Episode 132 - REEL EXTRA: Injustice
I mean, maybe do more than Year 1? Maybe? Just a thought.
Did you even know this was released? We're gonna guess that's a no, since we barely found it out about it. Is it better than the game? Not really. Is it a bad flick? Not entirely. But we'll cover all of that, so maybe you don't have to go hunt this down in the local Redbox.
Episode 131 - 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
What to get the comic lover who has everything?
What do you get for your favorite comic book reader? Well, we've got some ideas! From hard cover editions, to fancy Legos, to the nerdiest of jewelry, we have something for everyone in this year's edition of the holiday gift guide!
Secret Shortbox, Big Willy style.
If ol' Willy S had a box of comics under his (or her...look it up!) writing desk, what do you think would be in there? We have a couple guesses - in fact, that's what this whole episode is about!
Episode 129 - Graphic Novelties: Friday, Book One: The First Day of Christmas TP
Simultaneously very familiar, and very different.
Do you remember all those Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books you used to read? This is like that, but like, grown-up, and much more focused on what it's like to BE a teen mystery machine, rather than just what happens TO a teen mystery machine.
Look alive, lizard people. It's your time to shine!
Weekly Pull Highlights: November 10, 2021
Well, I'm not sure what your bingo card said for "next recurring theme in comic books," but if you've got "conspiracy theories," you've won tonight's free coupon for a dozen donuts from the Bigfoot bakery! Adios, vampires - we were sick of you anyway.
Episode 127 - REEL EXTRA: Eternals
Is it perfect? No. Is it as bad as people said? Definitely not.
Marvel finally dove head first into the weird IPs of Jack Kirby with Eternals! This movie has a lot going for it, from beautiful visuals to excellent acting, but stumbles over it's third act and suffers from tonal confusion. We get into the thick of it in this week's REEL EXTRA.
Honorable Mentions: October 2021
Honorable Mention Highlights: October 2021
Soul Plumber #1
Goodness, this is an ugly book. If you are looking for a polite, clean, puritan reflection on the soul, run very, very far away. Soul Plumber is shockingly relatable beneath the layer of filth, and I'm rooting for the lead.
Chicken Devil #1
Oh my goodness, this book I just one big fiasco and I love. Hot chicken magnate gets involved in crimes because the world around him deems it. Why not? This is the least character driven book I've read, but I kind of love just watching this dude on a log flume of misery and guns. Also, they have a restaurant menu in the back and it looks damn tasty.
Marvel Legends: Black Panther #1
Not much more to say aside from this is a cool look at young Tchalla earning his stripes (do panthers have stripes?) and showing his mobility in the face of a unaccepting world. This book handles heavy topics like racism and capitalism in a delicate way but still delivers a solid message. A great book for young readers.
Batman: The Imposter #1
A prequel/sequel to the new Batman movie? Hard to tell really, as it feels fairly originy but also seems to also reference movie things? Weird flex releasing a sequel to a movie that does not yet exist, but hey, that's DC. They flex more than an insecure, pre-workout addled Chad on a busy day at muscle beach. Still, I like the angle that they are taking with this Batman and this left me kinda jazzed for the movie. Not really a super new story, but still a nice level of grit.
What do you do when the veil between two realities is lifting and demons are co-mingling with humans on a regular basis? You create a new police force, obvi. Our main character is pretty predictable, but the world building keeps me intrigued enough to want to read more in issue #2. And that's really all it takes, isn't it?
DC vs Vampires #1
Well, hot damn Tynion, you're aiming for a Cover B fan club name, aren't you? The cheesiest of names gives way into an excellent, thought provoking book that not only makes sense in the given DC universe, but made me gasp unexpectedly at twists. I am definitely looking forward to the next issue of this one.
Pop Star Assassin #1
When I saw the title, this was NOT the book I was expecting to read. An Elvis impersonator, a waitress, and a psychic vagrant escape from a bar - be sure to stop me if you've heard this one. Oh, you haven't? I'm not surprised. This book is bonkers, but has a lot of potential if you like fast-paced, off-the-wall chaos.
Cross to Bear #1
...Are they Templars? Are they Masons? Is it a brand new cult we've never heard of? What is their real mission? What are they protecting... or who? I love a good secret society, and I love even more when our supposed protag is more fallible than forgivable. Who doesn't love some character depth, amiright?
Winchester Mystery House #1
You've heard the legends. You've probably even seen the movie. But there's something so eerie about the Winchester House that I'm glad it's being given a chance in the comic format. The ability to come from different perspectives, show more intimate details of the house's machinations - there's a lot that can be done here, and I'm very excited to see it go down.
Episode 126 - Fan Clubs, Episodic Appreciation, King's Reign of Cult Characters
So, who wants to get fan club jackets?
Weekly Pull Highlights: November 3, 2021
Get your honorary whistles out, this episode is dedicated to all the many fan clubs we've built on Cover B! There's something for Chip's Ahoy, something for Bunn's Huns, even something for the Spurritos... look, we don't make the rules. These things just happen.
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Chris & Tee host this weekly comic-focused show, providing insight on new comics, entertainment news and more.