CM Podcast 244 – New Comic Review

It has been awhile since our last new comic review and there have been plenty of new comics released in the past few months so we wanted to talk about 4 that we think are exceptional!

You know the format that Jon and I use:

  • We review the 1st issue of a new comic.
  • This comic has been release within the last 3 months.
  • We keep the reviews to just the first issue so not to spoil too much.
  • We want you to check out all 4 books because we think they are worth your time.

I do the first review and then Jon does the second. We switch off until we get through all 4 books. So enough of the explanations! Let’s me show you the comics we talk about in podcast…

Review #1 – A Jim Review

Iron Man 2020 #1

Writers: Dan Slott and Christos Gage

Artist: Peter M. Woods

Publisher: Marvel

Review #2 – A Jon Review

Punisher: Soviet #1

Writer: Garth Ennis

Artist: Jacen Burrows

Publisher: Marvel Max

Review #3 – A Jim Review

Far Sector #1

Writer: N. K. Jemisin

Artist: Jamal Campbell

Publisher: DC under Young Animals imprint

Review #4 – A Jon Review

Strayed #1

Writer: Carlos Giffoni

Artist: Juan Doe

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

These are the 4 new series you should be reading, if you are not already. All have great creators with stories that will keep you interested.

Also, as a bit of bonus content. Here is a comparison of the 1984 Iron Man 2020 vs the Peter Woods’ Iron Man 2020. Which do you think is the the better design? I share my thoughts in the podcast.

That’s all for this week. See you in 7.

Jim

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CM Podcast 217 – The Boys (Comic)

Hello again and welcome back to Comics Misremembered. In this week’s podcast, we focus on The Boys. This comics was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson. It originally came out in 2006 under the Wildstorm Imprint – this was Jim Lee’s imprint that was published through DC.

The Boys put out 6 issues under Wildstorm before it was cancelled. We explain the reason in the podcast. Luckily, it was picked up and published by Dynamite Entertainment for the rest of it’s run which ended with issue 72 (Nov. 2012).

Here are some of the covers of that run. The image on the far left is the cover for the 1st issue and it was also used when it when the first 6 issues were collected as a trade. The next image to the right is the newest recruit to The Seven – Starlight. Poor Starlight. We talk a little about her initiation into the Seven and it was nothing that she was expecting. The final image is of a mysterious man and his connection to all of the superheroes in The Boys universe. We don’t talk about him in this podcast but maybe we will talk more about him next week when we review The Boys TV show.

Jon only just started reading this comic when he heard Amazon was picking it up as a show. He was pleasantly surprised by it and wants to read all of the series. I originally read the series in issues when it came out.

We go over some of the story and characters that you will meet in the first 6 issue and there are no spoilers in this podcast but we do swear a bit describing some of the situations in the comic. Be warned!

See you next week as we talk about the show and how much of the comic were they able to use.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 119 – The Punisher: Circle of Blood

I teased that we will be reviewing a Punisher story this week.  We decided to go back to his 1986 roots and review the 1st Punisher mini-series which will be later be collected and known as Punisher: Circle of Blood.

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One of the things that make this mini-series great was Mike Zeck‘s artwork.  His distinctive style will always be associated to the Punisher character.  Most of the artwork from this series has been used on merchandise like posters, shirts, packaging, etc.  In fact, here are some of the covers of the mini-series and a page from the interior work.  You probably have seen this reproduced on other merch:

The other part that makes this a great story is the writer, Steven Grant.  He started writing while working at Marvel and this was one of his first stories.  He started strong with this series and would continue to write other Marvel titles like the Avengers and The Incredible Hulk.

Jon and I talk about what real world events influenced the creation of the Punisher and also where did the did he come from and who actually created the character.

We hope to talk about more Punisher stories in the near future.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 105 – Punisher: BORN

Comics Misremembered Podcast 105

Hello and welcome back.

I hope you are having a great Memorial Day Weekend.  We are and by sheer chance of fate, we are doing a retroreview of a comic that takes place during the Vietnam War on Memorial Day Weekend.

This week we are reviewing the very excellent BORN (AKA Punisher: BORN) that was written by Garth Ennis with art by Darick Robertson (inks by Tom Palmer) and came out as a miniseries in 2003.  It has since been collected into a trade paperback.

It is a look at Frank Castle (AKA Punisher) as a soldier in Vietnam.  It gives a glimpse into the psyche of Castle to understand how a man can become a vigilante.

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first issue of BORN

We start the podcast with a quick history of the Punisher character and the ups and downs of his comic series.  We then move on to the review of BORN and also talk about some movies and TV shows that may have inspired the comic.  Jon and I highly recommend that you pick up this miniseries if you are looking for something new to read  even if you are a person that may have never read a Punisher story before.  You will not be disappointed in this book.

Be safe and see you next week.

Your comics pal,

Jim