Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
"All you get is lost children" -MF Doom
Hateful is written by Chuck Dixon. Art Team = Pencils -Dick Giordano; Inker -Jackson Guice and Gloria Vasquez as the colorist.
This is a civil war story. Although this was written in the year 2000, the themes are timeless, of course. While Black Canary is trying to survive the violence that is happening in Transbelvia, Oracle is trying to balance her work life, helping Dinah, and her social life, which happens to be Jason Bard, her ex-fiance.
Feathers and Foes are also covering the animated Killing Joke movie. This episode is action packed for your listening pleasure.
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These two kids may never trust the other side again after this event. But maybe they will remember a time when a stranger placed their safety before hers. Perhaps they will remember Dinah, the Black Canary - Hero.
In comics we continue to hear about how all of us are just one bad day away from going off the edge. Today, our supporting, guest character displayed that notion. A young lady who took a risk, leaving her homeland and trying to practice her English and seek higher education in Metropolis. However, all of that is cut short when she receives news that her brother and father fell victim to misguided hate.
Decisions that we make in split seconds determining the rest of our lives. A cycle of endless violence passed from one generation to the next. A country, pledging allegiance to the same flag, but when stuff hits the fan, sides are taken. Dick Gioradano brought out the raw emotions that people are feeling in a time of war. When folks are locked in together, they must learn to depend on one another in order to get out. We would think that would engender a bonding moment, but in fact, it is what brought out the differences and primal behavior.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Friday, August 5, 2016
This was a fun episode with some intense content. Nuclear Roulette stars the usual line up with an assist from Power Girl! Ashford, Mark, and Laura also did the retrospective about the Birds of Prey television show. Feathers and Foes have covered the television show since March of this year. What will we do without it? I will miss it, indeed.
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Part 3 of 3 of this Joker/Terrorist saga. Power Girl and the Black Canary go all out in order to stop some bad guys from launching a bomb that will kill every citizen in the Big Apple. Oracle, with her ability to hack into satellites and the Pentagon, enlists Major Van Lewton and Lt. Providence to help out with this all or nothing mission. Again, the intensity is on high, of course, but tempers are also flaring with a past beef between Oracle and Power Girl. To our knowledge, this incident is not in a back issue, so I guess we are going to have to get this back story in a future book. Long game!
Butch Guice makes Power Girl and the Black Canary look like women who can get the job done. Not one time in this issue do I every think, "They need to get more people on the job. With Power Girl's Atlantean ability, she is able to give flying capabilities to Dinah, so how can we lose? Even with my cocky, confidence in the Birds, Chuck Dixon still brings the intensity with the drama and suspense.
This was a 3 issue story arc where the narrative kind of "jumpcuts" from each book. In my personal opinion, there were some gaps that I believe could have made this story even better. Especially in the trade paperback format era we live in today, this would have been a heck of a 6 part story. Do you see the Joker in the picture above? Folks, the art in this book is just bananas.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
I wanted a midnight show, and let me tell you something...I got one. This really felt like an event. The fun of seeing these characters on the same page, and I don't mean that figuratively, was like Christmas morning.
When New52 came out, I read the first 20 issues of Batgirl, and jumped off when Gail Simone left the writing duties. After her departure, the book took a couple of turns, leading towards the Burnside era that I am not up to speed on to be honest. To me, it came off as trying to go for a younger audience, which I believe is a good move. After all, DC needs to try to engage a younger fan base into being lifers. I will go back and try to read that run sometime in the winter.
And then there is the Huntress, who appeared in the Nightwing Rebirth for a brief moment, which was ultra-cool! Dick Grayson and Helena Bertinelli worked together in a spy organization called Spyral. Huntress is my favorite comic book character, which many of you know. I am going to reserve judgement on this incarnation of the Huntress, but I will give a slight spoiler. I think I will love her. Claire Roe on pencils and Allen Passalaqua, the colorist, really brings this opening issue to life. I've read several Rebirth issues and none of them seem as dynamic and promising as this book. The colors and emotions in just this one story are more than what I paid for. I can't imagine how much fun it will be to read the ongoing story plus all of the callbacks that we get along the way.
Feathers and Foes are excited to talk about the new Rebirth Batgirl and the Birds of Prey series written by Shawna Benson and Julie Benson. Art by Claire Roe. We usually upload our podcast on Fridays, but we are excited about getting the dialogue going today. Please join us in the conversation by contacting us on Twitter @feathersandfoes.
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