Episode 102: A God for Every Person

This week, we review Godshaper #1 and discuss other books, including Valiant High, Bob's Burgers, Wicked + Divine, X-Men Blue, Old Man Logan, Bitch Planet, and Weapon X.

In the comics news world, we briefly touch upon the X-Men Gold troubles, detail the road to The Defenders, prep for some upcoming movies, and plan the return of Interview Spectacular.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Plastic #1 - Retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he "met online." Her affection quiets his vile urges. Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD, eating doughnuts and enjoying their healthy appetites for each other. Life is good...until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom. Oh, and did we mention that Virginia is a sex doll?

Episode 101: Making Up for Lost Time

After a couple weeks off, we're back to recap a full 2-plus weeks of comics news and issues. We review Brian Wood's Rebels spin-off and discuss many more, including Jessica Jones, Hawkeye, Hadrian's Wall, Black Widow, Doom Patrol, Descender, Great Divide, Teen Titans, The Sword, Wicked + Divine, X-Men Prime, X-Men Gold, and Deadly Class.

Elsewhere we talk plenty other tv and movie happenings from Iron Fist and the Defenders to Invincible and the New Warriors.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Godshaper #1 - Written by Eisner Award-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (The Spire, X-Men Legacy) and illustrated by breakout talent Jonas Goonface, Godshaper introduces a vast world where there's a god for every person and a person for every god...though for Ennay, unfortunately exceptions may apply. People like him are Godshapers, godless social pariahs with the ability to mold and shape the gods of others. Paired with Bud, an off-kilter but affectionate god without a human, the two travel from town to town looking for shelter, a hot meal, and the next paying rock 'n' roll gig.

Episode 100: Our 1st Century

This week, we celebrate our 100th episode by reviewing Batwoman #1, and having a quick chat about the future of printed single issues.

Other books discussed this week include Uncanny X-men, Few, Animal Man, Invincible, Super Sons, Lady Killer 2, Ghost in the Shell, and Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. Elsewhere, we talk Iron Fist, Man of Steel 2 and other comics media news.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Rebels: These Free & Independent States #1 - In 1775, Seth Abbott fought to win his fellow Americans their independence. In 1794, his savant son, John, comes of age as their new nation faces multiple threats: high seas terrorism, fresh aggression from Britain, and intense political division at home. When Congress authorizes building America's first navy, the famous 'six frigates,' John Abbott signs up.

Episode 99: We Can Sell the Rights

This week, we review Redline #1 and discuss many other books including Inhumans Vs. X-Men, Old Man Logan, Grass Kings, Zero, Nightwing, Barrier and Jessica Jones.

Elsewhere, we talk the best Robin, Jeff Lemire leaving Marvel, Alterna pushing newsprint, and current TV shows.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Batwoman #1 - 'The Many Arms Of Death' part one! At last - Batwoman is back in her own ongoing series! On the island nation of Coryana, anything goes for members of the criminal underworld? and during her lost years after being drummed out of the military, Kate Kane found a kind of refuge there. But now, a deadly new bioweapon is available in the markets of Coryana, and Batwoman will have to face up to the things she did in those days? and the people she left behind, some of whom would be happier to see her dead than alive! Writer Marguerite Bennett (DC BOMBSHELLS) is joined by James Tynion IV (DETECTIVE COMICS) and superstar artist Steve Epting (Captain America, Velvet) to present an epic Batwoman story that will alter the course of her life forever! This one's unmissable!

Episode 98: Marvel's Latest Leading Woman

This week, we review the latest in a solid run of leading Marvel women, America #1. On the opposite end, we take a look at Vertigo's Savage Things as well. Other books discussed include Hawkeye, The Killer, Quantum Teens Are Go, Doppelganger, Paper Girls, and Nailbiter.

Elsewhere, we welcome the return of Ales Kot to comic books, discuss CBR's top 15 best Image titles of the last five years, and run through the recent news of comic film and TV adaptations.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Redline #1 (Oni Press) - MARS. The near future-ish. A bomb takes out a city block on Harrison Station. The media rush to blame the local terrestrials (re:aliens,) however Superintendent Denton Coyle has a feeling that it may not be so simple... or maybe that feeling is Coyle's hangover gut bomb. It's unclear... like a 50/50 shot, it's a mistake or explosive diarrhea. Maybe it's both? In other words, it's yet another Tuesday on Mars.
     

Episode 97: Elektra's Latest

This week, we review the newest Elektra title, as well as Old Guard from Image. Other books discussed include: The Forevers, Extraordinary Xmen, Inhumans vs Xmen, Descender, Valiant High, Teen Titans, and Quantum Teens Are Go.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Savage Things #1 - DC Comics: March 1, 2017   Writer: Justin Jordan   Art: Ibrahim Moustafa   Cover: John Paul Leon - 25 years ago, a secret government organization kidnapped children and trained them to be chaos agents who went on to foment unrest and execute enemies of the state around the world. When these cold and unfeeling creations proved too difficult to control, the powers that be exterminated their kill squad with extreme prejudice. Too bad it didn't work. Now a rogue band of the worst monsters the world has ever known is cutting a swath of terror across the United States, threatening not just a disruption of the peace but to expose secrets their handlers never wanted to come to light. The only way to stop them is to call back the only man who ever walked away from them. His code name is Abel, and he's not afraid of getting his hands bloody. This new eight-issue miniseries from writer Justin Jordan (The Legacy of Luther Strode) and artist Ibrahim Moustafa (High Crimes) features the action of the Jason Bourne movies with the gruesome horror of classic grindhouse!

  • America #1 - Marvel: March 1, 201Writer: Gabby Rivera   Art: Joe Quinones   Cover: Cliff Chiang - At last! Everyone's favorite no-nonsense powerhouse, America Chavez, gets her own series! Written by critically-acclaimed YA novelist Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes A Breath) and drawn by all-star artist Joe Quinones (HOWARD THE DUCK), Marvel Comics' brand new AMERICA series shines a solo spotlight on the high-octane and hard-hitting adventures of the one and only America Chavez! America has always been uncontestably awesome, and as the newly appointed leader of the Ultimates, she's now officially claimed her place as the preeminent butt-kicker of the Marvel Universe! But while leading a team of heroes and punching out big bads is great and all, it doesn't really leave much time for self-discovery? So what's a super-powered teenager do when she's looking for a little fulfillment? She goes to college! She just has to stop an interdimensional monster or two first, plus shut down a pesky alien cult that's begun worshipping her exploits!

Episode 96: Super Sons

This week, we review the debut of Super Sons, after Brooks meets writer Peter Tomasi in New York. Other books discussed include God Country, Animosity, Invincible, The Wild Storm, Old Man Logan, Uncanny X-Men, Essex County, and A.D.: After Death.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Elektra #1 - CASINO BATTLE ROYALE! Running from her tumultuous past, ELEKTRA attempts to lose herself in a vibrant sea of neon, noise and anonymity: LAS VEGAS. But how long can a former ninja assassin really hope to escape the vortex of violence that encompasses her life?especially when there's a new player in Sin City that has her in his sights for his newest game? Enter: Arcade. Rated T+
  • Old Guard #1 - Eisner-winning writer GREG RUCKA (LAZARUS, BLACK MAGICK, Wonder Woman) and critically acclaimed artist LEANDRO FERNANDEZ (THE DISCIPLINE, Deadpool, Punisher: MAX) team up together to introduce THE OLD GUARD, the story of old soldiers who never die and yet cannot seem to fade away. Trapped in an immortality without explanation, Andromache of Scythia - 'Andy' - and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find-and afford-their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates worse than death.
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Episode 95: In Search of Rosenberg

This week, we review the debuts of Kingpin (written by show favorite Matthew Rosenberg) and Death Be Damned. Other books discussed include Wicked/Divine, Great Divide, Black Widow, Jessica Jones, Inhumans vs. X-Men, and The Forevers.

Elsewhere, Brooks misses another opportunity to meet up with Matthew Rosenberg, Marvel's Runaways casts parents, Legion debuts, Marvel teases Infinity War and we anticipate a new book from the Alex + Ada creators.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Super Sons #1 - 'When I grow up' part one! The sons of Batman and Superman have graduated to their own monthly comic-but if they want to survive, they're going to have to share it! Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN, SUPERMAN) teams with rising-star artist Jorge Jimenez (EARTH 2) to bring you the adventures of the World's Smallest. This debut issue looks at the lives of Robin and Superboy and their destiny to follow in their fathers' footsteps, while we meet a new villain whose ascension parallels the boys' own understanding of their powers--except that he believes it's his right to rule over every being on the planet.

Episode 94: The Life After

This week, we review the reprint of The Life After #1, a book launched in 2014 by Oni Press. Other books discussed include Hawkeye, Paper Girls, Iron Fist, Bullseye, Quantum and Woody, Nailbiter, Deadly Class, Invincible, and Old Man Logan.

Elsewhere, we discuss the Iron Fist trailer, Powerless debut, Runaways casting, the social media follow up an dmuch more.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Kingpin #1 - WILSON FISK BUILDS A BRAND-NEW EMPIRE! He has done bad things. Deplorable things. He has cheated the law. He has blackmailed rivals. He has killed. But that's all in the past. The Kingpin is back in the city that he loves and ready to make his mark as a titan of legitimate industry, but needs to rekindle his public image. When Wilson Fisk makes disgraced journalist SARAH DEWEY an offer she can't refuse, the spiraling saga of crime and betrayal begins anew. Don't miss the start of Kingpin's ongoing series, written by breakout writer MATTHEW ROSENBERG and illustrated in the heavy noir stylings of BEN TORRES, as Manhattan's criminal mastermind returns to the Big Apple with honorable intentions, but no one in his circle remains pure on his climb back to the top.
  • Death Be Damned #1 - Seven outlaws have killed Miranda Coler and her family, but her death turned out to be a little less permanent than they expected. Blessed with the inability to fully die until she exacts revenge on her family's killers, but cursed to lose a part of her memories every time she's 'killed,' Miranda will need the help of Joseph Murray, an undertaker dabbling in necromancy hoping to bring back his wife, if she's ever to find peace. Ben Acker and Ben Blacker (Deadpool Vs. Gambit, The Thrilling Adventure Hour) team up with Hannah Christenson (Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Dragons, Harrow County) for a supernatural tale of revenge in the Old West, perfect for fans of Pretty Deadly and The Sixth Gun.

Episode 93: The Lost Prediction

In a recent episode, Brooks made a solid prediction about a certain role in the next Avengers movie. Somehow, we lost it. Even after looking for it multiple times. However, we at least revisit it here.

Also, we review Loose Ends and look at many other books including Saga, Animosity, Doom Patrol, and more.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • The Life After #1 (Oni Press) - In an infinite city built on infinite sadness, there is one man capable of breaking free. He will go through Heaven and Hell to save us all. Literally. A fantastical coming of age journey through the afterlife and beyond from master storytellers Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Bunker) and Russ Manning-nominated artist Gabo!

Episode 92: It Was Boring!

This week, we review the debuts of The Few and Curse Words before diving into a week's worth of comic book news, including Brooks most likely accurately predicting Peter Dinklage's rumored role in the next Avengers movie.

Other books discussed this week include Descender, Black Widow, Moon Knight, Squirrel Girl, Ghosted, and Feathers.

Next week's Debut Review(s):

  • The Dregs #1 (Black Mask) - A gentrified city. Its homeless population restricted to six square blocks called The Dregs. When people start disappearing, a drug-addled homeless man obsessed with detective fiction becomes addicted to solving the mystery. Equal parts Raymond Chandler and Don Quixote set in a thriving metropolis that literally cannibalizes the homeless, The Dregs is the first homeless meta noir ever made.
  • Loose Ends #1 of 4 (Image) - SERIES PREMIERE No one seemed to notice Sonny Gibson as he stepped back into 'The Hideaway,' a dusty little honky-tonk nestled off the Carolina highway. But before the night was over, Sonny would be on the run-from the law, from the criminals, even from himself. LOOSE ENDS is a gritty, slow-cooked, Southern crime romance that follows a winding trail down Tobacco Road, through the war-torn streets of Baghdad, and into the bright lights and bloody gutters of South Florida. From JASON LATOUR, the Eisner-winning co-creator of SOUTHERN BASTARDS and the writer of Spider-Gwen, CHRIS BRUNNER (SOUTHERN BASTARDS, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight), and RICO RENZI (Spider-Gwen, Squirrel Girl).

Episode 91: Our Favs of 2016

This week, we take a look back at all the debut issues we read in 2016 and pick our five favorites (with a few honorable mentions). It was a great year in comics, but a few stood above the rest for us.

The debut review this week is God Country #1, written by Donny Cates and drawn by Geoff Shaw. Other books discussed include Hawkeye, Jessica Jones, Unstoppable Wasp, Inhumans vs X-Men, Uncanny X-Men and A.D. After Death.

Next week's Debut Reviews:

  • The Few #1 - Critically lauded writer and playwright SEAN LEWIS follows up the cult favorite SAINTS with his newest book THE FEW. Teaming with red-hot artist HAYDEN SHERMAN for a LIMITED MAXI-SERIES, THE FEW combines Mad Max action with a Station Eleven sensibility in this sci-fi series for mature readers. In a dystopian future, two survivalist brothers stumble across an unlikely sight: a woman asleep in the woods holding nothing but a gun and a baby wearing a gas mask. As these boys begin to embark on helping this woman, betrayals, secrets, and revolutions abound in the fight for what's left of America.
  • Curse Words #1 - 'THE DEVIL'S DEVIL,' Part One The new ongoing series from CHARLES SOULE (Daredevil, Death of Wolverine, Star Wars) and RYAN BROWNE (GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS) is COMING FOR YOU! A wizard has appeared in New York City, and he's casting wonderful spells, getting famous, getting rich-it's great! But it's not. This wizard has everyone fooled. He is actually an EVIL WIZARD, and EVIL THINGS are on the way. CURSE WORDS is a gonzo modern fantasy, full of darkness, light...and MAGIC.

Episode 90: Rosenberg's Raccoon

After a holiday hiatus, we return to review Marvel's latest Rocket Raccoon title, which is written by show favorite Matthew Rosenberg.

Other books discussed include: Nailbiter, Old Man Logan, Deadly Class, Saga, Dead Letters, Ghosted, The Great Divide, Black Widow, Doom Patrol, Moon Knight, and Teen Titans.

Elsewhere, we talk a Moon Knight movie, Luke Cage, The Walking Dead, Saga's greatest hits, Secret Empire, and the latest happenings in our social media feedback.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • God Country #1 - Emmet Quinlan, an old widower rattled by dementia, isn't just a problem for his children—his violent outbursts are more than the local cops can handle. When a tornado levels his home—as well as the surrounding West Texas town—a restored Quinlan rises from the wreckage. The enchanted sword at the eye of the storm gives him more than a sound mind and body, however. He's now the only man who can face the otherworldly creatures the sword has drawn down to the Lone Star State…

Episode 89: Two For One

Skype ruined a session for us, so now we're live from Florida with two episodes for the price of one. We review the debuts of Hawkeye, the Kate Bishop version, and Dead Inside, written by show friend John Arcudi.

Other books discussed include Barrier, Inhumans vs. X-Men, Old Man Logan, Hadrian's Wall, Letter 44, Descender, Jessica Jones, Image+, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, Uncanny X-Men, and Fade Out.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Rocket Raccoon #1 - GROUNDED! From the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket has found himself stuck in the LAST place he wants to be-the backwards, no-class, pit of a planet called Earth. It's where those dumb furry things people say he looks like are from! One thing is clear-it doesn't matter who or what gets in his way...he's gotta get off this mudball, NOW. Easier said than done. Rated T+

Episode 88: The Circle

*Please disregard the audio on one end at the beginning. It does get better. Thanks, Skype!

This week, we review The Circle, and find ourselves slightly under the critic's review at Comic Book Roundup. In other books, Brooks begins Sheriff of Babylon and Alan details Universe! #5, one of his favorite issues of the year.

Other books include Nailbiter, Glitterbomb, Barrier and The Wicked + The Divine.

Elsewhere, we follow up on social media happenings and take a look at the rest of the industry.

Next week's Debut Reviews:

  • Frontier
  • Hawkeye

Episode 87: A New Valiant Character

This week, we take a look at Savage #1 - the latest character in the Valiant universe. Other books discussed include Saga, Black Widow, C.O.W.L., The Walking Dead, Letter 44, Inhumans vs. X-Men, Seven to Eternity, Deadly Class, and Old Man Logan.

In other news, we talk a potential interview with Matthew Rosenberg, FX's Legion, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Paste Magazine's best 25 comics of 2016.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Circle #1 - After his mother dies, Christian, a teenage boy, moves to Shell bay with his single father only to be bullied as the new kid at school. He finds friendship with the 'Weird' kids and unknowingly joins them in an occult ritual that allows a darkness to possess each of them. Through the help of his gypsy neighbor, Christian will learn that the only way he can reverse the ritual is by killing off his circle of friends before they kill him or before the darkness takes over his soul. One by one he will face them all, and in the end he will have to make the hardest decision of his young life.

 

Episode 86: After Death

  • This week, we review the debut of A.D.: After Death by Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire. Other books discussed include Yakuza Demon Killers, Death of X, The Great Divide, The Forevers, Hadrian's Wall, Teen Titans, and The Fix.

In other news, we talk more Inhumans, excitement for Rogue One and much more.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Savage #1 - Fifteen years ago, the world's most famous soccer star and his former supermodel wife -pregnant with their unborn child - disappeared without a trace. The world believes they are dead? But, in reality, their private jet crash-landed on a mysterious, unknown island ruled by prehistoric creatures from another time? This is the story of how they lost their humanity. This November, acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and explosive artists Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS) and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) present a relentless epic of survival in a cold-blooded land ruled by instinct alone as SAVAGE makes his brutal entrance into the Valiant Universe!

Episode 85: Long Live Thanos?

This week, we debut Ether (from Matt Kindt) and Marvel's Thanos (courtesy of Jeff Lemire). 

Other books discussed include Rumble, Jessica Jones, Old Man Logan, Uncanny X-Men Annual, Ladykiller 2, Hadrian's Wall and Phonogram. In the news, we dissect a lot of TV updates and prep for a Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • A.D.: After Death - What if we found a cure for death? Two of comics' most acclaimed creators, SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, Batman, American Vampire) and JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Moon Knight, Sweet Tooth) unite to create a three-part epic like no other, set in a future where a genetic cure for death has been found. Years after the discovery, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past and his own mortality. A unique combination of comics, prose, and illustration, A.D.: AFTER DEATH will be serialized monthly as three oversized prestige format books written by SNYDER and fully painted by LEMIRE.

Episode 84: Violent Love

This week, we review Violent Love, and discuss various happenings in the comic industry (including Preacher, X-Men movie reboot, Deadpool 2 and 3, and The Walking Dead).

Other books discussed include Wicked + Divine, Doom Patrol, Mother Panic, Uncanny X-Men, Hadrian's Wall, Seven to Eternity, and Glitter Bomb.

Next week's Debut Reviews:

  • Ether #1 - A science-minded adventurer gets mixed up in the mysteries of a fantasy world in this charming new adventure from an award-winning creative team. Boone Dias is an interdimensional explorer, a scientist from Earth who has stumbled into great responsibility. He's got an explanation for everything, so of course the Ether's magical residents turn to him to solve their toughest crimes. But maybe keeping the real and the abstract separate is too big a job for just one man.
  • Thanos #1 - Thanos, possibly the most evil individual in the Marvel Universe, is back and he's out for vengeance on all who would oppose him. Unfortunately for the Mad Titan, he's also heading for an unexpected reckoning?with his family. Take an ongoing walk on the dark side of the galaxy, following the deadly trail of destruction left in the wake of THANOS!

Episode 83: Welcome, Dr. Strange

This week, we welcome Doctor Strange to the MCU after Alan sees it in IMAX 3D on opening night. In the debut review, we discuss Mayday and Foolkiller.

Other books discussed: Descender, Saga, Teen Titans, Hadrian's Wall, Animosity, Nailbiter, Deadly Class, Death of X, and Snotgirl.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Violent Love #1 - American Southwest. And then they fell in love. Join FRANK J. BARBIERE (FIVE GHOSTS, The Revisionist) and VICTOR SANTOS (THE MICE TEMPLAR, Polar) for a pulp-infused criminal romance oozing with style and action! Double-sized debut issue!