I start the podcast by letting everyone know that Jon Babcock, co-founder of the Comics Misremembered Podcast, has passed away on Monday January 25th 2021. He succumbed to his 4 month battle with cancer and he will be missed.
I wanted to give everyone a brief history of what happened to Jon. His sudden death was a shock to everyone especially me. He helped me created the Comics Misremembered Podcast and his presence will be missed on the show but I plan on continuing the podcast for the foreseeable future.
This week is the beginning of a 2 part podcast on the comic miniseries Top 10. It is a police procedural comic where everyone one in the comic has superpowers of some kind. It was written by Alan Moore with art by Gene Ha and Zander Cannon. It was published in September 1999 by Image Comics under Alan Moore’s imprint America’s Best Comics (ABC).
I talk about the history of how DC now owns part of the rights to this comic and how that must piss Alan Moore off and may be the reason he no longer works in the comic industry.
I compare this comic to a popular 1980s Police Procedural TV show called Hill Street Blues and why you may want to check that show out. The early 2000s were also a popular time for comics that featured superheroes working as cops and I give a few examples.
We then get into talking about the story and how Robyn Slinger AKA Toybox (girl featured in the center of the above image) starts her new career as rookie on the Top 10 police force. She meets her new partner, Smax (left in above image) and gets her first case. This comic mixes crime drama with the humor of everyday life and features the fine detailed art of Gene Ha with help by Zander Cannon.
Here is an example of Gene Ha’s art work. This is just one panel on one page and it is filled with detail and hidden references which is part of the fun of reading this comic.
I only just get started in talking about the other police officers we meet in the series and the first big case of Robyn Slinger. I will continue this exploration of Top 10 in next week’s CM Podcast.
Over the last few years, HBO has teased use with this image…
This is interesting. People never thought the original miniseries Watchmen would ever get a movie adaptation and it eventually did. Now, HBO wants to make it a TV show based on the original comic? This did not seem like a good idea.
The series was partially written and produced by Damon Lindelof, who has success, to varying degrees with other sacred franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek so he seems like the best choice for this series.
Time goes on and I have not heard a peep regarding the show until within the last few weeks. The premier episode was viewed at the New York Comic Con and fans got a taste of the new show and overall, the reaction was surprisingly positive.
Jon and I watched the premier episode, along with millions of other people and we came to the conclusion – The show was very strong and seems to have legs.
****SPOILERS AHEAD AND IN THE PODCAST****
In this week’s podcast we are going to talk about…
All of these images. We will try to answer questions like: Who is Looking Glass and what is his “Pod” used for? Who is Sister Night and are her origins tied to the original miniseries? Why are the cops wearing masks? Who are the Seventh Kalvary? We ask a whole lot more questions and look for clues on a few conspiracy theories like does the show really tie into the comic timeline or is it in it’s own universe?
It’s our 150th podcast so let’s celebrate by talking about a comic that is over 30 years old!
It’s a special milestone podcast so I wanted to talk about a special comic mini-series that was influential and had an impact on the comics industry as well as Jon and myself. That series is… The Watchmen.
Originally published by DC between 1986 – 1987, this seminal series was written by Alan Moore with art by Dave Gibbons.
We were so excited about this series that John and I both flub our opening lines (it’s in the podcast – I barely ever edit anything). This is what I was trying to read:
“How did a min-series about a superhero team comprised of a psychopath, a sociopath, a meglomaniacal narcissistic egomaniac, an impotent self-doubting fanboy, a daughter trying to live up to a legacy’s expectations and an uncaring, indifferent god become one of the most awarded, beloved and reverent comics of all time?”
This is the question we ask and we do a pretty good job trying to answer it. We enjoyed the comic and hope you enjoy the podcast.
It’s the end of the year, true believers so time for another Year End Wrap Up podcast. At this time, most comic podcasts would do their “Top 10 Favorite Comics” or “Top 10 Worst Comic Reads“. Not us! Not this podcast! We refuse to conform to the norm!!
Every year we do a fictitious award show based on comic events and comic books that came out during 2017. We call it The Hazie Awards! Now on to…
The 3rd Annual Hazie Awards
(I have to get a graphic or something for this part next year).
Here is the award that we do not give out to anyone
In this count down, we give awards to Marvel, DC, The X-Men, The Inhumans, Donald Trump and more...
Listen to the podcast for a laugh or two when you are finished listening to all the Top 10 countdown podcasts.
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.
Alan Moore, who has penned some of the greatest comic stories ever written, stated that he will be retiring from comics after all his current Avatar Press comics are completed.
Jon and I are really big fans of his work so we decided to go over his body of comic work and discuss some of our favorite books.
This is not a complete list of everything that has been published by Alan Moore. This is a list of titles that Jon and I compiled that we think are excellent reads and we highly recommend picking these up in trades.
This is a 2 part conversation. In this podcast, we cover the following and more:
D.R and Quinch
V for Vendetta
I also talk about the ground breaking Marvelman (AKA Miracleman here in the states). Here is the page that I read that let me know that I was in for a great and epic tale:
This is from the original run and not the recent Marvel reprints.
All the titles that we cover in this podcast are worth their own individual podcasts and we will be returning to some of them in the future.