Last week, Jon and I reviewed the Deadpool 2 movie on the podcast. During the movie, Deadpool puts together a team of mutants that he calls X-Force. One of those mutants was called Zeitgeist and I thought he was made up for the movie. Turns out, he was 1 of 2 mutants (Domino being the other) that was actually on the team X-Force. How did I forget this?!
In 2001, Editor in Chief – Joe Quesada wanted to inject some life into X-Force that was not doing so well in sales at the time. Enter Peter Milligan, writer of Vertigo’s Shade the Changing Man and Animal Man. He told Joe his crazy idea for the book – Get rid of the original X-Force and replace it with a whole new, all different X-Force. Full of brand new mutants. Joe agreed to let Peter tell his story and we got…
X-Force #116 – see that guy in the center of the cover that is doing a vault over the ram-like mutant. That is Zeitgeist! The mutant that can spit acid. And get this, he dies in the comic during the first story arc.
The comic will gain popularity and change it’s name to…
X-Statix! I read every issue of this comic during it’s run from 2001 – 2004 and like the wackiness of the new teams. Jon has never read this version of X-Force/X-Statix so I lent him a trade that I had that collected the first 5 issues of X-Statix. We dicuss this off beat mutant book by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred.
The air starts to feel cooler, the days grow shorter and a butt-load of new shows debut on all the networks. It must be Fall! There are many comic related shows that are out now but Jon and I decided to watch 2 shows we swore we were never going to watch: The Inhumans and The Gifted.
We watched the first episode of both shows, we give an overview of the episode, some pros and cons and finally: will we continue to watch the series. Our answers may surprise you.
We also do a quick recap of the upcoming movie trailers for: Thor Ragnarok, Justice League and The New Mutants.
This is a 2 part podcast: the first 30 minutes are about real world politics in comics and what one company is doing to change that and the second 30 minutes is a review for FX Network’s Legion show. I didn’t want to confuse you and think it was a political discussion based on the Legion show.
Part 1 (minutes 1 – 30)
Recently in some comics, writers have been using existing comic universe characters as analogies for Donald Trump as not so subtly done in DC’s Catwoman (but still very funny).
Other comics have blatantly lampooned Trump in their comics like Marvel’s Spider Gwen seen here:
Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter (who does support Trump) wants writes to stop using real world politics in their stories. Jon and I discuss the implication of Marvel not using real world characters in their stories and if it is a good or bad thing.
Okay. Enough politics! Let’s talk about the FX show Legion.
Part 2 of the podcast (minutes 31 – 60)
Based on Marvel’s David Haller AKA Legion, the show is about the mutant that has a multiple personality disorder. We review the first episode.
we reveal some of the secrets of the 1st episode so don’t listen if you have not see it yet! Go watch the show (it’s great!) and then come back to listen to our takes on were we think it is going.
There is a cloud of Terrigen mist that is sweeping the Earth changing humans into…INHUMANS! More with each passing day. The mist is also killing all the mutants that come in contact with it!? Soon there will be no mutants left and only Inhumans. This could be the…(dramatic drum roll)…Death of X.
Are you excited? That is the starting premise in the 4 issue limited series from the House of Ideas, Marvel. I mean, that is an awesome start, right?!
Then you also get awesome variant covers. Some are even reproductions of classic covers like these:
Who needs story when these covers are with the purchase price alone, amirite! What? You want to know about the actual story? Really? These covers aren’t selling you? Okay. I will tell you about the story but just remember: Be careful of what you ask for because you might just get it. If you listen to the podcast, you will hear all the details of Death of X.Fair warning: Spoiler Alert. We cover it all.
It’s another trip back in the Comics Misremembered time machine. Next stop, 1995 – Grunge rock is king, flannel is what you are wearing and you are super interested in the upcoming Marvel Event: Age of Apocalypse.
It’s the summer time so that means Marvel is putting together another mutant crossover event that will run through the summer months and into fall. Marvel has been doing this for years up to this point and the events have been decent. This new one, Age of Apocalypse seems different though since it starts with the cancellation of all the current 1995 roster of mutant books. What??!
Join Jon and me as we fire up our neurotransmitters and misremember the Age of Apocalypse crossover event and what we really liked about it.
The event started with Alpha:
And ends appropriately with Omega:
We highly recommend checking out all the books that are part of this series and see how it will compare with the upcoming summer Fox movie Age of Apocalypse.
You have probably already seen the promo pictures at Marvel.com or over a dozen web and social sites. It’s the All-New, All-Different Marvel! Why when I look at these pictures I am getting a sinking feeling that most of these changes will not be for the better. Here is the gut feeling that I get when I look at these photos:
The are bringing back Wolverine, Hyperion and Spectrum – supposedly, these 3 characters were dead but now they are all alive with the reset of the new marvel universe.
More diversity – X23 is now the new Wolverine, the new Ms. Marvel will be part of the new-after-Secret Wars-Avengers and they are introducing a native american hero. Add these new heroes to the recent Thor, Spider-Man and Captain American changes and you can see that Marvel is really committed to having a universe that better reflective of the real universe.
The Thing will now be a Guardian! This seems like a logical choice – The Guardians of the Galaxy are a bunch of misfits that all have good hearts and like to save… the galaxy. Blue Eyed Ben Grimm is a good fit on that team!!
I like that they are bring back Citizen V. Does that me the Thunderbolts are coming back?
Agent Coulson – Is it me or does anyone else have a problem with Marvel hammering the Cinematic and Television Universes into the Comic Universe? Come on, Marvel – Let’s keep the moving media and the static media separate. No need to put these characters into the comics.
Getting rid of the mutants and the Fantastic Four – Where are the other members of the X-men and the Fantastic Four? I know that Marvel had made some bad movie deals with Fox and Sony so now they are marginalizing the presence of X-men and Fantastic Four (and Peter Parker too) but some of us fans still love these characters. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater, Disney/Marvel.
Stephen Strange… with a battle axe?! Why would the Master of the Mystic Arts need a physical weapon? I am not too sure I like this.
Teenage-Angst Karnak – I have been told that the person in the hoodie and jeans is Karnak – one of the inhumans. Why does he look so moody? Karnak is a martial arts master, not a teenage mutant ninja turtle!
I don’t know if I want to read a Vision comic. I like Vision in an ensemble book. I don’t know how I will like him in a solo book.
Why is Iron Man in both pics? Are there 2 Iron mans… er, men?
Why are you changing Daredevil’s costume? Is it because the show because the show is closer to the all red costume.
Well, that’s all I have for now. How are you all feeling about these changes?