Talking The Extinction Parade with Max Brooks


Recently I had the opportunity to pass some questions by the man, the myth, the legend Max Brooks. Author of such books as The Zombie Survival Guide, World War Z, and currently the next chapter in the zombie/vampire comic entitled The Extinction Parade: War, which releases July 2014Brooks kindly took the time out of his busy schedule to answers a few questions about the ongoing series and the genre at large.

Image Comics to publish MacGyver comic mini-series

From 1985-1992 the coolest hero without super powers was MacGyver, bare none. Armed with his swiss army knife and a couple of rubber bands, Richard Dean Anderson played super spy, Angus MacGyver. Often trekking off to the most dangerous parts of the world, MacGyver was always getting in and somehow out of impossible missions every week. As a kid I thought this was the coolest show and was saddened to see it leave my television schedule in 1992. However, the series has been available on Netflix for some time now so I have no excuse not to watch it again.

LGBT folks are family, friends, and now heroes!

I normally try not to bring politics to this website and our podcast, as I find it can be very divisive in a lot of circles. However, after reading an article and the comment thread about the D.C. comics reveal of Alan Scott being homosexual, I just couldn’t let it go. While I support people’s right to write whatever they want I do think articles like this are unabashedly immature and offensive. Now, I don’t believe that just because something is offense means it shouldn’t exist. I’m writing this to start a much needed conversation about LGBT treatment in the nerd community, a community I have been apart of for a very long time (pushes up glasses from edge of his nose).

Comic Review: Superior

Superman is the most recognizable character in comics history. Why shouldn’t he be, he is indestructible. He is like a superhero messiah that has defied even death. Why wouldn’t Mark Millar want to use him as a starting place for his superb adaptation of a familiar comic book trope? In Superior the reader is given a heaping helping of Superman, with a dash of Captain Marvel a.k.a. Shazam, bit of the monkey’s paw, and the movie Big for good measure. I absolutely loved this series. I read it in just over an hour and hope that another installment is on the horizon.

Comic Review: Peter Panzerfaust

IMAGE comics Peter Panzerfaust is a comic series from writer Kurtis J. Weibe and artist Tyler Jenkins that takes place during World War II.  The story is that of the first French city to fall to the Germans, Calais. The story centers on a charismatic boy, Peter, and his band of rag-tag lost boys. Sound familiar in part? It should, the story is a mash-up of the classic Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie and something akin to HBO’s Band of Brothers.

Quick Hit: Super Best Friends Forever

The short Super Best Friends Forever premieres on Cartoon Network’s DC Nation today. It reminds me a little of PowerPuff Girls. It makes sense that it would have that feel considering Lauren Faust is producing. She is known for her work on Power Puff Girls and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. The sneak peek is after the jump.

Comic Review: Red Skull: Incarnate

Marvel’s five issue series about the meager beginnings of one of their most infamous villains is a great blend of fictional and non-fictional brutality. The mix of actual history is what gives Incarnate such a different and immensely appealing feel. The story follows young Johann Schmidt as he is in a home for wayward boys in 1923. Here we get our first glimpses into the pre-Hitler Germany and the life of Schmidt before he is hardened into the super villain, as we know him today.

Digital Comics need a revolution, badly!

Digital Comics: Why is this concept so difficult?

Ever since I cracked my first comic I was fully invested in the notion of keeping up with storylines and major events. From the weekly Spider-man comics to who the Avengers were beefing with that week, I couldn’t get enough. Fast forward to the age of the ubiquitous smart phones and tablet computers, and the seemingly easy access to not only books, but also comics especially. As time had gone on I lost my dying need to read the standard weekly. I would just hold out for the large events or just buy the trade paperbacks, or TPBs. Buying trades has become the optimal choice, as I hate having to wait so long to get a full story arc. Give me 20+ issues bundled together and a quiet afternoon and I am all set. I read Marvel’s Fear Itself in one sitting because of the convenience of just having the book in its entirety, minus the side stories, at my fingertips. So trades are the way to go! YEAH! Problems solved, right? Not quite.

Quick Hit: US court rules mutants are not human

Despite the never-ending fight for mutant rights, a US court ruled that mutants are no more than animals or monsters. Lumped into this ruling were the X-Men, X-Force, Spider-Man, and other characters. The court case centers around tariff laws. Toy maker Toy-Biz made the claim that X-Men and other action figures were not “dolls” but toys and therefore should be taxed at a lower rate. Dolls are taxed at a 12% higher rate than other toys. In order to make this claim they set back mutant rights for decades to come. Their claim was that mutants were animals or monsters and not humans. I am sure that Professor X is not happy about this one! The court case can be found here: Toy-Biz vs. The United States. (via Boing-Boing)