Spawn Witchblade #1-4 - Writers - Brian Haberlin and Brian Holguin, Art - Brian Haberlin, Colors - Geirrod VanDYKE, Letters - Francis Takenaga
Not the Medieval Spawn you may be looking for, but an intriguing take nonetheless. A mystery as to who this hellspawn is, but that doesn't stop him from teaming up with a new bearer of the Witchblade who is learning her place in the legacy of the legendary artifact. The story borrows from many classic plot points in fantasy, but the layers of characterization make for an interesting story that feels like it could be built upon with many of the characters having the potential to carry a series of their own.
Jace and Rocky from the Comic Boom! YouTube channel chat about the DC Comics releases for the week of February 20, 2024. It is an exceptional week with every book hitting the mark which means there are tons of entertaining books. That being said, although many were considered for Book of the Week, both guys ended up picking the same issue. Which one was it? You will have to listen in to find out.
Spawn Witchblade #1-3 - Writer - Garth Ennis, Pencils - Brandon Peterson, Inks - Batt, Joe Weems, Colors - Ashby Mason, Letters - Chris Eliopoulos The Spawn Fan Edition was packaged with the Overstreet Fan magazine back in the 90's. It's a bit of a harder story to find, but definitely worth the effort. We get the story of the Norse Spawn, Nordik. Proof that the hellspawns are clearly influenced by who they were in their lives before they died. We get other new characters as well, including what may be the most formidable angel in all of heaven. Great art and an entertaining read.
The Spawn Fan Edition was packaged with the Overstreet Fan magazine back in the 90's. It's a bit of a harder story to find, but definitely worth the effort. We get the story of the Norse Spawn, Nordik. Proof that the hellspawns are clearly influenced by who they were in their lives before they died. We get other new characters as well, including what may be the most formidable angel in all of heaven. Great art and an entertaining read.
Jace is joined by actress and writer Nicole Maines. They talk about her special connection to the character and why she means so much to Nicole. After bring the superheroine to life on the small screen, Nicole shares her excitement about continuing the adventures of Dreamer in the pages of two upcoming DC Comics projects. Nicole will explore the darker side of Dreamer in the pages of Suicide Squad: Dream Team, while Bad Dream: A Dreamer Story will explore the emotional journey of Dreamer as she discovers her powers. There's plenty of talk about the challenges of writing and fan's reaction to Nicole's work portraying Dreamer and writing her adventures, so listen in!
Jace is joined by writer Erica Schultz to talk about her upcoming series set in the Spawn Universe, Rat City. Erica tells us all about the main character Peter Cairn and how he is both similar and different than Al Simmons. Erica also talks a lot about the legacy of Spawn and how she will be tying back to some threads, but focusing on telling a new, fresh story. Plus some talk about the world of Rat City, the supporting character and, of course, gorgeous art from Ze Carlos. Join us to learn all about it and be sure to pre-order with your retailer.
Jace and Rocky celebrate Valentine's Day by taking a look at the DC Comics titles for the week of February 13, 2024. It's a great week with the debut of Sinister Sons and Red Hood: The Hill. Green Lantern feels like it's beginning to grow in scope. Batman City of Madness comes to a close with some great ideas that we wouldn't mind seeing in the main universe and both Batman and Action Comics have great second issues of their arcs. Join us for our thoughts on these titles and more.
Jace is joined by the co-creators of Horror Show, a new comic on Kickstarter filled with action, suspense and layered horror beats. Set in 1975, the story follows Viet Nam veteran and former police officer Ben Horowitz as he is thrust into action. Brought together with incredible visual storytelling by the veteran comic artist, Darryl Banks, the linework is recognizable as Banks, but also feels like something new. Darryl himself talked about about this in the interview so be sure to listen to what he has to say about challenging himself. Writer Michael Katz is clearly paying homage to a very underappreciated movie from the early 80's but brings in some great parallels for Ben and the monster he ultimately has to take on. It makes for an engrossing read, that feels complete, but Ben is a character we would certainly love to see again. Fantastically entertaining. Listen in and be sure to go check out the campaign.
Jace and Rocky chat about the DC Comics titles for the week of February 6, 2024. We get a closer look at the Joker's earliest days, Fire and Ice have the end of their time in Smallville and it's action-packed and the Birds of Prey finish one mission only to learn they immediately must go on another. Also Poison Ivy has her origin enhanced while Guy Gardner headlines the Valentine's Day special. Join us for our thoughts on these titles and more.
Jace and Rocky talk about the new publishing imprint at Image, Ghost Machine. Geoff Johns has recruited some of the best creators in the industry to tell the stories they want to tell with characters they are invested in and own. The guys talk about each of the stories and the characters that are teased on the issue. The first three series all have new #1 issues coming in April, so now is the time to let your retailers know you want them all!
It's the fifth Tuesday of the month so that means Annuals and Anthologies. Jace and Rocky chat about several of these from DC Comics for the week of January 30, 2024. Also the end of Titans Beast World and what the fallout will likely be. The World's Finest annual may lead into the rumored DC Ultimate Universe coming later this year, but only time will tell. Batman Off-World and Alan Scott Green Lantern both continue to be excellent and they get our nods as Books of the Week. Join us for our thoughts on these titles and more.
Jace and Rocky chat about the DC Comics titles for the week of January 23, 2024. We get a HUGE reveal in Titans Beast World as Doctor Hate is unmasked, while the Penguin shows how evil and manipulative he can truly be. In Batman Brave and the Bold, the close ties of Batman and Joker date back to their first interaction, but it's the Wild Dog story that really shines in this issue. Plus a nearly silent Power Girl issue and Batman is confronted by an interesting antagonist who may be calling the shots in the "afterlife" desert he finds himself in.
Jace is joined by the legendary comic creator Todd McFarlane. They discuss all the upcoming events for Spawn in 2024 including the upcoming 350th issue. Additionally, there are 7 new series coming from Todd McFarlane Productions this year, all set in the same universe as Spawn. Todd also hopes to have news regarding the Spawn movie this year with a possible release date in 2025 to be announced. Todd also chats about his upcoming Kickstarter campaign for what he calls "the most detailed action figure" he has ever made and reveals some of his plans to celebrate 30 years of McFarlane Toys. Plus they guys discuss the early days of Spawn and Todd's recruitment of some of the top writers of the early 90's to writer issues of Spawn. There's tons of information and lot of fun to be had as we celebrate the longest running independent comic character of all-time.
Jace and Rocky break down the DC Comics titles for the week of January 16, 2023. We get the end of Superman Lost which has the guys struggling to decide if it was a worthy ending for the series or not. We also have an excellent issue of Jay Garrick that expands on the origin of STAR Labs and Garrick himself. Superman is in the old west and both Titans and Nightwing deal with fallout from Beastworld. Plus the JL may have an unlikely ally in their battle against the giant monsters unleashed by the Legion of Doom. Join us for our thoughts on these titles and more.
Jace and Rocky chat about the DC Comics titles for the week of January 9, 2024. We get the first issue of a brand new era of Action Comics, a flashback in Green Lantern that gives some context for the current state of the Green Lantern Corps and The Outsiders explore a new mystery. Plus, the villain in Wesley Dodds, Sandman is revealed ... or is he?
Rocky flies solo while Jace recovers from the effects of Kryptonite to discuss the DC Comics titles for the first week of the new year, January 2, 2024. How is the entity Zur-En-Arrh affecting the Failsafe protocol? Plus the highly-anticipated Kneel Before Zod series kicks off, which we expect will return Zod to his evil ways.
Jace is joined by multi-Eisner award winning creator Chip Zdarsky to talk about his long run on Daredevil, his current work on Batman, pluse creator owned projects like Stillwater, Newburn Public Domain and more!
Jace and Rocky from the Comic Boom! YouTube channel finish the year off with a HUGE spotlight for DC Comics titles dropping the week of December 26, 2022. A full slate with 17 issue to chat about. We get the end of the epic run on Action Comics form Phillip Kennedy Johnson, while Beast World and Amazon Attacks keep the action going for DC's two current big events. Cyborg and Batman Beyond both come to satisfying conclusions and Alan Scott Green Lantern is trending in that direction as well. Penguin, this week, spotlights a lesser known DC antagonist that appears to have a big role upcoming in the title and we can't wait. Join us to hear about these books and more.
Writer - Christos Gage, Artist - Tomas Giorello, Color Artist - Diego Rodriguez, Letterer - Dave Sharpe
Jace and Rocky celebrate Christmas with what may be the best Bad Idea comic of all. Non-stop action, a nuanced villain and so much potential for the story to continue. Add to that some next level line and color work and you have yourself something very, very special. HIGHEST possible recommendation.
Writer - Peter Milligan, Artist - Juan Jose Ryp, Color Artist - Andrew Dalhouse, Letterer - Dave Sharpe
Jace and Rocky are back on Christmas Eve to chat about Burning Man. This story has all the classic beats from a deal with the devil you would expect, but there are plenty of fresh ideas to make it unpredictable and the line and color work bring the action together to make for a real page-turner. Once again showing that Bad Idea and it's creator know how to create one hell of a comic it the cliffhanger ending than can lea to many paths forward that is most memorable. We can't wait to see how it all turns out in the end.
Writer - Matt Kindt, Artist - David Laptham, Letterer - Troy Peteri
Jace and Rocky continue the 12 Days of The Comic Source Presents: Bad Idea by diving into the world of Hero Trade. We get another interesting marketing and distribution aspect to a Bad Idea book as there are actually two versions of this book. One takes a look at the story through the eyes of the aggressive protagonist, while the other focus on the more passive of the two lead characters. It makes for a very interesting and unique way to look at events. Seen through the eyes of different characters, the same events can be seen so differently.
Pyrate Queen #'s 1-4
Writer - Peter Milligan, Artist - Adam Pollina, Color Artist - Tamra Bonvillain, Letterer - Dave Sharpe
Jace and Rocky chat about Pyrate Queen and the well loved plot points of any great pirate comics, action, high seas adventure and revenge! This is a superb story with a surprise twist towards the end brought to life brilliantly by fantastic line and color work.
Jace and Rocky chat about Monster Kill Squad on the latest 12 Days of the Comic Source Podcast. As the guys continue to explore the Bad Idea catalog, Rocky once again has his favorite series from the publisher. The most traditional feeling story so far with incredible art and fantastic character work.
Writer - Matt Kindt, Art & Colors - Marguerite Sauvage, Letterer - Dave Lanphear
Writer - Mark Russell, Artist - Adam Pollina, Color Artist - Ulises Arreola, Letterer - Dave Lanphear
Jace and Rocky from the Comic Boom! YouTube channel chat about the Bad Idea one-shot Refuse X Last Resorts. The first story is a nearly silent tale with hugely emotional impact. Gorgeous line and color work shows the possibilities of sequential art as a powerful storytelling medium. The second story is darkly humorous and satirical as we have come to expect from Mark Russell. Quirky Adam Pollina art brings this tale to life in a wonderful way that perfectly balances out the cynical nature of the story.
Jace and Rocky from the Comic Boom! YouTube channel talk about the DC Comics titles for the week of December 19, 2023. Nightwing brings Dick's swashbuckling adventures to a close with a shocking reminder from his past. World's Finest and Justice League Vs. Godzilla Vs Kong continue to ratchet up the action. Wonder Woman has a very heartfelt experience while the political fallout of the Sovereign's actions against the Amazons keeps building. Plus Green Lantern War Journal and Batman Off-World give us all-out cosmic action!