Honorable Mentions: May 22, 2021
Maybe Mister Fantastic just has a LOT of anxiety...
Honorable Mention Highlights: May 19, 2021
Fantastic Four: Life Story #1
Mark Russell dives into a new edition of "what if super heroes aged in real time in a real world." This time, we're focused on the Fantastic Four, as our team comes together to get their powers in a world full of JFK, civil rights protests and space races. All in all, it was a bit slow, seeing as how the FF's origin has been done to death, but seeing them framed in the real world was interesting enough. Also, I feel like Russell gave one of the best explanations to why Mister Fantastic is often such a jerk, giving him a certain level of anxiety or frustration toward what he perceives as a chaotic universe.
Red Room #1
If you're a fan of slasher flicks, particularly the very-very-extra type, this book might be for you. Full of over the top kills, unapologetic grossness and general depravity, this book is Ed Piskor's attempt to tell a compelling and unique horror story by using the internet as the boogie man. It's definitely NOT for everyone and certainly not for the easily offended, but it's a definite experience from start to finish.
Episode 89 - Body Horror, Inconsequential Crossovers, Cantwell Is Our Bro (We Hope)
We desperately need a more meta Fantastic Four.
Weekly Pull Highlights: December 2, 2020
Jeez Louise, talk about a hefty week! Two new crossovers began this week - one that seems like it could be "the big one," and one that's... a little more generic. Plus, an excellent F4 one-shot, the start of Batman/Catwoman, and some cool new indie titles. Hope you're ready for a heavy read list!
Things are about to get real witchy in Willow.
Weekly Pull Highlights: July 8, 2020
After a week with no Marvel or DC, we come roaring back with three great books! Dan Slott kicks off the Fantastic Four's side of the Empyre story, DCeased comes back to make us all cry (again), and the Whedonverse grows a little more with a brand new title dedicated to Willow. It's like we never left (but don't lie, you missed us)!
Sit down Sherlock, it's not your turn this time!
Weekly Pull Highlights: February 5, 2020
This week was all about characters showing their (not-so-nice) true colors, from the devilish deal-maker in Backtrack, to the chaotic-evil Loki from After Realm, to Reed Richards being a total butthead (color me unsurprised). But hey, at least it's the weekend, right?
Sue's allowed to be her own person, goshdangit.
Honorable Mention Highlights: November 27, 2019
Killadelphia #1 (Image Comics)
It's like True Detective meets Fright Night, but there's not really enough of either side for me to be completely sold yet. Admittedly, I could do with more of the vampire-side on the page, and less implied in raised eyebrows and hints. But, the characters already feel like real people, and honestly that's a really hard thing to establish in a first issue, so I'm interested to see where it goes.
Witchfinder Reign of Darkness #1 (Dark Horse Comics)
The tone of this books has me completely confused. One minute, I'm watching that extra creepy Johnny Depp flick about Jack the Ripper, the next minute I'm watching a weird Sherlock Holmes rendition where he's kind of an oblivious boob. I want to be into this, because of course, Mignola, but I'm still up in the air. This is also not the first book with this character, so I might be missing key dynamics, but I will say - supernatural Jack the Ripper is always my favorite.
Ironheart #12 (Marvel Comics)
Eve Ewing's run has finally come to a close, and while we had some substantial reveals take place, I come away from the book feeling... wanting? Ho-hum? The whole run felt like a push to remind her "Family always matters!" but... she always knew that. It doesn't really feel like a magnificent revelation. Still, having a lead of four women of color kicking ass was definitely a fun ride while it lasted.
Scream: Curse of Carnage #1 (Marvel Comics)
Honestly, this book has a bad case of the edgies. It tries really hard to be broody, with plenty of "get out of my head" talk and "no no no" shouts. The coolest bit are these weird, sludgey symbiote creatures made from like bits of fish and dead pirate skeletons. I am curious to see what the source of that is.
Venom #20 (Marvel Comics)
And like that, Donny Cates wants to bring back the Ultimate Universe. I cannot even describe how excited I am for this. This particular issue was a much better end to the Absolute Carnage arc than what we got out of Absolute Carnage #5.
Invisible Woman #5 (Marvel Comics)
Alright, here I am again, contemplating the end of a run that just felt... like an end. It was so refreshing to give Sue a run all her own, give her time to be independent, fully-fleshed out, and dynamic without her hoard of fellas to navigate the story line. But the climactic end of this book centers around a man taking away her ability to choose for herself. I don't know, it seems like a lazy way to end, but maybe I read too much into it, looking endlessly for Sue to be identified beyond Reed's wife and Franklin's mom. Guess it's back to the lab again. Sigh.
Superheroes aren't often good for goodness sake.
Weekly Pull Highlights: November 27, 2019
Now that you've eaten all the food and spent all the money, let's talk some comics! From a holiday-slaughter in The Crow: Hard the Herald one-shot, to another kind of slaughter in Avengers #27, there's a whole lot of doom and gloom about. At least the Fantastix are here to remind us what being a hero is all about (hint - it's not always murder!).
Episode 39 - A Key Issue with Bentley-23, House of X Spoilers, You New Favorite Comic
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 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!)
Our 'Wet & Wild' Aquaman Review!
Weekly Pull Highlights: December 26, 2018
Slow week coming out of the holiday, as we discuss the very VERY few books available on the shelves. We continue by giving our thoughts on two staples of entertainment (Video Games and Theme Parks), and we close with reviews of the Deadly Class pilot and a little movie called "Aquaman."
It's an odd, short episode. We're probably still a bit buzzed on eggnog.
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Chris & Tee host this weekly comic-focused show, providing insight on new comics, entertainment news and more.