Before I’d ever even read a comic, I knew I would like comics. Wait. What? How did you do that Old man Powell? Because dear reader, I would ride my huffy home from school as fast as I could to watch the classic Batman series on channel 14 that started at 3:00 (the same time school let out). I generally only missed a few minutes each day, because I was flipping motivated to watch that show. My entire schedule revolved around it for several years of elementary school. I think that speaks volumes of how maybe I’m wired but maybe a bit to how good the show was, considering it was already nearly 30 years old when I was watching it. Try watching it now that its nearly 50 years old and I bet you catch yourself saying “Holy insert inane catchphrase related to whatever the current situation is here, Batman!” in no time. I even downloaded a few of the old shows (They unfortunately aren’t available on netflix or hulu) to check and sure enough I was still just as enamored.
Imagine now that 1966 lived on perpetually forever and Adam West and Burt Ward didn’t look like the crypt keeper or use a cane to get around (He is 85 for god’s sake). Batman 66 is an all new series by DC and is re-done as the batman TV series in comics form. Now, they can all live forever and Lee Meriwether only gets hotter as the time goes by. All of the rogues gallery is back as well including my favorite The egghead who was played by Vincent Price.
I’m of the school that the dark and brooding Batman is kind of tiresome at times and I often get a little sick of Bruce Wayne crying over a portrait of his family. I often think back to my initial idea of Batman presented by the show and kind of long for that to be back in the comics. Just Batman and Robin doing a ton of zany and madcap stunts they like to do. That may seem a little childish to some but these are comics and don’t we read these to connect with our past a bit? This is a great connection. Check out the insanely awesome covers by Mike Allred. Do you really need more of a recommendation than that? Honestly look they even drew the Joker with Cesar Romero’s trademark mustache underneath the white makeup!
I can’t say enough good things about the art either. It’s colored magnificently and a lot of moire effects (those dot patterns from old comics) are added to make it look like the grainy good time 60′s printing that made comics of that era so classic. You’ve really got to see it if you’re any kind of a fan of old school art done really, really well. Two stratospheric thumbs up for the time they’ve plunged into this wonderful book.
This is a great light-hearted read that will make you remember why you liked comics in the first place. Maybe make you remember you liked comics even before you liked comics as well. It’s well worth your $3.99 and might just be the highlight of your hold. Especially considering that the real reason you picked up most of it this month was to re-live your 1993 dream and buy a bunch of 3d lenticular covers of villains that are being re-booted yet again into something that takes itself way too seriously and probably doesn’t feature a single “WHAMMO!” in the whole damn thing.
The third issue just came out yesterday (Sept 18th 2013) so there’s plenty of time to pick it up and get on board.
This week the Wednesday Warriors travel back to 1989 to review one of the most famous death in comic history, Jason Todd aka Robin. Batman #426-429 by Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo are looked out closely to find out why the Joker is riding a camel.
The Wednesday Warriors go viral as they make the front page of Reddit. Sean L. takes a look at Rob Harrell’s original graphic novel, Monster on a Hill. Bryton reviews some more indie books and Jonas gives the new Vertigo series Collider a try.
Books reviewed include:
06:57 -Monster on the Hill (Top Shelf Productions)
Written and drawn by Rob Harrell
15:36 -Day Men #1 (Boom! Studios)
Written by Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson; art by Brian Stelfreeze
19:26 -Batman Annual #2 (DC Comics)
Marguerite Bennett, Scott Snyder; Art by Wes Craig, Craig Yeung, Drew Geraci, Jack Purcell,Sandu Floria, Marc Deering
25:05 -Deadpool #13 (Marvel Comics)
Written by Gerry Duggan, Brian Posehn; Art by Scott Koblish
33:59 -Ehmm Theory #2 (Action Lab Danger Zone)
Written by Brockton McKinney; Art by Larkin Ford
38:15 -Collider #1 (Vertigo)
Written by Simon Oliver; Art by Robbi Rodriguez
42:30 -Shame on You!
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Episode #201 – Hey did you guys see you made the front page of Reddit?
Wednesday Warriors is a podcast for everyone counting down the days every week until Wednesday when the new comics hit the stands. With discussions about what’s going on in the industry, reviews of current and older comics, and a wide variety of opinions from well-read fans.