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History of Moon Knight – a Just in Time overview

It’s the night I’ve been waiting for, seemingly forever. Moon Knight debuts on Disney+ today, and we’re talking about Moon Knight through the decades in comics. Who is Moon Knight, what are his origins, powers, and secrets? We discuss all of this and more on the latest Casual Comics Cast.

Coming up on the next show – what was his best costume. My vote? Moon Knight classic! (seen above)

I’ll be back this weekend to post a full update – for those who prefer to read the details, but in this episode, we focus on the core of the character.

What really makes Moon Knight, well… “Moon Knight”? By the end of this show, we’ve got a pretty good top-5 list of the things that are so central to the character that any show failing to touch on those elements isn’t really an accurate representation.

For instance, the above panel may not be Moon Knight canon

But, the exciting thing we discovered in reading these books is just how flexible the character is and how different writers have emphasized different facets of Moon Knight to create compelling stories that are completely different in tone and style.

Whether you haven’t watched the show yet and are looking for some background, or you’ve already started in on the series and want to explore further, this is the episode of the Casual Comics Cast you’re looking for!

Books we discuss are:

  • Werewolf by Night #32 (1975) – First Appearance of Moon Knight
  • Moon Knight #1 (1980) – First solo/standalone title, written by Doug Moench
  • West Coast Avengers #21 (1987) – Moon Knight joins the team, written by Steve Englehart
  • Moon Knight #1 (2014) – Modern interpretation of Moon Knight, written by Warren Ellis
  • Moon Knight #1 (2021) – Currently running Moon Knight title, written by Jed Mackay
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https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2022-03-29T15_52_01-07_00

Cheers!

  • CCG

Casual Comics Cast – Ep 238: Marvel’s Civil War

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!
https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2021-07-24T07_43_57-07_00

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.

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On this episode, we chat about issues #7-9 – including the introduction of a new Spider-Woman and Spiderman’s now famous “black suit”.

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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.

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Plus, Wonder Woman vol. 2, #7 – Featuring the first appearance of Barbara Minerva – the Cheetah from the upcoming DC blockbuster “Wonder Woman 84”.

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All of these are available digitally, from Comixology / Amazon, so we hope you’ll read along and enjoy!

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/casualcomicsguy/episodes/2020-05-08T09_19_05-07_00

Cheers!

  • CCG

Casual Comics Cast Episode 1: Now Live!

Where did the time go? I thought that I’d take a “short break” to put up a podcast. Little did I know how long it would take to get one up and running. However, thanks to the best co-host (and announcer) in the business, Episode 1 of the Casual Comics Cast is now live.

https://podomatic.com/embed/html5/episode/8260448?autoplay=false

Check it out… and all comments are welcome in the webzone below!

Casual Comic Guy Picks: Hot Comic Books of the Week (April 2, 2014)

Here we are again. Another week. Another new comics day. The comics are like the mail. No matter how far behind I get (and I’m at least two weeks behind reading the comics I’ve bought), they just keep coming.

Not that it’s a bad thing… Just an observation. But that’s why my list is shorter this week. I have issues… BACK ISSUES!

Quantum & Woody #9

Quantum and Woody #9. By: James Asmus, Kano, Tom Fowler. Valiant Entertainment LLC.

People keep telling me that Quantum and Woody is a great title – one I should be reading. Also, I recall this title from my days persuing the shelves of Dragon’s Lair way back in 1988.

It’s been around forever, there’s a goat on the cover, and people tell me to check it out. Why not make it a pick of the week?

(That’s a rhetorical question since I already did)

Doctor Who Magazine #471

The colors on the cover image are HORRIBLE, but whatever. It’s a magazine about Doctor Who and I need some light reading this week. Plus, I just finished watching “The Green Death” and “Blink” is an iconic episode from the new series.

Shotgun Wedding #1 (of 4)

Shotgun Wedding #1. By: William Harms, Edward Pun. Image Comics.

The first issue of a new series. That’s an appealing proposition right out of the gate. The art is marvelous, so it’s got that going for it, too. Let’s check the solicit:

Mike Stone wants nothing more than to marry the woman of his dreams. Denise is smart, sexy, teaches the second grade, and loves Mike more than anything in the world. What she doesn’t know is that Mike is one of the world’s top assassins and was once engaged to a fellow assassin named Chloe. And when Mike abandoned Chloe on their wedding day, she vowed revenge… This April, treat yourself to an issue of SHOTGUN WEDDING each Wednesday! All FOUR issues of Minotaur Press’s latest miniseries will be released in April, and the covers for all four issues connect to form one larger image. 

Sweet! A weekly? So if I like the first issue, I only have to wait week-to-week for the next installment. Count me in.

She-Hulk #3

She-Hulk #3. By: Charles Soule, Javier Pulido, Kevin Wada. Marvel Comics.

The Marvel She-Hulk series is brilliant with a capital “B”. I could not be more excited to see how Jennifer Walters continues building her legal practice whilst punching bad guys in the face. Plus, based on the last issue, I’m anticipating Hellcat being in #3.

If you’re not on board with this title, get #1 and #2 ASAP. By far, the best book being published by Marvel today. This book is so good that I guarantee I’m not only buying this, but getting the first appearances of She-Hulk and Hellcat from the back issue bins.

There’s absolutely no doubt that She-Hulk #3 is the Casual Comics Pick for the Hot Comic of the Week.

Until next time… support you local comics shop! If you’re in Omaha, be sure to stop by the relocated Dragon’s Lair – now open for business.

– CCG

Deadpool Team-Up Coming for Original Sin Event

OK, so maybe there have been other Deadpool team-ups in the past. I was browsing Comics Alliance, though, when I ran across this picture:

This is a team-up I can get behind.

This is the cover for Deadpool #30, coming in June. Marvel’s big event “Original Sin” should be in full swing by then, and this is the Deadpool tie-in.

Deadpool and Dazzler? Sign me up. I don’t know if Wade can play guitar worth a dang, but it should be a good show. I’d love to see areal band cosplay this at San Diego Comic Con and actually do a four-song set.

Anyway, that’s it. Saw the cover with Dazzler and I just had to share. Maybe I’ll peek in and see what Dazzler is up to in regular Marvel 616 continuity and get back with you later.

– CCG

 

Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (February 19, 2014)

Aaaand we’re back with the hot new comic books from the week of February 19, 2014. We’ll see if I can manage to be in a bit of a better mood this week. Looking at the list that the Dragon’s Lair crew was kind enough to provide, it looks like a pretty good week.

As always, I’ve left the picks to the pros (for the most part) and the uneducated commentary is mine – no passing the blame on that.

Fables #138

Fables #138 by: Bill Willingham, Russell Braun, Christopher Moeller DC Comics

Fables is still running after 138 issues. Good for them. I always did have a weak spot for this title. I’m not sure this is the best jumping off point for new fans, but the one-shot sounds interesting: Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comics Rewind Review: Vision and the Scarlet Witch Volume 1, Number 3

Issues #1 and #2 of Vision and the Scarlet Witch are in the bag – review-wise. And, I’m loving them as much as I did the first (through 30th) time I read them. Even though it’s been about two decades since the last time I read this series, I’m still madly in love with the craziness of Marvel mini-series from the 80’s.

Behold! Vision and the Scarlet Witch Volume 1, Number 3. Written by: Bill Mantlo

Coming into the third issue of this four-issue miniseries, we’ve come to expect a pretty even split of action and family drama from the Vision and the Scarlet Witch mini-series. “Blood Brothers” doesn’t disappoint. Read the rest of this entry

Dragon’s Lair’s Picks: Hot Comics of the Week (January 15, 2014)

Ahhh… The new year is upon us and so are the new comics. Here are the picks for the best of the best bets for new comics this week. Rounding out the list is my pick for best comic reissue of the decade.

As always, weekly picks are provided by our friends over at Dragon’s Lair and uneducated commentary is mine and mine alone. 

Monsters! and Other Stories Trade Paperback Read the rest of this entry

Casual Comics Picks – Hot Comics of the Week (January 8, 2014)

I’m flying solo on the picks this week, so bear with me – I’m winging it.

Avengers World #1

Avengers World #1; written by Jonthan Hickman

How many times will Marvel trick me with new Avengers titles that are numbered “1”? Answer… all the times. Read the rest of this entry