We haven’t quite hit spooky season yet but we really wanted to get back into some Swamp Thing, so we’re diving back into Alan Moore’s run from the 80’s with the 3rd collected volume which covers issues #35-42.
The series takes on a bit of a different form with the first appearance of Constantine as he sends Swamp Thing on freak-of-the-week adventures around the US.
Then we get into some multiverse shenanigans as we start a scattered new long-read focused on Earth-2 heroes. First up is DC Super-Stars #17, featuring the origin of Batman and Catwoman’s daughter: Huntress!
With the recent passing of Alan Grant, we take a look back at some of the 80’s Batman he wrote alongside John Wagner in Detective Comics #583-586, which feature the first appearances of Scarface & The Ventriloquist in the first story and then The Ratcatcher in the next.
They’re two quick, fun Batman stories that go down smooth, with nice art by Norm Breyfogle too!
Then we finish our read of Superman For All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale with issue #4: Winter! Superman gets his groove back by making a snow angel and stopping a classic winter flood.
It’s been a while since we read a Vertigo book, so with today’s episode we take our first foray into Jason Aaron and R. M. Guera’s Scalped, a Native American noir book with lots of rich history to play off of.
It’s a book filled with a bunch of assholes who all hate each other. Classic!
Then we continue our read of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Superman For All Seasons with issue #3, the Fall issue, which takes a slightly different approach than the first two issues did.
We’ve got Turtle Fever! The new TMNT game reminded us how great the Ninja Turtles are, so we go back to Eastman and Laird’s original series to read the now classic Return to New York story from issues 19-21. Why is it so classic? There’s a worm-filled Shredder. Nuff said.
We then continue our long-read of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Superman for All Seasons with issue #2, the Summer issue. It’s hot outside too! How topical!
Our streak of non-superhero comics continues with one of the newest comics we’ve ever covered on the show: Neil Gaiman’s Chivalry which was released just two months ago!
Well, technically it’s a short story he wrote in the 90’s, but it was just adapted to comics by Colleen Doran and it’s a real beauty. Plus it makes us fumble our way through Arthurian mythology, what’s not to love?
Then we move onto the finale of the Korvac Saga in Avengers 177 in which waaaaay too many Avengers get killed.
We’re reading a bit of a different superhero team today with the first volume of Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neil’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which brings together British literary figures from the late 1800s. It’s better than the movie! We promise!
We’re also very near the end of the Korvac Saga as the Avengers take a bus out to see him in Avengers #176.
We’re getting a little burned out on superheroes, so to change things up we’re reading an adaptation of a crime novel written by a prolific novelist under one of his many pseudonyms.
That’s right, it can only be Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke! Cooke adapted 4 of these stories and we’re reading the final one where our protagonist uses an abandoned amusement park setting to elude some evil mobsters.
Then we continue The Korvac Saga with Avengers #175 in which nobody is really sure what to do!
It’s time to take our first trip to Marvel’s 2099 universe and meet Miguel O’Hara aka Spider-Man 2099. He’s ruder than OG Spider-Man and he has a drug addiction problem to boot (technically not his fault).
We read the first 6 issues of this series from 1992 before continuing our Korvac Saga long read with Avengers 174. Korvac actually shows up! And he explodes Benicio del Toro!!!