Hosted by Kris Bather and Mladen Luketin from Western Australia, ES is a weekly podcast filled with news, reviews and pop culture shenanigans. Kris (loyal superhero fan) and Mladen (manga, anime and indie defender) chat about their varying, and occasional overlapping, interests in the wonderful world of sequential art.

Posts tagged “Image Comics

ExSeq Ep.86-Image Comics

62 mins. It’s the 20th anniversary of Image Comics this year, so in honour of the young upstart publishing company, we look at our fave Image tales covering drama, comedy, adventure and more. Also, the wonder of ’90s fashion, and Aussie TV actresses.

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ExSeq Ep.84-Strange Team-Ups

57 mins.  Strange x-overs you never knew existed! Unusual team-ups you tried to forget! Dodgy pronunciations of ‘moustache’ and ‘oeuvre.’ This one has it all, including a detour involving celebrity cameos and Jeff Goldblum movies.

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ExSeq Ep.83-Female Creators

64 mins. It’s all about the ladies and the awesome comics they create. Mladen proves his immaturity and Kris reveals his love for Faith Erin Hicks. Also, missing Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt.

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ExSeq Ep.81-Meta-Comics

56 mins. We go high-brow and examine meta-comics. In other words, stories in which the writers appear as themselves, characters know that they’re in a comic, and more rule breaking craziness. Also, the best pirate joke you’ll ever hear.

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ExSeq Ep.73-2011 Recap

59 mins. We chat about the comics events and trends that have shaped the last 12 months and grabbed the most headlines, including dead superheroes, digital shopping and more. Also, The Punisher as an angel. Ah, memories.

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ExSeq Ep.71-Christmas Gifts

59 mins. Christmas is just around the corner so we recommend a few comics to buy for those who may be new to this wonderful medium. We cover the gamut of styles and genres. There’s something for everybody! Also, putting a crooner in your stocking, and which Futurama characters we most closely resemble.

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ExSeq Ep.51-Eisners & Old City Blues

49 mins. We discuss this year’s Eisner Award winners, including some surprises and a few faves, plus examine the recent OGN from Archaia, Giannis Milonogiannis’ sci-fi mash-up Old City Blues. Also, Home Alone 2, Garfield, the exclusion of Jedis and more.

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ExSeq Ep. 37-Thor and Kingdom Come

70 mins. We talk about Thor and bicker about the classic superhero epic Kingdom Come. Also The Big Bang Theory, Star Trek: The Next Generation and hiding Easter eggs.

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1:20 NEWS

Stan Sakai, the creator of Usagi Yojimbo gets honoured

John Constantine, AKA Hellblazer come sto the mainstream DC Universe

6:25 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

The fun, all-ages debut of Super Dinosaur by Robert Kirkman and Jasonn Howard

The lukewarm return of the Dark Horse Presents anthology

Patrick McEown’s experimental No Escape

23:20 THOR MOVIE REVIEW

Kris saw the film in unnecessary 3D and was slightly underwhelmed by the god of thunder’s cinematic adventures. The action is loud, but the romance is well handled.

35:52 FEATURE REVIEW-KINGDOM COME

We pleasantly argue about this 1996 mini-series from DC Comics by Mark Waid and Alex Ross that features a retired Superman in the future returning to teach a careless younger generation of “heroes” a thing or two about justice. Dramatic art, biblical undertones and a massive cast of well known and new characters ensue.

  


ExSeq Ep.35-Parodies

59 mins. We chat about some of our fave comic book parodies, including poking fun at superheroes. Also the Star Wars episode of That ’70s Show, the beauty of modern video games and Scream 4.

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1:00 NEWS

Swancon and Natcon convention in Perth

Next DC animated film based on Tower of Babel JLA storyline

DC’s Retro-Active series of one-shots

Supernatural: The Anime Series to be released in July

The 4 minutes of the Green Lantern film that have been officially released

13:43 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Kris – Action Comics #899 filled with Lex vs Braniac and madcap action

Who Is Jake Ellis? #3 by Nathan Edmondson and Tonci Zonjic

Undying Love #1 by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman. Another winner from Image Comics about a human in love with a Chinese vampire.

Mladen – Crossing Midnight Volume 1 from Mike Carey and Jim Fern about twins born just before and just after midnight. Strange abilities, greedy demons and more ensue.

Digested #4 by Bobby N.

27: 27 FEATURE TOPIC-PARODIES

Red 5’s Abyss mini-series

The classic Justice league International

Ape Entertainment’s Super Human Resources by Ken Marcus and Justin Bleep

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen

Tank Girl: The Odyssey by Peter Milligan and Jamie Hewlett

James Turner’s Rex Libris

Plus, as an added extra, we answer some fanmail!

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ExSeq Ep.34-Elephantmen and Nonplayer

0 mins. Mladen and I occupy the same space once more as we talk about 2 new Image comics debuts we liked plus Ninja Turtles, April Fool’s Day office pranks, iPad 2 queues, and animated Plastic Man.

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00:56 NEWS

Writer Jonathan Hickman’s new creator owned series

Justice League film set for 2013

Amy Adams has been cast as Lois Lane in the Superman reboot

Wonder Woman’s TV costume changes. Now with less shininess!

6:40 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Kris – IDW’s Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters

FF #1, the new Fantastic Four relaunch. Spider-Man joins the team and it’s black and white costumes all round!

Mladen – Sequelcast film podcast

20:14 FEATURE REVIEWS

Elephantmen: Man and Elephantman by Richard Starkings and Axel Medellin. We find it to be a good intro for new readers, love the art and its effective colour palette and just the general noir vibe of the whole tale.

Nonplayer #1 by Nate Simpson. A very entertaining genre mash-up of a sci-fi world and a fantasy virtual world, with art that you’ll fall in love with. See a preview here and an interview with Simpson here.

Our rambling and amusing conclusion.

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ExSeq Ep. 33-Tie-in Comics

54 mins. We shall not let minor technical issues stop us from talking about comics! No sir! Gianni joins us again to form the geek trio in our special on comics related to video games and other pop culture products. We discuss all the below, plus Boston Legal, CSI guest stars, how to be a “pack leader” and more.

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1: 15 NEWS

Kevin Costner as Pa Kent in the Superman remake

Marvel’s deal with Starbucks

Wonder Woman’s shiny new TV costume

The new DC Nation TV show to be shown on the Cartoon Network

12: 05 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Kris watched Battle Los Angeles and read the TPB of Image’s fun fantasy series Skullkickers and Erik Larsen’s amusing Herculian one-shot.

Gianni’s been reading the Dead Space mini-series based on the game as well as the new Mass Effect.

Mladen has been watching The Dog Whisperer. Yes, we laughed at him too. He also read Asterix and the Falling Sky, and Price Valiant Volume 3.

25:30 THEME-TIE-IN COMICS

Phew. Tomb Raider, Sonic the Hedgehog and more have been produced over the years, and continue to be made, for video game fans to become comic book fans, and vice versa. There have been many more video game tie-ins recently too, such as Dante’s Inferno, Prototype, Infamous, Halo, God of War, Batman: Arkham City, World of Warcraft, Warhammer 40, 000 and more. Plus, anime and novel tie-ins and movie adaptations, including Tron.

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Liefeld, Obama & Youngblood Team-Up

Now I know writer/artist Rob Liefeld can be a controversial figure, but I’ve never really figured out why. I mean, his legacy can’t be ignored. He co-created Deadpool and Cable and helped build (along with his fellow Image founders) an exciting way of looking at comics as a mass media form of entertainment, and the building blocks of a larger media empire. Of course, Spawn creator Todd McFarlane is the leading light in that regard, but Liefeld’s output, though irregular, always garners attention. Now he returns to his signature creation, with the most popular man in comics today – the new U.S President himself. Official press release below.

securedownload-1THE NEW ERA OF YOUNGBLOOD BEGINS TOMORROW COURTESY OF SERIES CREATOR ROB LIEFELD AND PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA! The future of Youngblood starts now as Rob Liefeld returns! The bold new era of YOUNGBLOOD begins tomorrow as series creator Rob Liefeld takes the reins and reveals President Barack Obama’s shocking lineup of the long-running superhero team! “Since YOUNGBLOOD’s very first issue back in 1992, the series has always had a real world, political connection by taking on such issues as the first Iraq war and really exploring just what it would mean to be a government sanctioned superteam,” Liefeld said. “Bringing Obama into the picture is a necessary extension of YOUNGBLOOD’s history and I couldn’t imagine a better way to start my full-time return to the series.”

YOUNGBLOOD began the Image revolution in early 1992 and was the first creator-owned comic book to sell over a million copies right out of the gate by bringing a whole new perspective to what superhero comics were capable of. Rob’s creations took the medium by storm by influencing an entire generation of creators and, most recently, Brett Ratner as the famed director behind such blockbuster films as Rush Hour and X3 announced he will be taking the property to new heights by kick-starting the YOUNGBLOOD film franchise. Tomorrow’s issue not only features a six-page back up story setting up Rob Liefeld’s full-time return to the series with May’s YOUNGBLOOD #9, but also an already much coveted variant cover featuring our nation’s 44th President.

YOUNGBLOOD #8, a 32-page full color comic book for $2.99, will be in-stores tomorrow.