This week we are talking about an original graphic novel that came out about a month ago that is part western and part crime drama. It is called Pulp.
This fantastic story was written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips and coloring by Jacob Phillips. It was published by Image comics.
Here is the description from the Image website:
Max Winters, a pulp writer in 1930s New York, finds himself drawn into a story not unlike the tales he churns out at five cents a word—tales of a Wild West outlaw dispensing justice with a six-gun. But will Max be able to do the same when pursued by bank robbers, Nazi spies, and enemies from his past?One part thriller, one part meditation on a life of violence, PULP is unlike anything award-winning BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS have ever done before.
Jon and I really liked this story and we talk about it and other themes like: living through the Turn-Of-The-Century – witness the world change from riding on horses to riding in cars. Comic creators and their rights on the characters that they create – we go over some real comic history, and finally the rise of fascism in America – in the 1930s, some Americans thought Hitler was a great leader. How could so many people be so wrong?
Some spoilers in the podcast but we recommend you go buy the comic and come back to listen to the podcast.
We are covering a comic related item this week – the recently released Netflix movie called The Old Guard.
This is based on a comic series written by Greg Rucka and art by Leandro Fernandez. It is published by Image comics. In fact, Greg Rucka wrote the script for the movie.
We normally like to read the comic that the movie is based on and then do a comparison of the movie to the comic to see if it is true to the source material or does it stray… *cough*Last Days of American Crime*cough*.
Unfortunately, we could not get a copy of the 1st trade paperback – it was sold out everywhere I looked. We will still try to pick it up and do a review of it later. For this review, we focus on the movie.
Jon and I did not read the original comic so all our knowledge about Old Guard comes from the movie. We talk about the story and the world building it does to explain how The Old Guard comes into existence and operates in the world. We both give our final opinion at the end of the podcast. The movie has been getting good to excellent reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Do we feel the same way? Listen to find out.
As always – SPOILERS are in the podcast so watch the movie and come back to dissect it with us.
Another week and we have another vision of a dystopian future in the 2007 comic The Last Days of American Crime. It is written by Rick Remender with art by Greg Tocchini and was originally published in 2007 as a 3 issue miniseries from Image Comics. This creative team has given us great stories like LOW and Uncanny X-Force. They come with the good stuff in this near future bank heist comic with a twist: the crew has to rob the bank the same day the government starts broadcasting a “anti-crime” signal which “makes it impossible for anyone to knowingly break the law in any way possible”.
The story begins with our main character, Graham Bricke (which is a combination of 2 units of measurement of drugs: Gram and Brick) finding out that one of the dafecracker in his crew has ratted him out to a rival mob. He deals with the problem but several new problems have bubbled up: he needs to find a new safecracker and he only has a week to do it before the American Peace Initiative renders all crime in America obsolete.
The Last Days of Crime in America tells a fast, tight heist story that is full of twists and turns that you don’t know who to trust by the end. It reminded Jon and myself of great heist movies like Thief, Ronin and The Grifters. We highly recommend the comic.
The reason we read the comic was that a movie version was recently released on Netflix. Here is the trailer…
We compare the comic to it’s movie counterpart. Listen to the podcast for the details.
It is October, time for playoff baseball, Halloween decorations to be in stores and another season of The Walking Dead on AMC.
The Season 10 premier was on October 6th and normally, we would do a review podcast on the premier episode a week later but since the Joker movie came out the same time, we decided to wait a week and review 2 episodes!
In episode 1, the show stars with several members of the Alexandria coalition on the beach of Oceanside using shields and spears to fight walkers. Could they be training for something else…
There was also a satellite that came crashing down into the woods on the Whisperers side of the border. The Coalition decided that it was more important to break the truce and cross the boarder to put out the fire than maintain detente. Will Eugene be able to use that satellite for anything? Jon has some theories.
In episode 2, we learn the origin of Alpha and Beta. It is the beginnings of the Whisperers and how they form their dogma. Jon goes over his theory of the difference of having a name, no name and a Greco-Roman name in the Whisperers culture.
We end the podcast on a feature that has become very popular on the CM Podcast – Jim Spoils the Season segment.
That’s right, I will spoil the rest of the season for you – well just up to the mid-season finale. How do I do this? The show follows the story line from the comic. The comic is about 4 years ahead of the show. I have read the comic but Jon has not. I make some guesses based on the comic and we will review how accurate I was at the mid-season finale.
Here is a page from the comic that I reference in the podcast…
Oh, that Negan. He should write inspirational posters that have kittens on them. I also explain who the young boy is on this page. Will he make an appearance on the show? Maybe…
Thanks for listening and we will see you in seven.
There are new titles coming out every month so Jon and I are taking some time in 2019 to tell you about a few of them. We will be reviewing 4 new books that came out between December 2018 – January 2019.
I do 2 reviews and Jon does 2 reviews. I thought we enjoyed all 4 books but Jon surprised me and slipped in a last minute replacement of a book he bought and did not enjoy. This week it’s 3 recommendations and a pass.
I will list the books in the order of the reviews and who is doing the review:
Review #1 – Jon (recommendation)
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1 and 2
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Juan Cabal
Review #2 – Jim (Recommendation)
The Warning #1 – 3
Writer and Artist: Edward Laroche
Publisher: Image Comics
Review #3 – Jon (pass)
X-Men: The Exterminated (one shot)
Writers: Chris Claremont, Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson
Artists: Neil Edwards, Ramon Rosanas
Review #4 – Jim (recommendation)
Marvel Comics Presents #1
Writers: Charles Soule, Greg Pak and Ann Nocenti
Artists: Paulo Siqueira, Tomm Coker and Frederico Blee
Please listen to the podcast to see why we recommend (and pass) on these new comics. Go to your local comic shop (or online) and check them out now!
We have another fantastic new comics review round up for you this week. There are literally dozens of new series that have started between November and December. Jon and I have culled the wheat from the chaff to bring you 4 great books that you should be reading right now!
Here is the order of the comics and which one of us is doing the review…
Review 1 – Jon
Writer Mark Miller and Artist Rafael Albuquerque
Review 2 – Jim
Electric Warriors #1
Writer Steve Orlando Artist Travel Foreman
Review 3 – Jon
Writer Scottie Young Artist Jorge Corona
Review 4 – Jim
Bitter Root #1
Writer David F. Waller and Chuck Brown Artist Sanford Green
4 great review for 4 great books. Listen to the podcast and see why you should go out and purchase these comics!
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.
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…
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.
I apologize in advance for this week’s recording. Jon and I both have head colds and we feel like we are the walking dead right now. We did not want to wait a week to talk about this so please bare with us.
Jon and I have watched the premiere of Season 9 of the Walking Dead and we go over the show. There have been many changes since the end of season 8: Negan is no longer in control of the Saviors. Rick and the Survivors have taken control of Sanctuary and it, as well as the other communities, have started to produce their own crops and thrive. This is just a start of the new society that Rick wants to make by there are many hurdles that they will still have to overcome.
We go over some plot points and speculate on the future of this season.
And we wrap the podcast up with our Complete Season Spoiler Review for Season 9 up until the mid-season finale. We do this by giving plot points from the comic and take guesses on if it will be used in the show. We have been doing this for a few years now and the predictions have been pretty accurate so far.
We’ll be back to talk about the rest of the season at the end of the mid-season finale.
In the near future, there will be a cataclysmic event that will merge our world with one of fantasy. The outcome will leave the world in shambles. Civilizations will fall and humanity will be left to pick up the pieces and start over again…while being persecuted by Orcs…and a whiny wizard. This is the world of…The Realm.
Jon and I will be reviewing the new fantasy/post apocalyptic comic series by co-creators Seth M. Peck (writer) and Jeremy Huan (artist). It is published by Image comics.
The series came out a few months ago and is currently up to issue 5 (as of the podcast). There is a lot to like about this series and we give you a full break down of the story and characters. Jon works in a Walking Dead comparison and I am not sure where he was going with it but he did it anyway (by the way, he is sober in this podcast). 😉
The comic is obviously inspired by the Dungeons and Dragons pen and paper Role Playing Game but you don’t have to know anything about D&D to enjoy this comic – trust me, I know next to nothing about Orcs and Dragons and I really liked this comic.
Listen to the podcast and if it sounds like an interesting book, the good news is a Trade Paper Back will be coming out soon. So run to your local comic store (or digital app) and buy this comic!
We mentioned last week that we went to Boston Comic Con and we met some great people. One of the coolest, most relax creators that I met there was Jason Latour. I knew he was going to be there so I brought my trade copy of Loose Ends and the first issue of Black Cloud (which will soon be a podcast topic).
I asked if he could sign each and he was more that happy to do it. I mentioned how much I liked Loose Ends and he took some time to talk to me about it. After speaking with him, I knew that this comic would be the next podcast.
Loose Ends is a 4 part miniseries which is self described as a Southern Crime Romance. It is written by Jason Latour (writer on Spider-Gwen and Black Cloud) with art by the Chris Brunner. It was published by Image Comics.
It is a fast ride of love, loss, murder and drugs…lots and lots of drugs. I gave my copy of the trade to Jon, who has never read it, and told him to be prepared to talk about it. He devoured the trade and was very excited to talk about it.
If you are looking for a comic that is not spandex and worth a read or two, you best pick up Loose Ends.
Once there were greenfields kissed by the sun; Once there were valleys where rivers used to run; Once there was blue sky with white clouds high above; Once they were part of an everlasting love. We were the lovers who strolled through greenfields.
These are the lyrics to the song Greenfields and I played a snippet of it at the start of the podcast but they hold meaning to the comic, Green Valley which is published by Image Comics.
You see, Green Valley starts very playful. The Knights of Kelodia live in a great kingdom where they are admired by the townsfolk. They all live happy, full lives and share everlasting love in the greenfields outside the walls of Kelodia. That is, until one fateful day when all this good fortune is brought crashing down around them due to the tiniest of mistakes…
Green Valley is a comic written by Max Landis with pencils by Giuseppe Camuncoli.
This story is a tale of knights, sword and sorcery and it has a twist ending. The covers also give away the ending and that is why I am only showing you the first 3 issues. Jon and I go over the comic. Jon talks about the story and characters, I talk about the twist and use some examples of how the twist was done in other media. I also talk about where I thought the comic was going and my take on “how I would have written it”. Finally, we end the podcast giving out final score on the overall story.
There are plenty of spoilers in the review and we do warn you when we start getting into spoiler territory so if you want to hear the “spoiler-free” version. Listen to the podcast until 7:35 then jump to 58:09 for the final review.
See you next week with our review of the Boston Comic Con 2017.
Image Comics will be celebrating 25 years in comics this month. Hard to believe that a fledgling studio founded by “rockstar” artists who would go on to make millions of dollars would still be around today.
Image was founded by Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Erik Larson, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino and… Todd McFarlane.
Our podcast will be focusing on Todd’s comic creation, SPAWN!
This 1st issue went on to sell 1.7 million copies. Sure that seems like a lot but that could have been a fluke! It was was thanks to the plucky spirit of the creators that Image studios persevered.
Jon and I go over a brief history of Todd McFarlane’s career prior to Spawn and then we will talk about the meager begins of the demonic anti-hero.
Press play for a little history lesson on one of the founding fathers of the Image Universe.
Your Comics Pal,
Comics Misremembered Podcast 89
I found the farting Violator video clip on YouTube. This a the highlight of the movie so if you never saw it… you’re welcome.