CM Podcast 216 – Spider-Man: Far From Home Movie

Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 2nd Spider-Man movie came out July 2nd 2019 and it is titled:

Spider-Man: Far From Home

We went and saw it last Sunday. I was very excited for this movie because the previews had Jake Gyllenhaal playing Mysterio, a long time villain in the Spider-Man comics. This is the first time he will be brought to the big screen and I thought they had perfect casting with Jake.

I thought the movie movie was near perfect (listen to the podcast to find out why it’s not flawless). Jon on the other hand had 1 big plot point that he could not get over so it made the movie less enjoyable. I tried to talk him out of this sticking point but he will not budge. Does he have a point? Listen and let me know.

The things I like about the movie:

Humor – there are tons of funny scenes and situational comedy which is a hallmark of Spider-Man comics and previous movies.

Romance – Peter is a young romantic and he tries his best to win the affection of Mary Jane.

Mystery – who is Mysterio? Is he friend or foe? Watch the movie and find out!

Action – Spider-Man has some intense battles. Does everyone survive? Find out!

I feel, if you liked Homecoming then you will definitely like Far From Home and hopefully you will like the 3rd movie: Spider-Man: Home Alone. 🙂

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 215 – The Dark Phoenix Saga Part 2

Welcome back to the 2nd half of our discussion on Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s seminal X-Men storyline: The Dark Phoenix Saga.

In this podcast, we pick up were we left off: The X-Men escaping the clutches of the Hellfire Club and heading back to the X-Mansion. During their flight back, Jean Grey loses control of the Phoenix and the Dark Phoenix emerges…

As you can tell from these covers, the X-Men do not have a good time when the Dark Phoenix is around. The Dark Phoenix attempts to kill all the X-Men, then she goes and snuffs out a galaxy and finally the X-Men have to fight for their lives and the fate of Jean Grey…on the moon. There is a lot of story and we try to cover all of it and more in the podcast.

We also take a look behind the scenes to find out what decisions Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter and co-plotters: Chris Claremont and John Byrne made to come to the epic conclusion of the X-Men story.

Towards the end of the podcast, I explain why the Legion of Superheroes (group on the left) look a lot like the Shi’ar Imperial Guard (group on the right).

If you have never read the Dark Phoenix Saga, we highly recommend checking it out. You can read it digitally through Marvel.com or buy a trade paperback like we did. Thanks for listening and we will see you next week.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 214 – The Dark Phoenix Saga

Since the movies have tried to do a version of the Dark Phoenix Saga twice (X-Men 3 and Dark Phoenix) and have failed both times, Jon and I have decided to talk about the original comic series the story is based upon.

The original Dark Phoenix Saga is officially considered to be issues #129 – 138 (Jan – Oct 1980) of Uncanny X-Men. The creators of this story are:

Writer: Chris Claremont

Artist: John Byrne

Inker: Terry Austin

The unofficial start of Jean Grey’s transition into Phoenix.

This story originally starts as a subplot with Jean Grey in issue #101 (Oct 1976) when Marvel Girl rescues some astronauts. In saving the lives of these people, Jean Grey unwittingly allows a cosmic entity called the Phoenix Force to enter her body. Over the next few years, the X-Men (specifically Scott Summers and Charles Xavier) will notice changes in Jean Grey’s behavior.

It won’t be until issues #129 – 132 when Jean drastically starts to behave differently and is seduced by Jason Wyngarde (Mastermind) of the Hellfire Club. Jon and I go over the history on how Chris Claremont and John Byrne were inspired by the show The Avengers for the concept of The Hellfire Club and the characters.

Here is how they appeared in the comic…

left to right: Jean Grey, Jason Wyngarde, Sebasitan Shaw, Harry Leland and Donald Pierce

But did you know that these characters where based on real life actors? It’s true. Here are John Byrne’s inspiration…

We explain the connection of these actors to their comic counter parts and how Byrne came up with their comic character names.

We go over some history and some of the story on why this is one of the greatest comic stories ever told. This is only part 1 of the conversation. We will continue this next week with the conclusion of the Dark Phoenix Saga and why TV and movies always get the adaptation wrong.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 206 – Avengers Endgame Review

Avengers Infinity War Part 1 summary – Thanos had combined the Infinity Stones to make the Infinity Gauntlet and unleashed his sinister plan: wipe out half the population of the Universe.

This movie was really good.

Avengers Endgame – The movie starts out shortly after the events of Infinity War as Iron Man, Captain America and the other Avengers try to pick up the pieces of the biggest defeat they have ever encountered.

This movie was pretty good.

They try to right the wrongs that Thanos created but all their efforts lead to dead ends. Until Scott Lang AKA Ant-Man shows up with a plan so crazy it just might work!

***SPOILER ALERT!!***

Jon and I go over our thoughts on Avengers Endgame in the podcast. We don’t hold back so there are many spoilers in this review/critique of the movie. The ‘No Spoilers’ Embargo is over! We are giving everyone fair warning!

I can tell you that Jon and I both like this movie but it could have been better. We talk about plot points including a gigantic plot hole that really can’t be forgiven, but it’s not all bad though. This movie had several fun and exciting moments that make it worth recommending.

We also go over what we would have done differently to make this a better movie and what we are hoping for in future Avengers movie.

The movie is 3 hours long so we don’t cover absolutely everything that happens in this podcast. We stick to just the main story arc. There are still plenty of surprise for you in the movie.

Also, if you enjoyed this review, be sure the check out our take on Avengers Infinity War Part 1 which I am linking here:

https://comicsmisremembered.com/2018/05/05/cm-podcast-154-avengers-infinity-war/

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 199 – Captain Marvel Movie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to those who celebrate. During this podcast I was celebrating by drinking an English beer called The Old Speckled Hen so obviously I am not celebrating it correctly. I should have bought a Guinness. But you did not come here to follow my drinking habits. You are here to listen to our podcast about the Captain Marvel Movie!!

The Captain Marvel movie is finally here! There was many weeks of controversy prior to it’s release on March 8th release. What was the controversy? Well, Jon and I talk about it very briefly at the top of the podcast and we have come to the decision that… there is no controversy. We cannot think of a single thing that would want to make a person hate this movie prior to seeing it.

We then get into a discussion about how much we liked the movie and some things that we would change to make this a better movie.

***SPOILER WARNINGS***

As always, we will be spoiling major plot points in order to have a better discussion about the story and characters. If you have not seen the movie yet, then put this podcast on hold and come back once you have seen it.

We had a excellent time talking about the movie, the characters, their motivations, the history of Captain Marvel, The Kree and The Skrulls. This movie made a killing at the box office as of this post so we know there will be future Captain Marvel movies and we look forward to the MCU expanding the Kree and Skrull history and telling some fantastic tales.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 198 – Iron Man: Crash OGN

A few weeks ago Jon and I reviewed the Marvel Original Graphic Novel (OGN) God Loves, Man Kills and that got me thinking: What other OGN do I own? It turns out – quite a lot. At least 15 of them. I pulled one from the pile and felt compelled to review it for nostalgia and oddity reasons.

This week we are talking about Iron Man: Crash OGN. It is written and drawn by Mike Saenz and it came out in December of 1987. What makes this comic (or graphic novel) so unique is that is was all drawn on a computer – a Macintosh 2 computer. It is the first computer generated graphic novel. If you are not familiar with that computer, let me put it to you this way – imagine if you had to draw 72 pages in MS Paint? How great do you think it will look? It is a product of it’s time but the art has not held up that well over time. Here are some same pages…

As you can see, the main image is greatly detailed but the background are sparse – this is due to the limitations of the tools. This was also the first time the lettering was used. Comics now use computer generated lettering as the standard.

Also, here is a sample of Tony Stark explaining to the reader how he puts on his Iron Man suit…

There are 3 PAGES OF THIS!! WHY IS THERE 3 PAGES OF THIS?!! I just don’t get the reason we needed all this detail about the armor.

The story is very vanilla and very confusing. We talk about the plot points in the podcast.

Is Iron Man: Crash a good OGN? No. Do we recommend you read it? Yes. Why? Because it is a comic time capsule. It is heavily influenced by Cyberpunk culture and we count the many Cyberpunk tropes/cliches it uses. It is a vision of the future which is now stuck in the past. It let’s you know that if you don’t learn from history, you are then doomed to repeat it.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 192 – New Comic Review

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
  • Publisher: Marvel

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
  • Publisher: Marvel

Review #4 – Jim (recommendation)

Marvel Comics Presents #1

  • Writers: Charles Soule, Greg Pak and Ann Nocenti
  • Artists: Paulo Siqueira, Tomm Coker and Frederico Blee
  • Publisher: Marvel

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!

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 191 – Xmen God Loves, Man Kills

I love doing comic reviews and I especially love it when it’s a comic that I have heard about but never had the opportunity to read until now. This is one of those podcasts.

X-men God Loves, Man Kills is the 5th comic in the Marvel Graphic Novel series that came out in 1982. The original is hard to find but, thanks to reprints – you can get a cheap version of it today and, depending on which version you get, you’ll get bonus art and interviews with the creators.

On the left is the original copy of the comic that came out in 1982 and on the right is the current reprint that I purchased. The story was written by long time X-men scribe, Chris Claremont with art by Brent Anderson.

What also makes this a unique podcast – Jon actually read this comic originally when it came out. HE ACTUALLY READ A COMIC THAT I HAD NOT READ! This is a rare feat.

In the podcast we talk about what makes the Marvel Graphic Novel series so special and what was happening in the world during 1982 that actually influenced the comic. There is some reminiscing and shouting – you know, our usual comic talk.

Then we get into talking about the comic. We are introduced to Reverend William Stryker. He is a televangelist that loves God but is not found of mutants.

Stryker apostatizing humanity over mutants

Stryker, in fact, hates mutants with all his might…

I like how Nightcrawler is like “What did I do?”

As you can see in 2 panels that Reverend William Stryker is a very bad, no-good, terrible person and you will find out just what lengths he will go to to eliminate mutants from the face of the earth. If Stryker seems familiar to you, that is because the story from this comic was used in the movie X-men 2 AKA X2. William Stryker is the name of the main villain in the movie.

We talk about the story, its message and our thoughts on Stryker and his army called The Purifiers. We do spoil the story but if you saw X2, you already know how the story goes.

That’s it for this week.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 190 – Spider-man: Into The Spiderverse Review

On December 14, 2018 Sony released their 2nd Spider-man related project called Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse.

Now, Venom was Sony’s first Spider-man adjacent movie and it was…okay. Now, Sony is going to do a Miles Morales Spider-man movie…and it’s animated. At the time, my hopes were not too high on this one.

My tune would change though as the lights dimmed in the theater and I was pleasantly surprised by this new animated Ultimate Marvel universe that had Miles Morales as its center. The story was well written. The characters behaved similar to their comic counterparts. The animation was unique enough to make your head turn but one thing that stood out…color.

The vivid…eye catching…color.

WOW! This movie is a visual feast! I did not know how much color existed in the universe until I saw this movie. I guess my eyes were dimmed by the DC monotone tints.

Also, there was plenty of humor in the story as well. This movie had its share of melodrama but it also balanced it with some jokes and good old fashioned slap stick.

Those who stayed for the mid-credits scene will get this joke.

Listen to the podcast. Jon and I will tell you a hundred and one reasons to see this movie. Just because it’s an animated movie, don’t let that deter you from seeing it. It is well worth your time. Once you leave, you will be a fan of Miles Morales and Sony Animation.

***SLIGHT SPOILERS IN THE PODCAST***

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 188 – 4th Annual Hazie Awards

We started a tradition 3 years ago on the podcast called The Hazies where we did a review show for that previous year but we disguised it as an award show.

We still give out the same Hazie as we did back then. Here is a photo of it:

Everyone does year end reviews about the “Best Comics” of that year but we already spend the whole year telling you what comics you should be checking out so why be boring and tell it to you again. Jon and I decided that since it is the Holidays, we want it keep it light and make the last podcast of the year just one big party. This was the inception of The Hazies. This is our 4th Annual Hazie countdown and we create some “Awards” aka jokes for the Comic Industry (more like, at their expense).

See who won the Hazies for:

  • I’m All About The Foreplay
  • Circle of Jerks
  • That Not So Fresh Feeling
  • I Can’t Feel My Brain

and more! Grab a beverage of your choice, sit in your most comfortable chair and have a laugh with us at The Hazies.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 187 – Venom Movie

In October 2018, Sony pictures released Venom – a Marvel property that is not directly connected to the MCU. It stars Tom Hardy and received modest reviews. It made over $800 million world wide, but is it worth watching? Especially if you grew up reading the Amazing Spider-man comic from the 90s?

Well, I can only speak for myself so it you are a fan of David Michelinie and Todd MacFarlane‘s run on Amazing Spider-man…

You may not be a fan of the movie. I was underwhelmed at Eddie Brock’s character in the movie. Jon on the other hand, did not read the 90s Spider-man comic and he thought the Venom movie was great!

Listen to the podcast to find out why our opinions are so disparate.

Your comics pal.

Jim

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CM Podcast 183 – The Legend of Stan Lee

Stan Lee founder and co-creator of a majority of the Marvel characters passed away on November 12, 2018.

Jon and I wanted to celebrate his life and legacy in this week’s podcast.

We go over his humble beginnings, why he changed his name from Stanley Martin Lieber to just Stan Lee, his military years, the artists he worked with and the characters he created, his philosophy on how to create comics and why he wanted to humanize his heroes, quick discussion on one of Stan’s favorite stories “The Galactus Trilogy” and his personal philosophy on how to treat others and why comics are a powerful medium.

We cover all this and more and we have a blast doing it.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 182 – Kraven’s Last Hunt

Hello and welcome back to Comics Misremembered.  I wanted to take a moment and post about the passing of a comics legend, Stan Lee.  He was a man of vision.  When he began writing in the 50s and 60s, a comic writer was considered an embarrassing job, but Stan saw it as an opportunity.  With the help of some great artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Stan was able to create some of the greatest stories of all time that have gone on to be loved by generations.

Normally, we record our podcast on the weekend but due to schedules this week, we recorded the podcast as week early so we did not have the opportunity to talk about Mr. Lee’s passing.  We will rectify this in our next podcast.

Speaking of great stories and creators, this week’s podcast ran through the Spider-man comics of the 80s.  It is considered to be the definitive Kraven the Hunter story and it’s goes by the title – Kraven’s Last Hunt.

Kraven’s Last Hunt was a 6 issue miniseries that ran through the Spider titles in 1987.  There were 3 books then which where: Amazing Spider-man, Peter Parker, Spectacular Spider-man and Web of Spider-man.

The Story was written by J. M. DeMatteis with cover and interior artwork done by Mike Zeck (pencils) and Bob McLeod (inker).

Here are some of the covers:


Jon had never read this comic before and I only read it in a trade I picked up back in the early 90s.  We explain in the podcast why this is a great comic and why anyone that is interested in Spider-man should pick it up and read it.  It is a well crafted story about one of Spider-man’s lest known villains.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 178 – New Comics Review

We’re back again.  Still recovering from our colds, we are back to give you the low down on some great new comics that have recently come out.

We will be reviewing 4 new issues in this podcast.   I can say that all 4 reviews are positive and we recommend picking up all 4 titles.  In the podcast, we’ll give you an overview of the story and art.

Review #1 is by Jon for Superior Octopus

  • Writer:     Christos Gage
  • Artist:     Mike Hawthorne
  • Publisher:     Marvel

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Review # 2 is by Jim for Dead Rabbit

  • Writer:     Gerry Duggan
  • Artist:     John McCrea
  • Publisher:   Image

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Review # 3 by Jon for X-Men: Black – Magneto

  • Writer:     Chris Claremont
  • Artist:     Dalibor Talajic
  • Publisher:   Marvel

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Review #4 by Jim is Murder Falcon

  • Writer and Artist:    Daniel Warren Johnson
  • Publisher:  Image

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Well, there you have it – 4 new issues that are well worth picking up and reading.  Go to your local comic shop or just download them digitally.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 176 – The Podcast that will Save Comics

Hello and welcome back to Comics Misremembered.  This week we will be tackling all the issues that are destroying the Comics Marketplace and give you solutions!

Before we get to solving all the problems, I was to take a minute to address the passing of 2 of my favorite artists:

Norm Breyfogle

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Carlos Ezquerra

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I speak about their careers and what an impression that both these artist have left on me growing up.

We then go on to address the anti-corporate political movement on social media regarding a certain comic group and why they don’t like the upcoming new titles being released by Marvel and DC.

I am a man that looks for solutions when he is presented with a problem and I give some very real remedies to the so called “political problems” of today’s comics.  What is the answer to all these issues?

I can sum it up by showing you a few things.  What do these 4 comics have in common?

Give up?  All 4 of these comics are Anthology comics.  If you were born after 1995, you may be asking “What the heck is an anthology comic?”

Well, young person, an Anthology comic is a weekly or bi-weekly comic that features 3 to 4 different stories per book.  These stories feature some of the most popular heroes and are written by new and established talent.  It is also a great opportunity to introduce brand new characters into their prospective universes and see if they click with the audience.

In the podcast we go over many different reasons on why Anthology comics needs to make a come back into the current comic scene and why it’s the perfect testing ground for new characters in order to spring board them into their own ongoing series.

Listen to the podcast and see if this is crazy enough to work!

Your comics pal,

Jim

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