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The Umbrella Podcademy: “Valhalla”
Things get seriously funked up as we recap The Umbrella Academy Season 2, Episode 5 “Valhalla” on our podcast. Luther eats a ton of eggs, nobody eats tacos, and Five has a showdown with Lila. Plus Vanya hits a roadblock in her relationship with Sissy. SUBSCRIBE TO THE UMBRELLA PODCADEMY ON RSS, with more to come. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER, INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK. SUPPORT OUR SHOWS ON PATREON. The post The Umbrella Podcademy: “Valhalla” appeared first on Comic Book Club.
51 minutes | 2 days ago
The Stack: The Other History Of The DC Universe And More
On this week’s Stack podcast: The Other History of the DC Universe #1 DC Comics Story by John Ridley Layouts by Giuseppe Camuncoli Finishes by Andrea Cucchi Monstress: Talk Stories #1 Image Comics Written by Marjorie Liu Illustrated by Sina Takeda Power Pack #1 Marvel Written by Ryan North Art by Nico Leon The Department of Truth #3 Image Comics Written by James Tynion IV Art by Martin Simmonds Dark Nights: Death Metal The Multiverse Who Laughs #1 DC Comics Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Patton Oswalt, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, Saladin Ahmed, and Brandon Thomas Art by Juan Gedeon, Chad Hardin, Scot Eaton, and Thomas Mandrake Nailbiter Returns #7 Image Comics Written By Joshua Williamson Art by Mike Henderson Daredevil #24 Marvel Written by Chip Zdarsky Pencils by Mike Hawthorne Undiscovered Country #10 Image Comics Written by Scott Snyder & Charles Soule Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli & Leonardo Marcello Grassi An Unkindness of Ravens #3 BOOM! Studios Written by Dan Panosian Illustrated by Marianna Ignazzi The Last God #10 DC Comics Created and written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art by Riccardo Federici Chu #5 Image Comics Written by John Layman Art by Dan Boultwood X-Men #15 Marvel Written by Jonathan Hickman Art by Mahmud Asrar Excalibur #15 Marvel Written by Tini Howard Art by Mahmud Asrar and Stefano Caselli X of Swords: Destruction #1 Marvel Written by Jonathan Hickman and Tini Howard Art by Pepe Larraz The Scumbag #2 Image Comics Written by Rick Remender Art by Andrew Robinson SUBSCRIBE ON RSS, ITUNES, ANDROID, SPOTIFY, STITCHER OR THE APP OF YOUR CHOICE. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER, AND FACEBOOK. SUPPORT OUR SHOWS ON PATREON. This week’s show is sponsored by the Just Been Revoked podcast. Full Episode Transcript: Alex: What is up, everybody? Welcome to The Stack. I’m Alex. Justin: I’m Justin. Pete: I’m Pete. Alex: And at The Staff we talk about a bunch of comics that came out this week, and we’re going to kick it off with a big one, The Other History Of The DC Universe #1 from DC Comics. Story by John Ridley, layouts by Giuseppe Cammuncoli, finishes by Andrea Cucchi. You could probably figure it out by the title here as well as the cover, but this is obviously an alternate look at the DC Universe mostly through the eyes of Black Lightning, at least in this first issue. We’ll see where it goes in subsequent issues. Alex: As he slowly works through his career, sees himself and other characters of color kind of pushed to the side of the DC Universe in favor of other characters like Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, learn something about himself, learn something about history. And mostly it’s told through the images of course, but also told through prowess. Alex: I don’t think there’s really any dialogue whatsoever in this issue other than the what’s told in the narration boxes. I thought this was pretty stunning, and almost across, this is probably too reductive, but across between a new frontier and the truth in a certain way. Justin: Oh yeah. Alex: What did you guys think about this book? Pete: I thought it was really touching, very powerful, moving, which was great. I really love the little Halloween thing, that was beautiful. Yeah, I was really happy to see this comic. I’m glad that this comic was made. It’s a long time coming and I hope we get to see more of this. This is just great storytelling. Justin: Yeah. I mean, just the format, the art is so nice. It feels like such a statement. It feels like such a … It sort of has this silver age vibe to it, which I think gives it this historical precedent. It just feels so like something that will be on the shelf and in the conversation for a long time. Justin: And then like the otherness of it, like the way that Black Lightning story keeps getting told with the Justice League and the Glacier Heroes as a counterpoint, I think is really interesting. And like you said, Alex, the fact that he and just all the other black superheroes and black characters in this book get shoved to the side throughout, you really feel it throughout and feel that drive for what makes Black Lightning, Black Lightning. Alex: I cannot even imagine what it is like to read this book as a comic fan of color necessarily, obviously because I am white. But speaking as a white comic book reader, it is very hard to read from the perspective of Black Lightning looking at the other characters. And I don’t know if you have this feeling, but I’m reading this and I’m like, “But Superman is not like that. That’s not what Superman is like. That’s not Batman.” I felt these walls kind of building in me of- Pete: Whoa. Look at you, you felt attacked. Alex: … Well, not attacked. Attacked is absolutely the wrong word, but this feeling of trying to wrap your brain around how somebody else feels about these sort of things is hard to do, and that’s I think part of the point of the book. Because by the end you do get Jefferson Pierce starting to understand a little bit more of the wider world, bring down some of those walls himself and accept these things while still understanding that his experience is ultimately going to be intrinsically different from a lot of other characters in this universe. Alex: So it really brings you in, in that way as well. And like you said, Pete, there are multiple times I got choked up, just almost hitched, like is the best word for it, when something just snuck up on you in the book, these moments of strong emotion throughout, which I was very surprised about. And then the other thing you were mentioning about the art, Justin, it feels almost Neal Adams-like to me without being exaggerated, which I thought was kind of neat. Justin: Yeah, totally agree. It’s a great book. And there I think there are what, four more issues? And this is coming up bimonthly, I want to say? Pete: We can’t wait. Alex: Yeah, I’m very curious. I haven’t read ahead about it, but I’m very curious to see whether it follows Black Lightning story throughout, which would make sense. And it’s essentially a Black Lightning book, or if it’s going to switch perspectives in nature too. Justin: I think it jumps around a little bit and touches on different characters. Another thing about this, the amount of continuity that is touched on here, and really owning it when it’s like some of it is ridiculous, but really making it a part of this very real story I think is great. There’s this Reagan pin with the Watchmen blood splatter on it, which I thought was very cool. Pete: Yeah. Alex: Great book. Definitely pick this one up. Next up, Monstress: Talk Stories #1 from Image Comics, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda. I’d admit I have not read Monstress in a while, even though I really enjoy this book. The art is consistently gorgeous. Plus it takes place at in a fantasy world with some half personas, I guess I would call them. Pete: Yeah, nice. Alex: Yeah, absolutely. Pete: Great use of that word, that just came up. That was really organic and natural. Alex: Thank you so much, Pete. I really appreciate it. Justin: Tip of the tongue. Alex: In this book, we find a backstory on one of the characters. It’s sweet, it’s sad, it’s harry. The character designs are great. I like this book quite a bit. What did you guys think? Justin: I agree, I like this a lot. There’s some fun cooking. The cooking is really used as a great moment in this story. And this reminded me, I mean, it’s such a … When I was a kid, first, the sort of furry ears on a human head was in Super Mario Brothers 3. That was the first time I encountered that. And to know that, that’s such a thing, I was like, “What an interesting thing.” And to know that such a thing in Manga and everything was a revelation. Alex: And now here we are, three guys sitting in our own Tanooki Suits recording a podcast. Pete: Wow. Justin: 100%. Pete: Yeah. Justin: Metaphor. Pete: Well, they bring up an interesting question. What’s your favorite meal you’ve ever had? I mean, I think that’s a great question to kind of put out there. And also I- Justin: Yeah, I guess what garbage plate do you like the most? Pete: … Also the art and the storytelling is really superb. It is very- Justin: Art is great. Pete: … complicated, kind of cool story that we’re kind of thrown into here, and it’s really cool. Alex: Let’s move on and talk about Power Pack #1 from Marvel- Pete: Okay, yeah. Very good. Alex: … written by Ryan North. Pete: You can ignore my question, that’s cool. Alex: Oh, you were asking about- Justin: Favorite meal? Alex: … best meal we ever had? Pete: Favorite meal you’ve ever had. Yeah. Alex: Favorite meal? Did you offer up your favorite meal or did Justin just say garbage plate and you’re like, “Yeah, fuck you.”? Pete: No, Justin just made a joke about garbage plates, but nobody’s answered it yet. Alex: Oh, okay. Justin: Do you want me to go? Alex: No, I can go. On my honeymoon, we went to- Justin: Woohoo. Alex: … Yeah, on my honeymoon. We went to London and Paris. And particularly in Paris, we were like, “We’re not going to look at any guidebooks, we’re going to wing it. We’re just going to like … We’re not going to make any reservations, we’re just going to wander around, we’re going to find places.” And we consistently made the worst choices in terms of restaurants, just like absolutely … Just the tourist trap and just not good spots, and it was obvious- Pete: The [inaudible 00:07:42] of Paris. Alex: … as soon as we sat there, we were like, “Oh, no, this is bad.” One of the last days- Justin: I heard Paris TGI Friday’s is actually one of the best ones. Alex: Yeah, they actually call it TGI Friday’s. Justin: Yeah, wow. Alex: I couldn’t think of any other French words. Pete: In other words, he wouldn’t have done that. Alex: [inaudible 00:08:00] Friday’s. Justin: Yeah. Alex: Anyway, so yeah, we were having a great time, but eating not great food, which you would expect in Paris. And one of the last days, one of the things that we really liked to do was just get some lunch and sit down at the Lourve in the park outside, which is this beautiful park and just eat the lunch. And we stumbled across this place called Maison de la Truffe, which is a ridiculously expensive black truffle restaurant. Alex: And everything in there, insanely expensive. We could not afford to sit down and eat, but they had a to go thing outside. And the cheapest thing that they had was a baguette with some truffle butter and sausage on it, and then a tiny little thing of champagne, just like this big. Alex: And there was a sack of things which we called basically fancy combos, because they were essentially just little wafers with cheese inside. And we took those and sat at the Louvre, and had this meal, and it was the best meal I had in Paris hands down. But also one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Just everything was ridiculously delicious. There you go. Justin: That’s a great answer. I’m going to- Pete: And you’re still married to this day? Alex: No, we got divorced. That was my first wife. Pete: Aw, my bad. Justin: The French woman he married for lunch. Alex: Hey, people married for all sorts of reasons. Justin: It’s true. Alex: Lunch is- Justin: Lunch is a good one. Alex: … Yeah. Justin: Yeah. Your eyes are bigger than your stomach maritally. I’m going to give it up for my mom’s taco dip. Very good. But just as- Alex: I’m also going to give it up for your mom’s taco dip. Pete: Oh my God, what just happened? Justin: … Wow. Pete: Oh my God. Justin: But I’ll go international as well as Alex. I was in Japan. I was traveling by myself, and I was hiking. I got off the Shinkansen bullet train right near Mount Fuji and just wandered around. It was January, it was very cold. I was not dressed appropriately. There was a guy who was selling some sort of soup at a stand, just like on this side road. Got that soup, ate it sitting on a rock, great meal. Alex: Nice. Pete: Wow. Nice. Alex: Pete. Pete: I’ll share too a travel one, the regulation one. Justin: Regulation. Pete: There is this seafood place outside of Pawleys Island in South Carolina, and it’s called Frank’s. I don’t think it’s there any longer. And they named it Frank’s because three chefs went in to create this restaurant, and one of the chefs name was Frank. And when it was time to sign the deal, this guy Frank completely disappeared and left them, but they started the restaurant anyway. Pete: And they had this amazing blackened mahi mahi. And in the kind of bar area, where we were hanging out as a family, I played my dad for my dinner in this little ring game, it’s like a giant ring attached to a fish line. And I won the game and I got to order anything I wanted off the menu. So it was pretty cool, and it was really delicious. I don’t know if it was extra good because I won, but it was really quite good. Justin: Yeah, I think the meal you had that day was victory. Pete: Yes. But in Costa Rica, I had gone through a lot of crazy events where I was dating this person, or I wasn’t dating, we were kind of there together on this trip. And then she got robbed, and then I went to go meet up with my other friends and we went on this kind of tour of the sanctuary, and these monkeys robbed this couple that I was with, and I had to … They were going to kind of pay for me for a little bit, because I was low on funds, I’d spent a lot of money early drinking. You know what that’s like, Justin? Justin: Yeah. Get the all inclusive. Pete: Yeah. And so I was kind of just I had nothing to do, so I was just kind of walking around Costa Rica, and I stumbled across this place called the Sunset Hotel. And I walked around the corner, and there as the sun is setting is this Italian dude, and I was like … I walked around the corner and this guy goes, “Hey, how you doing?” and he made me a fresh pizza and it was phenomenal. Alex: Man, there were so many different places that story could have gone. I was not predicting the end of it. Justin: Costa Rican pizza. Alex: There was a point where I thought maybe your thing was going to be you ate the monkeys for vengeance. Pete: Oh, wow. Justin: Yeah. Pete: I’m not [crosstalk 00:12:53] Justin: The meal you had that day was vengeance. Pete: Yes. Alex: I think that reviews that comic book. Pete: Yeah. Justin: Definitely. Alex: Next step, Power Pack #1 from Marvel, written by Ryan North, art by Nico Leon. This is how you get to the much bladed outlawed event where all the teen heroes in the Marvel Universe are not allowed to practice superheroism. But it’s also bring back together Power Pack for the first time in a while, in their new iterations. Alex: I do think very smartly they age them down quite a bit in this book. They’ve been aged up to be like, “We’re cool teens, and some of us are adults and it’s a little unclear.” Bring them back to basics while not ignoring the continuity is very smart. And this Ryan North is very funny, it’s fun, it feels like a old Power Pack. It’s better and winky throughout. I enjoy this book quite a bit, but I’m also definitely in the tank for it. What was your guys’ takes? Pete: My favorite part is, “We interrupt this broadcast of jazz for middle-class dinner parties to bring you breaking news.” That was really funny. Justin: Ryan North is a funny writer, it’s great to see him on this book. I put him in the same bucket as Mark Russell. As like anytime you see them on the book, it’s consistently funny, which is hard. Alex: Yeah. Yes. Justin: Sorry I interrupted you, Pete. You can finish your view. Alex: No, that was the only positive thing Pete wanted to say. Justin, what did you think about this one? Justin: No, I loved it. It was great, super fun. Power Pack kids are fun, especially with the comedic angle. The art is very good. I’m curious how this outline event is going to play out. It does feel super disjointed. And it’s sort of the same thing over and over again where these teen heroes suddenly are arrested, so I feel like this will be a fun version of it. Alex: Yes, I agree. Next step, The Department of Truth #3 from Image Comics, written by James Tynion IV, art by Martin Simmonds. This issue we’re continuing to follow our conspiracy fighters, is I guess what we can call them. Basically conspiracy theories aren’t real, but if you believe hard enough, they will become real. In this one, they’re tackling gun control and crisis actors, and false flags and things like that. And man, it’s very well done, very hard to read at points. But just like the main characters find it themselves, there’s a lot of conflicting emotions that go on here, I think. Justin: I love this book so much. I agree with you completely, Alex. And this issue especially, there’s so much reality in this comic. And the hard part is I don’t know how many people who read this know about all these conspiracy theories, and the insanity that is spun around them. This one I happen to know a lot about, because I worked on a show called The Opposition with Jordan Klepper, which was about this … Justin: Jordan was playing this conspiracy-driven host, and so we dealt a lot in this world. And Alex Jones who this book is, this issue is sort of like drawing upon, who’s like a very bad grifter person. We had to do so much paying attention to him as he descended into this madness. So this was especially, I was like reliving all of the actual news stories that were happening back like three, four years ago. Pete: Yeah, this is really cool. It’s very interesting. Artistically, it’s really, really impressive what they’re doing here with the different art styles meshing. It is a little tough to kind of understand what is happening a little bit. But I didn’t appreciate the kind of like, “Oh, I took improv classes, so I’m good at lying,” I thought that was a little heartbreaking, but- Alex: Just to clarify what’s happening is, probably as far as we can tell in real life, this woman’s son was killed in a school shooting. Then this organization, Black Hat, which we don’t know why, but it’s a tease that we’re going to find out a lot more next issue, is trying to make conspiracy theories come to life. Alex: They drop off a film that whether it’s a fabricated or it’s real or whatever it is that seems to convince this woman that not only is her son alive, but she may actually be an actor who was an improv actor, so the entire thing was faked, and it starts to change the reality around her. She doesn’t know what’s real and she doesn’t know what’s fake. And what I think it does really nicely emotionally, particularly through the art, as you mentioned, is it plays on this idea of this fractured psyche that I imagine you’re going through when you deal with unimaginable tragedy like the death of a child. Pete: Yeah. Justin: Yeah. And the fact that the premise of the book that this group is able to manifest these conspiracy theories when she gets this flash drive with these facts, these alternative facts on them. This book is so smart, it’s so current, it’s just one of my favorites on the stands right now. Alex: What happens when a robotic overlord in prisons a rant god and a humble narcissist, you get this week sponsor of comic book club, The Just Been Revoked Podcast. Join Chris G., Tom legacy and Mr. Rhace, as they discuss the origins, the ends and everything in between of all things film. Episodes are released weekly on Apple, Spotify, and all other major podcast platforms. Alex: Looking for a film podcast that has fun and doesn’t take things too seriously, then check them out at justbeenrevoked.com. Let’s move on and talk about Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Multiverse Who Laughs #1 from DC Comics, written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Patton Oswalt, Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, Saladin Ahmed and Brandon Thomas. Art by Juan Gedeon, Chad Hardin, Scott Eaton and Thomas Mandrake. Alex: This is anthology that Robin King is telling, basically saying, “Blah, blah, blah. You’ve heard all of these dark versions of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman before. How about a couple of other dark multiverses? What would you think about that?” So we get to see three of them in this book. What did you think about this comic? Pete: Well, it’s a collection of stories. Some of them are a little better than others, but it’s fun. It’s like The Coming King and all that kind of stuff. I thought that it’s interesting enough. It’s definitely turning it up, like the Dark Metal stuff has been doing, so Death Metal stuff has been doing. I thought this was kind of a cool a book to put out as far as like, “Hey, we’re going to kind of let some other writers do some stuff on this,” and yeah. Justin: Yeah, it’s a good mix. I really liked the first bit, the Scott Snyder sort of just bucket of random worlds where bad things happen to our favorite heroes. And the Patton Oswalt story I thought was great. Fun sort of Mr. Zsasz, right, is he villain here? And what it’s like for him trying to be the cool villain in Arkham, and the consequences of that was. It was cool. Alex: This is definitely in my mind one of the lesser books in this event, everything else feels so necessary and interconnected. I love the idea of having else worlds that follow not the big three, that follow just more side stories, and I’d love to see more of that. But overall, I thought this comic book was fine. I think to your point, I liked the Robin King stuff. I thought Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner of course put together a fun story. But just so you know- Pete: They usually do. Alex: What? They usually do. Pete: They usually do. Alex: But it does not feel like something you’d necessarily need to read to understand the main act. Justin: It’s a little bit of the lighter side. Pete: Yeah, it’s just a fun- Alex: Yes, exactly. Pete: … Yeah, it’s a fun collection of ideas and stories- Justin: It’s like a little Dave Barry novel. Alex: Great. That’s what I’d say as well. Nailbiter Returns #7 from Image Comics, written by Joshua Williamson, art by Mike Henderson. Here were literally getting into the beat of the issue as they delve further into Buckaroo, into this game that’s being played by the new Buckaroo Butchers. And we get a bunch of psychedelic stuff, a trip to the past, some revelations, some promise of future revelations. I’m really enjoying what they did with this series, and it feels entirely different from what they did with the previous one. Justin: Yeah. Pete: Yeah, I agree. I think it’s really creative, the art’s fantastic. They do such a good job of pulling you into this world and kind of like with their storytelling, and I just was really impressed with this. It does a good enough job or moving the story enough where you know a little bit about what’s happening to kind of follow along and not feel like, “I don’t get it.” It walks that kind of crazy line really well. But man, just the art and the characters are just insane in all the right ways. The use of blood rain and then that skull who’s just like puking blood on the pyramid is just insane. Justin: Yeah, I love the sort of dream sequence aspect of this book, it feels so deliberate to become right now, sort of seeding out a bunch of wild ideas that then they can call upon going forward. The art’s so good. I’ve been a huge fan of Birthright also by Joshua Williamson, and this feels like if you read that and haven’t read Nailbiter, it’s definitely worth getting in on Nailbiter. Pete: Ah man, that’s what I should’ve said for that lock and key question. Alex: On the live show? Pete: Birthright would have been great. Yeah. Alex: Messed up, man. Messed up. Next step, this is what I put on the stack to make Pete feel a little bit better. Daredevil #24 from Marvel, written by Chip Zdarsky, pencils by Mike Hawthorne. Pete, you’re not in your head. No. Do you not feel better after this comic book? Pete: Well, this is a rough issue, man. I was so excited that we got Daredevil in our stack, but then of course it’s a sad issue and I was like, “Oh, well, this is why his album put this in.” Alex: No, 100% not. Pete: Foggy is fighting and- Alex: Foggy is bad at his job. What’s different about the usual? It feels like pretty status quo for our man, Mr … Pete: No, this is not status quo. Also there’s too many people look like Daredevil. I don’t know what the fuck- Alex: It’s only one other than his twin. Pete: … is going on. Alex: Sure. Daredevil is on trial for murder, something that he is willingly doing. We also get, which I thought was interesting and I want to get your beat on, a Kingpin shower scene in this issue. How did you feel about that? That’s something fans have been asking for, for a long time. Pete: A long time. Justin: You got to truly see the Kingpin here. Pete: Oh boy. I mean, they always do that in the comics with the well-placed steam or fog- Justin: It’s a little fancy. Alex: I do that in my shower. Pete: … or whatever. I don’t see any of the- Justin: Yeah, in my shower, Foggy Nelson is standing in front of my genitals all the time. Pete: That’s smart. Alex: I thought this was really good and I loved where this ended up. Justin? Justin: I agree. Chip Zdarsky is really bringing all of the Daredevil characters that sort of have the most emotional stakes here together. You’ve got your Typhoid Mary, your Kingpin. We don’t see many other of Daredevil’s love interests, but only because they’re dead. But his current love interest, we see Elektra here, Foggy his, I guess, friend, frenemy in a lot of ways. Pete: Fuck you. That’s his friend [inaudible 00:24:52] Alex: I’m excited to see where this goes going forward, because it has the potential to really redefine the Marvel Universe. Justin: How do you feel about Daredevil wearing a suit and his costume? Alex: That’s pretty weird, right? Pete: Yeah, that was weird, right? Alex: Just like when Nightwing wears a mask over his mask, and I’m like, “Choose one, buddy. It’s fine.” Justin: Unnecessary for both. The suit over the suit feels, in a very serious issue, it feels goofy. Pete: Mm-hmm (affirmative). It does. Alex: Also, how much is he sweating? He’s got to stink real bad. Pete: Wow. Justin: Yes. Pete: Yeah. Well, I wonder if it’s like a fake turtleneck situation where he doesn’t have the full suit underneath. Justin: Keep the suit, just that top part. Alex: I thought that, I thought he was just wearing the mask, but he’s wearing the gloves as well. Pete: Oh, wow. Alex: It’s the full suit, man. Pete: Yeah. Justin: It’s the full suit. Alex: Yeah, double suit. Pete: Double suit is a lot. Justin: Slow down on the suits. Alex: Undiscovered Country- Pete: No double suit. Alex: … #10 from Image Comics, written by Scott Snyder and Charles Soule, art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi. In this issue, we find out a whole lot more about UNITY, the second zone of America, as well as what happened to the past as things rapidly start to fall apart there. It was a pretty horrific reveal at the end of the issue. It makes a lot of sense. This is great. And I think we’ve been saying this a lot about this arc, but I finally feel kind of like I understand what’s going out of this book and that makes me feel a lot better. Justin: And it’s interesting because I don’t quite know … The story is just as complex. There’s even more happening because our characters have split up a little bit. But what I think makes more sense is this arc is using more of like a metaphor in describing America. So I feel like that gives us a baseline to really understand how the different aspects are coming together. Alex: No, I mean, you’re absolutely right. I didn’t really think about it until you said it like that, but thinking about it was like, “What does Destiny, the first zone mean to me?” Well, join other men, ride on sharks. Versus here, the idea that everybody is joining together, finding unity through the shared belief in science. Yes, that works a lot better. It’s a lot easier to hook into even if it’s- Pete: Yeah, but there’s also giant whale sharks in here too. Alex: There’s still giant whale sharks. Justin: Yeah. That’s what I’m saying, there’s just as many crazy specifics- Alex: And also- Justin: … but it’s all under this one narrative line I feel like, it’s a little cleaner. Pete: Yeah, under one nation. I love the man-at-arms shout-out, a little He-Man love in there. That was just great. It was fun to see. Yeah, I do. With each issue, I become a little less confused, which is great. The art and the character designs are just phenomenal, great kind of like last page reveal. This continues to be a very interesting, very well done book. I’m just happy now that we’re kind of getting a little bit more of a grasp on what’s actually happening. Alex: I don’t want to call you out, Pete, but I feel like you’ve been confused about every issue that we’ve talked about in The Stack this week. Was there any we talked about that you were not confused about? Pete: Huh. Justin: We should say you got hit on the head with an anvil right before you read The Stack, right? Alex: Right. Pete: Oh, that’s true. You think that affects? Justin: You think that affects? Pete: I wasn’t affected by Chew. I was confused by Chew. Alex: Oh, okay. All right. Well, we’ll get to that one in a moment then, that’s good. An Unkindness of Ravens #3 from Boom! Studios, written by Dan Panosian and illustrated by Marianna Ignazzi. This is another one we’re getting to kind of the meat of everything that’s going on. We have a new kid- Pete: You’re really hungry. Alex: What? Pete: You’re really hungry. You keep talking about meat. Alex: Sweet, delicious, savory meat. Yeah. No, we’re getting to the heart of the issue. How about that? Is that better? Justin: I love eating hearts. Alex: There we go. Where we’re finding out more [crosstalk 00:28:44] about this town that our main character has moved to, the warring factions, what’s going on behind the scenes. I continue to really like this book. Justin: I agree. I said this on the live show this week, but this feels like such a … If you’re a fan of the Sabrina TV series on Netflix, which is not coming back for a little bit and you want something to fill the gap, this book is great. It also feels like a good, if you’re a fan of Lock and Key, which we talk about a lot, this feels like a nice spiritual successor to that book. Justin: It’s just the characters are really fun, the art is great. There’s this sense of dread hovering over everything. And I don’t really know … It’s hard to predict where their story’s going. It’s witchy in the right ways and sort of arty in the right ways as well. Pete: Yeah. Art’s great. It’s really fun. It’s kind of nice that we’re getting into this world and what’s going on. I think in a cool way that doesn’t make me frustrated or confused about what’s happening. But I think it’s very cool with hinting at what happens and then the kind of reveal. The whole part where we’re seeing these crows and then one is shot, and then we kind of get to see that. Really impressed with that. I think this is a very cool story. I’m excited to see how this is going to unfold, and whether or not it’s going to be like a really great comic that will hold up, stands the test of time. Alex: Well see. Next up, Last God #10 from DC Comics, written and created, written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, art by Ricardo Federici. This issue, we find out some big revelations about what happened back in the day at the Black Stair. We find out more about what’s happening in the present. And it looks like the bad things are coming for our heroes or maybe are already there. What did you think? Pete: Yeah. I mean, this really starts off amazing. We got some great actions, some cool ass dragon shit. Justin: Cool ass dragon shit. Pete: And then there’s a lot of talking, and then feelings and then stuff. But it starts off really good. I’m excited to see where this goes. I think this is a very creative cool book. Justin: I like this book a lot. The art is so lush and just beautifully done. It feels like a classic fantasy story. You’d get like one little drawing on the cover or something. This feels like it’s that full art and that same style for the whole story, which is great. And what I love about it it was really placed with the tropes of legacy and fantasy books where it’s like the great heroes from the past, and now it’s this generation’s turn to fight. And this says, oh, maybe what if the first generation wasn’t great, how does that influence everything? And it’s just a smart take and a beautiful book. Alex: I agree. Next step, the books that did not confuse Pete. Chew #5 from Image Comics, written by John Layman and art by Dan Boultwood. This is the end of the first arc here as the two Chews are facing down, all of Saffron’s crimes have been revealed. And things do not go necessarily how you might expect. Yes, Pete. Pete: What’s great is they picked up right where they left off last issue. This is not the worst than when you kind of build up to the standoff and then you cut away from it to have backstory or some shit. So this was really great- Alex: Was that you, Pete? Are the continuity police coming for you? Justin: Yeah. Pete: Yeah. Alex: Oh, shit. Book it. Justin: Get out of [inaudible 00:32:20]. They’re going to have a good questions that I think he might be confused about answering. Let me be honest. Alex: Oh, boy. Pete: Yeah, I like this. This is great kind of standoff, brother, sister stuff. This is really cool. Art is fantastic. And it’s nice because it still feels like in the two world- Alex: The Chew-universe. Pete: … and it also feels a little different. Justin: The Chew-universe. Good. Pete: Yeah, the Chew-universe. Also, did you guys see the … It looked like a country monkey riding a smoking lizard walking by when she got out of jail? Alex: No, I missed that. Justin: I think that was actually in your apartment beyond the edge of the comic book. Pete: No, it’s there. I had to double-check it. And also it looks like Sonic the Hedgehog was just shot outside the prison. It’s really cool if you look at the background stuff. Justin: RIP. Alex: Huh. Wow. Justin: I like this book a lot. I was not a Chew reader of the original series, and this is … I’m not a Chewer. Pete: Yeah, you weren’t a Chew head. Justin: I really like this though. It makes me want to go back and maybe read Chew, because this is very good, very fun. And I really like the character Saffron. The way that this story sort of positions the next move going forward, I think is great. Alex: I agree. Next up, we’re going to get into it here. We’re going to talk about our final X of Swords block as this big event. 22 part event is wrapped up here with three issues. Pete: Can we … Alex: What Pete? Pete: Can we just finish off this stack before we get into this giant argument here? Alex: Sure, we can jump ahead. I put the scumbag up last to space out the image comics, but let’s talk about the Scumbag #2 by Image Comics, written by Rick Remender- Pete: Okay, my bad. Alex: … art by Andrew Robinson. This is about the worst man of the world. He’s the only one who could save the world. We find out more about him and his powers. He injected himself with some stuff so he can save the world here. This is very much positioning that there is no right way to go as we have a terrible guy, who needs to stop some potentially more terrible guys from doing some terrible stuff. It’s just a fun book stuff. Just a fun book. Doing some light political commentary here. Justin: Yes. Pete: Yeah. Justin: So good. Rick Remender- Pete: Oh, go ahead. Justin: … writes people who fuck up better than anybody. This feels like a great successor to Fear Agent, one of Rick’s first books that we loved way back in the day. And the art by Andrew Robinson is so good, it’s so sort of 1970s animated, influenced, it feels like to me. And I think it’s just a fun book that has some real, like a lot of Remender’s book, has some real commentary underneath, a bunch of jokes and characters just screwing up. Pete: Yeah. It’s a lot of fun. The art is like gross, but also light. It’s really interesting the way they kind of walk this line of like you hate this guy, but you’re also rooting for him. Yeah, I think it’s very well done, very creative. Rick Remender does a fun balance of tripped out, but also not too tripped out, where you kind of feel like that’s all it’s doing. I’m just really impressed with … There’s a lot going on in this comic. There’s a lot being kind of dealt with, and it does it seamlessly in a way that’s fun and moving the story forward, and it doesn’t feel rushed. Yeah, I mean, I’m impressed with this book. I’m excited to see how Rick Remender is going to break our hearts with some of these characters, because he always does. And yeah, it will be fun to talk to him about this next week. Justin: Yes. Alex: Yeah, there you go. All right. For real now, we’re going to wrap up with our X of Swords block. X-Men #15 from Marvel, written by Jonathan Hickman and art by Mahmud Asrar. Excalibur #15 written by Tini Howard, art by Mahmud Asrar and Stefano Caselli. And finally, X of Swords or 10 of swords: Destruction #10, written by Jonathan Hickman and Tini Howard, art by Pepe Larraz. Alex: Now, before we talk about this, we should really talk about how hard everybody worked and how we never want to put down the amount of work that people put into it. They drew this, they wrote this, there were editors who we really like who worked on this, assistant editors, people who printed it, the staples were very nice in the book and somebody had to put them in there. Pete: Yeah, this came together fast, and they got it all done on time. There wasn’t any delays. It’s pretty impressive what they put together. Alex: There you go. And that’s our review of X of Swords. I like this event. I thought it was fun and good, and I love where it turned up. We talked about this before, but a lot of this was Saturnyne in the background, manipulating the situation to get into a place where she got almost everything that she wanted as we find out about the end. Alex: And the one thing that hitches me up a little bit is I don’t care about Otherworld that much, just as comics continuity and comic book fan. So having everything pivot on that, brought it down emotionally for me a little bit versus having a pivot on the X-Men themselves. 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On this week’s comic book review podcast: Captain America #25MarvelBy Ta-Nehesi Coates & Leonard KirkBack-up by Anthony Falcone and Michael Cho Rorschach #2DC ComicsWritten by Tom KingArt by Jorge Fornés Sea of Sorrows #1IDW PublishingWritten by Rich DouekArt and colors by Alex Cormack Marvel Indigenous Voices #1MarvelBy Jeffrey Verge, Rebecca Roanhorse, Darcie Little Badger, Stephen Graham Jones, Taboo & B. 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Culbard Stillwater #3Image ComicsWritten by Chip ZdarskyArt by Ramón K. Perez The Immortal Hulk #40MarvelWritten by Al EwingArt by Joe Bennett Big Girls #4Image ComicsStory & Art by Json Howard Widowmakers #1Story by Devin GraysonPencils and Inks by Michele Bandini Ice Cream Man #21Image ComicsWritten by W. Maxwell PrinceArt by Martín Morazzo X-Force #14MarvelWritten by Benjamin Percy and Gerry DugganArt by Joshua Cassara Hellions #6MarvelWritten by Zeb WellsArt by Carmen Carnero Cable #6MarvelWritten by Gerry DugganArt by Phil Noto SUBSCRIBE ON RSS, ITUNES, ANDROID, SPOTIFY, STITCHER OR THE APP OF YOUR CHOICE. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER, AND FACEBOOK. SUPPORT OUR SHOWS ON PATREON. Full Episode Transcript: Alex: What is up, everybody. Welcome to The Stack. I’m Alex. Justin: I’m Justin. Pete: I’m Pete Alex: And we have the pack stack for you today. We’ve got so many comics to talk about. Pete: [crosstalk 00:00:19] that there is a lot of comics on Stack’s before this. This is a whole another level of Stack. Justin: This is serious. Alex: I got a timer going, we’re going to do 25 seconds per comic. 100%. Definitely, no fat on this show is what I like to say [crosstalk 00:00:35]. Let’s cut all the X-Men book if you’re cutting fat. Come on. Justin: Those are nice and leam. Those are very fun. Yeah. They’re right in the right length. We will not do any sort of deviation, no tangents, for God’s sakes. Alex: No bits. Justin: No bits. Pete: Wow. Justin: Who’s got time for those. Alex: Nobody has time for bits. Speaking of bits, have you guys ever tried alphabets? Because that’s a good series, surprisingly. Pete: [crosstalk 00:01:02]. Justin: Yes. What I do is I start the day with alphabets, jump right into some alphabet soup for lunch, and then I have a dinner of my own choosing. Pete: Wow. That really fall off there at the end. Alex: Man. You’re on Alpha Watchers, right? Justin: That’s right [inaudible 00:01:19]. Alex: Let’s talk about, speaking of letters, specifically the letter A and whether it stands for France or not. Let’s talk about Captain America, number 25 for Marvel by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leonard Kirk, backup by Anthony Falcone and Michael Cho. It was a big anniversary issue for captain America. So I figured it was worth talking about, but this is right in the middle of a huge arc that they’ve been doing for this title for a while now, as captain America is basically fighting against all of his villains along with the daughters of Liberty, is that what the group is called? Justin: That is correct. Alex: Big things go down on this issue. I got to tell you, I liked the main story. I thought it was fine as part of the continuing story, but I thought the backup was real good. Justin: Yes. That’s when I was reading this, despite the fact that it is a number 25, the first story, I was like, “This is pretty good. This is just Ta-Nehisi Coates as both this Captain America and Black Panther is always writing sort of one uber story and so each arc is the next piece of that. I’ve been really enjoying this story and Captain America. But the backup story, I was like, “Yes, this is the real… It’s such a good… Just comment on what America is. It’s captain America speaking at a funeral for a guy he met in Red Hook at a diner and it’s just a great… It’s like a speech and it’s really- Pete: I got choked up during this comic. It was really great and really well done. I was really impressed. Alex: The art is very good. It’s very reminiscent of Darwin Cook in particular, I think- Justin: Yes. Alex: From Michael Cho and the story spans the history of Captain America. So if you’re looking for something anniversary-wise again, the first story, very good. It’s a good story. Ta-Nehisi Coates is a good writer. We know that. Justin: Great writer. Alex: Leonard Kirk is a great artist as well. So there’s good stuff going on there. But the backup is definitely where it’s at. Let’s move to another run, Rorschach, number two from DC Comics written by Tom King art by Ori Fornace. I think it’s fair to say we’re two issues in, and I still don’t know exactly what to expect personally from this title. I thought the story was fascinating, well laid out. The art is really good. I have no idea how any of this connects to anything yet, but I’m definitely on board for the ride. Justin: This felt almost like a standalone issue, which I think is odd as a second issue. So it’s a detective trying to track down this attempted assassination. In this issue, it’s the characters that we think are sort of the Rorschach and are the main characters of the subjects at least of this book are just sort of side characters in this. It’s about the mystery of a murder that happened in this building. I don’t know, I really liked it, but I agree with you, Alex. I felt it was an odd place to put an issue like this. Pete: I disagree, I think this a very interesting kind of like, who done it, I’m really liking how this is unfolding in a classic Kings fashion where we’re getting a little bit, each issue a little bit, trying to put together this bigger picture. Art’s unbelievable. Storytelling is really great. I really liked the voiceover stuff at the beginning and I think Rorschach is one of my favorite characters. So this is very interesting to kind of like, you get this story and to see how this is going to unfold. Alex: This is something that even while I’m reading it, I feel like my antenna is on wrong for it because I read it and I try not to do this when I’m reading it, because the story is good, the art is good, but I keep reading it as, okay, how does this connect to Watchman? How does this connect to Watchman the TV series? How does this connect-? Pete: Wow, that’s weird. Alex: Well, and it does Tom King said on Twitter, that it is in “the same universe”, because of course they’re seeing the same universe, but it’s not in the doomsday clock universe necessarily. It’s taking place in the same universe as the TV show. So I feel like I’m focusing on that too much [crosstalk 00:05:34]. Pete: Yeah. Why are you [crosstalk 00:05:36] harder on yourself. Alex: Well, this is what I’m saying, I am owning the fact that I’m reading this incorrectly, and it’s something that I feel like I’m going to have to read through and then go back and read again to really read it the right way once it’s a complete story personally. Justin: That’s fair. Alex, honestly, when it comes to antennas, you need to upgrade to a mental wirelessness so you can just not have to have this. Pete: Get the WiFi bro. Justin: Get the WiFi dude. Alex: It keeps going down though. I don’t know what’s going on. Let’s move on to another title. Sea of Sorrows number one from IDW Publishing written by Rich Douek, art and colors by Alex Cormack. Man, I loved this book. I thought this was so good. This is about a bunch of treasure hunters exploring a sunken sub. There is some weird stuff going on there. I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler because it’s on the cover or one of the covers, but there’s a weird bunch of stuff coming on there with potentially some mermaids. It flashes back in time to previous time- Justin: Just potentially some mermaids, just a high mermaid potential on this book. Let me just say, no spoilers, but the potentiality of mermaid-ness is high here. Alex: Yeah. Certainly our mermaid antenna was like [inaudible 00:06:41]. Justin: Was blazing. Pete: Yeah. I wouldn’t say this is splash two, but there’s definitely some mermaid action. Justin: Yes. Alex: Sure. Most people with that in fact say this was splash two, but there is some really good, like dark horror crime fantasy stuff going on. We’ve had Rich Douek at our live show before talking about previous book he’s done and I think Rich is just a really smart, precise writer. I was very surprised how much I enjoyed this, both from the art and the writing perspective. Justin: Yeah. I think it’s a nice, like sort of everyone’s out to get everyone situation and then they encounter something horrifying. The art I think is really, really great. The undersea stuff is drawn. So with such darkness to it, and then the surprise of the potential mermaid that we’ve discussed and giving some- Alex: I don’t want to say is a mermaid, I’m just saying it’s a potential mermaid. Justin: It’s a potential mermaid. It’s an undersea maid, I guess we could say. Pete: I think this does a great job as a first issue, is setting up this fucked up world, putting all the pieces in place to get you excited for the bigger story. I think this is a really solid first issue. I can’t wait for more. I’m all in. Alex: It’s very reminiscent of the way of the Hill house Comics that came out of DC, just in terms of seeing like a contained horror story. But I like it quite a bit. Definitely pick this one up. Next up, Marvel Indigenous Voices, number 1 from of course, Marvel Comics by, here’s a long list, Jeffrey Veregge, Rebecca Roanhorse, Darcie Little Badger, Stephen Graham Jones, Taboo and B. Earl, Weshoyot Alvitre, Kyle Charles and David Cutler.As you could probably figure out from the title, this is a bunch of short stories that focus on Marvel’s Indigenous characters. I thought this was nice theology and I’d like to see more of this. What did you guys think? Pete: I agree. This was really cool, very creative. I liked the way this set up with the watcher in the beginning. Just setting things up as like, we’re going to get a bunch of stories here. Yeah. I’m completely on board. I want more, I think this is a great idea and I’m glad Marvel is doing this. Justin: I love, I think this is such a great variety of stories here. The first story focuses on Echo and great character from Daredevil back in the day. Pete: Yeah. Justin: I miss seeing more of Echo, and it’s sort of a straight up action adventures. She takes on the [inaudible 00:09:17], Loki shows up. Then we get a Dani Moonstar, Rahne Sinclair, story, which is good, very classic. X-Men short. Then the last story is this super interesting silver fox story that really fits into Wolverine history and is so dark and disturbing. But it was great. That was my favorite of the three and it really popped for me that last one. Alex: Yeah, I definitely agree. I think, we talk a lot about how anthologies are hit and miss, of course, because you’re getting a lot of stories, but this is an issue that I think is well worth picking up based on the three stories in it. Justin: Before you move on real quick, there is in the sort of back matter here, there’s a note at the bottom, look for an exhilarating new series from Taboo and B. Earl in 2021. The Apache Warrior, [Kashiwa 00:10:12] the Sorcerer Supreme and the Ghost Rider of the mid-1800s berms her way into the future and brings disaster with her. I read that and I was like, “Shit, this looks awesome.” Pete: Hell yeah. Yes. Justin: I can’t wait to check that out. Alex: Good stuff. Let’s move on then to Barbalien, Red Planet, number one from Dark Horse Comic Script by Tate Brombal, story by Jeff Lemire and Tate Brombal, art by Gabriel Hemandez Walta. This is continuing to flesh out the Black Hammer Universe, which it is wild. How many books are coming out of this and how exciting all of them are. But this one is focusing on the world’s Martian Manhunter Amalgam. Alex: The main thing that frankly, makes him different is he is gay and here he is dealing with a big situation on Mars where he’s been sentenced to death. While back in time, he is discovering his sexuality at the height of the AIDS crisis in the 80s. This is great. Just another fantastic Black Hammer book. Pete: Yeah. I was really impressed with this. Art is fantastic. Lot of heart, great storytelling, very interesting. I was really impressed by this and there is literally like an, oh shit, moment here, where you think maybe someone’s going to die. I was really impressed by this. Justin: Yeah. The Black Hammer Universe is so smart, the way it… This is a little bit cheap to say, but it brings like an indie sensibility to the Justice League characters or Justice League analogs, I think is so great. But what really does is flesh out these characters, make them more interesting and take the tropes of the top tier heroes like that and make the ground them, give them like a context and a historical place. It’s just makes for rich storytelling. It’s really good. Alex: Totally agree. It’s just crazy that this is essentially a Martian Manhunter story, but with some tropes changed around, but it works completely and it shouldn’t work outside of Jeff Lemire writing it. But it absolutely does. He’s clearly guiding this whole universe. It feels like the best new superhero universe or new type of universe that Dark Horse has done since BPRD and Hellboy. They’re doing such a good job with it across the board. Justin: Yeah. Alex: Moving on to another big new one, Commanders in Crisis, number two, from Image Comics written by Steve Orlando, art by David Tinto, as we found out in the first issue, empathy is dead and not only that, but one superhero from the remaining universe has taken a bunch of presidents from a bunch of other universes, save them, given them super powers, brought them here. They’re all working together as a team. There are so many insane Steve Orlando ideas that are all working at the same time. We really liked the first issue. How do you think it held up on second take? Pete: I think this is very cool. I love the ending. Yeah. This is Steve Orlando, just have a lot of fun kicking butt. This is very cool. Although there are a lot of ideas you can still follow what’s happening. Art’s great, ton of action, a lot of fun moments. Yeah, I’ve been really impressed with this book. He’s taking big swings with this and I’ve been impressed with it. Justin: Yeah. We just talked about sort of taking, coming at Justice League style storytelling in a different way and I think Steve Orlando here does it in an even different way. It’s like fully idea and concept driven where you’re getting into these multi-versal, true this and finding a way to have these heroes being heroes while at the same time combating an idea. It’s good. It feels topical. It feels like it’s also has good super hero action. I like it as well. Alex: The second issue spent a little more time with the individual characters, which I thought was really nice as we get to know them, because they’re all new, they’re all fresh, they’ve got different powers. So it’s interesting stuff. Next up, The Amazing Spider-Man, number 53, from Marvel written by Nick Spencer, art by Mark Bagley. This is picking up on the cliffhanger of the last issue where Spider-Man died. He was killed by the character Kindred, who we know is Harry Osborne, but Spider-Man doesn’t know that. This issue is coming around to the big surprise that Kindred is Harry Osborne, is the reveal at the end. Justin: Yes. Alex: What did you think about this? Because I’ve been very on board with this storyline, but felt a little mixed about this issue, personally. Pete: What I really liked about this issue was, in the past issues, there’s been so much happening at once. It seemed like a little bit of overload. I liked how the slow down a little bit to deliver who this is and the got you kind of moment at the end was cool. I thought it was earned. I’ve been a little like, “I haven’t been enjoying myself on this book.” But at least I enjoyed the pacing a lot more on this and it felt like, “Okay, we’re now on the same page.” We can move back to crazy time with Nick Spencer for this. What’s going to happen next? Justin: As always, I agree with Pete completely with nine caveats. Pete: Yeah. Justin: Because I agree with you. I think this issue was paced really nicely and Mark Bagley’s aren’t… I feel like I first came to reading Spider-Man comics when Mark Bagley was drawing Spider-Man and Peter Parker and so seeing him, I’m like, “Yes, I really like this. I recognize this.” If we hadn’t known that Harry Osborne was underneath the bandages, this would have been a great reveal. Pete: Yeah. Justin: But the fact that we know it, meant this was weird. Now it makes me be like, “Is this the reveal?” Pete: It’s got to be. Justin: We were doubting it before, but now it feels like it is, but it also feels like, why do it twice? Pete: Right. Alex: Why reveal that in advice. Pete: [crosstalk 00:16:29]. Alex: It’s just a strange choice. It completely undercut that last page for me when he looks and says, “Got you.” Because it’s not a got you, because we already knew that and Spider-Man [crosstalk 00:16:39]. Pete: Yeah. But Spider-man doesn’t know it’s a, got you. It was [inaudible 00:16:42]. Alex: Nobody did. He’s like, “No, you can’t be Harry Osborne.” Then he takes off his mask and says, “Got you.” But it’s not. It’s also another and a long line of Marvel masks that were definitely not masks until they took them off. Pete: Right. Alex: Like Kindred, Taskmaster. It’s like, “Come on, you’re not wearing mask. Taskmaster, you’ve got a skull face.” Justin: Another mask under that where it’s going to be the next issue, he’s like, “Got you.” Pete: I’m Uncle Ben. I’m Peter Parker. Justin: You should eat my rice. Pete: Yes. That’s what I meant, is that Uncle Ben from the rice brand. Alex: Of course, very controversial lately as they’ve taken that mask off. But thank you, Pete, for bringing that up. Pete: Anytime. I like to make it weird. Justin: At the end of the day we’re journalists and that’s the big reveal. Alex: Stop saying that. Cool. Dark Nights, Death Metal, number five, from DC Comics, written by Scott Snyder and art by Greg Capullo. In this issue, I don’t know, a lot of stuff goes on. Pete: Yeah, it does. Justin: Yes, that is correct. Alex: I’ll tell you in the middle of everything while this is like Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have their wildest really channeling The Justice League run where it’s like, “We’ve got to use this nth metal to fight back against the dark multi-verse and take the positive anti-crisis matter. Just all of this insane thing, all of this insane mythology that they’re putting in there. But my main takeaway is it has the single funniest penguin panel I’ve ever seen in the history of comics. Justin: That’s 100% fair. Alex: So good. Everybody is lined up, everybody’s ready to fight the dark multi-verse. Justin: The villains. Alex: They have all the villains. They have all the heavy hitters there, everybody’s ready and it feels to be like, Greg Capullo drew the penguin in there and then Scott Snyder wrote a line for later because the line is, “I have a sharp rock.” Justin: Yes. To be fair. He says, “I have a very sharp rock.” So pretty [crosstalk 00:18:40]. Alex: “I have a very sharp rock.” Which made me laugh out loud. Pete: I really enjoyed the army of Lobo’s, yeah, this is just fun. The touching moment between Batman, Superman or Wonder Woman here, yeah, I think it’s just, I’ve said this before, I’m going to say it again, it continues to be a lot of fun and really over the top and all metal doubt and why not? Why not have a little fun? Justin: Yeah, I agree. It is fun. It’s why they fight Castle Bats, they lose to a giant Gotham City basically, which was cool. Really finally proving that Gotham City really is a character in this Comic. Alex: Finally proving it. Justin: Now here’s my question for you. Lex Luther in this issue sort of comes through and rescues our heroes and is sort of the person who comes together with the plan at the end here, is he fully doing this for good? Or is he going to betray them in that [crosstalk 00:19:45]. Alex: Man, I don’t know. The way Greg Capullo draws him, he seems pretty ernest, but it would not be true to Lex Luther if he didn’t have a plan on top of a plan. Justin: hat’s what I’m saying. The way we sort of quickly move past the fact that it’s Lex Luther who is the architect of their plan, makes me think that he will eventually become the true villain at the end of this once the Batman who laughs, despite the near infinite power he has, is defeated. But I love the getting all the heroes together. It feels like they’re finally coming together to do their business. Pete: Yeah. To get a business. Alex: I’m glad they finally got down to business. I agree. Justin: Well, it does feel that way. They’ve been fucking around too much. Alex: Yes, they have. This is great. Like Pete said, every issue of this is just a blast to read because it’s so purposely dumb and fun and over the top, every single choice. Does it make sense that Lobo could create an infinite army of Lobo’s out of his own blood? Probably not. I hope they never follow up on that in any way, but it’s fun to see. So that’s fine. Justin: Do you think one of them is actually Wolverine? Pete: Stop. Just stop with that old [crosstalk 00:21:01] you do every time we talk about Lobo. Justin: Eventually, one of them is like, “Hey guys, have you guys looked at us? I feel like we’re just a Wolverine in space. Anybody else seeing that?” Pete: That’s just so dumb. Justin: “Does anybody else…?” “Hey, Lobos, let’s have a little Lobo huddle. Anybody else think we’re Wolverine in space?” Pete: Wolverine doesn’t talk about himself in the third person and have a whole different language. It’s not… Alex: Wolverine is constantly talking about himself in the third person. Justin: No, he’s not. Justin: Yeah. If you can point out a couple other differences between Wolverine and Lobo, I’d love to hear it. Alex: [crosstalk 00:21:38] talk about Seven to Eternity, number 14, from Image Comics, written by Rick Remender and drawn by Jerome Opena. So excited. This title is back. This takes place in a fantasy world where a dude who is dying has teamed up with the big villain who basically destroyed his world and is now tracking down eternal life. This issue, we get a very classic Rick Remender scaring of Disney world and Disney Land and things like that as they get to the place where eternal life is granted. As usual with Rick Remender book, things get real dark real quick. But it’s really Jerome Opena’s, character designs that carry this book in how wild and how creative they are throughout the book. Pete: I would like to say, you got to pick this up for the art alone. It’s worth it. Justin: Nice, great, quote, from quoting yourself, Pete page. Yeah, to that point, I am the asker section from the back half of the book is really cool. But Rick Remender talks about this a little bit in the back matter on this book, he’s like, “Hey, we took a real long time to get this done.” But I think his focus on quality of his comic book work is amazing. He made a choice years ago now to stop doing Marvel and DC work and focus on all of his creator owned books and he takes so much care with every issue to make them, in his mind, perfect. Justin: He does such a good job of just making high quality comics that really everything is super unique, super creative from the writing to the art, to the character design all the way through it’s dark, like all of his work, it definitely has his point of view, but it comes at you in such a different way. Pete: I had to read this twice just because I didn’t want to miss anything in the panels. It’s just so detailed and so amazing. You can read this comic and then you can just page through it and be amazed at the paneling. Alex: It’s great stuff. Let’s move on to talk about Venom, number 30 from Marvel written by Donny Cates and art by Luke Ross. This is the final issue of Venom before the Big King in black crossover kicks off. This is the end of the Venom beyond storyline as they are in an alternate universe where Venom sun has gone bad, become a bad guy called the Codex, lots of Venom, lots of symbiotes stuff happening here. What’d you think about this, both as a issue and as a lead in to this big event? Pete: Well, I… Go ahead. Justin: I would say it’s wild. It is like the way that Donny Cates has taken, a sort of one-off at least at the beginning Spider-Man villain. Now this is so far from being related to Spider-Man. It’s such a, like expanded mythology where you’ve got Eddie Brock and his son going into this different dimension meeting his ex who is has the son from this multi-verse. They all have their own symbiontes. They are all the different symbiontes, have different languages and controlling which ones are which, and all building toward… I got to read Richard’s who has googly eyes? He’s got googly eyes. Alex: Yeah, he does. He has a paste it on. Justin: Yeah. What’s the deal with this guy? He’s got googly eyes. He’s a little bit. He’s not as smart and he’s got googly eyes. Pete: Well, he can move and he’s very flexible and bendy, and we were just going to have googly eyes every once in a while. Why is that weird? Justin: No, I think he’s just a little off. He’s lost a little bit here, and you can tell that because of googly- Pete: Okay. I’m just- Justin: The google in his eyes. Pete: You can Google his eyes? Justin: You can Google his eyes and then setting up this next thing, it comes out of nowhere and it’s fine. Pete: I agree with Justin and I have a lot of caveats. I think that it is fun. It’s really fun. The art and the characters designs are a lot of fun. There’s some great action sequences where you’re like, “This is really bad-ass.” But also what I really like about it is the heart. There’s a lot of heart in this book, which I really appreciate. If you’re going to go into all this action, it’s nice to know what the thoughts and the feelings are before all this goes down. I’m excited to see this next big arc. I like where this left off. I feel like Donnie Cates did a good job of wrapping this up and getting it ready for the next thing. I think this was a really good issue. Alex: I agree. Let’s move on to a give me for Pete, Usagi Yojimbo, number 14 from IDW publishing, written art and letters by Stan Sakai. In this issue, our Bunny Warrior does some bunny warrior stuff. Pete, take it away. Pete: Okay. First off is [inaudible 00:26:36] sent the bunny warrior bullshit. Okay. Don’t try to make him more cutesy. This is an action oriented book, about a serious ronin samurai who travels the land and helping people. So don’t put that fucking bunny shit on there. All right? Alex: Okay. So would you call him a whittle, whittle rabbit, samurai? Pete: You’re the worst. Alex: Would you call him a adorable squish [inaudible 00:27:01]? Pete: No. Did you just turn into your son for a second? I like this. I love all the characters. Alex: Don’t you slam my son out of entirely separate podcasts. Pete: I’ll slam them. He needs to get some fucking musical talent is what he needs to do. Alex: Jesus Christ. Justin: Wow, unnecessary Pete. Pete: Don’t ask from the hit if you don’t want it. Justin: Don’t ask for the Pete hit if you don’t want it. Anyway, get back to reviewing your peep Samurai book. Alex: Hey, can you name the three comic book writers who are female to your girlfriend, Pete? Pete: No. That’s why we had to do it on the show. All right. Justin: This is unnecessary. Pete: But I never get tired of this. These are all very similar stories about a traveling ronin, but I love his heart of gold and how he always is doing the right thing. This is just in a fucked up world, it’s nice to have staples like this book that you can always depend on. You always know Usagi is going to do the right thing. He’s going to try to save the day. It’s just fantastic. I love all these stories. I love all the action. Even though that people are getting like cotton stabbed, they don’t really show the blood and guts. Pete: They focus more on the action, what happens than the blood and the gore. Yeah, I just think it’s really cool, and this one, we see a lot of focus on family, which is nice and also poignant and sad. But I liked the old black and white version. I know people like color for some reason, but if this sells more comics and gets it in more hands, then I’m all for it. Justin: Pete, are you threatened? Do you think that the even smaller cuter rabbit warrior with a bow and arrow is going to be a threat to Usagi, the cute, the sword bunny? Pete: Well, hopefully the older Usagi will have somebody to hand over his swords to, you know what I mean, just to continue the story. Justin: He does seem to love his swords. Just which one of these is the Easter Bunny? Pete: I fucking hate you. Justin: A very fun book. Alex: Yeah. Delightful. I would love to see this fluffy wuffy eat some carrots [crosstalk 00:29:20]. Batman, number 103 from DC Comics written by James Tynion IV, art by Carlo Pagulayan and Danny Miki and Guillem March. In this issue, Ghost-Maker is having it in for Batman. Ghost-Maker is a old frenemy of Batman from back in the day, they both trained the exact same way, constantly fought throughout history and now has come to Gotham City to make things right, because he thinks Batman is doing a bad job. In this issue, he is trying to kill Clown Hunter who is trying to kill Harley Quinn. Alex: So things get really messed up. I really like this. I think this is, again, just a really good story from James Tynion. He clearly likes Harley Quinn a lot in particular, and I love having her in here. He writes really good Harley Quinn. It’s good stuff. He’s building his own Batman mythology rather than just picking up on what got left off on whatever happened with Tom King’s run. That’s great. I’m excited to see what’s going forward. Pete: Yeah. It’s nice because he does a good job of giving us a little bit of Batman’s past with some humor. Like the fact that we see Batman in the desert and Ghost-Maker rolls up on him and he’s like, “Not tonight, man.” They’re kind of back and forth, the way that Ghost-Maker and Batman kind of go back and forth, the repartee is very enjoyable. I really like it. Yeah. Seeing Poison Ivy… Not Poison Ivy. Seeing Harley Quinn talking to Poison Ivy made my skin crawl, because she’s like kissing the plant and I’m highly allergic. But I think that, I liked the outer monologue of it. It felt very Harley Quinn. Pete: I think they do a great job of capturing her voice and I like their characterization of her. Also this Clown Hunter thing is very interesting the way that this is still sticking around. I’m very curious about what the end game of this character. I’m not sick of Clown Hunter, I’m just wondering what the bigger game is. Yeah. I also liked how this Ghost-Maker is more of a psychopath than Batman and thinks that the recent Batman is doing a bad job with Gotham is because he cares too much, which is an interesting psychopathic thing to say and I can relate to it. Justin: Lots of information there. Really love Guillem Marches art here in the back half of the book. I agree with you, Alex, Harley is a really well used here. Ghost-Maker reminds me a lot of Azrael taking over for Batman after Bain broke his back. So I’m curious what sort of hole this character will fill down the line, because as of now I think Clown Hunter really stands out a little bit more as the unique Jame’s creation. So I’m curious to see how that unfolds. Alex: I agree. Let’s move on and talk about Black Magick, number 16 from Image Comics written by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott. This is the last issue of Black Magick, I believe for a little while now. But it ends on a big… Cliffhanger isn’t exactly the right word, but our main character is presented with an impossible choice. Is she going to seem one of the two people in her life that she truly loves, spoiler, she ends up saving both of them, which is actually a very bad decision in terms of things that are going forward. The thing that is fascinating to me about this book is relatively speaking, so little happens in every issue, but it has such import, it feels weighty anyway. Justin: Yeah. I agree and the art is just beautiful. The way that the villains eyes are drawn is really haunting and it’s such a simple thing giving each of the sort of demon characters, this yellow, black energy to them. Really great. Yeah, and in the back matter, we see that the next issue of Black Magick won’t be until late summer 2021. Pete: Yeah. That’s tough. That’s a long time to wait, but I’ve really liked the characterization of like, it’s not something that you’ve seen before where it’s like, “I’m a cop, but I also do magic.” The back and forth that we learn about this character and what she stands for and with her background and how she goes about her day is very interesting. I like the dilemma and the choices that she makes shows how much he cares. Pete: So I think this is a very interesting book. I’ve been really enjoying it and I agree with Justin, the art is phenomenal. They pay a lot attention to details to make things extra spooky. When you’re reading something and you’re scared, it really says a lot about the art and how well they can draw you into the story. Alex: When you say that thing where, “I’m a cop, but I can do magic.” That we’ve seen before. Where have you seen that before Pete? Pete: There’s just been many stories where somebody struggling with their day job and their identity, which they would rather be doing, like, “I’m this, but I’m also that.” “I’m Bruce Wayne, but I’m also Batman.” The secret kind of identity thing is where I was going at. Alex: Sure. You don’t need to go beyond Bruce Wayne and Batman, the most relatable of situations. I get what you’re talking about. Juggernaut, number three from Marvel Comics, written by Fabian Nacieza, art by- Pete: Don’t ask me questions if you’re not going to like my fucking response dick. Justin: Yeah. It all comes back to Batman. Alex: Written by Fabian Nacieza, art by Ron Garney. We were very complimentary of this title for the first two issues and had Fabian on the show to talk about it. So check out the live show with him. We get some big answers here. What happened to Juggernaut? How did he get into his new costume? What’s going on with him? I love this take on Juggernaut. This is nothing I would’ve ever expected or asked for, but I think it’s so smart and so well done and of course, Ron Garney’s art is impeccable throughout this. Justin: Yeah. Alex: Great title. Just a blast to read. Justin: Yeah, I agree. The Ron Garney is such a great artist. I wish he was doing more books on a regular basis and yeah, it’s such a unique story that really both explores the backstory of Juggernaut and also drives it forward at the same time, which is hard to do. Then just tells a fun action adventure going on in the present day. Pete: Yeah. I also like how they were also making fun of the fact in the book that he’s fighting sand. They’re making fun of itself as it’s going on. Yeah, I’ve been really- Justin: Every time I go to the beach, I feel like I’m fighting sand. Pete: Man, I tell you, when you’re done going to the beach, you’re still fighting sand, finding it all over the place. Justin: I’m fighting sand. Pete: This is such a great surprise. This book as Alex was saying, and also just like the art is so bad-ass. Ron Garney is such a bad-ass. We’ve seen Juggernaut in a lot of different ways, but like see him power up with this suit, with all the red, it was just so cool. Yeah, I’ve never been more impressed with Juggernaut. Justin: You can’t stop this. Pete: You can’t. Alex: It’s fun to see him do the Superman thing, opening up his shirt and turning on his costume. It’s just a fun riff that I’m really enjoying. Let’s move on and talk about, You Look Like Death, tales from the Umbrella Academy, number three, Dark Horse Comics, story by Gerard way and Shaun Simon, art and colors by I.N.J Culbard. As you can probably guess from the title, this is focusing on Klaus from the Umbrella Academy. His adventurous in Hollywood got mixed up with a bunch of shady characters, including a vampire monkey and some other folks. Pete, you have a question right off [crosstalk 00:37:30]. Pete: Yeah. I just wanted to ask Justin something because he’s a classically trained actor. When you go on auditions and when you’re being aligned producer, you have to see this a lot, right? A lot of people channeling demons and stuff like that. That’s got to be a nightmare for Hollywood to comb through all of this all the time, right? Justin: There’s a famous actor manual called an actor prepares by, Uta Hagen, I believe. A lot of the technique focuses on channeling a demon into your body before you step out into the audition room or onto the audition stage. So it’s really great to see this play down person and of course, Pete, always a grasp of my career and personal life that I am often auditioning to be aligned producer. Alex: Right. This is a fun book. One of the things that I really like about it in particular is the push and pull between Klaus doesn’t care about anything, just wants to get high, just wants to get drug and actually being forced into situations where he is going to have to cause something to happen. It’s just this enjoyable push and pull as the action coalesces and spirals around him getting him to a point where he’s going to have to do something eventually, but he’s not quite there yet. Right now he’s just eating relish out of a jar and having a good time. Justin: Relish is good. It just slides right down your throat. Pete: The art in this is just fantastic. They do an amazing job. This is a really fun story and worth checking out for sure. Justin: I love the little section where this writer who died, but hasn’t moved on is sort of reckoning with his life, is really fun and it’s just a little side bit of the story. Alex: That’s good stuff. Stillwater, number three, from Image Comics, written by Chip Zdarksy, art by Ramon K. Perez. This title focuses on a small town where nobody ever dies. They can get hurt. They have to recover from that, but they never die and there’s a man who has found out that he was actually the son of one of the women from that town. He is now trapped there. His mother is buried near the gazebo at the center of the town and he’s trying to figure out a way out as he slowly works himself in the way of the society. Alex: This is really good and it doing a good job of slowly building up the mythology of this book. I like this issue in particular, just because it sets up the dangers going forward, but also explains a little bit more about the, how the concept works. Just smart writing across the board, I think. Pete: Yeah. This is my favorite issue so far. In this issue, they do a good job of really spelling out everything that we’ve learned as we move forward. Yeah, I’m really impressed with the artwork. This is a cool idea and it’s one of the reasons a lot of people are scared of small towns. Justin: Yeah. Most people are scared of small towns because they’ll have to live forever there and never get sick. Yeah, I think this issue really sets the level for what the series will be, I think in a good way and Ramon Perez’s art is so good. Alex: Let’s move on and talk about the Immortal Hulk, number 40 from Marvel, written by Al Ewing and art by Joe Bennett. After spending the last couple of issues with the leader, fighting the Hulk inside of his own head, potentially inside of hell, potentially a lot of stuff going on and that was absolutely horrifying to witness. We finally move outside there and things really move forward as Alpha Flight finds out what’s going on. They figure out what’s happening to the leader. Thanks to… My gosh, what’s his name? I heard it’s the body of Walter Langkowski. Pete: Sasquatch, Joe Fixit, who are you talking about? Justin: Abomination? Alex: No. The strong guy, Samson? Justin: [crosstalk 00:41:31]. That was the body Sasquatch and fills them in on everything that’s going on. In the meantime, Joe Fixit, make some moves of his own. There’s still plenty of gross stuff that happens to the comic. Pete: Sure is. Alex: But I love how much we’re moving forward here and that last page, not just in terms of the writing, but also in terms of the way Joe Bennett draws it, is perfection. Justin: Yeah, it’s really good. I’m sort of bummed because I had a long standing pitch at Marvel where I was like, I wanted the Hulk to give birth to a mustachioed version of himself and they did it in this issue. So I guess [crosstalk 00:42:10] back to the drawing book. Pete: Yeah. Salvin I couldn’t agree more of that last panel was just such a classic comic last panel that gets you really excited. This is horrifying and amazing and all sorts of everything in between. This ride has been fantastic. When this thing is finally collected, this is going to be one of those ones that stands the test of time. It’s really impressive. Alex: I wanted to ask you, Pete, because you were really against this for a while, you kept asking for your Hulk to come back. You wanted your Hulk back. What turns you? Because you now see him 100% fully on board with this. Justin: You were like, “I want my Hulk back.” Pete: No. I still feel that way, guys. I still want my Hulk back, but this is an interesting time out take on characters that’s been around for a while. It’s a very fresh, very new take on it. So you’ve got to respect something that’s great. But yeah, I can’t wait for my Hulk to come back and I can enjoy Hulk books more. This is a scarier version of something that I love and it’s a little bit over my head, a little too smart, but I respect the fact of what it’s doing. Alex: Right. It’s like ginger beer instead of ginger ale. Pete: Right. Yeah. Why would you… I don’t sure. Alex: It’s like, “This is too spicy on my tongue, no thanks. Give me some Schweppes, please.” Justin: It’s hard to feel where you’re landing in here Alex. Are you landing on ginger ale? Because I think you’re positioning yourself as a ginger beer. Alex: No, I love ginger beer. I’m just talking about from Pete’s perspective. He wants ginger ale, but he’s getting ginger beer. Justin: I think this is your mistake. He wants Mountain Dew. Pete: This is true. Justin: I don’t know what all this ginger ale [crosstalk 00:43:58]. Pete: Do you know, Mountain Dew came out with a cookbook. Glorious. Justin: Yep. You’ve mentioned to us a lot and I look forward to your potluck dish that you’ll be providing to our next meetup. What do you think next issue when the Hulk jus
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FOLLOW US ON TWITTER, AND FACEBOOK. SUPPORT OUR SHOWS ON PATREON. Full Episode Transcript: Alex: What is up everybody, welcome to The Stack. I’m Alex. Justin: I’m Justin. Pete: I’m Pete, and I’m not looking forward to talking about the Marvel stuff today. Alex: Oh, wow. Really? Justin: Wow. What a way to plant a flag, Pete. Alex: Interesting. Pete: Yeah. Alex: Well, that’s okay, because we’re going to kick it off with a DC comic first, Punchline, number one, written by James Tynion IV and Sam Jones, no relation I think. Art by Mirka Andolfo. This is, as you could probably guess from the title, focusing on Punchline, new girlfriend to the Joker who is brought to the forefront during the Joker war, finally getting her own one-shot. Should we get your own series? I think starting next year at some point. Justin: It certainly feels that way, yes. Alex: Yeah, but this is picking up. She is in prison. And in this issue, we get one of James Tynion’s pet projects. Harper Row shows up again with her brother tracking down Punchline, is clearly setting her up as an adversary to her. We find out a lot more about her origin. I’ll tell you what, I personally have been feeling very much like Punchline is the Pucci of the Batman side of the universe. Pete: Oh, what? What the- Alex: Hold on, let me finish. But this issue went a long way to selling me on understanding what their take on her is personally. Pete, you’re all in on Punchline, that is clear. Pete: Yes. I think this is a interesting kind of way to come at this character. What I don’t like is she’s like, “Oh man, don’t trust people of a podcast, they turn out to be psychos,” which, that’s fair. Justin: Truth. Pete: That’s fair. But I do think that this is an interesting villain. It’s one of those things where like, she was kind of forced in the situation, almost helped “the Joker” and then kind of Batman interrupted them and then felt like, oh man, I was so close to being a part of something bigger, and this is kind of her pursuit of that. It’s interesting. I feel like as a first issue, they do a good job of being like, okay, here’s this character, here’s a little bit of her backstory and what she’s about. And I think it does a good job of getting you intrigued for more to see how this is all going to unfold and to see if she does claim her kind of like all the bad stuff that she does or tries to hide. Justin: Yeah. First off, the art on this was great by Mirka Andolfo, really good stuff, and sort of had some flavor to it as opposed to just sort of getting it done which I thought was nice. But I think this issue made crystal clear what the whole idea here is, jumping off what you said, Alex. The whole thing with Harley Quinn was it always felt a little wild that Harley Quinn was the Joker’s psychiatrist. And then suddenly she became his partner or his just fully onboard. And in this issue we get to see- Pete: Wait, can I? Justin: Yes, sure. Pete: I just wanted to ask you, have you ever just really hated your day job before? Justin: No, I’ve never. What is work? Because when you love your job, it’s like you never work a day in your life. Pete: Wow. Justin: So don’t know what you’re talking about. Alex: If you teach a man to fish, you never work a day in your life. That’s what I always say. Justin: That’s right. I’d rather be fishing says the seat of my jeans. What I like about this though, is it’s sort of, we see the progression and it very much mirrors how many people go from being a regular person on the internet to being radicalized in our modern world, through social media. And I think this does a really good job of using that very real issue in our country slash world. And putting it into the comic book world and bringing us a character that we believe, I believe the way this story is told and having Punchline land where she does, I’m on board. I think this is a really good issue for getting us to like the character. Pete: Yeah. I hope those punches do land, because it’ll be interesting to see how this unfolds. Alex: Yeah. Like you said, very smart, very well done. Particularly if you’ve been on the fence about the character like I have, I recommend reading this issue. Let’s move to another one that I know Pete is excited about, even though it’s a Marvel comic, Taskmaster number one written by Jed Mackay. Pete: I should have been more specific and said the X-Men stuff. Alex: God. Art by Alessandro Vitti. This is a new take on Taskmaster. He is just chilling out on a golf course, in one the [crosstalk 00:05:05]. Pete: Yeah, just like everybody else. Alex: Ends up getting framed for a murder. I won’t spoil who gets murdered, but ends up on the run for that murder as usual. Particularly given that we revisited Fred [Valenti’s 00:05:18] excellent Taskmaster series just a few months ago here on this very show. What’d you think about this one? What’d you think about this new take here? Pete: I thought this was a lot of fun, having bulls-eyeing him in this kind of celebrity golf tournaments, I just didn’t expect this. I was really impressed with, just from reading comics and knowing this character like, okay, I know how this is going to go. But I was pleasantly surprised by the start of this and how different it felt from what I expected. And I think it was kind of a very cool story and also very interesting team up. I think this did a really great job of setting up this kind of new take on Taskmaster a little bit, and then kind of this arc of where this is going, and kind of laid out all the characters that are going to be involved. I think this did a great job of getting me wanting more and excited for this world. Justin: Taskmaster has this weird spot in the Marvel universe where sometimes it’s a little bit Deadpoolesque. But sometimes he’s meant to be a scary villain who is very hard to beat. And in this he’s sort of goofy dude who was fucking around. And that’s why I feel like Fred Valenti’s take we love so much because it really found the middle ground between those two. He’s someone with a tragic backstory where he can’t retain his long-term memory and because his brain is full of these fighting techniques that have overtaken his short-term memory. It’s a little … I don’t quite know where this book is going. Because I like the story and I like sort of the task that I hope he masters by the end of it. But the golf stuff felt a little, I was like, “Wait, what?” Pete: No, but that was fun. Justin: And I will say I loved that it was Black Widow. My guess was that it was Black Widow who was hunting [inaudible 00:07:24] and I love that it actually was by the end of the issue. Alex: Yeah. I mean, this seems like a pretty clear tee up for the Black Widow movie, right. I don’t know when this was originally supposed to come out, but given that Taskmaster is going to show out there, Black Widow is going to show up there obviously. It seems like this is tying into that in a certain way, or at least going to be one of those things where, hey, now there’s a trade on the stands. The other thing, I’ll get into spoilers here. Alex: I don’t love the idea of being ahead of a book, but I sincerely hope this is where this twist is heading. Because, again, spoilers, the thing is that Taskmaster is framed from the death of Maria Hill. And it feels like killing Maria Hill off screen is a very bad, very weird move. But what I think is going on here is Nick Fury Jr. recruits him to find the real killer of Maria Hill so he can get Black Widow off his back. It seems to be that it’s probably Nick Fury Jr. is not who he says he is. It is in fact somebody else, has lied to Taskmaster the entire time. And that’s the twist coming down the road. This is something that I felt very uncomfortable and sort of hated when they brought out, oh, Maria Hill is dead. When they get to that twist, say four issues down the road, I think I’m going to feel a lot better about this book. But as it is, Alessandro Vitti’s art is really solid and fun and there’s some funny bits in here. Jed Mackay, I think wrote the Black Cat book- Justin: I love that book. Alex: [crosstalk 00:09:01] coming out, which is super fun. So he does comedy, so it’s good stuff. If you’re looking for a fun, silly one, this might be one to check out. Pete: Yeah. I just wanted to go back and touch on something Justin said, yes, Fred Valenti definitely did an amazing job. But I think other people should be allowed to do their takes, just because Fred did something that was so iconic. Justin: No, one take and one take only I say, leave me. Pete: I think there’s room for other kind of take some people. But I think- Justin: Pete, when you’re making a movie, you only do one take, they just turn the camera on and everything rolls. That’s how it works. Pete: Justin, you know better than that, come on. Justin: Then they just move the camera to different locations. The camera’s rolling, the whole time it’s traveling from Atlanta- Pete: Every film is filmed live, right? Justin: Yeah. Pete: Great. Justin: It’s why it’s really hard, actors really have to run very quickly to different places. Alex: Kick-Ass versus Hit-Girl number one from Image Comics written by Steve Niles, art by Marcelo Frusin. This is following the new Kick-Ass who is in with some drug dealers and gangs. By the end of the book Hit-Girl is maybe coming for her. I got to tell you, I like Steve Niles. Though this art was very good, the violence was brutal. We were talking about this other live show a little bit, the idea that some number one issues don’t leave it off on the table that they sort of just like get to it at the end. Frankly, this is the issue that I was thinking of when we were talking about it, because not enough happens here in this first issue necessarily to make it work for me. But I’m curious to hear what you guys think. Pete: Well, I’m kind of like, you see it in movies and comics all the time, the person who killed somebody then goes to the funeral and that’s just so insane to me that you would go to somebody’s funeral that you murdered. Alex: Pete, you’re going to come to my funeral, right though? Pete: Sure, I am buddy. Alex: Okay. Pete: Yeah. Can’t wait to piss on your grave, it’s going to be great. I just think that- Justin: You don’t have to piss on the grave at the funeral, the graves’ going to be there, give it a day, come back. Alex: The [inaudible 00:11:17] says that, right. If I’d [inaudible 00:11:19] I would like to piss on the grave. Pete: That’s right. Justin: Speak now or forever hold it in your bladder, hold it. You don’t want to be caught holding it. Pete: Well, yeah, I mean because we know these characters so well, so I feel like this isn’t a … new telling is just kind of like, these are where these characters are and pretty soon they’re going to clash. But it’s always tough when it’s Kick-Ass versus Hit-Girl issue one, but they don’t ever meet in the comic yet, so that’s a little like, meh. Justin: I have a feeling they will down the line. Pete: Oh, okay. So that’s it’s just setting it up. I do think the art here is great. Marcelo Frusin really takes on the Jr. vibe, but gives it its own sort of flavor in a nice way. That was cool. A lot of heads being cut off in perfect hot dog sections, which I was like, “Okay.” Justin: Well, if you’ve got a really sharp sword like that, it’s going to cut right through it. Pete: So easy to cut through the spine. Alex: Well, that’s actually how they make hot dogs. Justin: Yep, a 100%. And I won’t tell you what body parts of what animals are doing that. But otherwise it was a real quick read. Alex: Yes, I agree. Resident Alien Your Ride’s Here, number one from Dark Horse Comics written by Peter Hogan- Pete: Oh, my rides here. Alex: … and art by Steve Parkhouse. I have not been a religious Resident Alien reader, but as far as I can gather from this issue, it’s about an alley that just kind of hangs out with people and I love- Justin: He’s a resident. Alex: Yeah. I kind of [crosstalk 00:13:05] casual it is. I thought there would be more alien stuff in this book, there’s not. He’s just going to hang it out. Justin: It’s very chill. No one even talks about how he’s an alien. Pete: No, guys, we’ve read this before. This is a thing where he doesn’t look like that to other people. He kind of wears the disguise, but he revealed himself to that girl that’s getting the haircut in the book. This had previous arcs before, and this is a really kind of cool thing. Justin: Yeah, I know. Pete: Okay. All right. Justin: This reminded me, and I think this is perhaps why you like it, Pete, remind me a little bit of Concrete. Pete: Yeah. Justin: The old series back in the day. And it is fun. It is almost too like Slice of Life for the first two thirds of it. I like the vision quest stuff at the end. And I would be curious sort of where this opens up to, but man, this issue ends with sort of like, oh, that’s just it. Alex: It is funny though. I mean, even if you’re not totally familiar with the series, and like Pete said, we’ve read a couple of issues here and there, but just kind of picking this up and not necessarily having a media reader call of what we talked about before. There’s still good solid jokes characterization here that make this very engaging. I enjoyed it even if most of the time I felt like, I don’t know what they’re talking about. Pete: Yeah. I’m very into this comic. I really am invested in this relationship. And yeah, I’m excited for more. This is kind of an interesting new arc. I’m hoping that the alien and this lady can work it out. Justin: How invested in the relationship are you, Pete? Pete: I’m very, very invested. Justin: Heavy? Alex: 10K, he put 10K on it. Pete: Yeah. Justin: I like those odds. Alex: American Vampire 1976 number two from DC Comics written by Scott Snyder, art by Raphael Albuquerque. As you could probably figure out from the title, this is picking up on the first issue set in 1976 as Skinner Sweet and his gang were trying to take over a train that holds all of the relics of America, feels almost like a little bit of a leftover from Scott Snyder’s undiscovered country’s ideas in a certain way. But Skinner Sweet is forced to team up with his brother who he thought was dead. We get a little bit of flashback that explains that here. Man, it is so good to have this book back. I am loving every issue of it so far. Pete: I really like the start of it. The fun recap of like, gather round kids, uncle Skinner’s going to catch you up. I thought that was great. I really appreciated kind of the walkthrough, their history there. I mean, you can’t really say enough about the art, it’s really unbelievable. And I love the Butch Cassidy and Sundance reference. Justin: See, Skinner Sweet is such a great character. It’s just great to be able to read new stories where we can follow him around. I like these series as a culmination point of a lot of the American Vampire dangling threads and the tongue is gross and the tongues that we see in this book are gross and it’s great. It’s a truly daunting villain for a title that’s been able to maintain such quality over the years. Alex: Great stuff, definitely pick it up. Next up, The Amazing Spider-Man number 52 from Marvel Comics written by Nick Spencer and art by Patrick Gleason. Finally Spider-Man is facing down Kindred, the villain who has been taunting him pretty much all of Nick Spencer’s run. We have gotten the reveal of who Kindred is, or at least who we think Kindred is. Personally I have some doubts there that the reveal is actually what we think it is. But in this issue, Spider-Man gives up, surrenders to Kindred to save all of his friends, all the men and the rest of the spider family. And it ends in a moment that I felt like such a sucker because I know this is not going to be permitted, but I legitimately gasped out loud at the end of this issue. I thought this was great. Pete is nodding his head. Yes, yes, yes, I can see him. [crosstalk 00:17:31]. Justin: Yes, give me more. Alex: He loves it. Give me more. Justin, let’s go to you first. What did you think about this? Justin: We have never been closer to finding out how Kindred is than we are with this issue. And yeah, you could have said that for many issues in this run of 52. I really want to know now. Alex: Well, they’ve revealed that Kindred is Harry Osborn. That’s been the thing that they’ve come out and said. Justin: Yes. And was that the last issue or? Yeah, it was. Alex: There was two issues back, yeah. Justin: And that feels, it feels weird to me. Alex: It feels wrong. It feels like a fate. Justin: And I think you had the theory that it’s Peter Parker from the future, like a dead Peter Parker or something who is very bitter about his life perhaps. And I think this issue I was thinking about theory a lot because it feels that Kindred is sort of like, you’ve wasted your life fighting for these people. And that’s sort of the point. And I think that’s a nice counterpoint for Peter, our present day Peter, to fight back and say, “It is worth it. You just took the wrong path or whatever.” My theory was that it was the robber who kills uncle Ben, the thief. That would be cool too, but I sort of like your theory a little bit better at this point, feels more on track with what the story they’re telling. Because I don’t know what Harry Osborn, while he is a big part of Spider-Man [inaudible 00:19:00], Norman overshadows him so much. And I don’t know what the point of having Harry there does. Alex: I’ll tell you also on that note, there’s a big scene in here that is very reminiscent of what Scott Snyder did in death, not death in the family, Death of the Family. Justin: Death of the Family. Alex: Joker, Hulk, where he gathered the Joker, gathered everybody around the dinner table. In this instance, what Kindred does is he digs up the skeletons of everybody who Spider-Man has let die and gathers some around. And the moment, it’s so well paced and so horrifying because it goes around and it’s like, here’s captain Gwen Stacy, here’s Jean DeWolff. Here’s, what is it? Marla Jameson. Then he gets to Gwen- Justin: Flash. Alex: … and Spider-Man and he’s like, “Oh no, Gwen.” And then Flash, the last one was uncle Ben. And it’s so upsetting to see that happen. Very well done in exactly the way that it should feel. I thought, Pete, again, nodding his head, yes, yes, yes, could not agree more it seems like. And Pete- Justin: Before we go to Pete, who’s opinion will no doubt really crown this review of the book. I want to give a shout-out to Patrick Gleason’s art, it’s so perfect for this run. To your point, we’re seeing how horrifying this dinner scene is, Patrick Gleason’s art is the perfect companion to this story. Pete: I just can’t wait for Nick Spencer to get the fuck off this book. It’s just, he writes these fucked up twisted things and really fucks with you as a fan, who’s loved something for many years and then makes you question that. I mean, to dig up these people and have their corpses sitting at a table, fuck you. And then have Spider-Man be like, “Fucking, I give up, kill me.” Fuck you, I’m sick of this shit. This just over the top fucking just bullshit to … It’s grotesque. Justin: I hear you Pete. Pete: It’s all ridiculous. Give me a fucking Spider-Man story, man. This is bullshit. Justin: I want to see Spider-Man do something important, like catch a pulse snatcher. Has he done that? Has he stopped a purse snatching at any point? Alex: I think this is good. I’ll also mention I know we did include this in The Stack. Pete: You were like, when that moment happened, I yelled boo, and I closed my laptop and I was just like, I had to walk away for a little bit. Justin: Boo. Good day. Alex: They’re also releasing these 52.LR books, which I know I didn’t send over for The Stack. But they’re kind of taking place between the stories and focusing on the characters that are on Spider-Man. Also really good, really dark, this one focuses on Norman Osborn teaming up with Mary Jane, which is wild, and she hates it. Pete, don’t worry, she does not want to work with him at all. But really good stuff. It just a very dark, it definitely feels like- Pete: Spider-Man shouldn’t be this dark. Alex: What is almost unequivocally the best Spider-Man story of all time, Pete? Pete: I don’t know. Alex: Kraven’s Last Hunt. I think- Pete: That’s your opinion. I don’t think- Alex: No. Justin: What’s your? Alex: I think if you ask almost anybody, if you asked what is the best- Pete: I like a couple of Rhino stories, that are great. Alex: Sure. There’s great Spider-Man stories, but the best one of all time is probably, obviously arguably Kraven’s Last Hunt. Spider-Man dies, he’s buried in that, Kraven takes over. He’s covered in spiders, it’s dark. And I think that’s what Nick Spencer is going for here, and I think he’s [crosstalk 00:22:49]. Pete: Nick Spencer is just doing shock value shit. Justin: I don’t think so. And also like Spider-Man’s origin is dark. His uncle dies and he lets him go. It’s like guilt. Pete: He doesn’t know that at the time though. Justin: Yeah, I know. Alex: Sorry. Justin, are you familiar with Spider-Man’s origin story? Justin: Yeah, he was there as a thief and he was like, “Should I stop this guy?” And then the guy was like, I’m going to go kill your uncle. And he’s like, “Go ahead.” Pete: Go ahead. Justin: Get out of here you scum. Alex: As long as Caterpillar man finds my uncles corpse later, I’m good with it. [crosstalk 00:23:28]. Justin: I’m just saying there’s been a darkness to Spider-Man from the jump. I think this is well within the range to tell this. Pete: No. Alex: Let’s move on then to something that is perfectly purposely dark, Scarenthood number one from IDW by Nick Roche and Chris O’Halloran. We had Nick Roche on our live show this week. Let’s be honest here. Let’s be true to ourselves. What do we really think about Scarenthood? I’ll come out and I’ve got to say it, this is the truth. I like this book. Justin: Nice, bold. I mean, I raved about the book on the live show. But to boil it down, I really like how this book feels very like Slice of Life. It’s about a father in Ireland, and I don’t know what town it is, but in Ireland, he struggles with just the stress of being a dad, tries to connect with the parents. It’s really funny. And then there’s … we slowly get peppered in a couple of details about how the school is maybe a little haunted and it builds and builds and builds to a legit scary moment that combines the fear of the supernatural with the regular fears of being a parent in a way that I thought was a real great step forward. I’m very excited for more of this. Pete: Yeah. I mean, this is more in you guys’ sweet spot a little bit, because I was like, “I get it. You’re a real dad in real life.” Okay. All right. Justin: But Pete you’re a cat dad. Think about it if it’s a cat. Alex: Yeah. Your Twitter bio says cat daddy, right? Pete: Yeah. That’s exactly what it says. Justin: I believe it’s catty daddy if I remember correctly. Pete: Oh my God. Anyways, I’m really- Justin: The original catty daddy. Pete: All that aside, I really liked the kind of horror ghost story elements. I thought it was really cool. I very much enjoyed this book, even though I’m not a parent and don’t know the struggles that you guys deal with. But I thought it was really well done and interesting. And I’m very excited to read more. I think this is kind of like a cool team on this book. I think it’s rich enough that I really want to kind of delve into it more. Justin: Pete, being a parent is like your life, but with fewer cheesesteaks and fewer romantic comedies. Pete: Boo, that doesn’t sound fun. Alex: I really like this as well. The pitch that I didn’t give on the show. Justin: Wow. Pete: Oh my goodness. I thought that was part of the pitch. Justin: Oh, okay. You seem to be allergic to the pitch. Alex: Yeah. That was not part of the pitch. I just sneezed. This is like single parents meet stranger things is the way that I’d put it. Pete: Oh, wow. Alex: We talked about this live show a little bit, but I was really impressed, particularly given we read a lot of first issues with how packed this was with details, and the fact that things slowly build to the supernatural, but it isn’t the last page reveal. It’s about halfway two thirds of the way through the issue that we get some weird supernatural stuff. We get even weirder supernatural stuff as it goes. And the character signs are really terrifying in the right way. This is a great debut. I was very happy to read this and I was glad that we got to chat with Nick for so long about it. Pete: I agree. Alex: Let’s move on to another title that we’ve been enjoying quite a bit. GI Joe number 10 from IDW written Paul Allor, art by Chris Evenhuis. Pete- Pete: Yo Joe. Alex: … you got to like this one, because there’s a bareness appearance in this one. But for the most part, this is about a secret lab that is trying to create half human half robot cyborg bats for a cobra- Pete: Classic. Alex: … and how they end up taking it down. After being- Pete: Classic Dr. Mindbender stuff, I mean- Alex: Classic Dr. Mindbender stuff. Justin: Dr. Mindbender. Alex: After not being so crazy about the last issue, I was glad to personally just see this return to form for this issue. What’d you guys think about this one? Pete: Yeah. I’m enjoying this. I’m having a lot of fun. Also kind of a crazy reveal because I’m used to … I’m sure you guys are the same. Lady Jaye, she used to roll with Flint or Snake Eyes. Alex: You don’t need to tell us. Justin: Yeah, we’re right there. [crosstalk 00:27:56]. She used to roll [inaudible 00:27:58] with Flint or even Snake Eyes. Pete: Yeah. Right. But then to see her with this new guy, and I know he’s new because I was like, I’m not wrong in this. I went to the Hasbro website to look this up. Alex: We all did, you don’t need to tell us. We all headed to the Hasbro website. Justin: It’s where I get my news. Pete: Because I was like, wait a second, I wasn’t … I don’t remember [inaudible 00:28:19]. Alex: First stop, OAN. Second stop, [inaudible 00:28:22]. Third stop, Hasbro website. That’s where I get my news. Justin: Exactly. Especially if I’m like, what’s my brother doing? I’m like Hasbro. Pete: But yeah, I continue to have a lot of fun with this book. Some interesting stuff. Great art. I think they do a good job of sometimes doing fun stuff with names, sometimes holding it back a little bit more. Justin: Yeah. I mean, I think I’ve said in the past, I was never a G.I. Joe kid. Pete: Yeah. You weren’t allowed to watch as a kid, and we feel bad for you. Justin: We’re not allowed to watch because they used guns, yes. But these stories I like, I like the way they’re sort of one-offs story of the weeks with different tones. This one sort of has more of the action figure animated show feel, I think. But they treat the characters in a realistic way and I appreciate it. Alex: It also feels like with this issue that this is starting to build towards something, even though we’ve been focusing in on these individual characters, maybe I’m wrong, but issue- Justin: Castle fall. Alex: What? Justin: I think there’s something called castle fall coming up. Alex: Yeah, that’s coming up. And that certainly seems to be a tease that we’re just going to start getting all these individual plot points mixing together in some way. And that’s exciting. I mean, if they’re really doing, focusing in on one, two characters every issue and that it’s building something bigger, that’s very cool storytelling. I’m excited to see where it goes. Next up, another one that I’m sure was in Pete’s wheelhouse, Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme, with so many Xs, number one from DC Comics, written by thank Frank Tieri, Becky Cloonan, Sam Humphries, and of course, Lobo. Art by Tyler Kirkham, Rags Morales, Denys Cowan, and again, Lobo. As you can guess, this is what Lobo’s been doing during Dark Nights, Death Metal, what’s been going on with him. It kicks off with a very Frank Tieri story. Pete: Yeah, Frank, come on. I mean, this is the guy- Justin: Perhaps the most Frank Tieri stuff. Pete: Yeah. I mean, this is the guy you want on this book. You want this kind of goon squad guy to tell a story about one of the biggest goons there is, Lobo. And let’s not forget we should make a Lobo Batman. And yeah, I think this was- Alex: The Batman man. Pete: Yeah. The bat, who frags. Yeah, I think this continues to just be a ton of over the top fun, just taking the DC Universe and being like, let’s throw a bunch of Xs on it, say it’s extreme, death metal, yeah, turn it up to 11. And the whole headbutt joke was hysterical, it was just great. Bat Grundy, I mean, what more do you want? Justin: Let me just say it was probably a lot to read three back-to-back Lobo stories. It’s like getting just a bowl of a hot fudge sundae after the hot fudge sundae served in a bowl that’s also made out of hot fudge sundae. And so it’s not as … I didn’t need that much Lobo. Pete: Come on man. Justin: I will say I liked the back-end of the second story. The other heroes being Lobofied. Pete: Superman Lobo or are you talking about Wonder Woman Lobo or? Justin: All of them. I thought those were funny. Pete: Okay. Alex: Lobo gets his hands on some death metal and remakes the universe to reimagine everybody’s origin stories as all being Lobo. I think that was the Sam Humphreys, Dennis Cowan section, I could be wrong. Justin: It’s hard to tell, it’s the one that’s called, it says it’s by Lobo. I can’t tell if it’s the second story or the beginning of the third story, sort of flows. And then I’m curious, it does feel like Lobo is going to play a large part in the resolution of Death Metal, which I find- Pete: Well, he has been popping up. [crosstalk 00:32:24]. Alex: Go ahead, Pete. Pete: No, no. Alex: All I was going to say is he’s been popping up almost every issue of Dark Nights Death Metal doing something in the background. And this is to explain what he has been doing. Pete: And also if you’re going to do a Death Metal book and not talk about Lobo, I mean, you’re not really talking about Death Metal then. Justin: If you’re going to have a Wolverine who just has a longer cigar and shorter claws, then yeah, have him be in this space I guess. Pete: This is not Wolverine. Alex: Okay. Justin: No? Pete: No. Justin: What are some of the big differences? Pete: All right. First off- Justin: The healing factor? Pete: … Wolverine doesn’t talk this much. And Wolverine isn’t as in love with himself as Lobo is. Justin: Wolverine doesn’t talk as much, got it. Pete: You’re just a [inaudible 00:33:09]. Alex: Let’s move on and talk about Marvel Zombies: Resurrection number four from Marvel Comics written by Philip Kennedy Johnson, art by Leonard Kirk. This book has been, I say surprisingly great. Except Philip Kennedy Johnson has been consistently delivering excellent stuff across the board. Here, the main thing that I’ve talked up to multiple people who are like, “Ah, I don’t want to read a Marvel Zombies book,” was the twist last issue, or at least the plot reveal last issue, that the excuse, the reasoning for the zombies is that it’s a bunch of brood who have infested Galactus. So you get the reason they’re infesting superheroes is they’re the brood. The reason they have a cosmic hugger is because of Galactus. And here our heroes led by Spider-Man with the two Richard children and a bunch of other random folks are attacking the Galactus hive in limbo. It all ends here or does it? I really like this resolution quite a bit. What’d you guys think? Pete: Yeah. This was just really unbelievable. Continually impressed with the twists and turns that this is taking. I didn’t see any of this coming the way it is. Just action galore, some great story, a really impressive balance of story and action. And the art is just phenomenal. This book is one of those ones that I look forward to when I see it’s on our kind of pool list, and it continues to impress. Justin: Yeah. I mean, I agree. There’s a lot of smart choices in this story, like smart, creative uses of different Marvel characters. And Pete, you must have loved how this is a fun Spider-Man. Pete: Yeah. I mean, well, he gets emotional and it’s nice. But also love the magic stuff and the Wolverine blade stuff. I don’t want to spoil stuff for people. Man, just really cool. Justin: I was being sarcastic because Spider-Man is just so sad the entire time, he’s not having any fun. [crosstalk 00:35:23]. But I love the end as well. Alex: And I really enjoy the fact that we’re getting both DCs from Tom Taylor and Marvel Zombies: Resurrection from Phillip Kennedy Johnson. They’re both smart reinventions of zombie mythos. We’re not just getting the zombies in the Marvel Universe, zombies in the DC Universe. They’re coming up with canonical reasons for why they exist based on what the specific universes could bring to the table. And that’s great, they’re both very different stories as well. They’re not just zombie stories. And I look forward to hopefully more to come. I was surprised, it seemed like it was tying into whatever that Thanos story that Donny Cates had been teasing is. But I guess we’ll see down the road. Alex: Next up, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem number two from Dark Horse comics, story by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, art by Leonardo Romero. This is picking up obviously on the first issue. But as everybody is slowly regaining their mojo and fighting against the live type characters who are infesting the world specifically through the lens of cops who have been taken over by whatever is going out in this world. What’d you think about this one? I think we’re really complimentary of the first issue. How’d you feel about the second? Justin: I love the art on this book. It has such a good tone and vibe for the whole thing. And I mean, it’s a little, like with a lot of Gerard Way stuff, you’re not a 100% sure with what’s happening. But it has a very musical vibe. This feels like a music montage from The Umbrella Academy TV show or something like that, very much like the action feels like there’s a lot happening underneath it. Pete: Yeah. I think the art is the real hero here. It’s very stylized and kind of switches back and forth, which is really impressive and still feels about the same story. But yeah, this is … we don’t know exactly, but we’ve got enough to kind of follow. It’s interesting, action packed. You can kind of understand why the people are doing what they’re doing. Yeah, I’ve been really impressed with this and I’m going to continue to keep reading it. I think it’s great. Alex: Particularly with this issue, it feels like it’s sort of thing that if you have acab in your Twitter bio, this is the comic for you. Let’s move on and talk about Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp number two from IDW, written by Marieke Nijkamp, art by Yasmin Florez Montanez. You two in particular were particularly complimentary of this. This is a werewolf tale for the Goosebumps universe, I guess. You liked the first issue quite a bit as two girls teamed up to try to track down some werewolves. What’d you think about the second one? Pete: Yeah, I was really impressed with the way this relationship kind of moved, because what I was worried about in the first issue is you have two characters who kind of force into this crazy scenario. And I was worried they were going to just fight the whole time and not be able to kind of move throughout the story and kind of take care of business. And I think they handled that in such a good way. I’ve been really impressed with the Goosebumps. This is a fun story. Art is unbelievable. I liked these depiction of werewolves and I thought it was endurable how that one werewolf just kind of curled up. I think this is very cool and interesting story. I’m excited to read more. Justin: I have a feeling these werewolves are going to be people eventually. Pete: What? Justin: Not a ton habits in this issue as far as driving the story forward. It’s mostly like we’re scared in the swamp. But yeah, I’m curious to see, it feels like another shoe will drop next issue. Alex: Yeah. I still feel like it’s not quite bringing all the elements together. The essential idea of two girls who are super into fantasy role-play games, tracking down real werewolves in the woods is a really smart idea, but it’s not necessarily paying off with that premise. I hope we see more of that the next issue. Though, I do like the art. I think the characters designs are very nice. And I’m enjoying reading it. It’s a nice light read. Next step, Getting it Together number two from Image Comics, co-creators and co-writers Sina Grace and Omar Spahi, art by Jenny D. Fine. We had Sina Grace and Omar Spahi on the live show a couple of weeks back talk about the first issue, which we like quite a bit. This is like Friends, but set in San Francisco and real. This second issue is picking up on that. As things only get more complicated for everybody’s relationships. What’d you think? How did it pick up from the well-received premier issue of the title? Pete: Yeah, I like this. I think being in a band is hard, there’s a lot of moving pieces. I like how they’re kind of diving into that a little bit, but mainly focusing on the relationships. The art’s fantastic. You care enough about the characters to care about this story. It’s relatable. I think it’s very cool. I liked how they kind of handle it, going back and forth between the different people and their kind of sizes and stuff. I also thought it was very cool the way the art kind of pulls out and pulls in. Sometimes you see wider shots and other things going on and sometimes it’s very close up. I think that’s very cool storytelling. I also really liked the drinking that was going on there. I can relate to that as well. Justin: I agree. I think this is a great second issue. First off, just reading this comic from a pandemic point of view, it is like reading science fiction. I’m so jealous of these characters. Pete: Yeah. Oh my God. Imagine being able to go into a bar and just get a drink. Justin: Oh, I know. That scene at the bar was like, yes, please, tell me more. How was it? What was it like? What did the bar smell like? Pete: I even drove by like [inaudible 00:41:55] I was like, “Oh my God. I want to go in.” Justin: I’ve never fallen that far. But outside of that, the relationships are really well done in this. And I want to say there are so many great standalone panels where you really see like a perfect encapsulation of a real human action in the moment. Pete: Yeah. Alex: I like this titles willingness to make the main characters unlikable, which is not an easy thing- Justin: I like that about us as well. Pete: Shut up. Alex: No, I think that’s really good. I mean, you have this main relationship that’s broken apart. And the fact that you read both of these characters as they’re talking about the relationship, they try to be friends. It just doesn’t work. They’re both really not very good at it. And there’s always this temptation to make those sorts of characters come to some sort of resolution or one character to be better than the other, but it feels like a real relationship right at the middle of this where nobody’s right, they just broke up. They are both assholes to each other. They shouldn’t have been together. Things went horribly wrong and they continue to go horribly wrong. It feels very realistic in terms of the characterization. And I think that’s very nice to see. Let’s get to- Pete: Also fun little story in the back as well. Alex: Absolutely. Last bit to talk about, let’s get to our extra storage, [inaudible 00:43:27], which I know Pete has been eagerly awaiting. We’re just talking about three issues this week. Marauders number 15 from Marvel Comics, written by Gerry Duggan and Benjamin Percy, art by Stefano Caselli. Excalibur number 14 written by Tini Howard and art by Phil Noto. Wolverine number seven writte
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The Stack: Crossover, Sweet Tooth And More
On this week’s comic book review podcast: Crossover #1Image ComicsStory by Donny CatesArt by Geoff Shaw Sweet Tooth: The Return #1DC ComicsCreator, writer, artist Jeff Lemire Wolverine: Black, White & Blood #1Marvel ComicsWritten by Gerry Duggan, Matthew Rosenberg and Declan ShalveyArt by Adam Kubert, Joshua Cassara and Declan Shalvey Origins #1BOOM! StudiosCreated by Arash Amel, Lee Krieger and Joseph OxfordScript by Clay McLeod ChapmanArt by Jakub Rebelka Stranger Things and Dungeons & Dragons #1Dark Horse Comics/IDWWritten by Jody Houser & Jim ZubLine art by Diego Galindo Backtrack #8Oni PressWritten by Brian JonesArt by Jake Elphick U.S.Agent #1Marvel ComicsWritten by PriestArt by Georges Jeanty That Texas Blood #5Image ComicsBy Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips Mighty Morphin’ #1BOOM! StudiosWritten by Ryan ParrottIllustrated by Marco Renna Spy Island #3Dark Horse ComicsWritten bye Chelsea CainArt by Lea Mitternique Web of Venom: Empyre’s End #1Marvel ComicsWritten by Clay McLeod ChapmanArt by Guiu Villanova Batman #102DC ComicsWritten by James Tynion IVArt by Carlo Pagulayan Dryad #6Oni PressWritten by Kurtis WiebeIllustrated by Justin Barcelo The Goddamned: The Virgin Brides #4Image ComicsWritten by Jason AaronArt by r.m. Guéra Thor #9Marvel ComicsWritten by Donny CatesArt by Nic Klein Wicked Things #6BOOM! BoxCreated and written by John AllisonArt by Max Sarin DCeased: Dead Planet #5DC ComicsWritten by Tom TaylorArt by Trevor Hairsine Inkblot #3Image ComicsWritten by Emma KubertArt by Rusty Gladd X-Men #14Marvel ComicsWritten by Jonathan HickmanArt by Mahmud Asrar and Leinil Yu Marauders #14Marvel ComicsWritten by Gerry DugganArt by Stefano Caselli SUBSCRIBE ON RSS, ITUNES, ANDROID, SPOTIFY, STITCHER OR THE APP OF YOUR CHOICE. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER, AND FACEBOOK. SUPPORT OUR SHOWS ON PATREON. Full Episode Transcript: Alex: What’s up, everybody? Welcome to The Stack. I’m Alex. Justin: I’m Justin. Pete: I’m Pete. Alex: And on The Stack, we talk about a bunch of comic books that have come out this week. Pete: We sure do. Justin: Yeah. Alex: This is the main thing people are concerned about right now is new comics. That’s what we’re all talking about on this Wednesday morning. So let’s get into it. Let’s talk about new comics. Let’s just chill out and have a good time and not stress about absolutely anything else going on in the world. Kick it off with Crossover #1 from Image Comics, story by Donny Cates, art by Jeff Shaw. This is a highly anticipated comic. And I got to say, I feel like it was worth the wait. If you didn’t pick it up, mild spoilers here. But the idea of the book is it takes place in a world where a comic book crossover suddenly pops up in the real world, in Colorado, essentially changing the entire world. And a bunch of things reverberate off of there years later, as we meet various characters who have been affected by this comic book crossover. What did guys think about this book? Pete: Well, from the cover, I really wanted to get blasted in the face with a rainbow. And I’m glad that they took the time to make sure that happened in the comic, so- Justin: So you felt like you got blasted in the face? Pete: Yeah, yeah. I felt like they did a good job of getting that across. Justin: I like this book a lot as well. It’s one of those like, bang bang premise books where it’s just like, this is it. And then it’s like you slowly then start to meet the characters. And I do think in this book specifically, you don’t really get too much of a sense of the characters by the end of the first issue. But the premise is such a sort of satisfying idea that I think it sells it on that alone. Pete: Can I just be the guy who says the thing we’re all thinking? That little girl in the comic, shitty artist, she’s probably not going to be able to get any work. Justin: Wow. Because she’s got dots. Alex: No, no she draws- Pete: No, because of her artist skills. Alex: Yeah, she draws a not so great drawing by the end of the book. Justin: I see, I see, I got you. Oh at the end, yes. Alex: What I really appreciate about this, like you’re saying Justin is, there’s so many things that are nicely set up in this book beyond the central concept of the book. It’s such, as usual, smart writings from Donny Cates. It also really stretches Jeff Shaw, in terms of multiple comic book styles. The promise here is that Donnie and Jeff have gotten characters that we know. This isn’t just them, creating a world whole cloth. This is also them bringing in characters from Image from other comic book companies, that this is legitimately a actual comic book crossover. And we haven’t quite gotten there yet. Because most of it, we’re spending outside of Colorado and the ground zero zone where it all goes down. Alex: But the promise is, we’re going to get there soon. And I would be shocked if we don’t get things like Rick Grimes walking in front of a comic book store, Savage Dragon popping through. At least all of these Image Comics characters, and potentially some DC and Marvel characters through as well. As long as it stays grounded in those characters, the main characters of the book, I think it’s going to be a wild ride to take. Justin: Yeah, and the revelation at the end of the first issue was like, “Oh, shit, can they do this?” And I think that’s a great feeling to have at the end of an issue. Like, can they pull this off? And feeling like, “Well, this issue is good.” So yeah, they probably can. Alex: Yeah. Pete: It’ll be interesting. I think it does a good job of being like, “Here is something that… We all know what a crossover means. Like, here’s the title that’s going to grab you and then kind of try to put a twist on it.” And it is that will they be able to pull this off? And that’s very exciting for a first issue. Alex: Let’s talk about another book that probably shouldn’t work. But I think of course totally does. Sweet Tooth: The Return #1 from DC Comics creator, writer and artist, Jeff Lemire. As you can figure out from the title, this is Jeff Lemire, returning to a almost perfect comic book series, Sweet Tooth years later, that was about a young animal boy that pairs up with an old man journeys through a post apocalyptic world try to find Safe harbor. They eventually kind of found it. And this picks up as happens in the first panel of the first issue, 300 years later, except things are happening again. As they say in old Twin Peaks, it is happening again. And that’s definitely a lot of the vibe that I think we get here. Man, I loved this book and the audacity of it and the fact that I have no idea where it’s going to go. Particularly by the end, how’d you guys feel? Justin: I agree with you like the idea of setting the premise like, oh, the story is starting over and we’re hitting very similar beats, but in a totally different world, means they’re going to just like totally throw that out of whack. Like very quickly, I think. And I love Sweet Tooth. It’s such a distinct book, and to be able to see it back on the shelves in a limited series though. Right. So that’s a totally different thing. Alex: Yes. Pete What do you think about this one? You’re a big Sweet Tooth fan. Pete: Yeah, this was- Justin: You got a real sweet tooth. Pete: Yeah, it just… Don’t get me started, I eat so much fucking candy. Alex: Hey Pete you got the sweetest teeth I’ve ever seen. Justin: Hey it’s Sweet Pete. Who’s here? It’s Sweetie Petey. Looking for his little sugar lick. Alex: Sweet Pete you want one of your meat treats? Pete: When you guys are done. Alex: Never. Justin: Never done. Pete: So Black Label’s putting this, which is interesting. It means they can kind of get a little crazier. So it’ll be interesting to see how much they push on that side. But I thought like the art was great. It really felt like Sweet Tooth. I thought it was very kind of weird world that he kind of woke up in. This inside, but kind of outside world. So I think they did a good job being like, “Hey, remember everything you love still here? New-ish kind of scenario. Come along for this ride.” And I think yeah, it does a great job of getting you excited for another story, with this team with this kind of gang that we know and love. So I think they did a great job of kind of returning to the well on this. Alex: Yeah, I agree. Let’s move on to another one that I’m sure you like Pete. Wolverine Black, White and Blood #1 from Marvel Comics written by Gerry Duggan, Matthew Rosenberg, Declan Shalvey, art by Adam Kubert, Joshua Cassara and Declan Shalvey. As you could probably figure out from the title, I think this is an anthology all about Wolverine that uses black, white, and blood and that’s pretty much it. So- Justin: Actual blood. Alex: Yeah. Justin: Human blood is what it’s printed in this book. Pete: So, this is just the story that I need right now. With all the insane shit going on I just want a Wolverine story. Okay, I don’t want to have to think about Fuck Island or how many swords, whatever, who’s got and read a bunch of fucking menus or articles or whatever the fuck in between panels. Just give me a fucking comic book about Wolverine. Thank you. Yes, this is my favorite pick from the week. I loved it. Great use of red, and then the black and white coloring. This is just a lot of fun and good times. Justin: Exactly. Pete, you’re right. It’s so simple. The first story is just a simple story about a man from the 19th century who is born a mutant, has a healing factor he falls in love with the red haired woman. Later he is absorbed into a Weapon X program which is run by a secret government organization. He’s experimented on, adamantium is added to his claws for some reason, in his skeletal system. He is then trained to fight using magnets, fight other monsters, that are built in this thing, and that people eventually feel pity for him because he does have some sort of conscience. It’s a simple story. Pete: Yeah it’s simple. Just give me a Wolverine story. All right. Alex: Classic. It’s like Dick and Jane, basically. Justin: Yes. Exactly, you’re talking about of course, the Jim Carrey movie. Alex: As usual with this sort of thing I think. Gerry Dugan and Matthew Rosenberg, Declan Shalvey, all good storytellers. Pete: The Dugs. Alex: The Dugs. So they’re all solid stories. For my money, the Declan Shalvey- Pete: Rosenberg’s great. Alex: … The third story is easily the best one. And I think part of that is that Declan Shalvey, as both the writer and the artist understands the challenge here and creates a story that plays to the strengths of the panels. It’s simpler, it’s more straightforward. It plays to those splashes, the small splashes both of blood but also the splash of the paddles. And I like that one quite a bit. Personally. Justin: Interesting. I really like the Weapon X story from Gerry Dugan. Pete: I loved the Rosenberg story the most. The Wolverine and a baby, I don’t need to see that. But [Zaubs 00:09:40] you do you. But what’s nice is three stories. If you pick this book up, probably like one of them. I thought this was great. You what you’re getting and it delivers. Justin: One of my favorite movies was Three Claws and a Little Baby. So I get it. Pete: I thought you were going to say and a little lady, but you didn’t. Justin: No, I preferred baby. Alex: That’s the sequel. Justin: The sequel, yeah. Alex: Origins- Justin: One claw’s played by Steve Gutenberg, one claw’s played by Ted Danson… Pete: Come on, The Gute- Alex: What do you prefer? Do you prefer Three Claws and a Baby or Claws Academy? Justin: That’s though, or the Santa Claws? We’re getting to that season. Alex: Origins #1 from Boom Studios created by Arash Amel, Lee Krieger and Joseph Oxford, script by Clay McLeod Chapman and art by Jacob Rebelka . I got to tell you I probably should have done some research here because I was very confused about the credits. Is this a video game or was this a previous property Why are there so many creators and a different script writer? What’s going on? But as it is the hero here I think is Jacob Rebelka’s art which is weird, set in a post-apocalyptic world, there’s a bunch of people wandering through. It seems very close to the Museum of Natural History but clearly isn’t. They pick up those strawberries but the strawberries are very bad for you. I needed more information personally in this first issue, but I still like the art quite a bit. Justin: The strawberries are just filled with worms. It’s not like they’re… Alex: Oh, okay. Gotcha. So normal strawberries. Justin: A normal strawberry. Alex: Yes. Justin: I agree with you, the art in this book is amazing. I’m very intrigued by the story. I don’t know exactly what’s happening. It feels like there’s a some sort of clone baby, but they talk about the baby, who is then later somewhat more of an adult, is named David. But they make it seem like he’s famous somehow. Is there a David that you think it is, like David Beckham? Alex: Copperfield? Justin: Oh, yes. When I was five, David Copperfield made me disappear. Pete: Yeah, you’ve told us that story. Alex: Yeah, we know. Justin: Have I told you that story? Yeah, well, just letting me know, it’s available- Alex: Not to interrupt but when I was five, David Beckham made me disappear. Pete: Wow. Justin: He bent you out of reality. Alex: Pete, what do you think about this one? Pete: I think the art’s are unbelievable. I love the kind of like, seeing the subway entrance in the middle of the grass was kind of really cool. Justin: It’s lush. Pete: Yeah, it’s very creative. It’s a cool story. I’m excited to see where this goes. But as of now, it’s like, there’s this baby named David. And so it’s like, is this… Justin: Oh, David Schwimmer. Pete: Oh, it’s a friend’s reference. Because David Schwimmer did have that scene where he got it on in the museum. Justin: Yes, he worked in a museum and it’s in New York. Pete: Yeah. So that’s it, right there. Justin: And if you’re going to need to clone a human to restart the population. You’re going to want a Schwimmer. You’re going to want to get a Schwimmer. Pete: Yeah, you’re going to want a Schwimmer. Alex: You got to yell “Get me the pall bearer.” Justin: Yes, definitely. Iconic film. Alex: Stranger Things Dungeons and Dragons #1 from Dark Horse Comics and [crosstalk 00:13:16]- Pete: Yeah. Alex: Written by Jody Houser and Jim Zub. Line art by Diego Galindo. This is something that Jim Zub plugged on our live show many, many weeks ago at this point. I still kind of didn’t know what to expect going in this. But I was surprised how much I enjoyed this. There are less of the Stranger Things and more as an homage, a loving tribute to the history of Dungeons and Dragons is what kind of comes through here. And that’s kind of nice. Pete: Yeah, that’s what the Zub-hub was talking about. Like he was really talking about how this really is a love letter to D&D, and kind of really gets into it. And I thought that was a cool kind of way to come at it. You can tell from this, the passion kind of just comes through in the pages. At first when he was telling us on the show, I was like, “Okay.” But this really works in this comic, I thought this was a lot of fun. And I love the kind of little pages at the end where you can kind of start your own. I thought this was great. I thought this was a lot of fun. Justin: It felt like regular things. It felt like, just things. They were just going about their business as kids. That’s not a criticism per se it’s just I think this is a hard prequel to the TV show Stranger Things. Bringing in how they got into D&D, which is very cool. And I like this book a lot better than the other Stranger Things book that we read, I think last week, because it feels a little more true to the characters and it feels like in line with the story of the TV show. Pete: It’s going to get strange. All right, they’re just kind of starting things out first. Alex: Yeah, they’ve started with Dungeons and Dragons. They’re going to move to Advanced Dungeons and Dragon and that’s when things are going to get real fucked up. Pete: Real strange. Justin: That’s crazy. Alex: Let’s move on to Backtrack #8 from Oni Press written by Brian Joines and are by Jake Elphick. This is, as we’ve plugged in many, many times, about a Cannonball Run style race but through time. Here mysteries are slowly starting to unfold about the racers who are all tied to the race in different ways. They also end back in pirate times, which is a fun era to put them in. I, as usual, had quite a blast reading this issue. How’d you guys feel about this one? Justin: It’s fun. We’re getting into a lot of like, specific character, small moves. And I feel like we’re building up towards sort of some big revelations here pretty soon. And yeah, I like them being in pirate times. It’s a fun, iconic place for them to be. Pete: Yeah, it’s interesting, because it’s like this crazy race throughout time. So you’re like, “Oh, Fast and Furious meets Back to the Future.” But like, what’s great is we’re getting as we’re in this insane race, we’re getting little kind of windows into people’s backstory, why they’re here, why they are the way that they are. And it’s nicely layered, like some comics issues are more focused on the race. This one’s a little bit more focused on the kind of story, which is good. This comic continues to be really great, the art is fantastic. And it really adjusts to what time period it’s in such a great way. Alex: I also like that we’ve finally gotten to a point with this book where it feels like Well, you can’t eliminate any of these characters. But of course, they’re going to and that’s going to make it hurt that much more. We’re not quite there yet, but in the next couple of issues, it feels like that’s coming. And that’s a good emotional place for the book to be in. Still a blast to read. If you haven’t read it, definitely pick it up. Alex: Next up US Agent #1 from Marvel Comics written by Priest, art by George Jeanty. I was very excited personally to see George Jeanty on this book. I’ve really liked his art a lot since he was on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and other things. He’s good stuff. Of course priest, always reliable. And this is a bonkers book about the asshole Captain America going through the heartland, fighting who even knows why. But I really really enjoyed this quite a bit just for how best up it was. How’d you guys feel about it? Justin: Yeah, if you’re looking for sort of a Hawkeye style comic. I feel like this has some strong like Hawkeye vibes back when he was living in Brooklyn with the Russian tracksuit dudes. That whole thing feels very much in line with what this book is. Except he’s a little bit more of a shit head. Sort of in the Scott Lane Ant Man style and constantly being mistaken for Captain America which that’s going to burn. Pete: Yeah, I was really happy when that one pizza delivery guy kicked the shit out of them. That was great. Justin: It is a weird… Like the story, like USA Agent. There’s a pizza delivery man who becomes his sort of sidekick. He’s keeping all these other pizza delivery people in the basement. Like I don’t quite know what the whole thing, the whole deal is here. But it’s fun. And it’s super unique, I feel like. Alex: Yeah, that feels like typical Priest stuff to be where it’s just these details thrown in. Where you’re like, “What I can’t quite get a handle on this, but it’s still fascinating at the same time.” Let’s move into a very dark turn for a book that we’ve been enjoying quite a bit. That Texas Blood #5, from Image Comics by Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips. Again, when we had Chris Condon on the show a couple of weeks back, he promised that things were going to get real bad real soon, and oh, boy, they got real bad as our main character is losing his mind down in Texas doing some very dark stuff. In the name of his brother being killed. This is definitely the most brutal issue of this yet. I would say. Justin: Yeah, I like this book a lot. I feel like the art in this issue specifically is so good. Some hard boiled crime I’m sure this book gets compared to Criminal a ton. And if you’re a fan of that, like this is right in line. I do think it’s strange that they use the same interior monologue lettering as a Criminal. And Jacob Philips is Sean Phillips’ son. I would move away from that because I think this book really stands alone on its own right. It doesn’t need to feel like it’s drafting off of Criminal’s success. Alex: How do you feel about Pete? Pete: Yeah, I think the art’s unbelievable. This is some real great storytelling, very intense. This book moves at a very interesting pace. It’s sometimes very fast, sometimes it seems like slow. But this is a really kind of great storytelling. Great character stuff. I’m very much enjoying myself. Alex: Let’s move on then and talk about Mighty Morphin #1 from Boom Studios, written by Ryan Parrott, illustrated by Marco Renna like that Texas blood This is a brutal issue for the Power Rangers. Just devastating, it’s a lot of blood. Justin: Devastating. Oh, Power Rangers. That makes sense, now. They must have left the other two words off the title. Alex: Yeah, well, that’s how you know they’re being serious. Unlike the other actually very dark Power Rangers books that we’ve been reading recently. This is a return to form. This is like classic Power Rangers. The Green Ranger is evil is he not? We don’t even know who he is. Doesn’t matter. You got all the villains here. You got all the Power Rangers. But with a slightly more modern style. How did you people feel about this one, particularly given that we’ve been quite enjoying the other Power Rangers books that have been coming out from Boom. Justin: This book felt like when you’re at a party, when we used to go to parties, and you end up talking to someone you don’t really know. And they tell you a very long story and you’re like, “I don’t know you. Why are you telling me this crazy involved story about your life? Like where are we going with this?” It felt like, “Oh yeah, I guess I see how that relates. Oh, the mighty Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Yeah. Oh, I see like we’re dealing with Zed and all this stuff.” But I will say I enjoyed reading. Despite the fact that it’s definitely feels like not my wheelhouse. Pete, how did you feel? Got to shoot your Bulk and Skull? Pete: Yeah, I mean, this is great. This is just fun. This, to me was like a animated version of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers kind of like the new update of Voltron. I very much had a lot of fun. We got some great fighting, some badass panda stuff. It was fun to see them talk about making the villains and that kind of stuff. Yeah, I thought the reveal at the end was great. I think this was just fun, Mighty Morphin comic stuff. Justin: It checks out. That’s the title and he said stuff at the end. So that’s what it is. Alex: I did like the reveal at the end. I think what I have been responding to and the other Mighty Morphin books that have been set in this post apocalyptic world where the Power Rangers mostly lost in the villains that are trying to just kind of hold on to what they have, is this idea of playing with the continuity. Which the shows could never do because they’re mostly working off of what the Japanese versions, right? Of Power Rangers then remixing them. So they’re all very kiddy and very silly and badly dubbed on purpose and all of these things. That just I never liked, this splits the difference between those two things. So to your point Justin, I also actually had a fun time reading this even if it is not quite my thing. But definitely more of my thing is those other books I would personally lean towards those. Justin: I agree and obviously I’ve always been a Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog. But it’s especially funny the way that… I was surprised by how all their animals, the animal machines they ride are like saber toothed tiger and all that. I was like, “They all look exactly the same, but they’re all different.” The mythology of the Power Rangers is so weird and convoluted. Alex: Yeah, I just can’t get a handle on it. Pete: Yeah, if that stuff made sense to you won’t be pulled out of the story like that I think. Alex: I’ll tell you, not to pull back the curtain too much but at my day job I got offered this exclusive clip for I want to say Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Dino Thunder or something like that. Pete: Oh, wow. Alex: Yeah, I know. And they sent it to me. And it was the casts from like four different Power Rangers shows all getting together. So clearly we’ve done enough stuff that I could watch it I was like, “Okay, this is like Avengers: Endgame for Power Rangers.” But it was such a deep dive to understand what they were talking about at any point in that clip. Normally a clip I’m like, all right, I could write this up and half an hour tops. That’s it. But this one I was like opening up wikis and looking at casts, and debut dates and everything. I was like “What is happening here? This is weird.” But there you go. Deep dives. Alex: Let’s move on to another one. Which is a one of my favorite books that is coming out right now, Spy Island #3 from Dark Horse Comics written by Chelsea Kane art by Lia Miternique. So this is set on an island in the Bermuda Triangle that is filled with spies of different types. In this issue our mean spy is starting to figure out that her father, who is also on the island hiding out as a mime may have a bigger plan at work. We also find out more about what happened to the first two issues in terms of what she laid down. This book is fantastic. In my mind, it is like a perfect mix between Mind Management and Superior Foes of Spiderman with a flavor of his own. And I am loving every single issue of it. How are you guys feeling? Justin: Pete? Pete: Well, I was waiting for you to go. This is really kind of crazy, but it’s also a lot of fun. I also like the kind of art. The way the art changes throughout the book. The whole like a series where she’s dating different dudes and the kind of like the way the father sees the dudes, very interesting. Yeah, I think this is a very creative, cool book and the art matches it perfectly in such a cool way. Yeah, I’m not always understanding what’s happening, but it’s very interesting and very creative. So yeah, I think this is a great book. Justin: Yeah, I agree. It’s really funny. It reminds me a bit of Mark Russell’s Flintstones, I guess all of Mark Russell’s stuff. If you’re a fan of that, like this book is like legitimately funny, it has sort of an irreverent tone. The way they do full page sort of jokes, visual jokes is really awesome. But it’s still has like some… I’m very interested in the story as well. Like, these characters are fun. Like I don’t quite know what’s happening with the mystery itself. But it’s just a smart world and universe this book creates in every issue. Alex: Yeah. I just wanted to reiterate what you said Pete about Lia Miternique’s art which collages in so many different styles throughout the book, it’s so impressive. Pete: Very impressive. They’re straight flexing. It’s unbelievable in this. Alex: It’s great. Yes, straight flexing is actually a really good way to put it. It’s definitely a book to be like, “Here’s what we could do. Here’s what we can show off.” It’s awesome. Definitely pick it up. Next up Web of Venom: Empyres End #1 for Marvel Comics, written by Clay McCloud Chapman, art by Guiu Villanova. This is as you can probably tell from the title, following up on the End of Empyre as a bunch of the Skrull and Cree leave Earth at run directly into the King in Black, the next event, and have literally like a crossover, while one of them is heading one way the other is heading the other. And ends up like aliens on a Skrull ship. I like this, I was a little hesitant, just because it wasn’t Donny Cates ready to get and he’s been such a mastermind behind this event. But I thought this was a very good, scary book. Justin: That’s such a funny way to put it, Alex. Because it really does feel like it’s we’re backstage at Marvel and one event is like, “Hey, we finished our performance. Thank you so much.” And another event is like, “Oh, we’re up next. We’re going to… Sorry. Oh, did we sorry, we bumped into you and made a big mess with all of our symbiont juice. So sorry.” Because it is like, when I saw this I was like, “Empyre. No way.” But it is actually a great story and it does have that sort of Aliens. Like it’s game over man for everybody in this issue. And the King in Black is terrifying. Like I’m excited to see this event the more I see of sort of the insanity. Reminds me of the insane Adam Warlock from back in Infinity Gauntlet days, as the villain here. And it’s a good read even though it feels unessential from the title. It’s worth picking up. Pete: Yeah, I mean, they got some space vampire bats in here. This is just some crazy, fun stuff that’s going on. Yeah, I mean, it’s just kind of like alright, space aliens. Cool. There’s not too much more going on but it’s definitely a cool comic and worth checking out. Alex: Next up Batman 102 from DC Comics written by James Tynion IV in art by Carlo Pagulayan. This is the intro of Ghost-Maker who of course, is the guy who builds ghosts. We all know that in the DC Universe. Justin: Yes. Pete: No, no, because when he makes ghost by killing you and then you’re a ghost. That’s how that’s… Justin: Oh no, I think he makes the ghost in the original Pac Man game. He made Inky, Blinky, Dot. Pete: And also just in case you’re wondering he doesn’t like crochet little ghosts either makes them. No. Okay, he kills people turning them into ghosts. Justin: I guess we have different takes. Alex: So this introduces that character. And Ghost-Maker, well, he got introduced before, but this is his official introduction. He is going directly for Clownhunter. So we got two new additions to the Batman mythos, going head to head with Batman, of course stuck in the middle. As it turns out, though, Ghost-Maker has a deep tie to Batman’s origin. Pete you got to like this right? There was a lot of fighting. Pete: Yeah, this was a great issue. I love the action. Also fun reveal. Well, all right, let me back up the truck a little bit. Love the Batman like punch entrance. Nice when you can like make your entrance and punch someone in the face. I mean, that’s like- Justin: Yes. I’ve seen you walk into a lot of weddings. Pete: Yeah, anyways. But I think this was a ton of action, which is great. But also the way they kind of knew each other, the way it was like, “Ghost-Maker.” “Batman.” And like right into it. It was really cool. Also very interesting how Clownhunter is still hanging on like still a thing. I thought Clownhunter would have kind of like faded away after Batman gave him his talking to. But not the case. And now we’re also dealing with Grinners which is interesting. Talking to Oracle on the old earpiece there “Okay, that’s cool.” But I think that they also had some funny moments like when Knife Guy was like, “I hate teenagers.” That was hilarious. Justin: Because you hate teenagers? Pete: No, no, I just think that it was like a funny line, where he’s like, “Teenagers.” But yeah, I think there’s some interesting stuff happening in this. And instead of kind of like a cool down from such a big event that we just had. The fact that they kind of ramped it right back up into that it’s very kind of interesting. And also cool name, Ghost Stories part one. Justin: I feel like James Tynion got sort of his first big story out of the way. And now he can really settle in and create his bat universe. And I think Clownhunter, Ghost-Maker are a big part of that. Really leaving his mark on Batman as a character and the whole world there. And I like that. I’m excited that we’re sort of in that point in his arc here. Pete: And it’s also interesting to have a villain that’s like, “Yo, Batman, do your fucking job. Gotham is a shit show. It’s constantly on fire. Like What’s your deal?” That’s an interesting way to come at it. Alex: A lot of the discussion in this book is about what Gotham is now that the Joker War is done and what it’s going to become next. I’m excited for what’s going to become next. And I trust James Tynion enough to bring it there. But to your point, Justin, he thought he was only going to be on until Issue 100 and he’s continuing from there. So in my mind definitely feels like “Oh, okay, I’m going to keep going. Alright, I’m going to set up the next 15, 20, 30 issues, however long I’m on for.” Versus what I was doing before, which was my definitive Batman story. Alex: So I’m curious to see what this sets up and where it goes. Because again, I trust James Tynion’s storytelling, he has certainly proved himself more than capable. Let’s move on to Dryad #6 from Oni Press written by Kurtis Wiebe, and illustrated by Justin [Barcello 00:33:49]. This issue our main family is still hanging out in cyberpunk Tech City, trying to figure out what’s going on. Trying to figure out if they should help the kids who are currently in a coma. Turns out they don’t need help, they do wake up by the end. We find out another huge revelation about our family. I got to tell you, I was not totally into the cyberpunk stuff in this issue. But I definitely turned around by the end. Love the twist there. I thought that was so great for the series going forward. What was your guys take on it? Justin: I agree. I love the way the story is unfolding. I think the way they’re able to capitalize on this two pronged like fantasy side of the story and the technological side of the story. In a way that it’s a tough trick to pull off. And I think it is working on both fronts. I like the sort of Blade Runner vibe to the front end of the book. And then when we shift generations to the kids for the back end, I like all these characters. I’m curious to hear… It feels like this is sort of like a mission went bad a long time ago and we’re dealing with the fallout is what this series is actually about. So I want to know What that is. I feel like that was a reveal in this issue that we didn’t really know from before. Pete: This book continues to be very, very creative. Each issue kind of comes at things a little differently. It’s fun to see what you’re going to get with every issue. Yeah, and we keep getting deeper into the story. They’re doing a good job of kind of piecemealing information while still giving us a lot of action. Fun reveal at the end. I think this is very interesting. And also it’s cool the way they kind of swap around styles. So I continued to be impressed by this book. Alex: Cool. Next up The Goddamned: the Virgin Brides from Image Comics written by Jason Aaron and art by R.M. Guera. Pete, I know what you’re going to say it’s creepy. So Justin, what did you think about this button? Justin: This is a book you want to leave out for your grandparents, they’re going to love the fighting, they’re going to love the very short tops that expose all of your breasts. It’s a good stuff for the older generation. But I like this book a lot. The R.M. Guera art is unbelievable. It’s so detailed. It feels like it’s in the style of Prince Valiant, but with a exciting, much more irreverent story. And the twists and turns, it’s also written from the point of view where like, I don’t know… We have our protagonists who are on the run. They’re virgin brides who are supposed to mate with this like monster basically, that is the god here. And they escaped, we’re on the run. And then things aren’t going well, basically. And I feel like this book could be very harsh with its character, so I really don’t know what’s going to happen next. Alex: Yeah, I agree. That’s one of the biggest things about the book is it’s very dark, and it’s a super gritty, I hesitate to say realistic but that probably gives the best sense of it take on the Bible and biblical mythology. But if you look at the Bible, lots of people dying all the time, or almost dying or horrible things happening to them almost constantly. So it’s actually very- Justin: Not a fun read. Not a fun read. Alex: Yeah. Not a beach… I don’t usually take the Bible to the beach, to be honest, like to read it, to just chill out. But like you said, R.M. Guera’s art is fantastic. This is very dark. I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next issue at all. But there’s a crazy cliffhanger that happens that was awesome. Good stuff. Let’s move on to talk about Thor #9. Pete: I just wanted to say. Alex: Yeah, yeah. Pete: I agree with you. The ending was really kind of amazing. Justin: You do like it, you love it. Pete: No, it’s creeptastic in all the wrong ways. Justin: But do you like the art Pete? Because this is R.M. Guera, same artist on Scalped? Which you like. Pete: Yeah, amazing artist. Alex: Would you say it’s worth it for the art alone? Pete: Nope. Justin: Wow. Alex: You’re very wrong. Justin: Can’t get past it. Alex: Yeah. Thor #9 from Marvel Comics written by Donny Cates art by Nick Klein. So this is kicking off a new crazy story arc. Donny Cates doing his Donny Cates Marvel thing as he goes back to an old part of Marvel continuity, lifts it up again and makes it as fucked up as possible. In this case, we’re exploring what happens to Donald Blake when Thor comes out. Something that we haven’t touched out in years. Where does he go? And it ends up being pretty messed up. But I love where the storyline is going. And Nick Klein’s art of this book is phenomenal. So good. What did you guys think? Justin: Totally agree. Like I love… This is my favorite book of the week, the way that finding this little bit of Thor mythology that has been just legitimately ignored. Dr. Blake was the character that was Thor’s human form and he would tap his walking stick and become Thor. And Thor just hasn’t transformed out of him. It’s like Bruce Banner has been the Hulk for so long that like what’s Bruce Banner up to? And we get to explore that side of that here. And it is fucked up. And it’s super smart the way we get there and to have Donald Blake become this new aspect of the Thor mythology I think is super exciting. Pete: I don’t know man. Like this is to me, it’s like, it’s okay if we’re out of ideas, guys, we can just maybe… Justin: Jesus. Alex: Wow. Justin: Harsh take. Pete: What it’s like, “Hey, remember how I turn into this guy? Well, when I turn into him, he just kind of walks the earth. What if he got angry about that?” And it’s like “Wait, what is happening? What are we doing right now?” Alex: That’s what’s happening, you just described what’s happening. Pete: Yeah, I know, but that doesn’t make it a good idea. Justin: It’s fun though. It’s like when Wolverine when he died he had to fight a sword dude. Like that was cool. Pete: Okay. Alex: Was it? Pete: Yeah, I don’t know if it was. Justin: I liked the fighting this sword dude. I didn’t like the fact that he came back from just a little speck of blood Lobo-style. Alex: I do love… I don’t know, just I love the visual of what happens when Donald Blake finally comes out of his reverie, the way that Nick Klein draws him. I don’t know if Nick Klein specifically designed him Pete: The art’s unbelievable. Alex: What? Pete: The art’s unbelievable. Alex: Yeah, it’s great. It’s worth it for the art alone, I would say. Pete: Wow. Justin: Wow. Alex: The that Nick Klein designs the new Dr. Donald Blake is great. Justin: What a cool turn of phrase. Alex: It’s a great new villain for the Marvel Universe. Spoiler, obviously, but I think in the same way that Donny introduced Cosmic Ghost Rider. And it immediately became like, “Oh, it’s this thing. Like that exists. That’s fun. That is a fun thing to look at.” Yeah, it’s the same thing with whatever Dr. Donald Blake has become. It’s a fun clear visual and I love it. And I’m excited to see what this means, it ties into the overall mythology that he’s building for Thor, with what’s happening with Mjolnir. It just feels very smart across the board. Justin: 100%. Alex: Next up, Wicked Things #6 from Boombox created written by John Allison and art by Max Sarin. We’ve been very complimentary of this book, which follows a teen detective who is framed, probably for murder, as she ends up teaming up with the police department in I believe London. Not 100% sure, but I’m going to say yes. And she is pretty much smarter than him. This is a weird ending for this book I got to say. It feels like there were supposed to be more issues. And then it got cut short, personally, which is disappointing, even though I enjoyed this issue as well. Justin: Well, that may be true. It does feel… It could also just be a cliffhanger that they’re really pushing. I think the last page makes it feel like there was truly like a page ripped out of the back of the book. And I was like, “Wait, what?” I wanted to know how this conversation ends. But in general, it’s fun. This main character is such a fun… I love her energy. I like the world this is in which is like this detective, 14 to 16 years old, the best detective in the world. And there’s a moment where she’s being held hostage and you expect her to like elbow the guy and get away. But it doesn’t happen because she’s just a regular teen detective. And I think that’s fun that they’re really keeping within the storyline. Pete: Just a regular teen detective? Justin: Yeah, like a… Pete: Like a normal teen detective. Justin: Because like, surely you were a teen… You solved some crimes in your small town, right Pete? Pete: Oh definitely. Definitely did. Yeah, I agree. This is a ton of fun. Alex: Sorry, Pete, what did they call you? They called you Thesaurus LePage? Pete: No they didn’t. Justin: He was really good with saying other words that were like words. Pete: Yeah. Justin: He didn’t solve a lot of mysteries but he was like, “Oh, I think you mean sweaty.” Alex: Yeah. Pete: Yeah, I think it did feel a little rushed. Every issue up until this issue didn’t feel that way. But man, this is still a great story. Really creative, fun, main character. 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On this week’s comic book review podcast: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 IDW Story by Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird & Tom Waltz Script by Tom Waltz & Kevin Eastman Layouts by Kevin Eastman Pencils/Inks by Esua & Isaac Escorza X of Swords: Stasis #1 Marvel Written by Tini Howard and Jonathan Hickman Art by Pepe Larraz and Mahmud Asrar Wynd #5 BOOM! 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SUPPORT OUR SHOWS ON PATREON. This episode is sponsored by Helstrom, now on Hulu. This episode is also sponsored by Alitu. Check out their guide on how to start a podcast, right now: https://www.ThePodcastHost.com/start Full Transcript: Alex: What is up you all? Welcome to the stack. I’m Alex. Justin: I’m Justin. Pete: I’m Pete. Alex: And on the stack we talk about a ton of comics that came out this week. So many comics, so many big comics, but I want to kick it off with this one Pete. Pete, this goes out to you. Pete: Yeah. Alex: Once upon a time, there was a little boy who grew up in Rochester, loving four turtles. Pete: Yeah. Alex: Those four turtles lived in the sewer, they loved pizza and they were ninjas. They were the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and this is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #1 dedicated to Pete LePage. Pete: From IDW comics story about Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird and Tom Waltz script by Tom Waltz and Kevin Eastman. Layouts by Kevin Eastman, Pencils and Inks by Esau and Isaac Escorza. Now the whole thing behind this is, this is reportedly [crosstalk 00:02:18] Alex: Wait, wait. Allow me to just take it over. Allow me to just take it from here. Pete: Oh you want to take it over? Okay take it from here. Justin: It seems like a risk. Alex: Basically Eastman and Laird back in the day had this story and they just put it on the shelf because they stopped doing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a while. And so they had this story planned a long time ago and just as a fan it’s very exciting that they got the chance to do this. And the fact that just to see the names Eastman and Laird next to each other again, what a magical time, but I’m sorry [inaudible 00:02:55]. Go ahead. Justin: No, I have a question. Because they famously started getting along, right Pete? Pete: I don’t know if it who… They split ways. They went their separate ways. I don’t know why or whatever happened? I didn’t really dig into that but. Justin: So is this them getting back together a little bit? Pete: Well, this is them at least dusting off something and being [crosstalk 00:03:21]. No it’s Eastman dusting it off and working with IDW to move forward with a story probably without Laird or I mean, I don’t know him but I assume him being like, “Whatever, do whatever you want.” Justin: You don’t know Laird? Pete: I don’t know Laird. Justin: Let me ask you, do you think they are going to do any alternate covers or anything for this book? Pete: I tell you what’s funny about that is, because there’s 60 of them. Alex: 71 alternate covers. Pete: But I just want to say, I was paging through them and I was like, “Wait a second, Last Ronin. Oh my God. The other turtles are dead.” And it took me to the 45th cover before I really put it together. I was like, “Oh no, this is going to be sad as fuck.” I’m not ready for this. Alex: That’s the genius about it is it really does take you until the 45th cover to really get the plot of the book. Justin: Yeah, honestly when I was it’s a little bit behind the curtain we get to review these, we get them as PDFs and I was already through it. I was, “Wait a second. Is this the comic? Am I just not putting this together?” And I was like, “No, these are covers.” After another 30 I was like, “Oh no, this has to be the comic, am I missing the story or maybe they link up.” And then finally I was, “No, I guess this is just covers.” And then one last time I was, “This is just a series of pinups or something.” Pete: It’s an emotional roller coaster to page through for sure? Justin: Yeah. Pete: But then it’s actually a story. It’s basically Dark Knight Returns but with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, that’s pretty much it or old man [crosstalk 00:05:06] Teenage Mutant chip in the story. Alex: Hold on. Pete don’t jump on me yet because I thought this was great. I’m saying, this as a reference point, it is very much one of the turtles heads back to the city to take down the descendant of Shredder, he’s the only one left, he’s old man turtle now and that’s what it is. You know what the setup is but it really does feel there’s old Eastman and Laird comic books down to the art, down to the piecing and everything and I thought it was awesome. I was very excited about reading this comic, even though I understood the comic, even though the concept, even though we’ve walked through this thing multiple times before it’s fun to see the turtles in it or turtle. Pete: Or turtle. Justin: It’s super sad. Pete: Yeah. Justin: It definitely has that very much like I dwell in darkness vibe throughout and that’s why the reveal at the end is like the whoa moment. Alex: Yeah. That was really heartbreaking and I was not ready for. Justin: Let me say, there’s a moment where our Last Ronin turtle falls out of a skyscraper and falls. He’s like, “Oh no, I’m going to die.” And then he lands and he doesn’t land on his shell. And I feel if he landed on his shell he would have been all right. Alex: Right [crosstalk 00:06:32]. Justin: I guess that’s what [crosstalk 00:06:38] trouble. Pete: I think later the last couple of panels, explain why do you, if you put that together, but you know, okay. Justin: Wait, why does they explain why? Pete: Because of what happens later? Justin: No, it doesn’t explain why he didn’t land on the shell. Alex: No, that doesn’t explain. Pete: I will say, one of the things that I also thought was great about this is one of the Hills I’ll die on is I never liked the animated series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It made me actively angry. And one of the reason it made me angry is, I read the Eastman and Laird comics first and those are bloody, those are intense, they’re emotional at times and then they turn them into these [inaudible 00:07:17] dude eating pizza guys and it was very frustrating for me that this was why everybody loved the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles versus the comics. That was definitely my first gatekeeping experience, I think. And getting back to these comics, it feels like getting back to reminding people, no, these comics were actually kind of hardcore. Alex: These turtles are miserable. They’re not having fun with [inaudible 00:07:44], they’re mad and sad. Though I will say you get your Baxter Stockman references here, you get your [inaudible 00:07:52] references here. And were those in the original comics or is that? Pete: Yeah. Justin: Yeah. Alex: Yeah. Justin: I all the time, and we’ve talked about this in the show before, but I all the time think about as a teen reading Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and being like, “Okay, they’re going to beat Shredder in this first arc.” And they don’t and Shredder destroys them and they run away and they spend an entire arc hiding at a farm and healing because they got beaten up so badly by Shredder and that needs such an impact on me. So same sort of thing here happening to our Last Ronin, I think it is very reminiscent of that. Starting it off at a place where they just don’t win, they lose. It almost works against the idea of them being Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at a certain way, where it is very serious and it is very bloody, but an intense action, but it’s very good. Alex: They’re teenagers, when you’re a teen- Pete: You’re going to lose. Alex: Yeah. You couldn’t lose. Justin: You’re going to lose. Speaking of people that are going to lose, let’s move on and talk about- Pete: Wait, wait, wait, not moving on yet. Alex: Just wanted to say a couple of things here. First off, I was really hoping this was all going to be black and white. I was a little disappointed it was color. The original ones were black and white and really well done but the coloring is cool I guess. And I was really kind of heartbroken by this issue. This is very sad and depressing and I was really looking forward for this to pick me up and when it didn’t and it made me sadder it was rough. I was really looking forward to this issue and the fact that I liked how dark and gritty it was, but the way it ended really hurt. But I do hope that Eastman and Laird can set aside whatever they have, because I would love for them to give me a little bit more TMNT. Justin: I don’t think that’s going to happen, but let’s move on to another team. X Of Swords: Stasis #1 or 10 Of Swords: Stasis #1 from Marvel written by Tini Howard and Jonathan Hickman, art by Pepe Larraz and a Mahmud Asrar. This is the mid point exactly I think. I think it’s chapter- Alex: Of 22. Justin: Yeah of 22 of 10 Of Swords and we finally get the thing that you’ve been begging for Pete, that you’ve been asking for, we transition from everybody getting their swords to getting ready for the tournament. That’s what happens in this issue. We finally have our sword bears. We meet the other side, we meet the villains and then they all get together in other worlds. Get ready for the final battle. This is great. Pete: So good. Justin: I loved the building of the villains. I love these villains. They’re so smart and they’re so interesting. And even if the reveal at the end is pretty obvious, I feel like you could have seen it going for the building beginning, it’s still very emotionally satisfying. Pete: Yeah. I’m happy we got the fast forward button because I would have really been upset if we had to go through another 10 issues of everybody getting their swords on the villain side. So I was glad it was one issue and get it all done. I wish we could have had that with the other side but great. It’s all out of the fucking way now, the next issue’s got to have action. It’s got to have a sword fighting, right? Alex: I actually don’t think there’s any sword fighting I think now that they have their swords all together they’ll put them away and [crosstalk 00:11:35]. Pete: Wolverine [crosstalk 00:11:37], right? Alex: Yeah. Pete: That they’re like metaphorical swords. Alex: Exactly. And he’s also like, “You know what? Claws are just tiny sores. I don’t need these either. I’ll give these up as well.” Justin: He hands them to a poor [inaudible 00:11:50] kid on the street. He’s like, “Here you go. Here’s my claws.” Pete: [crosstalk 00:11:54] day is it sir? Christmas morning. Have my claws. Alex: I got to say though, this is an Epic cover. It’s a really glorious cover to this book. Justin: I love all of this. I feel like with this issue, everything’s cranky on all cylinders. The Arakko stuff is really starting to come together and the different corners of it, the different sort of monsters and mutants from their side coming together. We get the interstitial panels where we get to see all their swords. Very cool. Saturnine is setting up both a villain and sort of the unlike the person who’s just not able to control the situation that she’s created and then the tarot card bit at the end I thought was awesome. Alex: Yeah, this is all so good. The art by Pepe Larraz and Mahmud Asrar is seamless. Normally I’m not a fan of taking two artists and sticking them together though both of the artists are great but fantastic. There was no stoppage in the pace of the issue between their different pages. I think Tini Howard and Jonathan Hickman are working on musically together. You can tell where Tini Howard is leading into jokes at Jonathan Hickman is leading into, “Here’s some insane mythology.” But it still blends very seamlessly. Fantastic stuff. This is one of my favorite crossovers that has happened in a very, very long time. Alex: Let’s move to a ending, at least for now with WYND #5 from BOOM! Studios written by James Tynion IV and wrote by Michael Dialynas, I got to get that right at some point. So this is as mentioned the end of the arc, they’re going to be coming back next year at some point with this issue with this title. This [inaudible 00:13:45] fantasy world that hates weird things. We get some big revelations this issue about the villains, as well as our heroes, as well as the promise of more to come. There’s a big show down. I thought this was a really good arc and I’d highly recommend if you didn’t pick it up in individual issues, definitely pick this up and trade. Pete: Yeah. I think this really ended such a great place. It did such an amazing job of weaving the venture tail and such a cool way. And man, what a fantastic last issue that makes me very sad that it’s ending. I want more, they really did a great job of setting up this world and I hope they get to play in it more because I would be excited to read it. Art’s fantastic, writing’s unbelievable. This is a great, great package. And speaking of great packages, Justin, what are your thoughts? Justin: Thanks Pete. I am a great package using your words as a description of me. I like this a lot too. I feel like it really is a small step into a huge world that I feel like James Tynion IV is ready to really walk us into. It’s a world where everything is pretty contained and controlled but it’s also like… Basically any fantastical thing can exist in this world. It’s just been so restrained that it needs to be released perhaps by our hero. And that’s just a nice spot to start this whole series or however long they run it for. Alex: Yeah. And just to mention off of what Pete was saying, it is coming back for WYND #6 next year. This is just the end of the first arc. There’s just going to be a gap. I believe it’s coming back in May. Pete: Sweet. Alex: So there you go. Moving on to another James Tynion IV book, Dark Nights: Death Metal Rise of The New God #1 from DC Comics written by James Tynion IV and Bryan Hill, art by Jesus Merino and Nik Virella. This is picking up on the Dark Nights Death Metal event and showing us, this is kind of a big revelation, not just for this event but also for the mythology that Scott Snyder and company have built up. They have been promising that Perpetua, the mother of the multi-verse has been preparing the multi-verse for someone or something else. And we finally get a little taste of what that something or something else is here in a more dick watcher who shows up essentially to [inaudible 00:16:16] what’s going on in DC Universe. Pete: [crosstalk 00:16:19], you were like more of the dick watcher. I was like, what? Like a watcher with more penises. Justin: I was like, man, if you want more dick, check out this new watcher. Pete: That is a note we get a lot is like, I love the watcher, but more dick. Alex: Yeah, but we meet new character called the Chronicler who is of course chronically the DC Universe. Things go interestingly from there as he resurrects a character who was recently killed. I’d like this issue though, this was not what I expected for the title and it’s a key piece of the mythology and I’m happy that they’re finally getting there. Pete: Yeah. This is just continues to be over the top fun. I enjoy it. The Chronicler is a cool new kind of like reveal. Also this Metron guy really misses his chair and I get it, man. If you’re standing for a long time, especially out in space, that’s got to be rough when you- Justin: It’s actually very easy to stand in space. Pete: Well, he’s complaining a lot for a guy who misses his space chair. Alex: Have you ever seen the movie Gravity? Sandra Bullock has a lot of lines about, “Wow, this is easy. I’m standing. This is so easy” Justin: And that big ending is where she’s like, “It’s even easier than I thought it was.” I like this issue a lot. This Chronicle, it’s very [inaudible 00:17:51] this whole issue. Now at a point in the book, the Chronicle is showing off his his little book, his codex of the DC Universe to brainiac five and he reads it and barfs. Now what do you think would have to be in a book to make you instantly barf? Is there a comic book you’ve ever read where you got very close to barfing? Alex: I don’t think so but if somebody had to be the next Game of Thrones book, I’d probably throw up excitement. Justin: Like a positive. Pete: Oh, a positive barf, I don’t know. I was going to say, if they were graphically describing something that was grotesque and was very queasy I might throw up. If it was talking about maggots writhing in some kind of vomit or garbage. Alex: Like if you saw a picture of someone vomiting in a book, you’ll be like, “Oh, here I go.” Pete: I’ll be like, oh. Alex: Maybe that’s what it was. Pete: I did. When I saw Brainiac 5 throw up that book I vomited too. Alex: Yeah. It’s visceral. Pete: Sympathy vomit. Alex: Yeah. But good stuff. Moving on to Sex Criminals #69, you get it. Image comics by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. This is the last issue of Sex Criminals ever. They’re done with the story. We kind of thought they were done with the story last issue but we zoom forward a bunch of years to catch up with the characters. Justin: I got to ask you a personal question here yourselves, you got to be really disappointed because dedicated to there’s an Alex W not an Alex Z that is dedicated to, that had to really chop your buns. Alex: Yeah, I definitely read that, saw that and had a emotional reaction to that so thanks for catching that. Justin: I’m sorry man. Pete famously known for reading every dedication page in a comic book and giving us his take. I think this series finished really strong, a series that I thought wavered a bit at a point, and by their own admission, Matt Fraction was sort of like, “Yeah, we wandered for a little bit in there.” But I think really the last issue I thought was great and this issue had all the… It felt like those moments when you see someone that you used to date or used to be in love with or something and all of that, it just played so well in this from top to bottom. And then all of the sort of the sex stuff is treated as just a little side thing, which I think is a little bit the point of the series whereas it was always about the characters and their sex crimes, the Sex Criminals stuff was just the fun bit that got everyone [inaudible 00:20:53]. Pete: I love this. I wish the whole series was like this. I thought it was really focused on the love. Alex: Sure. You would prefer love criminals? Pete: Yeah. Alex: Oh, interesting. Pete: Or just sex relationshipers. Alex: Even if it wrapped up very nicely in the last issue with the main plot, this is a nice little coda, a nice little finishing bit on there. Yeah. I can make a lot of jokes but for Pete’s sake, I will refrain from making all of them. Alex: Stranger Things: Science Camp #2 from Dark Horse Comics written by Jodie Houser, pencils by Edgar Salazar. This is a interesting comic that takes place between seasons two and three of Stranger Things as Dustin is at science camp meeting Susie, the girl of his dreams that we find out about it in season three. And it turns out there’s maybe a stalker killer at the camp. And the weird thing to me, I like this book just fine but the weird thing to me about Stranger Things comic books is almost nothing strange should ideally happen in any books outside of the big continuity or stranger things, right? Pete: What? They can’t have some side fun? Alex: No. Justin: I sort of felt the opposite. I felt like I wanted something to happen. This was very less strange. Pete: What are you talking about? The guy is killing kids. Alex: Is he though? Justin: This just feels like a totally unrelated book so I’m like, yeah, it’s vaguely one of the stranger things kids here but it feels unrelated to the main series and so it’s hard to get in on it. Pete: Focusing it on the star of the show. I love it. It’s great. Alex: So you like this one? Pete: Yeah. I thought it was fun. I like the setup of this relationship. And I like the kind of, okay, some things are happening and I’m sure our hero we’ll get to the bottom of it and save the day. Alex: Yeah. I guess we’ll see what happens. I do think Jodie Houser does a good job with the writing, captures Dustin, Edgar Salazar’s art is good as well. Yeah, it’s just tough to wrap your mind around this book a little bit, at least from my perspective. Next step, here’s an easy book to understand, one that you could just sink right into. The Immortal Hulk #39 from Marvel Comics written by Al Ewing and art by Joe Bennett. Oh my God. This issue was insane. As the leader continues to enact his plan working for the one below who controls this whole gamma hell, whatever is going on there and tried to take over the Hulk, we thought the leader was doubted out last issue, it turns out he was very much not, as usual he has a plan to get one over on all the Hulks and everybody as we slowly moved towards the end game of the series. This is as wild and gross as any issue of this title. Pete: Yes. This one, I felt like really brought a lot of this stuff to a head. The grossness, the viscera of the Hulk throat mouth coming out and eating Hulk’s dad in the middle of this book and just like, I love it though. It’s so good. The idea that the only way to defeat the Hulk is to get inside his brain, open the green door, inside his own mental state. And we see Hulk at his weakest tier where he’s like, “I just want my dad to say I love you.” And he messes up, he fucks up because he it’s his vulnerability and we’ll have to watch it happen ending on this just horrifying image. Justin: Yeah. It keeps getting worse and worse for the Hulk and it gets creepier and more disgusting looking and, man this is a crazy fucking tale. I’m really interested to see how this all ends up. But amazing ride and this has been an amazing new take on the Hulk and it continues to crank forward in such a cool way. For someone who’s read the Hawk for most of his life, this is unbelievable. Alex: Well to that end, and this is something I was thinking about reading this issue in particular, is the one below somebody we know, or is this a new character? Because it feels like Al Ewing has been mining so many different aspects of Hulk continuity throughout this run, from Bruce Banner’s father to Bruce Banner, to all the Hulk’s different personalities, to everything throughout his history, it feels like this should be some sort of new villain who’s the ultimate villain who’s controlling things, but is it somebody we know already? Is that possible? Pete: What could the possible options be? Thunderbolt Ross or Bruce Banner himself. Alex: Right. Pete: Right? Alex: I think that’s it. Pete: What are the other possible the truly Epic Hulk villains? Alex: I don’t know, Abomination? Pete: Yeah. Maybe, but I feel like, didn’t we fight him already in the early part of [inaudible 00:27:39]? Alex: Well, and to your point, leader is the step up there, right? Leader is the big Hulk villain. And once you’ve gotten past Bruce Banner’s father, the only place you can really go is Bruce Banner himself. So if there is some sort of the one below was Bruce Banner when he was separated by the gamma bomb or something like that, I could see that as a possibility, but I don’t know. It was just something that occurred to me while I was reading this. Let’s move on and talk about The Last God: Songs of Lost Children #1 from DC Comics created by Phillip Kennedy Johnson written by Dan Watters and art by Steve Beach. This is an interesting one because we’ve been loving reading The Last God, but this is not written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, this is somebody else, somebody else is playing in his world here which is pretty fascinating. How do you think it holds up and how do you think it works as a comic all on its own? Pete: This is a fucking freaky ass story. I think it’s a nice kind of like it fits in this world, but kind of it’s its own thing. I think it’s a cool kind of like Halloween tale in the middle of this thing. It’s just kind of like a fun, scary ass fucking creepy story with the kid that, oh my God, I’m a very scary monster. That freaked me the fuck out. That was really intense and very scary. This is a very cool book if you like horror books or Halloween kind of things, this is definitely a must pick up. Justin: I love that this is becoming a little corner of the universe. The Last God is such a fun, well thought out universe and story and the fact that we get sort of just another version of that, that is equally horrifying. Talk about body dysmorphia in the Hulk, we get a bunch of that here as well, which is gross and scary. I hope there’s more, I hope this becomes a real thing. Alex: Yeah, I agree. Just a great one-shot. Even if you haven’t been reading the main series, if you want to read a horror fantasy one shot, this is a real good. Steve Beach’s art is great and horrifying. Dan Watters definitely captures the tone of the [inaudible 00:29:57] series. Just a very good book overall. Let’s move to one that I know Justin was very excited about, The Department of Truth #2 from the Image Comics written once again by James Tynion IV, Martin Simmons. The set of this book is, what if every conspiracy theory is true? Or rather if you believes conspiracy theories are true, they become true in the real world and there’s a governmental agency that is trying to take them down. We see all of this through a new recruit of the agency and in this issue, we find a big twist about his past the ties into the satanic panic of the 80s. What did you think about this one? Did it hold up to the lofty heights of the first issue? Justin: I love this series because it takes a real world issue and concept and doesn’t play it for the politics of it or anything that is in the public eye, it plays it pretty straight. It is dangerous in our current world that so many people believe false things, believe conspiracy theories and it’s causing problems in our culture. And so the fact that those people believe that is making it harder for us all to live normal lives. And this takes that one very small step further in that the amount of people that believe in a conspiracy theory make it actual reality. Justin: And if enough people believe in something, it will manifest. If enough people typically we hit a tipping point where more people believe that the earth is flat than not, the earth becomes flat and everything changes. It’s such a smart real threading the needle premise. And to play that through the first issue and then the second issue, which is about the satanic panic and how it was something that wasn’t believed and then the more and more people believed it meant it started to become real which is literally what happened in America. Pete: Satanic panic. Yeah, this is very creepy shit. It’s really well done. The art is perfectly creepy in all the right waves and right ways. Yeah, I think it’s just really cool, really well done. I’m completely all in, and I love the kind of reveal that we get in this issue about the main characters past and why he is where he is. So I’m very excited to see how this all unfolds. I’ve been really impressed with each issue. Alex: Martin Simmons art is great, James Tynion’s writing is great as well. I am very nervous about this arc speaking as a Jewish person just because the character, the demon character, just a spoiler here, that is menacing our main character, which they referenced this way in the book is a anti-Semitic stereotype. Just to describe him, he is a guy who has a upside down pentagram on his face, he eats babies. This isn’t exactly the thing. It’s like one step removed, but there is an anti-Semitic stereotype, I don’t know, not meme is the only word that I’m thinking of, but that Jews eat Christian babies. Justin: It’s like a century’s old conspiracy. Conspiracy theory stereotype, whatever you want to say like racist belief. Alex: Yes. So I think James Tynion is aware of this given that he references it in the book. Justin: Yeah, I think it’s meant… But I also think that, it’s good, you finish your point. Alex: No, no, no, all I was going to say is, it definitely makes my chest feel a little tight when I’m reading it because it gets be concerned about how all of this is going to turn out. I’m not too worried about it. He’s a responsible writer, but it’s something that puts me on edge when I’m reading it. Justin: Do you mean how reality is going to turn out? Alex: Yeah reality, that’s what I’m talking about. Justin: I agree. I was like, whoa, that’s a thing to put down is your villain here. But I also think he’s manifesting something that is one of the longest held conspiracy theories in our world. So I feel like he’s sort of, what I like about this book is it really looks hard at real shit and leans into the paranoia and anxiety through the main character here about what it means to believe in something no matter what it is. It’s scary and good. Alex: Yeah. Justin: It feels like a vertigo book despite the fact that it’s from Image Comics. The art feels very Dave McKean. It’s really nice. Alex: Yeah. It feels like in a certain way, the air of [inaudible 00:34:46] which I know is a big thing the second issue is something, but it could to get there. G.I. Joe #9 from IDW written by Paul Allor and art by Ryan Kelly. We have been loving this book that is completely reinvented G.I. Joe for a modern context. In this issue we’re focusing on Tunnel Rat I want to say who [crosstalk 00:35:09] in tunnels with rats and he’s fighting some bats which are Cobra, robot soldiers and these tunnels and that’s what’s going on. Pete: It’s funny because all I can think about when I read this now is you because when they’re saying everybody’s code name, you have no reference for that so you’re just seeing a silly name and then it’s like somebody died. But because- Justin: A lot of these are made. Pete: No they’re actual G.I. Joe’s so real people. Yeah. Justin: There’s a guy whose name was [crosstalk 00:35:47]. Pete: Yeah, it was my favorite, well one of my favorite Joes is Shipwreck. Justin: But that’s [crosstalk 00:35:53]. Yeah, Shipwreck Jones. But Pete that’d be like, if he was a good sailor, he wouldn’t be named Shipwreck. Pete: Yeah, but he’s a scrappy guy. It’s a fun name. Justin: That’d be if one of us is named bad podcaster. Alex: My favorite G.I. Joe is fuck up. Jinx. There’s a jinx. She was in G.I. Joe. She was great or is great. Justin: Great. Does she always like saying the same stuff at the same time? Alex: I didn’t love this issue. This is after a run of fantastic issues. This was a little bit of a step down for me. I still think the art by Ryan Kelly was good but the story didn’t feel quite as sharp as the last couple which were granted high water marks and excellence so I think that’s an unfair judging point. But this is a good story of war. I like the whole overall arc of Cobra has one, G.I. Joe has to fight back. That’s a smart place to put them. But I do think the last couple of issues were bad. Also it’s kind of crazy to see G.I. Joe’s use real guns because in the show it was always lasers, no one got hit. So it was crazy to see turn around and actually shoot someone and see blood. I was like, “Damn.” But yeah. Justin: Well and I think that’s what this issue. I take your point Alex, the other ones really dealt, the previous issues dealt with really intense themes and this feels more like it’s taking an episode of the G.I. Joe animated series and giving an actual stakes where a bunch of Joes died and Tunnel Rat is scraping by, getting away with this, by the skin of his teeth and escaping from this horrible situation. Alex: Spoiler. Justin: So in that way, it felt like giving, giving stakes to the goofy plots of so many of those G.I. Joe episodes, I wasn’t allowed to watch it because they had guns is I think, cool. I like this issue. Alex: Agreed, and it’s also kind of like naming Joes and then being like they died. So it’s kind of sad. And if you don’t really connect with it, I can understand what you’re saying [inaudible 00:38:14]. Justin: Yeah. I can’t believe [inaudible 00:38:18], my favorite child died in this. Alex: RIP. That is a sour note to end on. Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1 from Dark Horse Comics written by Jeff Lemire and art by Tyler Crook. This is spinning off of the Black Hammer series following the, I guess he’s best described as the Adam Strange of the Black Hammer universe who has gotten unstuck in time our Slaughterhouse-Five. This is following him as he was trying to piece together his history. As usual just great comics, great plotting, Tyler Crook’s art is great. This is great. The end. Pete: It felt to me like a pitch for Adam Strange and I was like, “Oh, someone’s already doing that. Okay, well I’ll just put it over here.” And it’s really great. Like you said, I felt the same way of the comparisons. Adam strange and Slaughterhouse-Five, two things I love. So with the fantastic art here is a great book to read. Justin: It’s not the worst than when you go to grab a sodie pop and then you’re stuck in time. It’s just rough. But yeah, this is classic tripped out Jeff Lemire shit and I’m excited to see where this goes. The art is unbelievable in this kind of setup in this world. Yeah, I thought it was a solid first issue. Does a great job of getting you excited for more. I can’t wait. Alex: Let’s move on and talk about Chu #4 from Image Comics written by John Layman, art by Dan Boultwood. We’re finally getting into it here as Chu and his sister are coming to head by the end of the issue. This series is really hitting its stride I think in terms of a heir to Chew C-H-E-W versus C-H-U. It took an issue or two to get there, but John Layman has hit his groove again in terms of the series. There’s fun stuff, there’s ridiculous stuff, there’s dark stuff that’s happening. I’m having a lot of fun reading this series. Justin: Me too and I’m not a Chu fan. I’m not a Chu head. I’m not a chow hound but I like this issue a lot. I like this series a lot. I don’t know if it means I should go back and reread the original Chus. Take another, go back because I feel like I ate it and then I spit it out and I’ll just eat it again. Okay. Pete: I’m a Chu head so I was going to like this, but yeah, I’m really impressed with this now, especially it feels like it’s really got its rhythm and this is very exciting, fantastic ending. I’m excited to see what happened and who got shot. Alex: I think two fans are called chronic masticators. Is that true? Justin: Wow. Pete: I’m glad you Googled it. Justin: I think so. Alex: Didn’t Google it, my brain did. My brain did right out. Justin: The original Google. Alex: Let’s move on to one that I am concerned and nervous and interested to talk to you guys about, Batman: Three Jokers #3 from DC Comics written by Geoff Johns and art by Jason Fabook. Now I think we’ve been pretty complimentary of the first two issues. Jason Fabook’s art has been great, Geoff Johns plotting as Batman and Red Hood and Batgirl have been tracking down the three jokers and trying to figure out. The mystery has been I think interesting and really driveling into the characters. I believe what I said with the last issue is this felt like what Geoff Johns was trying to do with Doomsday Clock but is actually now doing his Alan Moore riff on killing joke instead. I got to tell you though, I was real disappointed of this issue personally. I didn’t love how it turned out, still like Jason Fabook’s art, but I was unhappy with the turns for Red Hood, for Batgirl, for Batman, for Joker. Just none of it really sat with me the right way even though I respect the craft that was put into it. Pete: There was one. I thought the way they had that Joe chill interview run throughout the issue was cool. While different things were happening you got little clips of it. I thought that was very creative and cool and you kind of really felt that. Yeah, the reveal of what the deal is is the big thing on this and you’re either like, “Oh cool.” Or you’re like, “What?” And I was a little scratching my head. And it was also weird. There was a lot of infighting which I don’t like. Batman losing it on Robin and a lot of fighting with Robin and Barbara. And it was just a lot of misconnects there. I wasn’t excited. I think it was an interesting choice and the art is definitely worth checking it out. I did kind of like there was a Batman moment where he saved somebody and I thought that was powerful and cool, but yeah, I don’t know, the reveal was a little kind of. Justin: For me, it’s like, because I agree. I really like the art and I think that really shines through a lot of it. I haven’t seen a comic really laid out this way with a sort of classic conflict paneling but very close up. You’re very close up to a lot of the characters. But I think it’s a little bit impenetrable as a read because you got “three jokers”, and then you’ve got these three characters in the bat family who are the most affected victims of Joker. It feels a little too directed or it’s a little too on the nose in the way that the story unfolds. And then it feels like too much of threading together different continuity things. It feels like it’s doing so much editorial work that I don’t need it all to make sense. I feel like we’ve reconciled for the fact. Justin: We talk about this a lot that, yeah, the Joker’s a sort of genius biochemist and a crazed psychopath who just shoots random people all the time. And it’s like, well, that’s just what people have chosen to take the character in different iterations of the character. To try to thread all that together is difficult and also a little bit unnecessary and I think it’s difficult. I think this issue proves it’s really hard. Pete: I also really liked how Alfred was alive in this and it was nice to see Batman talking to Alfred again. Alex: Sure. One of my problems with this is I think Scott Snyder already put in the work to explain this in his run, where he went through very meticulously and explained how the Joker reinvents himself all the time for various reasons but one of them to be to respond to Batman, to be the different antagonist that Batman needs because he loves Batman and he needs Batman and he wants to make a better Batman or whatever he wants to do at the current time. And Geoff Johns coming up with these three jokers, the ultimate conclusion here seems to reiterate that in a different way that already feels like it’s been covered. Beyond that the two things that really kind of, this sounds too strong, but stuck in my craw, I didn’t love how he characterized Barbara. I think she was too much like, “Oh boys, what are you doing?” Alex: There’s a lot of conflicted looks from her and not a lot of action and she’s a fantastic character who should have agency of her own that has nothing to do with the Red Hood’s arc or Batman’s arc. Well then the other thing, the big thing, and this is getting into the big spoiler for the issue so if you don’t want to know, definitely turn away, but he pretty definitively chooses one of the three jokers from killing Joke to say, this is who the Joker is, this is his origin and I hate that. I hate that because he tries to have it both ways by saying it doesn’t matter who the Joker is. It’s not important. Also here’s who he is and here’s this origin and here’s his family and why I don’t say what his name is. And that to me is a very frustrating have your cake and eat it too type moment that I did not love at all. Justin: And it’s also like what’s the point of doing that in this non continuity book? It’s just literally Geoff Johns putting his stamp on something but it doesn’t really mean much for the larger world. And I think this book and so many books are like, I’m going to research so much of the continuity and carve out a tiny little thing that feels like there’s an opening there. And I think as a comic book reader, I’m ready to move on from that as a philosophy of storytelling which I think we’ve done a lot in the last five, 10 years. Pete: I would like to say that I think sometimes when get an idea for maybe a character or something and you want to try it, I think, yeah, go for it, definitely. Well, I want to see Geoff Johns take on this three jokers idea. I was into it. I was like, yeah, let’s do this. This could be crazy. This will be fun. Geoff Johns is amazing writer. Sometimes you’re like, I tried something, great. I don’t think he should not try it because maybe somebody else did something similar or whatever, he should be allowed to do it. He definitely tried and hey, sometimes it’s like, “Oh my God, that’s crazy.” And sometimes it’s like, “What are you going to do?” Alex: I think he just needs to stop correcting for Alan Moore. Geoff Johns is his own writer. He’s a fantastic writer. He’s written some of the best DC Comic stories of all time. Doomsday Clock was his way of correcting the course from Watchman. This is clearly his way of correcting the chorus from killing Joke. He doesn’t need to respond to him anymore. He’s done it. I want to see him move on. I want to see him do his own stories, create his own stories, create his own continuity because the things that he’s done have been so wonderful and he has so much craft and so much heart to his things and we need more of that. I don’t know what that character is. Obviously he’s doing Stargirl and I love that show that it’s wonderful and there is so much heart put into that. But when and if he comes back to comics, I want to see more on that side than just saying no Alan Moore sent the DC Universe the wrong direction for 20 years, let’s [crosstalk 00:49:32]. Pete: But maybe that’s how we get Stargirl with so much heart because he’s got to write something that’s darker and more fucked up. Alex: Maybe. I’m not necessarily saying about that, I’m saying specifically about relating to Alan Moore, which is fine, those exist. Let’s move on. Speaking of which let’s move on to Ascender for #14 from Image Comics written by Jeff Lemire and art by Dustin Nguyen. This I think is my favorite book in the stack everyone. I think this is the bit that I [inaudible 00:50:07] about the things that happened to the book, and in this issue we continue to get so many characters coming together. Spoiler, three, two, one, but Tim 21 from Descender finally comes back of this issue and it is such a thrill. And this is the Epic space opera that we’ve been missing while saga has been gone and it is wonderful to read every month, month after month. Pete: Just every character really pops in this book in every issue and there’s so many great moments like, the team on this book has just done the work to establish so much stuff in Descender. And the fact that they were able to from a writing with Jeff Lemire and the artist standpoint with Dustin Nguyen continue to just deliver these excellent stories, where we see driller in this and he’s just being himself. He has one scene, but it’s just great. And a great battle here near the end and then reveal of Tim 21 like Alex said is just so sweet it makes you cheer and it’s so hard to do that. And the fact that they can do that with almost every issue in this series is amazing. Alex: Yeah. It’s really impressive. There’s one kind of character who’s kind of like the reader a little bit who’s like, “What? Oh, shit, look who it is.” And you’re kind of like, “Oh.” It’s just it’s so well done and so impressive. And I can’t stress this enough. The art is like a watercolor painting. It’s so beautiful and so cool with what they’re doing and I love the characters and this just continues to kick freaking ass every single issue and I can’t wait for this to be collected Ascender, Descender because I want to go back and read it all again. Justin: Do you think they’re going to do a third series like just Sender, return to sender? Alex: Come on, don’t ruin it man. Pete: Return to sender. Alex: Don’t ruin it. Justin: It will be, it’s Descender and then Ascender and then just sitting there cold chilli
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Comic Book Club: Francois Vigneault
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The Umbrella Podcademy: “The Frankel Footage”
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The Stack: The Scumbag, Fantastic Four And More
On this week’s Stack podcast, we’ve got reviews for: The Scumbag #1 Image Comics Written by Rick Remender Art by Lewis Larosa Fantastic Four #25 Marvel Written by Dan Slott Art by R.B. Silva, Paco Medina and Will Robson Madam Satan #1 Archie Comics Story by Eliot Rahal Art by Julius Ohta Iron Man #2 Marvel Written by Christopher Cantwell Art by Cafu Stillwater #2 Image Comics Written by Chip Zdarsky Art by Ramón K. Perez Batman #101 DC Comics Written by James Tynion IV Art by Guillem March Black Magick #15 Image Comics Written by Greg Rucka Art by Nicola Scott Werewolf By Night #1 Marvel Written by Taboo & B. Earl Art by Scot Eaton Big Girls #3 Image Comics Story and art by Jason Howard Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #1 DC Comics Story by Katana Collins and Sean Murphy Dune: House Atreides #1 BOOM! Studios Written by Brian Herbert & Kevin J. Anderson Illustrated by Dev Pramanik Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King 1 DC Comics Written by Peter J. Tomasi, Tony Patrick Art by Riley Rossmo, Daniel Sampere Something is Killing the Children #11 BOOM! Studios Written by James Tynion IV Illustrated by Werther Dell’edera Excalibur #13 Marvel Written by Tini Howard Art by R.B. Silva X-Men #13 Marvel Written by Jonathan Hickman Art by Mahmud Asrar Faithless II #5 BOOM! Studios Written by Brian Azzarello Art by Maria Llovet Nightwing #75 DC Comics Written by Dan Jurgens Art by Travis Moore and Ronan Cliquet SUBSCRIBE ON RSS, ITUNES, ANDROID, SPOTIFY, STITCHER OR THE APP OF YOUR CHOICE. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER, AND FACEBOOK. SUPPORT OUR SHOWS ON PATREON. This episode is sponsored by Helstrom, now on Hulu. Full Episode Transcript: Alex: What’s up y’all? Welcome to The Stack. I’m Alex. Justin: I’m Justin. Pete: I’m Pete. Alex: And on The Stack, we talk about a bunch of books that have come out this week. Pete: Do we? Alex: And we’re going to kick it off … I think this is a big deal. This isn’t normally the sort of thing that we would kick off the show with. Usually it’s some Marvel or DC book or whatever, I mean, who even cares? Justin: Okay, weird voice. Alex: Weird way to put it. But we’re going to talk about The Scumbag number one from Image Comics written by Rick Remender, art by Lewis LaRosa. The reason I think that should go first is a new Rick Remender book is a big deal. We’ve been following his writing pretty much since the beginning and every book out is an event, so it’s worth putting this right upfront at the top of the show. Reading this book I know this is something that Pete just loves a ton. He’s very into, he’s very excited about. The concept of the book though, before we get into Pete’s feelings about it, I can see his head already nodding, yes, yes, give me more. Justin: Yes, yes, I love this. Alex: Is what if the worst person in the world was responsible for the fate of the world. That’s essentially what it is to the point where they essentially say that line at the end of the book. And in fact we do meet the worst person in the world who ends up in the situation. Pete: That’s the thing, they say the worst person in the world, it’s just like kind of a slacker druggie guy. It’s not like he’s a fucking head of the KKK or fucking, you know what I mean? A murderer. He’s like- Justin: Yeah. I guess it’s more, to say the worst, I understand what you’re saying, but definitely the most down and out. Pete: Right. But what- Justin: He has full on diarrhea. Pete: Sure. Yeah. Who doesn’t? The thing is it’s like brand new Rick Remender book. You ready to get your fucking heartbroken. This guy writes in such a way that pulls you in, gets you sucked into this amazing world, and then always breaks your fucking heart. I’m scared. I’m scared about this book. Justin: But that’s what I love, what I love about Rick Remender books. And it has been a long time since he launched a new one. We’ve been reading Low. We’ve been reading Black Science for a long time. And those books are- Alex: Deadly Class. Justin: Deadly Class of course ongoing. Pete: Yeah, Deadly Class. Justin: But these other books are sort of wrapping up. Deadly Class feels like it’s going to keep going for a bit longer. And to have a new book is sort of precious. And what I love about it is he takes extreme premises and pushes them. And what he always does is on the art side brings in truly evocative artists. And in this case, it is the same thing. When he says it’s the worst person in the world, we see it in like, I would call this hyper realistic color and line. And it’s great. It’s great. It’s really smart of him to not shy away from these truly disgusting things, if the point of the book is this person is at his lowest and he has to become a world changing person. Alex: Or maybe it won’t, I don’t know. Justin: Yeah. Pete: Starting a book with a Charles Bukowski quote is just a fantastic way to start something that’s this kind of mayhem, or it’s just about a drunken dude who does a lot of drugs and shit, that’s the perfect thing. But man, just seeing a guy doing drugs and shitting on the streets really makes me miss New York city, you know what I mean? Like back in the eighties and nineties, the real New York, you know what I’m talking about? Justin: Yeah, you were the mayor of New York in the mid eighties. Pete: Oh yeah, man. Just love doing drugs in the street, shitting anywhere you wanted, those were the days. Justin: You were a very controversial mayor [crosstalk 00:03:59]. Alex: Yeah. Before Giuliani took it all away. I mean, come on. Where’s that guy now? What’s he doing? Justin: Yeah, it is great. It is truly crazy to think of a time when everyone was like Giuliani, what a hero. And now truly, and not to get … it’s not at all political, but he is looked upon as a legit Nosferatu style monster. There are so many Twitter memes of him being like, “Look, his hands dead.” Or look, here’s [crosstalk 00:04:28]. Alex: He’s such a sad sack. That’s the thing that’s such a bummer about it, is he went from I’m the guy that’s going to clean up New York, this is very controversial too. He did some sort of figures like, I’m going to reveal information and he taped a video, and he opens up this folder and there’s nothing in the folder. And he’s just like, “Well, there’s evidence that I have here,” and there’s nothing in there, it’s just sad. That’s not the point of this book, let’s get back to The Scumbag thing. The thing about- Justin: Wait, let me just say one more thing on that. I do think this book spins out of the era we’re in. I think it’s about a person who is not ready to be elevated to a position of power who is in that position of power, which I feel like is it common on our time both Trump in and everything around our current political situation where it’s like, oh, these people shouldn’t be in charge of stuff like this. This book feels very timely to me. Alex: I agree. The thing that I wanted to get back to you though, that Pete was saying about the worst person in the world is it’s not racist, murderer or anything like that. It’s nails on chalkboard worst, which I think they make pretty clear through the writing, where it’s the sort of guy who within seconds of meeting him you’re like, “Oh God, fuck this guy. This is the worst. Oh God, no.” Pete: The guy at the party’s looking to steal beers that aren’t being looked at. You know what I mean, like oh. Alex: That’s great. The specificity going on there is so clear to the point where it builds to very graphicallY as we were talking about him shitting himself on the street, which is horrifying and gross. And mind you, not the first time Rick Remender has written a person on drugs diarrhea scene, that was way back in Deadly Class. Classic scene in deadly class. Pete: Classic, he loves a good shitting story, you know what I mean? Alex: Yeah. Justin: Let me throw this out as well to go back into early Remender, this book sort of reminds me a little bit of Fear Agent, and then it is a person who is super down and out having to maybe elevate themselves. Alex: What I’m really interested in is reading the second issue of this book, because if Rick Remender has showed us anything, it’s he always has a very clear concept in the first issue that he blows it and save the out of proportion by the second issue. And I don’t know how they’re going to do that yet, but I’m excited to find out. Justin: A 100% true. Alex: Yeah. But great to view. Justin: Great to view. Pete: It’s fun to see a new book that he’s working on. I’m very excited to see where this goes. Yeah, crazy first issue, fantastic art, definitely check it out. Alex: Moving on to Fantastic Four number 25 from Marvel written by Dan Slott with art by R.B. Silver, Paco Medina and Will Robson. This I believe is the beginning of the status quo change that Dan teased back when he was on the live show with us chatting about this book. This is kind of a big deal. There’s a lot of stuff that goes down in this book as we celebrate this mini anniversary of the Fantastic Four. What’d you think about the issue? Pete: 46 pages. This to me is a great Fantastic Four story. You get this kind of shit goes down, only the Fantastic Four can save the day. Then what’s nice about it is you’ve got Reed and Sue talking a little bit about the holes in their marriage about how they lied to each other a little bit. I’m hoping that moving forward, their relationship can get a little bit better because I’m sick of the classic, Sue Storm does so much more for the family than Reed does, and he’s just constantly busy and can’t be bothered. I think this was a really cool story, great use to the whole family. I’m very excited, even cool Watcher stuff, which you don’t normally kind of get. Alex: Oh, no, people are always like, “That Watcher is very cool.” Pete: No, but like also, just this whole thing of like, we’re the Watcher and we’ve watched all these amazing events happen in Marvel whether it’s through comics or TV or movies, but just these splash pages like, oh yeah, I remember that. Oh, that was cool. Hey, cosmic Ghost Rider got a shout out. Justin: Well, see, I would take some issue with your statement Pete, because I think what Dan Slott is so great at and why he’s such a great match for the Fantastic Four, is his whole thing is everything old is new again, or everything new is old again, either way [crosstalk 00:09:10]. Pete: Which one us it? Justin: It’s sort of both, because what he does here is he’s like, “Yes, Reed and Sue aren’t getting along because Reed has a secret from Sue.” But what’s great about this issue is Sue also has a secret from Reed, and she has her own life and she’s doing her own thing. And so they get to meet on equal ground. Pete: Great. Justin: The thing is it’s [inaudible 00:09:30] time. I’m going to be a wreck and shit, but then he’s like, “Oh, I have actually a family at home I have to get back to at the same time.” Doctor Doom is still a villain, but he’s actually the Doctor Doom, is the Doctor Doom read Richard’s relationship from the very beginning of the comic where they’re contemporaries. And even though they are wildly super-powered and they’re meeting here as like, “Oh, you were keeping a little secret from me.” He’s like, “Oh, well, yeah I was, figure it out.” And they’re like, “Well, let’s figure it out together.” It’s just Dan Slott is just a tactician when it comes to picking a part with a fine tweezers, these Marvel legends and finding a new way to reconfigure the stories by just slightly tweaking little bits and pieces. Pete: I did want to, while we’re talking about Doom, Doom is one of my favorite villains and Dan Slott did a great job of the way Doom just acknowledges the fact that Sue Storm was in the room before she revealed herself was such a bad-ass Doom moment. Dan Slott is just killing it on this book. Alex: Yeah. This is a really fun issue, like you’re talking about, bunch of fun teases for the future, a new setup of new status quo for the team, as well as certain members of the team, as well as the Watcher and other things, just a great package. I had a blast reading this issue. Moving on to Chilling- Justin: Justin loves good packages. Alex: Moving onto Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Presents Madam Satan number one from Archie Comics story by Eliot Rahal, art by Julius Ohta. We talked about this on the live show a little bit, but this exists in a weird mix of continuity between the comic books and the TV show, not necessarily contradicting either, but not existing like this is between season one and season two of Sabrina, or part one and part two or part three and part four or anything like that. It just kind of is an about Madam Satan. The real standout of this issue to me is Julius Ohta’s art, which does a great job of channeling Robert Hack from the original series, but finding a different way around it. What’d you think Pete? Pete: Yeah. I mean, because when you think about it, the only person who would want to be a principal at a high school is somebody who is in hell, you know what I mean? Someone who wants to bring hell to the people. So to me, this made a lot of sense like, “Oh yeah, the queen of hell would love to be a principal at a high school. That’s the perfect job for them.” And this is a real fun kind of set up. Madam Satan is glorious in the Sabrina TV show. And it’s nice to see this character kind of thrive in this comic as well. Justin: This does a good job of being sort of the TV show, but hearkening back to the comics, it originally inspired what went on to become the Sabrina TV show, like the afterlife with Archie and the Sabrina comic that Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa then developed into the show. It’s great. And to your point, Alex, the art is just amazing throughout. Alex: Good stuff. Very impressive. Next step, Iron Man number two from Marvel written by Christopher Cantwell, art by Cafu. When we talked about the first issue of this book, I think we were pleasantly surprised by the change in direction here as Iron Man is going back to basics. Here we get a little bit more on that, veering on the side of he cut us a death wish a little bit, or at least injure himself, which as he’s trying to move back to be a hero. But I got to say, I’m loving this take. I just think it’s so refreshing to see a Tony Stark who is just being a hero and going on fights and fighting people and being a human being for a change. It’s great. Justin: I agree. This felt like a comic that I would have read back when I was in high school. It is just iron man dealing with shit. Of course he’s fighting Absorbing Man. The ultimate early run of a series villain is Absorbing Man. And I love the guest stars throughout and Ironman just sacrificing himself, like Cardiac shows up, another, it’s a Spider-Man villain technically who is just sort of Iron Manny in a lot of ways. And this felt like just some good classic fun. Pete: Yeah. It was fun to see Hellcat. Yeah, it’s all right, it’s okay. Justin: Pete, you do not like in Iron Man? Pete: No. I mean, this comic has gone through so much stuff and it’s just crazy. Like, okay, great, it’s back to Tony Stark, but I don’t know, cool. Alex: Well, what do you want it to be then? Pete: I want, it was just weird because it’s like, oh, Tony Stark’s not Iron Man anymore. Okay, cool. And there was this really cool character who’s trying to take on the mantle, but then was like, “No, we’re going to go back to Tony Stark.” And then it’s like, “Okay, but why?” And then it’s just like, “Oh, it’s back to basic Tony Stark.” Alex: So you’re upset that it’s not Riri is what you’re saying. Pete: I liked Riri. I liked the possibility of new stories. I just think that Iron Man has done a lot of amazing things, so let’s see something amazing. You know what I mean? Let’s see why we’re seeing Iron Man again instead of something new. Alex: All right. Fair enough. Next up, Stillwater number two from Image Comics written by Chip Zdarsky, art by Ramon K. Perez. We talked about the first issue of this as well, liked it quite a bit. A guy goes on a road trip, ends up in a town where nobody ever dies. His friend gets killed outside the town, and it turns out at the end of the first issue that he may actually be a natural born resident of the village. We find out many more F’d up things about the town in this issue. What did you think about this? And also given that it drew some comparisons to Revival- Pete: Controversial. Alex: Controversial comparisons to Revival the Tim Seeley series that had kind of a similar premise, at least at the start. Do you feel like it’s veering off enough at this point? Justin: It’s totally quite different, I would say. I don’t want to get into like, is it wrong to have a book this close premise wise? Because I enjoyed reading this, the first and second issue. It feels like at the end of this issue, we’re setting up sort of what the deal is going to be. This guy is the third person who’s been invited into the town. Clearly we’re going to meet these other two people and what that means, his relationship to his mother and how the town works. All of that is fun. I’m excited to get into that. Revival felt like very different tonally. It was about people who with established relationships and how they were sort of dealing with this new status quo. I think to me it’s different enough to exist separately. Alex: Also they feel like different types of horror, right? As Tim Seeley is very good at, it’s a little more slasher horror, it’s a little more graphic horror, a little more fun horror. This is more aligned with The Wicker Man I think that sort of, or mid summer, that sort of thing. Justin: Oh, that’s a good comparison, yes. Alex: So yeah, I agree. I do think they’re different. There’s certainly a danger there that they’re going to weave together too much. But right now I think they can both exist and that’s okay. Pete: I would just like to say, as someone who’s lived in a big city for a really long time, this is why I don’t like the small towns, they scare the shit out of me. I love this thing of playing with the creepiness of a small town and all these people know each other and you’re the outsider kind of coming in. I think that’s a great idea to start a story. And I think sometimes when writers are … we’re all pulling from the same pool. Sometimes ideas might overlap. You’d like to give somebody the benefit of the doubt. Hopefully it’s not a rip off. But I do not know. Pete: But as far as this is concerned, the little kid in the beginning was so fucking creepy with that wolf, I was scared shitless, and I’m interested to see where this goes. And it’s really fun this idea of if people can die, then yeah, people would just kind of like loosey goosey shoot each other because there’s going to be no damage. Justin: Loosey goosey. Pete: But it is kind of crazy right now to see a cop fucking just shooting first, and then talking later, it’s kind of a hits and not fun chord right now. Justin: Yeah. It’s not crazy to see that, it happens a lot in this world. Pete, real quick, when you said you’re scared shitless, could you give us just a sort of scale, a power ranking on the different types of scared you are, just so I know what you mean when you say that. Pete: Well, they’re scared like, oh, my stomach hurts a little bit, you know what I mean? And then there’s like- Justin: Your stomach hurts a little. Pete: Yeah. And then there’s like- Justin: Like I ate too much candy. Pete: Yeah. You got like- Justin: So like you’re scared candy. Let’s call it that. Pete: Okay. Yeah. And then scared shitless is like you’re in real trouble. Alex: Oh, so there’s two parts to the scale? Pete: Yeah. Justin: Interesting. Alex: [crosstalk 00:18:58] and then I have no shit in me whatsoever. Pete: Yeah, let’s skip the [crosstalk 00:19:03]. Justin: Let me just also ask, quick follow-Up on that. When you say you’re scared shitless, that means you’ve shit everything out. You’re fully [crosstalk 00:19:09]. Pete: Yeah, empty on the streets side. Justin: You’re on the streets comeback style diarrhea. Pete: Right. Justin: Or is it, are you full of shit and you just can’t get it out? Pete: No, no. Yeah, you’re the scumbag of the street who’s empty [crosstalk 00:19:23]. Alex: But you’re 100% clean at this point. You’re just- Pete: Yeah. I’m an empty vessel. Alex: You’re an empty vessel. Justin: So you read this comic and you fully just rooster tailed yourself. Pete: Yeah, exactly. Justin: While you’re reading it. I got you. Okay, great. Alex: [crosstalk 00:19:39]. I’ve been going back to doing the transcripts of the episodes and I- Justin: Don’t do that- Alex: [crosstalk 00:19:44], so I’ll try to pull our quotes from each of the episodes and put it out there. The hope of getting maybe some pull quotes or something like that on a book. I think we could say Stillwater, it’ll clear the shit out of you. Justin: Yeah, you’ll go full rooster tail. Pete: Pull your own quotes Zalbs. Justin: You go full rooster tail for this book. Alex: Batman 101 from DC Comics written by James Tynion IV, art by Guillem March. This is following right up on the Joker war as Batman grapples with the knowledge that Joker might’ve been right. And he has to in fact change, he’s got to up his game. Justin: Game. Pete: Game. Alex: As he talks to Catwoman about it. Pete, I’m sure you have some feelings about this because spoiler, Catwoman and Batman decide to be on a break for a year. What’d you think about that? Pete: Yeah. I mean, I liked the kiss. I thought the kiss gave us hope. But the old taking a break is just, it’s a heartbreaking, don’t a break guys, say yes to love. Justin: Don’t take a break. Pete: Don’t take a break from love. Justin: Friends, in the TV show Friends, famous romantic comedy. Alex: We were on a break. Pete: Yeah. Justin: Alex, let me ask you, are you hyping up that phrase or are you doing a Ross impression? Alex: I think I’m doing- Pete: Ross, it was Ross. Alex: No. Yeah, I mean I’m doing Ross, but I think it’s one of the characters from Seinfeld being like Jerry. Justin: You mean Jerry Seinfeld. Alex: Yeah. No, I think Jerry [crosstalk 00:21:19]. Jerry Seinfeld says like, “Jerry.” He’s like a poker bot. Jerry. Justin: It’s hard for me to tell what you’re talking about. I love Guillem March’s art. Alex: Yes. Justin: And especially in issues focusing on not just Batman, but the bat family, always great to see. I will say, and this is being picky, but Grifter still doesn’t sit with me. Alex: What’s deal is that? Pete: You don’t like a billowy mask? Justin: I’m fine with the billowy mask. I mean I wear a cloth mask for when I go out and it does hang a little low in a Grifter. Alex: Can I, not to interrupt your flow here, but when you’re wearing that mask out, do you take it and then pull it up to your forehead? Justin: Yes, a 100%. Alex: Okay. Justin: And it really, it blows with little wrinkles in it just like Grifters does. No, it’s just something like I still, the Wildstorm universe of it all. I’m just like, “This guy doesn’t quite fit with these characters to me.” Alex: I do, I agree with you on Grifter, never quite got him, don’t like the mask. But I do like what James Tynion is setting up here with Batman vs Grifter, and this greater mystery of who Grifter works for. That seems like that’s something that potentially is going to tie in going further forward, and that’s a fun place for it to go. Batman versus the Wildstorm universe, great, all in on that. Justin: Also wildcats. Pete: Old school, that Clownhunter got a shout out in this book. Alex: You love that guy. [crosstalk 00:23:02]. Justin: Alex, we talked about this on the live show, but as someone who’s married to a clown, are you worried? Alex: Definitely. We added an extra lock to the door, because my wife has been doing that thing where she pulls the bed sheets up to her neck and says, “Oh, I’m scare, scare, scare, scared.” Justin: Yes. Because as you know, your wife is modeled on Charlie’s grandparents and [inaudible 00:23:27]. Alex: Yes, exactly. We sleep with another couple in our bed. All right. Black Magick number 15 from Image Comics written by Greg Rucka and art by Nicholas Scott. Oh, it’s a great issue every single time. Here we’re getting the fallout of the last couple of the issues as our main character deals with her new burgeoning relationship with a fellow cop. While in the background, I think for the first time we see hell or something like that. Justin: Yeah. She’s getting crazy in the background. Alex: Yes. Justin: This comic was very sort of austere for so long about the witchyness of this of it. And now we’re fully in witch world, which I love. Pete: A lot of pointy kind of pyramid looking things in that aisle. Alex: Great. Thank you, Pete. We’ll use that one for the pull quote for this issue. Nicholas Scott art as usual is the hero here. It’s just absolutely gorgeous. But I love the sort of almost taking a break issue in a way, there’s been so much harrowing, terrifying stuff. Every issue to take some time here and really deal with the relationships, the characters, if I was really nice. Justin: Yeah, I agree. And the art, it feels like it gets better. There’s just something about, it’s so detailed, but it keeps getting, I guess maybe cleaner is the right word. It’s great. How do you feel about the French computer? You don’t see French computers very often- Alex: No, not usually. Justin: … except in France. Alex: No. Even in France, they still use English. Everybody’s like, “I can not read this.” Pete: I mean, I’m a little disappointed that she’s not listening to her cat more. If you have a magical cat, I feel like you should pay attention and listen to it, especially when it knows more things than you. And that’s always frustrating when a character isn’t listening to people they should be listening to. Justin: As a new cat owner, Pete, is your cat magical? And if so, what is that cat saying to you? Pete: Well, I’ll tell you what, she does have one of those mystical eye things like the Prince album over her left eye, which kind of freaks me out. And I do think that cats can see into different realms and stuff. So yeah, the cat freaks me the fuck out. Justin: Nice. That sounds like a nightmare to deal with every day. Every day you wake up and you’re like, you look at your cat and you’re rooster tailing, because you’re scared shitless. Pete: That’s right. That’s how I start my day. Justin: Wow. Alex: God. From day to night, let’s talk about Werewolf by Night, number one for Marvel Comics written by Taboo and B. Earl, art by Scot Eaton. Pete: Oh, king of the transition. Alex: Here is another character that I’d never quite gotten just based on the name. And they try very hard to explain it to this book, by the idea of like, I’m a werewolf, but by night. It’s like, “Well, most werewolves are by night, I think.” Justin: But I take it the other way, I think the name is sort of saying, “Not just a werewolf where it’s once a month, that’s a werewolf by all nights.” Because if the character was named like werewolf normal, werewolf monthly, that’s less fun. Alex: It does come out monthly, so there is that. But on the other hand, he turns back into a human in this very first issue where he’s like, “I’m a werewolf by night.” Well, I’m a human, it’s still nighttime.” Justin: I say a lot I’m a human by night. And they’re like, “What do you mean?” Alex: I thought this book was okay. It was honestly frustrating to be that the part that was fun and exciting was the last page of the book, that to me without getting spoilers unless we want to, that to me felt like, okay, this is the part you needed to put at the front of the book instead of all the setup that I didn’t necessarily care about personally. Justin: Well, let me say, I like this I guess more than you it seems, because it feels like it’s a Marvel Comics book, but it feels like this could be an Image Comics book. It establishes a world around this character that isn’t relying on other superhero, other Marvel universe things. And I like the characters a lot. And we talked about this on the show with Colin Bond and whatnot, the horror infiltration into superhero comics I’ve been really enjoying. Pete: Yeah. I mean, I thought the reveal was fun, but I thought the more fun was with the granny pressuring those two to start a family, I thought that was really fun. Justin: Your favorite part of this comic was the grandmother pressing them to have children? Pete: Yeah. Come on, mommy’s a werewolf, fuck it. But I think that also this was like- Alex: How’s your relationship going, Pete? Pete: Good man. It’s going good. Thanks for asking. Alex: Welcome. Pete: But I think that this book is kind of over the top, whatever. I just thought the kind of the real down to earth moments were kind of nice. And also you never know, man, the guy who cleans the toilets could be a werewolf, the person who collects the recycling, it could be a mummy. You got to be nice to people, because you don’t know what their superpower is. Justin: I think that every day. I’m like this- Alex: It would make sense if they switch jobs, honestly. Because I feel like the mummy could just take some of that wrapping and refill the toilet paper rolls. Pete: Oh, wow. Alex: Yeah. Justin: Honestly, every time I … whenever I go out in New York city, I’m always like, “Are you a mummy?” Alex: Let’s move on and talk about Big Girls number three from Image Comic story, and art by Jason Howard. I think we’ve got back and forth a little bit about these issues. Generally, Jason Howard’s art is great. This takes place in a world where large women and large men are fighting. The men are monsters, are they? And the women are not monsters, or are they? And they’re fighting and the ruins left to the world. Find out a lot more about it, this issue that really mixes things up. I thought an interesting way, definitely confuses the metaphor perhaps a little bit, but certainly makes the story that we’re following more fascinating. What did you guys take away from it? Pete: Oh, go ahead. Justin: You go. Pete: I completely agree. I’m very happy with this kind of new development in this issue where the men aren’t just total D bags. I kind of like the reveal in this issue, gives things a little bit more complication. I’m very excited to see how this moves forward and what the kind of reveals are going to be. Yeah, the art’s the real hero of this book, this is becoming a very interesting book and I’m getting into it more and more with each issue. Justin: Yeah. This book feels like an episode of The Outer Limits. Did you guys ever watch that when you were younger? Where it was like, it took a premise, a sci-fi premise and it just played it up and then there’s a twist and then you landed the ending. And so I definitely liked this progression. I think the art is really nice. It reminds me of Ryan Ollie in a lot of ways. Alex: Jason Howard did … what was the wolf thing that Robert Kirkman did? Right, I think. Justin: Oh, yes. Alex: Science Wolf. Science Dog. Justin: Science Wolf. Science Dog. Alex: I think Jason Howard did Science Dog. I’ve got to look that up while you’re talking. Pete: You should look that up. Alex: Yeah. Justin: Okay, great. So all we have to do while Alex is looking this up is talk. Pete: Yeah. Let’s just do a little soft shoe and kill some time. Justin: It’s not killing time, it’s bringing more of our personal lives into the fall. Alex: How’s your family, Justin? Justin: Family, good, very good. They’re right upstairs. Alex: Yeah. Justin: Yes. Several members of my family were doing laundry over the course of our tapings this evening. And every time washer and dryer finish, they each make a little celebration song. Alex: No, I’m sorry. They did Super Dinosaur together, there it is. Pete: Okay. I thought maybe it was the shark one. Alex: How did everything go while I was looking that up? Justin: Great. We had a totally normal friend conversation. Pete: Yeah, turns out Justin’s washer and dryer, because he’s such a fucking big time rich guy, they play celebration songs. He probably had to pay extra for that. Justin: No, it’s definitely not. Pete: Every time his washer and dryer finishes it’s like [inaudible 00:32:15] bright, clean clothes, come out now. Justin: That’s great, that would be great. Alex: Man, you should sell that to Whirlpool. Pete: Yes. Alex: Let’s move on and talk about Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn, number one from DC Comic story by Katana Collins and Sean Murphy. This is of course spinning off of the White Knight Universe of stories that Sean Murphy has been building up. It’s a very different Harley Quinn who is out of the game. Batman is in jail. The Joker is dead. She’s on her own. But she gets sucked back into it by a Joker want to be, or is it the Joker himself? What’d you guys think about this book? Pete: Well, I mean, first off the art’s amazeballs. This kind of a newer take, a fresh take on the old [inaudible 00:33:06]. You get a flashback to her and Jack meeting and I think it’s interesting. I’m not upset at the changes. I think it’s a fun last page. I kind of want to work alone and by alone, I mean, me and my two hyenas. I’m on board, I’m interested to see where this goes. I think we need more Harley Quinn. I don’t think there’s enough of Harley Quinn, we got to get more. Alex: I will say, before you get into anything, Justin, I think we already have our pull quote for this, it’s I’m not upset at the changes. Justin: Pete, when you say you need more Harley Quinn, what are you, in life, or in this [crosstalk 00:33:52] features a lot of Harley Quinn. Pete: Harley Quinn is a very popular character. I don’t think DC has caught on yet. They haven’t put enough Harley Quinn in books yet. I barely see her, so it’d be nice if they started using her more. Justin: Well, let me say the White Knights sub universe is interesting to me, because it’s a little … I like this book and I like the Harley Quinn in this book. But I’m like, “Oh, we’re so far away from the normal, the reality of the DC universe right now.” I’m like, that to me is … it takes me out of it because the book is so far removed from sort of the normal storytelling, the normal continuity I guess. But I have enjoyed these White Knight books, the art is truly amazing. Pete: That’s a real hero there. Justin: Yeah. I’m curious how much longevity this pocket universe has in the DC universe. Alex: Yeah, I agree. Let’s move on. Dune: House Atreides, number one written by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, illustrated by Dev Pramanik. Oh, this is from Boom Studios, I believe, right? This is- Pete: Yeah, it’s Boom. Alex: Thank you. I forgot to write that down. Interestingly, I mean, as we were talking about with the Wonder Woman, 1984 book, a couple of weeks back. This is again a book that was clearly there to tee up the movie that was supposed to come out this year, instead is coming out a full year later. But at the same time, it is riffing off of the book, it’s teeing up the movie, it’s telling you a little bit more about Dune and the world. What did you think about this? Does this stand on its own, given that the movie is now not coming out for basically a full calendar year? Justin: Well, I’m curious if some of the scenes here are from the movie. Is this bull fighting scene or space ball or whatever it’s called. Is that a scene that we’re going to see in this movie, because this made me want to see the movie? Pete: Really? Justin: Yes. It made me want to see sort of the more streamlined visually dynamic version of this comic. What this reminded me of though, as I was reading it, is like X of Swords, or 10 of Swords. It reminded me of a version of that where I’m like, “Wait, who are any of these characters?” Alex: It definitely, it’s a very, it kept jumping around. I mean, granted the books are very expensive. There’s a lot of stuff going on. There’s a lot of mythology. I thought this looked very nice for what it is to have [inaudible 00:36:29] art is very pretty. And like you were mentioning the gladiator scenes or the bullfighting scenes were very nicely laid out. But I couldn’t help but wish while I was reading this, that this was almost more in the European style, that this felt like the sort of thing, if you’re going to going to do dune, get like a Mobius to do it, or Mobius light or something like that to give it that says, because it should be weird and off-putting not consistent with current comic books at all. Justin: Right. Yeah. Especially when the movie is … I mean, we don’t know this I guess. But is probably going to be visually stunning and purposefully so. The comic should reflect that a little bit. Alex: I agree. Let’s move on to another one, Dark Nights: Death Metal, Robin King, number one from DC Comics written by Peter J. Tomasi and Tony Patrick, art by Riley Rossmo and Daniel Sampere. You cannot go wrong with Peter J. Tomasi and Riley Rossmo at all. I mean- Justin: Great team. Alex: … I’m not the hugest fan of the idea of Robin King, who is basically a Bruce Wayne, who’s an evil teen who’s Robin, but man, this book is killer, just so good. What’d you guys think? Pete: I mean, just this kind of like universe is just kind of cranking things up to 11 here. It seems like everybody’s kind of having fun with the overtopness of it. And again, we get kind of a funeral thing here, but an interesting take where he hears Robin at the funeral that kind of draws him. I think it’s … Robin King messing with Animal Man was really intense. Then the blue beetle getting eaten by beetles. I mean, this is just kind of crazy fun over the top shit. I think this kind of event is like a fun, like, “Hey, let’s just crank this up and see what happens.” And every book has been kind of art-wise really funnily kind of driven towards these monsters and over the top villain, so why not? Justin: Why not? I mean, to your point, Alex, this team is so good, and especially in a book where it’s just all about hitting different aspects of the DC Universe, like Animal Man, Red Tornado, Blue Beetle, great to see all these characters, just like riding firestorm down and defeating him. Alex: Oh yeah, that was messed up. Justin: It’s all great. And I don’t know, Robin King isn’t someone who I’m like, “God, I can’t wait to keep seeing more of this guy.” But I think he is one of the more memorable characters from this event. See of Bruce Wayne’s, the Robin King definitely sticks out as one that is more threatening and more interesting. Alex: Yeah. I agree. Now from Children Who Are Killing Something to Something is Killing The Children number 11. Pete: Oh, come on. [crosstalk 00:39:47]. He’s been working on this for a week. Alex: Written by James Tynion IV, illustrated by Werther Dell’Edera. We’re really- Justin: And just for you guys listening, the way we work is I actually hold up a cue card and Alex reads that down because we workshopped it. Alex: I hold it up a cue and Alex … Oh, I’m sorry, that’s your line. Justin: No, that’s mine. We work in a classic SML model where it’s all handwritten cue cards. Alex: Yeah. Fun fact, Justin really great at writing cue cards. Justin: A 100% right. That’s why I’m a line producer. Pete: Yeah. One of the things that line producers do. Alex: In this issue we’re continuing, like we talked about almost every issue, there’s little bits of information that are eked out every issue, but it still feels so present and so terrifying as our main characters are trying to get away from these monsters who are attacking the town, who are killing the children. But at the same time, the organization she works for is mustering forces of their own, and it seems like we’re heading towards a climactic showdown in the next issue, which is all very exciting. Every issue of this is great. Pete: Yeah. Justin: And the amount of information we get is very controlled. Every issue of this feels like a scene or two scenes from a movie, as opposed to so many comics where it’s so much happening. This feels very just like controlled pacing wise in a way that is very different from other comics. And visually it lets us really just chew these horror images up as we get to see them. Pete: Yeah. This was intense. I was very happy with the kind of information we finally get about our kind of main character and her kind of relationship a little bit to this organization. Love the kind of dragon guy overseeing things. But it’s also crazy in this comic how people are wearing masks, like how we’re wearing masks. 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And yeah, I mean, I think it’s… It’s weird to say I’m a fan of Rorschach. But there are aspects of Rorschach that I like, and I love the “Where’s your gun moment?” I thought that was really awesome. I mean, it’s great art, interesting story. I think it’s just kind of the election balloons and the stuff with everything that’s happening right now. I think it’s a very well timed book. And I’m on board. But I was going to be on board when you had a Rorschach #1, so I’m not upset about it. I’m very much enjoying it. I’m looking forward to more. Alex: Jorge Fornes’s art, and I believe it’s Steve Stewart’s colors are great throughout the book. Just very, very good across the board. Clearly delineate what’s happening in the past versus what happens in the present. There are a couple of things that I think are kind of fascinating about this book. The biggest one is that Tom King has so clearly been influenced by Watchmen and Alan Moore, down to his panel grids. The way that he lays them out. But he purposefully avoids the nine panel grid here in this book, to the point where there’s one page that I think is like a 12 panel grid, or maybe a 15 panel grid or something like that. Alex: But he never goes into that basic Watchmen breakdown of the page at any point, which almost seems like a no brainer for somebody who has built a lot of their career on building his work off of what Alan Moore did. So that’s curious to me, the other thing that’s curious to me, is the choice of setting. Because it very purposely feels like The Manchurian Candidate meets All the Presidents bad down to the feathered hair that everybody has, and the fashion they’re wearing. It seems like it said in the 70s. But Watchmen itself was set in the 1980s. So, when is it set is my question. This is supposed to be now, but have fashions come around to the 70s? Again, what’s going on? Are they only doing it because it’s supposed to feel like a 70s conspiracy thriller? There’s something about that and the lack of clarity there in the world, though I’m sure King, because he’s meticulous writer, has thought through it. And we’ll find out eventually. I’m just not quite sure with this first issue, there’s a wall there for me in terms of where it’s at. Pete: Okay, well, it’s a weird thing to get hung up on, but I understand what you’re saying. But it’s just weird to me, because Tom King is kind of famous for, “You’re going to have to keep reading to figure out the story.” Alex: Sure. But I think that’s important because we’re dealing with Watchmen and we’re dealing with an ongoing world and we know this is continuing. There are things that are teased here and thrown into the background, whether it’s through billboards or advertisements or other things that let us know, “Okay, this is kind of where the world got to from 1985 to here.” And interestingly, some of the things whether it’s quite sensitive Not dovetail with Watchmen the TV series. Alex: So that only raises further questions in my mind of is this in continuity with the comic book? Is it going to continue with the TV show? Is it in continuity with the both? Is it’s own continuity? And I know that’s not the only thing I should be thinking about, I know I should be concentrating on the story which taken on its own, totally divorced from Watchmen is a good conspiracy thriller story. But those are the sort of things that I do think are important to understand, in some sense, when you’re saying here, “This is a continuation of Watchmen.” Pete: Yeah, just you kind of sound like me when we were talking about Tom King’s Vision. I was hung up on one little thing, and you guys were like, “Hey, get over it.” Alex: I think this is a big thing, though. I think this is a big important thing. It is a big thing. Pete: That will be explained. Sure, but it will be explained. Tom King is piecemealing- Alex: It’s a gorgeous comic book, like the best of Before Watchmen, which was a dicey project to begin with, but still had some good comics come out of it. Yeah, this is a dicey project that still seems like a good comic. So I’m happy to follow it along. But I have questions. Pete: My question is, do you know if this is monthly or weekly? Because the election’s coming up? And I need to know. Alex: I assume it’s monthly. Pete: Oh man, we’re in trouble. Alex: All right, let’s move on then to the second comic, we’re going to talk about, Commanders in Crisis #1 from Image Comics written by Steve Orlando. Art by David Tinto. We talked to Steve about this on the live show a couple of weeks back. And it is basically him doing a Crisis comic book, but with totally original characters. What do you think? Did it pay off on the premise that he sold us on, on the pitch, Pete? Pete: I think it did. I think, I’m in. This is very interesting. This is a cool team. It’s fun to kind of see his take on a big crossover event like this. It’s fantastic art. I like the team that is kind of in this thing. And there’s like a cool kind of like superhero moment where we had the kiss. That was great. Yeah, I’m on board. I think these characters are interesting enough that even if I don’t… It’s not like a Avengers crossover event where I know every single person, I got enough here to go by. And yeah, I’m excited to see where this goes, it seems like he did a good job of selling it and I’m in. Alex: What’s really fascinating about this, to me, is that it avoids any of the archetypes. I expected going in with it, we’d get a Superman, a Wonder Woman, a Batman etc. We don’t get any of that these are completely as far as I can tell original characters. There’s no analogues from any particular universe. And that only makes Steve Orlando’s job harder going into this. But it does make it more interesting to read because their powers are so weird and so interesting. And the hook of it, which he talked about on the show, this is the reveal at the end of the issue. So if you don’t want to know turned away, but I still think it’s fair to talk about because he mentioned to us is the death of Empathy, which is going to be an interesting thing to see going forward. The other detail that is so weird, but such an interesting specific thing is all the members of the team in the book are from different parallel universes where they were all presidents. Pete: President. Alex: Which is very weird. Pete: Commander in Crisis. Yeah. Alex: Commanders in crisis, they are commanders. They were all like the first Latinx president, the first woman president, the first, etc. resident. But it’s a bunch of presidents with superpowers fighting a crisis, which is such a bizarre detail, but it makes so much sense for the title. And yeah, I’m definitely on board. I think like he’s set up a weird, interesting, very different world here. Pete: Yeah. And it’s even like when you get the kind of splash page introduction of the superheroes it’s like “Prizefighter, as strong as the crowd hopes he is.” I was like, “What?” And then it’s like “Sawbones, Action Surgeon.” I’ve never seen those two words next to each other, action surgeon. What is that? Yeah so it’s very interesting. Alex: It’s intriguing. Pete: Yeah, it really does a good job of like, kind of sucking you in. And then there’s the fun kind of like, oh these minions aren’t very smart. They have their brains in a backpack. Okay, this is crazy. It’s doing a great job. And I think this really ought to be interesting to see how this unfolds. Alex: I agree. Let’s move on. Talking about the Immortal Hulk # 38 from Marvel written by Al Ewing art by Joey Bennett. In this issue, the Leader is dominating the Hulk and all of his allies. He is in the Hulk’s mind-scape and controlling things from outside when a rogue element comes in and turns around the balance of power. Pete, I know you’ve been down on this book, but this issue by the end like in the right way, personally, I was like, “What the fuck is happening here?” Oh my God. Pete: Yeah, this is great. This is really great. You got a lot of the kind of horror aspects that’s been happening, but this like really gets into kind of the story and action. I’m very happy with this issue. It’s really impressive. Very cool. It’s got a lot of twists and reveals but man, it’s glorious. It really is a great issue of comic book. Alex: Yeah, it’s still horrifying, everything that’s going on and the visuals that Joe Bennett draws. But everything that Al Ewing has been building up over the past 38 issues is really finally coming to crest here. It feels like the Leader is probably the sub-villain that we need to deal with in this run. But it’s still such a good Leader story. And it’s such a good Hulk family story that it feels dangerous in the right way. Just great. Gross. Pete: It’s really impressive how this book has grown and changed and done so many different things. It’s really… I can’t imagine the pitch meeting for this fucking thing. Alex: “Okay, so get this. Rick is very long.” Pete: It’s a horror hulk. Alex: Yeah, Rick is long, and he kind of bends in a weird way. And that’s the pitch. Pete: Has the grossest neck you’ve ever seen. Alex: Just it’s horrible. It’s absolutely horrible. Yeah, a great book. Moving on to the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, National Anthem #1, from Dark Horse comic, story by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, art by Leonardo Romero. If you’ve never read this book, this is basically about a bunch of folks. It’s sort of like an extrapolation of, what was the movie? Them. The Kurt Russell movie where he puts on this… No, Rowdy Roddy Piper, puts on the sun glasses, and could see the truth about the world. It’s essentially that, but in comic book form, and here, they’ve beaten the bad guys, they have one as far as they know. And then things start to go horribly wrong from there. Really good book. I like this, it’s esoteric and strange, as most of Gerard Way stuff is. If you read Doom Patrol, if you read Umbrella Academy, but it still feels very prescient and timely in terms of the storytelling, which I like quite a bit. Pete: Yeah, it’s really impressive. The art and the storytelling is gorgeous and fantastic, and really moves the story very… It moves through this kind of crazy world. And you’re kind of really piecing it together. But it’s very unique. And just when you think you’ve got a handle on it just kind of surprises you again. And I love all the different groups that they kind of break down in the middle of it. Yeah, I think this is a great issue that really kind of gets you excited for more in this world, it really sets things up and gets you wanting more. I think it’s a great first issue. Alex: And I think you could understand it even if you haven’t read the first series, you could jump right in here and go ahead with it. Obviously you’re going to have a richer experience, but it’s good stuff regardless. Next up, this is what we talked about in the live show a little bit, Dark Knights Death Metal #4 from DC Comics. Written by Scott Snyder art by Greg Capullo, wild stuff happening in this issue. This is bringing together a bunch of the one shots and miniseries that have been running along. We find out what’s been going out with the Flash Team, we find out what’s been going on with Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman as they sink deeper into the Crisis Dark multi verses, and things- Pete: And- Alex: Yeah, Pete. Pete: It still starts with Uncle Rock in this one. But, you know. Alex: Sergeant Rock. Pete: Sarge Rock. Alex: You call him Uncle Rock. Pete: [crosstalk 00:14:48]. Yeah, I call him uncle Rock. That’s what he calls himself in this, which is a funny moment. Alex: He married your aunt. Pete: Yeah that’s how that technically works. You’re right. But yeah, I mean, this is just amazing art, over the top fun. Darkseid in that chair is unbelievable. It’s like Green Lantern’s ring chair. So that means the Green Lantern has to sit there and keep thinking about the size and weight of that chair. That’s a very intense little thing that doesn’t get much attention. It’s just they’re killing this. This is just so much fun. Each one of these books is really fun to see what mashups of characters they’re going to use, and how crazy it’s going to look, and it hasn’t disappointed yet. Alex: This entire book feels like the dialogue break in a metal song. When somebody’s like, “And then Superman is sunk into a pit of fire as Darkseid watched.” The whole thing. Just it’s absolutely, really ludicrous. The whole thing is crazy. We talked about it on the show, but it ends with the Darkest Knight aka Batman who laughs winning, turning the universe into the Last 52, a bunch of dark multiverses, it’s only going to go from there. Who knows how they’re going to win. But it’s funny for the insanely highest stakes, that is, honestly just fun the entire time. Pete: It really is. Alex: Let’s move on to something that’s a little bit grimmer but in the right way, Stealth #6 from Image Comics, written by Mike Costa and art by Nate Bellegarde. We’ve been loving this series on the show. Pete: It’s too bad Justin didn’t want to talk about this book. Alex: He got out of here, was like “No thanks. Don’t want to talk about Stealth.” Pete: Yeah, he was like, “Listen, guys, I love Stealth. I said it was my pick. But I’d rather watch a football game right now. So fuck all, y’all.” Alex: I don’t think that’s what’s happening. But the other Stealth, if you haven’t been reading the book, it’s about a guy who’s in sort of a all powerful armor [inaudible 00:17:01], who also may or may not have dementia. He’s been fighting against a guy called the Dead Hand who can kill people by touching them with his hand. Everything is revealed in this issue. They loop everything back. We finish it up. This is the end of the miniseries. What did you think about the conclusion, Pete? Pete: I was really impressed with this. Like this kind of started and it was like, “Wait, what’s happening?” I love the story. I love the action, the art’s unbelievable. But I was kind of like, “But man, does this all come together in such an amazing way.” It’s one of those books where you read it. And at the end, you’re like “God, I want to go back and read it all over again.” It’s really great. Really impressive. And I can’t compliment the art enough. Alex: In a surprising way too, it’s nothing that I think you could have predicted from the first five issues, but it makes total sense at the same time when it’s explained, which is a difficult feat to go through. Pass off, whatever the word is. Pete: Yeah, especially us, we’ve read so many comics, it’s hard to surprise us. And this really did a great job of that. Alex: This is a great miniseries, definitely pick it up when it’s in trade or individual issues. Next up The Vain, #1 from Oni Press, written by Eliot Rahal, illustrated by Emily Pearson. This is about a bunch of vampires around the turn of World War II who are robbing blood banks. Get it? Pete: You see what they’re doing? Alex: And when war breaks out with the Nazis, and then everything changes. I was very surprised and impressed by this book. I thought this is a really fun concept. The characters were good. I liked how the world was laid out. And there’s a good nice twist at the end. How’d you feel Pete? Pete: Yeah, I really liked it. I thought it was very cool. Kind of like bank heist, but they’re robbing a blood bank. And also like, fun kind of like, the way the vampires kind of handled the crowd and fuck with them a little bit, very enjoyable. And what’s also nice is even the undead are like “You know what’s really fucked up? Nazis, man. Racism is awful. I’m a fucking undead vampire. But I know this is wrong. So let’s go end this.” That was great. Alex: It’s a little shaggy in terms of that because it feels like okay, the concept is bank robbing vampires. I get it. And then next issue it’s going to be like, okay, it’s vampires fighting Nazis, I get it. So I’m wondering if it’s going to change every single issue and that’s going to be the rhythm of the book. Or if it is something else. Whatever it is, I’m definitely onboard. I had a fun time reading this. I think it’s a fun take on vampires. Like I said the characters are good. So definitely willing to follow it. And Emily Pearson’s character designs are very good as well. Pete: Yeah. Alex: Next up the Avengers #37 from Marvel written by Jason Aaron, art by Javier Garron. This is kicking off the end of the Age of Khonshu. Pete: Yes, the Age of Khonshu. And this is the finale. Alex: This is the finale. So Khonshu, who is the God of Moon Knight has taken the powers of the rest of the Avengers. This issue they’re fighting back as well as Moon Knight who now the Phoenix Power is fighting back. This is playing with toys in the best sense of the phrase. Pete: Well yeah, and that’s a great way to put it. Because you do have like a super baby here who is like, “Yo, give me back my toys.” So that was kind of well put there. But yeah, this is a fantastic art. And it kind of reminds me of Snyder’s just over the top fun, where a lot of different characters are getting to play with different powers and stuff like that. And I think this is a great kind of finale. And it’s cool to kind of see somebody get powered up like this, and then kind of like spoiler, but de-powered, and where those powers go. So it’s, again, a writer and artist, having a lot of fun with the different kind of powers and different perspectives. So yeah, I really enjoyed this. I thought it wasn’t a huge kind of event. It was just kind of big enough. And I thought it was great. Alex: Yeah, it’s playground rules. It feels like every page, and I say this in the best sense, because it’s fun to read. But it’s the sort of thing where somebody is like, “Oh you’re going to attack my pyramid. Well, my wolf men and my mummies are going to attack you.” And they’re like, “Fine. Well, now I have the Iron Fist…” That’s great. Like, there’s not enough of that in comics, where it just feels like people playing and having fun. It all has to mean something. It all has to lead to the next thing. This is the sort of thing where it’s like, and I’m probably mis-remembering this, where She Hulk can very briefly get the Iron Fist, and it has no bearing on anything whatsoever, other than a fun splash page that they draw. And that’s fine. It’s refreshing to read something like that. Alex: Here’s another thing that is almost the opposite, where it’s fun, but everything means something. Once and Future #12 from Boom Studios by Kieron Gillen, art by Dan Mora. Pete I know you love this series. This is wrapping up the Beowulf arc. Listen, I think textually pretty big revelations for the mythology of the book, as teased to us by Kieron Gillen when we chatted with him a couple of weeks back. How’d you feel about this one? Pete: This just continues to be one of my favorite things on the stands. Art is unbelievable. You have these unbelievable monsters these great kind of stories and fables intertwined here, and then you just got one badass grandma who’s not going to take shit from nobody. And this is just such a glorious comic book that is worth your time and money. And it’s entertaining, it’s smart, it’s touching. It’s stories that you’ve kind of know, that kind of are told in this new kind of messed up way and it’s very, very enjoyable. Alex: Yeah, Dan Mora’s art and character designs and monster designs in particular are so good across the board. But this issue is Kieron Gillen doing his Kieron Gillen thing and wrapping stories together, figuring out how they fit together, figuring out how the mythology of England as an entity fits together. And it’s fascinating to read, but it’s nowhere near as dense as say Die, for example, but just good, good stuff and so much fun to read. Alex: Let’s move on to an anthology DC the Doomed and the Damned #1 from DC Comics, written by John Arcudi, Saladin Ahmed, Kenny Porter, Amanda Deibert, Marv Wolfman, Amedeo Turturro, Alyssa Wong, Brandon Thomas, Travis Moore and Garth Ennis. Art by Mike Perkins, Leonardo Manco, Riley Rossmo, Daniel Sampere, Tom Mandrake, Max Fiumara, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Baldemar Rivas, Travis Moore and PJ Holden. As you can probably guess, from how I introduced it, as well as the lineup this is a series of short stories teaming up DC Comics characters in spooky situations. As usual, how’d you feel about this one, Pete? And were there any stories that jumped out to you? Pete: Yeah, this was a really nice collection. I had a lot of fun with this. I mean, the Batman versus the kind of monster in the mirrors is great. This is what I want Halloween comics to be like. I want to see heroes taking on the kind of monsters. And this is the classic like if you say a name in the mirror three times, so it was cool to see that. The Raven Wonder Woman story was great. I’m a sucker for a Grundy story. I love the look of Superman in that one store. I thought like he really looked fantastic with the Swamp Thing. It was just super fun. I think there was a lot of cool stuff and even the Green Lantern team up I enjoyed. Alex: Yeah, I like this as well. I mean, if you can’t tell from the title this is riff on Brave and the Bold but Doom and [inaudible 00:25:31] instead. So it’s a team up book- Pete: Oh, I just put it together. Alex: Which it gives it a very different flavor from other anthologies. I think it gives it more focus, particularly because you usually get a non-supernatural character teaming up with a supernatural character. The best one for me, which you mentioned, is Saladin Ahmed’s story, which I just… I love Batman dealing with the supernatural because he does it all the time. But he never believes it. He’s always like, “Scientific explanation for this. I got to figure this one out.” And it’s great here. He deals with essentially like a Candyman, Beetlejuice type figure, except in Gotham City. And it’s a lot of fun. But this is a good collection if you want to pick it up. Next up Redneck #28 from Image Comics written by Donny Cates, art by Lisandro Estherren. This is a title we have not checked out that much, I think, right, Pete? Pete: Well, so this is weird because I saw Redneck and I thought it was Jason Aaron’s book called Redneck and it’s not. This is a different kind of redneck, not what you think because it’s about vampires. Alex: No, Jason Aaron wrote another book. I don’t remember what it’s called. But it’s not Redneck. Pete: Okay. Alex: No, he’s, what is it? Southern Bastards. That’s what he wrote. Pete: Oh. Right, right, right. Yeah. I thought… But anyways, so this is a very kind of… The art is really fantastic. I love the way they kind of draw the action. And a very interesting, kind of like tale throughout time here that we’re dealing with. And I love the way it kind of ended on this cliffhanger for more. I think this is very interesting book, very kind of unique and creative. And I didn’t know what I was getting into. And I was pleasantly surprised. Alex: So Donny talks about this in the end matter a little bit, but it is wild reading the first couple of issues of this books, which I think I read the first couple and I just got away from it for no particular reason. But it was what the title said, it was about a bunch of swamp folks dealing with vampires. I was like, “Okay, I get it. Rednecks cool. I’m on it, I get the concepts of this book.” To here where we’re like Dracula war, which is a very different sort of thing. Alex: But Lisandro’s art in particular is epic throughout the book. As you mentioned, it spans through different time periods. I enjoyed this quite a bit. And it’s certainly the sort of thing that makes me want to be like, “Okay, I read the first collection, I read this issue. Now I actually need to read what happened in between, because clearly, I missed a lot.” Alex: Next up Amazing Spider-Man #50 from Marvel, written by Nick Spencer, art by Patrick Gleason. This is picking up right on the last issue, but kicking off a new storyline, where we finally learn the identity of Kindred as well as why he has it out for Spider-Man. Why he has it out for Norman Osborn, what happens to the Sin Eater? Big things happened in this issue. Spider Man is a very dire straits. We’re definitely going to get into spoilers here. So Pete, as you feel about this reveal, what do you think about this? Pete: Cool. I mean, when I saw the tombstone reveal, I was like, “All right.” Alex: But so let’s walk through this and this is spoiler time. But Kindred pulls up the tombstone, you’re supposed to think as a reader, “Oh, okay is he Captain Stacy?” Gwen Stacy’s dad. But he’s not. Instead, what Kindred has done is he’s pulled up the corpses of Captain Stacy and Gwen Stacy, and put them at a dinner table for Spider-Man, classic villain behavior. But it turns out the Kindred is none other than Harry Osborn. Pete: Yeah, at the end there’s another twist, where you think, “Okay, we don’t know, here’s the reveal of the tombstone. That’s who he is.” But then at the end, it’s like, “He’s my son.” And then you’re like twist again. Alex: I don’t love that. I feel like we’re going to have to do a lot of explanation to get why Harry Osborn is this. Pete: Especially when Spider-Man sits down to that dinner and he sees the two dead people. And then he’s like, “Wait, but what’s this got to do with Harry Osborn?” You know what I mean? Alex: Yeah, I mean, first of all, indoor dining very dangerous right now. Second of all, if you ever get in that situation, just be like, “Check, please.” Pete: Yeah, also, you got to put masks on those corpses, you know what I mean? You can’t just [crosstalk 00:30:16]. Alex: I mean come on. Absolutely. They could spread disease. Pete: They’re inside. Alex: Yes. Think of the servers. Pete: Yeah, exactly. Alex: This is a good issue. Nick Spencer is doing an intriguing job of the storyline. But like I said, I think though this fills in a lot of holes in what’s been going on I need to get to how this happened, which I assume is going to happen soon. This seems to be a big storyline. But why is Harry Osborn Kindred? What does that mean? How did he become Kindred? Are all big open questions here but we’re just at the beginning of this storyline right now. Alex: Next up, another Tom King book Strange Adventures #6 from DC Comics written by surprise Tom King art by Mitch Garads and Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner. In this issue, as usual, we’re jumping back and forth between the planet Ron and what’s happening on Earth, as Mr. Terrific investigates the death of Adam Strange and Alanna’s daughter. In this issue Mr. Terrific Alanna kind of go on a date a little bit, and parry and check each other out and sort of probe each other’s weaknesses. Ends in a very different, very interesting place. I like this issue quite a bit, particularly, because it made me doubt Alanna being the bad guy of this series. How’d you feel about it Pete? Pete: Yeah, yeah. Also, we had a little Seth Meyers sighting. Little talk show clip here. And as we all know, Seth Meyers came on Comic Book Club, big fan of the show. So it’s nice to see that. Alex: It was nice to see it finally pay off for him. Pete: Yeah, yeah. Really nice to see Seth Meyers get his due, poor guy, he works really hard. But yeah, I mean, this is just waiting, each Tom King book, you get a little bit more information, a little bit more information. You’re trying to piece together this whole story. So it’s unbelievable, Tom King, kills it as a writer. And I’m excited to see how this unfolds, and we get a little bit more. And I love the Terrific stuff in this. So yeah, I can’t wait until the final kind of domino falls, I can kind of look back and see what we’ve done here. Alex: I agree. This is definitely a mystery book. It’s going to make you reevaluate everything when we finally get to the end there. But every issue just gorgeous to read and gut wrenching and heartbreaking across the board. Another one, very sad Marvel Zombies Resurrection #3 from Marvel written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson art by Leonard Kirk. Spider-Man is taking Franklin and Valeria to the Galactus hive to try to find a cure for the zombie virus that has afflicted the Marvel Universe. Things go predictably, very, very wrong, including a favorite of Pete’s, who gets caught in the struggle. I love the twist that Philip gives to the whole Marvel Zombies thing here. It’s so smart. So well done. I’m a little hesitant to spoil it. But every issue of this is so dangerous, so harrowing. And it’s amazing that he has found a totally different twist on the zombie mythology in the Marvel Universe. How’d you feel Pete? Pete: Yeah, this was really crazy and intense to kind of like, have these kind of reveals of kind of like how this all unfolded. Love the Galactus stuff. Magic stuff is really cool. The character that we’re not talking about I was like… All right, but- Alex: We can talk about him. We can spoil it. Pete: I think it’s- Alex: We spoiled so much this podcast. Pete: This continues to be a really fun book and if you would have said- Alex: It’s Wolverine. Pete: Wolverines. Wolverine. But yeah, I mean, you would think like okay, Marvel Zombies all right, how long we doing this, but this really is a fresh take on it. And it’s very enjoyable. Alex: I agree. I’m very nervous, concerned about what will happen at the last issue when we get to that. Moving on to Seven Secrets #3 from Boom Studios written by Tom Taylor illustrated by Daniela De Nicolo. This issue we’re following who we still think is our main character but we’re not 100% sure, as they go on a mission to become the new secret keeper for this organization. Still don’t know what the secrets are, still don’t know what’s going on. Pete: Yeah. Alex: We just know somebody evil is gunning straight for them. Another great issue of this book as Tom and company continued to build out the mythology. How’d you feel Pete? Pete: Yeah, I liked this. Again, we kind of don’t know. I mean, if I’m risking my life over a briefcase, I might take a peek. But I think that this is very creative in the way that it kind of tells his story as it unfolds and the touching like 15 gifts from the father for the 15 years he wasn’t there. That got me, that got me a little bit. That was pretty awesome. I’ve been really impressed with the characters in the book and their story and kind of how this is all moving forward. A lot of great action. Yeah, this continues to impress. Alex: Yeah, great book and Daniela De Nicolo’s art is also real good, it’s very anime… Excuse me, manga inspired. Yeah, but it feels like the halfway point way point. Pete: The mustache guy reminds me of the guy from Voltron. The new Voltron [crosstalk 00:36:07]- Alex: Interesting. I don’t know what you’re talking about, but I appreciate it regardless. Before we wrap up here, let’s do it. Let’s get into the X/10 of Swords block. Three issues out this week. Hellions #5, written by Zeb wells and art by Carmen Carnero. New Mutants #13 written by Ed Price and art by Rob Price. Cable #5 written by Jerry Duggan and art by Phil Noto. Versus last week, where we got a little more of an overarching story each one of these is very much its own thing. Alex: In Hellions we get that team heading off into other world to basically cheat the whole sword contest that’s going on by stealing Arakko’s swords. In New Mutant’s we find out how Cypher is dealing with fact that he’s supposed to be a sword bearer. Answer is not very well. And in cable, he is dealing with a sword of his own. When the last we left him, he was with Cyclops and Jean Grey on Sword, the actual space station the people, we find out what happened to them, and what happens next. This is great. I was a little worried that this crossover was going to be just one thing after another just following up on it. But I love that each one of these individual interweaving stories, and I thought each of these issues was a ton of fun all on its own. Pete I know you liked last week’s issues. How’d you feel about this one? Pete: I did. I really liked the break from the stacking insane idea on top of insane idea and like here we’re just going to have like a showdown you bring your best, we’ll bring our best, bring a sword, let’s settle this. But this gets a little derailed by the Lollipop Guild where they sit around a table and makes insane decisions like “Hey, we’re going to do this big battle to the death, but why don’t we cheat? Right? Because we’re on our own island by playing by the rules so fuck it let’s just cheat, and just throw a wrench in the whole fucking thing.” Alex: So this is in Hellions by the way just to clarify what’s going on here. I love this issue. Zeb Wells writes the crap out of these characters. His Empath is such a horrible asshole in a hilarious way. Mr. Sinister is great. Pete: The cape bit is just glorious. It’s really fun. Alex: Oh my god. So funny. Just, it’s a funny book. And I appreciate that in the middle of this like… Particularly coming off of, I think, the last issue was Storm being like, “I need to potentially destroy a relationship with my husband because it’s the head of the world and I need to invade Wakanda.” And then this issue, Mr. Sinister’s like wrestling with a horse most of the issue is great. That you could have these different tones of this world is so much fun. Pete: Yeah, it’s all right. Alex: And then of course, there’s New Mutants, which is I think one of the greatest issues of all time that really just really digs in on Cypher as a character. One of the greatest characters of all time. Gives him his due in the sun, shows up what was going on with Warlock, trains with Krakoa, plays on his insecurities, but in the right way, and fleshes out his relationship with Krakoa, just a great issue across the board. And I know I’m using a sarcastic voice, but I also actually think that. Pete: The art in this book is glorious. The Krakoa, trying to stop him and talk to them but like “If something happens to you I won’t be able to…” I thought that was great. But at this point, I’m like, “Okay, guys, a lot of build up to the sword fight. Can we get to this goddamn sword fight.” Like, do I got to sit there and see everybody’s origin story to how they got their sword. Alex: There’s 10 swords. They’re not even halfway through. They’ll get halfway through, they’ll have all the swords and then they’ll have a bunch of fights. Pete: Yeah. Alex: Come on. Pete: Now hopefully I make a [crosstalk 00:40:12]- Alex: And Cable, also fun with like some terrifying weird alien enemies, that was super fun as well. Just a fun month across the board. Right Pete? Pete: Sure. Yeah. What a month. What a year. Everybody’s having a blast. Good times. Alex: Yeah, I just ordered a shirt online, actually, they said “2020 having a blast.” Pete: Oh, man. Yeah, I mean, I’ll look forward to hopefully getting to the fight. Just, I don’t know, I think the last month with the three titles or last week, whatever it was, I thought was better, getting me hyped for this thing, but after this week, I’m kind of like, “All right, get me there already.” But hey, people like reading stuff in between their comic books pages, apparently, because man, they’re doubling the fuck down on that. Alex: Oh my gosh. Pete: And at this point I’m just to do it. Alex: Well, I liked these quite a bit. I had a fun time this week. And I’m glad to read all three of them. Pete: Did you like reading about the sword instead of seeing it? Just reading about how much it weighs and that kind of stuff? Alex: You know what they say, do you bring an essay to a sword fight? Pete: Ah right, right. Alex: If you’d like to support this podcast, patreon.com/comicbookclub. Also we do a live show every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM. Pete: We sure do. 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