Superman Annual #11? That’s specific and yet random for a Comics Misremembered Podcast. Why are we talking about this one?
Glad you asked. Last podcast (159), I started to talk about Action Comics issue #1000 and I felt that it was a missed opportunity to tell a tale involving Superman to celebrate his life but also give new readers a little history on the character. It was a good issue but not a great issue. The stories did not live up to the milestone that Action Comics achieved, in my humble opinion.
Then I remembered reading Superman Annual #11 that came out in 1985. It was written by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons (the creative team behind The Watchmen) and I remembered how much I liked that story.
Jon never read the comic, which is also know as “For The Man Who Has Everything“, so he read it and I reread it and we decided to talk about it and then start breaking it down as to why it is a great story. We also elaborate on why a story like this would be a great introduction to new Superman readers (even today).
We then breakdown how Alan Moore took stories that were happening in politics in the real world in 1985 and used this story as an allegory for Krypton. The messages Moore was trying to get across in the story are as relevant today as they will be for years to come.
Listen to the podcast and do yourself a favor and get a copy of this annual to read.
In our last New Comics Review, we did mostly independent titles so we decided to do some Marvel and DC new comics this time around.
There are 4 reviews this week and here are the titles:
Writer Jason Aaron with Artist Ed McGuinness for Avengers #1 (Jim review)
Writer Charles Soule with Artist David Marquez and Paulo Siqueira for Hunt for Wolverine (Jon review)
Writer Tom Taylor with Artist R. B. Silva for Adamantium Agenda (Jon review)
Writers Joshua Williamson, James Tynion and Scott Snyder with Artist Francis Manapul for Justice League: No Justice (miniseries) (Jim review)
The downside of some of these books is that Marvel and DC are renumbering their flagship titles again (Marvel’s Avengers #1 and DC will relaunch Justice League at the end of No Justice as a #1) but the creators on these books and the stories that they are telling make this change a little easier to swallow.
The upside is that Avengers #1 is a great starting point for non-comic readers who saw Avengers: Infinity War and want a jumping on point for the comics. Same thing for Justice League: No Justice. Both books introduce you to the core members of each team and show you what else is hiding in the shadows of their perspective universes.
The Wolverine books bring you up to speed on what has happen to Wolverine since the evens of Death of Wolverine and Legacy. These books bring back familiar faces of villains and heroes of the mutant universe.
Jon and I were both very excited about the books we picked and hope that you find some new reading material.
PS – Sorry to Justice League: No Justice – I referred to the enemy characters as “Doom Titans” but they are actually called “Omega Titans“. That’s why we call the podcast Comics Misremembered.
It’s our 150th podcast so let’s celebrate by talking about a comic that is over 30 years old!
It’s a special milestone podcast so I wanted to talk about a special comic mini-series that was influential and had an impact on the comics industry as well as Jon and myself. That series is… The Watchmen.
Originally published by DC between 1986 – 1987, this seminal series was written by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons.
We were so excited about this series that John and I both flub our opening lines (it’s in the podcast – I barely ever edit anything). This is what I was trying to read:
“How did a min-series about a superhero team comprised of a psychopath, a sociopath, a meglomaniacal narcissistic egomaniac, an impotent self-doubting fanboy, a daughter trying to live up to a legacy’s expectations and an uncaring, indifferent god become one of the most awarded, beloved and reverent comics of all time?”
This is the question we ask and we do a pretty good job trying to answer it. We enjoyed the comic and hope you enjoy the podcast.
From the pages of the very entertaining Metal mini series, DC has decided to launch a grouping of 8 new superhero books. Some of them have characters you are familiar with and some are brand new. There are 4 books out right now:
Damage – Written by Robert Venditti with Art by Tony S. Daniel
The Silencer – Written by Dan Abnett with Art by John Romita Jr.
Sideways – Written by Dan Didio & Justin Jordan with Art by Kenneth Rocafort
The Terrifics – Written by Jeff Lemire with Art by Ivan Reis
Jon and I have read the first four titles and we opine on which books we like and which books need a little more work. We also point out that some of the new characters seem a little familiar (maybe more so than a rival comic company would like). Will this strategy of evoking a pastiche of established characters in their new comics work for DC? We think it will and we explain why.
There is a war going on in comics and it isn’t Secret. It’s not necessarily a Crisis either. But it is a war that is being waged with dairy products. It will be known as The Milk Wars (we mistakenly call it the Milkman Wars in the podcast).
The Milk Wars are a cross comic event between DC’s Young Animals imprint and the New 52. Gerard Way (Doom Patrol) and Steve Orlando (Justice League of America) are the creators of this event. There will be 5 one shot comics that will be released in February 2018 that support it.
The first salvo in the Milk Wars is The Doom Patrol/Justice League of America one shot. It is written by Gerard Way and Steve Orlando and the art was supplied by ACO. Cover by Frank Quitely.
We give a review of this issue in the podcast along with Part 2: Mother Panic/Batman Special written by Jody Houser with art by Ty Templeton.
The war has just started and we are very excited about it. Now is a great time to hop on board the Young Animals brand of comics and read something that is more than super heroes comics.
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.
A few weeks ago, DC launch their most audacious comic yet – Doomsday Clock. It is a direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Watchman miniseries and it will tie the Watchmen universe directly into the DC universe. Quite a bold undertaking to say the least.
The writer of this series is Geoff Johns. He has written some great story lines for Superman, Green Lantern and the JLA that have earned him critical praise. If there was on person to pick up where Alan Moore left off, Geoff Johns would be on the short list.
The series is penciled by Gary Frank. He is an accomplished artist in the comic industry. I have been a fan of his work since I saw it on Peter David’s run of The Incredible Hulk. Gary Frank is the perfect person to pick to fill the shoes of Dave Gibson.
Together, they are taking on the thankless task of continuing the adventures of The Watchmen in Doomsday Clock.
The first issue is out so Jon and I read it and we give a review of it on the podcast. We also speculate on how the identity is of the new Rorschach. We go on to talk about what may happen in the upcoming series. We had a good time with the comic and talking about its future. Did you know if you initialize the miniseries it would be DC’s DC? Weird.
Welcome back once again to the All-new, All-difference Comics Misremembered Podcast. Okay. I lied. It’s not that different. Jon and I still get drunk and try to remember information about comics, shows and movies but it is a new podcast. I did not lie about that.
This week we are talking about the CW DC Comic shows: Supergirl, The Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. They had their 2nd crossover event called Crisis on Earth-X.
Jon and I watched all 4 parts and we break them down. We review the highs (and lows) of the shows and let you know if you show watch it.
The other part of a Crossover Event is: will it get you to watch the other shows? The whole point of this is to expose viewers to the other show’s characters and hope they are interesting enough that you will continue to watch the other shows after the event. Jon and I also discuss this on the podcast.
I also give a (very) brief history of DC and their relationship with the word “Crisis”.
The DC Cinematic Universe has been building up to this moment and it has arrived! The Justice League movie has finally been released…
If you read the reviews or watched a few review shows, you would have heard most of them say the this movie is garbage. We here at Comics Misremembered would say that is not the case…mostly. The movie has it’s terrible elements (which we cover in the podcast) but it also has some highly enjoyable moments too.
What we are saying is “Don’t Believe the Negative Hype“. This movie is not perfect but it is a very good movie. More so than what the reviewers are saying. Listen to our podcast and see if we can’t convince you.
We also give a quick review on when the Justice League first formed in the comics.
It was Veteran’s Day last week so we celebrate it a week later with a war comic. War comics were all the rage back in the 50s, 60s and 70s. There were many great characters that came out of that genre like Nick Fury and Sgt Rock but one of the lesser known heroes was The Unknown Soldier.
DC introduced him on the pages of Sgt. Rock and he became so popular that he eventually received his own monthly title in the 70s that ran until 1982.
After that, the Unknown Soldier faded back into DC obscurity until a 1988 12 issue miniseries tried to resurrect him but that did not work.
Then in 1997, Garth Ennis (who likes the old DC war characters) pitched a 4 issue miniseries for but with a more mature storyline so DC picked it up and published it under the Vertigo imprint.
The series continued where World War II left off and put the Unknown Soldier in every clandestine meeting and leading every wet works operation from the 40s up until the present and it was a fun read. It had fantastic interior art by Kilian Plunkett and the covers were done by the incomparable Timothy Bradstreet.
I read the original miniseries when it came out and recently bought the trade. Jon had the opportunity to read it so we decided to give it a glowing review and explain why it’s a great comic for war historians and those that want to take a closer look at the US’s foreign policy since WWII.
Welcome back! This week Jon and I decided to review the first issue of DC’s new event series: Dark Knight: Metal.
It is written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion. We had already did a podcast on the prelude books: The Forge and The Casting (Podcast 115) so we were very excited to read the first issue.
In the podcast, Jon and I refer to the series as just:
but the real name is:
It was a fun read that had many questions and not very many answers (just like the prelude comics) but we are looking forward to the next issue to hopefully start getting some answers.
Listen to the podcast for all the details on the comic.
It is another San Diego Comics Con so that means another round of Eisner Awards. Jon and I love the Eisners because it nominates that best of the best from the comic industry for categories like Best Writer, Best Artist, Best New Series, Best Ongoing series and more.
The award show spotlights comics that you are probably reading and some that were over looked last year. The nominees always makes for great material for a podcast.
Many comics nominated for Eisners were reviewed by us as comics that you should be reading like Saga, Paper Girls, Kill or Be Killed and Vision. There were also some comics that we have read but have not talked about on the podcast yet like Clean Room and Black Hammer. We are looking forward to giving a more in depth review for those.
Great discussion this week. Looking forward to next years crop of comics.