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Dec 2, 2020

Jace chats with writer Ed Brisson about his return to creator-owned content with his Original Graphic Novel Catch & Release. The campaign for the project is running on Kickstarter until December 16, 2020

Dec 2, 2020

Jace and Manny chat about a few of the issues that they have had a chance to read form this weeks new releases. Jace also gives a run down on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for. The guys also disagree on the worth of Clownhunter from the pages of batman #104, but are warming to the character of Ghost Maker. Meanwhile AfterShock has a couple of quality titles hitting stands, Tom King, Doc Shaner and Mitch Gerads continue to impress in Strange Adventures. Also speaking of Tom King, the long awaited Barman and Catwoman hits stands with its debut issue and three timelines are being explored with gorgeous art from Clay Mann.

Nov 25, 2020

Jace talks about a ton of the new books hitting stands the week of November 25, 2020. Including a deep spoiler free dive into John Ridley's The Other History of the DC Universe and it's implications both on the DC Universe as well as out own. Another great boo out this week is Doctor Doom #9 which perfectly encapsulates the work Christopher Cantwell ahs been doing with Victor Von Doom which is bringing a humanity and relatability to the character like never before. Department of Truth #3 is so relevant it is actually disturbing on multiple levels. We have a great end to the latest arc of Flash as well as Fantastic Four Antithesis ending on a pitch perfect tone for the FF. All this, plus Jace gives a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.

Nov 25, 2020

By just about any metric you want to use, this has been the biggest year for Kickstarter ever in terms of creators self-publishing comics. We have seen big names like Scott Snyder & Tony Daniel and publishers, such as Top Cow and Boom Studios all have very successful campaigns. However, we certainly don’t want to overlook that many smaller creators who have also successfully funded their projects on the platform just as they have been doing for many years.

One such project is Like Father, Like Daughter. This superhero comic is currently in the midst of successfully funding it’s seventh issue and is working towards stretch goals at the time of this writing. In this episode Jace chats with series creator and writer Kat Calamia about her experience funding successfully through Kickstarter for previous issues of the property, we also touch on the higher profile creators and publishers turning to crowdsourced funding as a means of producing their projects. Finally we discuss the project itself and how themes of family, belonging and responsibility inform this classic superhero story she is telling. 

Nov 18, 2020

Jace and Manny take a spoiler free look at some of the books hitting stands today that they have had a chance to read already. The slick Michael Mann feel of Catwoman continues and makes it Jace's Book of the Week. Manny's pick is the latest issue of Dark Nights Death Metal as we take another step closer to having every story matter in the DC Universe. Over in Nightwing we have the resolution of the final threads form Dick Grayson losing his memory and in Aquaman we finally see Arthur and Mera tie the knot. Meanwhile in Batman the Ghostmaker makes his move in Gotham while it appears Harley Quinn will be a big part of the series moving forward. All this and a lot more, plus Jace gives a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for today.

Nov 11, 2020

Jace and Manny give their spoiler-free thoughts on some of the new release for the week of November 11th. Has Wonder Woman finally found it's stride? What did the Punchline one-shot and Champions 32 have in common? How is Christopher Cantwell getting back to the roots of Iron Man in the new series and how is the third issue such a great example of that? How did the first issue of Taskmaster hit the ground running and will Lobo fans get a kick out of his Death Metal one shot? Also why did Manny pick American Vampire 1976 #2 as his book of the week and what about Jace's pick of Flash? All this plus some talk about Brian K Vaughn's Ex Machina and DC's plans beyond Future State. It all wrapped up with a rundown on some of the other titles hitting stands today that you will want to check out.

Oct 31, 2020

Jace chats with Marco Rudy about his Kickstarter campaign for RDW. They discuss the origins of the project, choosing a fantasy setting with relevant & grounded story elements and mixing concepts of the folklore from different cultures.

Oct 28, 2020

Jace and Manny talk about a record 19 books they have read from this weeks new comic releases. Lots of spoiler-free talk about the end of 3 Jokers, did it live up to the hype? Also how does Kevin Shinick do the second time around on Flash? How does Manny feel about one of his favorite titles ending, Red Hood? Batgirl is also coming to an end and the guys talk about that and how it ties into Joker War, and Detective Comics also gives us some of the fallout from Joker War and introduces us to a new villain. Rise of the New God may be the best Death Metal issue yet from James Tynion and we also get the second issue of Tynion's Department of Truth. Lots of other books reviewed spoiler-free as well as a run down of some of the other titles this week you might want to be on the lookout for.

Oct 21, 2020

Jace looks at a ton of books hitting stands today. Tony Stark is getting back to basics and it is reminding Jace of one of his favorite eras of Iron Man ever. Speaking of back to basics, what is James Tynion IV doing with Batman now that the Joker War has ended and will fans like it? We've got a great version of Harley Queen from the Batman: White Knight version of the DCU, just what is it that Jace likes so much about her? Miles to go from AfterShock is a real highlight this week, giving us more of the gritty, down to earth crime noir that writer B. Clay Moore is noted for. A couple of Death Metal tie-ins are out today exploring the Robin King and the Death Metal version of the Justice League. Also more Joker war fallout for Nightwing and Catwoman in their respective titles. Jae breaks down the third issue of Maestro and talks about how the series is not what he expected. Fantastic Four #25 and Spider-Woman 100 both celebrate what is at the core of their respective characters and set up interesting storylines going forward. Also Chip Zdarsky does what he does best in both Stillwater #2 and Daredevil #23, explore character dynamics and in turn the draws the readers in as he explores interesting themes. Also Jace gives a rundown on some other titles you may want to be on the lookout for.

Oct 16, 2020

Jace chats with NFL star Lance Briggs, former All-Pro LB for the Chicago Bears and favorite of the show, writer Kyle Higgins about their current Kickstarter campaign The Trap.  Lance, a lifelong comic fan and Kyle are crafting a story and a world with relevant themes of today's have's and have-not's. Along with an incredibly talented team of co-creators, the story Lance and Kyle are telling is one with it's roots in empathy and the acknowledgment that we are all more alike than different. This project features incredible art from rising star artist Danilo Beyruth, spectacular colors by the talented color artist Tamra Bonvillain, brought to life through the letters of Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and wrapped in a gorgeous package by designer Sasha E. Head. Be sure to check out the campaign and pledge so you can be a part of helping this amazing project come to life.

Oct 14, 2020

Jace and Manny give a little spoiler-free talk about some of the issues hitting comic shops today. Is Death Metal finally finding it's footing now that we are on issue #4? How do the guys feel about Wonder Woman now that the second arc with the new creative team is kicking off? Speaking of new creative teams, Flash has a new writer for the first time in a long while and Jace talks about what we might expect going forward. Strange Adventures continues to be a strong title and Rorschach, the latest title from writer Tom King is book of the week for Jace. Plus Commanders in Crisis and We Live are a couple of independent titles you may want to try out. Also Jace gives a run down on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for along with some original art talk involving a classic cover expected to go for over $2 million!

Oct 7, 2020

Jace and Manny talk about some of the books hitting comic stores today. Manny's Book of the Week celebrates Halloween and the Swamp Thing TV show debuting on the CW by telling some great stories about DC resident plant/hero. Jace loves the great Black Widow story from Kelly Thompson and Elena Casagrande and we can't wait to find out what Arcade has in store for Natasha. The guys also talk about the conclusion of the Joker War in Batman #100 and what the future might hold for the caped crusader. All this talk is spoiler free, plus Jace give a rundown of some other books you might want to be on the lookout for.

Oct 1, 2020

Jace is joined by the Bad Idea team to chat about the publisher and their recently announced first wave of titles.

Sep 30, 2020

Jace and Manny talk about some of the books hitting comic stores today. Department of Truth by James Tynion IV and Martin Simonds far and away is the best of the bunch and a worthy choice for Book of the Week. We get the second installment of Three Jokers but we don't get a whole lot more answers. How do we feel about the first arc of Wonder Woman finishing up? Len Wein gets a tribute issue re-presenting Giant Size X-Men #1 that is super cool. Joker War Zone gives us a view into Gotham through the eyes of some other Batman family, while Death Metal: Multiverse's End recaps the various crisis's of the DC Universe. Shang Chi returns in his own series while Red Hood's title is coming to a close. Also Jace runs down some other titles you may want to be on the lookout for.

Sep 23, 2020

Jace and Manny chat with friend of the show Jesse Mesa Toves about his current Kickstarter campaign Encoding Bushido. It starts with the question, could an A.I. robot be honorable when programed with the code of the Samurai? From that seemingly simple concept an entire world of possibility and a thorough examination of what samurai means and how it ties into what it means to be human begins. Plus the guys reminisce and art, the convention scene and Jesse's beginnings as a creator.

Sep 23, 2020

Jace runs down a TON of books that come out today, All spoiler-free thoughts about books from Marvel, DC and a few independents. Just what makes Christopher Cantwell's take on Doctor Doom so perfect? What was the final issue of Joshua Williamson's run on Flash all about and what does it have in common with this week's Speed Metal One-Shot also written by Williamson? Why is Canto such a great bedtime story for kids? Does the second issue of Maestro live up tot he promise of the first? How does the first issue of Juggernaut portray Cain Marko, as a hero or a villain? We've been waiting a long time for X of Swords, so does it live up to the hype? Immortal She-Hulk is a must-read for all fans of Immortal Hulk. Daredevil artist Francesco Mobili is a star in the making. Karla Pacheco continues to add the the history of SpiderWoman in the best way possible. Plus Jace covers issues from Image and Aftershock as well. Also he runs down some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for, especially Unkindness of Ravens.

Sep 16, 2020

Jace and Manny talk about some books that are hitting comic shops today. What does the future hold for the Catwoman title under writer Ram V and why does it have them both so excited? Why does Jace think this is the perfect time for Milestone to return? What stories from the SUPER-sized Detective Comics #1027 dd the guys like best and do they agree? You;ll have to listen in to find out the answers to all these questions. Also a quick discussion on who will be the face of DC moving forward. Plus Jace gives a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.

Sep 9, 2020

Jace talks with writer Trevor Fernandes-Lenkiewicz about his current Kickstarter Campaign Area 51: The Helix Project. 

Sep 9, 2020

Jace and Manny give some thoughts about some of  today's comics they have already read, plus a run down of some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for. Just what is Jace's Book of the Week and why is it so surprising? How does the debut of Ultraman from Marvel come across? What are Wraith's ties to the symbiotes? Why is Wonder Woman working with Maxwell Lord? What about the new Superman "villain" Synmar, what is he all about? These are just a few of the questions we will answer as we go over some titles and discuss them WITHOUT spoilers!

Sep 2, 2020

Jace and Manny give you some insight into some of the new comics that are hitting stands this week that they have already read. Falling in love with your phone's A.I. in Lonely Receiver #1, a new take on Black Widow where a fun, classic villain shows up and a third generation comic creator, Emma Kubert, launches an Image series. The Batman story in Justice League has fascinating ramifications for Bruce Wayne's future that likely will go unrealized, as will the potential for what might have been with the Shazam title which is ending in this week's issue #14. Also we get an interesting take on Hellblazer, where it's all about what we can actually see versus what is implied. Finally Jace gives a rundown on some other titles hitting comic shops today you might want to be on the lookout for.

 

Sep 2, 2020

Jace chats with comic writer David Pepose about his current Kickstarter campaign for his series The O.Z. Described as The Hurt Locker taking place in the Land of OZ, there's so much nuance here. Pepose talks with Jace about the importance of examining trauma in storytelling as well as the impact that real world events have on us that can also be examined in that way. Plus we have incredible artwork by Ruben Rojas as well as great color work and lettering by Whitney Cogar and DC Hopkins, respectively.

Sep 2, 2020

Jace takes a look at three X-Men titles. We see what it means to be imprisoned in the world of the Age of X-Man as Bishop enters a high security facility designed to rehabilitate repeat offenders who won't follow the fascist policies of the world X-Man has created. What do the flashbacks Bishop is having that feel like memories really mean? What about the feelings that he knows some of these fellow prisoners even though he has never met them? All this and some characters that will be familiar to X-fans, like Dani Moonstar, Beast and Polaris! In the first issue of Domino Hotshots Gail Simone and David Baldeon throw in some super spy James Bond vibes, classic super heroines who kick butt and wonderful character interactions, then they shake it all up and what comes out is a fast-paced and fun comic. Plus a surprise guest star appearance on the last page which will have many X-Men fans smiling from ear to ear. Finally, in Uncanny X-Men #13, Matthew Rosenberg, Salvador Larocca and company are developing an instant classic. The book excels in the same way the classic era of Clarment and Byrne did, with spectacular art that serves to enhance a story built on characters and their relationships to each other. Rosenberg's love and passion for the X-Men shines through with every bit of dialogue as does Larocca's with each panel.

Aug 30, 2020

Jace breaks down the final issue of the epic cosmic story that introduced the Marvel Universe to Thanos. Jim Starlin wraps up the story with Captain Marvel victorious, but not in the way you might think. Also why does Captain Marvel mourn even though he won the battle? Jace also talks about the level of respect Captain Marvel gained and how he grew throughout this initial story by Starlin. The art by Starlin is also classic and bombastic with the flair for detail that has become synonymous with the artist over the years. How might this tremendous work look with today's production values? We can only speculate. Thanos, as you might expect won't stay vanquished for long and we will continue with the reading order soon as we find out just how Thanos will return!

Jace breaks down the final issue of the epic cosmic story that introduced the Marvel Universe to Thanos. Jim Starlin wraps up the story with Captain Marvel victorious, but not in the way you might think. Also why does Captain Marvel mourn even though he won the battle? Jace also talks about the level of respect Captain Marvel gained and how he grew throughout this initial story by Starlin. The art by Starlin is also classic and bombastic with the flair for detail that has become synonymous with the artist over the years. How might this tremendous work look with today's production values? We can only speculate. Thanos, as you might expect won't stay vanquished for long and we will continue with the reading order soon as we find out just how Thanos will return!

 

Aug 29, 2020

Jace continues his examination of the first cosmos spanning Thanos story from legendary creator Jim Starlin.  Today's episode breakdown Avengers #125 as the fleet Thanos sent to Earth is about to attack and only the Avengers stand between them and the earth downfall. This is the penultimate issue of the story Starlin has been crafting since Iron Man #55, but we have the incredible Steve Englehart writing this one. Why does Thanos refuse to help his fleet when they are confronted by Earth's Mightiest Heroes? What scheme is Thanos up to now? How will it impact his godhood going forward? Will this choice lead to a victory for the Avengers and Captain Marvel or will Thanos's plans finally bear fruit? Great bronze age epic & heroic storytelling from Englehart as he sets up the finale from Starlin in Captain Marvel #33

 

Also this issue has classic John Buscema & Dave Cockrum art and an incredibly striking cover.

Aug 26, 2020

Jace chats with writer T.E. Marshall about his current Kickstarter campaign for In Teddy We Trust.  What happens when an evil demon legion returns? You turn to the man who defeated them the first time, even if that man is a teddy bear. Even if that man is the resurrected Theodore Roosevelt in the body of a robotic teddy bear. Learn more about the story and the campaign from the creator of this awesome upcoming title.

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