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.
     

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.