294 – Constantine The Hellblazer, Garth Ennis’ All Star Section Eight, Batman 41, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps, Earth 2 Society, Starfire 1, Brian Wood’s Starve!

Johnny Destructo, Ambush Bug and Optimous Douche discuss this week’s books: Constantine The Hellblazer, Garth Ennis’ All Star Section Eight, Batman 41, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps, Earth 2 Society, Starfire 1, Brian Wood’s Starve!

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Here are the time stamps, since we tend to ramble:

email – 01:11
Constantine The Hellblazer 1 (Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, Riley Rossmo) – 16:02
All Star Section Eight 1 (Garth Ennis, John McCrea) – 29:10
Batman 41 (Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo) – 38:25
Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps 1 (Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kelly Thompson, David Lopez) – 47:27
Earth 2 Society 1 (Daniel H. Wilson, Jorge Jimenez) – 52:06
Starfire 1 (Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Emanuela Lupacchino) – 57:26
Starve 1 (Brian Wood, Danijel Zezelj) – 01:04:06

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5 Comments to “294 – Constantine The Hellblazer, Garth Ennis’ All Star Section Eight, Batman 41, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps, Earth 2 Society, Starfire 1, Brian Wood’s Starve!”

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  1. Andy says:

    Well Optimus Douche might have declared himself the winner of last weeks podcast, but he lost this one. Let’s break down his wildly inaccurate rebuttal to the email point by point:

    “1991 was a catalyst point when they (DC) said Batman’s too f****** dark with the backy-breaky” – There was a catalyst, but it was Image Comics in 1992. Knightfall occurs in 1993 as a reaction to the dark and gritty superheroes from Image taking sales away from Marvel and DC.

    “and the Robin deady and stuff” – that was in ’88 and the fans killed him through a call in contest. The only lesson learned by DC was they had created an unlikeable character

    “so they had to have Batman Beyond to differentiate and give the kids a market to buy something” – Batman Beyond debuts in 1999 at the request of Warner Brothers Animation for a kid friendly cartoon from the Dini/Timm crew. Instead, they continue to deliver kick ass cartoons for viewers of all ages. There was a comic, it was part of DC’s kids imprint. Terry McGinnis wouldn’t have any effect on DC proper until 2007

    “That is when you fractured the universe bad you saw continuity move to the side for more focus on the singular story for a demographic” In reality, the mid to late 90’s gave way to a neo-silver age comics, highlighted by Morrison JLA, Heroes Return, Supreme, Tom Strong and the big one, Kingdom Come. There is no massive DC continuity shift between Zero Hour (1994) and Infinite Crisis (2005). Kingdom Come is marinating in continuity, the way Mark Waid likes it. I was 18 and didn’t have a clue. But the story was so engaging I sat with the Wizard Magazine guide along with the comic and I learned it. This is why the follow up, The Kingdom, fails. It’s merely a device to introduce Hypertime, which took off like a lead balloon.

    Which brings us to the main point of all this: tell engaging stories first, worry about continuity later. You do the reverse, and you get Convergence. Tell a good enough story and readers will be intrigued enough to connect the dots.

  2. Ambush Bug says:

    Partially true, but what if those dots can’t be connected? When every writer can just write what they want and toss continuity out the window, you get depictions such as the way Batman was depicted in last week’s SECTION EIGHT comic.

  3. Seriously, we’re going to label my lumping as wildly inaccurate because I bobbled some years 20 freaking years ago.

    And Bug, the dots have been connected. I was outright told by the profit meisters from it. Yes, I am wildly inaccurate in keeping years straight, but the connections to a demographic sell versus continuity controlled story telling are eminently clear.


  4. Homer Sexual says:

    Constantine: For me, so ruined by New 52 that I won’t read anything with him again until I hear he’s gone hardcore again. No kid-friendly Hellblazer for me.

    Section 8: I hate this kind of book, this whole sub-genre, so I can’t make a qualified comment.

    Carol Corps: Well, no one has suffered more because she has to be a symbol than Carol Danvers. I have gone back and forth with Ms Marvel over the years, but I just feel DeConnick has robbed her of her individuality. And I usually love female-led books. Speaking of which…

    Starfire: Well, I loved it. I can totally see the difference between whore Starfire and sexy Starfire. I don’t care if her naivete conflicts with her time on Earth because, as I always say, who knows how long that is supposed to be and I’m sure it’s flexible.

    Know what else I really, really love? Power Girl and Harley Quinn. My only quibble is the art falls short of Conner or Hardin. It’s a little too Euro for this book. Of course, Power Girl is fighting Darkseid and super serious so how can she be having all this fun with Harley Quinn? Like I care! I don’t care at all! I am just glad to have this super-enjoyable comic (my friends all love it as well).

  5. JD (Host) says:

    I haven’t tried out PG & HQ yet! I’ll give it a try! How did you like HQ’s own title? I didn’t like that too much, it was a little too silly for me.

    As for Constantine, check in with me occasionally, I’ll be reading it and will let you know if anything cool happens lol

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