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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #049 – ROBOT JESUS

By Jack Chambers, Daniel Cole and Free Costin

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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #049 Transformers
This week the gang is joined by John-Paul Bove. JP talks about his work, the role of colourists and which comic book characters he’d marry, kill or fuck.

The gang also look at the big news announcements from the week, talk about their best/worst comics of the week and discuss a double helping of 52.

Sit down, relax and enjoy!

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Posted on July 26th, 2014
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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #048 – MILKING THANOS

By Jack Chambers, Daniel Cole and Free Costin

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Milk Thanos
This week the trio let you guys decide the content as they answer your questions.
Topics include: Their pulls lists, spoilers, character defining creators and which superheroes they would marry.

So sit back and enjoy this bumper sized episode!

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Posted on July 10th, 2014
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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #047 – EGG FU 1602

By Jack Chambers and Daniel Cole

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Marvel 1602
The Freeless Defenders return to explore the year 1602. Discuss Superman’s newest issue and try to understand the majesty of Egg Fu.

It is the book of the month episode so sit back and enjoy!

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Posted on July 10th, 2014
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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #046 – JOSH OF SPADES

By Jack Chambers, Daniel Cole and Free Costin

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Jack Of Spades #1 teaser
This week the mighty trio reunite and are joined by Joshua Werner! Josh talks about his work, life and love for comics. He even allows Free to indulge her TMNT obsession.

On top of Josh’s appearance the team tackle the newest news, look at the sales charts and discuss their best and worst of the week.

It all finishes on a high note with the return of the dramatic reading!

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Posted on July 10th, 2014
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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #045 – GOD HATES ZOMBIES

By Jack Chambers, Daniel Cole and Free Costin

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Toe Tag Riot
This week’s special guest is Matt Miner!

Jack and Dan welcome Free back to the show and she’s just in time to discuss this week’s best/worst comics, answer some listener questions and interview the creator of Liberator and Toe Tag Riot, Matt Miner.

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Posted on June 26th, 2014
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OUT OF THE LONG BOX #030 – DETECTIVE COMICS #32

By Chris Fenn

Detective Comics #32 Pier
This new creative team is exactly what Detective Comics need. They make me want to just never stop reading, and I’m honestly considering going back to read their Flash run.

The art and page layout in this comic is utterly beautiful. Going through the book I took time to appreciate the first page, and the page where we see Annette walking down the pier; both have such wonderful layouts and really good use of panels.

I think my favourite image in the entire comic, and a contender for my favourite image of all time, is the two page splash featuring the creative credits. The setting sun juxtaposing with the darker sky not only looks good on the page but conveys the themes I want to see in a Batman comic; Batman being a saviour and a symbol of hope.

Whilst the art is utterly magnificent the writing is fantastic too. With a hardboiled detective like Bullock it seems easy to fall into cliché’s; have him having a drink at the bar and be snarky to everybody all the time – but showing him go home and listen to his voicemails has done more for his progression than anything else I’ve read before.

Detective Comics #32 Bullock
I also love the fact that so far we haven’t seen Batman stumble upon some ‘deus ex machina’ to get him to the killer and deal out justice. I like the fact that he had to interrogate a criminal to find where the victim’s car was before swimming to retrieve the evidence. I even like the fact that all that did was help him find a base without actually knowing who lurks there.

The end of the issue is excellent as well; Batman is without his utility belt and is in the middle of a Mexican Standoff. This scenario feels like something a street level hero would end up in; it isn’t a convoluted death trap, and the fate of Gotham doesn’t hang in the balance – it’s just so simple yet so brilliant.

I thought that with all the seemingly endless huge story arcs in DC at the moment I’d have run out of steam for a multiple issue Batman story in Detective Comics, but this has been such a pleasure to read. It doesn’t feel forced, or exhausting or like it’s trying to change the DC Universe as we know it.

For anybody who wants to read a good Batman story about a detective who takes on street level threats, please pick up Detective Comics by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato.

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Posted on June 14th, 2014
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ORACLE OF COMICS #014 – HARLEY QUINN #6 – BETTER NUTHEAD THAN RED

By Luke Abbott

Harley Quinn #6 Noshed
I don’t know if it was the long wait for the next issue of Harley Quinn, especially after a lacklustre previous issue, but this comic really hit the spot.

It was just non-stop funny. Last time, the fact that the plot was advancing like a usual comic hurt the Harley Quinn madness. There was no time to take part in the usual Harley antics. This time out, the set-pieces were far more up Harley’s street, so the writers were able to milk comedy out of every angle. Just setting it in a zoo rather than a hospital ward was a much better decision. A zoo has far more possibilities for comical references, even if it is little more than Harley going from cold-blooded killer to a fourteen year old girl, petting a giraffe. This issue also moved at a much faster pace than anything we have seen before from Harley yet it worked. It crammed so much in, but it was never too much. The writers timed everything perfectly, which is hard to do with comedy, as you sometimes have to revel in a moment to squeeze every potential joke out from it. The only downside to the humour was the fact that it was still a little dependent on people finding the Russian accent funny. Even then, there were enough jokes to breeze over that small flaw. (On the other hand, I loved the fact the female Russian spy was called Bendemova. That was a good touch.)

Harley Quinn #6 Zena Bendemova
The jokes weren’t even all in your face. There was a joke from every angle. One frame, there would be something massive and hilarious, like Harley crashing a helicopter two seconds after getting in it. However, because there was some space in the background, the writers threw in a small detail, where an insane person kills a homeless man. Who does that and why was it so funny? It was the norm that the comic book created and we were able to roll with this needless murder and act as though it was another day in the life of Harley. In fact, there are a lot of things here that only Harley Quinn could get away with. She mercilessly murders a helpless woman for her jewellery, kills someone over a Gran Torino she hypothetically could have inherited and has so few redeemable qualities. On paper, she is a useless hero to get behind. However, she is so honest about her evilness that it is so difficult to hate the character. Story-writing 101: it is always more fun to hang out with the bad guy.

Harley Quinn #6 Last Words
Quote of the Issue:

Thug: Any last words?
Harley: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis.
Thug: What’s that?
Harley: Longest word in the dictionary.

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Posted on June 14th, 2014
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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #044 – THE DALEY SHOW

By Jack Chambers, Daniel Cole and Shawn Daley

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Shawn Daley Cartoonist
This week, Jack and Dan are joined by the Canadian comic creator extraordinaire, Shawn Daley!

The trio discuss Shawn’s career so far, the week’s news, best/worst comics, 52 #23 and the triumphant return of the dramatic reading!

Stay tuned at the end for the announcement of the June #comicofthemonth and a special musical treat.

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Posted on June 14th, 2014
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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #043 – GOD LOVES THE FUTURE, MAN KILLS THE PAST

By Jack Chambers, Daniel Cole and Mathew Wilmot

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God Loves Man Kills
This week, Jack, Dan and Mathew talk everything X-Men! Two classic stories: God Loves, Man Kills and Days of Future Past are the Comics of the Month and a spoiler-filled discussion of the Days of Future Past movie at the end.

Plus the usual weekly news, reviews and 52 issues you’ve come to expect!

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Posted on June 7th, 2014
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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #042 – THE ANSWER TO LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING

By Jack Chambers, Daniel Cole and Free Costin

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52 Week #21
It’s a hostful episode as Jack, Dan and Free reunite to discuss this week’s biggest news, in particular, what an awful person David Goyer is.

There’s also the best and worst comics of the week, the quick mentions and Week 21 of 52.

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Posted on May 31st, 2014
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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #040 – PIXELATED VIOLENCE!

By Jack Chambers, Daniel Cole and Mike Garley

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Kill Screen
This week the team are joined by the wonderful Mike Garley. He talks about his career and his newest project The Kill Screen.

On top of that the team chat about the news, comics and issues 18 and 19 of 52. So sit back and enjoy!

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Posted on May 31st, 2014
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WRITER’S BLOCK #003 – WALKING DEAD #127 REVIEW

By Simon Dixon

Walking Dead #127 Rick Grimes
All-out war is over and it’s “A new beginning” for The Walking Dead! After the events of the storyline Negan was captured by Rick and the start of a brand new era of expansion and civilization was set into motion. I have personally seen some people become uninterested with the previous storyline and this progression could be the perfect thing to get people excited for the comic again.

In the issue Kirkman makes the bold move to advance the story 2 years into the future. Understandably some people will be annoyed with the sudden jump in the story; leaving a rather large gap in the life of some of their favourite characters. However, this isn’t just a gimmick or a tool used to bring aboard new readers. It’s directly linked to the previous story arc and is beneficial to both new and old readers. It seems clear that the 2 years that were skipped over where a time of a rebuilding of civilization. Which, while being interesting for some could get boring very fast for others.

Walking Dead #127 Magna
Some of the noticeable changes are the look of the main cast; Rick is particularly unrecognisable. However, it is not hard to determine who is who. Carl has obviously grown up a lot and is a teenager at this point. Rick & Andrea’s relationship has advanced in the issue and they are more like a married couple. The main change is the huge expansion of the overall community both in size and quality of life. This includes all of the camps (Alexandria, The Hilltop, etc.) in the area. Everyone seems to have systems for trading, farming, manufacturing, schooling and careers. As well as ways in which they lead Walkers away from the camps. They also seem to run a “Fair” of some sorts. But, we don’t know what that consists of yet.

It seems clear that the type of story The Walking Dead is changes within this issue. We’ve gone from a comic about survival at all costs to a comic about the rebuilding of civilization and the problems that come with it. The whole change breathes new life into the story and adds some hope & safety for the future, something we’ve not truly experienced before in this universe. The characters in the book have also evolved with this change. Everyone seems to have their certain role in the community and have developed personally through those roles. Rick is the leader, Andrea is his second-in-command and leader in her own right, Jesus is in charge of the defence of the community and Eugene is in charge of manufacturing and science. We’ve also seen a development of Carl getting into the mentality of a normal teenager; he’s become someone who wants to do his own thing which might lead him away from Rick. Carl has also connected with someone who probably isn’t good for him. We also see the introduction of new characters into the book. “Magna” will likely become a big character in the story to come.

Walking Dead #127 Carl Grimes
Robert Kirkman promised big things this year in The Walking Dead and if this issue is anything to go by he is delivering. He’s giving the series a new lease of life. The progression in the story has allowed for new characters, the development of fan favourites as well as the civilization around them. Seeing how their plans and what they have done as well as how this budding new community has affected them is very intriguing and I can’t wait to find out more.

Story/Writing – 5/5
Art – 4.5/5
Overall – 4.5/5

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Posted on May 15th, 2014
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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #039 – POWER RANGERS FOR ADULTS!

By Jack Chambers, Daniel Cole and Brian Visaggio

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Stronghold
Brian Visaggio joins the team this week as they look around his Stronghold. They talk news, comics and Brian. Ending on a high as they open the doors to a new kingdom.

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Posted on May 10th, 2014
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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #038 – THE PRIDE OF INTER-COMICS

By Jack Chambers, Daniel Cole and Mathew Wilmeau

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Pride of Baghdad
This week we discuss our book of the month Pride Of Baghdad. However the team has lost Dan, so have to survive the best and worst comics of the week with our favourite regular guest host Mathew Wilmeau.

Also we discuss the latest episodes of Arrow and Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D, so expect a few spoilers.

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Posted on May 10th, 2014
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INTER-COMICS PODCAST – EPISODE #037 – MARIO’S VIDEOS ARE NASTY!

By Jack Chambers, Daniel Cole and Mario Covone

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Bash Street Kids
This week the Freeless defenders team up with comics creator Mario Covone. They discuss everything from the latest news to 52 #16. Mario divulges his writing secrets as the episode heads towards a dramatically tragic end.

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Posted on May 10th, 2014
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