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

Comics Misremembered Podcast 180

 

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!

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Your comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 179

CM Podcast 153 – Sebastian O

Back in 1993, DC created an imprint called Vertigo which was to feature comics with mature themes.  One of the first miniseries to be published under that imprint was Sebastian O.

Sebastian O was written by Grant Morrison with artwork by Steve Yeowell.  It was only 3 issues long and it featured a Steampunk Victorian dandy named Sebastian O who was wrongly imprisoned then escapes and seeks vengeance on the people who put him there.  It’s a comedy by the way.

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I read the original miniseries when it came out but Jon has never read it until now.  We’ll let you know if you should read it and if it deserves an ongoing series.

We also give a little history lesson on Vertigo and some of it’s earliest titles.  It’s a fun podcast we put together this week to help brace you for the fallout of next week’s Avengers: Infinity War movie podcast.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 141 – Happy! Comic and TV Show

Welcome back to Comics Misremembered.  This week we will be talking about the comic miniseries Happy! and the Syfy TV show with the same name.

The comic was created by:

Writer: Grant Morrison

Art: Darick Robertson

The comic series came out in 2012 from Image comics and was 4 issues long.  In the podcast, you will hear me say it was 6 issues long because I thought it was longer or I am confusing it with another Grant Morrison miniseries – I am not sure why.

The comic miniseries was made into a TV show for Syfy which aired its season finale last Wednesday.  It was popular enough to be renewed for a 2nd season.

I had different opinions regarding the comic versus the TV series and if you listen to the podcast, you will understand why.

Jon did not read the comic prior to watching the TV series so we’ll find out which one he likes or does he like both?

Enough jibber jabber, listen to the podcast to get Happy!

You comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 109 – Skrull Kill Krew

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As Huey Lewis once crooned “Gotta go back in time.”  Well, that is what we do here from time to time at the Comics Misremembered Podcast.  We wax nostalgic about old comics and talk about if they were as good as we (mis)remember them.

This week, we will talk about Marvel’s 1995 Miniseries Skrull Kill Krew.  It was written by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar with pencils by Steve Yeowell.

It’s a story about Skrulls and the Krew that loved to kill them.

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Listen to the podcast and you will hear:

  • Our take on this very interesting miniseries.
  • That it is very difficult to say “Skrull Kill Krew” after a few adult beverages.
  • Some influences we think are in the comic.
  • My totally spot-on impersonation of Marvel’s Tom DeFalco.

Also in the podcast, one of the influences I mention is a movie called Invaders from Mars.  It originally came out in 1953 and then was remade in 1986.  I could not remember the name of the director.  I apologize, it was Tobe Hooper.  The man who directed The original (and best) Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Poltergeist.  Here is a preview of Invaders from Mars:

Thanks for listening.

Your comics pal,

Jim

 

CM Podcast 95 – “Missed The Bus” Comics

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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.

Enjoy the podcast.

You comics pal,

Jim

CM Podcast 93 – Disappointing Comics

Has this ever happened to you: There is a major announcement about a writer/artist/character that really excites you but when you get the final product and finish reading it, you are left wanting?

Well, it has happened to Jon and myself a few times.  This week, we recount 3 comics that we were psyched about reading but at the end of the day, we were disappointed.

Jon will cover 2 miniseries and I will do 1.  Here are the books we will be talking about:

From left to right:

  • Death of Wolverine
  • Final Crisis
  • Wolverine: Origin

Why did these comics that had all the right ingredients turn out so badly?  We will give you the answers.

We will be back next week with a review of the movie, Logan.

Your comics pal,

Jim

Comics Misremembered Podcast 93

CM Podcast 79 – We3 Review

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  I hope you all had a happy and relatively painless Thanksgiving with friends and/or family.

Since it was Thanksgiving this past Thursday, my mind started to wander and think about comics that have a “family” feel to it.  Now, I am sure there are many titles that have themes of family and getting together but none do it with as much bloodshed as the mini-series: We3.

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We3 was a Vertigo title that was released in 2004 and its written by Grant Morrison with art work by Frank Quitely.  This series asks the ultimate question:

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We find out the answer to that and other questions like: what does family and belonging mean?  Where exactly is home?  How many creative ways can you see weaponize pets vivisect humans?

Speaking to that last question, here are some of the scenes that I try to describe in the podcast.  All beautifully drawn by Frank Quitely.

After our discussion on We3, we compare the comic to the book and movie Watership Downs and have a quick palaver on how rabbits can teach use to be better humans.

“Remember folks, these images are from a ‘kids’ movie.”

That is it for this week.  Thanks for listening.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 74 – New Comics Review

There are always new titles from comic publishers coming out every week and we try to select some of the best books to read.  Here are some of the comics that we highly recommend.

This week I review the 3 new comics from DC Comic’s Young Animals imprint and Jon reviews 3 independent publisher titles.  Here are the reviews with time stamps:

  • 4:45 – James Bond – Dynamite Comics: Written by Andy Diggle with Art by Luca Casalanguida
  • 16:33 – Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye – DC’s Young Animals: Co-written by Gerard Way and Jon Rivera with art by Michael Avon Oeming
  • 28:35 – Briggs Land – Dark Horse Comics: Written by Brian Woods with art by Mack Chater
  • 42:52 – Shade the Changing Girl – DC’s Young Animals: Written by Cecil Castellucci with art by Marley Zarcone
  • 57:30 – Reborn – Image Comics: Written by Mark Millar with art by Greg Capullo
  • 1:08:40 – Doom Patrol – DC’s Young Animals: Written by Gerard Way with art by Nick Derington

I apologize if we mispronounced any of the writers or artist names.  We will try better next time.

This podcast runs a little longer than our normal ones because there are so many things to talk about with each of these titles.  We hope you enjoy our reviews and find some new comics to pick up.

Also, Will Magnus is the creator of the Metal Men not the Magnetic Man.  My brain was on overload.  Sorry.

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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 10 – It’s the Eisner Awards

San Diego is a hot bed of excitement this week because it’s the International Comic Con AKA the San Diego Comic Con.  For those not in the know, The San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is like the Mecca of all Geekdom.  It is where you will hear and see exclusive content of upcoming big name movies, TV shows, comics and much, much more!

One of the many celebrations at the SDCC is the prestigious Will Eisner Awards.  This is were the comic community celebrates the most outstanding work of writers and artists in their field of work.

Jon and I review some of the categories and discuss who was picked and go over what we think of the books and creative teams.  We don’t cover all of the categories but if you would like to see them all go here:  http://www.comic-con.org/awards/2015-eisner-award-nominations

We had some technical difficulties recording this week so I broke the podcast into 2 parts.  I will post part 1 tonight and then work on posting part 2 on Wednesday or Thursday.

Some of the highlights of parts 1 and 2:

  • Jon and I butcher a bunch of peoples names
  • Jon waxes poetic on Pogo
  • You hear my spot on impersonation of Hulk Hogan and Randy “Macho Man” Savage
  • Both of us confuse the word Sega for the word Saga (a lot)
  • I sing some comics titles
  • And much more…

Part 1 of the Week 10 Podcast

CM Podcast 6 – Comic Collecting – Then and Now

Welcome back, True Believer!

This week Jon and I will tell stories of collecting comics from the 80’s up to 2015.  My story will cover DC’s The Doom Patrol.  I will cover who exactly are the Doom Patrol and focus specifically on the Doom Patrol that was written by Grant Morrison start with Vol.2 issue #19 (1989) and running through #63 (1993).

I bring this comic up because the individual comics can now be purchased digitally through DC.com.  I will also talk about the differences between buying back issues back in the day compared to today.

Jon goes over his comic book (and anime) experiences and talks about how he got into comics, why he loves collecting, his thoughts on the rise and decline of physical media regarding anime and how the comic landscape has changed in Boston over 30 years.

Join us on this trip down misremembered lane and hopefully inspire you to check out some old back issues.

– Jim

Here is the podcast:

CM Podcast 1 – Welcome to Comics Misremembered

Here is the link to the Week 1 Podcast.  In this episode Jim and Jon cover:

  • Crisis on Infinite Earth – The 1985 12 issue series that defined DC comics
  • Convergence – The head scratching, confusing 8 issue series released by DC comics in May 2015
  • Quickly touch on the super excellent Multiversity by DC comics.
  • Old Man Logan mini series – we review the original series that will make an appearance in Marvel’s 2015 Secret Wars.

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