November 15, 2009

ABC Podcast, Episode #68 and visual aids

This episode of Awesomed By Comics is brought to you by Robo Zen, because it's pretty much the only combination we haven't tried yet. A slew of excellent debuts this week as we give it up for Kieron Gillen, Steven Sanders and Jamie McKelvie's stunning S.W.O.R.D. #1, Mark Waid and Emma Rios' superb Strange #1, and Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk's daring Dark X-Men #1. The Bat Books continue to inspire angst, and Unwritten remains a stack-toppin' smash. There's also an above-average amount of Pokemon stuff. Let's go Pats.

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Cover(s) of the Week

Aaron's pick, from Strange #1, cover by Tom Coker:

Evie's pick, from S.W.O.R.D. #1, cover by John Cassaday:

Panel(s) of the Week

Evie's pick, from S.W.O.R.D. #1, by Kieron Gillen, Steven Sanders and Jamie McKelvie (click to enlarge):

Aaron's pick, from Amazing Spider-Man #611, by Joe Kelly and Eric Canete (click to enlarge):


Anonymous said...

Yeah SWORD was good wasn't it? Not so convinced about Beast being drawn with such a long snout - he looks like Booga the kangaroo from Tank Girl.

Also he seems pretty into the relationship now, even given its tentative beginnings in Astonishing X-Men, but minor quibbles.

Best bit was the McKelvey backup story about Lockheed.

Aaron - has anyone ever told you that you sound like Denozo from NCIS? Do you look like him too?

PS - My latest Oh Fuck moment was when Sentry ripped Morgaine Le Fay's head off in Dark Avengers #1. Good stuff. Literal jaw drop.

Anonymous said...

Jennifer Wenger among other names, ;), is the Wonder Woman from the movie, and last thing she was in was a brief show (nude boobs) in True Blood. I think other than that, she does local small standup shows.

I LOVED ASM 611!! :) And interesting to hear, from Evie, that the novels of Q&C were actually pretty good! O.o

I was letdown from Strange #1. Though I really like the artist, what I saw within, made me cringe.

My faves from this week were: Muppet Show #4, X-Babies, and Comic Book Comics.

KC said...

check out my blog:

for my cover/panel of the week =)

Evie said...


Bill D. said...

Okay, Aaron's enthusiasm for Pokemon is becoming infectious. I watched for a while in college and after with my roommates and (eventual) wife and really enjoyed it, but lost track over time, and have never played any of the games, though they sound fun.

We do have a DS sitting unloved over on the shelf at the moment, though, so I'm thinking it's time to finally go back to Pokemon.

So what's a good starter game for a newbie: something old school and RPG styled like Pokemon Platinum or something a little more adventurey like one of the Mystery Dungeon titles? And it seems like they always release two different versions of each game at a time. Are there any REAL difference, and do I really need both to get the full experience?

aaron said...

Hey Bill D. -

Definitely go with Diamond, Pearl or Platinum. You can get them on ebay for less than $20, or probably at your local gamestop or whatever.

The mystery dungeon games are super cute, but really ONLY if you already have an established love of the characters. You're not going to give a shit about "Bidoof's Wish" unless you know what a "Bidoof" is.

And there are slight differences between the versions, but mainly just the Pokemon that are offered. For example, you can't get Slowpoke, Pinsir, or Spheal in Diamond, and you can't get Stunky, Scyther, or Aron in Pearl. Of course, you can get any Pokemon from the WiFi Global Trade Station, which is an awesome feature where you can trade with anyone around the world. You can also trade over WiFi using "friend codes" with someone you know, like me, or people on message boards.

And to The Other Adam Ford - nobody has ever said that, and I look exactly like him in that I am also a white male. The only famous person I look anything like is (a slightly taller, chubbier) Nick Swisher.

Bill D. said...

Went with Diamond, since GameStop had it used for a decent price. So far it's pretty fun. Having trouble trying to get the DS to find my wireless, but I'm not nearly far enough into it yet to get too worried about online opportunities, anyway (I just got my Pokedex and have exactly one Pokemon), anyway, so I'm not too worked up over that.

Thanks for the recommendation!

Don Hudson said...

The 'STRANGE' cover is disappointing. It looks like a cheap, Dan Brown type of book. Triangles? No more 'LSD' kinda magical effects? No thanks.