Comic Book Couples Counseling Podcast
CBCC 37.66: Rogue & Remy - Gambit Vol. 5 No. 11

CBCC 37.66: Rogue & Remy - Gambit Vol. 5 No. 11

February 3, 2020

Rogue & Remy - No More! Say it ain't so. This week, we return with another Travel Episode, recorded live from the Denver International Airport. Before we dive into the romantic plight of Rogue & Gambit, we download a little about all the rad films we saw at the Sundance Film Festival. We focus on a few flicks that we think our listeners will appreciate and want to put on their radar. After that, we dig into the 11th issue from the 5th Volume of the "Gambit" solo series. Times are rough for our couple, and it's hard to believe they will ever move beyond this stage in their relationship.

The issue covered in this episode: You guessed it, "Gambit" Vol. 5 No. 11, written by James Asmus with art by Clay Mann and Paco Madina, inks by Clay Mann, Seth Mann, Juan Vlasco, and colors by Rachelle Rosenberg

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CBCC 37.33: Rogue & Remy - X-Men Vol. 2 No. 30

CBCC 37.33: Rogue & Remy - X-Men Vol. 2 No. 30

January 23, 2020

We're going to the chapel as we deviate just slightly from our regularly scheduled programming. As we prepare for the Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah, we've recorded an episode straight from our hotel room! And it's a conversation we probably should have had way back at the beginning of our podcast when we tackled Scott Scummers & Jean Grey. Well, better late than never. Besides, this historic wedding is a significant moment in the romance between Rogue & Remy. Will they? Won't they? Does it matter? Let's get into it.

As heard last week, we're using "8 Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love" as our relationship guide, and it came in quite handy on this episode. Trust. Boy, the X-Men sure do have issues with trust, but what about Brad & Lisa. Tune in to find out.

The issue covered in this episode: Duh! X-Men Vol. 2 No. 30, written by Fabian Nicieza with art by Andy Kubert, inks by Matt Ryan, letters by Bill Oakley, and colors by Joe Rosas.

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CBCC 37: Rogue & Remy - 90s X-Men

CBCC 37: Rogue & Remy - 90s X-Men

January 9, 2020

New Year, new X-couple! Rogue & Remy start as an impossible flirtation but eventually transform into one of the most popular pairings within the marvelous merry mutant family. Was their romance destined, or did it take a whole lot of painful communication to make it work? We begin where all stories should, in the beginning, witnessing their first awkward triflings, their first disastrous date, and the second one that sealed the deal. We dive systematically into the heyday of the 90s comic scene by hopping around a seemingly random batch of adjectiveless X-Men comics.

To aid us in our conversation, because we're no experts, are the relationship gurus Drs. John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Doug Abrams, and Rachel Carlton Abrams. We found that their book "Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love" had plenty to say about the cat and mouse antics between Rogue and Gambit, and will easily serve as the backbone for this month's batch of episodes.

Issues covered in this episode: X-Men Vol. 2 No. 3 - 4, X-Men Vol. 2 No. 8, and X-Men Vol. 2 No. 24.

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CBCC Special Report: The Best Comics of 2019

CBCC Special Report: The Best Comics of 2019

December 22, 2019

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon; The flames of Love extinguished, and fully past and gone... Woo-Hoo! Here we go, friends! We've made it to the end of the year!! Congratulations to all of us. As is always the case, one of our favorite aspects to the climax of any year is the assembling of Best Of lists, and we couldn't let all the others have the fun. This week, we put our brains together and determined what the greatest achievements in the four-color realm were in 2019. The task was difficult, but also incredibly fun and made for a great conversation between Brad & Lisa.

Now, some of you may want a handy guide to this week's episode. We try to remain spoiler-free, but in some cases, that was impossible. To help you out, we've listed the time stamps for each category so that you can jump ahead if need be.

The Categories are:

Best Free Comic Book Day Comic - 15:53

Best One-Shot - 21:25

Best Single Issue - 24:54

Best Comic Book TV Series - 33:33

Best Comic Book Movie - 40:07

Best Ongoing Series - 44:25

Best Graphic Novel - 47:29

Best Collected Comic - 52:19

Final Wrap-Up - 56:39

There you go. Hopefully, we don't enrage too many of you out there, but if we didn't name one of your favorite comics, then please reach out to us. We love this radical art form, and we want to read all the good comic books.

You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast. You can email us at cbccpodcast@gmail.com, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren. Thanks for sticking with us on our first year of podcasting, and we look forward to continuing the conversation in 2020. Up next, Rogue & Gambit.

 

CBCC 36: Alec & Abby - The New 52 Swamp Thing

CBCC 36: Alec & Abby - The New 52 Swamp Thing

December 14, 2019

All good things must come to an end. This week, we say goodbye to Alec Holland and Abigail Arcane, as well as our love guru Common and his memoir of self-reflection, "Let Love Have the Last Word." We've absolutely adored our time with these fabulous creatures, but we're excited to contemplate where they go from here. Our conversation uses The New 52 storyline "Season's End" as our backbone, and upon it, we find two very different beings than when we last discussed their relationship. In fact, one of them is not even the same lifeform as before. Whoa. New 52 gets weird, but that's how we like our Swamp Thing.

Author Charles Soule is a big-idea man, and he pits Alec and Abby against some rather epic abominations in the form of The Machine Kingdom. What hope does The Green have when competing against the cold logic of Calculus? Is there time to love when the apocalypse is on the horizon? Are Alec and Abby a forever-couple? We answer within.

Issues covered in this episode: Swamp Thing Vol. 4 numbers 35 - 40, Swamp Thing Annual No. 3, and Swamp Thing - Future's End No. 1.

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CBCC 35: Alec & Abby - The Vertigo Era of Swamp Thing

CBCC 35: Alec & Abby - The Vertigo Era of Swamp Thing

November 27, 2019

From the blossom of romance to its rot, this week, we're tackling one of the darkest moments in the relationship between Swamp Thing and Abigail Arcane - Nancy A. Collins' "Martial Problems." These final four issues in her run are fraught with emotional turmoil for both parties and left us aching with deep empathy for the guardians of the Green. The Vertigo era of the book was a time of transition, and Collins went in with a plan to revitalize the characters and concepts and left the Louisanna bog a scorched Earth!

As far as superhero breakups are concerned, few are as understandable or as strange as the one witnessed in these significant comics. Will they recover? That's a question for next week. Until then, pull up a chair, nab one of Constantine's smokes, and join us as we evaluate the end of the line for Abby and the plant which once dreamed he was Alec Holland.

Issues Covered in this episode: Swamp Thing Vol. 2 135 - 138.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren.

CBCC 34: Alec & Abby - The Saga of the Swamp Thing

CBCC 34: Alec & Abby - The Saga of the Swamp Thing

November 11, 2019

"There is no contradiction...only the pulse. The pulse within the world. Within us. Within me." In this week's episode, we finally witness the union between Abigail Arcane and Alec Holland...or, at least, the plant which once dreamed he was Alec Holland. "The Saga of the Swamp Thing" is a game-changer comic book. Not just because it's the arrival of Alan Moore upon the American comics scene, but in how it reveals the potential elevated philosophical heights of the art form. These are not your daddy's Swamp Thing comics.

Last week, we saw a couple who barely acknowledged each others' presence, but now we meet a relationship that hell itself could not tear apart. Normally, we look to our guru for guidance, but in this episode, we look to Swamp Thing to help our guru. In part two of Common's "Let Love Have the Last Word," we meet a man struggling to understand his connection with his daughter. We believe Alec & Abby have the wisdom to help their bond.

Issues covered in this episode: "Saga of the Swamp Thing" #s 28 -34, and "Swamp Thing" Annual #2.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork and @sidewalksiren.

CBCC 33: Alec & Abby - The Bronze Age Swamp Thing

CBCC 33: Alec & Abby - The Bronze Age Swamp Thing

October 25, 2019

"Deep in the bayous of Louisiana, far from civilization's grasp, a shadowed creature seen only in fleeting glimpses roils the black waters...a twisted, vegetative mockery of a man...a Swamp Thing!" As we enter the spooky Halloween season, Brad & Lisa take on their favorite monstrous couple. Dr. Alec Holland & Abigail Arcane are a tormented pair destined to defend the Earth from outside (and inside) forces, but before they ever found comfort in each other's embrace, they were lonely travelers bumping across the gothic landscape of DC Comics. 

We're kicking off our latest series at the very beginning with "House of Secrets" #92 as well as issues 1-3 of "Swamp Thing," written by Len Wein and illustrated by Bernie Wrightson. We then take a big jump across the Bronze Age books to issues 11 - 13, where Wrightson departs, and Nestor Redondo joins to close out Wein's original run on the character. There may not be a lot of kissy-kissy in these early issues, but they are essential to understanding the core of Alec & Abby's relationship.

To help us through their romantic turmoil, we're relying on the expert advice of Common, and his memoir "Let Love Have the Last Word." We're sick and tired of relying on PhDs. It's time to hear what a cultural icon has to say on the matter. Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram & Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren.

CBCC ChatCast Advance Preview: Joe Kelly on ‘I Kill Giants’

CBCC ChatCast Advance Preview: Joe Kelly on ‘I Kill Giants’

October 14, 2019

This week we're bringing our CBCC listeners an Advanced Preview of the ITMODChatCast Interview with comic book scribe and screenwriter Joe Kelly. We had the great pleasure of hosting a special screening of his film "I Kill Giants" at the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, Virginia. Based on the Image Comics graphic novel of the same name, done in collaboration with artist JM Ken Niimura, "I Kill Giants" is a fantastical exploration of grief as experienced through the eyes of a rather angry young girl. As we discuss with the author, Kelly was compelled to put this story to paper shortly after the birth of his daughter, and in the writing of the comic script, a second compulsion took over - "I Kill Giants" should be a movie as well. In a rare burst of creativity, Kelly was working on the comic and the screenplay at the very same time, but it would take years for the film to be realized. Now "I Kill Giants" is readily available to both the reader and the viewer, and while they both travel the same narrative, the two works are uniquely their own beings.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren. You can purchase the "I Kill Giants" graphic novel wherever fine comic books are sold, and you can rent the film via iTunes, Amazon, and other most respectable streaming services. Also, please follow Mr. Kelly on Twitter @JoeKellyMOA and let him know how much you appreciated his generous nature in lending us his voice.

CBCC 32: Suzie & Jon - Sex Criminals Vol. 5

CBCC 32: Suzie & Jon - Sex Criminals Vol. 5

October 7, 2019

We're back! After a whirlwind adventure in Austin, Texas for the Fantastic Fest film festival, we return to close the book on Suzie & Jon's romantic adventures. When we last left our couple, they had split for greener pastures. Volume 5 of "Sex Criminals" finds them in new relationships, but still searching for happiness while also trying to ignore the fiendish machinations of Kuber Badal. What began as a time-freezing crime spree through a rainbow of sexual kinks eventually evolved into an epic romance in which broken humans mend each other through connectivity. We're sad to see Suzie & Jon go, but are excited by the possibilities of Volume 6...if Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky can ever find the time to finish the story.

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