well crafted story about one of Spider-man’s lest known villains.
In last week’s podcast, I mentioned that I met Tom King at the Fax Expo Boston and he saw me carrying a copy of John Byrne’s 2112 graphic novel. King asked if he could look at it and I began to tell him the history of how this book was made. I did not get to meet John Byrne but it gave me an idea.
This was the impetus for this week’s podcast. Jon has never read the graphic novel 2112 and I always like covering old comics so I thought we will do a review of it…
Here is the cover. Pretty cool, right? It has dinosaurs there and tall futuristic towers in the back. I know what you are thinking…”Dinosaurs are from the past! How did they get into the future?!” Well, we will find out together. Also, there is the image of a masked man. Who is this mystery man? Well, that would be…
Sathanus! The main antagonist in our story. You knew he was going to be a bad guy. How many guys in masks with red eyes turn out to be humanitarians? His mutant power…er, I mean – Halfling power (not mutant) is that he sucks the life out of people like a vampire. He was born to be the bad guy and he has ‘anus’ in his name so that makes him an a-hole.
Here is an image of Sathanus…uh, sucking. Pretty brutal. But who will be brave enough to take down this heel? Why that would be…
Agent Red – our main hero. This scene is early on in the comic and as you can see here is a tough and stoic man. Jon mentions in the podcast that Agent Red reminds him of Judge Dredd and that is an apt description.
Jon and I go over the graphic novel and let you know if this is something to be on the look out for next time you are at your local comic shop or flea market.
2 years ago we witnessed an R-rated comic book movie called Deadpool and it was good. We did a podcast on the the movie and more.
Last week, the highly anticipated sequel came out. Is it as good as the original or is it Deadpoo? We will tell you what we thought of… Deadpool 2!
We will tell you up front – this movie is as good as the original (even better, maybe). Being a Deadpool movie, you know there will be jokes, violence and swearing but this movie also as heart and compassion (which were in the original – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it). Jon and I give our opinions on the movie and we try not to spoil too much on what makes it great.
There have been a lot of good comics to come out lately so Jon and I have decided to do another New Comics Review Podcast.
We will be reviewing 3 new comics. These books have come out within the last 3 weeks so you should still be able to get them at your local comic shop (highly recommended) or download it digitally (if you must). I will tell you up front that all 3 comics are worth buying and we hope to convey through the podcast why each one is great.
The 3 titles we will be reviewing (in the order we review them in the podcast):
Gideon Falls #1 written by Jeff Lemire with art by Andrea Sorrentino (Image Comics)
Dry County #1 written and illustrated by Rick Tommaso (Image Comics)
Highest House #1 written by Mike Carey with art by Peter Gross (IDW Publishing)
Listen to the podcast then rush out and pick up these 3 books.
Jon and I have both seen the Altered Carbon series on Netflix and enjoyed it. Jon was very interested to talk about its themes on the podcast. I reminded him that Altered Carbon is based on a book, not a comic book so it wouldn’t fit with the milieu of our podcast.
I came up with a solution – there is a comic written by Robert Venditti with art by Brett Weldele called The Surrogates that came out in 2005 which has similar themes to Altered Carbon: a new technology is invented and it reshapes the world.
We give a brief overview of the stories for each book and then Jon and I discuss how the technology works, it’s social and economic impact in their respective worlds and how relevant it is in today’s real world.
It is a great and spirited philosophical podcast this week but we still manage to have a little fun.
In the near future, there will be a cataclysmic event that will merge our world with one of fantasy. The outcome will leave the world in shambles. Civilizations will fall and humanity will be left to pick up the pieces and start over again…while being persecuted by Orcs…and a whiny wizard. This is the world of…The Realm.
Jon and I will be reviewing the new fantasy/post apocalyptic comic series by co-creators Seth M. Peck (writer) and Jeremy Huan (artist). It is published by Image comics.
The series came out a few months ago and is currently up to issue 5 (as of the podcast). There is a lot to like about this series and we give you a full break down of the story and characters. Jon works in a Walking Dead comparison and I am not sure where he was going with it but he did it anyway (by the way, he is sober in this podcast). 😉
The comic is obviously inspired by the Dungeons and Dragons pen and paper Role Playing Game but you don’t have to know anything about D&D to enjoy this comic – trust me, I know next to nothing about Orcs and Dragons and I really liked this comic.
Listen to the podcast and if it sounds like an interesting book, the good news is a Trade Paper Back will be coming out soon. So run to your local comic store (or digital app) and buy this comic!
It’s the end of the year, true believers so time for another Year End Wrap Up podcast. At this time, most comic podcasts would do their “Top 10 Favorite Comics” or “Top 10 Worst Comic Reads“. Not us! Not this podcast! We refuse to conform to the norm!!
Every year we do a fictitious award show based on comic events and comic books that came out during 2017. We call it The Hazie Awards! Now on to…
The 3rd Annual Hazie Awards
(I have to get a graphic or something for this part next year).
Here is the award that we do not give out to anyone
In this count down, we give awards to Marvel, DC, The X-Men, The Inhumans, Donald Trump and more...
Listen to the podcast for a laugh or two when you are finished listening to all the Top 10 countdown podcasts.
We then focus on his new comic in the continuing series of The Nocturnals called Nocturnals: Sinister Path.
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).
I usually put the podcast link at the top of the page but going forward, I will put it at the bottom of the post. The reason being is that we are back on iTunes! If you want to subscribe to the podcast, here is the direct link:
This week we are going to talk about the Preacher TV show that is now in it’s second season on AMC.
Jon and I both watched the first season but never got around to giving a review of it. We felt now is the perfect time to talk about the show and how we felt the material was handled on screen. Jon and I are both fans of the comic and were very interested in it’s interpretation to the small screen.
After we talk about the show, we make some predictions on how the rest of the second season will play out based on the comic. We try make this part as spoiler free as possible. He do warn everyone that we will be talking about future story arcs. We both predict that Herr Starr will make his entrance during this season. Here is a page from the comic that will show you why Herr Starr is going to me the “Starr” of the show. *wry smile*
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