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iFanboy #159 – The Losers!

Show Notes

The Losers is not only the newest action film hitting theaters this summer, itís also a pretty badass action comic book from writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock (with a few others). This week, Conor Kilpatrick, Ron Richards, and Josh Flanagan take a look at the series that led to the movie, and then talk about their hopes for the movie itself.

The Losers: A History

Even though the Vertigo series by Andy Diggle and Jock is relatively new, The Losers have a long history in the DC Universe. Some guy named Jack Kirby even worked on the comic book in the 1970s.

The Losers: The Comic Book

Vertigo’s relaunch of The Losers from Andy Diggle and Jock (and a few other artists) was a full-on, balls-to-the-wall pure action comic book that features no super heroes or spandex anywhere in sight. This is the comic book that made a huge Jock fan out of Josh.

The Losers: The Movie

Directed by Sylvain White, The Losers hits theaters this week and the guys take a look at the trailer and talk about their hopes and fears for the movie itself. Will a cinematically drawn, badass action comic book translate to the big screen?


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  1. Zoe f’n Saldana


  3. Great show guys.  I’m reading the new editions, loved the first collection.


    Quick question – anybody know if the next release will follow the trend of the first and contain volumes 3 and 4, or include 5 too?  With there being 5 volumes there’s no even spread.

  4. @selfstyler: This is why I hate prime numbers….

  5. Wasn’t that interested in the movie or comics before, but you’ve peaked my interest, good sirs…

  6. Great job as always, gentlemen.

  7. @selfstyler The next release "Book 2" contains the last three volumes (3-5). The page count listed on Amazon, matches those in the last 3.

  8. @jackietam – Thanks!  I was less concerned with getting the full remaining run than with ‘That just won’t look as good on the shelf…’

  9. FYI, The Losers currently has a 17% approval rating on RT.  Not like its going to stop me from going or anything. Critics haven’t liked a lot of the comic-related movies that I love.

  10. Hmmm, this video made me want to pick up the first trade.  I still have zero interest in the movie, though.

  11. I have 4 trades(couldn’t find the 5th) and I simply adored it. I couldnt stop reading; however the movie adaption… I am not feeling to strongly about. I guess I will just have to wait and see. Great episode, I agree with what ron said about the art. When it wasn’t jock there was certainly a downtrend on the series as a whole; I wasn’t that the story was worse with out him, Jock just brings that energy to a book that very few artists do so without him there is a very noticable lack of feeling in it. 

    It was this site that drew me to the series in the first place when you mentioned it a while back Josh. I was happy reading it and I will go see the movie just to be able to keep up with the discussion here.


  12. This is one of my favorite comics.  I’m stoked for the movie, so I hope it turns out to be a fun action romp.

  13. I just saw the movie with a bunch of Latinos in Miami, it was put on by Diario de las Americas. The Audience was awesome people were screaming and cheering throughout the whole movie. It was so much fun it reminded me of Shoot em Up but with an artsy edge to it, and BETTER! I take back what I said about Chris Evans he is ok to play Captain America. He looks skinny in a big t-shirt but in a tight one the guns come out.

  14. the premise of the comic books wasn’t all that impressive.  the only good thing about the comics, as you guys mentioned, was Jock’s artistry on the series.  and that, is honestly the thing that’s stuck in my mind about the whole series over the years, not the tired, overused idea of the series.

  15. I for one think any controversy over that redone cover is made moot by the fact that they list who plays each part so it’s as much a movie ad as it is for the comic itself.

  16. (Sorry for the double post!)

    If in an issue of Thor, Heimdall also shows up looking like Stringer Bell, then I’ll understand some griping, but a single image that specifically ties into the movie is okay in my book. (For those who don’t get what I mean, Idris Elba is slated to play the Norse god in the Thor movie)

    Oh, and great show! I plan to check out the movie and have been reading the vol. 1 & 2 TPB at my job (a bookstore where I totally meant to order more copies of it for when the movie hits! D’oh!) and it’s awesome!

  17. @captbastard: That’s actually he movie poster we used on the show. The cover has the same art without the names.

  18. @Conor

    I stand corrected. I didn’t even notice that, either when I see it at work. Wow. 

  19. Just got back from the movie…  It was so much fun!  I haven’t read the comics, so I can’t compare it with those, but it was just an all-around fun action movie.  I sure as hell hope a lot of people go see it so a sequel can be made.  All the actors were fantastic in their roles and I really want to see them finish off the story!

  20. A few good bits but overall a poor movie. Terrible ending and even worse denouement.

  21. Movie was awesome, captured the feel of the comic well, a great translation.

  22. wouldv’e stayed through the whole credits for more Jock

  23. The Losers bombed bigtime on Friday. There won’t be a sequel.  Kick Ass dropped 63%.  Say goodbye to that sequel too.

  24. @fnord~

    Don’t count those sequels out yet!  Whether both films do well at the box office is minor compared to what their DVD or Blu-Ray sales do.  If those are solid, which I think they will be because teenagers and tweens who aren’t allowed to see these in the theaters will surely buy them on that format, then they could still do a sequel.  Many a sequel has been done due to great DVDBlu-Ray sales.  

    I saw this film and thought it was highly enjoyable.  Definitely a mindless and fun romp that captured the feel of the comic.  It’s almost a shame that they didn’t go for the R rating to capture the full feel of the comic, but I get the decision to go PG-13.  I thought the cast was great in this one, and I hope there is some sort of sequel, just so we can see these folks interact more.

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