Welcome, lovely listeners and Precious Patrons of Pulp Pamphlet Parlay, to Issue 37 of Comics Squee. Each podcast our panelists, who are definitely NOT secret agents, discuss the comic books, graphic novels, and general sequential art geekery that excites them.
Our superpowers are tangents and tentacles.
Piloting the revolving 4th chair this issue is our guest, Joshua Gilliland, Esq., from over at LegalGeeks.Com. Josh is a lawyer and pop culture fan blogging and podcasting about all things geekey from a law perspective. For instance, what if every Radio Shack in the MCU really was a HYDRA outpost. How would the FBI investigate that? Did bringing Agent Coulson back from the dead violate his civil rights? And other intriguing questions of that ilk.
In this issue of Comics Squee we have: the tale of a thief operating in the occult underground; ; Resizable insect man; comic understanding; and beware the creatures of the night, they have lawyers.
Chriss: Supernatural Law by Baton Lash (starts at 00:02:42.500)
This is the tale of Wolf and Byrd, councilors of the macabre. They’re attorneys who specialize in supernatural clients.
Supernatural Law is by local San Diego comic creator, Baton Lash, who we’ve had on The Squee as a guest. This is an old school cartooning style, illustrative.
There are several stories in each volume, the first of which is called “Supernatural Law” and the most recent is “Zombie Wife And Other Tales of Supernatural Law”. So you don’t have to read it all the way through; you can read a few stories, then come back and read just one story.
The stories in the volumes are varied. For instance, the first one has a comic about Dracula suing an Ann Rice stand in because she’s occupying one of his houses illegally. The stories in “The Soddesey” are about a Swamp-Thing type character named Sod, The Thing Called It.
You can buy Supernatural Law directly from Baton’s Exhibit A Press website. Or you can go by his booth at SDCC or other comic conventions. You can also have your local comic shop order it from him.
John: Hexed by Michael Alan Nelson (writer) and Dan Mora (artist) (starts at 00:07:34.083)
John stumbled upon this comic in it’s second run/volume. It follows this thief who retrieves/purloins supernatural artifacts. Her name is Lucy Jennifer, but everyone calls her Lucifer – which threw us off until they.
John loves the dark yet frivolous nature of Hexed. They have fun. Lucifer takes things seriously, but doesn’t take them seriously. She has a job to do, and it’s usually retrieving a mystical artifact for her Mom figure.
The art is expressive and action scenes are really good. The colors, by Gabriel Cassata, are strong and on point.
Josh Gilliland: Ant-Man by Nick Spencer (writer) and Raymond Rosara (artist) (starts at 00:13:32.917)
Josh has been really impressed with the new Ant-Man series written by Nick Spencer. They’ve resurrected Scott Lang – since he’s going to be in the Marvel movies they can’t have him still be dead in the comics. And the first issue opens with very real issues of coming back from the dead – he has issues finding employment and his ex-wife doesn’t want him around their daughter.
It’s fascinating. The artwork’s good. The legal issues are well presented, the characters are fun and well realized. They do a really nice job of talking the issues he’s facing. Ant-Man is just very well done and impressive.
- 3a) Tangent 1: World hunger and Pym Particles (starts at 00:19:39.837)
- 3a) Tangent 2: Shrinking for medical and military purposes (starts at 00:21:03.562)
- 3a) Tangent 3: We get nerdy about Thor (starts at 00:21:34.969)
April: Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud (starts at 00:25:56.750)
This is a good graphic novel that gives a nice introduction to the theories of comics, the effects of panel size, how time works, and how we interact with comics. There’s debate about some of Scott’s conclusions, but it’s overall a good and edifying read for both people who are getting into comics and people looking to start drawing or writing them.
Question Time: Who’re your favorite villains? (starts at 00:32:30.962)
Dread Dormammu from Doctor Strange
The Tick’s rouges gallery is so fun.
- Josh Gilliland:
The Red Skull for Marvel, and the Black Lantern Corps for DC.
Magneto. And, now that he’s a villain, Cyclops.
What We’re Looking Forward to Reading Next (starts at 00:38:21.013)
Next issues of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
The final volume of the Chew series
Next volume of Age of Reptiles
- Josh Gilliland:
Next issues of Guardians 3000 and Winter Soldier