Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Episode 37: Its Comic News Dudes!

Jonas's Pick
Swallow Me Whole (starts at 0:58)
Indy comic artist Powell, an Eisner-nominee, works full time with adults with developmental disabilities, which may have been an inspiration for Swallow Me Whole, a stand-alone graphic novel about two teenage stepsiblings with psychological problems. Ruth suffers from obsessive compulsive disorder and thinks she can hear insects speak, making it difficult for her to walk across grassy lawns but landing her a sweet internship in the natural history museum. Perry sometimes sees a tiny wizard who speaks to him about his destiny, which would be cute if this were a fantasy comic; instead, it's sadly tragic since Perry recognizes the wizard as nothing more than a troublesome hallucination. It should be obvious from the start that things will not end well.

Creators: STORY BY: Nate Powell / ART BY: Nate Powell

Sean's Pick
Grimm Fairy Tales: Pinnochio (starts at 4:17)
Two powerful stories collide in one of the most powerful and gut-wrenching Grimm Fairy Tales collections to ever hit stands!
A single father has only his young son left in this world. It is a bond that can never be shattered, but what if your son wasn’t really the boy you thought he was? Will a father’s love be enough to stop a viscous evil that stirs inside his son?
Meanwhile Gepetto attempts to rescue his wooden creation he calls a son. But something is not right with Pinocchio and it might be too late for Gepetto to save him. Can Gepetto’s blind love prove to be enough to save the wooden boy or will evil prevail and doom Gepetto once and for all?

Written by: Ralph Tedesco & David Seidman
Artwork by: David Seidman & Dave Hoover

Bryton has a huge laundry list of books he's been reading and gives a quick once over of the following. (Starts at 7:57)

G.I.Joe Origins #12 - Ben Templesmith art!
Worth the 3.95 there let alone the Baroness!
G.I.Joe Cobra Vol 2 issue 1
Batman and Robin #8 Robin inflitrates a sex club!
Amazing Spiderman #617 - Brytons pick for issue of the year?
Joe the Barbarian #1 The all new toy story Grant Morrison series from Vertigo only $1.00
Capt America Reborn #6 Hated it.
Incorruptible #2 - Much better than number 1!
DEMO Vol 2 #1 - Super Heroes in a real life capacity

Henny's Pick
B.P.R.D. (starts at 14:00)
The BPRD was founded in late 1944 by Professor Trevor Bruttenholm to combat various occult threats uncovered in operations against Nazi Germany. It initially had strong links to the USAAF and was based at a military airbase in New Mexico, but later relocated to a custom built facility in Fairfield, Connecticut. It maintains strong links to various branches of the United States Armed Forces to this day. It is a private organization that receives funding from several major governments (mostly the United States and United Kingdom, although other countries like Canada, Japan, France, and Italy have been mentioned).

John's Pick
Ultimate X #1 (starts at 18:40)
Well, well, well… turns out a baby was dropped off on the doorstep of one James Hudson a few years back by an old Army buddy by the name of James Howlett who most folks knew as Logan, or maybe Wolverine. Never mind who the mother was – that kid is definitely his father’s son, right down to his fingernails… or claws.

And that, in a nutshell is how Ultimate X opens up. We’ve got a few familiar names and a teenager who is something of a rebel without a cause. After a drag racing accident leaves him in a position that most folks don’t walk away from, Jimmy Hudson discovers that he heals a lot quicker than most folks. When Kitty Pryde shows up at his doorstep with a box of Wolverine’s possessions and a holographic projector, he finds out the reasons why. He also gets a pep talk from his old man (both of ‘em, actually) and by the end of the issue, it looks like this rebel might just have found himself something worth fightin’ for.

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