Last week, we covered the 2020 Eisner Award Nominees and Winners. In the category of Best Limited Series, Writer Bobby Curnow and Artist Simon Gane were nominated for Ghost Tree. I recently purchased the trade for Ghost Tree so I thought it would be a great time to cover it.
The podcast for this week will be Ghost Tree by Bobby Curnow and Simon Gane with colors by Ian Herring. The comic was published by IDW Publishing. It originally came out in 2019.
I was not familiar with Bobby Curnow’s writing before Ghost Tree. I found out that he has worked on other IDW books like My Little Pony and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is my first time reading his work and I hope he puts out many more books like this.
I was already familiar with Simon Gane’s work. I was reading a comic called They’re Not Like Us from Image that he was working on. That was a great book and the art really sold it for me. I was looking forward to see what he was going to do with Ghost Tree.
Ghost Tree on the surface is a tale about ghosts and the 2 men that have the ability to communicate with them. Below the surface, you get a story about relationships and what you have to do to make them work. Jon and I really like this miniseries and we highly recommend that you pick it up.
***Minor Spoiler Alert*** – we talk about some plot points but we did not give away the major revelations in the comics so it is fairly spoiler free.
Are you a comic fan? Are you a wrestling fan? If you are both then we have a comic for you!
This week we are reviewing the Graphic Novel – Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven. It is a biography about real life wrestler: Andre the Giant.
It is written by Brandon M. Easton with Art from Denis Medri. It was published by IDW in 2015.
The GN does a great job about following Andre from his hometown roots in Paris, France all the way up to his WWF career and beyond. It is a great read with some fantastic art. Here are some examples from the GN:
This is a great read if you are a fan of wrestling because you get some insight to one of the most famous wrestlers of all time, Andre. If you are not a fan of wrestling, it is still a great read because you learn about a man who felt alone in the world due to his freakish height and turned it into a positive, life changing event. It is okay to be different.
Jon and I had a great time with this comic and we hope you get a chance to pick it up.
It’s October so the weather gets cooler, the leaves change colors and the Red Sox are not in another MLB playoff. Do not despair! We have great comics to read and discuss! This week we do a retro review of Locke & Key.
Locke & Key is about the Locke Family and how a tragedy moves the family from their familiar surroundings in California to the strange (and fictitious) island of Lovecraft, Massachusetts where they discover Key House.
Locke & Key was originally published in 2008 and ran for a little under 40 issues. It is a supernatural horror comics that has tons of heart. I read the original run and Jon just started and he is hooked.
In the podcast we review the comic, give you a few tips on some horror movies you should check out before Halloween and go over some history of Salem, MA and how it relates to Locke & Key.
Free Comic Book Day was Saturday, May 7th (I thought it was 5/14) and comic shops all over America gave away tons of free comics.
Jon and I were both working so we did not get a chance to go to our local swap and get in on all the free comic swag. Luckily for us, our local swap is cool and they saved us a few issue that they knew we would like.
We review the 3 free comics we picked up:
Rom, The Spaceknight #0
Civil War II #0
We go over the stories that are in the comic and ask the question: Will we buy the upcoming comics?
My apologies for confusing everyone at the start of the podcast. I said it was the 53rd podcast but it is really only the 52nd podcast. Sorry.