MK Ultra Ch. 2 – Saga and the Tao of BKV

In this podcast, Matt and Khemit use the comic book Saga as a backdrop to discuss writer Brian K Vaughn, his various works, and the state of the comic book industry as a whole. Seasoned throughout with delicious tangents, you will also find the usual candid reflections on, and solid recommendations of other stories and creators to explore.

Timestamp Recap:

(01:37) General thoughts on BKV

(05:22) General thoughts on Saga

(11:45) Saga & the serialized storytelling phenomenon

(16:17) BKV: storytelling, characters & tropes

(19:20/24:31) Thoughts on Ex Machina

(34:08) The balance of art and writing in comics

(41:07) Thoughts on Paper Girls

(42:55) The social and political drivers of comic success (and some Mark Millar bashing)

(49:35) Thoughts on Runaways

(52:55) What ever happened to Brian Michael Bendis?

(54:39) The Marvel comic conundrum


Stories Discussed:

Comics – Saga, Y: The Last Man, Runaways, Ex Machina, The Private Eye, Barrier, Paper Girls

Anime/Manga – Excel Saga, Hawkeye


Dis/Honorable Mention:

Creators – Robert Kirkman, Rick Remender, Aaron Sorkin, Marcos Martin, Fiona Staples, Ryan Ottley, Ed Brubaker, Alan Moore, Matt Fraction, Mark Millar, Brian Michael Bendis, Garth Ennis

Comics – Pride of Baghdad, The Walking Dead, Spider-Man, Low, Gotham Central, Sex Criminals, Hawkeye, Ultimate X-Men, Powers, Ultimate Spider-Man, Alias, Jessica Jones, Invincible Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Old Man Logan, Infamous Iron Man

TV – The West Wing, Stranger Things, Runaways

Movies – 28 Days Later

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