Friday, August 19, 2016

Waiting for Doom Episode 67: 4/5ths All New, All Different…OR Justice, Inc. For All!

John Arcudi! Tan Eng Huat! Bob Lappan! Dave Stewart! But those aren't the 4/5ths that are new! Nosir! 

Mike Garvey and Paul Hix start their exploration of the third volume of the Doom Patrol in Episode 67 of Waiting for Doom. Here's the episode rundown from the podbean listing:  
After another run-in with those accursed Tech-Gods, we're back for more Doom Patrol-related shenanigans and madness (WINK!)! Plus we take our first steps into some new Patrol territory this episode, so LET'S GET PATROLLING!!
  • Down on Derrington Way - 8:43
  • Doom Clock - 13:01
  • Doomsplaining - 16:33 - this week we look at the first two issues of Doom Patrol volume 3, from John Arcudi and Tan Eng Huat!! 
  • Mailbag O Doom - 54:45 - We read your responses to the question, "What's your favourite comic book accessory?"

Here's the bits from #1
Gloomy Cliff makes for great cover copy

The new team in training. Not the Doom Patrol. At least not yet. 
Tan Eng Huat proves his worthiness on this title right away. 
Hmmmmmm. . . indeed. And knowing what we know now. . .
Partial drink?
Farr & Away: The Rita Farr-est panel of this issue. 
Cliff meets the new team. 
. . .and so do we. 

And #2

"Who is more foolish? The fool or the fool who follows him?" - Obi-Wan Kenobi
The debut of an all-new Negative Man. 
It wasn't much longer that I gave up on this one as well. 

This run didn't hold my attention for very long. I had two kids under four, which limited my time and budget.. I liked Huat's work, but it just wasn't enough of a Doom Patrol comic at the time. I don't recall specifically what I was buying instead, but this one just didn't hit me at the time. Looking back at it (I have since purchased the run), it seems like it's pitched right to my sweet spot tho.

That said, I'll be experiencing parts of this for the first time alongside you, gentle reader/listener/blog-viewer.

Here's the link for this episode via Comicosity.

As for the question of the week, well, here it is.
Who's your favorite made-up spy person?

Next episode checks back in with the Brotherhood of Dada! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Casey Brinke via Nick Derington

Nick Derington has been sharing a bunch of art as he's been working on Doom Patrol. Everything from a custom Robotman mask to a DP-specific ambulance to warm-up sketches of Spider-Man and Superman. This, however, is the single most engaging image I've seen. With Nick Derington's approval, I present to you - Casey Brinke. 

Among the biggest challenges an artist can encounter is conveying a character's personality only through imagery. Body language, expression, gesture, posture, and even page positioning all telegraph information to the viewer. More often than not, viewers will be bringing their own set of filters to interaction with art, but in the case (or Casey) above, Derington gives the readers everything they need to know: Casey is inviting us to join her. It's time to go explore, to learn, to see and do. And I'm all in.

In the ashcan (more on that later this weekend) Casey is dubbed Space Case. Beyond that, we haven't actually met Casey save for the images Derington, Way, and DC Comics have chosen to share with us, but everything about her in Derington's art projects a personality that invites interest and friendship. Well done, Nick Derington! I can't wait to meet Casey in just a few weeks.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Waiting for Doom Episode 66: Kor Blimey, Check Out That Arsenal! or What Dinosaur?!

It's like a whole new week! Mike and Paul were at it again. That's right, Garve and Flanger gave us a brand new podcast! And I delayed posting about it because I was working. Then I left work and went to the other work. Then I left work to watch Suicide Squad (fans of the New 52 Suicide Squad will like it, fans of the older Ostrander Squad will like parts). And then I slept, because it was 2:30 AM.

But now this post is here, and so are you.  

So if you didn't find the podcast already, you can click this here link to get Episode 66 of Waiting for Doom. Here's the show notes:

High stakes wagers! Suburban castles! Mad scientist voyeurism! Punk-ass green kids with unfortunate hair! Bob Brown - not the Greens senator! Giant monitor…lizards?!? Snyder-esque destruction! Horrible accents! Embarrassing revelations! Holy crap this one has it all, so LET'S GET PATROLLING!! 

Down on Derrington Way - 6:46Doom Clock - 13:19Doomsplaining - 16:35 - this week we take a look at issues 113 and 114 from volume 1, by Arnold Drake and Bruno Premiani!
Mailbag O Doom - 54:45 - We read your responses to the question, "What's your favourite fictional family?"

Let's get to those images for #113

Which Arsenal?!?
Metal crotch to the head! "ARGH!"

Cliff Steele: Suburban castle remodeler

As Paul said, "The battle of the mind-controlling perverts has begun!"

As for issue #114

Rita gets kicked in the BAWHUMMP! Ow. 

Garve's favo(u)rite dinosaur ever and likely inspiration for Barney. 

Take. A. Drink. 

I will never be able to not see the Trump hair now. Thanks Teen Titans Wasteland and Paul! 

 So there you go, folks! Some images for Episode 66 of Waiting for Doom

The Question of the Week: 
What is the best accessory in comics? 

I'll be posting up at least one other post before next week's episode! Be good to one another! 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Waiting for Doom Episode 65: Like Getting Hit with Psychoactive Discharge or Trippy Dippy, Who's Your Hippy?

Ah, vacations. They're so gosh-darned wonderful. Except for the rushing to get all the stuff done before and the digging out from under accumulation after. Which is exactly the reason I tack a day on after. So I can post things like this.
The fellas (and sentient showbot) cranked out another episode in my away time. This one takes a look at Doom Patrol (v2) #49 & 50.

Click the link here to make with the listening, which is described as:

The theme for this episode appears to be: So this weird thing happens. Right. Then another weird thing happens. Riiiiight. And then ANOTHER weird thing happens….RIIIIIGHT. In any case: LET'S GET PATROLLING!
Here's a set of images (and cover) from #49. 
The Cover
The Love Glove. Studded for pleasure.

As well as from #50.

The cover for #50. Can we all pretend this and #49 got transposed somehow?

Some nice work from Richard Case.
Yahoo! indeed.

Rita by Brian Bolland

Merch we all wish existed.
Also, be sure to sling an answer for your favo(u)rite fictional family either here, on the show's Facebook page or over on Twitter.

I was all set to blurt out the Parrs from The Incredibles, but I think the Robinsons in the criminally underrated Meet the Robinsons takes the hypothetical cake from me for this one. 

Bake them cookies Lucille!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Waiting For Doom #64: Kup O' Berg or Cup o' Kupperberg or Heeeeeeeeeere's Paul!!

The Amazing Australians from Waiting For Doom had a chance to ask Paul Kupperberg all of the pressing questions about life, the universe, and everything, but chose to talk about Doom Patrol instead. Because, y'know, Doom Patrol.

You can find the latest episode here or in the usual spot you find the episodes, if you have one of those usual episode spots.

But you might be thinking to yourself, "Where, oh where, can I find other Waiting For Doom episodes that cover Paul Kupperberg's run?"

Deep Thoughts with Arani Desai

Well, we've got you covered.


Check out this extensive list from Mike Garvey:

Episode 11: The Lost Years (1977 and 1982) 
Showcase V. 1 #s 94-96 and DC Comics Presents #52

Episode 26: Back From the Dead! Again! Apparently. Aired 23 July2015.

V. 2 #s 1, 2, 3

Episode 27: Good Thing They Only Come Once A Year  Aired 6 August 2015.

Secret Origins Annual 1 & Doom Patrol Annual 1 (#2 also discussed)
You can also check out my coverage of the Secret Origins Annual right here on the Secret Origins Podcast. 

Episode 29: That Time Arani Took the Team to the Ozarks Aired 20 August 2015.

Doom Patrol Volume 2 #s 4, 5 & 6. Wow. That's some big difference between #4 and #6. 

Episode 30: The Life and Times of John Dubrovny Aired 27 August 2015.

Doom Patrol /Suicide Squad Special 

Episode 33: Kansas City Hijinks Aired 17 September 2015.

Doom Patrol #7 & 8

Episode 37: A Life in the Day When It Rains Plastic Men Aired 21 October 2015.

Doom Patrol #9

Episode 39: Waiting for Supergirl with Dr. Anj! Aired 4 November 2015.

The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl #9. Cover art by Gil Kane.
Also covered on this episode are
Superman Family #s 191-193 and Daring New Adventures of Supergirl # 8 

Episode 40: No Way – Hot Hands Saves the Day?!?  Aired 18 November 2015.

Doom Pat#10 & Superman vol 2 #20

Episode 47: Betrayal and an Invasion? Talk About A Bad Day! Aired 3 March 2016.

Doom Patrol #11 & 12

Episode 53: Order, Chaos, Doom and Butts Aired 15 April 2016.

Doom Patrol #13 & 14

Episode 59: Attack of the High-Tech Weaponry Wielding Geriatrics! Aired 2 June 2016.

Doom Patrol #15 & 16

Episode 63: Endings…Beginnings…Doom! Aired 13 July 2016.

Doom Patrol #17 & 18. The end of an era. 

The first issue of the second volume of Doom Patrol was the first DP I ever read, and it will always be special to me, even if we never got the Kalki action figure and playset. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

YOUNG ANIMAL GROWS! OR A Very Sneaky Negative Monday

The October (really?! October?!) solicits for DC Comics hit the internets today. Well, technically, they hit sometime last week in some leak or some other thing, but, really, officially, they hit today. 

Gerard Way's Young Animal imprint triples in size, with Cave Carson and Shade, the Changing Girl joining the pull lists of many a comic book reader. 

The one we all REALLY care about, though, is 
Written by GERARD WAY
Art and cover by NICK DERINGTON
Variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details. 
What happened to Larry Trainor? The hero known as Negative Man is still out there, but he’s not exactly the same guy he was back when Doom Patrol was still together. Like a Russian doll, there is man inside the man, and who knows how many other men inside of them, with the guy on top possessing a mind for mischief that incites violence.
Meanwhile, Casey has started rebuilding Robotman, even though she still doesn’t know exactly how Cliff Steele ended up crossing her path in the first place.
On sale OCTOBER 12 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • MATURE READERS

You can catch the full solicits for DC Comics in October 2016 right here

This month I'm going to try something new. Every solicit going forward, starting right here, I'm going to take a spin through the DC titles and match the number of Young Animal titles with titles I'm going to take a look at and read. I'll do something quick about them once I've read them either in the form of a review over on Comicosity or on my other comic book catch-all blog: Tales of My Greatest Strange Adventures

Here we go:
Superman #8. I'm a big fan of Tomasi and Gleason working together. Add in a cover (and more?) by Doug Mahnke and dinosaurs, and I cannot even begin to present an argument against this book. 

The Prestige Format returns for Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1, written by Sarah Vaughn and drawn by Lan Medina. Boston Brand is one of my absolute favorite characters and just the thought of having two of Arnold Drake's creations available in their own titles in the same month is fantastic.

Hawkman is another character near to my heart, no matter how crappy the previous incarnation may or may not have been handled. All that matters now is that Hawkman and Adam Strange team up as once more Rann and Thanagar just can't seem to get along in Hawkman and Adam Strange: Out of Time #1. Marc Andreyko writes this one and Aaron Lopresti draws it, and I can't wait, even if it will be October. 

There ya go. Some Young Animal solicits and some books to keep an eye for as well.

How about you, gentle readers? Will you be buying all of the Young Animal stuff? What about the other three recommendations? Better yet, any books YOU are looking forward to the most? 
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