Okay, I don't write comics, but if I did, they'd have a samurai...
Hack/Slash Hot Shorts One Shot (w: Tim Seeley, Daniel Leister, a: Felipe Sobreiro, Triona Farrell, Carlos Badilla)
Publisher: Image Comics
Look, I'm always gonna want to talk about Hack/Slash. This series is one of my long standing favorites and while it hasn't always been perfect, I just can't get enough. This book features 3 short stories set in the H/S universe. The first follows Johnny Cash (not named such in the story but obviously Johnny Cash) as he has a weird vision of Elvis's death at the hands of demons and/or otherworldly beings. He decides at that point to dedicate to fighting evil. Story #2 is simply Cassie and Vlad, seemingly early in their relationship, washing blood off each other. The final story follows Mary Shelley Lovecraft, a reality skipping villain who feeds on fiction, who has found herself trapped in a superhero universe and absolutely hates it. The stories themselves are definitely more targeted at the fans of H/S, as I don't know if they'd be as fun if you didn't already have some familiarity with the content. That said, it's Halloween time, so some fun little bite-sized tales of a sexy monster hunter can't be so bad. Also, there's a bunch of Dynamite cameos, so that's neat.
The Approach #1 (w: Jeremy Haun, Jason A. Hurley, a: Jesus Hervas, Lea Caballero)
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
It's like 30 Days of Night meets the Thing.
This book has a really cool premise right off the bat. A small airport is receiving a plane for of passengers that got diverted in a snow storm. They go through the motions and we see that they are clearly not prepared for this kind of emergency. As they are taking in the passengers, a mysterious single-engine plane crashes to the runway. They manage to pull out the pilot, who unfortunately perishes from his injuries. What chaotic night, right?
As the power goes out, the crew prep for a long, cold night. At least it couldn't get worse.
Until the tower researches the tail number on that small plane... and someone goes to check on the deceased pilot...
Hitomi #1 (w: HS Tak, a: Isabella Mazzanti)
Publisher: Image Comics
Oh dang, this is a cool book. A samurai tale of vengeance and regret. We follow a young girl on her journey through the cold mountainlands as she seeks out a samurai that killed her family. Meanwhile, we follow said Samurai as he is currently older and employed as a sumo wrestler, traveling with his small group from town to town in hopes of earning a charter back home. Eventually, the two paths collide as the Samurai saves the girl from frigid waters, unaware that her quest ends in his blood.
This book was described as a Kurosawa/Tarantino fusion, and I can't honestly think of a more fit description. The art is absolutely beautiful, just dripping with respect for the culture and history of the world in which the story takes place. This is some top tier comic work and it is NOT one to miss.
Chilling Adventures of Salem (One-Shot) (w: Cullen Bunn, a: Dan Schoening)
Publisher: Archie Comics
You can always count on Cullen Bunn to come in with a Halloween goodie, and you guys know I can't pass up an Archie Horror book. This one is simple, classic, and perfectly paced - Sabrina's cat Salem, who was formerly a magician/warlock who got bound to being a cat for doing something nefarious, finds out someone is trapping demonic entities inside people's lost pets. Normally I shudder at this kind of thing, being an animal-lover and all, but I can't get mad when the bad guy gets what's coming to him. The art is that same delicious vintage-gothic-Sabrina flavor, and the writing is perfect for the spooky season. A quick read, but a good one to get you in the Halloween mood.
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As we mentioned in last week's episode, your dynamic duo of comic comedy are currently high in the mountains with limited wifi and lacking sound equipment. But we didn't want to keep you in suspense, so read below for our picks from this week!
Weekly Pull Highlights: October 16, 2019
Amazing Mary Jane #1
"Alright, this book starts you not only in medias res, but fully expects you to dive in both feet first without a second thought and I... don't hate it? Leah Williams cares not about your expectations, wants, or desires. She wants to build you a giant villain-filled plot set on a Hollywood set, and I think I'm really here for it. But the best part about the whole book is the AMAZING relationship (see what I did there?) she sets up between MJ & Peter. They're so cute it'll give you cavities... in a good way."
"A book about a Norse demi-goddess has more varied mythos and religious development than anything else I've read lately. I love that Jason Aaron isn't afraid to look at the absolute weirdness that is the Marvel universe and how strange it is that we have a baker's dozen different mythologies all co-existing at once. And somehow, he manages to make them all work together really, really well. It completely makes sense. Also, he's officially introduced a flying, talking horse with a Cockney accent, and let me tell you, that man can write sentient animal pets like NO ONE ELSE. I think he really gets me, you guys."
"The final installment of the super cute, super kitsch collection all about the women that make up the Marvel universe - both the fictional characters in the books, but the writers and artists outside the books, too! This final summary was pretty adorable, and continues to show off what an ABSOLUTE BADASS Storm is; she really doesn't get enough credit as a goddess. It's also nice to see a short featuring Namora, who I feel doesn't get nearly enough love since her compatriot Namor is such an absolute d-bag all the time (including in this short - surprise, surprise). The whole thing wraps up with a history lesson of some of Marvel's very first women contributors, and an incredibly sentimental panel that will hit you right in the feels. Grab a tissue, fam - you're gonna need it."
Martian Manhunter #9
"Admittedly, I've been pretty quiet on this title since I discussed it during it's initial title drop, but I wanted to share that this book has really made some very cool leaps and bounds in the story's progression. It's been really interesting watching this character get so much development, and to not only get backstory on him, but some proper build of his partner. I was really concerned at the start of this series that it was going to drastically change the perspective on J'onn J'onzz (making him a dirty cop and overall kind of shady dude) but they really 180'ed on that line of thought, and they've done a cool job making him feel like he THINKS he's a bad dude, when he's always just tried to do what's right by his family. It feels like the arc is starting to aim toward it's conclusion, but if you're looking for a cool book, this is worth going back and picking up the earlier issues."
Red Sonja & Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #6
"Another wrap-up issue, but this one was admittedly less climactic than I was expecting. They did a great job developing all the drama in the first several issues, just to fall a wee bit flat on the ending. Students go to jail, bad guys disappear before the cops can get them in cuffs, and Vampirella is planning a trip homeward-bound. But it leaves us with a cliffhanger and everything happens incredibly fast, leaving me personally feeling mildly unsatisfied. There is a nod to a potential second run in the next few months, so hopefully questions will be answered and we won't be left entirely without closure moving forward."
And that's the way they became the Summers Bunch!
Weekly Pull Highlights: October 16, 2019
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming! This week Chris covers all sorts of new titles, including the return of 'The Mask' and the much-anticipated X-Men #1. Meanwhile, Tee faces her comic demons with a whole slew of unsatisfying titles and the imminent fear of disappointing Kelly Thompson (seriously, still love you, girl). Oh, and we'll be on vacation next week - so be sure to check the blog for your weekly comic update instead!
Salem the Cat should always be voiced by Nick Bakay.
Weekly Pull Highlights: October 2, 2019
Halloween is starting early with a bunch of horror books featuring a plethora of baddies, ranging from evil fairies, to weirdly-drawn vampires, to the patriarchy. But our most pressing fear has been quelled - for now - thanks to Spider-Man being back in the MCU!
Sofia would like to cast magic missile.
Weekly Pull Highlights: September 18, 2019
(Pssst... spoilers for House of X from 4:55 to 17:05!)
What would it be like to play Dungeons and Dragons with Sofía Vergara? Why don't we have a wrestler named Apex Flex? Why was Superman just a 15 issue advertisement for the Legion of Super-Heroes? Why does Tee have such a hard time processing space lycanthropy? We ask these questions and more in this week's episode!
Some tropes have out-stayed their welcome.
Weekly Pull Highlights: August 7, 2019
Boy, is Tee mad about the brain archetype in media! After a significant rant (a mini key issue?), we get to some juicy X-Men spoilers in our review of House of X #2. We round out with a handful of new indie titles, including the spectacular Coffin Bound #1.
(SPOILER ALERT! House of X Spoilers from 16:54-28:41)
A recent history of Marvel's X-Men (and then some).
Weekly Pull Highlights: July 24, 2019
Hope you're ready to get bombarded with a whole bunch of brand new Marvel #1's! From Valkyrie and Sword Master, to Hickman's highly-anticipated House of X, we're breaking it all down in a super long episode filled with Marvel history you may or may not have ever cared about knowing. Excelsior!
We're not saying he can't draw feet, okay.
Weekly Pull Highlights: June 12, 2019
This week, Bendis changed the DC Universe (again), Squirrel Girl is saving the world (again), and Image is killing it with a brand new title (again).
Then we mostly just poke fun at Rob Liefield (oops) for going after DC on Twitter... Even though he might be right (oops again) (our bad) (don't hate us, Rob).
Mamas haven't had it this hard since Bohemian Rhapsody.
Weekly Pull Highlights: May 8, 2019
Tee is back in action this week, and makes her comic penance by going over the female dis-empowerment of Female Furies from last week, plus Chris gives some solid jumping in points for late issue comics.
As for news, we run you through a whole bunch of trailers both big and small, including the new 'Spider-Man: Far from Home,' AKA, 'Jake Gyllenhaal as everyone's favorite member of the Babysitter's Club'.
We wrap up with a Mother's Day special about how not very special the poor mama's in comics are.
We're a divided household (Kirk vs. Picard).
Weekly Pull Highlights: April 24, 2019
This week: PERIL! Death threats! Creepy stalkers! Butt Censorship!
We also spend a sizable amount of time discussing the best Star Trek Captain and providing our Avengers Endgame theories.
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