NO HOLDS BARRED!!
This is where we dissect the year of comics and its future. Many bold topics were discussed:
- DC losing ground with its New 52 and the falling of Vertigo
- The good (Marvel NOW!) and not so good (AvX) of Marvel
- Image having probably its best year since their inception 20 years ago
- Our favorite series and what you should be picking up that’s under the radar
- Our concerns for the industry as a whole and what 2020 is going to look like
- Who the heck may becoming a Brony?
Agree? Disagree? This was definitely the most honest podcast we’ve done and it speaks a lot to where comic books are supposedly heading. Give it a listen.
I’ll be back soon to close out the year of 2012 with the Quick Pick of the Year!
Small weeks give great chances to try something new. That’s why I’m glad I was able to pick up The Rocketeer : Cargo of Doom #1, as it gave me a chance to rekindle my love for the movie as well as enjoy the work behind the same creative team behind Daredevil. It was all beautifully put together, between the pacing of the story and the detailed colors that Chris Samnee brings. Whether or not you were a fan of the movie – you owe it to try this out.
But not to be left out to dry, Batman Incorporated #3 made a strong case for being at the top this week too. Grant Morrison continues to weave together all of his plots that he is well-renowned for. Good thing is it’s not as convoluted as when he first started writing Batman. Chris Burnham is at his best here, almost complimenting the same style as Frank Quitely. Great stuff all around as the Leviathan story rolls on.
2011 was a banner year for comics. Whether it was DC’s New 52 initiative, Marvel bringing the X-Men books back to prominence, or every other publisher bringing something unique to the market – there was something for everybody here and that can only mean great things for the industry.
Jon Stump and I give you the final main CBF podcast of the year and bring you opinions on everything:
- The State of DC
- The State of Marvel
- The State of the indies
- Best Ongoing
- Best New Series
- Best Graphic Novel / Trade
- Best Writer
- Best Artist
- Break-out Talent
Thanks for listening and have a great Christmas and New Year’s!
Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque bring us the conclusion of Ghost War in American Vampire #18. And it’s a fine one, as we see the end of the Skinner Sweet saga (or so it seems) and a new direction that would keep this series going into new period pieces. It’s great to see Snyder committed to this story even with his impending DC re-launch books on the horizon.
IDW brings back an 80′s classic in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. The darker tone is apparent to go with the way the original indie comic was like. And it’s set up some interesting stories and different takes on the popular characters.
And lastly, it’s back to the Age of Apocalypse with Uncanny X-Force #13. The team’s romp in this universe to retrieve the Life Seed for Archangel has been a nostalgic one, though how it ends makes us think that Archangel might not be so receptive to it. More zany fun from the mind of Rick Remender.
Music Provided by 2 Sided Step – Again and Again
Yup, I found five books this week to watch for. We’re a week away from the dawning of a new era in the DC land and we see more of the old era closing this week. But there’s one book this week that’s got me all giddy and wanting to break out my action figures:
5) Batman Inc #8
Hey, remember this book? I’ve been waiting to hear about this “Interworld” that was first touched upon when Bruce Wayne returned to the DCU. There’s also speculation that this could tie into what makes Oracle take back the reigns of Batgirl soon. Who knows any way? It’s Grant Morrison and that’s all you need to know.
4) Uncanny X-Force #13
The last issue threw us for a loop with AoA Wolverine taking over where Apocalypse left off. We’re also seeing another love triangle form, as Psylocke debates if she really is still in love with Archangel, the man the team has to kill to save him, or if she has it in for Fantomex. This kind of storytelling harkens back to the good old X-Men days that one will come to respect.
3) Batman Gates of Gotham #5
Despite its hiccups on pacing and art, you can’t help but want to see how Gotham’s history will tie into the Architect that is trying to wipe out the founding families of Gotham. If this is going to be anything like what Scott Snyder is planning to do on his upcoming Batman run, I’m all for it.
2) American Vampire #18
It’s the conclusion to Ghost War with the battle of the ages – Skinner Sweet vs. Pearl Jones. How the heck Snyder’s going to top this when this story arc is all over is beyond me.