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Comics Deserve Better Episode 2: The Old Guard by Greg Rucka, Leandro Fernandez, Daniela Miwa, Jodi Wynne

In the second episode of Comics Deserve Better, Brian, Darci, and Logan react to the 2020 Eisners and discuss the 2017 Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez comic, The Old Guard. Or what Logan likes to call “Blackwater, but queer”.

Other books talked about on the show include the webcomics Fangs by Sarah Andersen, Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell, and Clover and Nugget by Phil Sheldon as well as Scout ComicsYasmeen #1 and Tales from the Pandemic by Mario Candelaria and a bunch of awesome artists.

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Movie Review: The Old Guard

The Old Guard

The Old Guard‘s concept is pretty simple. A group of immortals walks the Earth as a pack of mercenaries and an evil corporation wants to find out what makes them tick and develop a new drug from their gift. A new immortal is discovered and dragged into their shadowy world. Based on the comic series by Greg RuckaLeandro FernándezDaniela Miwa, and Jodi Wynne, and published by Image Comics. The film stars Charlize TheronKiKi Layne, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and is written by Rucka and directed by Gina Prince-Bythwood.

There’s a lot of fantastic elements to The Old Guard. Most of those concepts get a little bit of depth but all feel like there could be so much more done with all of the elements. But, even with that, the film is beyond enjoyable with some fantastic action sequences (not enough of them really) and some solid character connections.

Lets go through bits of the film to discuss what does and doesn’t work:


The relationships – This is one of the best aspects of the film. The team is hundreds of years old and that’s a key aspect of so many members of the team. They have either formed bonds with each other or long for the loss of their friends and family of the past. Two team members are in a rather mature/different type of relationship having bonded over centuries. Team members have died (yes immortals can die) and then there’s the loss of family. It’s all on the table and the actors deliver the pain and love you’d expect in each situation.

The goal of the “evil” corporation – The evil corporation wants to use whatever genetic gift that keeps these individuals alive for medical purposes. Though they go about it in an evil way, and probably would do evil corporate things, the overall goal isn’t too out there. There’s something to debate about possibly being able to save the world but not doing so. There’s also moral debates about testing on these individuals since they can survive the testing in theory.

Choices weigh down on characters – The body count rises throughout the film and the idea of the blood on the hands of the immortals is a feature. There’s the concept of fighting their way through life. There’s the idea of living with family for as long as they can before their immortality is realized. It’s an interesting balance and discussion of choice of actions. The concept of killing one is difficult enough but also think about that body count rising over decades? Try to figure out what you’d do knowing you’ll see your friends and family die? Do you spend it with them? Or, do you run?

The theme of the film – The film ends in an interesting way. It’s not a spoiler to say the film is about leaving a footprint. Early in the film, there are moments that touch upon these individuals attempting to stay anonymous but the bigger question thing isn’t their anonymity but instead their impact for the better. That plays deeply into why the evil corporation wants them


There’s absolutely issues to the film. It foreshadows things a bit too much. You can predict what’s coming down the road with a bit too much easy. It doesn’t diminish the story at all and there’s reasons the foreshadowing happens, to explain the world and rules, but still, it feels a bit forced and a bit too obvious.

The Old Guard is an entertaining film that doesn’t use its twist in too many ways to make the concept not seem interesting. It also adds just enough reasons as to why it doesn’t. It’s the rare action film that has some moral questions underneath and themes to it that makes it a bit more than the fantastic action sequences. It would absolutely work better as an extended television series but from everything teased it looks like we’ll be getting more of the film series down the road. Here’s hoping as it’s an enjoyable two hours to kick back and relax to.

Overall Rating: 8.0

The Old Guard Gets a Second Trailer

The Old Guard has a new trailer. The Netflix film is an adaptation of the series by Greg Rucka, Leandro Fernández, Daniela Miwa, and Jodi Wynne, and published by Image Comics. The film stars Charlize Theron, KiKi Layne, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and is written by Rucka and directed by Gina Prince-Bythwood.

Detective Comics #1027 Celebrates 1000 Issues Since Batman’s Debut

Light the Bat-signal, because Detective Comics #1027 is headed your way this September 15! In honor of Batman’s first appearance in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, this special 144-page celebration is poised to truly spotlight the “Detective” in Detective Comics. Batman and his allies will have a mountain of mysteries to solve, taking them from the seediest corners of Gotham City to the farthest reaches of the DC universe, plus a few early hints at what’s in store for the future of the Caped Crusader!

A book of this magnitude deserves the best storytellers in comics and a must-read lineup of DC’s most prolific writers and artists are rising to meet the challenge, including Greg Rucka/Eduardo Risso, Grant Morrison/Chris Burnham, Tom King/Walt Simonson, James Tynion IV/Riley Rossmo, Peter J. Tomasi/Brad Walker, Dan Jurgens, Marv Wolfman/Emanuela Lupacchino, and Bill Sienkiewicz, Brian Michael Bendis/David Marquez, Mariko Tamaki/Dan Mora, Scott Snyder/Ivan Reis, Kelly Sue DeConnick/John Romita Jr and Klaus Janson, and Matt Fraction/Chip Zdarsky.

Detective Comics #1027 also includes “tribute” art from fan-favorite artists, including, José Luis García-López, Jamal Campbell, Lee Bermejo, and Jorge Jiménez, among others. An extensive variant cover program is planned for this landmark issue, including a series of ten variants spotlighting both friends and foes of Batman, and an extensive program of retailer-exclusive variant covers.

Detective Comics #1027 arrives at open and operating comic book stores and participating digital retailers beginning Tuesday, September 15, 2020. This must-have collectible sells for $9.99.

Preview: Lois Lane #11 (of 12)

Lois Lane #11 (of 12)

(W) Greg Rucka (A/CA) Mike Perkins
In Shops: Jun 10, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The braid begins to unravel as Lois, Renee Montoya, Midnight, and Sister Clarice all come together. Now the intrepid reporter must face the reporter’s dilemma-what truths to tell, and at what cost?

Lois Lane #11 (of 12)

Today’s New Digital Comics Include Aquaman, Batman, Captain America, Daredevil, and Marvel MAX

ComiXology has seven new digital comics from DC and Marvel for you today. There’s a mix of new and classic comics all available at the touch of a button.

Check out the full list of what’s available or each issue below.

Aquaman: Deep Dives #7

Written by Steve Orlando
Pencils V Ken Marion
Inks Sandu Florea
Colored by Andrew Dalhouse
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The final showdown between Aquaman and Scorpio!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #7

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #5

Written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini
Pencils Ty Templeton
Inks Ty Templeton
Colored by Monica Kubina
Cover by Joe Quinones
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Deathstroke and Robin face down Firefly, but can the two stand the heat after the firebug gets the upperhand? And who’s hired Deathstroke to take down the Dark Knight?

Batman: The Adventures Continue (2020-) #5

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 1

Written by Chuck Austen, John Ney Rieber
Art by John Cassaday, Trevor Hairsine, Jae Lee
Cover by John Cassaday
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Collects Captain America (2002) #1-16.

Captain America gets the critically acclaimed Marvel Knights treatment! In the aftermath of 9/11, Captain America – already a man out of time – must adjust once again to a terrifying new global landscape. From the ruins of the World Trade Center to the horrors of a small town rocked by terrorism, the star-spangled super-soldier is forced to consider what it means to be the Sentinel of Liberty in an age of incomprehensible new threats. Meanwhile, the man named Redpath has his own American dream, and he orders his Extremists to cleanse the country by force. Only a true patriot, the living embodiment of the United States, can stop them. But when Captain America uncovers new truths about his decades trapped in the ice, the scale of the conspiracy may bring him to his knees!

Captain America: Marvel Knights Vol. 1

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by David Aja, Michael Lark
Cover by Tommy Lee Edwards
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #82-93.

The critically acclaimed, award-winning creative team of Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark make their explosive debut! For the past few years, Matt Murdock’s life has been teetering on the edge of destruction. Now, pushed beyond the limit, Matt finds himself behind the eight ball with no clear way out, the people he calls friends slowly deserting him, and Hell’s Kitchen gradually slipping out of control. The question is, when his back is against the wall. just how far will Daredevil go to get back what is his? Plus: a special episode focusing on Daredevil’s best friend, Foggy Nelson. Spinning out of the stunning finale of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s ground-breaking run, Brubaker and Lark pick up the billy club and run as hard and as fast as they can to leave their own mark on one of comics’ most enduring legends.

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 1

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Written by Ed Brubaker
Art by Paul Azaceta, Lee Bermejo, Gene Colan, Marko Djurdjevic, Michael Lark, Alex Maleev, John Romita Jr., Bill Sienkiewicz, Lee Weeks
Cover by Marko Djurdjevic
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #94-105.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark continue their explosive run! Everything Matt Murdock thought he’d gotten back teeters on the edge of a precipice, ready to shatter all around him, as he fights a battle on both fronts of his life — in the courtroom and on the rooftops of Hell’s Kitchen! And with the post-CIVIL WAR fallout all around him, the price of being Daredevil just got even higher. Nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Penciler-Inker Team!

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Written by Ed Brubaker, Ann Nocenti, Greg Rucka
Art by David Aja, Paul Azaceta, Michael Lark, Clay Mann, Tonci Zonjic
Cover by Marko Djurdjevic
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #106-119 and #500.

Critically acclaimed, award-winning creators Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark conclude their explosive run! The Hand is back in New York, and Lady Bullseye is in league with them! The Kingpin has also returned, forging a surprising pact with Daredevil to target the ninja cult — but what is the former crime boss’s true plan? Plus: An old friend brings Matt Murdock the last-minute appeal of a Marvel villain sitting on death row. What will he do when confronted with a convicted bad guy who’s completely innocent? Nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Continuing Series, Best Writer and Best Penciler-Inker Team!

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & Michael Lark Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing

Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art by Kano, Brian Denham, Nic Klein, Nick Percival, Javier Saltares
Cover by Kaare Andrews
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Collects Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing #1-4.

Biochemist Ted Sallis and his team are on a mission: To recreate the serum that spawned the world’s first super-soldier. But like the swamp itself, there are dangers lurking beneath the surface. Ted’s partner Eric, his girlfriend Ellen, the government, terrorists – everyone wants what Ted has, but what Ted doesn’t realize is that the swamp itself may want him! A radical re-imagining of the Man-Thing’s origin begins here, in a horror-tinged tale narrated by Digger, keeper of the Tower of Shadows!

Dead of Night Featuring Man-Thing

Netflix Delivers a Look at The Old Guard

Forever is harder than it looks. Led by a warrior named Andy (Charlize Theron), a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries with a mysterious inability to die have fought to protect the mortal world for centuries. But when the team is recruited to take on an emergency mission and their extraordinary abilities are suddenly exposed, it’s up to Andy and Nile (Kiki Layne), the newest soldier to join their ranks, to help the group eliminate the threat of those who seek to replicate and monetize their power by any means necessary.

The film is based on the comic series from Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández and published by Image Comics and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, The Old Guard is a gritty, grounded, action-packed story that shows living forever is harder than it looks.

Coming to Netflix on July 10.

You can read the first issue for free.

Netflix Reveals a Look at Charlize Theron in Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández’s The Old Guard

Netflix has released our first look at Charlize Theron who leads a group of mercenaries in The Old Guard. The film is based on the comic series from Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández and published by Image Comics. It comes to Netflix on July 10. The film is directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood and also features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Harry Melling, and Kiki Layne.

The Old Guard is the story of soldiers who never die and are trapped in an immortality without explanation.

The comic series debuted in February 2017 with the first volume running for five issues. It was followed up with a second volume that debuted in December 2019, running five issues as well, and is set to wrap up July 15.

You can read the first issue for free.

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