Over the last few weeks, we have talked about DC’s 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths miniseries and how it retconned their multiverse into a single universe.
DC’s new single Earth universe would remain this way through several crossover events and one more crisis, Zero Hour: Crisis in Time. It will not be until the year 2000 when writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely would introduce the concept of multiple Earths again with the stand alone comic, JLA Earth 2
I just want to talk about these covers for a second. Frank Quitely is a fantastic artist and he creates some amazing perspectives. I love how he literally has the mirror image of the JLA and CSA on these covers. The interiors are great too.
In this comic, we are reintroduced to The Crime Syndicate of Amerika who are now on the anti-matter world of Earth 2. Prior to Crisis on Infinite Earths, these villains were known as The Crime Syndicate of America and they resided on Earth 3.
As I mentioned in the podcast, the 1960 Earth 3 Owlman looks dumb. He looks like a man wearing a owl hat. How is anyone supposed to be intimidated by that? But the 2000 update by Morrison and Quitely is as scary as the original Batman!
Besides the amazing updates to all the costumes, Morrison and Quitely weave a compelling tale about what happens when a team that believes in truth and justice cross over to a world of pure evil. They explore Good vs Evil and show that these 2 concepts aren’t always black and white.
We also go over some of the real world events that happened back in 2000 and some of the history for the Justice League of America from 1985 – 2000.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.”
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.
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.
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.