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Episode 57

 

Running behind this week, but better late than never.  I had a great week in Bat Books, but the winner for me was Talon #0 which actually came out a couple of weeks ago.  Also, new issue of The Massive was an excellent example of a story passing the Bechdel Test.  If it keeps up with this kind of storytelling, I’m going to have to send it back to the front of the recommended stack.

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Episode 55

Lots of fun stuff this week, but the 2 big winners for me were Sword of Sorcery and Ghost.

When I was a kid, I used to be able to go up to the Git-N-Go by my Gramma’s house and get Amethyst comics.  I loved these and then they were just gone, and I forgot about them.  Then a couple of years ago, a lady came in and sold in her whole collection. She didn’t have all of them, but she had most of them and now I have them. I was amazed at how Girl Power these were even after all these years.  So I was super excited to see that they were bringing her back, even if just for a bit.  I really liked this issue. It was darker than I was expecting, but still really cool.  I can’t wait to read more.  Oh! And that’s not even mentioning the Beowulf stuff which I also thought was super cool.  I have never read that character before, so I am really interested to see where it goes.

Next we have Ghost from Dark Horse.  This is also billed as a reboot, and I have not read the old stuff. That said, I really liked this.  It’s a cool supernatural/scifi story with interesting characters.  I love the art, and I especially love the way the title character is mostly silent, so her actions are very eloquently drawn.  As she discovers she is solid, she reaches out and touches a book, and you can see her puzzlement in the crinkling of her brow.  Very subtle, but really effective.  I just wish I had more of these in the store to hand-sell.

Otherwise we had lots of good stuff and one disappointment.  I really liked the Justice League #0 because it was all Shazam and he is almost my whole reason for reading Justice League right now.  Revival is continuing to be excellent with #3, and Batwoman #0 was good if sort of far-fetched.  My disappointment was with The Womanthology Space #1.  While it was mostly pretty ok, I was really sad that not a single story in it passes the Bechdel Test. I mean, a whole collection of short stories by all women creators and not even one?  Weird.  Weird and sad.

This coming week should be a lot of fun. Lots of new #0s and a new National Comics One-Shot that looks kind of cool.  Yay!

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Episode 53

Live from Northtown Mall!  As of this week, I am working 3 days a week, and all at one store.  It is very exciting. Now when people ask questions, I might actually know the answers again!  Yay!

 

Bar Comics on Wednesday night was a lot of fun, but I think I will have to switch to Tuesdays.  The parking at my favorite bar is terrible on Wednesday nights thanks to the theater that it’s attached to doing $1 ticket night.  Eep.  Don’t mind me, I’ll just park all the way over on the next street….in the dark…

Anyway, this week my favorite book was Punk Rock Jesus.  I am actually sad that it took me this long to get to it, but it kept selling out!  So finally I get to read it and it is everything it promised and more.  The depth of the storytelling actually surprised me, even after the sample that they were putting in books ahead of time.

My next favorite thing was the #0 of Worlds Finest.  I have been reading World’s Finest and liking it, but usually not loving it.  I loooooved this issue.  I sat in the bar and cried a little when I read it.  I loved. it.  If the series could be more like this, I could sell it to people like crazy.

Fairest has me feeling all conflicted.  On one hand, this new issue is a beautifully sad story, told in a great way.  I really felt it, right in the gut.  So much that in the podcast, I totally spoil the ending.  Whoops.  Sorry about that.  The conflict that I have is the same one that I always have with this book.  It’s told from the male perspective.  These are stories about the women of the Fable-verse, but they are told through the nearest dude.  I really feel that this story could have been even more effective if told from the leading lady’s perspective, but it feels like we the readers can’t be trusted to empathize with her, so we are given a rock-jawed dude to feel things.  It’s too bad, really.

In general, I read a lot of really fun stuff.  Most of the #0s from DC were solid books, and I really enjoyed the second issue of Harvest from Image. This week should be a fun week as well, with the Batman #0 and a new issue of The Massive coming out. I can’t wait.

 

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Episode 50! Welcome new listeners and thank you to my regulars!

20120821-234513.jpgRorschach #1 Story by Brian Azzarello, Art by Lee Bermejo.
Man. I was not really expecting to like this one. Rorschach is a fan-favorite character and this was a hotly anticipated title, but I was really worried that I wouldn’t like it and I would find myself in the minority. I am relieved to say that I thought this was pretty cool. The art and story worked very well together to create this dysfunctional noir setting for the lead character, and it teases at a CSI style serial killer storyline that I really want to read.

20120823-214103.jpgSaga #6 Story by Brian K Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples.

In the final issue in the first arc of what might be the best series this year we get a fantastic space ship and a fun cliffhanger. I have enjoyed every installment of this series, but this might be my favorite. Now I just have to wait till November for it to pick back up.

20120823-215606.jpgRevival #2 Tim Seeley and Mike Norton.

While I think the first issue was a little more powerful, this one is still going strong. I can’t wait to see where this story goes.

 

 

 

 

 

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Episode 29

Fierce!

Madame Xanadu Vol 02 Exodus Noir Written by Matt Wagner, Art by Michael Wm. Kaluta

Ok, I know I already reviewed the first volume of this one, and pretty recently really, but this  is so good, I can’t let it pass by.  The two volumes have drastically different art, but both are so excellent that this is now near the top of my “recommend to new readers” pile.  Exodus Noir features 2 stories that are beautifully interwoven.  We have the murder mystery set in 1940, and the tragic romance set in the days of the inquisition.  Magic, love, passion and death.  All told with some of the most eloquent layouts I have seen.  I need to get a scanner hooked up one of these days so that I can post examples.  In the meantime, you’ll have to just go out and buy this.  It’s really that good.

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