Jace chats with legendary comic creator Jim Starlin about his return to the drawing board and his most recent project that brings back his creation Vanth Dreadstar. They guys are joined by Jim's inker Jaime Jameson who talks about bringing some modern ideas to the project. Jim also mentions that working on this project has brought other ideas for future Dreadstar stories back and he has plans to do more crowd-funded projects with Dreadstar. Also Jim mentions felling even stronger now in terms of recovering from his injury than when he first started the project. It seems like comic fans will be lucky enough to see more future Jim Starlin artwork. Join us for the chat with Jim and Jaime and learn where you can get he Graphic Novel and Sourcebook if you missed out on the campaign.
Jace welcomes comic creators Sina Grace and V Ken Marion to the show. The guys chat about their favorite Flash artists of all -time and why they are choosing them. There are many legendary names on everyone's lists and some surprises as well. What is really interesting is those surprises may have drawn very little Flash, but we certainly hope we see more Flash work from them in the future based on what pieces we have seen. Also the recent DC Round Robin online poll gave readers a chance to vote for what upcoming series they would like to see. The project Sina and V Ken pitched, an action-packed Kyle Raynor and Kilowog story mad it to the final four before losing out to a Robin project. The creators take a bit about the process of being involved with the poll and their hopes that the story eventually sees the light of day. It's a really fun episode filled with the joy of comics so we hope you all enjoy it.
Jace chats with writer and creator Marc Bernardin about his incredibly successful Kickstarter for his upcoming short film Splinter. They discuss how Marc came up with the idea and his choice to crowdfund the project. Marc also discuss his choices in casting and how he arrived at the decision to go with a mostly female cast. There is plenty of Twilight Zone talkas the guys talk about marc drawing inspiration from that classic series when conceiving his stories and they even breakdown some favorite episodes. Plus lots of talk about the campaign itself, rewards and the Splinter community which has grown around this project.
Jace talks about a ton of books he read for this week and gives his spoiler free thoughts. Blue Flame from Vault comics makes it's long awaited debut and although some of the Sci-Fi idea have been seen before they are presented in a new, thoughtful and what we expect to be an emotional way. Great start to this series, very intriguing. Helm Greycastle continues the mash-up of high fantasy with ancient Aztec history, plus there are some RPG resources included so you can play your own Helm Greycastle campaign. Star Wars Doctor Aphra and Darth Vader both tie into the War of the Bounty Hunters event and provide some set-up and context for that story. Nuclear Family #4 gives us guessing in the best way about what might happen next. With only one issue to go, we still aren't sure where the creative team is taking us and we love that! The Clone Sage gets started in earnest in Miles Morales, Spider-Man #26 and it feels like it will be much more intensely focused and faster paced than the original. Black Widow has become the best title Marvel is putting out, from the gorgeous art to the best most authentically depicted Natasha we have ever read, stunningly good. Department of Truth #9 gives us some insight into just how the Department manipulates and controls people's beliefs and has Cole wonder if he should be involved with the DOT after all. The emotionality of Shadow Doctor continues and sets up what we expect will be a remarkable final issue. Shadecraft #3 has Zadie learning a lot of about how to use her powers and that some of the shadows she has encountered may not be what she thinks they are. These revelations could change everything she thought she knew. Shadowman #2 gives us a confidant hero who feels powerful in the hands of this creative team, curious to see how they will challenge him going forward, Alien #3 features the return of a fan favorite character from the Alien franchise and we can't wait to see what happens next. The final issue of the Maestro War & Pax mini has the Maestro facing off against Doom and that fight is everything we expected it to be. Made in Korea is a fascinating look at a future world where humans are no longer able to conceive children, but there are other mysteries afoot that we haven't gotten all the details for ... yet. The Girls of Dimension 13 #2 is a fun magic-filled story and with the team about to be forced into using magical abilities they haven't fully trained with, things could get messy in a hurry. All four of this weeks Heroes Reborn titles are solid and continue to show us familair characters in new was, as we have come to expect from this alternate reality tale. Jace also gives a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for
Jace and Rocky from Comic Boom! talk about the DC offerings for the week of May 25, 2021. Detective Comics #1036 continues to focus on Bruce Wayne and Batman as they acclimate to their new neighborhood while trying to solve the mystery of the recent string of murders in Gotham. Strange Adventures #10 purports to contain big revelations, but we aren't so convinced what Tom King is telling us is true. Jace has his own theory about what's really going on. Batman Superman #18 feels like the story should be starting to wind down for Rocky, but Jace thinks based on the most recent information we get in this issue, we are still in for at least 3 more issues. Both guys feel like Action Comics #1031 is a step in the right direction in terms of narrative and the art is spectacular. Harley Quinn still has Rocky's attention, but Jace is ready to jump ship as the story continues to march towards the Gotham we saw in Future State. Mister Miracle #1 was a pleasant surprise for both Jace and Rocky, based on the Shilo Norman story we got in Future State are expectations were very low. The creative surprised us with solid art and very intriguing characterization, maybe the first true character development we have ever seen for Shilo Norman. The guys are in for at least one more issue for sure. The Other History of the DC Universe #4 is a wonderful character study of Renee Montoya, although Jace points out that it doesn't add as much new context as previous issues may have done for their characters. Batman Black & White certainly has a very Batman feel but Rocky finds this short stories for Batman just don't bring enough to the table and Jace wonders if it is time to retire this concept for a good long while. Teen Titans #3 is chaotic and Rocky loves it, but Jace is ready for more Titans in their own book and much, much less Suicide Squad. Robin #2 is a wild and fun ride for Rocky, but Jace laments some lazy storytelling and reversal in character development for Damian. The Stargirl Spring Break Special is nearly a perfect comic, both guys chose it as their favorite DC book of the week and it accomplishes this by being action-packed, brightly colored, full of hope with gorgeous art. All we can say is this creative team really understands the true heart of the DCU.
Jace and Rocky from Comic Boom! do a deep dive into Radiant Black's first four issues. The incredible twist in issue #4 has completely changed our expectations for the series and thrown a huge curveball into the narrative. The guys go back and examine the series with this big change in mind to look for added context and wonder if there were clues that might have lead them to guessing what was about to happen. They also speculate on the future of this incredible series and wonder what twists and turns might be coming next. The first part of the show is spoiler-free, but fair-warning is given and then the spoilers abound. So please check this out and let us know your thoughts on Radiant Black and the big event that just happened.
Jace and Manny chat about the latest Star Wars Bounty Hunters Prelude. We start to see all the players being put into place as everyone converges on Nar Shadaa hoping to cash in on the bounty for Han Solo as well as Boba Fett. We feel like you get a lot more out of this issue if you have been reading Star Wars Bounty Hunters all along, but if you haven't this recap may help you to understand all the events and characters to help enrich your experience with the story.
Jace chats with superstar artist Liam Sharp about his wildly successful Kickstarter for the first of three planned artbooks. It's always a blast when these guys get together and this time is no exception. They kick off the episode with the news that just as they started recording the campaign hit it's first stretch goal which means an original 24 page comic from Liam with his character Lib Laroche. Liam also shares some details about plans for future stories with Lib. The guys also discuss Liam's love of the artbook as a medium and how it offers a chance at carrying on the legacy of the artist who influenced him. When the talk turns to Liam's current project Batman: Reptilian with Garth Ennis that leads to a discussion of the evolution of art that an artist can go through in their career and Liam shares how he hopes to show some of that change in the pages of Encore. Also the Easter eggs a few other secrets are mentioned as well as plenty of talk about the community of Kickstarter and a quick update on the Jack Katz campaign Liam ran as well. Plenty to enjoy in this episode so give it a listen and be sure and go check out the Kickstarter Campaign!
Jace and Jay give their spoiler-free thoughts on some of the books that are hitting comic stores the week of May 19, 2021. Amazing Spider-Man has a classic feel, especially with the Bagley art. How much is too much for Peter to handle? Seems like we might be on the way to finding out. Speaking of classic, Daredevil #30 has quite a few classic DD villains itself and plenty of threads coming together that may mean Matt can't handle it all if he stays behind bars. Stillwater #7 shows us the consequences of the bombing of City Hall and some members of the town may know a lot more than they have let on previously and decide to finally confide in an adult. Immortal Hulk Time of Monsters is as fascinating as it is beautiful, but what it all means for the current run of the book as it heads to its conclusion remains to be seen. Undone by Blood continues the dual narrative that we have seen throughout this title and plays it up spectacularly. Gorgeous art and colors make for a gorgeous book to look at as well. Home #2 is a very relevant and sometimes harsh look at our own political climate, but it is an important story in that it can spark conversation. Fantastic Four Life Story #1 has a lot going for it, but we wonder if too many fundamentals of relationships and team dynamics have been changed. Subsequent issues may answer that question. Way of X #2 gets even deeper into the mind of Legion and teams him up with Nightcrawler as the threat of a big time Marvel villain begins to materialize. Jay's Book of the Week Stray Dogs #4 ramps up the tension as more of the dogs seem to be coming around to Sophie's point of view. What this will mean for her dog family and especially her 'master' we will have to wait and see. The creative team behind Jace's Book of the Week has been teasing since issue #1, maybe even before, that issue #4 changes everything. Well we don't know what to think about what happens, but they weren't lying. We are certainly kept guessing and it feels like nothing in this book is off limits. What a wild ride! Jace also gives a rundown on the other titles you might want to be on the look out for.
Jace and Rocky from Comic Boom! talk about the DC offerings for the week of May 18, 2021. Before they dive into the comics hitting shops this week, there is a ton of talk about the recent news that AT&T is spinning of Warner Media and will no longer be involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. A lot of what might happen is pure speculation at this point, but with over 80 years of experience following the industry and it's ups and downs, the guys make some educated guesses on what may come next. Meanwhile, Nightwing and Catwoman continue to be the two best books DC is putting out. Both books this week offer interesting narratives and absolutely stunning art. If you aren't reading these two titles, we don't know if you can accurately call yourself a DC fan. Wonder Girl #1 is also an inspired debut with a relatability & vulnerability to Yara Flor that we haven't see before, but really enjoyed. Batman Fortnite Zero Point #3 gives fans everything they could ask for in a Batman vs Snake Eyes fight as their combat takes up nearly the entire issue. This series continues to be a lot of fun. Speaking of fun, Flash #770 is a ton of fun with it's wild time travel/speed force story. Plus Wally West/Jay Garrick gets to punch Hitler! Also we have to mention that the Jack Herbert art is stunning. Superman Red & Blue #3 is very much worth your time as some lesser known creators show they have what it takes when it comes to showcasing the emotion of the Man of Steel. Over in the pages of Justice League, we also get great art and the guys are intrigued by the story playing out for the League. Mostly they really want the back-up story starring Justice League Dark to have it's own title as the narrative is very much worthy of it's own book.
Jace chats with Matt Kindt about Whalesville, Rocks and Minerals & Eniac. They discuss the stories and themes Matt has created as well as the collaborative process he has with his artists on the books. Jace asks Matt about his love of history and tendency to explore conspiracies in his stories. They also talk about Matt's decision to work with Bad Idea and how he appreciates the creative freedom he finds when telling stories at the publisher.
Jace and Manny talk about Star Wars #13 - War of the Bounty Hunters Prelude. This is the second part of the epic story that fills in some gaps in the Star Wars universe. Not only is writer Charles Soule exploring what happened to Boba Fett after he left Cloud City to deliver Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt and collect his bounty, we get our first hints in this issue of the Jedi lessons Luke Skywalker learned after the end of the Empire Strikes back and before he showed up at Jabba's Palace himself claiming to be a full Jedi Knight. The clues in this story along with the return of a fan favorite Wookie are very much welcome and help to enrich the story and the Star Wars universe. The art & colors are perfectly suited to the style and tone of the narrative which matches the feel of the original movies so well. The whole creative team is firing on all cylinders here.
Star Wars War of the Bounty Hunters Prelude Alpha
Writer - Charles Soule. Artist - Ramon Rosanas, Color Artist - Rachelle Rosenberg, Letterer - Clayton Cowles
Jace welcomes veteran comic creator John McCrea back to the show. The boys chat about John's current Kickstarter for The Dead Eyes artbook. This is a must-have for process junkies as you not only get John's amazing artwork, but you get the scripts from Gerry Duggan that John is working from. Ton's of notes from John about why and what decision he made, what works and what doesn't. So much great information in this book! Plus John talks about his upcoming issue of Swamp Thing coming in June from DC guest-starring Constantine. It's always a really fun time when John comes on the show so join us and be sure to go check out the campaign and share it on social media!
Jace and Jay talk about some of the books hitting comic shops the week of May 12, 2021. Black Cat continues the story of a deal Felicia Hardy wishes she hadn't made. Maniac of New York is barreling toward the end of the story but whether or not our two protagonist can win the day may depend on the hint of an origin to Harry the Maniac we see in this issue. Heroes Reborn #2, Hyperion and the Imperial Guard #1 and Peter Parker Shutterbug #1 all start to flesh out the world Jason Aaron has built without the Avengers, we see some familiar faces, but without the Earth's Mightiest Heroes, things just aren't the same. Silver Coin #2 raises an interesting question about just what the coin does to the people who come to possess it, or is it the other way around? X-Corp #1 gives is a look at the cut-throat world of the boardroom in the Marvel universe as the mutants attempt to establish themselves as a corporate force promoting their pharmaceuticals. Spider-Woman #12 gives us plenty of action, but it is the surprising development in Jessica's personal life that may be the most significant part of this issue. Speaking of personal lives, Dan Slott is building plenty of inter-personal drama amongst the Fantastic Four family and we have to wonder if the team will survive the fall-out when secrets are inevitably revealed. Project Patron adds a new wrinkle to the story we thought we were getting about the dynamics of the world's most secret agency whose members are responsible for keeping the Patron active. Ice Cream Man #24 gives us a telethon wherein viewers are asked to pledge to save a man's life, so why is no one pledging? You'll have to read it to find out. Geiger #2 has a bit of a time jump from the end of #1, but it further fleshes out the world the creators are building as well as introducing some new characters we think will be pretty important moving forward. Time Before Time isn't your typical time travel story as it is firmly established that time and events cannot be altered, so why bother to time travel at all? Well turns out it is a great way to escape from people looking for you, but that is just the start of the story. Children of the Atom #3 has some big events now that we have gotten to know the team, but will our young heroes be able to survive what's coming with little experience in such monumental events? Giant Size Spider-Man King's Ransom finishes off some long-running storylines that started all the way back in Amazing Spider-Man #1, but the consequences of the events of this issue haven't even begun yet. Jay gives Scout's Honor #5 his pick of Book of the Week as it comes to a satisfying conclusion, packed full of action & emotion just as this series has been from the start. Jace goes with Silver City #1 as his Book of the Week, not only for an intriguing narrative with many, many layers, but for the absolutely stunning art both in linework and color. Also Jace gives a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.
Black Cat #6
Writer – Jed McKay, Artist – Michael Dowling, Color Artist – Brian Reber, Letterer – Farran Delgado
Children of the Atom #3
Writer – Vita Ayala, Artist – Paco Medina, Color Artist – David Curiel, Letterer – Travis Lanham
Fantastic Four #32
Writer – Dan Slott, Artists – R.B Silva & Javier Rodriguez, Color Artist – Jesus Aburtov, Letterer – Joe Caramagna
Writer – Karla Pacheco, Pere Perez, Color Artist – Frank D’Armata, Letterer – Travis Lanham
Writer – Geoff Johns, Artist – Gary Frank, Color Artist – Brad Anderson, Letterer – Rob Leigh
Giant-Sized Amazing Spider-Man King's Ransom #1
Writer - Nick Spencer, Artists - Roge Antonio with Carlos Gomez & Ze Carlos, Color Artist - Alex Sinclair, Letterer - Joe Caramagna
Heroes Reborn #2
Writer - Jason Aaron, Artists - Dale Keown, Carlos Magno, Scott Hanna, Ed McGuiness & Mark Morales, Color Artists - Edgar Delgado & Mathew Wilson, Letterer - Cory Petit
Hyperion and the Imperial Guard #1
Writer - Ryan Cady, Artists - Michelle Bandini, Elisabetta D'amico & Stephen Byrne, Color Artists - Erick Arciniega & Stephen Byrne, Letterer - Cory Petit
Peter Parker The Amazing Shutterbug #1
Writer - Marc Bernardin, Artists - Rafael De Latorre, Ron Lim & Scott Hanna, Color Artist - Jim Campbell, Letterer - Ariana Maher
Ice Cream Man #24
Writer - W. Maxwell Prince, Artist - Martin Marazzo, Color Artist - Chris O'Halloran, Letterer - Good Old Neon
Maniac of New York #4
Writer - Elliott Kalan, Artist - Andrea Mutti, Letterer - Taylor Esposito
Project: Patron #2
Writer - Steve Orlando, Artist - Patrick Piazzalunga, Color Artist - Carlos Lopez, Letterer - Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Scout's Honor #5
Writer - David Pepose, Artist - Luca Casalanguida, Color Artist - Matt Milla, Letterer - Carlos M. Mangual
Silver City #1
Writer - Olivia Cuartero-Briggs, Artist & Color Artist - Luca Merli, Letterer - Dave Sharpe
Star Wars #13
Writer - Charles Soule, Artist - Ramon Rosanas, Color Artist - Rachelle Rosenberg, Letterer - Clayton Cowles
Time Before Time #1
Writers - Declan Shalvey & Rory McConville, Artist - Joe Palmer, Color Artist - Chris O'Halloran, Letterer - Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Writer - Tini Howard, Artist - Alberto Foche, Color Artist - Sunny Gho, Letterer - Clayton Cowles
Silver Coin #2
Writer - Kelly Thompson, Lines, Colors & Letters - Michael Walsh
Jace and Rocky from Comic Boom talk in depth about the DC books for the week of May 11, 2021. We have a giant-sized celebration of Asian creators and characters that clocks in at 100 pages. A new limited series that supposedly tells the last story of the Justice League kicks off with incredible art. The third issue of Batman Urban Legends continues to give us an amazing Red Hood story and the Grifter story is just as good if not better. Rorschach #8 deepens the mystery and we can't wait to see how the creative team brings it all together. Superman #31 has a VERY appropriate line from Jon Kent we hope DC takes to heart even if the rest of the story is only ok. Future State Gotham leaves a lot to be desired and as of the first issue we recommend you skip it. The second issue of Batman the Detective sets up some big events for the series that could tie into Bruce's past. Wonder Woman #772 gives us more of the crossover between the Norse and Greek mythologies and we feel it is working very well. Finally the Joker title continues to star Jim Gordon and we couldn't be happier with how it has played out so far, superb.
Jace and Rocky from Comic Boom! discuss Tankers #1 and the wild and crazy story Robert Venditti is unfolding. Also a lot of discussion on just how insane the idea is on its merits and how no real scientist would buy into it. All that is incidental to just how much fun the issue is and how great the art suits the story. The guys also talk in detail abut Eniac #3. Lots of speculation on the motivations of the sentient computer and what it's end game may be. The guys also wonder if Olivia Fletcher may be the key to destroying Eniac through some secret maneuver her mother may have planned out years ago. The B-Side feature in the story is a reprint of the highly sought after Hero Trade and the guys talk about the insanity of the price of the individual book on the secondary market and how it can possibly be worth the price people are asking. Tons of great info in this episode so we hope you join us.
Jace and Manny talk about Star Wars War of the Bounty Hunters Prelude Alpha. This is the first part of the epic story that fills in some gaps in the Star Wars universe. Have you ever wondered what happened to Boba Fett after he left Cloud City on Bespin on his way to drop off Han Solo to Jabba the Hutt? Well the superstar creative team of Charles Soule, Steve McNiven & Laura Martin give us the first art of the answer in this issue. Action packed with incredible artwork, it's a perfect issue. Whether you have ever read a Star Wars comic or seen any of the movies, this issue is easily accessible and gives you everything you need to know to enjoy the ride. The guys also love how it adds to what we know about Boba Fett and his personality while feeling completely referential and accurate in terms of tone and Star Wars canon. A must-read for anyone who has seen or enjoyed the original Star Wars trilogy.
Jace is joined by John Jackson Miller of the Comichron website to discuss how comic sales are tracked. They also speculate on the future of sales tracking with all the current upheaval in the industry in terms of comic distribution. With literally decades of knowledge and a unique understanding of the sales in the industry over time John is perfectly suited to give some insight into why it is important to look at these circulation numbers. He also explains why, despite the further corporatization of the industry in recent years, publishers may very much be willing to share their sales numbers and even use them as a means of self promotion. This is a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of the comic industry and it's retailers so we hope you enjoy it.
Jace and Jay talk about a few of the books hitting stands this week. Spoiler-free thoughts on this titles so you know what you might want to pick up when you hit your local comic shop. Star Wars War of the Bounty Hunters has all the classic feel of the first three movies. Boba Fett really shines and it is clear that this creative team loves Star Wars as much as us. Batman #108 gives us our first in-depth look at Miracle Molly, but it is a look Jay doesn't really like as her costume just isn't doing it for him. Deep Beyond gets Jace's pick for Book of the Week as the story ratchets up with the introduction of a ton of new story elements that just dialed the narrative all the way up to eleven. Heroes Reborn while showing some potential feels a bit derivative and weirs, considering the way Marvel marketed this event, do they even care about it? Nocterra #3 is Jay's Book of the Week with incredible color work by Tomeu Morey and so much emotion. Jay and Jace both comment on how much we have become invested in these characters already based on the emotional narrative the creators are giving us. The artwork is also second to none as both guys specifically call out the amazing color work by Tomeu Morey. The Good Asian #1 also is an emotional issue as we meet the protagonist for the first time who has a foot in two different worlds but seems to be accepted by neither. Baby Teeth by Dony cates returns without missing a bit as we get a big reveal at the end that feels like it may be leading to the climax of the series. Speaking of returns, a few issues ago Jace mentioned that after a couple slow months Immortal Hulk felt like it had returned to its glory days and was ramping up to something big! Well after reading the latest issue we have an idea of just what the big event might be. Can't wait for the next issue. Also in this episode Jace gives a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for at your comic shop this week.
Jace and Rocky from Comic Boom! take a look at the DC books for the week of May 4, 2021. Starting off with Suicide Squad #3 which Robbie Thompson brings the perfect amount of humor to, but we wonder if this issue wouldn't have been better served by coming out before Teen Titans Academy #2. Swamp Thing #3 continues to be a high quality title as Poison Ivy makes an appearance the art takes an even more lustrous turn with gorgeous colors. Crime Syndicate #3 gives is our first look at Alexander Luthor, but the guys wonder if the version still has some evolving to do. Green Lantern #2 has some of the most consequential events we have seen in a Lantern book in a long time, the only question is how long will these changes stick? Batman #108 gives our first in-depth look at Miracle Molly and she may be the most interesting of all the new characters we have seen debuting in this title over the last year. Finally the second issue of Batman Fortnite is tons of fun and fans of the video game will get even more out of it than those who haven't played it.