Frank, bud, what are you doing?
Weekly Pull Highlights: December 11, 2019
This week's episode is all about analyzing a couple great new horror titles and how they completely subvert the expected tropes we've come to know from classic genre flicks, from developing realistic relationships to world building. We wrap up with the new Dark Knight Returns one-shot, which is... well, it's something. And definitely worth analyzing, too.
Even when infected with Carnage, a cat is still a cat.
Honorable Mention Highlights: November 20, 2019
Hazel & Cha-Cha Save Christmas #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
Well, that was a festive romp through the 'Umbrella Academy' universe! Admittedly, not a whole lot goes on in this book, but if you like the irreverent feeling of the original series, or if you're a fan of Hazel & Cha-Cha's antics, you won't be disappointed.
Badass #1 (Arctic Press Comics)
There's a lot of subtle world building in this book without wading slowly through all the nuance of a whole new universe. A cool play on the "what happens if we have heroes with god-like abilities around," it's an interesting view to see things from the humans who may or may not match up.
Heartbeat #1 (BOOM! Studios)
This book was... a LOT. Like, wowzer. Incredibly dramatic, incredibly dark, but also incredibly stereotypical in the strangest "coming-of-age" sort of way. A girl goes to a school above her economic class, is bullied, lives a hard and frustrated life... and walks in on a dude eating the popular girl's heart. Not sure I'll be picking up issue two, but it was definitely an experience.
Absolute Carnage Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel Comics)
The part with Carnage seems sort of superfluous in this book, but gosh-darn it if I don't love watching Carol interact with Goose. That alien cat is one of my favorite things to get popularity in Marvel right now. It's also probably one of the best depictions of what it's like to have a cat that I've seen in quite some time. I think my cats could be possessed by Carnage, but that could just be my reasoning of why they keep attacking my Christmas tree.
Maybe the Cat really does need the Spider.
Honorable Mention Highlights: November 13, 2019
Folklords #1 (BOOM Studios)
This is going to be one meta-tastic book! Set up like an inside out fairy tale, rarely do we see a character from a charming village decide to head out to the real world for adventure among skyscrapers and business suits. I love the concept behind this book, and I'm excited to see it start breaching the reader awareness line.
Un/Sacred #1 (Ablaze Comics)
I feel like this book would easily slide right into a Comedy Central lineup. The humor is silly and brash, the art is fun and flirty, and the story is less a rolling narrative, and more a series of cheeky vignettes all centered around 'doing the deed.' It's funny, light-hearted, but there's not a whole lot of meat in this book. - Tee
Family Tree #1 (Image Comics)
Interesting end of the world book from Jeff Lemire. Appears to have something to do with nature taking over, but all we really have is some sort of shady group of people, a strange affliction and plenty of Lemire's go-to family tension right at the center. Lots of questions but a very nice, hooking issue from the #1. - Chris
Morbius the Living Vampire #1 (Marvel Comics)
My guess is this book is feeding off of the hype of the upcoming Morbius flick featuring Jared Leto, but it doesn't really give us a lot to bite into (pun intended). Man is vampire, man looks for unvampiring serum, man maybe made a mistake. Pretty standard vamp fare considering what the book could have set up. Here's to hoping it dives a little deeper next issue. - Tee
Fallen Angels #1 (Marvel Comics)
Another solid entry in the Dawn of X line and the first one to establish the paranoia of Krakow after the twist in X-Force #1. Psylocke (Kwannon, not Betsy) feels like a new character in her own way, since she hasn't really been a character through much of the X-Men history. It's refreshing and the book feels like X-Force in tone.
Black Cat Annual #1 (Marvel Comics)
Gotta say, I think we're missing Spidey in the ongoing Black Cat run. While this book has the same goofy tone as the current run, it has so much more charm with Peter's quipiness and Cat's nostalgic flirtation. If you're not entirely feeling the current BC run, this one-shot might fill that void for you.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #50 (Marvel Comics)
It's the end of an era, fam. Doreen Green has been revealed as Squirrel Girl to the world and it's time for her to move on with her besties to the next nut to crack. To say I was emotional was an understatement; I had just really started reading comics when this book started, and I feel like it was a huge factor in me being such an active reader now. Thank you Ryan - your impact on Squirrel Girl fans cannot be denied.
Filling in the details what we didn't share on the show!
Honorable Mention Highlights: November 6, 2019
b.b. free #1 (BOOM! Studios)
"You guys know I love a good, old-fashioned YA romp with a sassy female protagonist - luckily, I wasn't disappointed! Our two leading ladies are strong, passionate, and ready to get rolling with the rest of their lives, even if Daddy-dearest has other, weirdly nefarious plans. Gabby Rivera does a great amount of world-building for a first issue and ends with a twist I don't quite know what to think about. Definitely recommend!" - Tee
Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble #1 (Marvel Comics)
"So, have you ever wondered what the Odd Couple would be like if Felix was a red-clad, spider-powered nerd and Oscar was possessed by an inky, alien parasite? WELL LOOK NO FURTHER! This book feels like if Cartoon Network circa 2007 made a Spider-Man series. It's fun, it's goofy, it is DEFINITELY not canon. Mariko Tamaki and Gurihiru have a good thing going here if you're looking for just a fun Spider romp." - Chris
Green Lantern Blackstars #1 (DC Comics)
"...Woof. That was the most metal book I've read in a LONG time. I didn't read the previous Grant Morrison run of Green Lantern, but I didn't feel like I was particularly out of place reading this new series (granted, I'm not sure anyone felt IN PLACE reading this book). It's dark, and weird, and there's stuff happening all over the place with people I've never heard of, and elder Gods get eaten like sushi. Be sure to throw on some Megadeth before cracking open this cover; it'll get you right in the mood." - Tee
Infected: King Shazam #1 (DC Comics)
"Holy Toledo, King Shazam is one baaaaaad Shazamma-Jamma. I really hope King Shazam becomes some sort of usable villain even after this whole Year of Villain thing wraps up. It would be cool for Billy Batson to maybe have this permanent dark side just looming in the background, ready to bubble over. Would definitely be a source of some good story-telling as he wrestles his responsibilities to his family and this monster looming in the shadows." - Chris
Future Fight Firsts Crescent & Io #1 (Marvel Comics)
"Another installment in the 'Future Fight Firsts' books detailing new members of the Agents of Atlas crew, this week we learn about the origins of Dan Bi & her awesome bear spirit guardian, Io. It's cute, fun, lighthearted, and actually does a really good job of representing the character as both young but realistically aware of her surroundings. Also, someone needs to hook me up with one of those masks - I want a big, bad, bear spirit guardian, too!" - Tee
Everything happening in Everything #1 is... strange.
Weekly Pull Highlights: September 4, 2019
Our thoughts are with those suffering from the wrath of Hurricane Dorian as we roll in to this week's episode - if you're able, consider donating to the Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund or the American Red Cross. This week in comics covered everything from creepy monsters, to Canadian heroes, to a giant pug. It's been a weird week.
I need a Pet Avenger comic run immediately. IMMEDIATELY.
Weekly Pull Highlights: August 30, 2019
From hurricane preparations, to the D23 Conference (She-Hulk!!), to the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer, we cover all the big talking points from the week. Comics this week were heavy on the Marvel-side with lots of middle issue melodrama, and another DC title all about villains without actually telling us who's the Year of the Villain is all about!
A how-to and how-not-to on writing female characters.
Weekly Pull Highlights: July 10, 2019
What's new, listeners! Well, for us, it's a bunch of number one's across the board, from the one-shot Wolverine's Hair Vs. Blade #1, to the much anticipated (and unsurprisingly controversial) release of Second Coming #1. But hey, if you're not asking yourself "WHO'S LEVIATHAN," are you really even reading comics? (I mean, we hope you are, otherwise, we're really surprised your here!)
All hail the Nerd Commander in Chief!
Weekly Pull Highlights: April 17, 2019
Lot's of wrap ups and round ups this week as we talk about War of Realms tie-ins and concluding thoughts on Avengers: No Road Home.
Then, we discuss the plethora of Star Wars news coming out of Celebration, including an interesting theory from Nerd Commander-In-Chief Kevin Smith in regards to the title of Episode IX. We also talk Disney+ pricing, The Boys trailer, and the unfortunate future of the DC Universe streaming service.
We'll be back this Saturday for an episode of Dinner and a Movie where we will be talking Hellboy and eating tacos.
Because why not.
James Patterson reads some great comics (we assume).
Weekly Pull Highlights: April 10, 2019
This week we discuss tons of comics (probably too many, sorry wallet) and dish out some stellar news about release dates for some sweet-ass comics and shows coming up. We close talking about what comics James Patterson might read if he had a secret comic collection stowed away under his writing desk.
When being a fan isn't all fun and games.
Weekly Pull Highlights: March 20, 2019
More new number ones flood in this week, and we go on to discuss CEO scandals, media acquisitions, creator-driven comics and more! We end this episode discussing our Key Issues with toxic fandom and the ripples Nerd-Rage can cause.
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