Normally, we would be doing a review of the latest comic related movie this week but Jon and I decided that we were not going to see Dark Phoenix in the theater (we explain why in the podcast) so this week we will be doing a retro review.
We have decided to review the apocalyptic comic, The End League. It is written by Rick Remender with art by Matt Broome. It was published by Dark Horse Comics in 2008 and is collected in trades.
This is a 9 issue series and we review only the first 4 issues. Those 4 issues are collected in a trade called Volume 1: Ballad of Big Nothing.
The story revolves around the last remaining super hero group in a world that is controlled by evil madmen. How did our heroes end up in such a situation? We review why one of the bravest heroes of this world, Astonishman is also one of it’s worst enemies and how his righteous actions condemned the world! Remender and Broome do some great world building in these 4 issues and set the reader up for a ride with heroes that are flawed and villains that are ruthless.
Check out the podcast and then do yourself a favor and check out The End League.
Jon and I are celebrating our 4th year putting out Comic Misremembered Podcasts! It was on May 19th 2015 that we created a website and posted our first comics oriented podcast and we have been putting one out every week for the last 4 years. Thanks for sticking with us and continuing to listen!
Now, on to the reason you are here. To listen to us talk about comics and comic related items. This week we are taking a step back in time to review the first Dark Horse Comics The Mask series.
Let me talk about the above images. From left to right: The Mask character made his current incarnation debut on the pages of the short lived Dark Horse Comics Mayhem anthology series. Images 2 and 3 are the actual covers for The Mask miniseries for issues 2 and 3 that came out in 1991. The Mayhem shorts were collected together as a #0 issue when the Mask was collected together in trade paperback form.
The Mask was created by Dark Horse Comics founder, Mike Richardson. The character would be written by other writers and artists but is mostly remember for John Arcudi and Doug Mahnke‘s version which is the Mask from Mayhem and the first 3 miniseries.
Jon has never read a Mask comic and I only stated reading The Mask with the follow up sequel: The Mask Returns (1992). I recently bought the 2nd printing of The Mask Omnibus so that we could read and review the 1st Mask series. This will be a 2 part podcast – Next week we will be reviewing the Jim Carrey movie, The Mask and see how much (or how little) of the comic source material was used in the movie.
If a comic book related movie comes out in the theater, we are sworn as Comic Book Podcasters to go see it and let you know if it’s any good.
We saw Hellboy (The 2019 Soft Reboot) last weekend and it was not good. It was not bad, it just was not good.
It was an “okay” movie. Just like Justice League was just okay. Overall, the actors did a great job with the material but there was just way too much material to get through in this movie. Look at the poster above. You see how there are about 20 characters in it? That is about a 1/3 of all the characters that were introduced in this movie!
Way too much backstory and exposition and not enough characterization. This is just one of the many points we make on how this movie could be better.
Was it David Harbour‘s fault? Does Hellboy need Ron Perlman back to work?
No. In fact, I really like Harbour’s portrayal of Hellboy. He differentiated himself from Ron Perlman and left his own stamp on Hellboy. He looked like Hellboy and acted like him.
I would put most of the blame about this movie on the script and it’s direction. Jon and I talk about what could have been different to trim the story and characters down to make this a more enjoyable movie.
If you are a fan of the comic, you won’t be disappointed – ironically enough. It is very true to the source material. In fact, it is too close to the source material and this is why it gets bogged down. You need a scorecard to tell who is a villain and who is the hero.
There are some spoilers in the podcast but we don’t reveal major plot points so you can listen to it and then watch it later to see what we are talking about. Just wait until you can watch it on the movie channels.
Welcome back! We continue the discussion of Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons’ dark political satire – Give Me Liberty.
We discussed Books 1 and 2 last week and we continue on with the remaining Books 3 and 4.
We start the discussion with Miller’s crude brand of humor and we discuss if he could get away with this type of humor today. We go on to discuss Martha’s relationship with Chief Wasserstein, the introduction of the Surgeon General, the dissolution of the United States and Moretti’s final fate.
Some of the material is a bit dated but overall, Jon and I did enjoy reading (and rereading) this miniseries again.