Episode 149: Ranking the MCU

This week, we review New Challengers #1. Other books discussed include Gideon Falls, The Wicked + The Divine, A Walk Through Hell, Dead Hand, and Isola.

We also use a handy website to rank the MCU and get excited for upcoming Super Sons maxiseries and West Coast Avengers, among other things.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Delta 13 #1

Episode 148: OG Donny Cates Fans

This week, we review Venom #1 by friend of the show, Donny Cates. Brooks details his visit to Donny's signing at Midtown Comics, and we reminisce about the time we knew him back when.

Other books discussed include Old Man Logan, Eternity Girl, Devolution, Runaways, and Deadly Class. Elsewhere, we talk the latest in comics news from movies to books and TV shows.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • New Challengers #1 (of 6) - From the pages of DARK NIGHTS: METAL! Challengers Mountain has returned to the DC Universe and chosen a new team of explorers! Five misfit strangers are given a second chance at life, but only if they obey the orders of the mysterious Professor and execute deadly missions in the most unexplored corners of the multiverse! And if the new Challengers of the Unknown fail...it will be more than just their own lives that hang in the balance!

Episode 146: Prepping for Infinity War

This week we review Domino #1 and discuss other books including Super Sons, Mister Miracle, Tales of Suspense, Descender, Gideon Falls, Oblivion Song, Slots, Infinity Countdown Prime, Dr. Strange Damnation, Moon Knight: Legacy, and Eternity Girl.

Elsewhere, we prepare for Infinity War, talk Brooks meeting Gail Simone, and gear up for new runs by show friends Matthew Rosenberg, Eliot Rahal, and Joe Eisma.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Thanos Annual #1 - Thanos is likely the most evil being in the universe…and if anyone would know, it's the all-new Cosmic Ghost Rider. Let the spirit of vengeance be your guide on a tour through the worst of the worst, as he reveals the most heinous deeds ever perpetrated by the Mad Titan…or by anyone else!

Episode 145: The Merits of Marvel Unlimited

This week, we catch up on last two weeks by reviewing Breathless and Isola. Other books discussed include Saga, Redneck, Old Man Logan, Old Man Hawkeye, Thanos, Teen Titans, Jessica Jones, Runaways, Mech Cadet Yu, The Wicked + The Divine, and Image Plus Vol 2, Issue 8.

Other news includes Marvel Unlimited, Y: The Last Man pilot order, DC/Marvel movie madness, Donny Cates killing the Inhumans, and the return of the Fantastic Four.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Domino #1 - Impossible curves. Impossible shots. Impossible targets. Marvel’s #1 soldier of fortune is back in an explosive new ongoing series! The product of a failed super-soldier program, Neena Thurman always made her own luck as the sharpshooting mercenary known as Domino… but what happens when her own powers betray her? The hunter becomes the hunted as every mercenary in the game smells blood in the water! Plus: A pair of beloved Marvel characters return!

Episode 144: Tales of Suspense

This week, we review Lucy Dreaming #1. Other books discussed include Super Sons, Runaways, Descender, Tales of Suspense, Regression, World War Hulk, and Jessica Jones.

Elsewhere, we talk upcoming moves & TV shows, including Infinity War, Deadpool, Cloak & Dagger, The Boys, and more.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Breathless #1 - It's Buffy the Vampire Slayer if the villains were big pharma. Scout Turner works as a cryptozoologist, examining and cataloguing supernatural creatures for scientific purposes. When she discovers the cure for asthma in the venom of a new breed of monster, she quickly finds herself on the run from Kenilworth Pharmaceuticals and the monsters that they've hired to kill her. With no one by her side but her clueless assistant, a morally ambiguous succubus, and her geriatric dog, Scout goes on the run... but in a world controlled by money and drugs, can she escape the reaching claws of a medical monopoly? From Pat Shand (Destiny NY, Guardians of the Galaxy) and Renzo Rodriguez (Hellchild) comes this healthcare horror story about the monsters creeping in the dark... human or otherwise.

Episode 142: A New Jeff Lemire

This week, we review the debuts of Gideon Falls (Jeff Lemire's new book out of Image Comics), and Sonitus, from friend of the show Cody Sousa. Other books discussed include The Wicked + The Divine, Hawkeye, Image+, Oblivion Song, X-Men Red, Mech Cadet Yu.

Elsewhere we talk Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Vin Diesel as Bloodshot, Wolverine's podcast, Scott Eastwood, and much more.

Next week's Debut Review: Eternity Girl #1 (of 6)

Episode 141: Infinity War Moves Closer

This week we review The Wilds, from Black Mask. Other books discussed include Saga, The Terrifics, Teen Titans, Redneck, and Civil War 2.

In other news, Avengers Infinity War moves up its release, Marvel confirms new comics, Kevin Smith suffers a heart attack, Fox preps more movies, The Walking Dead returns, and Cloak & Dagger teases.

Next week's Debut Reviews:

  • Gideon Falls #1
  • Sonitus #1

Episode 140: Hit-Girl Returns

This week, we review the return of Hit-Girl. Other books discussed include Super Sons, Defenders, Descender, Old Man Hawkeye, Regression, Astonishing X-Men, and Tales of Suspense.

In other news, Super Sons may live on, we solve Fraggle Rock heights, dive into Runaways sales, take a look at upcoming books from Rick Remender and Matthew Rosenberg.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • The Wilds #1 - After a cataclysmic plague sweeps across America, survivors come together to form citystate-like communities for safety. Daisy Walker is a Runner for The Compound, a mix of post-apocalyptic postal service and black market salvaging operation. It is a Runner's job to ferry items and people between settlements, and on occasion scavenge through the ruins of the old world. Daisy is the best there is at what she does. Out beyond the settlement walls are innumerable dangers: feral animals, crumbling structures, and Abominations - those that were touched by the plague and became something other. After a decade of surviving, Daisy isn't phased by any of it - until her lover, another Runner named Heather, goes missing on a job. Desperate to find her, Daisy begins to see that there may be little difference between the world inside the walls and the horrors beyond. From writer Vita Ayala (Bitch Planet: Triple Feature, Wonder Woman Annual) and Emily Pearson (Cult Classic) with colors by Marissa Louise (Spell On Wheels) and covers by Natasha Alterici (Heathen), comes this bold tale of surviving in bleak times.

Episode 139: Where's Dave Lizewski?

After a couple weeks off, we return to catch up on a backlog of reviews and reading. This time, we look at the debuts of VS #1 and the relaunched Kick-Ass. Other books discussed include Hawkeye, Runaways, Mech Cadet Yu, The Wicked + The Divine, Rumble, Secret Warriors, Old Man Hawkeye, Invincible, X-Men Red, and Old Man Logan.

In other news, Black Panther enjoys a record-breaking opening, Umbrella Academy pushes on, Super Sons announces its end, Fraggle Rock returns, and we get trailers of Venom, Deadpool 2, and Jessica Jones. All that and more.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Hit-Girl #1 - HIT-GIRL IS BACK! The pint-sized Punisher-meets-Polly-Pocket has left America behind and set off to serve justice around the world. First stop: Colombia. A mother seeking vengeance for the murder of her child enlists Hit-Girl to destroy his killer, but Mindy has bigger plans for Colombia's most feared hitman. MARK MILLAR and RICARDO LOPEZ ORTIZ join forces for the first chapter of Hit-Girl's world tour in this new, ongoing monthly series.

Episode 138: Recommendation Week

This week, we review our recommendations to each other of Sheltered and Young Avengers. Other books discussed include Defenders, Jessica Jones, Image+, Phoenix Resurrection, Animosity, Old Man Logan, and Tales of Suspense.

Elsewhere, we talk Ant Man & The Wasp, Legion Season 2, Solo, Brian Michael Bendis, and more.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Kick-Ass #1 - KICK-ASS IS BACK-ready to wipe out the city's criminal lowlives, destroy its gangs, and save its communities from decay. But there's a new face beneath the old mask, a new figure wearing that famous green and yellow spandex. Who is this new vigilante superhero? Who can fill Dave Lizewski's shoes? WHO IS THE NEW KICK-ASS? Find out in the first issue of this new, ongoing monthly series. Comic book legends MARK MILLAR and JOHN ROMITA, JR. reunite for the next chapter of the greatest superhero comic of all time.

Episode 137: Legion in Print

This week we review Legion #1, and discuss other books including Teen Titans, The Terrifics, Vision, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Phoenix Resurrection, Regression, and Redneck.

Elsewhere, Black Widow & the Russo brothers, Happy! is renewed, Umbrella Academy conducts a table read, Captain Marvel appears on set, Black Mask announces new books, and Valiant is acquired.

Next week's review recommendations:

  • Sheltered #1
  • Young Avengers #1

Episode 136: The Ice Cream Man

This week, we completed the debuts by taking a look at Ice Cream Man #1. Other books discussed include Rumble, Super Sons, Secret Warriors, and Doom Patrol.

Elsewhere, comic book movies rack up Oscar noms, Runaways adds a character, the Vision hardcover delivers, and Y: The Last Man may have life again.

Next week's debut review:

  • Legion #1 - A mind-bending X-Men tale from the brains of Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Shade the Changing Man) and Wilfredo Torres (Moon Knight, Black Panther)! David Haller, the son of Professor Charles Xavier, has always had trouble containing the multiple personalities in his mind. And with each personality, comes a wild and dangerous mutant power. But now, a terrifying new personality is threatening to absorb these powers and take over David's mind and body. In a desperate attempt to save himself, David seeks out the help of renowned young psychotherapist Hannah Jones to delve into his fractured mind and fight back this dark personality. But unknown to Legion....Dr Jones brings her own demons with her.

Episode 135: Old Man Hawkeye & Ales Kot

With a week and a half of books to read, we review the debut of Old Man Hawkeye and Ales Kot's new book, Days of Hate. Other books discussed include Mech Cadet Yu, Mister Miracle, Runaways, Secret War (2015), and Old Man Logan.

Elsewhere, we look through the week's news of New Mutants 10-month delay, Crosswind Season 2, Black Widow's solo film, Tom King's Sanctuary, and plenty more.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Ice Cream Man #1 - OVERSIZED FIRST ISSUE!Chocolate, vanilla, existential horror, drug addiction, musical fantasy…there’s a flavor for everyone’s misery.ICE CREAM MAN is a genre-defying comic book series featuring disparate “one-shot” tales of sorrow, wonder, and redemption. Each installment features its own cast of strange characters, dealing with their own special sundae of suffering. And on the periphery of all of them, like the twinkly music of his colorful truck, is the Ice Cream Man—a weaver of stories, a purveyor of sweet treats. Friend. Foe. God. Demon. The man who, with a snap of his fingers—lickety split!—can change the course of your life forever.

Episode 134: Rogue & Gambit Were a Thing

This week, we review Rogue & Gambit #1 from Marvel Comics. Other books discussed include Mechanism, Paper Girls, Phoenix Resurrection, Crosswind, Elektra, Astonishing X-Men, Hawkeye and the Marvel Cinematic Universe Guidebook.

The rest of the week was highlighted by X-Force movie news, Vin Diesel as Bloodshot, Runaways renewed, Gail Simon's upcoming Domino book, and the biggest comic book TV moments of 2017.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • The super heroes have fallen. The country has been divided into territories controlled by super villains. Among the wastelands lives CLINT BARTON – one of the few Avengers to survive. But it's been 45 years, and he's no Avenger. Trying to eke out a living anyway he can, the former HAWKEYE is confronted with a startling discovery: the sharpshooter is going blind. With time running short, Clint realizes there's one last thing he wants to see: revenge for his fallen comrades-in-arms. Rising-star writer ETHAN SACKS and superstar artist MARCO CHECCHETTO take you back to the Wastelands in a story set five years before the original classic OLD MAN LOGAN.

Episode 133: Holiday Backlog

This week, we review Backways #1 and catch up on a couple weeks worth of comic reading.

Elsewhere, we discuss X-Men and the MCU, Quentin Tarantino's Star Trek, The Last Jedi's success, new comics & cancellations, and take a look back at all the books we reviewed in 2017.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Rogue & Gambit #1 - Everybody's favorite X-couple is reunited! And boy, are they not happy about that… Kitty Pryde must send Rogue and Gambit on an undercover mission to find a group of kidnapped mutants. What they discover on this mission will shock them. But will it also bring them closer together…? It's a high-stakes adventure caper that only the two hottest X-Men can deliver!

Episode 132: Star Wars Spoiler Alert

This week, we review the return of Rumble from John Arcudi, and of course discuss the latest movie in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Other books discussed include Mister Miracle, The Wicked + The Divine, Runaways, and She-Hulk.

Elsewhere, Disney finishes up the Fox acquisition and we debut our new theme song.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Backways #1 - 

    There is a hidden nation. A nation of magic and madness, one that exists in all the forgotten spaces. Your basement, your attic, the haunted house down the street, anyone of those might be a part of the Backways. 

    Anna Merrick lost someone in the Backways, and she'll stop at NOTHING to get them back. Even if it means unleashing something unimaginable.

    From Justin Jordan (STRAYER, Green Lantern: New Guardians) and Eleonora Carlini (Batgirl, Doctor Who) comes the BRAND NEW series of magic, mystery and mayhem that is sure to appeal to fans of Harry Potter & The Chronicles of Narnia!

Episode 131: Paradise City

This week, we review Paradiso #1 and talk many more comics, including Rocko's Modern Life, Hawkeye, Night Owl Society, Madrox: Marvel Knights, Astonishing X-Men, and The Sword.

Elsewhere, we touch on Happy, Suicide Squad, Disney & Fox, Jessica Jones, Spider-Verse, Imagine Agents, and more.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Rumble #1 - 'SOUL WITHOUT PITY,' Part One Rathraq is back! But who is he, exactly? Once an ancient warrior god, he was resurrected as a sword-wielding scarecrow. And now, Rathraq has transformed yet again-or has he? JOHN ARCUDI and new artist, superstar DAVID RUBÍN, give you the new face of Rathraq and a new direction for the series when the critically acclaimed RUMBLE returns!

Episode 130: John Wick in Print Form

This week, we review the debut of John Wick's comic. Other books discussed include Super Sons Annual, Old Man Logan, Secrete Warriors, Teen Titans, Image+, and Night Owl Soceity.

Elsewhere, Marvel's new editor used to be a fake Japanese writer, Avengers: Infinity War trailer releases, Disney/Fox deal may be back on and we dissect CBR's rankings of Netflix Marvel actors.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Paradiso #1 - The Midnight Event forever changed the world. Now, centuries later, Jack Kryznan arrives on the outskirts of Paradiso City, haunted by fragments of childhood memories and in possession of a mysterious device-one with the power to change the destiny of this living breathing metropolis, the people who dwell within, and the guardians who strive for and against it.