Jace and Jon Paul take a look at House of X #5. We begin to see just how groundbreaking the story Hickman is crafting truly is. This is the issue that explains how the mutants of Krokoa have found a way to fundamentally alter their loves FOREVER. The guys love the intricacy of the idea, but wonder at the moral questions that it might raise. We also see the outcome of the UN vote to recognize Krokoa as a sovereign nation. Plus the call has gone out from Xavier to all mutants everywhere, good, bad or indifferent, they are all invited to come make their home on the new island nation.
Jace is joined by the legendary Fabian Nicieza to talk about the recent Juggernaut series that we loved and they also chat about Fabian's return to the 90's to tell the unfinished tale of Adam-X. Plus, Fabian's debut novel is dropping in June of 2021 and there is plenty of talk about the process and differences of writing prose versus comics. So much good information in this one and we hope you enjoy it as much as Jace enjoyed catching up with Fabian.
Jace chats with writer Elliot Kalan about his previous comic work, breaking into the industry and most importantly, Maniac of New York from AfterShock. It's the hit new comic from one of our favorite publishers and it is all about a serial killer who has become like a walking natural disaster in New York City. The police and government are so busy pointing fingers and covering their own butts, they have all but given up on catching Harry the Maniac. What would it be like to live in a city where you get your Harry the Maniac report long with subway/road conditions and your weather report? Terrifying, but in an all too plausible way. Join as we chat about this with Elliott as well as plenty of love for his creative partners, artist Andrea Mutti & letterer Taylor Esposito.
Jace is joined by some fellow Bad Idea fans to talk about launch day and most importantly to dive into the issue. What worked for the guys? What didn't and should you pick it up? The guys also talk about the allocation of books, the speculation that Bad Idea tried to make the books hard to find and other rumors.
Jace dives deep into Silver Surfer #38 as Thanos hatches a plan to mislead the Silver Surfer. Death and her minions have told Thanos that the biggest threat to the plan of Thanos elimination half the life in the universe is the Surfer. Not content to rush into things and just hope they work out, Thanos as ever the schemer, has come up with a plan to make the Surfer believe Thanos is one more dead. This will allow Thanos to continue to methodically pursue his scheme to gain power enough to destroy half of the universes living beings and send their souls to his beloved Death.
Jace and Rocky from ComicBoom! dives deep into the DC titles that hit comic shops on March 2nd. We get a sneak peak into the future of the DC Universe in Infinite Frontier #0 as Wonder Woman tours the DCU. We get a look at a brand new version of Earth-3 with a new version of the Crime Syndicate. Suicide Squad lives up to its name as we have a higher body count that we have had in quite some time. Batman #106 gives us the seeds of the Magistrate from which the fascist organization will grow. We finish up with Swamp Thing #1 as we have a new Avatar of the Green for the first time in a long time.
Jace and Rocky from ComicBoom! talk about the final week of Future State. The relationship between Batman and Superman continues to be explored in the Batman/Superman title while over in the Dark Detective story Bruce Wayne finally takes on the Magistrate head on. Legion of Super-Heroes #2 improves over the first issue and end on a high note. Aquaman #2 is a masterpiece and solidifies that series as the best of all the Future State titles. Suicide Squad is ok, but the reason to pick up that issue is the Black Adam back-up. We get Superman both in the Superman Vs Imperious Lex & House of El, but only one feels like the real Man of Steel/ Jon us for all the details about each of these issues.
Jace chats with Mike Philips about his current Kickstarter campaign. It is a great story idea with a clever structure. We've all thought about how the choices & events in our lives have led us down certain paths and wondered how things might have been different if we had chosen or acted differently. Well Mike's comic Tessellation attempts to answer that question for his main character as we look at several different timelines that diverge from a single event. Join us to learn more about it.
Jace and Jay talk about a few of the books hitting stands the first week of March 2021. We get our first glimpse of the Infinite Frontier era of the DC Universe. Also we are introduced to a new Swamp Thing, the Magistrate just begins to plant seeds in Gotham and it's a new take on the Crime Syndicate of Earth-3. The Book of the Week for both Jace and Jay is Nocterra though, as the nightmare landscape created by Scott Snyder and Tony Daniel is fascinating and the narrative woven throughout the first issue is compelling with characters that immediately intrigue you.
Jace and Jon-Paul dig into Powers of X #4. After the fast-paced brutal action of the last couple of House of X. In this one we get the seeds of how the mutants and specifically Doug Ramsey build out the infrastructure of Krokoa. We also see how Magneto and Professor X are forced to make a deal with the devil, so to speak, to ensure the survival of mutants. Finally we glimpse far into the future again, as the Blue-Skins attempt to ascend with the help of the Phalanx.
Jace chats with writer Joe Henderson about his upcoming title from Image comics, Shadecraft. The entire creative team from the Eisner Award nominated Skyward series is back to tell an all-new story. We've gone from the bright open world of Skyward to a much darker and intimate world where shadows are more than they seem and the main character, high schooler Zadie Lu, has to face the shadows of that world. Relatable and resonant, like Skyward it is a story of family, so join us to hear all the details.
Jace discuss the latest volume of Cyber Force from Top Cow. It's a brand new look at the classic Top Cow property modernized for our current level of technology and transhumanism. The series does an excellent job of balancing the action inherent in the property with some new ideas of exploring technology. The first trade paperback of this volume covers issues #1-4. Jace dives into those issues and talks about story, art and overall themes.