Whilst I was reading the excellent and atmospheric Y the Last Man, I lay sprawled on my sofa, the warm air of the new-fangled British summertime hanging over me like a deeply hidden shameful memory, and I had an interesting thought. What music would complement this brilliant book? After five minutes or so of debating, I reached over lazily and turned on the Xbox and started streaming Joe Bonamassa’s “Dust Bowl” album.
The very first episode of the Inter-Comics podcast with your hosts, Jack Chambers, Free Costin and Dan Cole!
So last week I was in outer space with @theFatLantern looking at Oa’s finest, and this week I’m back down to earth with a bump, reading my first independant comic series. You guys had the choices, and chose away you did, finally offering me up a slice of arguably, one of the most iconic and finest comic book series of all times, Brian K. Vaughan’s Y The Last Man. I mean, it won three Eisner awards, numerous accolades, has reached many a top five in various “Best comics Ever Yo!” polls and even Stephen King called it “the best graphic novel [he] had ever read!” Therefore, I guess I better do it some justice really. No pressure…
It’s surprising the idea hasn’t been used before: a reality TV show where a corporation creates a clone from DNA contained in the shroud of Turin. A teenage girl (virgin of course) is implanted with the embryo and then gives birth to Jesus Christ, Chris to his friends. Watching over them is Thomas ‘The Cemetery’ McKael, an ex-IRA assassin and high level bad ass, he is kept busy by constant attacks on the compound by the NAC (New American Christians). This is the story of Chris’s creation, upbringing and what happens when the Saviour discovers Punk Rock.
Some of you might be aware that this week the star of Amazing Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, actually mentioned in an interview that it would be interesting if long time Spidey love interest Mary-Jane Watson was actually a guy. This comment may have been in jest or a serious statement from the actor, but it does bring up an interesting idea. What if Spider-Man was gay?
As the new shepherd of the X-Universe Bendis has created something interesting in the pages of All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men. However more often than not Uncanny seems to be behind its sister title when it comes to quality. Bendis delivers another one of his famous talky scripts in this issue. It is concerned with setting up the next arc and introducing the reader to a new team member. Now this isn’t a bad thing, but the whole issue falls under the weight of its own dialogue. The constant chatter becomes so much that even the art gets swallowed up by it.
Welcome to P and I #007! But don’t worry, there’s not a Humpalot, Squidbeaver or ScharamooschScaramoosch in sight, although reading this whilst listening to Duran Duran is always welcome. Let’s delve right into things, I decided I wanted to look at the Green Lantern last week, and that’s exactly what I’ve done, and also like last week, I’ve teamed up with someone from my Twitter feed, the young, talented, Jean Claude Van Damme and Iron Shiek loving @TheFatLantern! Like Green Arrow and Green Lantern, we blazed a trail through bad puns and crap Sean Connery impressions and bring my first look at the Emerald Knights of Oa.
It is a given that nearly everyone is familiar with the 60s Batman TV show. It was high camp and trippy fun that made household names of Batman and Robin. Adam West’s Batman is everything that is odd and silly about the character. What Jeff Parker and Jonathan Case have done is recreate the TV show and embrace the ridiculousness of it all. As a result we have a comic that captures the TV show’s camp feel and that is a good thing.
Yes, it’s been a while since we have graced the blogging world but we thought it was about time we dusted off our thinking caps, put on our brainstorming gown and started smoking the imagination pipe (not a euphemism people, get your mind out the gutter!). A lot has happened since we have been away, Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel have hit our screens and divided opinions and I’m sure our thoughts on those two films will be made public soon. But for now, we have been brainstorming and over the next few weeks and we hope to have some really interesting debates with our readers. But I think the subject we have for you today is a cracking one to start with…………….VIOLENCE!!
“In the beginning, Zod created man, this man, Black Adam had a female counterpart, Atom Eve, though she had strayed from her Image. Atom Eve took a big ole bite out of an apple given to her by Snake Eyes, and so they were cast out of Wakanda and into the cold wastes of Latveria. Born unto Black Adam and Atom Eve, the twins Quiksilver and Scarlett Witch soon led their mutant brethren into Zod’s promised lands, Genosha. Lo, the mutants flourished in Genosha…”
Jupiter’s Legacy is the new series from writer Mark Millar and artist Frank Quitely. The comic tells the story of an aging generation of veteran super heroes and their offspring, who are far less valiant. The first issue set the scene brilliantly introducing us to the troubled family who incorporate a world very much like our own. There’s no grand fictitious cities or helicarrier riding super police, save for the presence of the super heroes this is a very grounded recognisable setting.
Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime, They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them or they’ll send the talon for your head…
Before I start, if you haven’t read Court of Owls, then be warned, this post of mine contains spoilers galore! Don’t say I didn’t pre-warn you!
Let’s start with Doomsday.1, here is a book I was seriously excited about #2 for. I went in blind, read the blurb on the net before picking up #1 and was seriously pleasantly surprised. Issue #1 sets up the story… the thrilling tale of seven adventurous astronauts, who watch in horror, aloft in the International Space Station, as most of Earth is annihilated by a titanic solar flare.
Starting in August, Marvel will begin it’s next big event called Infinity, which will tie into; Avengers, New Avengers, Thanos Rising, Guardians of the Galaxy as well as some other such as Captain Marvel and Nova. The story this time around has Thanos arriving to Earth to attack it in a very vulnerable state as the Avengers are out in space battling a new enemy. It will be up to what’s left of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to take on the Mad Titan and whatever he has coming with him.
The author of World War Z adds another zombie tale to his bibliography. But this has a twist as Brooks decides to tackle another highly popular supernatural creature, the vampire. From the off Brooks wasted no time in introducing everything you need to know about his new concept. Vampires are arrogant and have underestimated the threat zombies present. Brooks criticises previous popular incarnations of vampires, but crucially he doesn’t build a unique angle for his own interpretation.