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Comic Book Noise 342: Lightning Comic Book Gumbo

Host Derek Coward returns to talk about a LOT of subjects, including (but not restricted to) Justice League 3000 #4, Mighty Avengers #7 and #8, Kirby Genesis #5, Magnus Robot Fighter #1, Turok Dinosaur Hunter #2, Bloodhound Crowbar Medicine #4, The Occultist #1, Post-Crisis DC vs The New 52 DC, Jen Walters, Avril Lear, the interview that changed how he felt about Jack Kirby’s artwork, old time radio, Green Hornet, liking the parts but feeling ambivalent about the sum, clean filthiness, and the ratio of Black people to White people in New York City.

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Marvel Noise 156

While your host is recovering from a battle against the Dreaded Deadline Doom, he tags in Comic Book Noise host Derek Coward to make sure that DDD doesn’t win this round, Bob Layton’s Hercules is the subject of From The Comics Bunker, and Derek ends the show with a freeform verbal meander about reboots, resets and getting movie franchises done right.

The music to close the show is “Break Loose” by Vla Hemia.

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Quick Hit Review – Hercules: Prince of Power #1

Written and Drawn By: Bob Layton
Colors By: Christie Scheele
Letters By: Rick Parker
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Before the Van Lente and Pak success, Hercules found himself contained in the 1984, four issue mini series from comics craftsman Bob Layton. This mini series takes the ancient, Greek god and contrasts him against the Earth of 2385, and shows to the reader how much of a soar-thumb Hercules can really be.  

The idea that I really enjoy about this opening issue is that it takes no time to explain why. Now, sometimes the ‘why’ is important, and failing to explain the ‘why’ is a fatal flaw (see my House of Mystery review), but with Hercules: Prince of Power…the ‘why’ is not needed. All this book is, all it desires to be is Greek gods in space, and that simple fact, that high concept is described by the cover alone. When you flip to that first page, after having the cover install that idea in your mind’s focus-point, you know what is going on and that allows Layton to skip the introductions and take the reader on an adventure.

This book provides your action and big punches, but it also supplies the humor. At first glance, the concept of this book (Greek gods in space) is pretty laughable, but Layton uses that to his advantage by placing Hercules into awkward situations. Take the idea of Hercules checking himself into a future hotel – a man dressed in seriously out-of-date clothes, speaking in ye’ old english and telling off a robotic bag boy…it is quite funny, and it provides a light tone to the book. Plus, I think, it also emphazies the specific quirks Herc has to offer as a character in not just a futuristic setting, but a classic Marvel Universe setting (Hercules could speak for Thor in the same aspect). 

Overall, it’s a nice issue, and I will finish the mini series to see what other character moments Bob Layton has to offer with good ol’ Hercules.

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Geek Brunch Episode 94 – Don’t Put A Plastic Bag Over Your Head

Mike is joined by his friends Micah (DoWhat?) and Ryan (HulkSmash) to discuss why Reed Richards is so buff, why the Avengers are so Mighty, what’s happening with the Muppets, can Bruce Banner kick some ass or what, why you should be reading 1001 Arabian Nights: The Adventures of Sinbad, share their love for Ragdoll, what is so Radical about Hercules, why the Ultimate books are so Ultimate, their love for Fred Van Lente, how to enter Utopia and much much more. The guys also discuss how to get ALIENS out of your ATTIC, how to use vanilla Extract, and does anyone use Whiteout anymore?, Samuel L. Jackson says get these mother F#$$ing neighbors out of the mother F@#$ing neighborhood, Micah talks some Anime, and Ryan gives his reviews of some chick flicks. Then off to TV where we discuss Muppet Babies, Mad Men, Smallville, and Claire Danes (My So Called Life). Then for food we discuss wings, Japanese restaurants, how to eat at Disney World, and Hello Kitty Pancakes. Enjoy!

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