Join Dennis and Johnny (Frankie is off-world, defending our universe) as they review Queen of Kenosha. The graphic novel was written by Howard Shapiro, art by Erica Chan, and published by Animal Media Group. Queen of Kenosha takes place in Greenwich village in the early 1960s. A young woman named Nina Overstreet, a talented folk singer, ends up being recruited by a top secret group to stop the Fourth Reich from taking over America.
In this episode of the podcast Dennis and Johnny discuss the odds of a champion biathlete/karate expert-turned-folk singer being recruited to be part of clandestine spy group; the strange playlist of songs that kick off each chapter; the numerous job titles that character; the secret, yet not-so-secret, organization that Jimmy/Nick and Frank joined to take down Neo-Nazis; the often confusing decisions made by the characters put in charge of taking down Neo-Nazis; why Jimmy/Nick blindly follows Frank; the possibilities for friction between Nina’s budding musical career and her involvement with her spy career that never happen; how Nina missed a family member’s political leanings; and last but not least, the storytelling and art of Queen of Kenosha.
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Songe d’Automne by Latche Swing
Tonight Will Be Fine (Leonard Cohen cover) by The Walkmen