Category Archives: Featured

Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness

Last week, the multiverse (of madness) finally descended upon Marvel fans everywhere. There’s a whole lot to unpack in this film – how this continues the story of two fan favorite characters, the return of director Sam Raimi to the Marvel universe, and the future of the MCU.

We’ll be posting our thoughts soon (for those of you who are still into “reading”), but in the meantime, join us on the Casual Comics Cast for a discussion of how well the movie met our expectations, what we learned about Doctor Strange and The Scarlet Witch, as well as our “Top 3 movie moments”.

Marvel’s Multiverse of Madness / House of M

With the premiere of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness rapidly approaching, we thought it was high-time to take a deep breath and reflect on the Marvel Multiverse – what is it, what’s led up to this point, and where might it be going?

On our latest podcast, we’re discussing –

Marvel’s What If… – A quick series overview, including which episodes are a great entry point into the series for those who have never seen it and which episodes are the absolute essentials if you’re going to see Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Most Important Variants in the Multiverse

By now, even Casual Marvel fans have heard of the main universe in Marvel continuity – Earth 616. But, what are the other variants that the MCU has explored already – both in television and film? And which are the ones that are key to the future of the MCU? Marvel Zombies – check!

House of M – An in-depth (grab a beverage and sit back to relax, it’s like 25 minutes) review and recap of the seminal comics event from Marvel. This Scarlet Witch centric mini-series takes place on Earth-58163 (see what we mean about the “most important variants in the multiverse”). The series from Brian Michael Bendis, originally published in 2005 introduces a multitude of storylines that will definitely influence not only the Doctor Strange film, but also Wanda’s overall arc and key role in the next Phase of the MCU. You’re going to want to know the basics of House of M and Earth-58163 to get the maximum / Maximoff from these movies!

So, settle in and join us as we dive into MARVEL’S MULTIVERSE!

Great Comics for Casual Readers – Publisher Recommendation

If you’re a casual comic book reader, there are more barriers than there should be in enjoying the medium.

For the established publishers – like Marvel and DC – the continuity and sheer number of titles make it hard to know where to jump in and feel confident that you’ll get the story they are trying to tell. For the mass of other publishers, titles are not familiar and it’s even harder to know if you’ll like the book because you don’t even know the characters.

If that describes how you’re feeling when thinking about heading to the local comic shop – or looking for comics online – there’s a new(ish) publisher on the block whose books you simply have got to try out. 

Ahoy Comics has a whole slate of books that are perfect for casual fans – you don’t need to know decades of continuity or to be reading on a weekly basis to enjoy the incredible wit and amazing art in their titles. We’ve talked about a couple of their books in the past, but in our latest podcast, we’re shining a spotlight on our favorite publisher to recommend to comics readers. And I promise you – no money changed hands here – as much as I wish it had – their comics are just that dang good.

Ahoy Comics has been putting out an amazing slate of books since 2018. We first encountered them with “Captain Ginger: Dogworld” in early 2020, and we’ve been hooked ever since.

In our latest podcast, we’ve got in-depth reviews of:

The Wrong Earth: Night and Day #1

Wrong Earth: Night and Day #1
Author: Tom Peyer; Artist: Jamal Igle

My Bad #1

My Bad #1
Author: Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman; Artist: Peter Krause

Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death #1

Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Death #1
Author: Mark Russell, Stuart Moore; Artist: Peter Sneibjerg, Frank Cammuso 

Plus, there’s way too much discussion about Hostess Fruit Pies and other snacks – all here for you on this episode of the Casual Comics Cast. Available below, or wherever you listen to podcasts these days.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2022-02-26T04_50_45-08_00

Cheers!

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Comic Books for Casual Readers: Death of Dr. Strange + One Star Squadron

If you are interested in comic book, but overwhelmed by the selection at your local comic book shop or online, you’re not alone. Starting out (or re-starting after some time away from the hobby) is intimidating. With most Marvel and DC titles having decades of continuity, it can be hard to know where to jump in.

Recently, we’ve been covering more titles that we hope are good starting points for casual comics readers. We’re reading new comics and offering reviews from comic book newcomers and novices to help you answer the question “What’s a good comic book for casual readers”?

On this episode, we are reviewing two titles:

Death of Dr. Strange #1 (Marvel Comics)

Death of Dr. Strange #1 (Marvel Comics)
Written by: Jed Mackay

One Star Squadron #1 (DC Comics)

One Star Squadron #1 (DC Comics)
Written by: Mark Russell

We discuss not just how good and fun these comics are, but how much will new readers be able to enjoy the books. You can listen to the Casual Comics Cast on your favorite streaming platform, or at the link below.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy

We hope you’ll join us!

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Casual Comics Preview – Week of 05/18/21

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.

ShangChi 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.

Cheers!

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WandaVision – Origins

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?

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2021-01-13T15_22_38-08_00

Cheers!

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Casual Comics Cast – Giant Size X-Men Edition

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.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2020-09-28T17_22_50-07_00

Cheers!

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The Flash! – Casual Comics Cast Episode 227

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.

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2020-08-29T14_02_16-07_00

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.

Cheers!

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SDCC 2020 At Home Wrap Up + Thom Zahler Interview

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.

Love and Capes

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)!

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2020-07-30T08_20_37-07_00

Enjoy!

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SDCC at Home Part 2 – Plus an exclusive interview with Dan Davis

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!

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All Luck Comics #1

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:

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2020-07-25T20_11_11-07_00

And Support Dan’s Indiegogo campaign below:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/all-luck-comics-adventure-1-2-retrostyle-action#/

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Cheers!

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