Jace and Rocky breakdown the first issue of the sequel to the ground-breaking Flashpoint event. Flashpoint Beyond brings the dark reality back to life and stars Thomas Wayne trying to understand why the reality exists and why he is the only one who remembers how things should truly be.
Jace chats with composers John Murphy, Stephanie Economou and Kevin Kiner about their work and the similarities it has with colors n comics. Both set mood and emotion, plus they set you up for the story beats to come or bring you down after a big moment.
British film composer John Murphy is a multi-instrumental musician. He gained recognition in the film industry while working on films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Kick-Ass, and recently The Suicide Squad. Murphy has worked with some of the industry's most respected and luminary filmmakers, including Danny Boyle, James Gunn, Guy Ritchie, Stephen Frears, Matthew Vaughn and Michael Mann.
Stephanie Economou is an award-winning composer and violinist. She is the composer of the Netflix TV series Jupiter’s Legacy, the Lionsgate/Starz series Step Up: High Water, the second season of Manhunt: Deadly Games, Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla DLC “The Siege of Paris,” the Netflix series The Chair, and the upcoming LucasFilm/Disney+ documentary feature More Than Robots, among other works.
Jace chats with Cavan Scott about his discovery of American comics and passion for the characters from a young age. The guys dive deep into Cavan's creator-owned series at Vault, Shadow Service. There is also some Star wars: The High Republic talk and tons about the recently concluded Titans United series.
Jace and Jay talk about a few of the comics hitting shops the week of April 6, 2022, Black Widow comes to an end and breaks our heart that it is ending. We also get another fantastic debut from AfterShock with The Ocean Will Take Us and the third issue of She-Hulk is also very good.
Really great week of DC Comics as Rocky and Jace talk about the books hitting comic shops the week of April 5, 2022. The Second issue of Wonder Woman Historia makes the epic story more personal, a new Batman Beyond series get's started and the departure of Amanda Waller has thrown the Suicide Squad into disarray.
Jace chats with Eisner- Award winning writer David F. Walker about his current Zoop campaign for Imposter Syndrome. It's a collection of short stories with various artist wherein David explores different ideas and themes through stories as personal as dealing with bullies as a kid to zombies. Some quick talk about Bitter Root & Naomi also.
Spawn #68 - Story - Todd McFarlane, Pencils - Greg Capullo, Inks - Todd McFarlane & Chance Wolf, Letters - Tom Orzechowski, Colors - Brian Haberlin & Dan Kemp
The unthinkable has happened, we say at the end of last issue that Spawn has seemingly been killed. Cog recruits Sam and Twitch to go retrieve Spawn's body, as the criminals who murdered Al report into their boss. Just who is the mysterious figure pulling the strings? Well you will have to listen in to find out, but it is a character we have seen before. Plus, what is going on with the seemingly insane Mrs. Byrd?
Spawn #67 - Story - Todd McFarlane, Pencils - Greg Capullo, Inks - Todd McFarlane & Chance Wolf, Letters - Tom Orzechowski, Colors - Brian Haberlin & Dan Kemp
After the dealing with the impact of his face reverting to the scarred ruin he returned to earth with Spawn is finding himself a bit adrift. He comes across many of his friends in Rat City having a discussion on the nature of good and evil, as well as heaven and hell. While no answers are forthcoming, Spawn makes an interesting discovery that leads to dire consequences.
Jace and Jay talk about a few of the books hitting comic shops March 30, 2022. The final issue of Spider-Woman is bittersweet as it has been so much fun and the last installment is no exception. Also the second issue of Ghost Rider & Rogue Sun both have plenty of drama and intrigue while the debut of Immortal X-Men feels very grand in scope. Two more ending as we get the final Beyond issue of Amazing Spider-Man and the first arc of My Date With Monsters comes to a close and both stories leave plenty of plot threads to be explored in subsequent issues.
Jace and Rocky break down the final part of War for Earth 3 as the Titans arrive on Earth -3 and the battles are fast and furious. Rick Flag's paranoia gets the best of him and his attempts to foil Amanda Waller's plan may have doomed them all. Tons of action in this finale, but there seems like more to come from these events in the upcoming Dark Crisis.
Jace and Rocky talk about the DC Comics books released for the week of March 28, 2022. We get the start of the Shadow War pitting the Bat Family against Deathstroke, as well as the debut of the latest series to take place in the Sean Murphy-verse. Plus the return of Ram V's Swamp Thing. Join us for an in-depth look at these titles in adding to all the pother DC books dropping this week.
Jace chatted with Jennifer Stevens-Bawcum, sister of the late Dave Stevens. Dave was an incredibly talented and influential artist whose timeless pulp inspired style captured the imagination of many comics fans throughout the 80's and 90's. Many more fans discovered Dave's creation, the Rocketeer when it became a hit film in 1991. The current Zoop campaign honors both Dave and the Rocketeer by bring the figure to life in stunning color as a puzzle. Other items for the campaign include a limited editon print and a Rocketeer T-shirt. Join us as we discuss Dave's legacy with Jennifer and how you can join the campaign.
Jace talks with writer J.M. DeMatteis about returning to the character of Ben Reilly. The talk some Clone Saga on general and of course touch on Kraven's Last Hunt, but the majority of the conversation revolves around the themes J.M. likes to explore in terms of duality, identity & the overall complexity of the human spirit. Plenty of talk about classic literary influences on J.M.'s work also, such as Brothers Karamazov & The Tyger. Of course no chat with the long-time comic scribe would be complete without talking about the legendary Bwa-ha-ha era of the Justice League.
Spawn: Blood and Salvation - Writer - Alan McElroy, Artist - Ashley Wood, Letterers - Richard Starkings & Oscar Gongora
Blake and Jace breakdown Spawn - Blood and Salvation as we complete the story of the future Spawn Daniel Llanso. Plenty of action in this one, especially when it comes to the ultimate villain who is definitely a surprise.
Jace chats with the creative team for the upcoming horror title at Image Comics, Blood-Stained Teeth. Drawing from relevant ideas of the have's and have-not's, the world of Blood-Stained Teeth is one where vampires feed not only on the blood of society but it's wealth as well. Check out our conversation with these talented creators as they give us their insights into the project
Curse of Spawn #1-4 - Story - Alan McElroy, Pencils - Dwayne Turner, Inks - Danny Miki, Letters - Tom Orzechowski, Colors - Todd Broeker & Mark Nicholas
We get a look at a possible future where demonic machines from hell have just about won their war with heaven. With just a few human survivors left, a new hellspawn arises, but he may not be on the side you think. We're feeling heavy Terminator influences here.
Curse of Spawn #15-16 - Story - Alan McElroy, Pencils - Dwayne Turner, Inks - Danny Miki, Letters - Tom Orzechowski, Colors - Todd Broeker & Mark Nicholas
Jace and Blake talk about the story of Abdiel, the first angel in heaven's army. He sacrifices everything to become a fallen angel to be consigned to hell and be there waiting when a certain soul destined to be a hellspawn arrives. Things don't exactly goes as planned though and the tale turns tragic.
Jace and Jay talk about a few of the books hitting comic shops March 23, 2022. Iron Man #18 and Manic of New York #4 are favorites. Overall it's a very action packed week with so many issues that are action from cover to cover. Plus a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.
Spawn #66 - Story - Todd McFarlane, Pencils - Greg Capullo, Inks - Todd McFarlane & Chance Wolf, Letters - Tom Orzechowski, Colors - Brian Haberlin & Dan Kemp
Spawn realizes he should have heeded Cogliostor's warning and not wasted time confronting Jason Wynn. He no longer appears human and is distraught over losing his chance to connect with Wanda. Thinking he can patch things up with Terry, he finds that he may have ruined that relationship as well, leaving the hellspawn as isolated as ever. Just when it seems things can't get worse, he also seems to be sickening and losing control of his powers.
Jace and Rocky break down the forth part of War for Earth 3 as the Titans get involved. Rick Flagg's squad got soundly defeated during the first big battle on Earth 3, so this time when they go back they are bringing the Titans along for support. Even the adult Titans don't realize just how many Titans are making the trip though.
Jace and Rocky talk about part IV of the Wonder Woman-centric event, Trial of the Amazons. We get the best issue of a Yara Flor Wonder Girl comic yet, with gorgeous art by Joelle Jones. It is tone perfect & celebrates Yara's heritage and the unique visuals of the Esquecida tribe
Jace talks in-depth about some of the DC Comics hitting stands the week of March 22. 2022. Human Target #6 and Rogues #1 are particular highlights. If you want to hear about Wonder Girl: Trial of the Amazons #1 or Teen Titans Academy #13 be sure to check out their individual spotlights.
Spawn #65 - Story - Todd McFarlane, Pencils - Greg Capullo, Inks - Todd McFarlane & Chance Wolf, Letters - Tom Orzechowski, Colors - Brian Haberlin & Dan Kemp
A perfect jumping on point for new readers or a great way for long time readers to refresh their memories on what has happened throughout the entire series so far. Sam and twitch catch up with Cogliostro and the mysterious figure fills them in on all the goings on with Al Simmons and the fight between heaven and hell. While the two detectives are skeptical, it is nothing compared to the bombshell Cog drops on them abut their connection to Spawn.
Spawn #64 - Story - Todd McFarlane, Pencils - Greg Capullo, Inks - Todd McFarlane & Chance Wolf, Letters - Tom Orzechowski, Colors - Brian Haberlin & Dan Kemp
All out action in this issue! One of our favorite issues ever as Spawn is brimming with confidence after gaining his human face back. He is going to confront Jason Wynn and force him to back off once and for all. This is Al Simmons's chance to show Wynn just how powerful he has become. Even though the head of intelligence knows Spawn is coming, he has no way of stopping the hellspawn. In the end, the question becomes, is the price Al paid for this mission worth it?
Spawn #63 - Story - Todd McFarlane, Pencils - Greg Capullo, Inks - Todd McFarlane & Chance Wolf, Letters - Tom Orzechowski, Colors - Brian Haberlin & Dan Kemp
Now that Spawn is feeling more like his human self than ever, he is ready to face off against Jason Wynn and prove he can get to the evil head of intelligence anytime. Not only that, he informs Terry that once Wynn is taken care of he is coming for his wife, Wanda. Is this a huge mistake by Simmons? Has he alienated one of the only allies he has?