Jessica Jones never changes (thank God).
Weekly Pull Highlights: January 15, 2020
January hasn't been much for number 1 titles, but we did read some fun stuff this week including the new samurai title Rising Sun from IDW and the very cool Venom The End one-shot from Marvel. Plus, the up-until-recently Marvel Unlimited-exclusive title, Jessica Jones Blind Spot, is finally released on paper and it. is. great. Let's talk comics!
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.
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
We are all the World's Best Detectives.
Weekly Pull Highlights: August 16, 2019
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!
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!)
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.
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Chris & Tee host this weekly comic-focused show, providing insight on new comics, entertainment news and more.