Youth Culture Killed My Dog, Episode 5: I Don’t Want to Insult Machiavelli

In the fifth episode of Youth Culture Killed My Dog, Roy Rogers, Christopher Fannon, and Jeff Kusterbeck discuss the latest news and reviews in American pop-culture – comics, movies, and television. Over the course of two hours our topics include: True Detective, Captain Marvel #1 from Marvel, the recent Marvel movie universe special on ABC, Diablo 3 and its upcoming new expansion Reaper of Souls, the upcoming Fargo television show, and a spoiler filled preview of the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones.YCKMD_WORDS_FOR_INTERNET_USE

As we are just getting this podcast started we ask for patience as we work out technical and editing issues with our audio.

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Detailed show-notes are available below. We welcome comments, questions, and feedback there or by email or at yckmdpodcast@gmail.com. You can also subscribe, review, or comment on this podcast on iTunes. Thank you for checking out Youth Culture Killed My Dog and keep listening! Read the rest of this entry »

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Youth Culture Killed My Dog, Episode 3: Holding Up the Discourse

In the third episode of Youth Culture Killed My Dog, Roy Rogers, Christian Brown, and Jeff Kusterbeck belatedly discuss yesterday’s news and reviews in American pop-culture – comics, movies, and television. Topics in this particularly rambly outing include the Super Bowl trailers for both Captain America and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Dan Snyder’s response to the racism of the name of Washington’s football club, Thor 2, Iron Man 2, Ms. Marvel #1 and Loki: Agent of Asgard #1, and the various storytelling problems of Stan Lee and Steven Moffat. YCKMD_WORDS_FOR_INTERNET_USE

As we are just getting this podcast started we ask for patience as we work out technical and editing issues with our audio.

We must particularly apologize for this lateness and strange audio blips of this episode. We recorded at the beginning of February by the episode was held up by audio and post-production issues. We promise to be better, loyal listeners, in March.

You can click here to listen to the mp3 in a new window or right-click to download and save for later. You can also subscribe or listen to the episode through our iTunes feed.

Detailed show-notes are available below. We welcome comments, questions, and feedback there or by email or at yckmdpodcast@gmail.com. You can also subscribe, review, or comment on this podcast on iTunes. Thank you for checking out Youth Culture Killed My Dog and keep listening!

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“Well, I don’t hang out with him. He hangs out with ME!”

Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction & David Aja et al. (Marvel Comics, 2013)
Hawkeye: Little Hits by Matt Fraction & David Aja et al. (Marvel Comics, 2013)
Young Avengers: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillian & Jamie McKelvie et al. (Marvel Comics, 2013)

I never thought that Kate Bishop would be a great character. All I remember about her from my increasingly foggy memory of the original Young Avengers series was her strange code-name issues (Hawkeye? Mockingbird? Hawkingbird?) and that her origin employs the always classy rape-as-character-building trope.[1] Bishop’s recent appearances, however, have proved me wrong.

Seldom do artifacts of popular culture live up to their recommendations but Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye does.  The pitch is straightforward – these are the monthly adventures of Clinton Barton (the classic Hawkeye) and Bishop when they aren’t off saving the world as (Young) Avengers. This gives the book just the right tone; largely done-in-one action romps with enough character development to keep the reader turning the page. Most of the stories take place in-or-around Barton’s Bed-Stuy apartment.[2] This move has the added benefit of detethering the book (largely) from current Marvel continuity.[3]

Fraction makes more than a few creative decisions that really make Hawkeye sing. By casting Kate as the skilled-optimist superhero partner and foil to Clint’s dour-but-skilled Avenger instead of simply as Barton’s sidekick gives the book a fresh energy.[4] You have a non-romantic man-female pair of superheroes operating as equals – something (not particularly) oddly rare in the superhero genre. While nominally this is Barton’s book with each passing issue it is clear that Fraction intends for Hawkeye to equally be Bishop’s book as well. Credit here must go, as well, to David Aja’s smart designs. He’s given all of the characters (but especially Kate[5]) very streamlined and modern designs, but not so modern that they’ll be a pain to look at in three years.

I cannot recommend Fraction and Aja’s Hawkeye enough. That book, however, isn’t the only comic book featuring Kate Bishop on a regular basis.

There’s Young Avengers. Read the rest of this entry »