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.
This week we are “Shining the Spotlight” on artists and writers that are stars but we want them to become mega-stars!! Jon and I have picked a comic writer and a comic artist to review who they are and hopefully, expose them and their fantastic work to a larger audience. We hope by listening to this podcast, we are turning you on to new comics that you may have missed and this is a great opportunity to either catch up or jump on board.
I go first with my artist – Ryan Ottley. You may know him from the comic Invincible by Image. Here is a picture of his work:
If you have not read Invincible, it is written by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and now is a great time to start reading since they are doing this “Reboot” story line. Reboot retells the origin of Invincible and helps get new reads caught up on the previous story lines. I also recommend subscribing to his twitter @RyanOttley just to check out his awesome doodles.
Then Jon talks about Bill Sienkiewicz – former artist of New Mutants and Elektra Assassin. Here is a cover of Elektra:
Jon really likes his unconventional art style and it made a really big impression on him in his youth.
Now we move on to the writers, I start with Larry Hama. You may know him from writing G.I. Joe:
If you have dismissed this book as a “dumb kid’s comic” then you are sorely mistaken. This book is one of the most cerebral and intense modern combat comics out there. You may have read some of Larry’s other work in Nth Man and Captain Bucky O’Hare. Go buy G.I. Joe and read some of his other work. It is well thought out prose mixed with a little humor.
Jon ends the podcast talking about writer, Dan Abnett. He is a prolific novelist and comic writer and has done many novels in the Warhammer 40K universe. He is currently writing Marvel’s Herc. Here is some promo art:
Dan, like Larry Hama, writes intelligent dialogue and stories while also inserting humor. He is a good choice because he has written dozens of comic titles like Legion of Superheroes and Guardians of the Galaxy but Jon and I don’t think he is very well know. I was a fan of his creator owned superhero book: Hypernaturals.
Listen to the podcast to get a richer description on why we think you should search out these writers and artists.
Jon says to me he has an idea for this week’s podcast. I say lay it on me! He wants to talk about our memories on comics in the following areas:
First comic that turned you on to mainstream superhero comics
First independent comic you bought
First comic you bought that no one knew about and suddenly became very popular
I liked this premise so we set up the recording equipment and started downloading our minds reliving some of our earliest memories about comics.
Part 1 – The first comic you bought that turned you on to mainstream comics.
You will be shocked to find that our first mainstream comic had to do with mutants!
Jon’s is New Mutants – the early 80’s new mutants to be exact. It was written by Chris Claremont and the 2nd year was drawn by Bill Sienkiewicz (Sorry, Bill for totally destroying your last name in the podcast). Here is the cover to New Mutants # 18 with art by Bill Sienkiewicz.
My comics was Uncanny X-Men – #176 to be exact and that was also written by Chris Claremont and drawn by John Romita Jr. Here is the cover to that comic that I described in the podcast.
Part 2 – Your first Independent Comic AKA Your first Non-Marvel, Non-DC comic
Jon’s is the well-know and influential Dave Simms‘ comic – Cerebus. He remembers reading it in collected trades instead over the single issues. Those trades were quite expensive back in the day. Today, there are plenty of independent comics that have mature themes. Not back in 1983 – there were only a handful of titles by small publishers and Cerebus was the most well know out of that group. Here is a copy of the very first issue.
My comic was the very awesome Eagle Comics – Judge Dredd. Man, I loved this comic back in the day and I am so glad that I was able to buy these American comic reprints. Highly recommend this series for anyone that wants to start reading Judge Dredd. You can’t believe how psyched I was to hear they were making a Judge Dredd movie in the 90’s, only to find out it was the quite terrible Sylvester Stallone version. What teenage boy would not buy this comic after seeing this cover:
Part 3 – The first comic you bought that no one knew about and then suddenly was very popular.
I am not going to post these 2 comics because you should really listen to the podcast but I will give you a tease for each of our picks.
Jon’s pick is not well known outside of the comic world but if you have been collecting for a few years, you have definitely heard of it. It was published by an independent, had a small print run and featured Sword and Sorcery elements. The first few issues sold out fast and the price to by back issue shot up astronomically. It is a good pick.
My pick started as a small, independent book over a decade ago and then in recent years exploded in popularity. The book is still being published today and if I told you the name, you would definitely be familiar with it.
Have we piqued your interest? Well then you should hit the play button and listen to the podcast right now!!