Thursday, September 24, 2009

Episode 21: Comic Book Censorship

Look Ma were finally legal! The DRUNK episode! Featuring absolutely no alcohol whatsoever, because we talk about censorship in comics and, of course, the consumption of alcohol wouldn't be allowed, so we follow suit.

Zero day release what? (starts at 1:59) did you know that comics are shipped a week early to dealers? News to Henny.

Seans's Pick:
Kick Ass #7 Starts @ 3:32
Dave Lizewski has had better days. When he first pulled on the Super Hero suit, it was the thrill of a lifetime. Since then, he’s been banged-up, beaten, broken, bludgeoned, and all sorts of other b-words. He’s met a 9-year-old assassin and been on a super hero team-up. He’s watched people die and seen himself become an internet celebrity. But all that means nothing—compared to tonight.

Here's a link to some pics of the movie and the trailer for the upcoming Lionsgate movie.

Creators: STORY BY: Mark Millar / ART BY: John Romita Jr.

Jonass's Pick:
Locke & Key "Welcome to Lovecraft" TPB Starts @ 8:55
Locke & Key tells of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...
Big ups to our boy spidey for recommending it to Jonas. According to Jonas it's the best comic book adaptation of "Throw Momma from the Train". While it may not be as good as "the night was moist" it's still pretty spot on.

Here's a link to some pics of the movie and the trailer for the upcoming Lionsgate movie.

Creators: STORY BY: Joseph Hillstrom King - 'Joe Hill' / ART BY: Gabriel Rodriguez

Henny's Pick:
Sweet Tooth #1 Starts @ 16:52
From out of the deep woods and the mind of acclaimed indie cartoonist Jeff Lemire (THE NOBODY, The Essex County Trilogy) comes a new Vertigo monthly ongoing series like no other! After being raised in total isolation, Gus - a boy born with deer-like antlers - is left to survive in an American landscape devastated a decade earlier by an inexplicable pandemic. Even more remarkable is that Gus is part of a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid children who have emerged in its wake, all apparently immune to the infection.

Did it remind anyone else of "The Village"? Henny ruins the plot of the movie in order to prevent anyone from watching it in the future. He hates it. So if you haven't seen it may wanna skip past this, we also touch on accents in comic books. I think they are awesome. He also talks about Solomon Grundy... Again....

Creators: STORY BY: Jeff Lemire / ART BY: Jeff Lemire

John's Pick:
Parker: The Hunter TPB Starts @ 25:00
The Hunter, the first book in the Parker series, is the story of a man who hits New York head-on like a shotgun blast to the chest. Betrayed by the woman he loved and double-crossed by his partner in crime, Parker makes his way cross-country with only one thought burning in his mind - to coldly exact his revenge and reclaim what was taken from him! Richard (Donald Westlake) Stark's groundbreaking Parker books are adapted for the first time as a series of graphic novels by Darwyn Cooke. The initial graphic novel brings to life the first Parker book, The Hunter, which introduces readers to the dangerous anti-hero's cold and calculated world of criminals, thugs, and grifters.

This is hands down my pick for the YEAR.
The same (kind of) story is told in the Mel Gibson movie "Payback" while it stays closer to the source material and is the first time Stark authorized the use of the name "Parker" for anything licensed. I effing loved this book, you absolutely have to pick this one up, honestly my favorite comic I've read so far this year. I love Darwyn Cooke's masterfully rendered pages. There are nearly 20 pages of wordless comic in here that are quite possibly some of the best visual storytelling I've seen. This is truly an achievement of the craft and cannot recommend this book any higher.

Creators: STORY BY: Richard Stark (pseudonym: of Donald Westlake) / ART BY: Darwyn Cooke


  1. Kick Ass 7 was rad. Sweet Tooth too. And now you've sold me on The Hunter. Thanks.

  2. That thing sells itself son! Seriously well worth the read.