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.

Episode 129: Our Worst One Yet

This week, we review Void Trip #1 and discuss other books including Clue, Super Sons, Descender, Eternal Empire, The Sword, Mech Cadet Yu, Glitterbomb: The Fame Game, Redneck and Generation X.

Elsewhere, we talk Runaways, Justice League and prepare for an onslaught of upcoming Avengers: Infinity War marketing.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • John Wick #1 - JOHN WICK: BOOK OF RULES PART ONE When a young John Wick emerges from prison and embarks upon his first, epic vendetta, he comes up against a strange, powerful community of assassins and must learn how to master the Book of Rules that guides their lethal business. What are the Three Bills? Who is Calamity? And who was John Wick before he became the Baba Yaga? Here for the first time, read the thrilling origin story of John Wick, from 'Planet Hulk' writer Greg Pak and 'Dark Horse Presents' artist Giovanni Valletta.

Episode 128: Runaways Eve

This week, we take a look at Fence #1 out of Boom Studios. Other books discussed include Defenders, Hawkeye, Mech Cadet Yu, The Wicked + The Divine, and Generation Gone.

In other news, Runaways debuts tonight on Hulu, Justice League fails to surpass $100 million, Inhumans had terrible ratings, Marvel hires a new editor, and The Ringer ranks the top 50 superhero films.

Next week's Debut Review:

  • Void Trip #1 (of 5) - From writer RYAN O'SULLIVAN (Turncoat, The Evil Within, Warhammer 40,000) and illustrator PLAID KLAUS (Turncoat), comes the story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They're low on fuel, they're low on food, and they're low on psychedelic space froot, but they're still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria. This is the story of their journey, the friends and enemies they made along the way, and how the universe responded to those who dared to live freely within it. 'Beautiful, drugged, and hilarious sci-fi from an alternate universe where the only Captain America anyone cares about is the one in Easy Rider.'-KIERON GILLEN

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!