Episode 127: Welcome to Earth, Aliens

This week, we review Port of Earth #1, and discuss the week's books including Runaways, Jessica Jones, Mister Miracle, and Crosswind.

In follow up, there's a shakeup in the Jax comics scene, Brooks meets Brian K. Vaughan, and Thor continues to surge. In other news, we track the career of Brian Michael Bendis as he departs Marvel for DC, question Hickman joining him, run down the latest in television, and give props to Gal Gadot.

Next week's debut review:

  • Fence #1 - Novelist C.S. Pacat (Captive Prince) and fan-favorite artist Johanna the Mad team up for a new series perfect for fans of Check, Please! and Yuri!!! on Ice. Sixteen-year-old Nicholas Cox is an outsider to the competitive fencing world. Filled with raw talent but lacking proper training, he signs up for a competition that puts him head-to-head with fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama...and on the road to the elite all-boys school Kings Row. A chance at a real team and a place to belong awaits him-if he can make the cut!
PORT OF EARTH #1
By Zack Kaplan
Fence #1
By C.S. Pacat

Episode 126: Divinity to Eternity

To catch up on two weeks, we review Eternity #1 and No. 1 With a Bullet #1. Other books discussed include Saga, Descender, Secret Warriors, Clue, Super Sons, Image+, Teen Titans, and more.

Also, Alan gets the dreaded call from the comic shop, Brooks preps to meet BKV, Preacher gets renewed, Runaways gets closer, Thor releases, and other news from the comics world.

Next week's debut review:

  • Port of Earth #1 - Imagine if aliens came to Earth not in war or peace, but with a business deal: open up a spaceport here on Earth in exchange for advanced technology. But when our alien visitors break Port restrictions and wreak havoc in our cities, it falls to the newly formed Earth Security Agents to hunt down and safely deport the dangerous rogue aliens back to the Port of Earth. A gritty sci-fi action thriller from new comic book writer ZACK KAPLAN (ECLIPSE) and ANDREA MUTTI (Rebels, Star Wars, Batman Eternal, Prometheus).

Episode 125: The NYCC Backlog

After a week off, we resume to review God Complex #1 and talk many more comics including Mister Miracle, Runaways, Mech Cadet Yu, Defenders, The Wicked + The Divine, and much more.

Thanks to New York City Comic-Con, we were left with an abundance of news that featured movie & TV trailers, creative team announcements, new comics, and too much more to list.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Eternity #1 - A VISIONARY NEW SERIES! From the minds of New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, Mind MGMT) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY, X-Men: Deadly Genesis) comes an expedition into the Unknown. Beyond time... Beyond space... Beyond reality itself... ETERNITY awaits! This October, Valiant unveils a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleashes a universe of new worlds, new beings, and new myths...

Episode 124: Before the NYCC Storm

This week, we review Eugenic #1 and discuss other books including Jessica Jones, Hawkeye, Old Man Logan, Paper Girls, Astonishing X-Men, and Regression.

Elsewhere we prep for an influx of New York City Comic-Con news that will hit next episode, and dive into recent debuts of The Gifted and Inhumans.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • In the futuristic city of Delphi, a young digital-forensics investigator named Seneca finds himself embroiled in the bizarre murders of three church acolytes. Guided by his cryptic mentor, the Ruler named Hermes, Seneca uncovers a stunning conspiracy and a mystery that will turn his entire world upside down. From writer PAUL JENKINS (Inhumans, Wolverine: Origin) and artist HENDRY PRASETYA (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) comes a unique vision of a digital future powered by mythological gods.

Episode 123: Another Dystopian Future

This week, we review the debut of The Beautiful Death and dive into the week's reading list, including Crosswind, Saga, Clue, Image Plus, Glitter Bomb Fame Game, Redneck, and Night Owl Society.

Elsewhere, we discuss the Happy teaser, Deadly Class and Runaways coming to TV, It sequel, Tom King's workload, Venom, and Marvel Legacy.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Eugenic #1 - From the GLAAD award-nominated team James Tynion IV (Dark Nights: Metal, Detective Comics) and Eryk Donovan (Constantine: The Hellblazer) comes a new vision of humanity's future in the vein of Black Mirror. When a plague ravages the world, one scientist discovers the cure and becomes the savior of mankind. Hope is restored, and the world rebuilds. But then people who took the cure begin having children who are... unnatural, and the definition of 'normal' is forever altered. '...what [Tynion IV and Donovan] are able to accomplish together becomes more and more interesting.' - Multiversity Comics

Episode 122: Two Eps in One Week

We review Gasolina #1 and talk other books, including Generation Gone, Mech Cadet Yu, Descender, Super Sons, and more.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • The Beautiful Death #1 - THE APOCALYPSE HAS BEEN AND GONE. THE AGE OF HUMANITY IS AT AN END. HORRIFYING INSECTILE ALIENS FROM THE DEPTHS OF INFINITE SPACE ARE NOW MASTERS OF THE EARTH! WHAT DOES RESISTANCE MEAN, WHEN THERE'S NOTHING LEFT TO FIGHT FOR? THAT'S WHAT WAYNE, JEREMIAH, AND SOHAM, THE ONLY SURVIVORS OF THE DEVASTATING INVASION, STRUGGLE WITH - SEEKING A GLIMPSE OF A FUTURE THAT JUSTIFIES THEIR FUTILE PRESENCE ON A RUINED WORLD. AS THEY PICK THROUGH THE REMAINS OF HUMAN CIVILISATION, KEEPING OUT OF REACH OF THE BUGS, NONE OF THEM SUSPECT THAT THEY ARE PART OF A MUCH LARGER PLAN, ONE THAT INVOLVES ANOTHER, UNKNOWN SURVIVOR...

Episode 121: Welcome Back, Runaways

After missing a week due to Hurricane Irma, we got caught up on a couple week's worth of comics, including reviewing the comeback of Runaways at Marvel, and the debut of Made Men at Oni Press.

Other books discussed include Jessica Jones, Mister Miracle, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, Hawkeye, Defenders, Secret Warriors, The Wicked + The Divine, and Teen Titans.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Gasolina #1 - NEW SERIES! Fugitives. Rebels. Newlyweds. In their journey south from El Norte, Amalia and Randy have played many roles in order to survive. Now, they must become unlikely leaders in the fight against a new cartel who uses inhuman tactics to ignite the most monstrous war Mexico - and the world - has ever seen. Everything burns in this new series from SEAN MACKIEWICZ and NIKO WALTER, where love and devotion can only be measured in fire and blood.

Episode 120: Hawkeyes Everywhere

This week, since The Tick's debut was not on ComiXology, we substitute in Generations Hawkeye #1. Other books discussed include Crosswind, Saga, Image+, Deadly Class, Lady Killer 2, and X-Men Blue.

Elsewhere, we do watch The Tick on Amazon, discuss Secret Empire spoilers, the upcoming end to 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, and TV shows from Titans and Defenders to Locke & Key and Marvel's Jessica Jones-Esque ABC title.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Made Men #1 - You don't know Jutte Shelley, but you might know her family. Before she was a Shelley, she was a Frankenstein. These days, she's a Detroit Special Ops officer. At least she was, until she and her entire team were ambushed during what should have been a routine call. Jutte watched as, one by one, her friends were gunned down. And then, in a flurry of bullets, Jutte fell too. But Jutte isn't like other people. She's a Frankenstein. And she knows all her family's secrets. Guess who's getting the gang back together?

Episode 119: Just Another Fight Club

This week, we review the debut of Hi-Fi Fight Club out of Boom! Studios. Other books discussed include Killbox: Chicago, Generation Gone, Teen Titans, and Redneck.

In other news, Mech Cadet Yu is now an ongoing title, Brooks finishes Alias, James Cameron hates Wonder Woman, Matthew Rosenberg pens a new title, and much more.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • The Tick #1 - Amazon is bringing The Tick back to TV this summer! And NEC is bringing The Tick back to comics in August with an all-new continuing color series! Written by Cullen Bunn (Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, X-Men Blue, Harrow County) and drawn by Douglas Paszkiewicz (Arsenic Lullaby), The Tick and Arthur confront the dire menaces of ninjas and murder clowns, while also flashing back to blasts from The Tick's heretofore unexplored past! Join us for fun as Bunn imprints The Tick with his own creative style of storytelling!

Episode 118: A Little Vaca Reading

This week, we review The Wicked Righteous from Alterna Comics. Other books discussed include Descender, Night Owl Society, Regression, Scrimshaw, Invincible, X-Men Blue, Secret Warriors, Wicked + Divine, Defenders, Spy Seal, Microcosmics, Astonishing X-Men, Super Sons, and Clue.

Elsewhere, we get details on Wizard's return, Mister Miracle's hits a second printing, Defenders releases, more TV shows are planned, and Wet Hot American Summer comes to comics.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Hi-Fi Fight Club: Film and TV director Carly Usdin (Suicide Kale, RuPaul's Drag Race) teams up with breakout artist Nina Vakueva for a new series that's music to our ears! New Jersey, 1998. Chris has just started the teen dream job: working at Vinyl Mayhem, the local record store. She's prepared to deal with anything-misogynistic metalheads, grunge wannabes, even a crush on her wicked cute co-worker, Maggie. But when Rory Gory, the staff's favorite singer, mysteriously vanishes the night before her band's show in town, Chris finds out her co-workers are doing more than just sorting vinyl...her local indie record store is also a front for a teen girl vigilante fight club

Episode 116: My Robot Friend

This week, we review the debut of Mech Cadet Yu out of Boom Studios. Other books discussed include Hawkeye, Hadrian's Wall, Jessica Jones, and E is for Extinction.

Elsewhere, we talk vacation reading lists, peaking at an Infinity War script, Marvel's Runaways, and how to manage your bookshelf collection.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Mister Miracle #1 - 

    From the team behind THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON and the Hugo Award-nominated writer of Vision comes a unique new take on one of Jack Kirby’s most beloved New Gods.

    Scott Free is the greatest escape artist that ever lived. So great that he escaped Granny Goodness’ gruesome orphanage and the dangers of Apokolips to travel across galaxies and set up a new life on Earth with his wife, the former female fury known as Big Barda. Using the stage alter ego of Mister Miracle, he has made a career for himself showing off his acrobatic escape techniques. He even caught the attention of the Justice League, which counted him among its ranks.

    You might say Scott Free has everything...so why isn’t it enough? Mister Miracle has mastered every illusion, achieved every stunt, pulled off every trick-except one. He has never escaped death. Is it even possible? Our hero is going to have to kill himself if he wants to find out.

    Written by Tom King (BATMAN) and illustrated by Mitch Gerads (The Punisher), this is a MISTER MIRACLE unlike any you’ve read before.

Episode 115: In Need of New #1s

This week, due to a lack of interesting debuts, we assigned each other a couple comics to read – Allies #1 and Batman #666. Other books discussed include Barrier, Saga, Teen Titans, Crosswind, Redneck, Weapon X, X-Men Blue, Savage Dragon, and Demon Slayer.

Elsewhere, we try to snag a 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #5 on eBay, Brooks books two more signings, and Wizard Magazine preps a potential return.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Mech Cadet Yu #1 (of 4) - Once a year, giant robots from outer space come to Earth and bond with young cadets from the elite Sky Corps Academy to defend the world from the terrifying aliens known as the Sharg. It's a great honor to be chosen, but this year...well, the wrong kid was picked. Greg Pak (Totally Awesome Hulk) and Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel) team up for an action-packed adventure perfect for fans of Amadeus Cho and Pacific Rim!

Episode 114: Comic-Con Overload

This week, we triple up on debut reviews with Bettie Page, Astonishing X-Men and Generation Gone. Other books discussed include Clue, Super Sons, Descender, and Iron Fists.

Elsewhere, we run through a full slate of comic-con news including Netflix, MCU, Fox, Grant Morrison's return to Damian Wayne, Runaways, Donny Cates, Jeff Lemire, and more.

Also, we get a Spider-Man review from Brooks.

With no #1s to read next week, we've assigned the following:

  • Batman #666
  • Allies #1

Episode 113: Two Weeks Worth of Comics

After a week off, we return to a full backlog of comics news, including reviewing the debuts of Sacred Creatures and Calexit. Other books discussed include Defenders, Secret Warriors, Hawkeye, Jessica Jones, Blackhand Ironhead, and The Wicked + The Divine.

In other news, we talk Saga #44, friends of the show, Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Tick, The Umbrella Academy on Netflix, and much more.

Next week's Debut Reviews:

  • Bettie Page #1
  • Astonishing X-Men #1
  • Generation Gone #1

Episode 112: Solving Clue

This week, we relive a bit of our childhoods by reviewing Clue #1 from IDW. Other books discussed included Saga, Super Sons, Defenders, Teen Titans, X-Men Blue and Gold, and Iceman.

Elsewhere, the early reviews of Spider-Man: Homecoming are good, Preacher Season 2 debuts, we get a full glimpse of Inhumans and Ales Kot is on the comeback trail.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Sacred Creatures #1 - When the supernatural forces maintaining the fragile balance of power in this world start to unravel, Josh Miller, a young college grad and expecting father, is caught in the middle of a vast conspiracy threatening to tear apart the foundations of humanity as we know it. As myth and reality collide, Josh finds himself on the frontline of a battle against an enemy dating back to the beginning of time itself. Comic legends KLAUS JANSON (Daredevil, Dark Knight Returns) and PABLO RAIMONDI (X-Factor, Book of Doom) proudly present SACRED CREATURES, their first-ever creator-owned series, with a monster-sized first issue featuring 66 pages of color art!

Episode 111: That Freaky Friday Thing

This week, we review Crosswind #1 - a debut from Image billed as Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas. Other books discussed include Killbox, Killbox: Chicago, Valiant High, Doctor Strange, Allies, Super Sons, Invincible, and The Few.

Elsewhere we talk Brooks meeting Chip Zdarsky and Adam Kubert, X-23 first appearance, Kickstarter comics, Ron Howard, Psylocke's history, and take a Valiant High Buzzfeed quiz.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Clue #1 - When the mysterious Mr. Boddy turns up dead at his own dinner party, everyone's a suspect! Miss Scarlett, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock, Professor Plum-all the familiar faces from the famous board game are back, with a couple new twists. But will Boddy's Body be the last to fall, or is it just the beginning? Follow the clues and solve the mystery in IDW's new CLUE series! * A NEW TAKE ON THE CLASSIC DETECTIVE GAME-WITH NEW DESIGNS BY ARTIST NELSON DANIEL UPDATING ALL THE CLASSIC CHARACTERS! * Featuring three alternate endings! To help you get a clue, we've hidden multiple endings to this first issue across the regular and subscription variants that will help you solve the case!

Episode 110: Reading The Defenders

This week, we review two debuts: The Defenders and Winnebago Graveyard. Other books discussed include Secret Warriors, Paper Girls, X-Men Blue, Old Man Logan, Weapon X, and Regression.

Elsewhere, we talk the Black Panther trailer, Wonder Woman's success, New York Comic Con, Adam West, and much more.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Crosswing #1 - Fan-favorite creators GAIL SIMONE and CAT STAGGS make their stunning Image debut with this mind-bending new ongoing series! A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched to potentially deadly effect. It's Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas!

Episode 109: Pulling Out Babyteeth

This week, we review Babyteeth #1 from fan of the show Donny Cates. Other books discussed include Hawkeye, Jessica Jones, Eternal Empire, Paper Girls, Iceman, Croak, and Elektra.

Elsewhere, we follow up on Gotham's finale, Wonder Woman's opening and the new Runaways series before looking into Mockingbird, Jim Lee trading cards, and 25 years of Image Comics.

Next week's debut reviews:

  • Defenders #1
  • Winnebago Graveyard #1

Episode 108: Cable's Turn

This week, we review another new Marvel series, Cable. Other books discussed include Alias, Eleanor and the Egret, Nick Fury, Old Man Logan, AD After Death, Hadrian's Wall, X-Men Gold, The Damned, Generation X, Saga, and Teen Titans.

Elsewhere, we talk the upcoming Runaways book, Preacher season 2, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, The Punisher, and much more.

Next week's debut review:

  • Baby Teeth - Sadie Ritter is sixteen years old, nine months pregnant, and scared out of sweet nerdy mind. Having a baby that young is tough. But with the support of her loving family behind her, everything should be okay. OH YEAH, and also her baby is the antichrist and it’s going to break open the barriers between the earthly and demonic planes and unleash eternal suffering to all of humankind. Other than that, though…should be fine.