Sequential Smarter is back and in a blatant attempt to cash in on the Star Wars hype, we talk about a comic no one asked for: Star Wars: the Dark Empire trilogy! Listen to us talk about the trippy, surreal art direction, the hamfisted writing, and burdens of living up to the cinematic visuals of the movies. Be mesmerized by Eric’s and Billy’s knowledge of obscure Star Wars Expanded Universe lore and Brendan’s apathy for anything related to Star Wars.
Plus, a guest appearance by Billy Dee Williams! Or at least, someone that sounds like him…
“Remember, Remember, the Fifth of November,
the Gunpowder Treason and Plot.
I see no reason why the gunpowder treason
should ever be forgot.”
Except that we did, because we didn’t get to record this episode of Sequential Smarter until Nov. 7th. Regardless, we dish out on thoughts on V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Moore. From anarchy to psychogeography to Ninja Assassin, we leave no stone untouched in this episode!
Plus, a guest appearance by Alan Moore! Or at least, someone that sounds like him…
Schedule conflicts and audio problems won’t stop the Sequential Smarter crew! This episode, we finally talk about what may be the greatest comic of our time, David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp, in what may be the first actual conversation on this amazing comic from anyone. We also invent new horribly trite jargon, Brendan and Eric confess their failure to take high school physics, and a special guest appearance by former presidential candidate Howard Dean!
This episode also marks the debut of our new intro and outro! It’s almost like we’re a respectable podcast now. Almost…
The selection I chose for the outro comes from a joke Billy and I made from our “lost episode” on Phonogram, when he made me realized that I had heard the song before from the Power Rangers movie. Not only that, eight year old me actually watched the television premiere of the music video:
On this episode, Billy and Eric tackle the topic of deconstruction and how it’s been applied to the superhero genre. We talk about the mechanics of deconstruction and examine major comics like Miracleman, Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, etc, that have thoroughly critiqued its genre, and the subsequent influence and responses.
Oh, and Blue Beetle’s dick too, in case this is all too high brow.
This episode of Sequential Smarter, we mix things by going into the gateway comics for our co-hosts, talking about the comic(s) that started our lifelong obsessions of the medium. Listen to Eric’s false start with reading Spider-Man in Night Court, young Brendan wowed by women being dismembered and stuffed into fridges, and Billy talking the Joker and his boners.
Plus, Billy and Eric talk about their trip to the Jack Kirby exhibition going on at Cal State Northridge, which you should totally check out!
On the most absurd episode of Sequential Smarter to date, we go over one of the hottest new comics from Image, The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jaime McKelvie. Listen to Eric, Billy, and Brendan read aloud the plot summary, screw up the podcast Twitter handle, and showcase the gaping holes in their pop culture knowledge!
Sequential Smarter finally covers a comic published within the last five years, with Scott McCloud’s new graphic novel, The Sculptor!
Also in this episode, we hear Billy’s crazy speculation on the upcoming Bond film, Eric learn the difference between Meet Joe Black and Mighty Joe Young, and how Brendan’s love life cost him his autographed copy of The Sculptor.
Two episodes in one week, a new one for Sequential Smarter! Billy had to sit out this one due to fire killing his internet, so it’s Eric and Brendan in the driver’s seat for this one. They discuss The Sentry, by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee, Marvel’s personification of the retcon. If you like metafiction, random talk about Justin Lin and the Fast and Furious movies, and the two greatest(worst?) movie pitches for Marvel and DC, you’ll love this podcast!
The Sequential Smarter crew, despite some absurd scheduling and technical difficulties, is back with another episode! We cover another Jonathan Hickman comic, the genre defying Pax Romana, in what may be our most polarized discussion to date. Plus, Brendan drops a startling revelation about a Mark Walhberg/Denzel Washington movie that’ll shock you!
And much to Eric’s chagin, this podcast is finally up on iTunes! If you like what you hear, please rate us or whatever the iTunes equivalent is.