Comic Book Couples Counseling Podcast
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.

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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.

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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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CBCC 31: Suzie & Jon - Sex Criminals Vol. 4

CBCC 31: Suzie & Jon - Sex Criminals Vol. 4

September 16, 2019

Jon has a secret. Suzie has a problem. "Sex Criminals" Vol. 4 challenges their relationship in ways previously not seen in past volumes, and we're here to help you through this difficult time. Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky bring the epic war between cop and criminal to a boil, and we're teetering to see how this rollicking romantic adventure will reach its end. This episode offers deep conversation into how sex is managed within couples, and the psychic scars American culture thrusts upon its populace's attitude towards the biological act. As we've been doing all month long, Esther Perel's "Mating in Captivity" works as our guide through this series and offers insight into a relationship ever in transition.

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CBCC 30: Suzie & Jon - Sex Criminals Vol. 2 & Vol. 3

CBCC 30: Suzie & Jon - Sex Criminals Vol. 2 & Vol. 3

September 9, 2019

Jon & Suzie. They have sex. And time stops. Literally. And when time stops, they rob banks...kinda. This week, we continue our conversation surrounding Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky's bestselling Image Comics series and discover a philosophical wonder we did not realize how much we needed in our lives. "Sex Criminals" is more than vagina and penis jokes; the comic is a new way of life we should all follow. Join us as we use Esther Perel's "Mating in Captivity" to understand humanity's hangups with an essential biological process, and guide our thoughts regarding a new favorite comic book couple. We're cramming two volumes of the comic into our show this week so that we can consume all available narrative before jumping ships next month.

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CBCC 29: Suzie & Jon - Sex Criminals Vol. 1

CBCC 29: Suzie & Jon - Sex Criminals Vol. 1

August 25, 2019

This week we're kicking off a new series with a kinky dash of sci-fi fantasy. "Sex Criminals" Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky is an aggressively funny and bizarre saga of romance between Suzie & Jon. The sexual act can be a challenging endeavor for anyone, but how do you survive in this world when such an act can literally halt the flow of time? You rob banks! That's issue one. From there, life gets only more mad for our happy couple. Join us as we use the equally provocative "Mating in Captivity" by Esther Perel as our relationship guide.

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CBCC Road Trip 1: Eric & Karen - Blade ‘98

CBCC Road Trip 1: Eric & Karen - Blade ‘98

August 18, 2019

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to bring you a special road trip episode recorded on Brad's epic 40th Birthday. Don't worry, our Sex Criminals series will launch next week, but due to unforeseen b-day shenanigans, we had to pull an audible with this week's enthusiastic celebration of the essential 1998 comic book movie Blade, starring Wesley Snipes, written by David S. Goyer, and directed by Stephen Norrington. Our current landscape of superhero cinema simply would not be the same without Blade and the romantic relationship between Eric & Karen...well, definitely not without Blade. What a fascinating turn of events for a character that began as an antagonist for the most famous bloodsucker in Tomb of Dracula number 10, and all but faded from memory before his big-screen debut.

You can follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren. If you want to attend really rad events like the Still Awesome film series, be sure to follow the Alamo Drafthouse in Winchester, Va @alalmowinchester.

 

CBCC 28: Peter & Mary Jane - Red-Headed Stranger

CBCC 28: Peter & Mary Jane - Red-Headed Stranger

August 11, 2019

After a year-long absence, Mary Jane Watson returns to the life of Peter Parker as a "Red-Headed Stranger." This week we conclude our Spider-Man series by exploring the diabolical nature of Dr. Alexander Avila's "LoveTypes" and how his dating system would be absolutely deadly in the hands of The Chameleon.  We've deeply enjoyed discussing the romantic turmoil of Peter and M.J., and it breaks our heart to leave them apart in "Brand New Day," but we see cupid's arrow cresting the horizon. Is their love cosmically pure as the dark demon Mephisto suggested, or should Peter enjoy the many fish in the ocean? We come to a serious conclusion as we say good-bye to New York City's friendly neighborhood wall-crawler.

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