Funnybook Babylon

October 3, 2011

FBBP #136 – Jeff Lemire Revisited

Filed under: Podcasts — Tags: , , — Chris Eckert @ 8:04 pm

As the seasons change, Funnybook Babylon returns to look back on the work of Jeff Lemire! We reviewed Sweet Tooth back in Episode #125 and were divided on its relative quality, but after two additional volumes we are united: it’s pretty great.

But don’t take our word for it! The first eleven issues are available digitally over at Comixology, or you can purchase the first three volumes (Out of the Woods, In Captivity, and Animal Armies) wherever finer books are sold.

We also take a look at Animal Man #1, part of DC’s New 52 line. We liked it too! We also like digital comics, the kind DC and Top Shelf and Dark Horse have been putting out lately. We are full of love lately!


  1. I fucking love FBB. I have listened to every podcast available at least twice, some more. It is so rare that a comics show assumes its audience possesses intelligence and more than a vague interest in anything outside of the comics world. I would like to hear another comics law show like the one-off “Law Chat” episode. If I had my druthers, you would put out a podcast every week, and once every month, a “Jeph Loeb Happy-Hour”. Thanks

    Comment by Hypo-Calvinist — October 4, 2011 @ 10:57 pm

  2. Hey guys, its great to see another installment go up, any chance of it becoming a more regular thing.

    Also what did you guy think of Lemires of 52 book, Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. My personal feeling is that book was ruined by the art. It may have work on a book that was less busy, but with all the characters and concepts Lemire is throwing at us it just doesnt seem to communicate that clearly.

    Also, reguarding the strength of Vertigo, they havnt started a new series in sometime (they announced another Fables books though) and it looks like Northlanders and Scalped are wrapping up. I had secretly been expecting Vertigo to massively contract and resign itself to republishing old stuff and spitting out Hellblazer and Fables stuff until the sun explodes.

    Comment by dacl — October 4, 2011 @ 11:29 pm

  3. In the “hyping you up to do more shows” department, yes I love this show and really wish it was a little (or a lot) more regular. I can imagine it’s tough to review books that suck because then you have to read them, but someone needs to point out the flaws if there’s any hopes of seeing some change for the better(and of course you can’t be SURE a book’s bad until you read it). I do love the good reviews because, even though I’m not as critical about what I read as long as I find something in a book that I really latch on to, I know that if you guys like something it’s pretty much guaranteed to be good(that and obviously it’s nice to know not everything out there is terrible). In order keep that rep you probably gotta continue to review the bad stuff too however. I guess what I’m saying is, well, Jeph Loeb’s going to be writing a new Cable book, and the opportunity for genuine comedy is just too great to pass up on.

    Seriously though, love the show. Do more!

    Comment by Fearing — October 5, 2011 @ 8:46 am

  4. Awesome to see a new episode. Feels almost bizarre to hear you all talking about something I’m currently reading; I’m currently going through backlogged episodes. Your insight at times has changed my view on books I already loved (Scott Pilgrim, All-Star Superman), and at others has helped me to put my finger on WHY I didn’t like a book. Conversations on comics don’t come easily, none of my friends share my hobby, and it feels great to hear my feelings towards things confirmed or contested, active participant in the conversation or not.

    Would totally love more regular episodes. I’m not sure what the size of the listenership is, but I am crazy pumped to have stumbled across the site in this summer’s read-the-shit-out-of-final-crisis-othon.

    And to the second poster: Spaceman by Azzarello and Risso is launching pretty quick. I doubt vertigo plans to dead-stop anytime soon, but looking at the current line-up, they may be down almost every title within a year or so. If sweet tooth is really only 40 issues, if Unwritten actually climaxes with it’s upcoming event… Could be interesting to see where things go.

    Thanks for the wonderful free entertainment guys, it’s made my first month of university all the less productive, and all the more fun.

    Comment by Andrew — October 5, 2011 @ 1:23 pm

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