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.
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.
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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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What does the title “Missed The Bus” comics mean? It means great comic series that have been published but for what ever reason Jon and/or myself have never read. The alternative title I have for this podcast is “Whats The Matter With You Dummies!?”
Hard to believe that there are some comics that exist out there that Jon or myself have not read. This is a true fact! There are some many comics that exist that we cannot get to all of them so some of the gems get left in the mine. Today, we talk about 3 of those series which are:
DMZ – Vertigo/DC
A Distant Soil – Image Comics
100 Bullets – Vertigo/DC
We talk about why we missed reading them when they were first released, why we want to read them now and is it even possible to read comics that are no longer being published?
Just so you know, I have read DMZ and 100 Bullets. It is only A Distant Soil that we both have not read.