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September 13, 2018 8:44 pm Oh, I don't have kids but I totally get it. Didn't stop it being really funny. Super-grouchy Josh is almost as funny as drunk Conor!
September 12, 2018 4:48 pm Don't take this the wrong way or anything but watching Josh slowly lose the will to live over those 4 hours made the whole thing worth it - even if you didn't answer my email exactly! Another awesome and hilarious show, guys, and congrats again on 650 episodes!
August 22, 2018 5:18 pm Of course, of course, Oeming not Bagley. Hard to confuse those guys, they're pretty different. And, man, that is weird, I was so sure that I heard you guys talk about it and quite a few times at that. Old man brain, I guess. It's all downhill from thirty. It's a pretty good read but it's fairly complex so it was utterly murdered by the release schedule. Hopefully that won't be a problem this time but, to be honest, I've been burned enough by Bendis' creator-owned work in terms of release schedule that I've pretty much decided to read these new ones in trade.
August 22, 2018 11:09 am Uh, guys, maybe I misunderstood you but you know that United States vs Murder Inc is a continuation of Bendis and Bagleys series the United States of Murder Inc, right? I'm sure you do as I recall you talking about it when it originally came out (in, what, the 18th century?) but it sounded like you were talking about it as a new series so I just wanted to clear that up. Great show as always, otherwise. And welcome back, Conor!
August 5, 2018 8:37 pm Really interesting discussion about paradigm-shifting comics. Specifically, Tom King's comics are a particularly intriguing case in point. In many ways, I think it can be a real paradigm change in that it can lead to more personal superhero comics and bringing back the focus to the way a page is laid out that was such a big deal with Watchmen. Or, simply, it can point towards truly adult superhero comics that are done in a way that they seldom have in the past. Ultimately, though, I think something like Mr Miracle is going to go down as something like All Star Superman. What Morrison did with the latter was a perfect synchronization of the superhero genre's roots in childhood combined with mature storytelling. That may seem a simple combination but it's weirdly something that has seldom been accomplished as superhero comics have, in many ways, been stuck in a perpetual adolescence ever since the big works of the '80s changed things up. There was nothing adolescent about All Star Superman: it was mature in its storytelling and its themes but young in its sense of wonder and imagination. It never caught on, though, and it remains a brilliant blip in superhero comics in general. The same, sadly, will probably be the same with King's Mister Miracle, which tells a truly adult superhero story in a way that I don't think I've seen before. The closest I can think of, oddly enough, is what Morrison did with Animal Man - but even then, it never felt quite as personal as this. And, as you say, the fact that it is so personal does mean that it will probably only ever be a Tom King thing.
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.