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Wormwood Gentleman Corpse

Season 4, Ep. 66

Episode 66


Greetings, Explorers! Our third episode of the 2020 Summer Special has risen! The gang takes a look at Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse – Issue 1: Birds, Bees, Blood & Beer by writer and artist Ben Templesmith. The series was first published in 2017 by IDW. Birds, Bees, Blood & Beer is the first volume of the Wormwood: Gentlemen Corpse series.

Wormwood and his entourage are introduce in this first story. In addition to Wormwood, there is Trotsky, a ghost cop who can’t leave Earth until his case load is solved. Next, there is Pendulum, Wormwood’s drinking buddy and a Rasputin look-a-like. Finally, there is Phoebe, who has the ability to turn her tattoos into weapons. The team is pulled together when Cthulhu-like creatures “burst” onto the scene and start killing people.


Dennis, Johnnny, and guest host Jake start off discussing if the character of Phoebe is a Manic Pixie Dream Girl or not. Furthermore, they discuss the possible story and art influences of H.P. Lovecraft, Sam Raimi, and H.R. Giger. Finally, they look at possibly the worst design ever for a Batmobile.

Further topics include Wormwoods possible hook up with a tentacle beast; the appreciation for when world-building is done well; a few of the other influences on the book; and last, but not least, the storytelling and art of Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse – Issue 1: Birds, Bees, Blood & Beer

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