CM Podcast 161 – Krypton TV Series

SYFY premiered a new series focused on the history of Superman’s alien lineage called Krypton.

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The first season recently ended so Jon and I have put this podcast together to talk about the good and bad of the show.

Before we get into it, let’s talk about the premise: The series takes place about 60 – 100 years before Krypton explodes launching Superman to Earth.  The central character of the story is Superman’s grandfather, Seg-El.

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Seg is a fun loving young person living his best life ever on Krypton only wanting to party all night and sleep all day.  He is visited by a mysterious strange called Adam Strange(er) and he tells Seg that he will be related to one of the greatest superheroes of all time but he needs to rebel against the current Kryptonian theocratic political system in order for his great grandson to survive.  The rest of the show features some twists and turns revealing many familiar faces from the comics and previous movies like this dude…

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Krypton is a fun ride that takes you through Krypton’s history but needs to focus more on the characters and less on the chase.  We discuss the good and bad on the podcast.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 160 – Superman Annual #11

Superman Annual #11?  That’s specific and yet random for a Comics Misremembered Podcast.  Why are we talking about this one?

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Glad you asked.  Last podcast (159), I started to talk about Action Comics issue #1000 and I felt that it was a missed opportunity to tell a tale involving Superman to celebrate his life but also give new readers a little history on the character.  It was a good issue but not a great issue.  The stories did not live up to the milestone that Action Comics achieved, in my humble opinion.

Then I remembered reading Superman Annual #11 that came out in 1985.  It was written by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons (the creative team behind The Watchmen) and I remembered how much I liked that story.

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Poor Kal-El.  He can never catch a break.

Jon never read the comic, which is also know as “For The Man Who Has Everything“, so he read it and I reread it and we decided to talk about it and then start breaking it down as to why it is a great story.  We also elaborate on why a story like this would be a great introduction to new Superman readers (even today).

We then breakdown how Alan Moore took stories that were happening in politics in the real world in 1985 and used this story as an allegory for Krypton.  The messages Moore was trying to get across in the story are as relevant today as they will be for years to come.

Listen to the podcast and do yourself a favor and get a copy of this annual to read.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 159 – Anniversary Issues

Remember that Flintstones episode where Fred gets the cops to sing the “Happy Anniversary” song to Wilma for their anniversary?  What do you mean you don’t know what ‘Flintstones’ are?  Well, go on Youtube and watch it.  I’ll wait.

You’re back!  Good.  And you heard the song?  Great.  That song runs through my head every time someone mentions the word ‘anniversary’ and it’s happening now that I am going to talk about 3 recent anniversary issues:

  • Invincible Iron Man #600
  • Amazing Spider-man #800
  • Action Comics #1000

Jon and I reminisce about what we remember regarding anniversary issue back in the day and then we dive into talking about these 3 issues.  The stipulation I give Jon on these comics is: If I was a new reader and this was my first issue reading about these characters,  would I enjoy it?

I know that there are other anniversary issues that came out recently (Captain America #700 and Deadpool #300 to name a few) but these 3 issue illustrate what I think all milestone comics do:  1) the are the ending to an epic story line or 2) they are a starting on point to a new story line, direction or character (sometimes all 3).

I will tell you this regarding the 3 books: 1 is not very good, 1 is very excellent and 1 is a missed opportunity.  Listen to the podcast to find out which is which.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 156 – Irredeemable

In 2009, Mark Waid thought to himself “What if Superman was a complete bastard?” and this was the impetus for his original series – Irredeemable.

Irredeemable was written by Mark Waid with art by Peter Krause and it was published by BOOM! Studios.  It ran 37 issues and it was a psychological profile on “What if a man with Superman’s powers used them for evil instead of good and why would someone do that?”

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The main character of the story is a super powered hero turned ultimate villain by the name of The Plutonian and the comic starts at the point of the Plutonian suddenly behaving very violently and evil and the rest of the superhero community has to find out what happened to him.  This comic starts at full throttle and never lets up.

Jon has never read the series so I gave him the trade of the first 4 issues and this is what we discuss in the podcast.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 155 – New Comics Review

In our last New Comics Review, we did mostly independent titles so we decided to do some Marvel and DC new comics this time around.

There are 4 reviews this week and here are the titles:

  1. Writer Jason Aaron with Artist Ed McGuinness for Avengers #1 (Jim review)
  2. Writer Charles Soule with Artist David Marquez and Paulo Siqueira for Hunt for Wolverine (Jon review)
  3. Writer Tom Taylor with Artist R. B. Silva for Adamantium Agenda (Jon review)
  4. Writers Joshua Williamson, James Tynion and Scott Snyder with Artist Francis Manapul for Justice League: No Justice (miniseries) (Jim review)

The downside of some of these books is that Marvel and DC are renumbering their flagship titles again (Marvel’s Avengers #1 and DC will relaunch Justice League at the end of No Justice as a #1) but the creators on these books and the stories that they are telling make this change a little easier to swallow.

The upside is that Avengers #1 is a great starting point for non-comic readers who saw Avengers: Infinity War and want a jumping on point for the comics.  Same thing for Justice League: No Justice.  Both books introduce you to the core members of each team and show you what else is hiding in the shadows of their perspective universes.

The Wolverine books bring you up to speed on what has happen to Wolverine since the evens of Death of Wolverine and Legacy.  These books bring back familiar faces of villains and heroes of the mutant universe.

Jon and I were both very excited about the books we picked and hope that you find some new reading material.

PS – Sorry to Justice League: No Justice – I referred to the enemy characters as “Doom Titans” but they are actually called “Omega Titans“.  That’s why we call the podcast Comics Misremembered.

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CM Podcast 142 – Milk Wars Specials

There is a war going on in comics and it isn’t Secret.  It’s not necessarily a Crisis either.  But it is a war that is being waged with dairy products.  It will be known as The Milk Wars (we mistakenly call it the Milkman Wars in the podcast).

The Milk Wars are a cross comic event between DC’s Young Animals imprint and the New 52Gerard Way (Doom Patrol) and Steve Orlando (Justice League of America) are the creators of this event. There will be 5 one shot comics that will be released in February 2018 that support it.

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The first salvo in the Milk Wars is The Doom Patrol/Justice League of America one shot.  It is written by Gerard Way and Steve Orlando and the art was supplied by ACO.  Cover by Frank Quitely.

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We give a review of this issue in the podcast along with Part 2: Mother Panic/Batman Special written by Jody Houser with art by Ty Templeton.

The war has just started and we are very excited about it.  Now is a great time to hop on board the Young Animals brand of comics and read something that is more than super heroes comics.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 133 – Doomsday Clock

A few weeks ago, DC launch their most audacious comic yet – Doomsday Clock.  It is a direct sequel to the critically acclaimed Watchman miniseries and it will tie the Watchmen universe directly into the DC universe.  Quite a bold undertaking to say the least.

The writer of this series is Geoff Johns.  He has written some great story lines for Superman, Green Lantern and the JLA that have earned him critical praise.  If there was on person to pick up where Alan Moore left off, Geoff Johns would be on the short list.

The series is penciled by Gary Frank.  He is an  accomplished artist in the comic industry.  I have been a fan of his work since I saw it on Peter David’s run of The Incredible Hulk.  Gary Frank is the perfect person to pick to fill the shoes of Dave Gibson.

Together, they are taking on the thankless task of continuing the adventures of The Watchmen in Doomsday Clock.

The first issue is out so Jon and I read it and we give a review of it on the podcast.  We also speculate on how the identity is of the new Rorschach.  We go on to talk about what may happen in the upcoming series.  We had a good time with the comic and talking about its future.  Did you know if you initialize the miniseries it would be DC’s DC? Weird.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 131 – Justice League Movie

The DC Cinematic Universe has been building up to this moment and it has arrived!  The Justice League movie has finally been released…

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If you read the reviews or watched a few review shows, you would have heard most of them say the this movie is garbage.  We here at Comics Misremembered would say that is not the case…mostly.  The movie has it’s terrible elements (which we cover in the podcast) but it also has some highly enjoyable moments too.

What we are saying is “Don’t Believe the Negative Hype“.  This movie is not perfect but it is a very good movie.  More so than what the reviewers are saying.  Listen to our podcast and see if we can’t convince you.

We also give a quick review on when the Justice League first formed in the comics.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 124 – Mavel’s Legacy and Superman’s Dead Retrospective

It was 25 years ago this year that DC started the story line that would become a major media event – The Death of Superman.

Jon and I start the podcast talking about what we remember when those issue that came out leading up to the actual death of Superman and the subsequent “Reign of Supermen” comics that would follow in it’s wake (is this a pun? Maybe.).

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After that, we focus on the recently released Marvel Comic Event – Legacy #1.  This was written by Jason Aaron with art by Esad Ribic, Steven McNiven and many more!

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Jon and I review that story lines of the first issue and prognosticate on the future of this miniseries and what Marvel is planning to do with all the Avenger/Spider-man family of books.

At the end of the Podcast, we give a shout out for Nick Spencer and his swan song to Captain America with the Generations: The Americas one shot.

For all the details, listen to the podcast.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 120 – Dark Knights: Metal

Welcome back!  This week Jon and I decided to review the first issue of DC’s new event series: Dark Knight: Metal.

It is written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion.  We had already did a podcast on the prelude books: The Forge and The Casting (Podcast 115) so we were very excited to read the first issue.

In the podcast, Jon and I refer to the series as just:

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but the real name is:

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It was a fun read that had many questions and not very many answers (just like the prelude comics) but we are looking forward to the next issue to hopefully start getting some answers.

Listen to the podcast for all the details on the comic.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 93 – Disappointing Comics

Has this ever happened to you: There is a major announcement about a writer/artist/character that really excites you but when you get the final product and finish reading it, you are left wanting?

Well, it has happened to Jon and myself a few times.  This week, we recount 3 comics that we were psyched about reading but at the end of the day, we were disappointed.

Jon will cover 2 miniseries and I will do 1.  Here are the books we will be talking about:

From left to right:

  • Death of Wolverine
  • Final Crisis
  • Wolverine: Origin

Why did these comics that had all the right ingredients turn out so badly?  We will give you the answers.

We will be back next week with a review of the movie, Logan.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 92 – Controversial Stories

Welcome back, CM Podcast fans.  Jon and I both have this cold that’s been going around so we apologize in advance for the coughs and hope to be back to 100% next week.

I have been reading Nick Spencer’s Steve Rogers: Captain America and really have been enjoying it.  It is a controversial story because it has Cap as an Agent of Hydra instead of the Sentinel of Liberty.  Time will tell if this will go down as a great story or terrible idea in the annals of history.

This gave me the idea to talk about 3 other controversial stories and how people reacted to them.  In this podcast, we review the following:

  1. Identity Crisis (2004)
  2. Ed Brubaker’s Captain America (2005)
  3. The new 52 Launch (2011)

Also, In the podcast Jon speaks to the criticism that DC received on their female characters in the new universe.  To give you a visual on how women were portrayed in the new 52 here are 3 examples (left to right): Catwoman, Starfire and Voodoo.

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As always, thanks for listening.

You comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 87 – Batman: The Animated Series

There is a show that you may be familiar with…

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A show that is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary this year in 2017…

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That show is the totally awesome, Batman: The Animated Series

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Jon and I recently came across the show bible and read a few passages and then started to reminisce about the show.  Since it’s the 25th anniversary, we could not think of a better time to talk about this ground breaking show and it’s vision of Batman.

Join us as we reflect upon the show and characters and compare it to today’s movies.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 63 – Amalgam Comics Part 1

Marvel and DC crossover comic events are very rare nowadays but that was not always the case.  In fact, 20 years ago was one of the best Marvel/DC comic events that ever happened and it was called the Amalgam Universe!

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These Amalgam comics were the result of a battle between the Marvel and DC universes…

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The champions fought each other in a limited series called DC Versus Marvel (or Marvel Versus DC depending on which issue you were buying).  The heroes battles each other and it caused such a mess that is smashed the 2 universes together in 1 amalgamated universe.

Jon and I reflect back on the events that lead up to the Amalgam Comics to be published.  This will be a 2 part podcast so tune in next week for part 2.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 57 – DC Rebirth Reviews

DC is going through some ch-ch-changes with their books by relaunching all their titles with one-shots.  Jon and I have read some of these books and we will tell you if they are worth you money.

We decided to review books that we did not read prior to the Rebirth to see if we would be interested in reading them after the reboot.  Here are the books and the time code on the recording:

  1. Aquaman               13:15
  2. Wonder Woman  23:00
  3. Titans                     28:00
  4. Green Arrow        38:45

We are both optimistic about the rebirth event and look forward to the new books coming out over the summer.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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