Say you’re a new reader; maybe you were brought into comic from a charachter you like, maybe you’re just interested in the medium, maybe you saw a movie and became curious, or maybe a friend brought you in. The big question can be “Where do I start?” and that’s a difficult one, as there are thousands upon thousands of comics titles and volumes to choose from. Wel,l the NBC crew has you covered. On our seventy fifth episode, were are going to give you the guide to start your collection with $75 on Amazon or Instocktrades.com. Dean, Alex & Pat each make a list of mutiple titles you can buy off the e-commerce sites, all for a total of $75 that are essential to the medium, and great starting points for new readers. Each list is unique, so you can pick out one you like, or mix and match with what was suggested, along with supplemental material. Listen, and learn the best collections to make the jump down the rabbit hole that is comics reading.
- It’s finally here, part one of episode fifty where we count off the fifty greatest comics run of all time. In part one, we run though numbers 50 to 26 including discussions on Garth Ennis’s time on The Punisher, Hellboy by Mike Mignola, Planetary by Warren Ellis & John Cassaday, Grant Morrison’s New X-Men, Spiderman by John Romita & more. Click below to see the full rankings Continue reading Podcast Episode Fifty Part One
With the final two episodes of Daredevil’s second season, Marvel leaves the characters in a very different way than where they were last season. Perhaps their toughest battles have been fought, and so we ask how does it end? Continue reading Review: Daredevil, Season 2, Episodes 12 & 13
Well, things just got a whole lot crazier in Hell’s Kitchen. Over the course of three episodes, an already fantastic season was kicked into high gear. In order to cover all the important points, I’m going to use a different format than previous reviews. In a season that introduced the Punisher, I feel like bullet points are wonderfully appropriate 🙂 I hope this leads to an effective overview of all that transpired in episodes 7-9. Continue reading Review:Daredevil Season 2, Episodes #7-9
Marvel comics made a slew of announcements today including a new creator owned series from Mark Millar & Stuart Immonem through their Icon imprint, another Iron Man book from Brian Michael Bendis & Alex Maleev, a new Punisher series by Becky Cloonan & Steve Dillon, a new Night Hawk series from writer David Walker, an X-Men book illustrated by Michael Walsh & more. Details here & here via CBR
In the early 2000’s, writer Garth Ennis took over a floundering Punisher property from Marvel and completely revived the character with a back to basics approach that blended the writers own singular sensibilities. Ennis is a creator with a gift for finding satire, humanism and horror within stories of ultra-violence in equal measure and he had some classic arcs on the title like Born, Slavers, Barracuda or Welcome Back Frank. Since he left the title in 2008, Marvel has used different comics writers to reconfigure the character to varying degrees of success. Rick Remender made Frank Castle a Frankenstein monster, Jason Aaron did a cover of Frank Miller’s Daredevil on the Max imprint, Greg Rucka had him join up with a female version of the character and then fight the Avengers, Daniel Way & Charles Soule teamed him with the Thunderbolts while Nathan Edmondson relocated him to Los Angles. That’s to say nothing for some of the miniseries featuring the character like Space Punisher or his turn with the Howling Commandos during Secret Wars. Most of these Punisher series were well liked among readers with critical acclaim but none had the staying power of Ennis whose shadow’s loomed large over the title since his departure. Coming back again after a scene stealing turn in the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil, writer Becky Cloonan teams with frequent Ennis collaborator Steve Dillon and colorist Frank Martin for a streamlined back to basics approach to The Punisher that stands out for it’s graphic violence but has little else to distinguish it from it’s predecessors.
In The Punisher #1, the DEA is staking out a gang about to offload a large shipment of narcotics that give the users super strength. The Punisher kills the gang save for two surviving members, one is a former marine that’s worked with Castle and the other like’s to cut peoples faces off. Cloonan has shown over the last few years that she is more qualified as a comics writer in addition to being an illustrator and for her part, the debut of her Punisher does have some stylistic flourishes unique to her own sensibilities while introducing a premise that is intriguing on a visceral level. Artist Steve Dillon has the same dynamic and raw visual narrative here that he brought to his past time on The Punisher while colorist Frank Martin continues to be the industry standard with a muted brightness to his colors that’s reminiscent of his East of West work. There’s nothing wrong with the issue per say and it’s creative talent has earned the benefit of the doubt for future installments. At the same time, there is very little here that hasn’t been done before with the character in the series debut.
When Ennis took over the title in April of 2000, The Punisher was in need of a back to basics approach. I suppose that’s debatable if that’s the case now and while the way Cloonan, Dillon & Martin approach that concept in their debut on the book mostly works; it does little to transcend it’s premise. Punisher fans should love this while readers interested in the creative teams take on the book will be left waiting for future installments of the series to distinguish itself.