On this weeks episode the guys and Rheanna sit down with the writer of Batgirl, Hope Larson. Hope tells us a little about her childhood and what it was like growing up over seas. We talk about her day to day as a writer and her creative process. She tells the story of how she became writer of Batgirl and how it has changed her life. Hope was a great guest and very fun to talk to, so put those ear-buds in and listen to Episode 72 of Shanlian on Batman with Hope Larson!
We got Jay Oliva on the show to discuss his insanely impressive career in the DC world. Everyone is familiar with Jay’s work from Batman the Dark Knight Returns pts 1 & 2, Batman Assault on Arkham, Justice League Wars, Batman vs Robin, pretty much all your favorite animated DC films! Dont miss this one, we even talk about the newly released Batman Bad Blood, So strap in with Shanlian on Batman and enjoy this fine interview with Jay Oliva!
This week the guys are back in the podcast cave and they are talking anything and everything that is going on in the movie/tv/comic world! Also a ton of your questions from twitter and our website get answered. Strap in and get ready for this blabber fest action packed episode of Shanlian on Batman.
This week’s SoB features comic book writer Greg Rucka! He has written many novels and comic books including the series Gotham Central, Batman: No Man’s Land and the ongoing Lazarus. Sit back and enjoy listening to what the man has to say about all sorts of different topics ranging from his early career, the TV show Gotham, and much more!
This week the guys talk some Batman and DC news that has been going on in the past few weeks. Jared Leto talking about the joker, Batman V Superman trailers during Super Girl, and Batman Beyond news. Then SoB gets an interview with the Granddaughter of Bill Finger, the co-creator of Batman. Athena’s story of what she did for the credibility of her grandfather’s name is quite an amazing one.
They started this one with a bang.
The story picks up right where we left off, smack in the middle of a fight between Duke and the Robins, against a bunch of creeper sewer warriors. And the banter between the Robin team is great. It’s so fun and witty, and has the whole teenager feel about it, without being annoying or feeling too rehearsed.
Those first six pages are an awesome ride. Tons of action and every panel delivers. The whole scene is one you won’t forget quickly, and you get lost in the chaos of it all. One of the best parts about finally seeing the Robins in action, is equally awesome in both art and writing. The unique signatures of each uniform is great, and they speak to the differences of each character. There’s an attitude about each funky belt buckle, a story behind every hood. The little quirks of each costume are so much fun, and set each character apart.
The attitude of the Robins comes in the dialogue. They feel like kids you want to know. Like you want to play video games with them on a Saturday night, but you would totally go fight bad guys with them too. They take shots at each other, laugh about funny stuff, drop pop culture references, all of that good stuff, and it makes them feel real and concrete.
In this issue we also got a glimpse of the man who might be behind this whole operation, which helped open up a lot of interesting questions about what’s really going on. Who is this guy? Why are Duke’s parents so important? Can he be trusted? I mean, we didn’t really get any answers, but it’s important that the questions were put out there. It solidified that fact that there’s something bigger going on here.
Raise your hand if you had a few doubts about We Are Robin.
Hand in the air, like I just don’t care.
I take my Batfam seriously. Casual associates included,. And I wasn’t sure I could get behind what appeared to be a bunch of street kids, running around repping the most important ‘R’ I can imagine, after a long, honorable, and in many cases, tragic legacy that had come before them. Who are these kids? Who said they could do this? Can they fight? Do they realize how important this is? Are they ready for the weight of the this?
Aside from that, it seemed a little cliche. The adoption into this vigilante life, has been done a million times before, half of them occurring in the Bat universe alone. I felt like it might be a story we’ve seen already.
Lee Bermejo and Jorge Corona promptly shut me and my whole life up.
This story is wonderful.
For starters, Corona’s art is bomb. It’s funky and weird, and a little bit twisted. The amount of attitude and emotion he can carry through the lips of his characters alone, is unbelievable. Curvy side smirks, annoyed pouts, wicked grins, it’s all there. And it gives a life to his faces. The angles of his scenes are awesome and every new page jumps out at you.
Lee Bermejo’s throws out words like weapons. I was in love with Duke Thomas before I knew his name.
“Someone told me that the problem with youth is the inability to accept your own morality. I wouldn’t consider this one of my problems.”
Oh, come on. Don’t you want to see where this is going?
Bermejo jumps in and out of Duke’s consciousness flawlessly, and no matter how interesting it gets outside, you keep wanting back in Duke’s head. His entire narrative is snarky, funny, intelligent, and if you listen hard enough, vulnerable. The entire story is action packed from beginning to end, and it doesn’t take from the story at all. The characters are solid and engaging, and the art just takes it to another level entirely.
I will spoil nothing about this series so far, because I want you get the same rush I did. This whole issue was just fun. The characters are easy to get behind, the humor keeps it interesting, even the references to pop culture make it feel like a universe you’re a part of. The bigger mystery at play makes it all the more enticing, as you’re eager to discover what really going on in Gotham right now, and who’s really holding all the strings.
I really hope youguys give this one a shot. It’s so worth it. Some people worry about messing with the Batfam legacy and all its twisted glory. I wouldn’t consider this one of my problems.
Well. Not anymore.
We. Are. ROBIN.
Today on Shanlian on Batman they guys invite their new Comics Corespondent to come on the show to share with us a few things about herself. Then Kim gives a quick run through on her 3 favorite Comics/Graphic Novels followed by the Hosts, Justin, Kyle, & Tom doing the same. Lets welcome Ms Kim Gaines to the show and enjoy another great episode of Shanlian on Batman!
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On today’s episode the guys talk to Legendary comic book artist/writer Lee Bermejo! We talk about his career all the way from his beginnings at Wildstorm to working on his most recent We Are Robin. Sit down and enjoy this Great episode with Shanlian on Batman and Lee Bermejo!