CM Podcast 231 – Watchmen TV series (2019)

Over the last few years, HBO has teased use with this image…

This is interesting. People never thought the original miniseries Watchmen would ever get a movie adaptation and it eventually did. Now, HBO wants to make it a TV show based on the original comic? This did not seem like a good idea.

The series was partially written and produced by Damon Lindelof, who has success, to varying degrees with other sacred franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek so he seems like the best choice for this series.

Time goes on and I have not heard a peep regarding the show until within the last few weeks. The premier episode was viewed at the New York Comic Con and fans got a taste of the new show and overall, the reaction was surprisingly positive.

Jon and I watched the premier episode, along with millions of other people and we came to the conclusion – The show was very strong and seems to have legs.

****SPOILERS AHEAD AND IN THE PODCAST****

In this week’s podcast we are going to talk about…

All of these images. We will try to answer questions like: Who is Looking Glass and what is his “Pod” used for? Who is Sister Night and are her origins tied to the original miniseries? Why are the cops wearing masks? Who are the Seventh Kalvary? We ask a whole lot more questions and look for clues on a few conspiracy theories like does the show really tie into the comic timeline or is it in it’s own universe?

Listen to the podcast for clues…

Also, if you did watch the show, go to HBO’s Watchmen website for some supplemental material. Link here: https://www.hbo.com/watchmen

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CM Podcast 224 – Swamp Thing Show

Time Warner has a cool app called DC Universe that carries all the DC Heroes animated shows like Batman TAS, Superman TAS, Justice League Unlimited, and more.

It also has new and exclusive live action hero shows like Titans, Doom Patrol and Swamp Thing.

This poster gives away a big secret but you will have to watch the show to find out.

Jon and I recently subscribed to the DC Universe app to watch Doom Patrol (and we hope to review it soon) but we stated to like some of the other shows too. We both had little knowledge about Swamp Thing so we started to watch Season 1 and we both really liked it. We like it’s American Gothic setting and story. We like characters and the actors that played them. We like the special effects and the horror elements. We consumed all 10 episodes wanting more and we found out the Warner Media cancelled the series!!

In the podcast, we talk about what we knew about Swamp Thing prior to watching the show and what we really liked about the show itself. We also explain what Phantom Stranger and Blue Demon have to do with the show.

You don’t know about these 2 obscure characters are? That’s great because we share a little info on who they are and why they fit perfectly in the Swamp Thing show.

We lament on what could be with a Season 2 and other characters that would have been introduced like Anton Arcane.

We recommend checking out the DC universe app and the Swamp Thing show now before it is removed. Maybe if enough people watch the show, we can get a 2nd season!

Jim

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CM Podcast 222 – Twilight

Back in 1990, DC editors allowed Howard Chaykin and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez to use some of their beloved 1950 and 1960s Sci-Fi characters to be used in a very mature and violent miniseries.

Twilight is quite an oddity. DC only has a few comics that were released dealing with mature themes up to this point and not many after Twilight.

Covers to issues 1, 2 and 3 of the Twilight miniseries

Chaykin and Garcia-Lopez use zany characters like Tommy Tomorrow, The Star Rovers, Star Harkins (now called Axel Starkins), Ilda and Jon Starkins and put them into a comic that deals with politics, religion, civil liberties and many more mature themes. Some of the characters are totally opposite of their 90s counter part like Tommy Tomorrow.

I don’t know who came up with the concept and pitch but I am glad this comic was made. It is a fresh and different idea for DC at the time and it still holds up re-reading it. This is Jon’s first exposure to it and he really had a good time talking about it.

We also talk about the history of the original characters from the 50s and 60s and how the atomic bomb influenced the creation of these characters and how the cold war impacted the imagination of writers and film makers during that time.

Jim

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CM Podcast 211 – New Comics Review

There are new comic series that are coming out all the time. We are reviewing 4 new books that have come out in the last 3 months that you definitely want to check out.

I review 2 new comics and Jon reviews 2 new comics. Jon starts…

Review 1 – Jon Review

Last Stop on the Red Line #1

Writer: Paul Maybury

Artist: Sam Lofti

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

The story takes place in Boston, Massachusetts about a murder on the local subway system called the Red Line. It is a murder mystery with supernatural elements set in and around Boston.

Review 2 – Jim Review

Dark Red #1

Writer: Tim Seeley

Artist: Corin Howell

Publisher: Aftershock Comics

The story is centered around Charles “Chip” Ipswich who is a night shift gas station clerk that lives in a rural area. He is also a vampire. Chip is bored with his life until a rival vampire enters his town and then he realizes how good he actually had it. It is a horror comic with political satire undertones.

Review 3 – Jon Review

Batman: The Last Knight on Earth #1

Writer: Scott Snyder

Artist: Greg Capullo

Publisher: DC/Black Label

This is the last Batman tale. How can Batman stop the end of the world? Why can’t he remember what happened? How did the Joker’s head end up in a lantern and how is it still alive? These and many more questions will be asked as you read this last, big adventure of the Dark Knight Detective.

Review 4 – Jim Review

Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1

Writer(s): Marc Andteyko, Greg Rucka, Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis

Artist(s): Yanick Paquette, Mike Perkins, Steve Lieber

Publisher: DC

This one shot special features the shadow organization know as Leviathan. They have been taking down all the governmental/UN organizations in the DC universe on the pages of Action Comics and now they have set their sights on the Man of Steel. But how do you take down Superman? By capturing his best friend, Clark Kent! This is a great comic that gives you 3 stories: The continuation of the Leviathan event from Action Comics and a jumping on point for the upcoming Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen comics. It will also prepare you for the upcoming summer event Leviathan miniseries. Get aboard now! This will be the comic everyone is talking about in the coming months.

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CM Podcast 210 – Brightburn Movie (2019)

Superheroes are very popular right now, so why not throw them into a horror movie? That’s what you get with the new superhero horror sub-genre movie, Brightburn.

Technically, Brightburn is not a super”hero” movie. More of a super”psychopath” movie but the marketing is saying superhero so that is what I am writing. Jon and I saw this new movie, from producer James Gunn, and we talk about our expectations of the movie and what we actually thought about it after viewing.

*Spoiler Warning! We talk about plot points about the movie in the podcast*

The mask is a dead give-away that there is something not right with that Brandon Breyer boy. Glowing red eyes and that stitched up maw. He doesn’t look like he will be doing much “superheroing”. He looks like he wants to eat your liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

Now the “Evil Superman” genre has been done to death in the comics medium. After we talk about the movie, we go on to talk about how DC has done multiple bad guy superman stories featuring characters like…

from left to right: Superboy Prime, Superdoom and Ultraman. Don’t know who these baddies are? We break them down for you and rate them against Brightburn.

We don’t stop there! We talk about Evil Superman pastiche that exist in other comics such as Irredeemable, The Boys and Marshal Law.

Then there are bad Supermen characters that I totally forgot and just remembered as I am typing right now like Nuclear Man from the Superman IV movie or Kid Miracle Man from Miracle Man (we did do a podcast on Miracle Man and do discuss Kid Miracle Man there). Our podcast is not a complete list of Evil Supermen but we just wanted to show you that this genre has been used so much that it is pretty cliche.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 205 – Detective Comics #1000 Review

Welcome back to the podcast! We have been covering comic movies that had been coming out over the last few weeks that we had to put this review on the back burner.

There is a 1 week delay before the next big comic movie (more on that next week) so this week we review a landmark comic event – the publication of the 2nd comic to hit 1000 issues!! The comic that gave DC it’s name – Detective Comics had it’s #1000 issue published a few weeks ago and we go over it in this week’s podcast.

Here are a few of the many variant covers. Starting in the upper left corner going clockwise: Alex Ross, Paul Dini, Frank Miller and Brian Bolland.

Similar to Action Comics #1000, the comic is a celebration of Batman and his extended family. The oversized comic has multiple stories by Batman writers past and present like Scott Snyder, Tom King, Dennis O’Neil, Warren Ellis, current scribe Peter Tomasi and more! We review some of our favorite stories from this issue.

This is also a great jumping on point for any new readers that have never read a Batman story before. The stories review Bruce Wayne/Batman’s past and his relationship with the Bat Family and villains. The comic ends with the introduction of a brand new villain, The Arkham Knight.

We highly recommend you pick this up.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 203 – Shazam! Movie Review

Jon and I went and saw Shazam! last week and we both enjoyed the movie. The commercials and trailers portrayed this movie as a more light-hearted movie than any of the previous DC Universe movies. This movie does not take itself too seriously and nor should it given the characters and premise.

For those unfamiliar with Shazam!, the story focuses on a teenage boy named William “Billy” Batson that turns into an adult superhero by shouting the word “SHAZAM!” Just imagine it as the movie Big but with super powers and you get an idea on the high jinks that happen.

The director David Sandberg does a great job of taking an obscure hero from the DC Universe and making him relatable so that super hero fans and those that are not would enjoy this movie. This movie has laughs and heart and you may even get a little teary eyed by the end.

Jon and I also like the fact that the movie keeps the original Whiz comics costume and doesn’t try to modernize it like the previous film…

Original look of Shazam. Art by Alex Ross.

As you can see, the movie is very close to the original character’s design.

We both liked the characters (heroes and villains) and overall story of this movie and we hope it does very well so that we get a sequel. Listen to the podcast for our review. We also give a quick Comic History review on why we call this character Shazam! and not Captain Marvel.

I am including the link to our review of Marvel Man here:

https://comicsmisremembered.com/2016/10/08/cm-podcast-72-miraclemanmarvelman/

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 197 – Giantkiller with Dan Brereton

Normally on Comics Misremembered, we start the podcast off with a small piece of music and then explain how that clip of music relates to the topic of the podcast.

This week we did not get a chance to go over the music track – which is David Bowie’s Scary Monsters (Super Creeps) because we wanted to devote all our time to out very special guest – Dan Brereton!!

Dan joins the podcast this week because he wants to talk about a very excellent kickstarter project he is promoting: The 20th anniversary collection of his Giantkiller comic.

You can see the kickstarter here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nocturnals/dan-breretons-giantkiller-monster-edition-hardcove?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=dan%20brereton

Dan goes over why he is choosing to work with Kickstarter.com for this and many future projects. We also go over the history of Giantkiller – it started as a DC comic. DC offer to put his main protagonist, Jack in some of the other DC comics like JLA and Dan said “No”. Why you ask? Well, he tells all in the podcast.

Dan goes over why he is choosing to work with Kickstarter.com for this and many future projects. We also go over the history of Giantkiller – it started as a DC comic. DC offer to put his main protagonist, Jack in some of the other DC comics like JLA and Dan said “No”. Why you ask? Well, he tells all in the podcast.

We go on to talk about the future of his Giantkiller characters and I even pitch him an “original” idea for a future story.

It was a great time and we look forward to talking with Dan on his future projects.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 194 – Reign of the Supermen Movie

1992 was a very eventful year in comics. It was the death of Superman. What will Metropolis do? Who will protect the city from the forces of evil?

4 new challengers enter the fray…

Actual comic covers from “Reign of Supermen”

The weeks that followed, readers of the Superman comics were introduced to 4 new defenders of Truth, Justice and The American Way. These 4 new heroes were (from left to right): Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and Eradicator.

Fast forward to 2018, Warner Bros Animation release the Death of Superman movie and several months later, we receive the follow-up:

Reign of the Supermen Movie!

Jon and I have recently watched the movie and we go over how well the movie does to try to tell 4 origin stories and then try to introduce a major villain while giving a surprise reveal all within 90 minutes!!

Jon and I agree that overall, the movie is pretty good with its story and animation. I have some minor complaints about the origin of one of the Supermen but its not a deal breaker.

Here is a close-up of Cyborg Superman

Is he the real Superman?

As you watch the movie, Cyborg Sups seems like he is the real deal but is he hiding a dark secret from Lois Lane and the viewers? If you listen to the podcast, you will find out.

Lastly, we do have some Spoilers regarding the plot of the movie. I don’t consider spoilers since the movie is based on a comic that came out over 25 years ago. You have been warned!

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 189 – Aquaman Movie

The Aquaman movie came out and it made a bajillion dollars. Many people have seen and seem to like this movie.

Now when people hear the name Aquaman, they will stop thinking of this…

And start thinking this…

Jason Momoa is a definite upgrade from cartoon Aquaman but is the movie good? Well…

We don’t pull punches here at Comics Misremembered. We will give you the brutal truth. Jon and I both feel that Aquaman is an okay movie. It isn’t terrible like Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice but it isn’t as good as Wonder Woman or most Marvel movies.

In the podcast we give our opinions on the movie and why we feel the way we do. We also talk about how it could have been a much better movie and give examples of what they could have done. Our hope is that whoever writes the sequel (and there will be a sequel), they heeds all the criticism that people have given (including us) and writes a smaller, more streamlined, character driven movie.

We then go on and talk about the convoluted history of Aquaman in the comics which illustrates how DC had to continue to rework Aquaman’s history in order to make him a great character.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 185 – New Comics Review

We have another fantastic new comics review round up for you this week.  There are literally dozens of new series that have started between November and December.  Jon and I have culled the wheat from the chaff to bring you 4 great books that you should be reading right now!

Here is the order of the comics and which one of us is doing the review…

Review 1 – Jon

Prodigy #1

Writer   Mark Miller  and Artist  Rafael Albuquerque

Image comics


Review 2 – Jim

Electric Warriors #1

Writer  Steve Orlando  Artist  Travel Foreman

DC Comics


Review 3 – Jon

Middlewest #1

Writer  Scottie Young   Artist Jorge Corona

Image Comics


Review 4 – Jim

Bitter Root #1

Writer  David F. Waller and Chuck Brown   Artist  Sanford Green

Image Comics


4 great review for 4 great books.  Listen to the podcast and see why you should go out and purchase these comics!

Your comics pal.

Jim

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CM Podcast 180 – The Filth Part 2

Last week, Jon and I started the discussion of one of Grant Morrison’s most controversial, divisive works – The Filth.

We had so much to say about this 13 issue miniseries that we keep the conversation going from last week.  We continue the adventures of Greg Feely/Ned Slade as a member of the secret police called The Filth.

If you missed last weeks discussion, you will see a link for Podcast 179 at the bottom of this post.  I highly recommend that you start there and then come back here for the 2nd half.

I made a joke that The Filth was like X-Files but with a perverse twist so you could call it the XXX-Files.  That is why you hear the X-Files theme at the start of Podcast 180.

We continue to talk about Ned Slade’s strange cases and then get into the ultimate discovery of what The Filth is and were it comes from.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 179 – The Filth Part 1

Jon recently picked up the collected miniseries The Filth by Grant Morrison and Chris Weston.  Originally published by DC under the Vertigo imprint in 2002.

I remember reading the original series in issues when it was originally released.  It is a bizarre and humorous look at a secret police force that “cleans” away people and things that affect the “Status:Q”.

Here are some of the original covers to the series when it was released as issues.  As you can see, the covers are minimalist but don’t really describe what is actually happening in the book.  It does grab your eye and make you want to take a peek at what is happening inside…

Those that dared were treated to Chris Weston’s art.  I bought the book because Grant Morrison wrote it but Chris’ artwork was icing on the cake.

Jon and I relive the miniseries and try to explain why you should do yourself a favor and read this book.  We go through the whole series and try to touch on what we liked (and a few bits that we wished Morrison would have changed).

***WARNING BEFORE YOU LISTEN TO THE PODCAST***

This is an adult comic that deals with adult situation (mostly in a humorous way) so if you have delicate sensibilities, you may not wish to listen to this nor buy the comic.  Also, we talk about the whole thing so there will be spoilers in parts 1 this week and part 2 next week.

In the podcast, I promised to show what a Hand agent’s uniformed looked like.  I was actually able to pull a good image.  Here is Ned Slade – Agent of Hand!

Ned_slade

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 175 – Heroes In Crisis

Heroes in Crisis is the new 9 issue miniseries by writer Tom King and artist Clay Mann.

HIC_banner

It is published by DC and it is their 2018 event comic.  How do I know it’s an Event Comic?  Well, it does have “Crisis” right there in the title.  I mean, that’s a dead give away right there, man.  C’mon!  Do you even comic book?

Enough of that silliness, let’s get back to serious business – talking about comic books!  Jon and I had the opportunity to read the first issue of Heroes in Crisis that came out this past Wednesday and we decided to give it a review on the podcast but also take some guesses as to who is the murder.  What?  You didn’t know it was a murder mystery?  Yep.  There are many murders in this book and it was a hero that did it?  (Or was it?)

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Okay.  Before we go too much further in the plot, let me just say right here:

  THERE WILL BE SPOILERS IN THIS PODCAST! 

Now, it’s just the first issue so I don’t know how much we can actually be spoiling but we do take some “stabs” at guessing who ultimately is responsible for the deaths at Sanctuary.

First Spoiler: There are 2 suspects that the reader is given at the end of the issue…

Harley Quinn

HarleyQuinn

and

Booster Gold

BoosterGold

I know exactly what you are thinking: “Who is Booster Gold?” or “Hell Yeah, it’s Harley Quinn!”  Both are valid points.  Listen to the podcast and we give our opinions on who really is responsible for the murders.  It just might change your opinion!  We also go over a quick history of Booster Gold for those that need a refresher.

Heroes In Crisis is starting off with a bang (and a stab)!  We look forward to the rest of the series.  Also, if you want to know why “Crisis” is DC’s event brand, you should really listen to Podcast 132: CW’s Crossover Event: Crisis on Earth-X.  I rundown all the related Crisis titles DC has published.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 173 – Superman: Red Son

We will be going back to 2003, George W. Bush was in office, the US was administering shock and awe to Iraq and we have the official formation of the Department of Homeland Security.

There was a lot going on in the world, so it seemed like the perfect time for writer Mark Millar to pitch the Elseworlds tale “What if Superman grew up in 1950s Communist Russian?”  Luckily for all of us, the DC editors gave him the green light.

This leads to a 3 issue Elseworlds tale entitled Superman: Red Sun.  Written by Mark Millar with art by Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett.

These are the 2 Tradepaper back covers of the collected story.  Both are done by Dave Johnson so you get an idea of how great it looks.

Jon has never read this story so he found it very shocking.  I read it when it originally came out and recently reread it when I bought the TPB.

Jon and I had a great time going over the book and there are spoilers but we save them for the very end of the podcast and do warn you to stop listening if you are going to read it.

Enjoy the show.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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