Jace takes a look at some DC books form a few years ago. He talks acknowledging artist & the Marvel Method used in DC's New Age of Heroes line as well as the similarities between Damage and the Hulk. He continues our close look at the Heroes in Crisis series and how it is much better than people think. Finally we finish up with incredible art & story on the latest iteration of Dial H for Hero.
Jace takes a look at some of the titles hitting stands this week. Marvel #6 has an incredible story from Lee Bermejo about the Silver Surfer which has breathtaking art. Radiant Black's second issue brings even more character development for our hero Nathan as he starts to learn how to use his powers while at the same time takes the first steps towards finding out where they might come from. Red Atlantis #5 ends that AfterShock series & the story leaves us wanting more with these characters & ideas. Iron Man #7 is fantastic as Tony Stark & his eclectic groups of heroes try to chase down Korvac before he can reach Galactus's ship. Captain Marvel & Spider-Woman both continue to showcases two of the most interesting and relatable characters of the Marvel universe. Although Carol Danvers & Jessica Drew are not without their flaws, the fact that they overcome those and still are heroes makes them that much more amazing. All this, plus Jace gives a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.
Jace and Rocky from Comic Boom! do a deep dive into the DC titles for the Week of March 16, 2021. They look at the new Superman anthology, Red & Blue and discuss how the stories are all very emotional and look at the impact that Superman has in them as well as on him. There is also a lot of talk about the limited color palette and how that plays with the mood of the stories. Both the guys are really enjoying Catwoman and issue #29 is no exception. It continues to be one of, if not the BEST monthly title DC is putting out. Brian Michael Bendis makes his debut on Justice League and while the art is spectacular, it's hard to get a read on the narrative because there is so little of it. On the other hand, the back up Justice League Dark story is jam-packed with narrative despite having less pages to work with. Finally the much anticipated Tom Taylor Nightwing lives up to all the hype and expectations. Jace goes so far as to call it a perfect comic and give it a 10/10. Emotional at times, lighthearted at others, it gives everything a fan of Dick Grayson could want. There's plenty of Barbara Gordon, Alfred makes an appearance, in a way and there is a puppy! Stunningly good.
Jace and Jon-Paul break down the final issue of House of X. We see the speech Xavier gave to all humanity regarding the sovereign nation of Krakoa as well as the reasons behind it. They discuss the ramifications of that statement as well as of the supposed "miracle" drugs the mutants are offering the rest of the world. Also we see the ruling council of 12 mutants make the first laws for this new mutant nation. The Quiet Council, as they are called, is made up of a wide cross section of mutants, but whether that is actually a good thing is yet to be determined. Finally we see that council pass judgement on Sabertooth and it is a harsh judgement indeed, what fall out from that, if any, might we see in the future? Only time will tell.
Jace chats with the co-CEO's of Bad Idea to get the lowdown and Eniac #1, allocations and launch day. There are a TON of rumors flying around out there, so we are here to set the record straight. We talk about why there weren't enough first printings to go around, how Bad Idea came up the number of books to be printed and how they hope to resolve this going forward. Also plenty of talk about the speculation market and just why are all those rules in place anyway. How come there will be no trades or digital? We ask it all, plus some listener & forum questions as well. If you have heard about Bad Idea and aren't sure what to think ... this is the podcast you MUST listen to.
Jace breaks down four great DC books. Freedom Fighters #4 finally has Uncle Sam returning with the current team of Freedom Fighters having done enough to restore the spirit of 76 for the people of this version of America. Will Uncle Sam's return be enough to turn the tide of the resistance against the Nazi's? In Shazam #4 we start to discover just how much trouble the Shazam family is in at the hands of King Kid, who has scattered our heroes across the Magiclands. However, help may be on the way from an unexpected ally. In Justice League #21, the imposter Superman stands revealed as the World-Forger explains his deception and the plan he has to save the multiverse. The sacrifices he is asking the League to make may prove more than they are willing to make though. So how it will all play out, and why is a beloved character claiming to have destroyed Superman and siding with the World-Forger in imprisoning more than have the living beings in the multiverse for all time? Have to read on to find out. Finally in the pages of Hawkman #11, we find out that even the combined might of all of Carter Hall's past lives may not be enough to defeat the Deathbringers once and for all. What will it take for Carter Hall to achieve victory and finally let his past be in the past?
Jace and Rocky from ComicBoom! discuss in detail the DC comics from March 9, 2021. Superman #29 kicks off an all new era where the consequences of everything Jon Kent has been through the last few years. Joker #1 might as well be called Jim Gordon and we are all in on this. Wonder Woman #770 show much promise for the Amazon Princess and the guys really liked it. Green Lantern #12 is an incredible finish to the Morrison/Liam era of the Emerald Warrior. Rorschach #6 gets us to the halfway point of this great series from Tom King embracing the pulp feel of the original Watchman series. Batman Urban Legends #1 gives us back the classic feel of timeless Batman stories that we feel may have been missing recently.
Jace chats with creators J.T. Krul & Jonathan Marks Barravecchia about their current Kickstarter Campaign for the Illustrated Fantasy Adventure Hardcover Novel, The Ivory King. J.T. has created a reach anthropomorphic world that Jonathan has brought to life with richly detailed illustrations. Both J.T. and Jonathan talk in detail about developing the look and feel of the world, especially choosing the right animals for the characters and imbuing them with emotion and agency. There's so much to discover about the work behind the novel, but don't worry, we don't give anything away. No spoilers here! The guys also chat about choosing to crowdfund and release this project through Kickstarter and building community. So give it a listen and go pledge!
Jace take s spoiler-free look at some books from this week that he already had a chance to read. Knock 'em Dead by AfterShock continues to do just that, with one of the best lead ins to a final issue we have read in a long time. A couple of other AfterShock titles are really delivering action as well, Maniac of New York #2 & Scout's Honor #3 continue to be exceptional. Commanders in Crisis #6 also has an awesome ending and we can't wait to see what it leads to. This book perfectly captures writer Steve Orlando's love of comics. Children of the Atom #1 gives us a look at a new generation of mutants who may be much more than they seem. Batman Urban Legends is a great anthology that harkens back to a more timeless period for the caped crusader. Spider-Man gets a new costume and a bit of a new direction in issue #61 and it is a breath of fresh air. Meanwhile in Daredevil, Chip Zdarsky continues to deliver one of the most emotionally complex superhero stories we've ever read. Truly a must-read. Plus Jace gives a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.
Jace and Jon Paul take a look at Powers of X #5. We learn about how the resurrection protocol for the mutants was put in motion by Charles many, many years ago with the help of Forge. We also see the moment When Xavier and Magneto bring the White Queen into the fold and why Sebastian Shaw, the Black King, is a necessary ally as well. Then we jump to the thousand years in the future timeline and look at the consequences of the man-machine alliance making a deal with the Phalanx. The question of why Hickman is includes thus currently unexplored timeline remains a mystery, but that doesn't stop the guys from speculating.
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.
Jace, Trevor from Dark Knight nation and Rocky Comic Boom! break down the penultimate week of Future State. We get a lot more series drawing to a close, but many don't really end. Do the guys notice? Do they mind? What do you think? It's not all bad though Catwoman and Nightwing were a couple of the favorite of the Future State # 1's, so join us to see of the follow up issue # 2's are just as good. Plus we get a Superman rant from Jace!Jace, Trevor from Dark Knight nation and Rocky Comic Boom! break down the penultimate week of Future State. We get a lot more series drawing to a close, but many don't really end. Do the guys notice? Do they mind? What do you think? It's not all bad though Catwoman and Nightwing were a couple of the favorite of the Future State # 1's, so join us to see of the follow up issue # 2's are just as good. Plus we get a Superman rant from Jace!
Jace talks with writer Trevor Fernandes-Lenkiewicz about his current Kickstarter Campaign Area 51: The Helix Project #2. After fully funding and successfully fulfilling the campaign for the first issue of Are 51: The Helix Project, Trevor is already back with issue #2. Jace chats with him about what to expect in the second issue and how he plans on ramping up the narrative. Also they talk about going into the current campaign with more confidence after having learned so much during the first go around. Plus they talk a bit about the reception of the first issue and don't worry. If you missed the debut issue it is available during this campaign also.
Jace, Manny and Jay talk about some of the titles they've already read that hit comic shops today. For Jay a real highlight is Post Americana #3 as we get insight into what has lead the world into the dystopian future we have seen in the book so far. Manny gives his book of the week to Ice Cram Man #23 which continues to exceed all expectations. The guys also talk about The Next Batman Second Son #1 and why the whole Next Batman concept hasn't been working for them. Likewise with Future State House of El #1, which should have felt grand and epic but was a bit lacking, listen in to find out why the guys felt that way. Meanwhile at AfterShock Kaiju Score ending with a bang and Nuclear Family #1 is an intriguing start to that title. There's plenty more books everyone gave spoiler-free thoughts on and Jace gives a run down of some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.