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
Alright Hickman, you have a plan. So what is it?
Weekly Pull Highlights: November 6, 2019
Illness has been conquered and our dynamic duo is back at it with a wide range of new comics this week, from the Not-Quite-Red-Sonja title Crone, to the Still-Not-Quite-The-Right-Characters in New Mutants, to the Most-Bendisy-Bendis-Title-Ever in Legion of Super-Heroes. Oh, and with our 50th episode comes a slightly new format, which we hope you'll enjoy!
In the wise words of Monty Python: "I'm not dead yet!"
Weekly Pull Highlights: October 30, 2019
We're back from the mountains, and Tee's come down with the plague (or so she'd like you to think... it's a nasty head cold). Which means Chris covers the pull for this week, including a variety of zombie options, from the close of Marvel's Contagion to the beginning of DC's Last God. Oh, and we listened to your requests, so new episodes will be posted on Saturdays!
Your favorite comic podcast, but for your eyes!
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!
Our review of the new DC film, Joker!
Our friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man is back again for another installment of romance, intrigue, deception... and the best after-credits stingers EVER! Join us as we give our reviews, both non-spoiler friendly and SUPER spoiler-y!
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!
Harleen Frances Quinzel is a super weird name.
Weekly Pull Highlights: September 25, 2019
Not a ton of books, but a whole lot to say! From the implications of a murder at the end of Strikeforce #1, to the effects of Harley Quinn's past on her relationship with the Joker, to the revolution of sex workers in Safe Sex #1, we're hitting the hard comic book issues you need to hear about. Oh, and no Ghost Rider show, which sucks. Listen now!
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!
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.
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