CM Podcast 60: Funeral for the X-men pt. 1

Hello Comic Misremembered Podcast fans!  Welcome to the newest edition of the podcast.  This week we pay tribute to one of the greatest comic series that seems to be coming to an end in October and that is Uncanny (Extraordinary) X-Men.

In the July Previews, there are no listing for X-Men books for October and 1 listing for a book called “Death of X” which leads us to believe that Marvel and Disney are officially getting rid of the X-Men once and for all.

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We decided that if Marvel is killing the X-Men then we are going to give them a decent Wake and remember (or misremember) some of our favorite moments in X-Men comic history.

Join us as we eulogize one of the greatest comics teams that have ever existed.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 54: X-men Apocalypse Movie Review

It’s the beginning of the Summer Movie push.   Captain America: Civil War came out and was spectacular.  The next major comic franchise is X-men Apocalypse and it is…good?  Good.  It’s good.  I can confidently say it is a good movie.

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Why is it good and not great?  Well, we review the pros and cons of the movie in the podcast.  We also give a quick history of Apocalypse in the Marvel Comic Universe and is he the same character in the Fox Movie Universe.

**Major Spoilers Ahead**

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In order for Jon and myself to give you an informed opinion about the movie and why we only think it’s good, we have to talk about the plot and characters so this is your warning.  There are many spoilers in this podcast.

Thanks for listening and see you next week,

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 49 – Superheroes in Video Games

We like video games.  So much so that Jon and I attended PAX East this year and saw a lot of great games that will be coming out through 2016.  This got me thinking that there are many video games that feature superheroes and this would make for a good podcast.

We start off the show talking about the classic Konami arcade game – X-men: Children of the Atom.  This was a standard ‘Beat’em Up‘ that features X-men characters beating up on well know villains like Juggernaut, The Toad and Magneto.  What was unique about this game is that a special cabinet was made that allowed 6 people to play at once.  Here is a pic of how it looked:

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This is one of the first (if not only) arcade that allows 6 people to play at once.  I had a great time playing this one back in the day.

WE spend some time going over the other great arcade games and eventually move on to some awesome console games like: Ultimate Spider-man, Marvel Ultimate Alliance and X-men Legends.

These games are great because they all have fantastic stories with dozens of Marvel characters (both heroes and villains).  The more we talked about them, the more I want to go back and play the games.

We end the podcast talking about the greatest superhero video series: Batman – Arkham Series: Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, Arkham Origins and Arkham Knight.  This series is the pinnacle of how all video games featuring heroes should be made.

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Also, we are celebrating out 1 year anniversary of Comics Misremembered this month so thanks for listening and looking forward to another year of making podcasts!

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 30 – Comic Movies and their impact on comics

I was scrolling through my Twitter feeds earlier this week and I saw this post from Jimmy Palmiotti previewing an upcoming cover to the Harley Quin series.  Here is the art for the cover:

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As you can see, Harley has changed the color to her hair.  In fact, the comic version of Harley Quinn is starting to look more and more like the Suicide Squad movie version of Harley Quinn played by Margot Robbie.

I have noticed this with each passing year that if a comic movie or show is successful, the more the comic series starts looking like that successful movie or show.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  Well, the answer all depends on what changed in the comic.

Jon and I talk about the following successful movie franchises and the direct impact to their comic counterpart.  Here is the list:

  • Superman franchise
  • Batman franchise
  • X-Men franchise
  • Spider-man franchise
  • Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Guardians of Galaxy

These changes are going to be more common with each release of DC and Marvel’s upcoming movies and the changes are not necessarily a good thing.

At the end of the podcast, we touch quickly on Star Wars: The Force Awakens and I share a comic story of the Marvel translation of Return of the Jedi.

Your Comics Pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 28 – Age of Apocalypse

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:

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And ends appropriately with Omega:

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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.

Your comics pal,

Jim

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CM Podcast 15 – John Byrne retrospective

Hello and welcome to Week 15 – Comics Misremembered Podcast 15.  Today Jon and myself pay tribute to a writer and artist that left a creative imprint on comics and it grew into other media like TV and movies.  That creator is John Byrne.  John Byrne started as an artist in the comic industry and became one of the most influential writers/artists in the comics industry.

Jon and myself review the history of John Byrne’s career with part 1 of this multi-part podcast.  We start with his humble beginnings with Charlton Comics and how this lead to a starting artist position on Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men.

Listen to us start the tale of one of the greatest artist/writers in the comic industry.  I will try and get the second part published mid-week.

Jim

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CM Podcast 9 – Hot takes on the upcoming All-New, All Different Marvel Universe.

Welcome back, everyone!

Marvel will be relaunching their Universe once again this October and they have given everyone a sneak peek at the new titles and creative teams.

Jon and I go through the free previews guide and discuss what we know of the new writer and artist on each book and then if we plan on either buying it, testing it out for a few issues or skipping the book altogether or has we call it: Buy, Try or Deny!

I noticed that some books were missing this time around like Punisher, Black Widow, Rocket Raccoon and Groot.  Also, some writers are gone like Rick Remender and Jonathan Hickman, who has written the Avengers these last few years and the architect of the new Secret Wars series.  These changes don’t bode well with me.

I hope our wisdom and witty banter helps you make an informed decision on if you want to spend your hard earned dollars on any of these new books.

As always, we appreciate your feedback – What do you have to say about the new books?  Any ones that are a definite buy?  Any ones to avoid like the plague?

This podcast runs a little long but it is worth it.  Enjoy.

-Jim

All-New, All-Different Marvel – Revisited

If you are a Marvel fan, by now you have read or heard that Marvel will be restarting (otherwise known as Retconning) their Universe at the end of Secret Wars.

Jon and I will be previewing the new titles and creative teams in this week’s podcast but my question to you is:

“Is Retconning the Marvel Universe necessary?”

Here is what I think.  Marvel is first and foremost a business and as a business, you need to improve sales year over year to show that you are profitable to your shareholders.  If you do not hit these profit marks, then you have to try something different to get those customers back.

Marvel followed this formula with Marvel Now! back in 2012.  This plan of action cancelled all the existing Marvel books and relaunched them with new creative teams and reformation of books like the Avengers and Uncanny X-men.  For the most part, I liked the changes.  I enjoyed the new creative teams’ takes on existing characters and there were some very good stories that came out of this change.

Now it is 2015 and Marvel is following the playbook again by cancelling all the books, reforming the comics teams and telling new stories with brand new creative teams.  I understand why Marvel is doing this; new and old readers alike start on the ground floor with teams that are familiar but also fresh.  I am looking forward to trying these new books but at the same time, I am like “When will this universe be destroyed and retconned again?”

Is there such thing as burn out from all these retcons?  If you are a longtime DC reader, you know the pain of which I speak.  You have seen your DC universe destroyed and rebuild some many times over that you have a hard time remembering which universe are you reading (Is the Crime Syndicate from World 2 or World 3 in this reboot?)

I guess the point I am getting at is that companies like Marvel and DC are more focused on the ‘bottom line’ that they are willing to sacrifice their character’s legacy.  I feel that rebooting universe will lead to lazy story telling.  In the past if you wanted to modernize a universe, you had keep the 30 – 50 years of history.  That took some really creative story telling to build a bridge from the past to the future.  Now, all you have to do is destroy that history and start anew.  Where is the fun in that?  It just doesn’t seem right.  Are we all getting ret’conned’ with this new universe?

How do you feel about these changes with Marvel?

– Jim