Episode 239: We chat about some great comics this episode such as Steel #1, Doom Patrol 18, Weird Worlds #1, Azrael #16, Starman/Congorilla #1, Brightest Day #17, and Jonah Hex #63. We also talk about the recently released Flashpoint teasers and DC Universe Online.
Episode 235: Smallville, Dick Grayson, and lots of comic chat!!! On this episode, we kick off by chatting about the midseason finale of Smallville that aired last week. We talk about our favorite moments from the last couple of episodes and hopes as the show moves forward to it’s second and final half of the last season.
We also chat about a variety of comics: Batgirl 16, Jonah Hex 62, Batman and Robin 17, Superboy #2, Booster Gold #39, Flash #7, and R.E.B.E.L.S. 23. We also have a great listener voicemail from Eli to share.
Episode 199 Bubblicious: We talk about a ton this show including : Last Stand of New Krypton 1, Adventure Comics 8, Batman and Robin 10, Batgirl 8, Red Robin 10, Justice League: The Rise and Fall of Green Arrow Special, Cry for Justice 7,Magog 7, JSA All Stars 4, Blackest Night 7, Wonder Woman 41, Jonah Hex 53
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I love Jonah Hex. It’s edgy, gritty and always full of amazing art. This creative team crafts issue after issue of atmosphere and mood that feels like an old west movie. Yet, it manages to use modern storytelling sensibilities.
I often am amazed how a writing team can switch gears so drastically during the month. Power Girl is very upbeat and fun, while Hex has such a dark tone. Both are excellent offerings. I adore how easily Hex works in a larger arc or in the “done in one” format.
Issue 52 is a story full of lies and half truths. Most of these paint the picture of a world where such lies are necessary for survival. Hex turns up on the doorstep of a woman with a bullet wound. He doesn’t completely reveal how he got it. It turns out later we learn that a boy shot him while trying to rob him. Hex had to kill the boy to escape with his life.
This of course sends the family of killers after him. They are basically the “mob” of the swamp an no one in the area defies them for fear of repercussions.
Hex’s escape is very well put together. They are trailing him and he sends his horse running off to try and throw the men hunting him off his trail. They turn out to be too smart so he hides in the swamp, where there is a danger of gators getting him. “Too Mean to Die” is a great title for the issue because Hex takes down a Gator, even with his bullet wound and manages to survive the encounter.
This takes us back to the present, where the woman who rescues him realizes that the “mob” will come to her house now looking for him. This forces her to kick Hex out a moment too late and she has to defend her child from the men. Her lies are revealed as they turn out to be her family.
Imagine if Hex had told her the truth about the boy? Would she have killed him? Would she have realized the boy was trying to rob him and let the man go? The old west was often a hard world and this creative team always delivers. If you aren’t reading Jonah Hex, pick it up. It’s really easy to jump on this book and it is well worth the ride. With the movie coming this summer, there has never been a better time to enjoy this great, well produced comic.
I am changing the web site over to a wordpress site. This will give me some freedom and speed in how I update and eventually add some convenient features for listeners in the coming months. Pardon our mess, this is a work in progress.
I will be gradually be adding back links and content to the new site over the next couple of weeks.