Absolute Sandman

This week on the show: The crew discuss everything from giant lizards, Perry White, Charlie Sheen, and Morpheous.


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Laurence Fishburne cast as Perry White


Godzilla: Gangsters & Goliaths #3 (of 5)
John Layman (w) • Alberto Ponticelli (a) • Dan Brereton, Ponticelli, (c)
Detective Makoto Sato has been framed, disgraced and left on the run. But beware a desperate man… with a friend like MOTHRA! Sato strikes back at the Takahashi crime empire and the criminal underworld is powerless to fight back against the winged kaiju. Yet before Sato can finish the job, he learns that no man can truly control a monster!
*2 regular covers will be shipped in a 1-to-1 ratio
*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Rating: ★★★★☆

INFAMOUS: Charlie Sheen 
He may not have been bitten by a radioactive spider or escaped a dying planet, but with recent “admissions,” of having “tiger blood and Adonis DNA,” actor and recently ubiquitous bad boy Charlie Sheen has the makings of a comic book character. So from mild-mannered sitcom actor to “Vatican assassin warlock,” Charlie Sheen’s life, career and recent shocking behavior will be featured in an upcoming Bluewater Productions biography comic book.
“Infamous: Charlie Sheen” not only provides a framework for his recent media-captured outbursts, but also shows the path of how the highly-paid actor reached this critical point in his career. The 32-page comic will also tackle substance abuse and mental health issues.

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Avengelyne #2 Cvr A Liefeld
‘DEVIL IN THE FLESH,’ Part Two In his search for a new apprentice, the Red Dragon has taken control of Avengelyne’s body forcing her essence into Heaven Starr. Meanwhile, Torment targets the New Church of the People. Plus, the return of Passover!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This week, we cast our gaze at the Super Friends – and more specifically, the teenage sidekicks that plagued the team for seasons.  In one corner we have the team of Wendy Harris and Marvin White who appeared on the show from 1976 until early 1977, at which point they were replaced by Zan and Jana from the planet Exxor.
If you had the chance to pick the duo you would most want hanging around your secret headquarters, who would it be, and more importantly, why?

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Trade Paperback of the Week
Absolute Sandman Volume 03
Writer: Neil Gaiman
The third volume collecting Neil Gaiman’s seminal, award-winning series starring the Dream King in deluxe format.
ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 3 presents several key SANDMAN tales in a slipcased hardcover edition, including “Brief Lives,” in which the Sandman’s sister Delirium prevails upon her older brother to help her find their missing sibling, Destruction. But their journey through the Waking World has dramatic repercussions for their family and also for the relationship between the Sandman and his wayward son, Orpheus.

Also included is the spectacular short story “Ramadan,” a tale of a young king of ancient Baghdad and the deal he strikes with The Sandman to grant his city immortality, with spectacular illustrations by P. Craig Russell (Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde, The Jungle Book).

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  1. I didn’t think comics in the 90s were all that bad. Of course, I was 12. I owned issues 2-5 of Spider-Man’s clone saga, and I loved it.aybe because I never ever found out how it ended, so it was always better in my head. But I thought Spidercide was pretty cool. So remember, creators: not only is every issue someone’s first: every issue is some kids only comic and he will pore over your work a thousand times in minute detail. Scary, huh?

  2. The only thing I remember about comics in the 90’s is the Death of Superman arc. But since I was more of a bookworm that a Comic Book Guy… I read the novelization. :) But I’ve always had an interest in the story lines and character history in comics… which eventually lead to my finally jumping into comics when I grew up and had my own money to spend on buying comics.

  3. Brent Whitlock on

    In the 90’s comics were fun for me. I remember buying a ton of Black Bag Supermans from multiple stores and flipping them for trade. My friend made a job out of selling Magnus Robot Fighters 0 and 1. One book I remember liking was New Warriors. For some reason I dug Speed Ball

  4. My favorite comic of the 90s was Captain Marvel (Genis Vell) as written by Peter David. Was one of my favorites up until the end of the series.

  5. hectorbustnuts on

    Comics in the 90s (and the foundation of my comic addiction) can be summed up for me in two words:

    “Spawn” & “Preacher”

  6. Comics in the 90s were not my cup of tea. I got my first comics at the corner store in the 70s (mostly DC digests), and really sunk my teeth in after Crisis and Legends with Justice League International. The 90s killed my comics collecting based almost solely on bad content. I didn’t buy another book until the turn of the century. Brenton mentioned above to remember that every comic is somebody’s first. Creators should also remember that some comics are also somebody’s last. In my case, my last comic of the 20th Century was X-Force #1.

  7. The Great NateO on

    Ok, Sherman lets set the way-back machine to 1992 – 1995 BW (Before Wife). Just out of high school hanging out with friends and D&D was a thing of the past (Because of Mom & Nuns, something about gateways to other evil things like FUN). Had a good job at Video Concepts and had some extra money sitting around. Now I have bought comics in the past from the drug store, was more into Baseball, Star-Trek, and WWF cards at the time. As well as a movie guy.

    I was over at a good friends house and he shows me a new Marvel comic Doom 2099 #3. Well me being a major Science Fiction nut (to this day only one of my family and friends that known who Dr. Who is and can remember Automan) I was like “cool super heroes in the future!!!”

    Now that I can drive and had a car, I found a nice comic book store and started learning all about what was out and what back issues were. Now I started with some of the 2099, Spider-Man, Doom, X-MEN. Got into the whole 0 Hour, Death of Superman, Punisher. But they were ok.

    Being the nut crazy monkey boy that I am, I ask the comic guy what is a little more out there. This is how I found out about “pull list”. So my first out of the norm was DC Vertigo “the high cost of living DEATH” AWESOME. Now I have never been one, even to this day, to know or remember who inked, penciled, or colored. I just know what I like and enjoy it, that’s what you guys are for now!

    Then what ever came out that was trying to be awesome I picked up, now I was still getting Superman, the “2099” stuff, but man did I have the most fun with the other stuff. But buy the end of 1995 I have stopped. Moved away from my comic book shop and got married. Well back to the here and now my son is now 10 and we have started going to the same comic book store I went to over 15 years ago. I restarted with Dollhouse Epitaphs and the Mis-Adventures of Adam West and will be going to get some others soon that’s to you guys. My son pick up a Captain America, we just saw the movie, think he like the toys better.

    In closing here are just a few, off the wall at the time, that I was into. Most of them I have #1’s, and yes they are still all in long boxes, in bags and backing.

    Team Youngblood
    Beavis and Butt-Head
    Nightstalkers (I think Blade spun off from this one)
    Ren & Stimpy Show
    ROBIN 3000
    DC Vertigo
    Vengeance of Vampirella

  8. My favorite slash fiction of Image founders was this one where Jim Lee–oh wait. That’s not how the contest goes.

    Uh, I think I owned a copy of Spiderman 2099 when I was in single digits. Does that count for an entry into the contest?

  9. When talking about comics in the 90s, I guess it all depends on your perspective. I was a teenager in the 90s so that is the time that I really started getting into comics, mostly through the X-Men cartoon. I thought Cable was the most awesome character ever. I didn’t really know any better, I was just a teenager after all. Towards the middle and end of the decade I started to get more interested in Spawn. Then in 98 I went to college and pretty much stopped reading comics for a few years. I didn’t really get back into reading comics regularly until the Walking Dead.

    One interesting side note on this topic: My wife and I were recently going through a box of old stuff from her parent’s house and we ran accross some of her old comics. She had a bunch of Love and Rockets, a sealed black bag death of Superman, and something called “Grunge Comics presents the Kurt Cobain Story”. It doesn’t get much more 90s than that.

  10. The first ten years of my comics collecting life were the dreaded 90’s. That being said, I have a deep fondness for the 90’s era of comics. I turned ten in 1990. Are they nigh unreadable now? Yes. Do I want those gimmicks, styles, and stories to come back? No.

    But I remember being super excited when X-men issue one came out. I was never able to find issue one of Todd McFarlane’s adjectiveless Spider-Man, but starting at issue two, I never missed an issue. I still can’t walk past a 2099 comic without smiling and picking it up. Oh, and how we loved those holographic covers. I don’t remember the issue numbers, but there was a month were Amazing, Web of, Spectacular, and Adjectiveless Spider-Man all had a holographic cover (“Amazing” had a Lizard story and a Spider-Man 2099 teaser in it, if I remember correctly). I still have them all. I even remember really liking the clone saga, loving the Scarlet Spider and thinking the whole twist in the Spider-story was incredible.

    So here’s to the 90’s. They were great. May they never return.

  11. Comics of the 90’s? Comics during the 90’s. Well, I was about 13 or so during that decade. The whole decade. I didn’t age until the start of the 2000’s and I skipped the ages of 14-20. I went from reading The New Mutants and Cerebus to being able to drink whiskey while reading Cerebus and cursing the 501 Button fly jeans spokesman for ruining one of my favorite books by having them go rogue and military behind Cable. Not to mention following him myself on the foolish endeavor of Youngblood and his Lobo clone Blood Wulf. Although the 90’s did present decent stories and above average art the depth that I crave today was severely lacking. The oversaturation of crossovers and polybagging, chrome covers and trading cards is what I remember most these days. Not so much the great moments like…Bishop throwing a pie in Rogue’s face at the X-Men picnic? I’m reaching there. I respect what the founders of Image were trying to do and what Erik Larsen is still doing the most memerable thing any of them did for me was Spawn #10. Dave Sim wrote a killer issue of comics on the whole reason that Image exists and today still remains on the my favorite books for it’s honesty and, frankly, the McFarlane Cerebus. I may have sold all of my Image books nearly 10 years ago, but that book remains in my collection and always will.

  12. I got back into comics in the early/mid-1980’s, and the mid-1990’s almost got me completely out of comics.

    I mostly remember the 1990’s as too many good Independent comics ‘ending’ (Zot!, Elementals, Miracleman, Tales of the Beanworld, Grendel, Hero Alliance, Concrete, etc.) or going ape-#### (Cerebus) only to be replaced by Indy comics with very little imagination. There certainly were some fun things happening in the Indy scene (Bacchus, early Sin City, Cages, From Hell), but Marvel/DC/Image at the time flooded store shelves with such uninteresting crap that it was hard for me to stomach even going to a store weekly…if not for some brave “Previews” orders I think I would have dropped comics completely.

    As for the big two, I was pretty much only reading a few Vertigo/Helix books…and after Zero Hour: Starman and the Archie Legion.

  13. I have almost no memories of comics in the 90’s, since I was born just 5 months before the release of the X-Men comic that is being given away. So the only memories I have are looking through my dad’s old comics from the 60’s and 70’s and watching the Batman and Superman movies.

  14. The 90s what I remember? Hmm I recall reading a DC comic in which azbatz helped a man that was attacked by a giant bug out. The man went home to discover he had invisibility powers in the dark. The light actually hurt him.

    So fast forward to about 6 months ago the launch of Dan and Jim Lee’s DC Universe, the all new and all different gaming experience. You get your powers through…..Space Bugs. Yes sir Faith cost me 99 dollars so much for the doctor’s clinic. *wink*

  15. 90s comics were awesome because of Darkclaw. Something so ridiculous, yet amazing. Even looking upon the cover was like witnessing two cornerstones of comics having sex.

  16. In the 90’s I was mainly just reading 2000AD, I especially remember Slaughterbowl with criminals and dinosaurs, but eventually the Judge Dredd movie appeared and oh dear lord…
    God bless Strontium dog though.

  17. Brandon "Baron Munchausen" Wood on

    “Come on Ace, we’ve got work to do.” Please finish the quote Matthew. That is a great quote from my favourite Doctor, Sylvester McCoy.
    I never really got into collecting comics. I would read the comics that my friends had, but never had the level of dedication needed to spend all of my money on comics.

    I own two of the four “The Adventures of Baron Munchausen” comic of the 1989 Terry Gilliam movie (and I am still trying to find the best way to build the Baron as a 3.5 or Pathfinder character, so I am open to suggestions. I’m having the same problem with the Doctor from Doctor Who).

    The rest of the comics that I own are Scrooge McDuck comics that I ended up with over the years.

    Now that I am listening to your other podcast, I might start paying more attention to comics in general.

    Keep up the Critical Hit podcasts which introduced me to Major Spoilers.

    I have only read one collection of Sandman stories, but recognized the story of “Ramadan.” I really liked that story as it made the fact and the fantasy of Baghdad both the true story. My favourite story from this collection was the story about Emperor Norton I. I had learned of the emperor’s story ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton_I ) a few years before and it was great to see him used in a piece of fiction that I thought would be seen by a lot of people. I enjoy telling the story of the race riot in San Francisco to friends who have not heard of Emperor Norton I before.

    P.S. Comic’s in the 90’s

  18. Jordan Isaacs on

    The thing I remember most about comics in the 90’s? All the pouches you could ever want. I wouldn’t have put it past Rob Liefeld to have given somebody an eyepatch that had a storage pouch on the front.

  19. I must say, comics in the 90s don’t deserve all the hate they get. There were some great characters introduced like War Machine, The Goon, Hellboy, Impulse, Kyle Rayner, etc. and some great stories like Bone, Knightfall, Sandman, Preacher, Usagi Yojimbo, Kelly’s Deadpool, and PAD’s Incredible Hulk. All that said, it does deserve some of the hate for the Clone Saga, Onslaught, Maximum Carnage, Red/Blue Superman, and whatever it was that happened to Guy Gardner.

  20. I loved comics in the 1990’s. I really enjoyed reading stuff from Image such as Spawn. I also bought a bunch of the McFarlane Toys stuff during this period.

  21. Ross Trapnell on

    You know what was amazing about comics in the nineties?
    Archie met The Punisher.
    You know what’s more amazing than that?
    It was actually good. Really. Genuinely. Truly.
    ‘Nuff said.

  22. I just remember that they had Xtra special pizza at Pizza Hut tie in with X-men that had a special box and like a 4 or 6 page comic and also a coupon for the VHF of the animated series.

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