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.
This game made us gasp and cheer and all the things!
Holy heck, this game is FANTASTIC! A relatively recent release from Unexpected Games, this board game mixes mystery tropes, comics, engaging characters, creative gameplay and well-placed surprises to be one of the most fun games we've played in a long time. But hey, we'll get into all that. In the meantime, what are you waiting for? Go get this game!
'You mean Back to the Future's bull$#!%?'
Weekly Pull Highlights: May 12, 2021
Whether you're looking for a new(ish) twist on the Justice League (Chips Ahoy!), or an unexpected direction for time travel, we've got a whole lot of very cool stories this week.
Our VERY FIRST interview on the show (and it's AWESOME)!
Potentially our coolest episode ever, we had the opportunity to chat with Pat Shand, author of Destiny, NY - a book we recently talked about on the show! He shares his experience as a writer, what it was like to Kickstart a graphic novel, and what exciting things are coming up next for him in the comic world. This is NOT one to miss!
We love good practical effects in this family.
Weekly Pull Highlights: May 5, 2021
Not sure what to get Mom this Mother's Day? Here's a handful of excellent titles, ranging from deep looks into societal flaws, to pulpy endeavors on pirate ships, to gruesome body horror... look, Mom isn't all scented candles, you guys.
In the 80s, but not defined by the 80s.
Brubaker and Phillips are at it again with another excellent installment in the Reckless series! This time set in the 80s against some really bad dudes, Ethan takes on a mystery from the Hollywood underbelly that will shake up his whole life. Beautifully written, beautifully drawn, this book is a great sophomore edition to the pulpy franchise.
This is how I picture literally every Bard ever.
Weekly Pull Highlights: April 28, 2021
What happens when you drop a traditional tabletop RPG crew, complete with bard and fighter and wizard (oh my!), into a traditional Aztec setting? We don't know yet either, but we're really excited to find out! That and more on this weeks episode (and our theory on Robin's new name... fingers crossed!) - check it out now!
When Godzilla's trying to tell you something, just listen already!
Honorable Mention Highlights: April 21, 2021
Godzilla: Monsters & Protectors #1
Big Hero 6 meets the King of the Monsters! Probably gonna have a nice message about the environment in it too. This book had some 90s Saturday morning cartoon drip and I loved it.
The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1
Wowsers, what a trip. Ram V and Filipe Andrade hit us with some super interesting interpretations of theology while creating a dark and captivatingly morose tale of vengeance and death, all built upon a sad potentially damaged girl named Laila. The title definitely does not lie!
Women of Marvel #1
Another fantastic compilation from Marvel, but this time entirely focused on new, up and coming women authors and artists - and HECK, is it fun. Running throughout the entire piece are short one-page stories from Mariko Tamaki who fully understands how to succingly describe the female experience, and how to make it hilarious. I mean, let's be real - sometimes you just have to laugh at the stuff we go through. Definitely pick this one up!
Tesla over Edison, ALL DAY, ERRY DAY, baby.
Honorable Mention Highlights: April 14, 2021
Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Electrified Tesla #1
You guys know I'm a sucker for historical fiction, and this one presses all the right buttons. Tesla and his bird wife, conspiracies, science fiction, and a powerful female protag who smarts off to anyone who gives her grief. Match made in heaven.
Locke & Key/ The Sandman: Hell & Gone #1
Locke & Key and Sandman just go together so nicely. Not an expected combo like Peanut Butter & Jelly but one of those random combos that work like Cinnamon Toast Crunch & Shrimp. Anyway, this book picks up after the last run of Locke & Key and is going to be a wild ride.
Guardians of the Galaxy #13 [Legacy #175]
Al Ewing continues mixing things up with the guardians. We're presented with a new roster and a team that functions more like the Avengers than the spunky renegades they've typically been. It's an interesting dynamic and a good jumping on point for interested readers. Plus, a left-field bad guy reveal that has me super excited.
It's not necessarily new Spidey territory, but it's done very well.
Weekly Pull Highlights: April 14, 2021
Oh heavens, there's some real heavy talk up in this episode. Political commentary, moral quandaries, emotional turmoil - important books make us have important discussions, but take solace in the fact that we still end with a debate on flare leg jeans, okay?
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Chris & Tee host this weekly comic-focused show, providing insight on new comics, entertainment news and more.