So Thought Bubble came and went. Myself, Charlotte my fiancee, Captain Inter-Comics, Dan Cole and our good friend Sean Favager descended upon Leeds like a group of alcohol deprived ghouls and drank our way through the whole thing. So as the cobwebs, hangovers and various drink related injuries were wearing themselves off, my good friend Michael Sambrook got in contact with me, imploring me to get hold of Paul Holden
The Freeless Defenders return this week as Jack & Dan try to take a more positive outlook on life and comics. Our heroes gush over the best stories of the week and save some of their negative gush for one book in particular. The final segment is all about very special comic called Something Terrible. Dan & Jack get choked up while talking about one of the most important and powerful books in the entire medium.
Whenever you discover a writer/creator that you really enjoy, you find yourself following everything they do with great passion and enthusiasm. People feel like that about the big superstar creators; Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison and Alan Moore to name a few. When you feel this way about an independent writer/creator you begin to feel more connected to the writer. I discovered this when I got chatting to Joe Martino. After a drunken New Year’s Eve chat, I ended up digitally buying all Joe’s work on Comixology.
This week, Old Man Gizmo hits the big 3-0 live on air, Free makes her triumphant return and Jack picks a DC comic as his best book of the week!
The trio also discuss Agents of SHIELD and last month’s sales numbers.
Co-Written by David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky, with Carmine Di Giandomenico providing the wonderful artwork, Spider-Man Noir: Eyes Without A Face is where I started, which was a backwards way of reading them as it’s the second one, however at the time I was reading a Panini Marvel reprint of Astonishing Spider-Man and one of the stories in those pages was Eyes Without a Face #1. I can honestly say I was left quite speechless.
This week, Free is missing once again! Luckily, Jack has returned and he’s brought special guest Sean Favager with him!
The team discuss the big Marvel news, the not so big DC news and do “spoilercasts” for Thor: The Dark World and Batman: Arkham Origins.
Many of you folks out there probably know Joe Hill as the writer of the marvellous IDW series “Locke & Key”. Quite a lot of you might not know that Joe Hill is also an amazing writer of novels! His most recent novel “NOS4A2” or “NOS4R2” for us UK folks is the story of Charles Manx & his Silver Wraith and his adventures in Christmasland. Now that Locke & Key is coming to an end, Mr Hill has been kind enough to grace us with a new comic; a comic set in the crazy and scary world of his novel “NOS4A2”.
Manifest Destiny #1 is a fantastic starting point to a comic that looks certain to take us on an epic journey of adventure, murder, betrayal, monsters and probably a bit more murder. Featuring the pioneering, historical characters of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, Manifest Destiny invites us to follow in the footsteps of (or is that “in the wake of”?) the “Corps of Discovery Expedition”, the legendary trail blazed by Lewis & Clark, sanctioned by President Thomas Jefferson under the guise of exploration and, well, discovery.
It finally happened. The chained up writer in me finally reared it’s creative, hydra like head, roared the roar of it’s people and forced my chubby hand to the keyboard, I attempted to resist and started fighting it valiantly using the nearby kebab stick as a rudimentary phalanx, but alas my pitiful poking device merely angered the beast.
This week Free and Dan go it alone as they look back at this weeks comics. Fun for all the family as they talk about the Turtles, SHIELD and Michael Bay.
This could be the coolest comic ever made, not the best (although it is very, very good) but the coolest. It’s that cool kid at school who’s going to gigs before you are allowed out past ten, has a serious girlfriend long before you get chest hair but still manages to remember your name and give you a smile as you struggle not to hate him.
There’s so many great horror titles around and Halloween themed stories set within a lot of well established stories that it seemed like it would be obscene not to look into it….and if that isn’t enough, I’ve also put together a nice little Halloween themed playlist for you all to enjoy whilst reading! That’s right. Horror metal/rock/ambient stuff to compliment watching Michael Myers slice and dice his way through a group of randy teenagers by the creek, in the old abandoned shack, that was shut down due to Michael Myers slicing his way through a group of randy teenagers by the creek a few years beforehand.
This week the team try to sort through the avalanche of NYCC announcements. Dan swoons, Jack tells people to f**k off and Free wants less politics. So sit back and enjoy!
ASM. The Amazing Spider-Man. Possibly THE most iconic Superhero in the world. Easily the most recognisable. “Fhwip”-ing his way around New York City, fighting crime, super villains and a Newspaper editor hell bent on crushing under his heel like, well, like a spider, all the while wise cracking and joking his way into the hearts and minds of millions of comic book fans world wide. And do you know something, I love him.
‘This is what Clint Barton does when he’s not an avenger.’ That one line says it all. That’s the reason why I love this book, because it’s about Clint and not his alter-ego Hawkeye. Sure, he’s what you would class as a superhero, yes he’s part of a superhero gang that fights crime and generally prevents the Earth from being messed up. But this is an exploration of his down-time, his ‘Clint time’