Orbital in Conversation Episode 132 – with Jason Latour!

With Jason Latour …
 
After last week’s episode with writer Ron Marz (which you can still listen to here), I find myself back at the pub once again to chat with Jason Latour (Southern Bastards, Spider-Gwen, Winter Soldier) about all the work he’s currently doing!
 
Jason & I discuss his early years as a cartoonist, how his writing career has developed alongside his art, what plans he has for Spider-Gwen going forward, and where he sees the landscape of comics as it is today.
 
And never fear, you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here, as we continue to put out the same quality interviews and discussion with Orbital in Conversation going forward. It’s only gonna get better, folks!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Orbital in Conversation podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
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New Comics – Week of 27/05/2015

This week, new comics will be released on Wednesday as usual, but due to the bank holiday, they won’t be on the shelves until early afternoon.

Click here to view a full list of this week’s comics.

Staff Picks – Week of 20/05/2015

Oh, Killstrike #1
Max Bemis (w), Logan Faerber (a)
Boom! Studios

Joe says: Oh, Killstrike is a fun love-letter to ‘90s comics that manages to mock the ridiculousness of the decade whilst being sincere enough that the humour still comes across as heartfelt. I don’t think it can be call an homage as it’s not written in the style of a ‘90s comic but that just means it’s actually readable- it’s the story of a man looking to sell his issue of ‘Killstrike’ for an ironically large sum of money when the protagonist of said comic climbs out the book seeking “vengeance”. Whilst the story is engaging, the star of the issue is Faerber’s art; he alludes to the art of the era where appropriate but the entire issue is wonderfully illustrated. Having said all this, as I write I realize that if you don’t feel like reading something new today, you can always just go and re-watch ‘The Last Action Hero’.

Fun With Kirk and Spock (A Parody)
Robb Pearlman
Cider Mill Press

Thomas says: Apparently NOT cashing in on the Darth Vader and Kids books, Robb Pearlman and Cider Mill Press have made a wonderfully fun and entertaining children’s parody that works great for adults and children alike. The book covers the obvious and less so from the number of colour shirted crewmen beaming down and who doesn’t come back to Uhura’s conversation with Abraham Lincoln in Season 3,’s The Savage Curtain delicately balancing humour, fun for children and knowing nods to some of the more ground breaking aspects of the show. The art follows this same attitude, illustrating the crew seriously while still being absurd though not in a Mad magazine kind of way. This is a book that I was already predisposed to liking anyway but the writing and the art were so far above anything that I was expecting that it had to be my pick for this week.

Planet Hulk #1
Sam Humphries (w), Marc Laming (a)
Marvel Comics

Adam says: Set in the Greenland territory of the patchwork planet of Battleworld [DOOMWORLD], Planet Hulk is the first of the heavyweight Secret Wars tie-ins to arrive, recalling the classic Hulk-in-exile story by Pak, Pagulayan and Lopresti from 2005. This first issue reads well and the art really engenders the feeling of an epic/fantasy tale, with effective colouring to give an impression of a cohesive, distinct world. Where this book surpasses expectations, however, is in its subversion of them. Although Battleworld, like Telos’s planet in Convergence, has been explained as being comprised of displaced moments in time/space, this is not a nostalgic visit to the world created by Pak & co., it’s something new. Planet Hulk in this case is an entire society of Hulks, to which a certain Captain Rogers has now been sent. Oh, smash.
The business of event tie-ins is a funny one, and it can be difficult to navigate for readers and even creators alike, especially with opening issues at $4.99/£3.65. Here though, Humphries and Laming offer up a smart, simple subversion of expectations which, while serving further to illuminate the nature of Battleworld/Secret Wars, allows ample room for characterisation and a very genuine sense of new adventure. Lastly, neatly providing background without distracting from the narrative at hand, an origin story for Greenland itself comes as a backup feature, written by original Planet Hulk writer Greg Pak.

My Love Story!! Vol.4
Kazune Kawahara (w), Aruko (a)
VIZ Media

Liz says: Takeo Goda is not your typical romantic protagonist. He’s a physically enormous, scary-looking macho man who definitely looms large- just not with the ladies (they want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa). But beneath his mountainous exterior there is a sweet, gentle nature that captures the heart of Rinko Yamato, a girl he rescues from a groper on the train.

This manga series really ticks all the boxes for me: it’s laugh-out-loud funny, with loveable characters and genuinely charming love story. Basically it all comes down to Takeo and his unintentional scariness despite his always-good intentions. Should you ever need something to brighten your day, ‘My Love Story!!’ is guaranteed to put a big grin on your face from start to finish, every single time.

The Orbiting Pod Episode 179

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Welcome to Episode 179 of The Orbiting Pod!

This week:

Injection #1: Is it an adrenaline shot, or a sedative?
Mythic #1: Don’t call them busters, ok?
The Mantle #1: Boy, you’re gonna carry that weight
Secret Wars #2: Introducing the Thor Lantern Corps!
Thor #8 – Is it worthy?

And much more!

Orbital in Conversation Episode 131 – with Ron Marz!

With Ron Marz …
 
Following on from last week’s episode with Fabio Moon (which you can still listen to here), I’m back at the pub again to chat with one of my favourite writers Ron Marz (Silver Surfer, Green Lantern, Shinku & more) about his amazing career.
 
Ron & I talk about how he first broke in to Marvel Comics with Silver Surfer, dealing with crazed fans & death threats on Green Lantern, what he learned from his days at CrossGen, and where his career is headed these days.
 
And never fear, you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here, as we continue to put out the same quality interviews and discussion with Orbital in Conversation going forward. It’s only gonna get better, folks!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Orbital in Conversation podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
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Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Ron Marz’s Twitter: @ronmarz
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New Comics – 20/05/2015

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Staff Picks – Week of 13/05/2015

Abe Sapien #23
Mike Mignola & Scott Allie (w), Kevin Nowlan (a)
Dark Horse Comics

Ryan says: There’s one very simple reason to recommend the latest issue of Abe Sapien to new Mignola-verse readers, and that reason is Kevin Nowlan – a comic legend if ever there was one. The man has done everything from Batman to X-Men, and drawn some of the most expressive characters I’ve ever seen. If that’s not reason enough to pick up this fantastic read, then maybe the fact that in this arc Abe fights alongside his brother-in-burgundy, Hellboy! Ok, yes, I’m a sucker for a story that feature’s “Big Red”, but when it’s this well written and this well drawn, can you blame me? Grab your copy while you still can!

Thor #8
Jason Aaron (w), Russell Dauterman (a)
Marvel Comics

Liz says: This week brings the reveal of the identity of the female Thor, and I find myself satisfied and pleasantly (almost) surprised. The character in question is one that I guessed at, then ruled out, then guessed at again; all part of the fun of her introduction. I’m pleased that Jason Aaron chose an established character, one with a lot of untapped potential who I feel deserves a good storyline and hasn’t particularly had one in a long time. If you do a little bit of internet research, you’ll find that this outcome has some basis in Marvel history in the form of a What If? issue, so perhaps this has always been her destiny. The issue itself was a pleasure to read, particularly the handling of a red herring, which managed to keep me guessing right until the end. Well done, Jason Aaron; I welcome the next chapter in the saga of Thor, Goddess of Thunder and of the woman beneath the mask.

The Mantle #1
Ed Brisson (w), Brian Level (a), Jordan Boyd (c)
Image Comics

Will says: Ed Brisson has really been growing on me as of late. I wasn’t too keen on his other image series, Sheltered, but have since thoroughly enjoyed his new Boom series Cluster. His new book, The Mantle, is a superhero book, but by now you’ve probably read thousands of superhero comics. This first issue is essentially the origin story of our protagonist but its cut all the bulls**t we’ve come to expect from a superhero title. It starts with an interesting premise: the mantle, the source of great superpowers, chooses a host when the previous one dies giving them unlimited power. However, the big all powerful baddy is a lot stronger than that and actively seeks out the new host to kill them. He has been doing this for a very long time and the mantle never survives long. Without spoiling too much, your expectations of this comic’s direction will definitely be flipped. A great first issue that sets up some interesting storytelling for the future issues and I’m certainly excited to keep reading.

Injection #1
Warren Ellis (w), Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire (a)
Image Comics

Chris says: I tend to run hot-and-cold with Warren Ellis’ work. Some of it really resonates with me, while others simply don’t work … It usually comes down to subject matter and who he’s collaborating with, which is why Injection works so well. Although I can’t really say what it’s about, I like the feel so far – and that’s largely thanks to Declan’s Shalvey’s lush artwork, expertly colored by the dynamic Jordie Bellaire. Aside from being a real-life couple, these two really know how to come together on the page. Injection is the highlight of their collaboration thus far, and I think that’s in no small part due to Warren’s inspiration. By bringing his A-game and incorporating elements his co-creators would enjoy, they’ve all elevated one another in a way that’s just as inspiring to read. Some scenes are quite under-stated and very much a case of ‘talking heads’, but that makes the ‘wow moments’ all the more powerful. Of course, I would be remiss to neglect Fonografiks who not only brings wonderful lettering to the page, but is also responsible for the overall design aesthetic of the book. Injection really stands out on the shelves, especially with that gorgeous ‘Haunted’ variant Declan did. While it may look quite simple at first, the more you look at it the more you get … especially if you’ve seen the original art it’s based on. Speaking of original art, Declan was here signing with us this weekend to launch our new exhibition of his work. We have the first four covers of Injection (plus variants), along with nine pages from issue 1. On top of that, we have a selection of highlights from his career, including Thunderbolts, Dark Avengers, Deadpool, Venom, Northlanders & Conan. Everything is available to buy except the nine Injection pages, so this is a great way to get your hands on some very special original art. If I had the money I’d be buying that issue 1 ‘Haunted’ variant in a heartbeat!

Night Nurse
Jean Thomas (w), Winslow Mortimer (a)
Marvel Comics

Adam says: Reprinting all of the original 1972-73 mini-series, this Night Nurse book is rather good value from Marvel this time out (priced at $7.99 or £5.50). Timely, of course, because of Rosario Dawson’s hybrid character in the Netflix Daredevil series, these issues are also notable because they take a look at the more practical, injury-laden side of superheroics. They also stand as relative rarities in that they were scripted by a female writer, Jean Thomas. All in all, great ’70s Marvel with a different perspective than your average Silver Age book!

Orbital in Conversation Episode 130 – with Fabio Moon!

With Fabio Moon …
 
After last week’s thorough dissection of Secret Wars and all things Marvel with The Real/Fake Geeks (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back at the pub for a chat with Fabio Moon (Daytripper, BPRD: Vampire, Casanova & the upcoming Two Brothers).
 
Fabio & I discuss how he and Gabriel Bá started out in comics, what their early zines in Brazil were like, the process they use for working together, how they choose comics projects, and what they’ve got coming up next.
 
And never fear, you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here, as we continue to put out the same quality interviews and discussion with Orbital in Conversation going forward. It’s only gonna get better, folks!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Orbital in Conversation podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
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Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Fabio Moon’s Twitter: @fabiomoon
Fabio Moon’s website: www2.uol.com.br/10paezinhos

The Orbiting Pod Episode 178

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Welcome to Episode 178 of The Orbiting Pod!

This time:
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – Does it compute?
- Secret Wars #1 – The End is the Beginning is the End?
- Convergence: Shazam #1 – Has the big red cheese gone off?
- Kaptara #1 – Saga. But Gay? Er?

And more!

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New Comics – Week of 13/05/2015

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