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Casual Comics Cast 216 – More Secret Wars, plus Web of Spiderman and a Classic Wonder Woman / Cheetah comic
In our continuing quest to bring you some comics to catch up on while you’re in quarantine and waiting for new comics, we’re continuing our discussion of Marvel’s Secret Wars.
On this episode, we chat about issues #7-9 – including the introduction of a new Spider-Woman and Spiderman’s now famous “black suit”.
As part of the “Joe’s Got Issues” series, we’ve got Web of Spiderman #1 – continuing the alien symbiote saga from Marvel’s Secret Wars.
Plus, Wonder Woman vol. 2, #7 – Featuring the first appearance of Barbara Minerva – the Cheetah from the upcoming DC blockbuster “Wonder Woman 84”.
All of these are available digitally, from Comixology / Amazon, so we hope you’ll read along and enjoy!
On the Easter edition, we discuss the most famous Rabbit Super Heroes in comics history.
That’s right. Rabbits who are also super heroes. That’s a thing that happened in comics.
Plus, while we’re all on lockdown, it seems like a good time to dig into the back issues, finally reading the trade paperbacks we’ve had on our shelves, meaning to read (or re-read), but have never had the time. We’re discussing:
- Fables – DC Comics. Written by Bill Willingham
- Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon – Marvel Comics. Written by Matt Fraction
And, with Ryan sitting in, you’re going to get more actual, real DC Comics knowledge than usual on this time around.
Settle in, have a beverage, and enjoy the show!
Hey, folks – hope you’re hanging in there. This week, Pat’s back!
And, We’ve got some recommended watching and reading to get you through the week.
- Dredd (2012) starring Karl Urban
- Wonder Woman: Blood (2011), written by Brian Azzarello
- The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – the Netflix show and the comic –
Thanks for listening!
This week, join us and our special guest – Batman Super-fan, Ryan – as we discuss more new(ish) comics to catch up on during your Corona lockdown:
- Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular – DC Comics
- Fantastic Four: Marvels Snapshot #1 – Marvel Comics
- Legion Of Super-Heroes #5 – DC Comics
- Transformers vs Terminator #1 – Dark Horse Comics
And our hot comic pick of the week – Judge Dredd: False Witness #1 from IDW
Plus, a bunch of the other nonsense you’ve come to know and love.
Cheers – and stay safe!
Casual Comics Cast – Ep. 208 – Netflix’s “I am Not Okay with This”, Clue: Candlestick, and more comic reviews
This week, we review the Netflix series “I am Not Okay with This” and compare it to the comic. We also debate which hero we’d want on our team to help us with this Corona outbreak.
Plus, we review and discuss:
IDW Comics’ “Clue: Candlestick”
Marvel Comics – “Immortal Hulk: Great Power” and “Rescue 2020”, which features Iron Man’s Pepper Potts
In Indie Comics, we’ve got:
“Finger Guns” from Vault Comics
“Last Stop” from Scout Comics.
And, Pat finally reads a classic comic story – “Green Arrow” #85: “Snowbirds Don’t Fly” – and gives his thoughts on this comic from 1971. How does it hold up today? Tune in and find out!
What we’re drinking this week:
Platform Beer Company’s Open Market • Nordic Style White Ale W/ Peach And Apricot
So, settle in, and enjoy…
Casual Comics Cast Ep 205 – Netflix’s Locke and Key, Full Moon Comics’ Femalien, Marvel’s The End, Oni Press’ “Bactrack”, and more
This episode, we’ve got commentary on the new Netflix TV series – “Locke and Key”
We also review a bunch of comics, including:
- Femalien: Cosmic Crush #1, from Full Moon Comics
- Wonder Woman #750, from DC Comics
- Captain America: The End and Doctor Strange: The End, from Marvel Comics
Plus, you’ve got my solid-gold, Hot Comics Pick of the Week: Backtrack #1, from Oni Press
So, settle in with your favorite beverage and enjoy the show!
This episode is recorded in front of a live studio audience.
No kidding, we really do have a live studio audience. His name is Ryan and he’s here to talk about Batman. And to correct last episode’s disparaging remarks about a classic DC character – Leslie Thompkins.
This week, the Casual Comics Cast reviews of the following comics and beers:
• Red Sonja and Vampirella meet Betty and Veronica number eight, by Dynamite Comics
• Quantum and Woody number one, by Valiant Comics
• All Luck Comics number one, by All Luck Comics
• Skittley Bittley Bop, from Hoof Hearted Brewery
• Opera Cream Stout from Platform Beer Company
• And Bierwolf, from Great Lakes Brewing Company
Plus, other comic-related nonsense!
So, settle in with your favorite beverage and enjoy the show!
Here’s the latest Casual Comics Cast. I promise you, the audio gets better about 5 minutes in (timestamp 5:13 to be precise).
On this podcast, we discuss :
- How Michael is doing with Dry January
- Pat and Michael’s extreme abuse of Joe’s physical comics
- Which comic character – if any – has cats in his/her mouth
Plus, some actual comic reviews:
- Warrior Nun: Dora #2 from Avatar Press (Pat’s verdict – 8 out of 10)
- Detective Comics #1000 from DC Comics (Michael’s verdict – 5/10)
- Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter or Terror: Season 2 #4 from Ahoy! Comics (Joe gives it 9/10)
And there are beer reviews, as well.
Join us, won’t you?
Time after time I’ve been duped by Avengers titles. Avengers A.I. #1? Tricked by the hidden “AI” subtitle. New Avengers #1? Way too dark and complicated for a casual fan. So, once again into the Avengers Universe I tumbled when I added Secret Avengers #1 to my weekly picks last month.
Now that #2 has hit the shelves, it’s time to take a reflect on the Secret Avengers and decide. Would I add this to my pull list (if I ever started one)?
Let’s start with the cover and review the team:
So, from left-to-right, we’ve got Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Spider Woman, Phil Coulson, and MODOK. And my immediate reaction was “Whaaaa?” Read the rest of this entry
I liked the Double Down format so well, I thought I’d give it another go with some recent comics you may have missed – Fantastic Four #1 and Loki: Agent of Asgard #2.
Since diving back into the world of comics, the Marvel titles I’ve bought have been a mixed bag – New Avengers, Avengers AI, and Guardians of the Galaxy have all given me major headaches. A combination of thick continuity and a too-dark outlook on the Marvel Universe made me question my commitment to being a casual comics fan.
Recently, though, I’ve picked up many Marvel titles that have restored my faith in the current editorial direction. I adored She-Hulk #1 and have high hopes for Ms. Marvel after a good looking and well-told origin story in the first issue of the new run.
So what has Marvel delivered over the last two weeks? Let’s start with a classic team – The Fantastic Four.
The FF is embarking on a new adventure with a new #1 and a storyline called, “The Fall of the Fantastic Four”. Even the title seemed like a downer. But, I was pleasantly surprised by the new series.
The book begins, as too many Marvel titles do, with a character recounting how the upcoming story is the darkest days of (humanity/mutants/the team in question). This time, it’s Sue Storm writing a letter to her daughter regarding the, well, impending fall of the Fantastic Four.
Marvel may want to send a memo to their writing staff, letting them know that this storytelling technique is a bit played-out.
As a casual fan, though, I really enjoyed this issue. I can set aside the bummer opening pages. Really, every FF storyline since the 60s has had the threat of the team breaking up / dying. So the prelude, while unnecessary, isn’t really that “dark”. In the good old days, they would’ve just splashed it on the cover and dug right into the story.
Here are a few things I like about the first issue of the new Fantastic Four:
The team – It’s been too long since I’ve seen a Fantastic Four Series that features the actual Fantastic Four – Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and yer ever lovin’ Uncle Benji. Welcome home guys. It’s great to have you here.
The costumes – I’m not sure if this is the first time the Fantastic Four are wearing these red uniforms, but I really like them. I’m sure I’ll want them to get back to the classic blues at some point, but the reds are really popping off the page in this issue.
The story – The first issue was pretty dang easy for a casual comics fan. I’m familiar enough with the broader Marvel Universe that I understand that Reed’s running some kind of educational facility in the Baxter Building. I like to think of it as the nerd academy vs. Xavier’s jock institute. So, the interlude with the kiddies running around was the deepest dig into current continuity, and it didn’t strain the brain too hard.
Robinson also does an excellent job, pacing the action and adventure with the team interludes and personal moments. Fantastic Four #1 is very well written. We even get a proper “It’s Clobberin’ Time!”
The art –
This is exactly what I was hoping for when I picked up Fantastic Four #1.
Will I buy the next issue? AB-SO-LUTELY. Lock it in.
So, after reading this, I was pretty hyped for Loki: Agent of Asgard #2. It was one of my hot picks for last week, you may recall. Like many, I quite enjoy Tom Hiddleston’s portrayal of the immortal trickster in the movies. I read the solicit:
“Loki vs. Lorelei! It’s the battle of the Asgardian younger siblings–from the casinos of Monte Carlo to a speed date in New York! Loki goes speed dating. We should have mentioned that earlier, really.”
How can you go wrong with that? It’s almost like Marvel had a roadmap to make it go wrong and followed it to the letter. But, it all begins and ends with the title being almost entirely impenetrable for casual readers.
I would’ve thought that with Loki’s relative popularity in the movie universe, Marvel might try a title that casual readers can “get”. I was shocked to open the book and find a page-long recap of the previous developments leading up to this issue. It’s only issue #2 after all. There was a bunch of nonsensical (to me) backstory about Loki dying, coming back to life as a kid, and redeeming himself.
That might seem pretty straightforward, but that’s not all. The original Loki then returns, kills the reincarnated version of himself, and takes his own place, but has to pretend to be the good version in order to wipe out his old bad deeds… Or something like that… I’ve read it three times, and I’m still not sure I’m getting it.
I’m a pretty bright guy (no matter what you might hear), and I shouldn’t still be struggling with the basic timeline of a character like Loki in the SECOND issue of a title.
Once I got into the book, I thought the story was witty. The art was gorgeous, as well. I’ve never really noticed the “coloring” on a book, so Nolan Woodard should be commended for making me sit up and take notice on the wonders a colorist can work on a bok.
But I’m just plain lost. I liked the meat of the story, but I couldn’t make heads-nor-tails of where the story was coming from or where it’s heading based on this issue.
Will I buy the next issue? To be honest, I’ll probably read the next one (or two) at the comic shop to see if it’s making any more sense before investing another three bucks on another issue.
So, once again, Marvel is proving to be a mixed bag. It makes me even more nervous about diving back into the DC Universe. Here’s the deal, if they ever put out a new Doctor Fate title, it’ll be time for me to take that plunge. Until then, I’m still trying to get my footing on this side of the great divide. Luckily, I’m finding quite a few titles outside the big two that are more accessible.