303 – Lobster Johnson A Chain Forged In Life, Sabrina 4, Shrinking Man 1, Star Wars 7, Copperhead 8!

Johnny Destructo, Ambush Bug and Optimous Douche take a look at this week’s books: Lobster Johnson A Chain Forged In Life, Sabrina 4, Shrinking Man 1, Star Wars 7, Copperhead 8!


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Lobster Johnson A Chain Forged In Life 1 (Mike Mignola, John Arcudi, Troy Nixey, Kevin Nowlan) – 01:24
Sabrina 4 (Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Robert Hack) – 09:39
Shrinking Man 1 (Richard Matheson, Tad Adams, Mark Torres) – 20:37
Star Wars 7 (Jason Aaron, John Cassaday) – 30:13
Copperhead 8 (Jay Faerber, Scott Godlewski) – 38:33

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31 Comments to “303 – Lobster Johnson A Chain Forged In Life, Sabrina 4, Shrinking Man 1, Star Wars 7, Copperhead 8!”

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  1. Roland says:

    The Star Wars jokes…LOL

    “I woke up with two Jawas again, and I don’t know why”

  2. Yorgo says:

    Super Important – Happy Birthday in advance Optimous.

    I haven’t read Copperhead yet but it sounds pretty good. Even though I dropped American comics, thanks to digital I’ve been reading 2000ad and Judge Dredd Megazine. Copperhead sounds like Dan Abnett’s Lawless series in Megazine. He also isn’t a model-esque space faring woman who works for a fascist police state with colonies on the moon. Neither is Phil Winslade. So agency and authenticity might be missing. It’s good work though. I’ll check out Copperhead.

    Archie comics have gotten really weird. Like a mashup of Glee’s preachiness and all the horror stuff out of nowhere. It’s the Ryan Murphy of comic books now. I guess there’s worse things to be. My only exposure was the digests as a kid and the last thing any kid needs is a Lena Dunham written anything given to them. Out of all of their stuff, the horror line seems to be the most on point…until Adam Hughes Betty and Veronica shows up for the whole 1 issue he produces in a bait and switch.

  3. Rob Patey says:

    Thx for birthday reach arounds.

    These Archie’s ain’t for kids. Kidd don’t read anymore anyway. They mew like milk less kittens without Daddy’s phone and wifi.

    My books. My birthday. We’ll figure out the shit storm of the world in 2035 in 2035.

    Whitney Houston believed children are the future. Both Whitney and her future child are now dead.

    Just saying…

  4. Roland says:

    I don’t think a whole lot of people got your Kitty and Dillon reference Douche, but I did, blame my grandparents for watching Gunsmoke reruns, O and happy birthday you slick private Dick on the Culpepper’s beat.

  5. There are two more cases that our detective from the ’90s had to crack in that commercial fiasco, need to get them converted from VHS though.

    I ate for a year free thanks to those two days of shooting, and got a shapely a co-ed a part on it. So…yeah,I exploited that.

  6. Zach says:

    first time long time. love the show. i want to put athortian on a tshirt. my favorite parts of the show is when bug likes a book that you read. i wish that it happened more often. and kudos to you jd. keep douche and bug in line is like trying to herd cats. youre doing the lords work. may the back of your van always be full.

    happy birthday douche. hope you get to see vacation.

  7. Dan Day says:

    Great show guys, I laughed a lot. The Star Wars jokes were hilarious. I love the obscure 80s references that I thought I was the only one that remembered – “Night of the Comet” anyone? I freakin LOVE that movie. Catherine Mary Stewart? One of my first boyhood crushes (along with Kelly Preston – have you guys seen the movie “Mischief”? Holy balls.). It’s surprising how many people I talk to that are in our age group (early 40s) that have no clue what I’m talking about when I make 80s references.

    I think we need a Johnny Crabdick comic book.

    Happy Birthday Douche. I think you should see a movie double feature – Vacation and Fantastic Four. I look forward to hearing what you guys think of both of those since they are both being critically panned, yet I really want to see them both.

    That’s all. Good stuff, guys.

  8. I solemnly swear to write Johnny CrabDick if someone will draw?

  9. Dan Day says:

    Douche, just to get a sense of the main character, would Johnny have an entire crab for a dick, or just a crab-like claw for a dick? Either situation fascinates me.

  10. Ambvush Bug says:

    Wrong on both parts, Johnny Crab-Dick will be made entirely of crab dicks.

  11. Ambush Bug says:

    Just a big mass of crab dicks walking around and answering to the name “Johnny.”

  12. Dan Day says:

    Any plans to do a team-up book with Johnny Crab-Dick and heroic counterpart “Jefferson Craw-Cock”?

  13. Homer Sexual says:

    Most Importantly, Happy Birthday Douche!!!! I can’t believe how old you are!!! But youre still way younger than me, and younger than you will ever be again…

    Kinda surprised that Bug doesn’t like Sabrina. Doesn’t he do the Horrorcast? And Sabrina is the hardest-edged of all the Archie Horror books. I personally think the scratchy art helps the creepy mood. I agree that the 60’s setting seems to be handled very authentically (but I was like 3 back then so I cant personally say).

    The new Archie by Waid and Staples isn’t preachy or weird, but it’s a little dull. I have always found Waid to be a whitebread writer, which was perfect for old Archie but someone edgier would’ve been a better choice to write it. Staples kills the art of course.

    Archie Vs Predator is silly fun. Really really violent but very in-character with the traditional Archie archetypes.

    Plenty has already been said about Afterlife and Sabrina, so I will just say that they are two of my top 5 favorite comics (along with Airboy, Lazarus, and Sidekick, so bad news for the Big 2).

  14. Tigger11 says:


    Have a happy birthday, though why you want to go see the abomination that is Vacation I do not understand.

  15. OK, we are doing different books.

    I changed the spacing to “JohnnyCrab Dick.”

    It’s a crab who is a dick to people while solving crimes.

  16. TY Tig. Vaca is personal. My first R movie my Dad let me watch when my Mom wasn’t looking. Also set me on a life long path to get fucked over by leggy hot blondes.

  17. Once again we dovetail Homer on top books. Talk to me about LAZAURUS please, don’t know it.

  18. Homer Sexual says:

    Douche I can’t believe you don’t know Lazarus. It’s even “in development” as a TV series for (I think) pay cable. It is by Greg Rucka and Michael Lark. My comic friend thinks it has slowed down since the first story arc, but it is still really good.

    The premise is that in the future there are no longer nations, there are corporate states. The corporations are super-mega but each had it’s origin in something specific such as media, mining, energy, etc. Each corporation has the royals, the serfs (who are like the employees) and the waste (the masses). The corporate families are jockeying for power, have alliances/enemies, etc. Each corporate family has a Lazarus, a genetically engineered champion who represents the families in formal combat, etc. The Western US is controlled by Carlyle, and their Lazarus is a woman named Forever “”Eve” Carlyle. Her relationship with the rest of the Carlyle family, as well as the Lazari of other families, and all the inter and intra family politics, is what the book is all about. Rucka writes it on a personal level with Forever and a macro level, with all the international (now inter-corporate) stuff.

  19. Yorgo says:

    Happy bday on the proper day Douche


    Waid is kinda preachy if you’re not down with all his views in the same way he is. I feel like you can say that about a lot of writers though. For every guy who just writes interesting sci-fi like Hickman. You got a lot more writers that want to tell you how they feel.

    I mean how many persecuted gays can there be in one place? I get that maybe it’s hard for some people but I mean I live in a place not known for being anti-gay. Maybe it’s different in other places but I’m not seeing it at any of the other places I’ve been too. At this point it’s also a weird identity thing due to politics. If you believe that part of your identity is being threatened/persecuted which leads to certain political benefits of politicians wanting you for votes or having a cause to fight for and then you find out that it’s not that way anymore, it can cause a person to either hold onto their pain for various reasons or rethink their current situation and start working towards something better. Unfortunately I think Aguirre-Sacastre is more interested in holding onto the past than letting it go and building something better, which is weird cause he’s a rich diplomat’s son, a really famous playwright, and super successful. He hasn’t really dealt with a lot of real persecution the way a gay dude or bi-sexual would in say areas controlled by ISIS, Castro’s Cuba, Russia or the Ayatollah ruled Iran. Geez, really even the suburbs of Paris that aren’t known for being particularly controlled by Western European viewpoints.

    I haven’t read the new Archie yet. Maybe they had him toned down cause of the pressure of the relaunch. I still don’t get he relaunch too cause part of the fun of Archie is it’s whole weird creepy nostalgia thing. I mean it takes place in modern day but they live in Pleasantville.

    Oh and I’m not huge on Lazarus just cause I think it’s a little too obvious with it’s allegory, which most Rucka is. However, it’s not too shabby. I read it for free from the library though so there’s that to consider. I mean I’m not completely hating Blackhat cause of it.

  20. Yorgo, did you get to go to Blackhat last week? Anything cool to report?

  21. Yorgo says:


    I saw Blackhat and Fantastic Four this weekend. They’re both interesting messes in that they are both kinda half backed but Blackhat doesn’t know what it wants to be and Fantastic Four is just missing footage.

    FF is really no worse than Ant Man that had similar issues. Only in the case of Ant Man they fired Edgar Wright to get a less expensive Edgar Wright imitator they could push around and the missing footage to explain certain scenes is apparent in both. Seriously, film classes could be created around these 2 movies craziness. I think Fantastic Four though was the victim of the Disney PR machine. Seriously the amount of socket puppeting and other craziness was through the roof.

    Blackhat is like most recent Michael Mann. He doesn’t get the present and should quit trying to talk in kid terms. He should make 80s period pieces because it’s what he’s trying to constantly recreate. Oh Blackhat is worth watching for the random Independence Day style model work…it’s like high grade Godzilla tanks.

  22. TY Yorgo. I meant Blackhat, the IT hacker conference, but reviews of anything are a precious commodity in these parts.

    Don’t share this week please, it’s pure garbage…I drove the van. http://www.aintitcool.com/node/72653

  23. Yorgo says:


    I went to aint it cool cause I thought maybe you hadn’t posted it over here yet. I thought it was a good show. I mean how often are you gonna get that level of Faulkner with honesty? Not often.

    I do think Bug was harsh on Fantastic Four. Seriously, there’s footage missing. You can tell Fox either didn’t let them shoot the stuff or yanked the Trank off the project without knowing what he had finished. It’s like the reverse of Ant Man where the Falcon stuff and some of the fights are so clearly tacked onto the plot after the fact because they just want it for later.

    It’s just as disjointed as Fantastic Four too in that the hero sometimes knows hardcore parkour but sometimes doesn’t. He’s a cat burglar but he only really committed a white collar crime or maybe he just blew a whistle. Fantastic Four is only more visually disjointed instead of plot disjointed.

    I’ll try to give Midnighter the shot this week sometime. I liked the old Wildstorm comics but Midnighter was always the most one note. He’s supposed to be gay Batman but really he’s gay Judge Dredd, which makes sense cause Ellis is British and never really got American superhero characters making his comics interesting and unrecognized messes, but that’s all there is to him. He seemed like the character lazy writers always gravitated towards too. Brubaker just immediately went to him cause he was the easiest to write cause it was just Batman to him, which Brubaker never seemed to get superheroes too. Millar started with Hawksmoor and found it hard so he switched to Midnighter. Ennis clearly came to a loss as to what to do with him. Plus, Orlando can’t really do a lot of the stuff that made him super interesting way back when like taking over the United States and stuff. You guys made it seem fun. I was kinda on the fence then wasn’t etc.

    Out of all the Wildstorm characters why don’t they just pick up Swift? Spy, minority, superhero, female, Hawkgirl without the convoluted back story…if I were DC I’d be on that quick.

  24. Roland says:

    What piece of OldTron are you Douche?

  25. J.Goodwin says:

    Does anyone know if JD is ok?

    Hoping people are just on vacation.

  26. JD cool, just taking a break. Admit, you just can’t handle this much Bug and I. It’s OK, I can’t stand the two of us either.

  27. J.Goodwin says:

    Luckily there are other people who take the other 98%+

  28. Tigger11 says:

    The FF movie is really bad, but it is going to be an epic drinking game. Whenever Sue Storm is wearing that horrible wig, take a drink, I bet you can’t make it through the entire movie Rob. Its crazy how much of that movie was filmed as reshoots with the wig that ate Kate Mara’s head.

  29. Tigger11 says:

    Optimous, the final issue of Overture isn’t out until 9/30, you know you caused half those listening to stroke out thinking they missed the last issue. However I agree its a pretty book, coming out really slowly.

  30. Rob Patey says:


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