Funnybook Babylon

December 3, 2008

FBBP #81 – The Batcast

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , , — Chris Eckert @ 10:37 pm

We aren’t above cashing in on Bat-Mania, so if you can’t get enough of David’s Batannotations and all our other Batcoverage, LOOK NO FURTHER! Batman #681 dropped last week, with #682 in stores today.

Our final Morrison on Batman podcast (until the next one) featured topics including:

  • WHO IS THE BLACK GLOVE?
  • Class Warfare in Gotham City
  • Joseph’s continued attempt to monetize the site using “space medicine” beer
  • Chris’s continued attempt to stick media theory square pegs into round comic book holes
  • Jamaal’s questioning of that Bald Scot behind the curtain
  • Ragged Robins and Millionaire Playboys
  • The Balkanization of the DC Universe and Why This Could be Good
  • There are no Atheists in a Batcave (or are there?)

We’ve got winged mammals coming out our ears, and now you can too!

January 7, 2008

Hits off the Source, Part One: Kirby, Evil and the Invisibles

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , — David Uzumeri @ 12:28 am

It’s no secret Grant Morrison brings his pet themes to everything he does.

At the end of the day, from the Filth to New X-Men to Seven Soldiers to Seaguy, his stories are epic sci-fi action yarns – usually, superficially, about good versus evil – underscored by an impassioned plea for mutual respect and tolerance. It’s a testament to the man’s craft that his work is so diverse despite the shared thematic underpinnings. His “villains” tend to be portrayed, in the end, as either pathetic and pitiful such as Sir Miles Delacourt from the Invisibles and Magneto from New X-Men, or natural processes that should be overcome or embraced such as Sublime from New X-Men, the Sheeda from Seven Soldiers or himself from Animal Man. However, I’d like to take a look for a minute at the Outer Church from what’s probably his defining statement, The Invisibles.

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