Friday, July 29, 2011

A bat just crashed through my window

Once again episode. I am a lazy jerk. I'm going to try to streamline my recording process a bit, maybe even try writing a few episodes so it doesn't take as long to record. In the mean time I give you a link to this article which is written by Chris Sims. If you don't know already he is the internet's preeminent Batmanologist and knows more about Batman than me.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Week in Comics 7/27/11

Man all these double shipping books are killing me. I can only afford so many comics, and doubling that is not good for my wallet. Also, you may notice that this post is up on Wednesday. Very observant. This is going up now since there will be no episode today. As always SPOILERS FOR THIS WEEKS COMICS.

American Vampire #17
By Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque
     I really cant say more than I already have about this series. It just won an Eisner. Go read it.

Batman: The Dark Knight #4
By David Finch and Jason Fabok
     Still not 100% on what is happening or why. Why are Ragman and Etrigan fighting in the sewer? Why is Jim Gordon being investigated for Venom? Who is the chick batman is talking to? Who was the guy at the end of the last issue? Why are the exact same things from the last issue happening again?

Detective Comics #880
By Scott Snyder and Jock
     Detective was awesome as always. As well as Snyder is doing on American Vampire, he is even better on this book. The main issue I have is with the art. I think Jock does some good atmospheric work, but something about the way he draws faces puts me off. This was especially bad with the Joker.

Gotham City Sirens #25
By Peter Calloway and Andres Guinaldo
     Why is this book still going? It wrapped up pretty damn well last issue. Now we get a little 2 issue arc about them fighting which seems pretty lame and backpedaling from previous events.

Green Arrow v5 #14
By James Patrick and Agustin Padilla
     Batman needs to show up in more people's books and just give them new tech. I do like the idea of bringing back special arrows. I think the boxing glove and fire extinguisher arrows are hilarious, but they don't really fit in with the new "grr I killed Prometheus" Green Arrow. These arrows are right in the zone of not hilarious and believable. Mostly because Batman made them, and he probably studied arrows every day for years.

Teen Titans v3 #98
By J.T. Krul and Eduardo Pansica
     For a series I don't even really want until the relaunch, Teen Titans is not selling itself to me. Double shipping + Superboy Prime = Sad Rurik. Although Ravager's casual, around the house eye-patch made me laugh. And once again Beast Boy shows that the best option for any situation is the dinosaur.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Detective Comics #39

Cover: Bob Kane

The Horde of the Green Dragon
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Bok Kane & Jerry Robinson
Letters: Jerry Robinson
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Oops I totally forgot the music.

Friday, July 22, 2011

I wonder if I should even post these

No episode today. I woke up way late and feeling not so great in the head area. To make you feel better I give you this video.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Week in Comics 7/20/11

Somehow I think I have signed up for way more comics than I think I have. I am always surprised at how many I get. Also SPOILERS!

Batman #712
By: Tony Daniel, Steve Scott & Andy Smith
The Two-Face story line started interesting but has dragged on a bit too long. And I audibly groaned when Gilda said "I still believe in Harvey Dent." Does Tony Daniel just really like the Riddler? When I think of the Riddler I don't think of a dude who walks around with a shotgun killing people. I also am not really seeing what he has to do with this plot. It seemed like it should have been a Ridder one-shot and not a background story.

Batman: Gates of Gotham #3
By: Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins, Ryan Parrott & Trever McCarthy
The thing that struck me as weird in this issue is how down on himself Dick Grayson is. I know he has some issues with taking up the mantle of Batman, but when he is talking about how Tim was a better Robin and would make a better Batman it seems weird. Otherwise a pretty solid issue. I am not too big a fan of the art. It looks good when everyone is in costume, but when they have no masks it looks weird.

DC Retroactive Batman the 1970's
By: Len Wein & Tom Mandrake
Reprint By: Len Wein, John Calnan & Dick Giordono
I forgot how many thought bubbles were in 70s comics. This does a really good job of making a new story feel like an old one. There's dialog everywhere, caption boxes from some magical narrator, and a lot more crazy vehicles and Neil-Adamsesque facial expressions.

DMZ #67
By: Brian Wood & Riccardo Burchielli 
It seems like every time the names Scott Snyder or Brian Wood pop up in these posts I just blather on about how good they are. Well guess what? I love DMZ. It's my favorite non-superhero book. It's another great Brian Wood series that is ending soon, and while that's sad, it makes sense for DMZ. This is the first story of the final arc, and I look forward to every issue.

Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #2
By: J.T. Krull & Fabrizio Fiorentino
This has been less interesting than the Knight of Vengeance stuff, but that is probably because it has less to really shock with. It seems like kind of a cop-out that Dick Grayson's parents still die. I would like to see a family of superhero crime fighter acrobats. 

The Spirit v2 #16
By: David Hine & John Paul Leon
This issue was weird. It was waaay too caption box heavy, and every page had "THE SPIRIT" somewhere in the background. Trees would spell it out, it would be on a letter, the paper blowing in the wind would spell it. It was strange. That being said I only recently got into the Spirit, and am pretty bummed it is getting cut for the relaunch.

Superman/Batman #86
By: Joshua Hale Fialkov & Tomas Giorello 
Superman/Batman is a strange series. It exists outside of continuity in a vague time frame. Which is why it's not surprising to see a much darker Batman who says things like "There is no truth. Only the fight." It's just kinda weird. Batman has been slowly working his way out of Frank Miller's shadow for a while, and seeing a comic set back is kinda jarring compared to the rest of the week. The art is great, but it rings a little too angry 90s Batman. Don't get me wrong, I love angry 90s Batman. But this feels like DC Retrospective Batman the 1990's.

BONUS: Justice League: Subway Famous Fans #4
Oh boy am I sad this is over. Sadly this issue is not nearly as awesome as the previous ones. So Laila Ali and Jared decide to grab some Subway. On their way, they pass a construction site where green energy is flying all around. Jared remarks that the fleeing workers must be really craving Subway. Jared is obviously desensitized to violence after the great Sandwich War of the early 2000's. Quizno's pepper bar could not save them. So, inside the construction site Hal Jordan is fighting a Manhunter. The Manhunter punches Hal into some steel girders hanging from a chain. A construction worker is about to be crushed when Jared tackles him out of the way. The worker asks how Jared could do that, and Jared tells the worker all about the health benefits of an subway. Jared also says he lost 245 pounds and ran a marathon. Jared has to say that or no one would care who he is. The  Manhunter goes to kill Jared when Laila punches it from behind. The armor is tough, but Hal Jordan makes her some green energy boxing gloves. Combined with Hal's energy fist, they manage to knock the Manhunter back. Jared somehow stole a cement truck off panel, and pours wet cement over the Manhunter. Suddenly Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Flash show up and finish off the evil Manhunter. Superman thanks Jared and flies off. Superman probably didn't thank Laila because her Dad, Muhammad Ali, beat Superman in a boxing match in the 70s. Laila then goes into a strange trance where she begins naming ingredients on Subway sandwiches with no provocation. Jared reminds her of the SUPERFOOD avocado. Laila obviously needs another round of Subway brainwashing so they head to their local shop for a lobotomy. The end.

Man after how good that subway recap came out I am thinking of scripting my episodes.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

New York World's Fair Comics #2

Cover: Jack Burnley

Batman and Robin Visit the 1940 New York World's Fair
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Bob Kane & George Roussos
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Batman #1

Cover: Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson
The Joker
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils: Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson
Inks: Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson
Letters: Jerry Robinson

The Giants of Hugo Strange
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson
Letters: Jerry Robinson 

The Cat
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson
Letters: Jerry Robinson 

The Joker Returns
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils: Bob Kane
Inks: Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson
Letters: Jerry Robinson

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Friday, July 15, 2011

Does this taste like not an episode to you?

Yep folks, still nada. If I can record a couple on Monday it may be out by then. In the mean time here is a picture of Batman.
Stupidity edit: I only need to record one on Monday

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Week in Comics 7/13/11

My god. Even though I checked to see what I had coming out this week I still managed to be surprised that I was getting this many. I'm probably going to write a little less about each since I have 9 to cover. BLAH BLAH PROBABLY SPOILERS.

American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #2
By Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy
     GIANT CASTLE FULL OF NAZI VAMPIRES. If you aren't reading this we can't be friends. Between this and Detective, Scott Snyder has the ability to make me check out whatever he is writing.

Batgirl v3 #23
By Brian Q. Miller and Pere Perez
     This issue doesn't make sense. What happened to Batgirl being in England and getting a mission from Batman Inc? Why did she yell "SHAZAM" and have Supergirl, Stargirl, Bombshell, and Miss Martian show up? What I would like to see is an answer to why Stephanie Brown isn't in the DCnU? From what's hinted at here, they maybe a TEEN GIRL SQUAD with the all the ladies that responded to the "SHAZAM."
     Cheerleader: Supergirl
     Cheerleader #2: Stargirl
     So and So: Batgirl
     What's her Face: Miss Martian
     The Ugly One: Bombshell

Batman: The Dark Knight #3
By David Finch
     This is getting a reboot? It's on issue three and is kinda meh. I don't even remember what was going on before this issue. I could have sworn it had something to do with Bruce Wayne's non-Hush childhood friends. There is a big two page reveal at the end of someone who I didn't recognize. And Jim Gordon threatens to spank a man. What the hell?

Birds of Prey v2 #14
By Marc Andreyko, Billy Tucci and Adriana Melo
     Black Canary wears Spanx. That is all.

Detective Comics #879
By Scott Snyder and Francesco Francavilla
     One of the things I've really liked about Scott Snyder's run on Detective Comics is the splitting of time between the Dick Grayson and James Gordon Jr plots. This was all about James Jr and it was awesome. This is exactly the kind of comic I enjoy, a down to earth crime story that exists in a world of superheroes.

Flashpoint #3
By Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert
     At first I thought the dude at my LCS had put this in my box by mistake. It looks like its actually the Project Superman tie in. Once I got over that and read it, it was alright. The beginning made the end of the last issue feel like kind of a cop out. What was the point of the lightning chair not working if they were just going be successful the second time? Also, haha superman is all skinny.

Lady Mechanika #2
By Joe Benitez

      The major flaw of this book is that it is pretty overwritten. There is too much telling and not enough showing. Besides that, the art is great, the plot is interesting, and the setting is cool. I think it would benefit a lot from bringing in either an artist or a writer so that Benitez could focus on one area, and maybe get the issues out faster. It's been around 6 months since issue one. I know creator owned means that Benitez gets to do whatever he wants, but at this rate, I don't see this series lasting too many issues.

Northlanders #42
By Brian Wood and Paul Azaceta
     I believe this is the first part of the final arc of Northlanders, which makes me sad. This series has been great, some of the arcs have even been amazing. I started this and DMZ around the same time, and now Brian Wood is one of my favorite writers. I look forward to seeing what is going to happen in the arc that will close out this series.

Red Robin #25
By Fabian Nicieza and Marcus To
     Why don't they cancel the Batman: Dark Knight relaunch and give us a Cassandra Cain: Black Bat series. That would be way better. She kinda deserves it after the whole One Year Later thing. Oh also Red Robin was in this issue. He almost got raped. Hahaha rape. Comics are soooo mature you guys.

Teen Titans v(something) #97
By J.T. Krull and Nicola Scott
     I signed up for Teen Titans because its the only thing with Tim Drake after the relaunch, I forgot that I would also get the current series leading up to it. I haven't read any of this volume, so I have no clue whats going on. This issues opened to Red Robin fighting ogres or something, and I was lost. Also, if Beast Boy can turn into dinosaurs, why is he ever not dinosaurs?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Also not an episode

As I mentioned on the last pod episode, recording Batman #1 is going to take a bit longer. Instead, have a picture of Russian Batman.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Detective Comics #38

Cover: Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson

Robin the Boy Wonder
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils:Bob Kane
Inks: Bob Kane
Letters: Jerry Robinson
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Detective Comics #37

Cover: Bob Kane

The Screaming House 
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils:Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson
Inks: Bob Kane
Letters: Jerry Robinson
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Sorry About the Audio on this one. I think something went wrong with the leveler.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Week in Comics 7/6/11

Slim pickings this week but all of them have the word "Batman" in the title, so I can't complain. As always THERE WILL BE SPOILERS for this weeks comics. I warned you

Batman and Robin #25
By Judd Winick, Greg Tocchini, and Andy Smith
     This was a pretty meh issue. I don't even remember what is happening and why from the previous two. It doesn't seem like it matters though since nothing really happens by the end. Maybe I am just biased against Jason Todd stories, since I think he should still be dead. The art was alright, but it's usually a sign of trouble when you have two pencilers on one issue and there isn't a reason for the art change.

Batman Beyond (v4) #7
By Adam Beechen and Ryan Benjamin
     The biggest problem I have with this series is that I didn't actually watch much of Batman Beyond as a kid. I don't have a good memory for why some things happened or villains origins, so I end up not really caring about what happens. I did laugh when Bruce Wayne started Wayne Inc. Maybe he will recruit grumpy old men all over the world to be the the Waynes of their city.

Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #2
By Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso
     Holy shit. This issue was CARAYZEEE. I think my favorite part of flashpoint is all the times I go "Waaaaaaaaaaat" an issue. The reveal at the end is so insane and makes so little sense that it stops being hilarious and bad and starts being awesome. This comic seems like DC just went up to Brian Azzarello and said, "Go nuts, dude." After this and 100 Bullets I am really liking Azarello and Risso, maybe enough to check out DCnU Wonder Woman. 

Justice League: Subway Famous Fans #3
     I am not going to lie, I look forward to these subway comics way more than I should. They are absolutely insane, so I am going to break down the plot. Olympians Apolo Ohno, Michael Phelps and Nastia Liukin are at the Gotham City training facility. Nastia has brought subway sandwiches (which gives Olympic athletes the energy they need) and the gang sits down to eat. Michael Phelps eats two sandwiches and the other two tell him to slow down.  WHEN SUDDENLY BATMAN IS THROWN THROUGH THE WALL. Mr Freeze and Solomon Grundy enter through the hole Batman opened, and Grundy picks Batman up. Grundy demands that Batman call the Green Lantern, but Batman just busts out the bat-pepper spray. Grundy tosses Batman, who is caught by a giant green baseball glove created by Green Lantern. Grundy is still staggering and falls into the pool Phelps was training in. Quickly Mr Freeze zaps the water so Grundy wont drown, but OH NO THERE IS A CHILD IN THE OLYMPIC TRAINING FACILITY POOL. Michael Phelps quickly dives in and saves the child. Now that the pool is frozen Apolo Ohno skates circles around Grundy, causing the ice to crack. Mr Freeze is distracted by the heroics of the two athletes and is surprised by some gymnast flip tricks to the back of his head, which cause him to freeze Grundy. Batman and GL punch out Mr Freeze. Batman is impressed with the athletes and asks where they get their energy. Apolo tells Batman that Avocado is a super-food and that subway has a great selection. Nastia says that Phelps had two, and we see Phelps eating yet another DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS SUBWAY SANDWICH. Nastia says "make that three..." and everyone laughs.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Detective Comics #36

Cover: Bob Kane

Professor Hugo Strange
Writing: Bill Finger
Pencils:Bob Kane & Jerry Robinson
Inks: Bob Kane
Letters: Jerry Robinson
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Note: If you notice, the radio news said the electricians name was Henry Jenkins. I say Jim at the end because that is what Batman calls him in the dialog.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Not an episode

Well since it's the 4th of July and my roommate has been playing WoW loudly since 8am I'm not going to be able to record today. In lieu of an episode here is a bad-ass picture of Batman.