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July 12, 2018 12:46 pm I think one thing you guys are missing, though, is that licensed properties generally are adapted from other media, which is not the case for superheroes. It's the only real difference but it is significant as it is often the biggest hurdle to overcome. I really enjoy the post-show Buffy comics but they're clearly missing something by being in a different medium.
July 10, 2018 10:06 am With all the Morrissey references - and not the Smith but Morrissey solo! - I was wondering how you could possibly review this without Ron so it was particularly great to have him on the show. Seems like old times - even though he normally shows up for the Patron hangouts. As for the film, you guys are pretty much right on the money with this. I don't actually think it is much better than the first but it's certainly no worse.
June 17, 2018 4:15 pm Great show as always with some interesting discussions. First, as far as the destruction of Krypton in Bendis' Superman, I also hated the idea of having a villain actually destroying the planet but that was until I read Bendis' thematic reasons for doing this. He noted that Superman was, at its conception, a take on the Moses story and/ or about the Jewish immigrant but the one thing that never fit was that the destruction of Krypton was a natural calamity, whereas both the pogroms in Eastern Europe and Pharoah's edict to kill the male Israelite children were calamities done by man against man. Bendis did mention when he first took over that he wanted to look a bit closer at Superman's Jewish origins and I assume this is a big part of it. It might go nowhere but it might also be an interesting and quite different lens to view Superman as a survivor of a holocaust, and what that means for who he is. As for Hawkman, I'm surprised they don't go for a take more similar to Timothy Truman and John Ostrander's Hawkworld series, which, as I recall, was a really interesting take on the character that was a mix of political scifi and police procedural. It might actually be a good fit for DC's upcoming Black Label imprint. Otherwise, yeah, the "Who is Donna Try"-ification of Hawkman does the character no favours - nor Donna Troy for that matter! Finally, about the whole trend of "one man destroys the world" happening at Image right now, social media might play a part but it's probably just the case of tapping in to the collective unconscious right now, which, as Conor correctly pointed out, probably has a lot to do with politics and the actions of a certain political figure - especially considering how liberal most comic book creators are.
June 10, 2018 8:49 pm I can't say I agree with you guys about Vertigo. My problem with these titles is that they could just as easily be published by Image, Dark Horse or any number of smaller publishers. That aspect of Vertigo has been overshadowed by other at this point so I don't understand why instead of trying to recapture that territory, they don't go back to what made Vertigo great in its earliest incarnation: Weird, literate, boundary-pushing and genuinely mature takes on their characters - or reinterpretations of the same. Or, at the very least, go for creator-co-owned books that have that same, particular classic Vertigo feel. Of these, the Mark Russel series sounds like a decent fit but most of the rest, not so much.
May 27, 2018 4:06 pm Yeah, I don't know if Ingruber would have done as good a job as an actor as Alden but Han Solo has so much Harrison Ford in there that, because he resisted doing an outright impression, the latter just felt off all the way through. He's a great Han Solo type of character but he wasn't Han Solo.
May 26, 2018 2:56 pm After being completely on the different page to you guys about Last Jedi (I really, really loved it), I'm more or less with you here. Fun but utterly inconsequential. And Alden's great but he ain't no Han Solo - which is really his name, damnit (that absolutely was the worst part of the film)! I don't know if you guys have seen the Age of Adeline but there was an actor in that who did play a young Harrison Ford and he was perfectly on point. Oh, and I wasn't pissed off at seeing Darth Maul (he was one of the better parts of the prequels anyway) but I was totally confused. I haven't watched Rebels and barely registered the robotic legs so until I got home and looked it up, I thought they had just totally screwed up the timelines.
April 8, 2018 4:01 pm I've only listened to a bit of this so far but, once again, major props, Josh, for doing this all on your own. No idea how you do it but it's fun listening anyway!
March 8, 2018 7:42 am On the other hand, this was planned in advance for the Terrifics. They could always have waited for Doc Shaner to do the first three issues but, despite their radically different styles, it's hard to complain about Reis as a lead-in artist.
March 8, 2018 7:39 am Yeah, he really is.
March 4, 2018 9:22 pm Oh wow, learn something new every day. I was sure they were using Phantom Lady.