CM Podcast 181 – My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies

If you happen to be down at the beach and there is a spacey blonde staring off into the distant horizon, you don’t ask her if she is okay.  You keep moving and mind your business.  You’ll do this if you know what’s good for you and you’ll especially do this if you are a character in a Ed Brubaker Criminal story.

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is the latest story from writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips in their Criminal anthology series.  Unlike their other series, it is a hardcover novella instead of the traditional 4 to 5 issue miniseries.  The books are published through Image Comics.

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This story focuses on young Ellie and her time spent in a high class rehab center.  She tells us of her past problems with addiction which stem form her mother’s struggles with drugs.  She is draw to people with addiction problems and that explains why she listens to a lot of music where the lead singer has died of drug overdoses (and also explains the title).

While in rehab, she must attend ‘group sessions’ – a sharing therapy session where other addicts share their problems in a sitting circle.  While in a group session, Ellie shares her thoughts on drugs…

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As you can see, Ellie is not having a great time at rehab but she did meet a nice boy and maybe they can have some fun together.

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies is a great read.  The story and art are top notch.  Jon and I go over the story by we don’t spoil it.  Listen to the podcast and if you are looking for something more than superheroes in comics, we recommend picking this comic up.

You comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 181

CM Podcast 92 – Controversial Stories

Welcome back, CM Podcast fans.  Jon and I both have this cold that’s been going around so we apologize in advance for the coughs and hope to be back to 100% next week.

I have been reading Nick Spencer’s Steve Rogers: Captain America and really have been enjoying it.  It is a controversial story because it has Cap as an Agent of Hydra instead of the Sentinel of Liberty.  Time will tell if this will go down as a great story or terrible idea in the annals of history.

This gave me the idea to talk about 3 other controversial stories and how people reacted to them.  In this podcast, we review the following:

  1. Identity Crisis (2004)
  2. Ed Brubaker’s Captain America (2005)
  3. The new 52 Launch (2011)

Also, In the podcast Jon speaks to the criticism that DC received on their female characters in the new universe.  To give you a visual on how women were portrayed in the new 52 here are 3 examples (left to right): Catwoman, Starfire and Voodoo.

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As always, thanks for listening.

You comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 92

CM Podcast 66 – New Comic Review

We know you have been waiting for it and it has returned once again – a new comic review from Jon and Jim!  Hurrah!

There are hundreds of titles that come out each month and some deserving comics get lost in the shuffle so it is up to us at Comics Misremembered to point out comics that are worth reading and you should pick up on your next trip to the local shop.

This week’s round-up are the following (including the time stamp in the podcast):

  • 6:00 – Rough Riders –  by Writer Adam Glass and Artist Patrick Olliffe.  Published by Aftershock Comics
  • 15:40 – Kill Or Be Killed –  by Writer Ed Brubaker and Artist Sean Phillips.  Published by Image Comics
  • 34:10 – Avatarex: Destroyer of Darkness –  by Writer Grant Morrison and Artist Jeevan J. Kang.  Published by Graphic India
  • 46:30 – The Black Monday Murders – by Writer Jonathan Hickman and Artist Tomm Coker.  Published by Image Comics

All 4 of these comics are fantastic reads with incredible art work.  They are different than your usual Super Hero books and that’s why we like ’em!

Listen to our review podcast for more detail on each book.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 23 – H. P. Lovecraft Halloween Special

It’s close to Halloween so we decided to talk about H. P. Lovecraft – the early 20th century cosmic horror author.  We talk about the man, his works and some of the many comics he has influenced.

We cover the following comics in this podcast:

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From left to right: Ed Brubaker’s Fatale, Joe Hill’s Locke & Key, Grant Morrison’s Nameless, Alan Moore’s Providence and Lovecraft Graphic Novel.

Here is the companion link for Providence.  It’s full of insight to the references made in the comic:

Here is the H. P. Lovecraft archive:

http://www.hplovecraft.com/index.aspx

We talk about the Lovecraft themes that run through each book and the overall story.  All these books are great and you should check them all out.

That’s enough talking for today.  Let’s get right to the podcast.

Your Comics pal,

Jim

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