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The Comics Alternative

The Comics Alternative is weekly podcast focusing on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. (There's nothing wrong with superhero comics. We just want to do something different.) New podcast episodes become available every Wednesday and include reviews of graphic novels and current ongoing series, discussions of upcoming comics, examinations of collected editions, in-depth analyses of a variety of comics texts, and spotlights on various creators and publishers. The Comics Alternative also produces "special feature" programs, such as shows specifically dedicated to creator interviews, webcomics, on-location events, and special non-weekly themes and topics.


Aug 29, 2018

Time Codes:

  • 00:00:26 - Introduction
  • 00:02:36 - Setting a James Bond context
  • 00:04:59 - A discussion of the James Bond comics published by Dynamite Entertainment
  • 00:59:59 - Wrap up
  • 01:01:43 - Contact us


This week's episode of The Comics Alternative is special. Gwen and Derek devote their entire show to the the James Bond comics that have been coming out from Dynamite Entertainment for the past few years. They begin the show by sharing some of their own experiences with the James Bond franchise and how much it was a part of their childhoods. Then they get into the core of the show, discussing the eight James Bond trades, along with the recent six-issue The Body, that have been released since 2016. While they are unable to talk in detail about all of the works -- after all, there's a lotto cover -- they nonetheless provide a broad overview of the various elements, themes, and styles that define Dynamite's James Bond, plunging into deeper readings whenever possible. The various works they cover, along with the creators and years of trade publication, include:

  • Vargr– Warren Ellis and Jason Masters   2016
  • Eidolon– Warren Ellis and Jason Masters  2017
  • Hammerhead– Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida  2017
  • Black Box– Benjamin Percy and Ralph Lobosco. 2017
  • Felix Leiter– James Robinson and Aaron Campbell. 2017
  • Kill Chain– Andy Diggle and Luca Casalanguida  2018
  • Casino Royale– Van Jensen and Dennis Calero  2018
  • Case Files– Various creators (including the one-shots Service, Moneypenny, Solstice, and M)  2018
  • The Body– Ales Kot and various artists  2018