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.
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.
Welcome to Comics Misremembered New Comic Review. Jon and I find 4 titles that have come out in the past few weeks and we make recommendations. Usually these comics are independent titles that you may have missed. All of our recommendations are worth your time and we highly recommend reading them. Let’s get to talking comics this week…
The reviews are like this: Jon starts then I do the next and so on until we review 4 books. Got it! Great. Here is the order…
Wolverine #1 – Jon’s review
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artists: Adam Kurbert and Viktor Bogdonavic
BANG! #1 – Jim’s review
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Wilfredo Torres
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy #1 – Jon review
Writer: Mirka Andolfo
Aritst: Mirka Andolfo
Publisher: Image Comic
Tomorrow #1 – Jim review
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Jesus Hervas
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics (Berger Books imprint)
There you have it. 4 great books with glowing reviews. Go pick them up as soon as possible because issue #2 for most of them will be out in a week or 2.
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!
The Walking Dead Season 8 just ended last Sunday – it was All Out War! Negan Vs Rick in a Battle Royal for the title of Ass Kicker of the East Coast!
The battle that has been brewing since the beginning of season 7 finally reach it’s denouement and we have a victor! Jon and I talk about the events of the 2nd half of Season 8 and we review the predictions that I made in our previous TWD podcast 145. Click on the link if you want to listen to it.
I liked how Season 8 resolved itself and look forward to Season 9.
There have been a lot of good comics to come out lately so Jon and I have decided to do another New Comics Review Podcast.
We will be reviewing 3 new comics. These books have come out within the last 3 weeks so you should still be able to get them at your local comic shop (highly recommended) or download it digitally (if you must). I will tell you up front that all 3 comics are worth buying and we hope to convey through the podcast why each one is great.
The 3 titles we will be reviewing (in the order we review them in the podcast):
Gideon Falls #1 written by Jeff Lemire with art by Andrea Sorrentino (Image Comics)
Dry County #1 written and illustrated by Rick Tommaso (Image Comics)
Highest House #1 written by Mike Carey with art by Peter Gross (IDW Publishing)
Listen to the podcast then rush out and pick up these 3 books.
Another February ends and another season of Walking Dead’s mid-season premiere show airs. Followed by another awesome Comics Misremembered Podcast talking about the show and spoiling the rest of the season. It goes without saying:
**MAJOR SPOILERS IN THIS PODCAST REGARDING THE SHOW AND THE FUTURE OF SEASON 8**
Rick looks pissed in this poster and if you watched the episode, you know why. I will not discuss the object of Rick’s misery in this post but we do discuss it in the podcast.
Morgan also looks to be backsliding to his former killing machine modem. Jon and I chat about that and where we think it will lead.
We also speculate of the future of the Walking Dead TV show after Season 8.
Finally, I do my favorite section – Season Spoiling Predictions based on prediction of the comic series. I have read the comic, Jon does not. I make calculated guesses on what will happen to the characters based on the comic storyline. It has been pretty accurate in the past, what will happen this season!?
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!
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!
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.