Due to COVID, there were not many comic related movies released this year. In fact, there were hardly any movies released.
One movie that came out in September 2020 was The New Mutants. This was a former 20th Century Fox movie that was filmed in 2016 and would be delayed for reshoots and schedule conflicts until 2020.
Can a movie that has been postponed so much be as good as the New Mutants comic stories?
Listen to the podcast to find out.
I continue celebrating my birth month with comic related items that I don't think Jon would be interested in reviewing, and to be honest, I didn't have much interest in this week's item but I did have fun reviewing it...
Man-Thing: The Movie
The purpose of this podcast is to help promote comics and other items like movies and shows that are related to the comic industry and that are fun to read and watch. This week, I am making an exception.
Man-Thing: The Movie is bad. Really. It is a terrible film and should never been release or even made. If it's so bad, why am I talking about it? Well, it is a perfect example of how Hollywood gets its mitts on a comic property and instead of taking some time to read the backstory of the character and incorporating that history into the movie, they decide to make a typical Hollywood movie that is a comic book movie in name only.
Even though this movie is a hot mess. I have a good time going over the history of the character, talking about the terrible acting and throwing out ideas for good Man-Thing projects for the future.
I am sticking with the funny book theme from last month's Howard the Duck and transitioning into Marvel's 1989 miniseries, Damage Control.
Damage control was conceived by the late, great comic duo of Dwayne McDuffie (writer) and Ernie Colon (artist). The premise is "a sitcom within the Marvel Universe".
The story follows around: Anne Marie Hoag (founder), John Porter (account executive), Robin Chapel (traffic manager), Eugene "Gene" Strausser (Technician) and Lenny Ballinger (foreman) as the run the company, Damage Control - the business that cleans up after superheroes and villains.
The comic feels like it was scripted as a 80s sit-com: Porter and Chapel are rivals but there is some sexual tension between them. Hoag is a stoic but sage figurehead, Strausser is the nerd that helps his friends when they are in a jam and Lenny is the gruff but lovable blue collar comic relief.
Another week and a new episode of the Comics Misremembered Podcast is created. It is just me, Jim doing the podcast this week. Jon will hopefully be joining us in some later podcasts but for the month of November, it will be me.
November is also my birthday month so I will be celebrating all month long with comics that are near and dear to me that we haven't covered yet.
Week 1 of the month long celebration, we are covering Howard the Duck (the 1970s run).
Howard the Duck was created by writer Steve Gerber and artist Val Mayerick on the pagers of Adventure into Fear featuring The Man-Thing #19 (Dec. 1973) published by Marvel Comics.
I started collecting comics in the early 80s. I started with titles like ROM and Captain Carrot and the Amazing Zoo Crew (look - I was young, okay!). The comic shop I was going to at the time had a back issue room and I discovered Howard the Duck! These issue excited me because they were old (at least 10 years!) and I could buy large chunks for close to cover price. I bought up the majority of the run there. I thought the art was great and the stories were pretty funny too.
The Neonomicon is by writer Alan Moore and artist Jacen Burrows. It was published by Avatar Press back in 2011 at 4 issues. 2 of the issues are reprints of an earlier collaboration between Moore and Burrows called The Courtyard and the remaining 2 issues are just a continuation and conclusion to the story.
In the podcast, I go over the origins of Avatar Press, Alan Moore and his love of H.P. Lovecraft, The many, many Lovecraft references in the book (I probably missed a few) and we talk about the actual story.
I keep it mostly spoiler free and do warn you when I am going to spoiler the rest of the comic in case you do want to read it. I highly recommend picking this up and reading. Especially during October!
Jon is back! Jon joins us remotely for this week's CM Podcast. As Jon explains in the podcast, he is currently in the hospital for cancer. This is a new complication that Jon found out about within the last few day. He is in one of the greatest hospitals for cancer and is being treated by some of the best doctors so it is my hope that Jon will return in person to co-host the podcast with me in the near future.
But you know Jon, he is too stubborn to let anything stop him from talking about comics so through the power of technology, I was able to get him included in the discussion on this week's comic, Black Badge.
Black Badge is written by Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT, Grass Kings) and artist Tyler Jenkins (Snow Blind and Grass Kings). It was published by BOOM! Studios back in 2018 as a 12 issue limited series.
I had the opportunity to read the collection for the first 4 issues. Jon has not been able to read this comic yet so I describe the book to him (mostly spoiler free) and Jon makes the decision if he will be reading this comic in the future.
I loved the concept - Boy Scouts are recruited to run wet work/black ops jobs for the US government. It is full of cold war espionage but with a modern twist. I thought it was a great comic and plan to get the rest of the series.
Welcome back to the podcast! First order of business, Jon is not on this week's podcast due to an aliment that he has and it put him in the hospital. I can't say too much about it but what I know is that it is not life threatening and hopefully he will be able to join us in the weeks to come. I wish him a full and speedy recovery.
On to the next item, talking about The Boys Season 2. If you have been following our podcast, you know we covered the first 3 episodes in Podcast 277.
One of the things we speculated on was what was Stormfront's true agenda and our speculation was correct. I talk in detail on how we came to the conclusion and some of the clues that were dropped in the first 3 issues.
For the rest of the podcast, I go over some of the other major story arcs like: Who is Lamplighter and why he was so important in Season 2. Butcher's relationship with his father and how if affected his marriage and relationship with the Boys. I speculate how his dysfunction could impact his relationship with his adopted son, Ryan. And finally I talk about Victoria Neuman and the big reveal in Season 2 Episode 8. All this and much more!
It finally happened. The Walking Dead Season 10 episode 16 finally aired!! We finally have the finale of the season so now we can talk about it! There was plenty going on in that final hour. We had...
MAGGIE and MASKED MEN and SOLDIERS! OH MY!
Not only did we have all these 3 revelations but we also had the conclusion to the Whisperer War. We will definitely not be seeing the Whisperers in future seasons.
Jon and I talk about the finale episode and go into details about how it played out and what this might mean for Season 11. We then conclude the podcast with a recap of the "Spoil The Season" where I compare the spoilers I gave at the start of the Mid-Season Premier based on the comic compares to the end of the actual season.
This week we have a slight variation in our comic review. This is a new comic but it a comic that is adapted from a well know American novel. Jon and I are reviewing Ryan North and Albert Monteys' comic adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. The adaptation is published by BOOM! Studios and is available now.
We went over an hour on this one but we kept it under 2 hours so not to split up the podcast. Jon and I both love the original book and we think the adaption is brilliant. We talk about the story and how well the comic stayed true to the source material. In the podcast, we make recommendations on movies based on Vonnegut's novels and I must mispronounce Paul Lazzaro's name about 15 times. I don't know if I ever got it right.
So it goes.
Last week, we reviewed the Warner Bros. Animated movie Superman: The Man of Tomorrow. Months ago, when the title of the movie was announced and there wasn't any information about the movie, I thought they may be adapting the venerated Superman story: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow. To my dismay, they did not adapt it and we were given a generic origin story for Superman.
Fast foward to a week later, I decided that we will be doing a retro review for Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow. This story was originally told as a 2 part tale in Superman # 423 (Part 1) and Action Comics #583 back in 1986. It was written by Alan Moore (with help by editor Julius Schwartz). The art was done by long time Silver Age artist, Curt Swan with inks done by George Perez (Superman #423) and long time Silver Age inker, Kurt Schaffenberger (Action Comics #583). The story is regarded as the "Last Superman Story" which is somewhat true. It was the last Silver Age story before DC would reboot and modernize Superman with the release of Man of Steel miniseries.
A few months ago while searching for the release date of Superman: Red Son (a comic and animated movie that are both quite good), I came across an image for another upcoming Superman animated film called Superman: Man of Tomorrow.
There was no description of this movie but I was excited that WB Animation will be releasing another Superman film in 2020.
Fast forward to September 2020 and the release of Superman: Man of Tomorrow written by Tim Sheridan (co-writer of Reign of Superman Movie and other DC Animated series).
Jon and I have watched this movie and we felt it was...adequate. This movie is not based on any existing storyline in the Superman comics as far as I can discern. It has elements of the New 52 iteration of the Superman comics (Modern interpretation of Superman, Clark Kent is an internet at the Daily Planet, Superman has only just been spotted in a modern setting) but it does not specifically reference any direct comic storyline.
Listen to the podcast and I will explain why this movie has the worst version of Lex Luthor since Superman Returns. This is a boilerplate Superman story whose only purpose is to establish Superman's story in the modern age. There is nothing special about this movie and it will soon be forgotten in the coming months.
We recommend to watch this movie only if it becomes available on HBOMax and don't pay any thing extra for it. If you are curious about the plot (or lack therefore), then you want to listen to the podcast.
Last year, we were give The Boys, an Amazon Prime adaptation of Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's comic series, and it was great.
We waited and about a year later, we are given the second season of The Boys!
***OBLIGATORY SPOILER WARNING***
There is a lot to talk about in just 4 episodes. We mostly talk about the revelations that happened in Episode 4 and compare them against the comic book storyline. I don't want to say too much here but we talk about Homelander and Stormfront's tenuous relationship on The Seven. How Butcher is dealing with the revelations at the end of Season 1. What The Deep is up too and much more.
This week we are talking about an original graphic novel that came out about a month ago that is part western and part crime drama. It is called Pulp.
This fantastic story was written by Ed Brubaker with art by Sean Phillips and coloring by Jacob Phillips. It was published by Image comics.
Here is the description from the Image website:
Max Winters, a pulp writer in 1930s New York, finds himself drawn into a story not unlike the tales he churns out at five cents a word—tales of a Wild West outlaw dispensing justice with a six-gun. But will Max be able to do the same when pursued by bank robbers, Nazi spies, and enemies from his past?One part thriller, one part meditation on a life of violence, PULP is unlike anything award-winning BRUBAKER & PHILLIPS have ever done before.
DC Animation recently released a new movie called Deathstroke: Knights & Dragons. It features DC's anti-hero Deathstroke and the movie was written by long time comic scribe, J.M. DeMatteis.
Here is a description about the movie:
Ten years ago, Slade Wilson-aka the super-assassin called Deathstroke-made a tragic mistake and his wife and son paid a terrible price. Now, a decade later, Wilson's family is threatened once again by the murderous Jackal and the terrorists of H.IV.E. Can Deathstroke atone for the sins of the past-or will his family pay the ultimate price?
The first half of the podcast we go over the movie and plot points and the second half of the podcast, we discuss how often do comic companies retell and modernize the origin of their characters. How often is too often? Is it better to replace heroes with newer, younger versions then to retell the origin? What if you vary too many elements of the origin story that an older fan can no longer recognize a character?
A few weeks ago we did a podcast for the Netflix movie, The Old Guard. In that podcast, I mentioned that the comic and movie The Old Guard were both written by Greg Rucka. We went over some history of Greg Rucka's past comic work and brought up that he did a Gotham Police comic with Ed Brubaker in 2003 called Gotham Central.
Fast forward to today. I was able to pick up the first book in the Gotham Central series so Jon and I read the first 2 story arcs: In the Line and Motive. We will talk about the comic and why you should be adding this to your "must read" list.
Gotham Central was written by Greg Rucka and Ed Brubaker with Michael Lark doing the art. It was published by DC in 2003. It ran for about 40 issues and was cancelled in 2006. It was nominated for Eisners for writing and art in 2003 and won an Eisner for Best Serialized Story in 2004.
Last week, we covered the 2020 Eisner Award Nominees and Winners. In the category of Best Limited Series, Writer Bobby Curnow and Artist Simon Gane were nominated for Ghost Tree. I recently purchased the trade for Ghost Tree so I thought it would be a great time to cover it.
The podcast for this week will be Ghost Tree by Bobby Curnow and Simon Gane with colors by Ian Herring. The comic was published by IDW Publishing. It originally came out in 2019.
I was not familiar with Bobby Curnow's writing before Ghost Tree. I found out that he has worked on other IDW books like My Little Pony and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is my first time reading his work and I hope he puts out many more books like this.
I was already familiar with Simon Gane's work. I was reading a comic called They're Not Like Us from Image that he was working on. That was a great book and the art really sold it for me. I was looking forward to see what he was going to do with Ghost Tree.
Ghost Tree on the surface is a tale about ghosts and the 2 men that have the ability to communicate with them. Below the surface, you get a story about relationships and what you have to do to make them work. Jon and I really like this miniseries and we highly recommend that you pick it up.
***Minor Spoiler Alert*** - we talk about some plot points but we did not give away the major revelations in the comics so it is fairly spoiler free.
The 32nd Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were presented at a virtual ceremony on Friday evening, July 24.
Normally, these awards are held at the San Diego Comic Con (AKA The International Comic Con) but due to COVID-19, the Comics Con was cancelled. Luckily, the ceremonies were held virtually.
I believe this is our 6th Eisner Award review we have done on the Comics Misremembered Podcast. We like to cover the awards like Best New Series, Best Continuing Series, Best Writer, Best Artist but we don't cover all the awards. If you want to see the list of categories and winners then go to the Eisner Awards website.
Jon and I talk about the series and creators that we have read and which series that we are most interested in checking out.
We have been watching the CW show: Star Girl - which is set on Earth-2 and references the heroes and villains of the Golden Age of DC. The show does a good job of using the Golden Age villains and heroes without being too hokey or corny.
While watching the show, I was reminded on how I got to know the Golden Age characters as a comic reader. It was back in the early 90s, DC has a JSA comic series and I was enjoying it. Getting to become familiar with the Golden Age version of Green Lantern and Flash while learning about new characters like Hour Man, Wild Cat, Starman and others. Remember, we had no internet back then so I only had back issue and new comics to give me backstory.
In 1993, a relatively unknown writer, James Robinson pitched an Elseworlds story (The What If? equivalent for DC) about most of the JSA heroes called The Golden Age. It would feature art by the awesome Paul Smith and had colors by Richard Ory. DC would publish it as a 4 part prestige series between 1993 - 1994.
We are covering a comic related item this week - the recently released Netflix movie called The Old Guard.
This is based on a comic series written by Greg Rucka and art by Leandro Fernandez. It is published by Image comics. In fact, Greg Rucka wrote the script for the movie.
We normally like to read the comic that the movie is based on and then do a comparison of the movie to the comic to see if it is true to the source material or does it stray... *cough*Last Days of American Crime*cough*.
Unfortunately, we could not get a copy of the 1st trade paperback - it was sold out everywhere I looked. We will still try to pick it up and do a review of it later. For this review, we focus on the movie.
I know it was hard to wait a week for our review but thanks for coming back! We continue with our examination of the Wolverine miniseries written by Chris Claremont and drawn by Frank Miller. It was published by Marvel in 1982. We also compare the miniseries to the 2013 The Wolverine movie and show you how much they used from the miniseries in the movie.
A new week and a new comic. This week we are talking about Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's collaboration on the 1983 Marvel miniseries Wolvervine.
We recently read the trade paperback of the 4 issue miniseries and took some time out to watch the 2013 The Wolverine movie. There are many moments the movie uses which is directly taken from the miniseries.
This is it - the final installment of our Dystopia Futures run on comics. This does not mean that we won't talk about Dystopian Futures in... the future, but it mean next week will not be a Dystopian Future theme.
We are continuing were we left off last week - we are concluding our discussion of Frank Miller's Ronin six issue prestige format miniseries that was published by DC from 1983 - 1984.
We are at the final comic we will be covering for the #DystopianFutures theme and it is Frank Miller's Ronin. This podcast is so epic that we had to split into two! We will be posting part one today and follow up with part two next week.
Ronin was published by DC in 1983. DC's Editor in Chief, Jenette Kahn lured Frank Miller away from Marvel to publish this original story as part of DC's Prestige format comics - all glossy pages, 48 pages per issue and no ads. DC offered more creative control and Miller wanted to do a more mature comic so he agrees to write and draw the six issue miniseries.
We go over the history of what lead to the creation of Ronin. Influences Miller had when creating this comic and we start to talk about the story. Come back next week for the conclusion to our Ronin podcast.
We are getting close to the end of our Dystopian Future comics. This week we are talking about Sweet Tooth written and drawn by Jeff Lemire.
You know Jeff Lemire as the writer of great comics like Black Hammer, Gideon Falls, Hawkeye and many more. He started his career as an independent writer/artist and was able to get more mainstream attention thanks to Sweet Tooth which was published through DC's now defunct alternative, mature imprint Vertigo back in 2009.
Sweet Tooth is an tale of a young boy who sees his mother and father die due to a pandemic that is impacting most of the people on the planet. The young boy named Gus (who looks like a deer) is able to survive the oppressive environment thanks to the help of a human named Mr. Jepperd. He has sworn to protect Gus and take him to a safe place where all the "hybrid" children live called "Sanctuary".
It is Jon's birthday today (wish him a happy one), I gave him the opportunity to pick what ever comic related item he wanted to cover for the podcast. He kept the Dystopian Futures theme going by picking Akira - the anime movie to review.
Another week and we have another vision of a dystopian future in the 2007 comic The Last Days of American Crime. It is written by Rick Remender with art by Greg Tocchini and was originally published in 2007 as a 3 issue miniseries from Image Comics. This creative team has given us great stories like LOW and Uncanny X-Force. They come with the good stuff in this near future bank heist comic with a twist: the crew has to rob the bank the same day the government starts broadcasting a "anti-crime" signal which "makes it impossible for anyone to knowingly break the law in any way possible".
We have been doing dystopian future comics for a few weeks now and there are still several ideas we want to talk about in the coming weeks but a couple of weeks ago, I saw a movie that I thought was really good and would fit nicely into our Dystopian Futures conversation. That movie was:
Alita Battle Angel.
Last week, The Walking Dead aired episode 15 (the penultimate episode) of Season 10 and episode 16 will not air until Summer. Well, that is too long for us to wait to recap the season. There is a reason why we call part of the podcast “misremembered” – we don’t have the best memories. We knew we could not wait until Summer so we are going over what we saw so far in Season 10’s 2nd half.
The world is in a social crisis. COVID-19 is impacting everyone and we are all worrying about the future. Now seems like the perfect time to talk about a cheery subject – a totalitarian future were everyone’s freedoms are stripped away and there is no hope.
This is not entirely true. The is one hope – one man wages war on a despotic government to overthrow the tyrants and return freedom to the people. Hooray! We are going to be talking about V for Vendetta. A comic by writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd. It was originally published as a serial in a UK comic Warrior in 1982. DC converted it into a 10 issue miniseries in 1988.
Welcome back to the second and final part of our discussion of Alan Moore and David Lloyd’s V for Vendetta comic miniseries. The 10 issue miniseries was published by DC back in 1982.
We also compare the comic miniseries to the 2005 movie.
We are continuing with our review of Dystopian comics and next on the list is Tim Truman’s Scout. It was originally published by Eclipse Comics back in 1987.
BY TIMOTHY (CONAN WRITER/ARTIST) TRUMAN Scout, originally published in 1987 and created by Timothy Truman features the Native American hero, Emanuel Santana, and his one-man war against oppressive governmental forces in a post-apocalyptic United States.
The future is now! We are continuing our discussion on future dystopian comics and this week we are cover the future of American Flagg!
American Flagg! was a comic written and illustrated by Howard Chaykin with letters by Ken Bruzenak that originally started in 1983 and was distributed by First Comics, an independent publisher at the time.
Another week, another dystopian future. This week we are covering the future of Transmetropolitan. This is a 1997 comic series that was written by Warren Ellis with art by Darick Robertson. It was published by DC under the new defunct Mature Sci-Fi imprint of Helix.
We will be doing Dystopian Futures for the near future because in comics, there are hundreds of dystopian future comics and we want to talk about most of them.
This week, we are talking about an Epic Comic that is not really well known called The Last American. It was written by John Wagner and Alan Grant with art from Mike (Mick) McMahon. All 3 creators are based in the UK and created a comic that is an American Cautionary Tale.