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Ep 44 – Comic Imprints and Labels

We debut our new News segment and talk about various publishing imprints and labels such as DC’s Vertigo and Marvel’s Knights.

Ep 35 – TV for 2017

We discuss many of the comic-related TV shows being renewed or added to the fall 2017 season, such as iZombie, The Gifted, Cloak & Dagger, Runaways, and more!

All Star Batman Volume 1 Review

Batman All-star volume 1

Collects issues 1-5

Writer: Scott Snyder (New 52 Batman, Wytches)

Artist: John Romita Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man, Kick-Ass)

Reviewed by: Peter (Produce Pete) McNeely

 

All-star DC comics (which no longer exists) was an imprint of DC comics which brought together some of the best writers and artists to create new stories using DC’s most popular characters. The main differences between previous All-star titles and All-star Batman is that All-star Batman’s stories are part of the current DC universe continuity. The series features the ever so popular writer Scott Snyder with a rotating cast of well known artists.

Scott Snyder is at it again with the help of John Romita Jr.. Together these two create one hell of a rollercoaster ride that jumps between the present and the past. The story, titled MY OWN WORST ENEMY, has Batman fighting his way across the state (498 miles to be exact) to cure Harvey Dent of Two-Face. Early into the story we find out that Two-Face has put out an open contract on Batman to try and stop him from reaching a house (we learn about this house later on) containing the cure. As the story progresses Batman’s relationship with Harvey Dent is explored, through multiple flashbacks, revealing the childhood interactions these two characters share. Even with over a dozen different villains trying to stop him, Batman with the help of Robin (Duke Thomas) and a few other members of the Bat family, prevail (SURPRISE!).

I really enjoyed the art in this book. It flows beautifully from panel to panel and does a good job of creating an obvious transition from past to present. There is a panel of Batman standing in a field, cape blowing in the wind, which is so simple yet still portrays Batman’s perseverance. Although, of all the characters in this book I would have to say that Two-face is drawn the best. The details of the scaring on his face are outstanding and the use of showing one side of the face to show who is in control is very well done. The colours used are not your typical dark Batman colours. They are brighter and more vibrant making the characters pop out from the background.

Even though at its core this is a very typical Batman story I still enjoyed reading this book. Snyder just knows how to write a good Batman story and John Romita Jr. backs it up with some wonderful art. The book (and I’m sure the rest of the series) will scratch that Scott Snyder Batman itch lingering since the end of his run on Batman New 52. The only unfortunate thing about this series is that the artist changes every story arc, something I am not the biggest fan of. If you can get past this I would recommend hopping onto the series. If you can’t get passed that issue I would still recommend picking up All-Star Batman volume 1 as it is sure to be an entertaining read.

All-Star Batman volume 1 was provided to us for review by Penguin Random House Canada.

Ep 27 – The Birds and the Bees

We shamelessly smash different characters together to create super-offspring that exhibit traits of both “parents”!

Ep 26 – Adventures in Super-Pharmacology

The guys explore how comics handle the topic of drugs; from how powers can be derived from some, to addiction and everything in between. Stay in school.

Deathstroke’s Rebirth: A Review of Vol.1 The Professional

By Jarrett Heale.

Thanks to @penguinrandom house Canada, I got my hands on an advance copy of DC’s Deathstroke Vol. 1: The Professional (Rebirth). I’ve always been intrigued by the character and was really looking forward to new material; the New 52 run had it’s ups and downs. The new creative team includes Christopher Priest and Carlo Pagulayan.

This story is a great in-roads to Deathstroke and his daughter the Ravager, not to mention other ties to his past. Though the plot feels a little too familiar, the incredible artwork and unpredictable twists keeps you turning pages.

Overall, as an aside (not related to this book specifically), I’ve learned that I’d had issues connecting with the character, but still enjoy the right stories. His motivation is unclear to me given that he kills for money, but already seems to have so much of it. It was nice to get a glimpse into his inner circle and see more of what makes him tick.

 

 

Fan Expo Canada 2016

Reeducation Through Reading – Batman Hush

Batman_-_Hush_TPB

In our second Reeducation Through Reading SPOILERcast episode, we finally get into Batman: Hush as promised early on in our usual podcast. Meagan guest-hosts with Arden, Hopkins, Jarrett, Matt, and Pete! (more…)

Star Wars and Comic Book Video Games

We watch the Rogue One trailer and from there get into video games, starting with the great SW video games and into comic book games. Grab a beer and listen with Arden, Hopkins, Jarrett, Matt, and Pete.

Spider-Man for PS1

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Batman V Superman Dawn of Justice One-Shot SPOILERcast

At the BvS Premiere

In this full-spoilers One-Shot episode, your hosts Arden, Hopkins, Jarrett, Matt, and Pete talk about BvS Dawn of Justice and everything we liked and didn’t like about it. (more…)

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