CM Podcast 181 – My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies

If you happen to be down at the beach and there is a spacey blonde staring off into the distant horizon, you don’t ask her if she is okay.  You keep moving and mind your business.  You’ll do this if you know what’s good for you and you’ll especially do this if you are a character in a Ed Brubaker Criminal story.

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is the latest story from writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips in their Criminal anthology series.  Unlike their other series, it is a hardcover novella instead of the traditional 4 to 5 issue miniseries.  The books are published through Image Comics.

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This story focuses on young Ellie and her time spent in a high class rehab center.  She tells us of her past problems with addiction which stem form her mother’s struggles with drugs.  She is draw to people with addiction problems and that explains why she listens to a lot of music where the lead singer has died of drug overdoses (and also explains the title).

While in rehab, she must attend ‘group sessions’ – a sharing therapy session where other addicts share their problems in a sitting circle.  While in a group session, Ellie shares her thoughts on drugs…

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As you can see, Ellie is not having a great time at rehab but she did meet a nice boy and maybe they can have some fun together.

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is a great read.  The story and art are top notch.  Jon and I go over the story by we don’t spoil it.  Listen to the podcast and if you are looking for something more than superheroes in comics, we recommend picking this comic up.

You comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 178 – New Comics Review

We’re back again.  Still recovering from our colds, we are back to give you the low down on some great new comics that have recently come out.

We will be reviewing 4 new issues in this podcast.   I can say that all 4 reviews are positive and we recommend picking up all 4 titles.  In the podcast, we’ll give you an overview of the story and art.

Review #1 is by Jon for Superior Octopus

  • Writer:     Christos Gage
  • Artist:     Mike Hawthorne
  • Publisher:     Marvel

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Review # 2 is by Jim for Dead Rabbit

  • Writer:     Gerry Duggan
  • Artist:     John McCrea
  • Publisher:   Image

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Review # 3 by Jon for X-Men: Black – Magneto

  • Writer:     Chris Claremont
  • Artist:     Dalibor Talajic
  • Publisher:   Marvel

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Review #4 by Jim is Murder Falcon

  • Writer and Artist:    Daniel Warren Johnson
  • Publisher:  Image

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Well, there you have it – 4 new issues that are well worth picking up and reading.  Go to your local comic shop or just download them digitally.

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).

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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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