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In the vein of our popular “Secret Wars” series recap, we’re talking about the comic series that inspired the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “Captain America: Civil War”.
This 7-issue mini-series published in 1999 ignited the debate on “who watches the watchmen” in Marvel Comics, as a tragic event leads to attempted government regulation on the actions of super-powered individuals.
The series features almost every Marvel hero (and villain) including Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man, the New Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Thunderbolts!
And now we’ve read it – so you don’t have to!
Join us as we review Marvel’s Civil War!
Hi all –
It’s been a while since we discussed the hot new comics that y’all should be excited about. But, with all the COVID nonsense largely behind us (fingers crossed), we’re back on track and ready to roll on our recurring coverage of the comic releases that we are looking forward to this week.
Black Knight: Curse Ebony Blade #3 (of 5) – Marvel Comics
Writer: Simon Spurrier, Art: Sergio Davila
Suddenly – out of nowhere – the Black Knight is hot again. On the heels of Marvel’s announcement that The Black Knight -Dane Whitman – will play a major role in the upcoming MCU movie “The Eternals”, the comics publisher is getting the character back out in front of readers.
The Black Knight recently got his own one-shot as part of Marvel’s “King in Black” crossover event – which, if you haven’t checked out, you definitely should. Writer Simon Spurrier quickly educated readers who were new to the character nimbly, explaining the character’s back story and unique power/skill-set, in that one-shot. And his expert storytelling and dry wit carry through to this title.
Casual comics fans should love the mini-series format of “Black Knight Curse Ebony Blade”. It’s both a fun introduction to a character many are not familiar with and a self-contained story that requires neither extensive background knowledge nor a commitment beyond these five issues. It should not be hard to find the first two issues of this series – which has been top-notch so far – so now is a perfect time to fall in love with Dane Whitman, his curse, and his ebony blade.
Shang-Chi #1 – Marvel Comics
by: Gene Luen Yang , Dike Ruan , Leinil Francis Yu
Here’s another character that Marvel would like you to know more about heading into an upcoming movie release.
“Shang–Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” opens on September 3, 2021. This is a hero that I don’t know a ton about, so I’m actually really excited to read this book. The solicit promises a great introduction to the charatcter:
“SHANG-CHI VS. THE MARVEL UNIVERSE! Shang-Chi and his family are back! And this time, they’re colliding head-to-head with the Marvel Universe’s biggest heroes!”
I find that one way to make a hero (and his family) more accessible to casual readers is to create friction between said hero and the other characters that readers are much more in tune with. So, this should be an excellent jumping on point for people who want to get on board with Shang Chi before the movie rolls on the big screen.
Rover Red Charlie #1 (Dog Days Variant)
Writer: Garth Ennis, Art: Michael Dipascale
Personally, I find Garth Ennis a bit hit-or-miss, but this is definitely one of the more twisted “hits” in bibliography.
The release date on this one in the solicit is confusing, so don’t be mad if you’re not seeing this on the shelves this week. This is a re-release of a comic that I read (and loved) when it was first published back in 2013 and tells the tale of three canine pals who are living through the apocalypse. When an outbreak occurs that causes all humans to erupt in violent rage, the dogs are on their own in figuring out how to navigate a world gone wild. If you can imagine “28 Days Later” told from the POV of the pets, you’re halfway there.
This appears to be some kind of deluxe edition, so hopefully there’s some bonus content for those who have read this before. Avatar Press’ website is positively awful, so I guess we’ll all find out together.
Wonder Girl #1 – DC Comics
Writer: Joelle Jones, Art: Joelle Jones
Here’s the book I’ve definitely been dying to read. In the course of wading through DC’s huge “Future State” rollout, “Wonder Woman” was definitely the standout book in a mostly “meh” lot of books. Finally Yara Flor has her own ongoing series with “Wonder Girl”.
“Yara Flor has always felt something was missing from her life – and now she is headed to Brazil to find it. Little does she know her arrival will set off a series of events that will change the world of Wonder Woman forever. Her return has been prophesied, and with that prophecy comes the undivided attention of benevolent gods from pantheons beyond. “
I absolutely LOVED Joelle Jones’ take on the Wonder Woman mythos and the introduction of Yara into the DC Universe. Jones did a magnificent job of blending our mundane reality with the fantastic world of Greek mythology, and I cannot wait to read more.
And the art is magnificent – I mean just look at that cover. I’m going to read this one and then hang it on my wall!
As the first issue in an ongoing series – featuring a brand new character, nonetheless – this is a perfect time for casual comics readers to get introduced to a book you might just fall in love with.
That’s why “Wonder Girl” #1 is the official Casual Comics Pick of the Week.
I cannot believe how excited I am for the premiere of WandaVision on Disney+. So excited that it’s awakened my passion to update this blog with podcast news.
In our latest episode, we cover some key comics that are sure to tie into the TV show, and serve as a beginner’s guide to Vision and the Scarlet Witch. Listen in, and you’ll hear why this Synthozoid and Mutant couple moving to the suburbs of Jersey made me a stark-raving Marvel fan and colored my view of comics for decades to come.
If the trailers are any indication, the Marvel mini-series from the 80s will serve as a guide for this TV series, and I could not be happier. Listen in as we discuss:
X-men 4 – The Origin of the Scarlet Witch
Vision and the Scarlet Witch (1982) #1-4 – The couple takes leave from the Avengers to live in wedded bliss… but with some family complications, ending in a big comics reveal on the true family tree of the Scarlet Witch!
Join us on the Casual Comics Cast, won’t you?
We’re back with another podcast and a discussion of everyone’s favorite mutant squad: The X-Men
On this episode, we discuss our favorite X-Men characters and review:
Giant Size X-Men #1 (1975) – the introduction of the “new” X-Men that we all know and love.
Astonishing X-Men vol. 1 (1995) by Joss Whedon – a more modern take on the X-Men from the fan favorite creator.
Plus, we talk about which of our X-Men are our favorites and play an X-Men version of “Date, Marry, Kill”.
We hope you’ll join us from your favorite podcast platform or at the link below.
In this episode, we’re talking about the new trailer for THE BATMAN with Timmy Hall, host of the Buckeye Show on 97.1 the Fan.
Topics discussed include:
- The Batman Trailer
- The seminal comic book, The Killing Joke
- The previous Batman films from – Nolan, Burton, and yes – even the Schumacher films.
And, Timmy Hall selects his Marvel Cinematic Universe All-Star squad – the top 5 heroes he’d want at his back if he had to face down Thanos in a rematch.
Wow – that SDCC at Home hangover lasted longer than I expected. Not to worry faithful fans. We’re back and stronger than ever with a new podcast exploring the world of DC’s Scarlet Speedster – The FLASH!
We’re seeking the answer to the age-old question – who is faster, Superman or The Flash.
Plus, we’ve got a discussion of the most famous villains in Flash’s Rogues Gallery.
Classic comics that we read this week are:
Superman #199, “Superman’s Race with The Flash”
And, The Flash #175, “The Race to the End of the Universe”
Join us for this race across the globe (and beyond)!
And, there’s plenty of the general silliness you’ve come to know and love.
As San Diego Comic Con (at Home Edition) comes to an end, we recap the highs and lows of the final two days.
In addition, we’re joined by Thom Zahler, creator of the acclaimed comic series “Love and Capes” for an interview regarding his SDCC experiences, his comics inspirations, and what’s next for him in the world of comics.
You can find more about Thom at his website: https://thomzahler.squarespace.com/
You can hear the podcast at the link below (or on your favorite podcast app)!
On part two of our SDCC At Home coverage, we talk about the highlights from Thursday and Friday. There were some pretty great panels, and you can still check them out online.
Plus, we are super-happy to be joined by Dan Davis, creator of All Luck Comics!
Dan talks to us about the creation of the book, his inspirations, and the status of the upcoming second issue of All Luck Comics. He’s in the middle of an indiegogo fundraiser for the second issue of All Luck Comics. You can finally get a print version of issue #1 and help support the publication of issue #2. Plus, in true indiegogo fashion, there are a ton of goodies available based on your level of support, including some beautiful variant covers.
Listen to the podcast here:
And Support Dan’s Indiegogo campaign below:
Day 1 (and a half) of San Diego Comic Con 2020 is in the bag, and it’s a real treat to have these panels available for a virtual con experience.
On the latest podcast, Michael and I talk about the “must have” surrounding experiences for an honest-to-goodness virtual convention. You’ll never be able to replicate the experience of standing in line for three hours to hope for a glimpse of Don Cheadle in Hall H, but there are some things you definitely can do to enhance your own “at home” Comic Con experience.
In addition, we talk about some of the panels we’ve already seen, including the sure to be hilarious upcoming comedy series “Truth Seekers”, starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg – debuting on Amazon Prime Video this fall. \
We hope you’ll join us this weekend. With only about 100k passes issued this year, SDCC is one of the hardest tickets to get, so to be real, this is the closest some people will ever get to experience the glory of SDCC.
All panels are available for viewing on YouTube after they air, so if there’s something you missed, there’s still time for you to grab a pretzel dog, camp out on your carpet, and enjoy the fun!
Plus, as promised, here’s another flashback cosplay from an SDCC from years gone by.
This year, San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is hosting an “At Home” edition. For all of you who have never been able to attend in the past, here’s your chance to participate virtually from July 22-26, 2020.
On this episode, Joe and Michael look at the schedule of events and cover each day’s highlights while Joe reminisces about the best of prior Comic Con’s that he’s attended.
Details for attending SDCC At Home are at: https://www.comic-con.org/cci
Watch the panels along with us, and we’ll be recording multiple recaps of what we’re attending and updating you throughout the weekend!
Or look for “Casual Comics Cast” on Apple, Google Play, Spotify, or wherever you normally listen to podcasts!
I’ll also be posting some “Best Comic Con Cosplay” photos throughout the weekend, so check back soon.