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 229 – The Joker (2019)

There was a small, independent movie that came out last Friday called The Joker. You may have heard about it…

Yes, the stripped down, grimy, throwback Joker movie sans Batman came out last week and we went to see it.

There was loads of hype about the movie prior to its October 4th release. Several sources were heralding the performance of Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck/The Joker and the movie had even won some film awards. There were also some people worrying that since the movie is all Joker and no Batman that it would incite riots and violence on its release.

Did the movie live up to the media hype? Were there riots in the streets similar to the support of the comment people for Joker in the movie?

Well, no and no.

Sorry, Joker but this movie was…underwhelming. It did not live up to the hyperbole that all the critics were giving it. It was a very average movie. Jon and I go over the movie using historical real life events that inspired the writers, compare it against similar films, talk about the “Is Joker an allegory for mental illness in America” debate, why it’s impossible to root for the bad guy and talk about how the movie could have been much better.

The movie does have some cool posters like this…

but style over substance is not going to win you any Oscars.

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CM Podcast 227 – Sugar & Spike: Metahuman Investigations

Back in 2017, I saw a trade paperback for a books called Sugar & Spike: Metahuman Investigations. The cover looked interesting but what caught my eye was the writer – Keith Giffen.

Keith Giffen is a well known writer and artist that has worked on high profile books like Legion of Superheroes and JLA. He is one of my favorite writers because he loves to inject humor in his projects. The 80s JLA is a great example of telling superhero stories with humor instead of the normal grim and gritty style that was popular at the time.

I wasn’t too familiar with the artist Bilquis Evely but I looked at a few pages and really liked her style for this book so I immediately picked it up.

Now, you may not be too familiar with the titular duo and that is okay. These characters were created back in the 50s by writer and artist Sheldon Mayer. They were originally baby characters that were in a funny book. Here is an example of Mayer’s version of Sugar & Spike:

In the podcast, Jon and I go through Sugar & Spike’s cases and we point out that all of their cases are based on silly DC silver age story lines and Giffen pays homage to these classics. One of the pages of the comic references the exact comics:

We both highly recommend this book for the art and humorous story. Jon mentions that this book reminded him of the old Moonlighting show and that is a great example of why this book works: a pair of opposites begrudgingly work together to solve crimes while knocking each other down a peg.

There probably will never be a sequel or follow up so I will just have to enjoy what I have and re-read it again.

Jim

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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 223 – New Comics Review

We like to do new comics reviews every once in a while because there are always new series coming out that need attention. We like to let our listeners know about new writers and artists out there that are putting out some high quality comics!

This week we are reviewing 4 new comics series that are all limited series. These comics have come out in the last 3 weeks so you should be able to find them physically or digitally.

Here are the 4 reviews and we highly recommend that you pick up all 4 of these books:

Review #1 – Jon review

Once and Future # 1

Writer: Kieron Gillen

Artist: Dan Mora

Publisher: Boom! Studios

Review #2 – Jim Review

Black Hammer/Justice League #1 and 2

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Michael Walsh

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics/ DC

Review #3 – Jon Review

Doctor Mirage #1

Writer: Magdalene Visaggio

Artist: Nick Robles

Publisher: Valiant

Review #4 – Jim Review

Tommy Gun Wizards #1

Writer: Christian Ward

Artist: Sami Kivela

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

4 different comics from 4 different genres. All are great reads with fantastic art. We highly recommend picking up all the books and listen to the podcast to find out why we recommend them.

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 201 – New Comic Review

We haven’t done a new comic review in a while and some great comics have come out recently so we wanted to go over 4 that we think you should be reading.

The review rundown is like this:

Review #1 – by Jon

The Wonder Twins #1 and #2

Written by Mark Russell

Art by Stephen Byrne

Published by DC under the Wonder Comics Imprint.

Review # 2 – By Jim

Dial H for Hero #1

Written by Sam Humphries

Art by Joe Quinones

Published by DC under the Wonder Comics Imprint

Review # 3 – By Jon

The Dreaming #1 – 4

Written by Simon Spurrier

Art by Bilquis Evely

Published by DC under the Vertigo Imprint

Review # 4 – by Jim

Little Bird #1

Written by Darcy Van Poelgeest

Art by Ian Beltram

Published by Image Comics

We highly recommend that you purchase all 4 of these titles. Listen to the podcast for details as to why they are worth adding to your pull list.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 200 – Kyle Baker’s King David

Look everybody! We make it to 200 podcasts! How the heck did that happen?! Jon and I would like to thank everyone that listens to the podcast – those that download it on Apple and Google and the rest that come straight to the website and stream it. We greatly appreciate your support.

What are we talking about today? A religious comic! Wait! Come back!! Don’t leave. It’s good. I swear to God…or whatever deity, supernatural and/or comic powered being that you worship. It is a fantastic story. It’s…

Kyle Baker’s KING DAVID

I am a fan of Kyle Baker and try to pick up any comic project that he puts out. This was a graphic novel that was published by DC/Vertigo back in 2003. I saw the cover and immediately bought.

Now, you may not be a Christian (Hell, you may not even be religious!) and you are probably asking “Why do I want to read a parable from the Bible?”

Well, my erudite friend, let me give you a couple of reasons:

Reason 1: The art…

This is a small sample of the contents of the comic. Each page looks like an animation cell. It is a visually stunning story.

Reason 2: The humor written into the story. Instead of doing a straight translation like R. Crumb did with the Book Of Genesis. Kyle Baker tells the story of David but modernizes the dialogue between characters to tell a humorous narrative.

Did I sell you on the book yet? No? Then you must listen to the podcast. Jon and I will give you a myriad of more reasons why you need to read this Bible story.

Also, here is a direct link to the R. Crumb Book of Genesis Podcast: https://comicsmisremembered.com/2018/09/01/cm-podcast-171-book-of-genesis/

It you enjoyed this spirited discussion about David then you are going to want to listen to our takes of the Book of Genesis.

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 188 – 4th Annual Hazie Awards

We started a tradition 3 years ago on the podcast called The Hazies where we did a review show for that previous year but we disguised it as an award show.

We still give out the same Hazie as we did back then. Here is a photo of it:

Everyone does year end reviews about the “Best Comics” of that year but we already spend the whole year telling you what comics you should be checking out so why be boring and tell it to you again. Jon and I decided that since it is the Holidays, we want it keep it light and make the last podcast of the year just one big party. This was the inception of The Hazies. This is our 4th Annual Hazie countdown and we create some “Awards” aka jokes for the Comic Industry (more like, at their expense).

See who won the Hazies for:

  • I’m All About The Foreplay
  • Circle of Jerks
  • That Not So Fresh Feeling
  • I Can’t Feel My Brain

and more! Grab a beverage of your choice, sit in your most comfortable chair and have a laugh with us at The Hazies.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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