Oy. That title! But guess what?! I read Sex Criminals Volume 1: One Weird Trick, written by Matt Fraction and Illustrated by Chip Zdarsky. Nope. We are not going to give any hints. You’re just going to have to listen to find out what I thought. [M: Well *I* thought it was ridiculously, appropriately peurile and heartfelt, but my opinions apparently don’t count for much around here.] [S: Honey, everyone already knows how you feel about it – geesh.]
We also talked about my continuing to read the Aquaman run by Geoff Johns and the Wonder Woman run by Brian Azzarello – I’m now up through volume 3 of both runs. Are they getting better or worse, or are they staying steady? Well, I am still reading the series despite some annoyances…so I guess it is going okay? Mostly?
And a side bonus, Mike got a little sidetracked talking about Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run. So if you have some opinions on this run – and if you search the internet at all there is no shortage of opinions out there – you can hear his take on it. [M: How can someone NOT have an opinion on this? So far it’s reaching the upper levels of Hickman’s best works.]
Not a lot of television talked about this time around. I may have run out of a little steam on that, but since the American Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us we fully expect to get caught up on our stories in time for the next podcast. [M: We better – I expect a lot of couch time on the holidays. Indoorsy guys are like that.]
And of course some show notes:
- The horrible drawing of Dionysus we mentioned (who Mike kept thinking of as Ronnie Dio) next to a typical depiction of the Lord of the Grape. Cliff Chiang, better luck next time because your drawing makes no sense.
- And come on, you know you want to watch In Search of with Leonard Nimoy. So good and lusciously 70s-tastic.
- The name of the actor who is playing General Wade Elling on the TV show The Flash is Clancy Brown, also known for his work in The Highlander as The Kurgan, and in my humble opinion the only saving grace for the film Cowboys and Aliens (no link because NO). He is very well known too, as the voice of Lex Luthor, which he did for 12 years (!) for DC’s Animated Series (among other voice roles – not all for DC). He also, may I say, would have made a great model for Dionysus in Azzarello’s Wonder Woman run. Amiright? Cliff Chiang, take note:
- Sigh. Big secret. I am not a Spiderman fan. Mike almost broke up with me. [M: Hey, empty threats are no match for your…contributions around this home. But seriously – who doesn’t relate to Peter Benjamin Parker?] The portrayal of him as a pathetic victim (Peter Parker not Mike) – which, hello, if you are smart and nerdy it doesn’t make you pathetic [M: oh really?] – seriously annoys me. We decided to blame the Toby Maguire films for that. Ick. Mike is going to put some thought into what he could introduce me to that would change my mind.
- If Mike does break up with me he is going to try to find the guy at Rose City Comicon who dressed as Spider Jerusalem from Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan [M: relevant tattoo work and everything]:
- Wonder Woman episode with Eve Plumb (Jan Brady!) and Martin Mull: also lusciously 70s-tastic.
- For Sam: here is a pic of our girls – Serena the one-eyed Samoyed, and Emma the Australian Cattle Dog (our OCD ACD).
And last, but not least, here is what is on deck for next time:
- Gotham Central volume 1: In the Line of Duty (Brubaker – Rucka – Lark) is finally in from the library.
- Hawkeye volume 1: My Life as a Weapon (Fraction – Aja – Pulido)
- Wonder Woman volume 4: War (Azzarello – Chiang – Sudzuka)
- Aquaman volume 4: Death of a King (Johns – Pelletier – Parsons – Reis)
- [and Mike is continuing with Hickman’s Avengers and a side trip into Carey’s Suicide Risk]
This one went a little off the rails…so I guess it was just another “normal” show. [M: Yeah, we should never use the word “normal” in our own context.] We managed to have some good solid discussions of a couple of volume 2s though: “Aquaman: The Others” by Geoff Johns and “Wonder Woman: Guts” by Brian Azzarello.
That’s right. Sara liked some comics enough to read some volume 2s (or at least trusted Mike enough in the case of Aquaman). [M: We shouldn’t use the word “trust” in our own context either.]
And then of course we talked a whole lotta television. Listen. We are at Episode 8. If you don’t know there are spoilers by now…well, carry on, because we are incredibly ham-handed with spoilers and if you haven’t picked up on this yet then you never will. Listen with impunity if that’s the case.
If you do care about spoilers, here is a list of the shows we talked about, and how far along we are with them. You can avoid listening to the podcast until you’ve caught up to us. Or maybe have half a chance understanding what the heck we are talking about because we make no effort to express ourselves with any real clarity. [M: Speak for yourself – I make a concerted effort to speak with mis-clarity.]
- Gotham: through episode 7 “Penguin’s Umbrella”
- The Flash: through episode 4 “Going Rogue”
- Supernatural: through season 10 (holy shit!) episode 4 “Paper Moon”
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: through season 2 episode 5 “A Hen in the Wolf House”
- Constantine: through episode 3 “The Devil’s Vinyl”
- Rex Smith
- Kristi MacNichol (Oops! Turns out it was Denise Miller in the 1979 film “Sooner or Later.” )
- Leif Garrett (upper right corner, but I couldn’t resist this magical montage of heart throbs!)
- Wonder Woman: Volume 3 “Iron”
- Gotham Central: Volume 1
- And of course the Jizz-tastic Sex Criminals
Uh, oh. This past week we might have experienced a slip…a bit of a Backslide* even.
This week both Sara and Mike review Superman/Wonder Woman Volume 1: Power Couple written by Charles Soule. And, well…ouch.
Also reviewed was Runaways Volume 1: Pride and Joy written by Brian K. Vaughan. Mike reviewed it more favorably than Sara…but that isn’t saying much. Again. Ouch.
Is this the end? Is Sara done? Well. No. As we all know she has more tolerance than that (S: ahem, GreenArrowmorethanmakesupforthattimeImadeyouwatchXanadu). [M: No it doesn’t honey.] Tune in to hear how someone managed to write a story that made Sara dislike Wonder Woman (something we didn’t believe was possible) and how she feels about slogging through a teen angst story. And of course a whole bunch of other stuff that has nothing to do with comic books but is still somewhat related so we feel totally justified slipping it into this podcast. [M: Does it really matter? How many people could possibly be listening?]
Episode 06: listen here
* If you are not familiar with Dan Backslide the former sneak of Roquefort Hall, coward, bully, cad, and thief, and arch enemy of the Dover boys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpOPyjmB8SI
Guess what! Sara liked a comic; 4-stars-on-Goodreads-liked-it as a matter of fact. And do you know what we learned about ourselves? We are much better at articulating our feelings when we dislike things than when we like things.
All is not lost though because there is plenty of crap out there to talk about besides that one comic Sara read that she really liked. Tune in to hear us talk up Dr. Strange: The Oath written by Brian K. Vaughan, talk a little sideways about the new season of S.H.I.E.L.D., and (ahem) maybe talk down about the first two episodes of the television show Gotham.
- 20:00 through to 37:06 – S.H.I.E.L.D. plot elements
- 37:06 through 38:44 – we learn how Mike doesn’t make soup for Sara when she is sick
- 38:45 through 53:08 – Gotham plot elements
- from 53:09 on you should be safe (unless you are still slogging through the first season of Arrow like we are)
- (sorry for how long this is but the dogs really had a lot to say)
Episode 05: https://app.box.com/SaraAndMikeOnComics
- Silly Putty was the greatest toy when all your grandparents would let you play with was newspapers
[Mike says: “Sara is a genius for finding that Batman-Silly Putty ad. Holy shitarski, Batman!”]
We have jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Not only did Sara read more comics she also went to her first* Comic Convention.
Was Sara less confused with Volume 2 of Bendis’ New Avengers?
Did Mike embarrass her at the Comic Con with his fan boy ways?
Has the whole experience turned Sara off comics forever?!
Tune in to find out!
Episode 04: https://app.box.com/SaraAndMikeOnComics
*not counting the Portland Independent Comic Festival of 2012
When last we left our not-so-dynamic duo Sara was jonesing for a superhero fix.
After much deliberation Mike chose The New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis.
How did it go? Tentatively good…tune in to find out if she will continue reading the series or move on to something else. Also, a podcast about reading comic books wouldn’t be complete without discussing a whole lot of television. Yeah. I’d like to tell you it won’t derail in the future, but why lie? Also…
Episode 03: https://app.box.com/SaraAndMikeOnComics
You guys! You guys! Sara read a comic! Shit, she read twelve comics before she realized she’d gone above and beyond the mission. Saga, volumes 1 and 2.
Sorry guys – we had a little recording snafu. When we* didn’t plug the microphone in before we fired up the recording software, Skynet decided to use the built-in microphone, like “fuck it, what’s the difference?” So yes, it sounds like we recorded this episode from inside a nuclear submarine. Kinda borked this.
We swear on all that is unnatural, we’ll triple-check the tech next time. Just bear with us – this was a pretty insightful session, as Sara’s first legit review/deconstruction of a comic.
*Mike is being kind. I kinda borked this. Also, I don’t know why I am screaming about pie (although yes, pie is often scream-worthy)… and you know all of those rookie annoyances that happen when people first start podcasting? Yeah. I do all of them. We are letting it fly anyway and we promise to do better next time! -Sara
Episode 02: https://app.box.com/SaraAndMikeOnComics