July 18, 2010

ABC Podcast, Episode #102 plus visual aids

This week's episode of the Awesomed By Comics Podcast is brought to you by crazy two-sport athlete conspiracy theories, sandwiched by appearances of one of music's most recognizable tritones. We literally CANNOT say enough good things about the finale of the Boom! series "Codebreakers" -- because saying any more than we did would give the surprises away, and we are demanding that you read it. Superman hits the road to go be a dick somewhere other than Metropolis, The Stuff of Legend and The Unwritten both deliver great work as usual, we lol at Booster Gold, and the X-Men wrap up what turned out to be a fairly solid event by pointlessly murdering innocent and equally endangered creatures.

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Cover(z) of the Week

Evie's pick, from The Unwritten #15, cover by Yuko Shimizu

Aaron's pick, from Gorilla Man #1, cover by Dave Johnson

Panel(s) of the Week:

Evie's pick, from Echo #23 by Terry Moore

Aaron's pick, from Thanos Imperative #2 by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, art by Miguel Sepulveda.

(for the real one, look down below - be warned, there's spoilers.



Anonymous said...

great show Evie and Aaron. Loved the opinions on some of the things you talked about. Will miss ya next week.

dmcd said...

Evie, if you weren't thinking of Jack O'Lantern, you might've meant Jack Pumpkinhead, from the childhood-nightmare-inducing Return To Oz...

Amazing that you guys are that upbeat when sick!

My crap of the week was the last page of Amazing Spider-Man -- Kaine's sacrifice was the first time I'd ever found the character at all compelling, so it was good that they immediately ruined it. And seriously, this storyline had to have the most 'characters bursting out of graves' in a non-zombie comic book ever.

Anonymous said...

Re: Superman 701. JMS has a habit of speaking down to his readers and he feels the need to constantly and aggressively point out how clever he thinks he is.

The philosophy conversation with the jogger is a great example of that. That was not done to tell us anything about Superman as a character. That was done to show us that JMS read a book about philosophy and thinks we should be impressed.

It's like how pretentious people make sure they have books at eye-level in their house so you think they're well read.

The concept of Superman learning from everyday people is not a bad idea. Garth Ennis did it in Hitman and turned in one of the best Superman stories of the past 15 years.

This is an idea that could be good, but under JMS it's just poorly executed and has a condescending tone.

I gave this book the benefit of the doubt, but I'm stopping at this issue. I can only imagine what Wonder Woman is going to be like...

Guyalice said...

Were you guys thinking of Merv Pumpkinhead from Sandman and The Dreaming?

Ethan Hoddes said...

Maybe it's because I don't read as many books, but I always find that the complaints about too many Wolverine or Spider-Man books don't resonate with me. As long as the Wolverine stories I'm reading are good, I don't really care.

Which is a round about way of saying that Girl Comics #3 was my book of the week. I don't remember the wolverine stories in previous issues, which is part of my reasoning. I thought this was far and away the strongest of the three issues. The first story in particular made me want to see Marjorie Liu do more with the Jubilee/Wolverine pairing, which I've never had any interest in before.

I'm also glad that they didn't mandate or pressure the creators for Girl Comics to use female characters. A showcase book for female creators was a good idea, a showcase book for superheroines might also be a good idea. But combining the two would imply that they were mainly looking to get female creators for female characters, which I don't think would be a good impression to give.

Eric Lyden said...

Comment unrelated to this week's show- I was at my comic shop today and I saw they had a sale on some trade paperbacks. I looked through and nothing jumoped out at me until I saw I KILL GIANTS. I know nothing about this book, but when I saw it I remembered that on the 100th episode Aaron (and I think Evie agreed) that one of these issues would have been their single issue of the year. So I literally bought this book (for $10 so it's not like I broke the bank) for the sole reason that Aaron & Evie said it was good.

Evie said...

Eric: It was actually our 2009 story of the year! Enjoy!