Vestrymen Season 2 Episode 11: We thought it was a Halloween book

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I love that image of Ms./Captain Marvel. We actually review a  book where she is going by Ms. We also review Bedlam #1, Multiple Warheads #1, Uncanny Avengers #1, and Debris #4.

Quick Reviews:

Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1 (of 4)

WRITTEN BY: Brandon Grahammw01-1
ART BY: Brandon Graham
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE:  October 24, 2012

This book is hip and fun and self aware. It’s a single creator book, and it’s certain to garner a following.

Vestrymen Grade: B+

Bedlam #1

2674534-bedlam_1_superWRITTEN BY: Nick Spencer
ART BY: Riley Rossmo
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: October 31, 2012

Bedlam is a HIGHLY anticipated book. It reads like a really solid Joker story in issue one, though I think it will go in interesting directions. We both enjoyed it.

Vestrymen Grade: B+

Debris #4

debris4WRITTEN BY: Nick Spencer
ART BY: Riley Rossmo
PUBLISHER: Image Comics
RELEASE: October 24, 2012

“Punk Junk” is an interesting genre, and there are really engaging things to be said here. It is fun, we talk about Waterworld for a bit.

Vestrymen Grade: A-

Uncanny Avengers #1

skottie-young-uncanny-avengers-variantWRITTEN BY: Rick Remender
ART BY: John Cassady
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: October 31, 2012

So we will never love a book as much as we loved Wolverine and the X-Men, but this book does a passable job at being a comic book where The Avengers and The X-Men have a post AvX team book together.

Vestrymen Grade: B-

Our Feature:

Ms. Marvel Volume 4: Monster Smash

448484-ms_marvel_monster_smash_1_00_largeWRITTEN BY: Brian Reed
ART BY: Aaron Lopresti
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: March 19, 2008

We talk about the gender politics of Ms. Marvel, comic books, and their relative intensity over time for a while. We also spend some time talking about the book.

Vestrymen Grade: B-

Nice set of Bs to the comic book industry this week… Lots of Image too. The end

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Cobson – “Rubbish”, The Womb – “1970 Vampire College Girls”, and Kids on Bikes – “Transferrence”. Intro music by Jonathan Coulton.

Season 2: Special Episode 2: ANNIHILATION!

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We take some time out from our normal review schedule to talk about Nova, Drax, The Silver Surfer, Annihilus, Ronan, The Kree, Thanos, and… and other space opera duders and ladies.

Our Books

Annihilation: Volume 1

76a1WRITTEN BY: Keith Giffen , Dan Abnett , Andy Lanning
ART BY: Mitch Breitweiser, Scott Kolins, Ariel Olivetti, Kev Walker
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: September 26, 2007

Includes a Drax story, a Nova story featuring Drax, a prologue featuring Drax and Nova, and the foundations of an epic. We rather enjoyed it, and it made us read two more volumes of Annihilationy goodness!

Vestrymen Grade: A –

Annihilation Volume 2

Annihilation Book 2WRITTEN BY: Keith Giffen , Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Simon Furman
ART BY: Renato Arlem, Jorge Lucas, Greg Titus
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: November 14, 2007

Was volume one not enough for you? Volume Two is more, with stories featuring The Silver Surfer,  The Super Skrull, and Ronan The Accuser. The Silver Surfer has great character design, too bad his stories are ALWAYS so boring! The other stories are silly, silver age-y and fun.

Vestrymen Grade: B

Annihilation Volume 3

Annihilation%20tp%20book%203-01WRITTEN BY: Keith Giffen , Christos Gage, Stuart Moore
ART BY: Andrea Di Vito, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Mike McKone, Scott Koblish
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: December 5, 2007

Then the *$&t hits the fan, like what. The United Front is collapsing, Nova is boning down with Gamora, and moral ambiguity abounds! Fun, dark, and interesting. Thanos and Annihilus’ motives are fleshed out, and are AWESOME!

Vestrymen Grade: A

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature The Hentchmen – “Green Sabbath Dance Party”, Frank Bango – “Defenseless”, Oskar Schuster – “Sneeuwland”, and Octopus – “Signal B”. Intro music by Jonathan Coulton.

Quick Reviews: Hawkeye #3 Review

WRITTEN BY: Matt FractionAUG120592_1
ART BY: David Aja
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: 10/17/2012

So we bought this book yesterday. We thought about reviewing it but we were 90% sure that the review would go something like this:

Vestryman 1: Hawkeye came out again this month.

Vestryman 2: It is still written by Matt Fraction.

Vestryman 1: Its is also super de-duper awesome, with awesome sauce.

Vestryman 2: So the same as last month?

Vestryman 1: Yep, still rad.

So rather than spend a ton of precious recording time on it, I decided to just write up the review.

prv13452_pg3First Kate Bishop seems to be hanging around, which you gotta like. She is smart, funny, and full of sexiness. Also its nice for Clint to have someone to talk to. The dog from Hawkeye #1 couldn’t really do that job. Dogs can be adorable, but they work better in mediums where you can hear dog noises.

Also apparently there are an infinite number of Russian mobsters in what I think is Hell’s Kitchen who want to give our Hawkeyes a hard time, and call them “Bro.” It is unclear if these mobsters are the same as the mobsters from before.

Other things happen too, and they are all sublimely paced, driven and and plotted. Kelly Thompson at CBR Called it “the best superhero comic book I’ve ever read,” and although I think that is a little extreme, Batman Inc. has been missing on once cylinder since its New 52 relaunch, and Fraction’s team is pushing hard to compete with Action Comics to be the best superhero comic currently coming out. I don’t know what else to say to you about it, except by aren’t you already reading it.

Vestrymen Season 2 Episode 10: It’s Bendis Time.

Nick Fury and the Howling Immortality Serum Secret War Invasion! Captain Marvel #5, Cyberforce #1, BPRD #1 and Marvel Now!

Quick Reviews:

Cyberforce #1

WRITTEN BY: Marc Silvestri & Matt HawkinsCyberForce1-600x914
ART BY: Khoi Pham & Sunny Gho
PUBLISHER: Top Cow Publishing
RELEASE DATE: 10/17/2012

This comic is Kickstarter funded and, apparently, free. We paid a buck for it.  That is the most interesting thing I can say about this book here.

Vestrymen Grade: C-

Captain Marvel #5

WRITTEN BY: Kelly-Sue DeConnickdetail
ART BY: Emma Rios
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: 10/17/2012

’50s fighter planes! Punching with brass knuckles! Odd art choices!

Vestrymen Grade: B-

B.P.R.D 1948 #1

WRITTEN BY: Mike Mignola and John ArcudiBPRD_1948-420x645
ART BY: Max Fiumara
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE DATE: 10/17/2012

The end of the Secret Origins trilogy! I don’t know what that means, but Mike Mignola always delivers a Mike Mignola experence, and that is a plus in my book. Leland’s too, I think.

Vestrymen Grade: B+

Marvel Now Preview

WRITTEN BY: VariousMarvelNOW_JoeQ
ART BY: Various
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE DATE: 10/17/2012

A free look at upcoming Marvel projects as we move out of the AvX period into the Marvel NOW! period. It was interesting, and it looks like Marvel’s titles will continue to be a mixed bag.

Vestrymen Grade: Da kine?

Our Feature:

Secret Warriors Volume 1: Nick Fury: Agent of Nothing

WRITTEN BY: OCT090634Brian Michael Bendis & Jonathan Hickman
ART BY: Stefano Casell
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics

BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS! Also, Jonathan Hickman. We’ve talked about Hickman before, so you are here to hear about BMB. He is a dude who made the Marvel Ultimate Universe. Also, wonder of wonders, we get another chance to talk about Devil’s Due Publishing.  Popcultivator!

Vestrymen Grade: C+

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Stealing Orchestra – “Just Like Oscar, We Will Never Grow Up”, Big Digits – “Black Sweatshirts”, and Oferta Especial – “Polska”.

Season 2: Grab Bag Special: That’s So 80’s! Get it? Its a “That’s So Raven” joke. It’s not very good. I’m sorry.

This week instead of our normal podcast we bought a grab bag of random comics from Astro-Zombies. The 80’s was a strange, strange time for comic books. The books we read are almost universally bad, but they all have something endearing about them. Give us a listen.

Reviews:

Boris the Bear #11

WRITTEN BY: Mike Richardson
ART BY: James Dean Smith
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse Comics
RELEASE: A month in 1987

Vestrymen Grade: C

Like most of the books we read this week there is a ton of interesting history captured in this book. The actual text is a little heavy handed, but this book is a black and white satire comic from the late 80s, what do you want?

The ‘Nam #17

WRITTEN BY: Doug Murray
ART BY: Phil Hugh Felix
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: April 1988

Vestrymen Grade: C-

The ‘Nam is a book that is boring, pointless and sometimes surprisingly painful, much like the Vietnam war. I suppose in that way it does its job well?

Evangeline #1

WRITTEN BY: Charles Dixon
ART BY: Judith Hunt
PUBLISHER: First Comics (Deluxe Series Imprint)
RELEASE: May 1987

Vestrymen Grade: C

This is a story about a nun fighting dinosaurs and possibly religious intolerance in a dark future, in space! She reports to Cardinal Zsn at the Vatican and sometimes shoots dudes in the back of the head. What more do you want out of life?

The Adventures of Superman #425

WRITTEN BY:  Marv Wolfman 
ART BY: Terry Ordway
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: February 1986

Vestrymen Grade: C

We talk about the impact of Marv Wolfman’s name on comics for a long time. It is much larger that you expect. Also the comic reads a lot like Crisis on Infinite Earths. If you like that very second Crisis, go read this. If you, like us, find that Wolfman overwrites and under-produces, don’t.

You can download the podcast here: VFCast Season 2 Special 1
Music for today’s podcast provided by Trans Atlantic Rage, – “Leaps of a Butterfly,” Here Comes A Big Black Cloud!!-“Vietnam,” Eigenheimer – “When Crows Cry,” Alice Rose, “A Poem in Slow Motion,” and 8in8, “I’ll Be My Mirror.” All music featured on Vestrymen from the Future! is licensed under Creative Commons. Lots of ear candy for my good little kitties this week!

My emails with scarface!

10/9/12 Gmail – Our Podcast

Cabel Schoen <cabelschoen@gmail.com> Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 1:52 AM
To: joco@jonathancoulton.com
Mr. Coulton,
My friend and I have a Comics Book podcast. We’ve been searching for the right bumper music for a long time.
We finally settled on “The Future Soon,” since its playful tone, obviously relevant subject manner and tone fit our
podcast so well. I just wanted to say thank you for publishing under the Creative Commons License, and to invite
you to listen to our ‘cast if you have the inclination. We try and publish sometime in the evening on Wednesday
and we are hosted at thevestrymen.com.
Thanks again,
Cabel Schoen
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Vestrymen From the Future

“You’re a gentleman,” they used to say to him. “You shouldn’t have gone murdering people with a hatchet;
that’s no occupation for a gentleman.”

Scarface <scarface@jonathancoulton.com> Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM
To: Cabel Schoen <cabelschoen@gmail.com>
Hi Cabel,
Joco’s disfigured henchman, Scarface, here. Thanks so much for your
email! We’re really glad you like the music! I’ll pass your
compliments along to Jonathan.
You’re welcome for the Creative Commons licensing, and we’re glad you
can make good use of it!!
Best wishes,
ScarfaceGmail – Our Podcast
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2&ik=61a7cf

Scarface III, Henchman
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Cabel Schoen <cabelschoen@gmail.com> Wed, Oct 3, 2012 at 12:48 AM
To: Scarface <scarface@jonathancoulton.com>
Scarface,
Would you and Joco mind if we posted this exchange on our blog?
Cabel

Scarface <scarface@jonathancoulton.com> Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM
To: Cabel Schoen <cabelschoen@gmail.com>
Sure, no problem!
Best wishes,
Scarface

Vestrymen Season 2 Episode 9: Greetings, Fellow Omnivores! Follow me to the snack machine!

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ASM 695! Doctor Who #1! Legends of the Dark Knight 1! Action Comics 13! Animal Man 13? Also Wolverine and the X-Men Volume 1! Bonus Content at the End!

Quick Reviews:

Action Comics #13

WRITTEN BY: Grant Morrison AC_Cv13_var
ART BY: Travel Foreman
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: October 3
Vestrymen Grade: A

God, is Action Comics the best book to come out most months. Sweet, sweet Superman, y’all! It’s Halloweeny, funny, sad, pathos-y and rad. Also, yes, those are all words!

Legends of The Dark Knight #1

WRITTEN BY: Various1339179998_cvr
ART BY: Various
PUBLISHER: DC Comics
RELEASE: October 3rd

Vestrymen Grade: C

Batman things happen here, except when Batman doesn’t feel like Batman. There are two stories where Batman is so Batmany that my nose almost bleeds. Three stories, one awesome, one ok, and one that seems to miss Bruce Wayne’s character completely. 

Animal Man #13

WRITTEN BY:  Jeff LemireANMAN_Cv13
ART BY: Steve Pugh
PUBLISHER: Dc Comics
RELEASE: October 3rd

Vestrymen Grade: C-

Animal Man 13 is a comic book that represents what goes wrong when things go wrong with modern comics. It is part of a crossover but that seems to limit what it can do rather than contribute. It pacing is all wrong and there doesn’t seem to be anything that is worth saying once that is not worth saying three times.

Doctor Who #1

WRITTEN BY:  AndDOCTOR-WHO-1-Comic-Previewy Diggle
ART BY: Mark Buckingham
PUBLISHER: IDW
RELEASE: October 3rd

Vestrymen Grade: B-

We love Doctor Who. It is awesome, but this comic falls a little short of its potential. Its hard to capture Matt Smith’s energy and everything is so dependent on it. It’s a serviceable Doctor story but not a great one. I cannot find a find a link to where you can buy this online as of publishing, so just go to your local comic book stories, lazy people!

Amazing Spider-Man #695

WRITTEN BY: Dan Slott,Christos Gage
ART BY: Guseppe Camuncoli
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
RELEASE: October 3rd

Vestrymen Grade: A

Funny, smart, well written, and well paced, this book kicks a lot of ass. It has a few missteps, but in general it is rad as a radish and it has a GREAT cover!

Our Feature:

Wolverine and the X-Men: Volume 1

WRITTEN BY: Arron Scott
ART BY: Various
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics

Vestrymen Grade: A+

The hands down best superhero comic we’ve read in a long time. It is smart, funny, interesting, and a little dark. It has great character work and really engaging art. It compares unfavorably to “Secret Avengers” in the podcast.

Bonus Section: Graphic Novel Pricing Discussion!

Wolverine and the X-Men spawns a fairly interesting discussion of the pricing, distribution, land consumer advocacy issues around how graphic novels are produced, distributed and sold in the current comics climate. We liked the conversation and couldn’t bring ourselves to cut it, so we left it here for you to listen to, if you’d dare.

Download the Podcast here: Vestrymen Season 2 Episode 9

Music for today’s podcast includes Thee Midnight Creep – “Strange Side of the Tracks”, MI-GU – “Spider”, and The Peach Tree – “Totally Insane”. All music featured on Vestrymen from the Future! is licensed under Creative Commons.

The Great Project: Mass Effect 2 choices

First and most importantly I think, my Shepard romanced Thane. He seems complicated, interesting, and I figured it would be easy to go back to Liara in the final chapter, since he was gonna die. Stay tuned to hear how that went.

Second, I was actually emotionally effected by the death of the crew. I chose to finish some loyalty missions I had been putting off, since I didn’t really like their characters they keyed off them. Jacob is boring and Jack feels more like a trope than a person to me. So the crew was dead by the time I went through the Omega-4 relay. I liked the engineers, and it was nice that the Doc survived, I like her, but I’m not sure why. As a result of finish the loyalty mission though 100% of the playable characters survived the Suicide Mission!

I, as a paragon, and a non-sociopath, saved Samara. Does anyone with even a bit of  roleplaying investment in this game save Morinth? I’d love to hear why, if you did.

After gritting my teeth and staring at the screen for a while, I decided to rewrite the Geth rather than kill them. I think mind control is more ethical than murder, but heck if I know. I was annoyed that I got Paragon points for that one, though. I feel like a Paragon kills their enemies and a Renegade fucks with their mind, but heck, perhaps both choices should get Renegade points.

I decided to save the collector base. It is clear, upon the completion of “The Arrival” DLC that a war is coming, and if The Illusive Man has an edge than humanity has an edge. I don’t trust the bastard, but he only really cares about humanity, at the end of the day, and in order for humanity to grow we must first first survive, so I’m assuming that we will continue to be marginal allies.

You are one badass fucking fractal.