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.

Episode 107: Back Into the Edenverse

This week, we review Samaritan: Vertias #1 from Matt Hawkins and Atilio Rojo. This is the latest installment of the Edenverse, a shared universe of Matt Hawkins books we've looked into before. Other books discussed include X-Men Blue, 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, and Secret Warriors.

In other news, Brooks finally sees Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, we prep for a new Runaways series, and comment on the latest movie news from Justice League and Venom.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Cable #1 - WALK SOFTLY...AND CARRY A BIG GUN! CABLE sees the mighty mutant return on a brand-new mission with all of time in the balance! When Cable picks up the trail of a threat in the timestream, he sets off on a high-speed, history-spanning chase to save reality as we know it. From prehistory to modern day, whether it's a six-gun duel at high noon or a high-tech sword fight in an ancient land, Cable is the only man who can keep history from unraveling!

Episode 106: Too Many X-Men

This week, we review the debut of Marvel's latest rendition of Generation X. Other books discussed include Super Sons, Nightwing, Teen Titans, Wicked + Divine, Old Man Logan, X-Men Gold, Invincible, Allies, and Regression.

Elsewhere, we wait an extra week for 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank, and discuss a week's worth of comic book news from print to the big and small screens.

Episode 105: A Long Time Coming

This week, we combine two episodes and catch up on two debut issues - each from well respected creators. Eternal Empire at Image, and Secret Warriors at Marvel.

Other books discussed include Hawkeye, Jessica Jones, Gumball, Power Man & Iron Fist, X-Men Blue, Paper Girls, Old Man Logan, Doppelganger, Allies, Jean Grey, and Valiant High.

Elsewhere, Brooks finally meets Matthew Rosenberg, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 comes out, Free Comic Book Day happens, and we receive a lot of television news (Runaways, Defenders, Gifted, Deadpool).

Episode 104: Slasher

This week, we look at the debut of Slasher - a twisted sexual tale of two characters from Floating World Comics. Other books discussed include Blackhand Ironhead, Hadrian's Wall, Teen Titans, Valiant High, and X-Men Blue and Gold.

We follow up with The Tick, discuss Marvel being added to Comixology Unlimited, stress the details in artwork, and peek at the Eisner nominees.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Eternal Empire #1 - JONATHAN LUNA (ALEX + ADA, THE SWORD, Spider-Woman: Origin) and SARAH VAUGHN (ALEX + ADA, Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, Ruined) return with ETERNAL EMPIRE, a fantasy epic! The Eternal Empress has waged war against the countries of Saia for over one hundred years and now her sights are set on the last country standing. Within the brutal Empire's workforce, a young woman receives strange visions that give her the courage to escape her fate...or run straight toward it.

Episode 103: Meet Virginia

This week, we review the debut of Plastic, a story about a man and his inflatable love doll named Virginia. Other books discussed include Descender, Nightwing, Redneck, Animal Man, Invincible, and Super Sons.

Elsewhere, we run through some of CBR's top 15 lists, wonder about Seven to Eternity, take in some trailers and feel the excitement for Guardians of the Galaxy and The Tick.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Slasher #1 - A new psychosexual thriller from the creator of The End of the F*cking World and Revenger. Christine is a data entry specialist discovering her sexuality and her penchant for blood. What is this monster brewing inside her? See as she is introduced to Joshua, a wheelchair bound nerd with similar interests. 

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.