Pick of the Week Podcast

08.09.2009 – Episode #196 – Chew #3

Show Notes

Running Time: 01:00:49

August 9, 2009 – It’s MAYHEM at iFanboy as Conor clocks in with the summer’s indie hit, Chew as the Pick of the Week amidst a wide array of comics this week.  MAYHEM!

Comics:
00:02:08 – The best book Conor read this week was Chew #3 and shows this series got legs
00:13:34 – Captain America Reborn #2 came close, again, to being the pick for Conor 
00:17:23 – Ron continues to be surprised and it happened again in Savage Dragon #151
00:20:42 – Josh was pleasantly surprised by Doom Patrol #1
00:25:23 – For 99 cents, how can you not give Irredeemable #5 a try? Now’s the time to jump on board! 
00:27:50 – Josh probably would have gone with The Mighty #7 for his pick
00:29:54 – Justice League: Cry For Justice #2 has some great character moments
00:33:01 – The art is worth noting in Amazing Spider-Man #601 and the story continues to kick ass as Mary Jane is back
00:35:50 – Josh has a reason for Ron to like House of Mystery #16

User Reviews:
00:37:20 – zombox is on the edge of his seat for Superman: World of New Krypton #6 
00:39:10 – TheNextChampion‘s dedication to Deadpool is waning with Deadpool: Merc With a Mouth #2

Book of the Month
00:41:34 – The choice of Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter as Book of the Month was easy for Conor to make.



GIVEAWAYS:
Win a signed THIRST poster!
Congrats to the winners of a signed copy of Blackest Night #1, signed by Geoff Johns:

- Neil Oliver
- Dan Bruins
- Matthew Strahl

Congrats!

Be sure to visit the iFanboy Store to become an iFanboy Member or get the limited edition Power/Responsibility T-Shirt while they last!


Music:
Pretty In Pink
Psychedelic Furs


Download

http://media.libsyn.com/media/ifanboy/if...
(Right-click and choose "Save As..." and save locally)

Subscribe

Get Involved

Doing the podcast is fun and all, but let's be honest, listening to the 3 of us talk to each other can get repetitive, so we look to you, the iFanboy listeners to participate in the podcast! "How can I get in on the fun?" you may ask yourself, well here's how:

  • E-Mail us at contact@ifanboy.com with any questions, comments or anything that may be on your mind.
  • Call us at 1-888-FANBOYS (326-2697) and leave a voicemail

Please don't forget to leave your name and where you're writing/calling from and each week, we'll pick the best e-mails and voicemails to include on the podcast!

Comments

  1. wulfstone wulfstone says:

    Your song choice in memory of John Hughes perhaps?

  2. J4K3 J4K3 says:

    "…and the story continues to kick ass as Mary Jane is back"

    As if Mary Jane being back is a good thing :)

  3. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    Here’s a b/w shot of that spread from House of Mystery #16.

  4. Cooper Cooper says:

    Oh man this podcast (the user review part) made me laugh out loud so hard that I almost spat all over my keyboard.

    Good work as always kiddies.

  5. edward says:

    Seriously, why don’t I never win anything? this is bull-dust!!

     I agree with Conor about Captain America: Reborn, really good. it’s funny that the story is just Steve having a massive flashback

  6. DaveCarr DaveCarr says:

    I always like in depth discussions of layouts. Keep those coming.

  7. ohcaroline ohcaroline says:

    I got ‘Irredeemable’ (the trade and the new issue) after hearing you guys talk it up, and it really is awesome.  Thanks for spreading the word.  I do agree with Josh that the ‘black electricity hero cliche’ talk was way overdone; if the writer thinks it’s dumb, nobody’s making hiim u, se it.  Still, a great trade and great issue, and the ‘evil santa claus’ observation is right on.  I like how this series is structured as a mystery, where we don’t really know what caused the Plutonian to go over the edge.

    I didn’t really enjoy the main Spider-Man story — just not to my taste, too much Peter and not enough supporting cast, which is fine — but the backup story really actively bugged me.  Considering how traumatic Jessica Jones’ experience as a superhero was, as ALIAS readers know — this conversation really seemed to trivialize it.  If we’re supposed to think that having a family and living with the Avengers has brought about a major shift in her attitude/set her on the road to recovering from her past, that’s fine, but there wasn’t even a hint of conflict in the way this was presented.  It just seemed like using the positive sides of Jessica’s story to stroke Peter’s ego without even acknowledging the downside of it.  Since I can’t imagine that’s what Bendis intended, it seems like something got lost in the translation. 

  8. WonderManFan WonderManFan says:

    Despite the anti-Marvel slant, you guys still put on a good show. Thanks for the podcast.

  9. Heroville Heroville says:

    Ron made a mention of the Doom Patrol cover but he forgot to mention the fact that Robot-Man is wearing a Question shirt.  Are they trying to make her into a kind of one-woman Robin Hood? Like a cross between what Oracle is and what they tried to make Batman with the whole "urban legend" angle?

  10. @WonderManFan

    Huh? If anything Ron and Josh are Marvel zombies. Just look at their pull lists each week. 

     

     Anyway, I’m surprised Ron didn’t mention Jersey Gods this week. It was fantastic and even beat out Chew for my PoTW. 

  11. I am just downloading the podcast, but:

    A) Thank you very much for putting my review on the podcast.

    B) Just by looking at the show notes I can’t say my dedication is waning. It’s just that Merc with a Mouth is a peice of garbage. The proper Deadpool title by Daniel Way is still one of the best Marvel books to come out month after month. Plus he’s becoming a pirate in the next arc so what’s not to love there?

  12. I’m just at the part with Savage Dragon…..What the hell is wrong with Larsen and does he has a weird sexual fantasy? Sure they might be fully related but still, might be the most fucked up thing I heard this week.

  13. WonderManFan WonderManFan says:

    @Miyamotofreak: Josh was never a Marvel Zombie. Ron “had” been a Marvel Zombie, but now loves the independent publishers. The ifanboys are still entertaining, but tend to be pretty anti-Marvel in their slants these days, compared to the love for DC and independent publishers. I still enjoy the podcasts, articles and everything else, which tends to be really good, but in my opinion I’m calling a spade a spade. Just my opinion after listening to the tone of the podcasts change over the last several months.

  14. Paul Montgomery PaulMontgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Why does liking other publishers equate to disliking Marvel? 

    The love is spread around.  

  15. WonderManFan WonderManFan says:

    @PaulMontgomery: … Says the guy who doesn’t even read anything Marvel. 8 pulls this week and none of them Marvel? I’m just saying… The slant is there.

  16. Paul Montgomery PaulMontgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I was talking about the guys on the show. 

    Jimski and I cancel each other out. ;)  

  17. WonderManFan WonderManFan says:

    … And the ifanboys passing up the opportunity to interview Stan Lee, because it wasn’t important to interview him again… It’s not a point in their favor.

  18. Ha!

    Sorry I just listened to my portion of the show, or I guess the user review section. Great timing with saying how I love Deadpool to my first lines of the review: ‘This title is dropped’. Laughed along with Ron on that.

    @conor: Yes I will drop Merc with a Mouth cause it is a bad title. In fact if I accidentally buy it, say my LCS guy didn’t write it off my pull bin, then I will personally burn it. I still have the proper Deadpool to read.

  19. Paul Montgomery PaulMontgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    There’s a whole Stan Lee video show!

    And an interview before that! I was there! I shook his hand!  

  20. k5blazer k5blazer says:

    Great review guys! Regarding Chew I agree with Ron about the cartoon-style of the art and normally I don’t care for it either, Humberto Ramos comes to mind with that style and I don’t enjoy his work at all. But here I think that it works because there is no point of refernce for these characters, the artist here is defining these characters.  It would be interesting to see if another artist did the book how it would look.

  21. @Paul: I got his leftovers from Denny’s last week!

  22. ohcaroline ohcaroline says:

    I think Josh, Conor, and Ron (or at least 2 of 3) should be required to change their opinions so that she show can be more balanced.  Give the people what they want!

    *This is a joke.

  23. ohcaroline ohcaroline says:

    Also I can’t spell.

  24. Gabe Gabe says:

    I remember that before Chew one came out, Bru tweeted that vertigo should have picked it up.  That sold me.

  25. Hey have you heard of this coming out called Mayhem?  Make sure to spread the word on twitter because I don’t think the word is getting out.

  26. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    If they Marvel allegations were true, and not terribly silly (which they are), the exact same comic books will come out for all to enjoy or not based on their merits and the readers’ particular tastes.

    In 6 months, we’ll be anti-DC, and somewhere, silently, someone will weep for our ignoring Dark Horse yet again.

    Trust me, if we weren’t fair to Marvel, Jim McCann would never speak to me again, and that’s something I simply cannot bear!

  27. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    Somewhere we’ve got all these shows with Darrell calling in leaving voicemails about how terrible Marvel comics are and how all the DC comics are superior. 

    That was silly as well.

  28. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    Also… may-HEM!

  29. Crippler Crippler says:

    I miss Darrell calling in. 

  30. edward says:

    I miss Darrell too, What happened? Did he die in a shot out or knife fight or something?

  31. PraxJarvin PraxJarvin says:

    @WonderMan The only "anti-Marvel slant" that I could even fathom from the iFanboys is that they often talk about how much they hate Marvel in-house coloring.

    Waiting to listen to this show at the dentist tomorrow. Also… talk about Jersey Gods, please. The book needs all the praise it can get. 

  32. ok, so here’s my Chew theory, keep in mind I haven’t read a bit of it.  But this is a day and age where "getting on board" is an issue (as in, a matter, not a floppy).  If we as readers miss something new, we have to go back and get the trade(s),  then there’s the point where we have to decide where to start picking it up in issues.  Josh basically wrote an article this week about just jumping in.  Isn’t the informal iFanboy mantra for 2009, "just jump on" or something?  How about the "where do I start with Green Lantern?" issue.

     So here’s a new Image #1.  We all keep hearing about great Image, or "Indy" in general, books that belong at the top of the heap.  Jersey Gods, Proof, Invincible, Walking Dead, who knows what else.  And many of us struggle to fit these new greats into our pull lists, possibly even blowing them off all together and just say, "Someday."  And here comes Chew #1.  It’s got a high concept.  It’s got just left-of-center cartoony art.  Stand-out title: CHEW.  It fits the bill, and we can all jump on from the beginning.  Those who bought it could say, "I was there from the start."

     Let’s assume the quality is as good as everybody has been saying.   The sizzle is to the newness as the steak is to the quality.  That only helps, and #2 sells better and #3 even more so.  Could that be why it was such a success from issue 1?

  33. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    I actually stopped reading Jersey Gods.  If it’s not in the notes, it’s not on the show.  I’m not sure any of us are still reading it.  At least not the week it comes out.

  34. Paul Montgomery PaulMontgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @Josh – Now, remember, we named Dark Horse 2008′s publisher of the year. 

    And that was BEFORE Witchfinder Mania hit in a big, big way.  

  35. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    Yeah, back in 2008.  But what have we done for you lately, Dark Horse?

    Commence tearing.

  36. Paul Montgomery PaulMontgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Two good chances at a DH POW this week…

    Funny thing, horses.   

  37. Jim Mroczkowski Jimski (@jimski) says:

    I love that this site has its own continuity. I have a pet theory, which can be oversimplified as "your real life is full of plot holes," and from now on I’m going to use the "iFanboy is anti-_____" discussion as an illustration of it.

  38. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    I change my own canon constantly.  Sometimes, I like something, and then years later, I can feel differently.  Then, as quick as it happened.  I change my mind again.

    Human. This guy.

  39. Paul Montgomery PaulMontgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Incredibly inconsistent? 

    …or consistently incredible? 

  40. ohcaroline ohcaroline says:

    Re: Jim’s theory — I’ve spent possibly too much time this year on vacation with my family, and we’ve developed the concept of the ‘family wiki.’  For instance, my sister and I are both absolutely certain that, at some point in the early 90s, my father expressed the opinion that George was the best Beatle.  He now states that John was the best Beatle and furthermore that he never held such an opinion about George.  We can argue about this for hours.

    In short — do we really want a website where we voluntarily hang out to sound like a beach house with the family after it’s been raining for 3 days?  I’m just saying. 

  41. drakedangerz drakedangerz says:

    I have yet to listen to this, but I have to chime in and say that it would hardly be a good month at iFanboy if we didn’t get an outlandish accusation of being bias.  If anything, Wondermanfan is bias because he proclaims to love Wonderman!  Where’s the love for Jack of Hearts!?!?!

  42. Maybe if Mignola kept the Hellboy: Wild Hunt issues going then Dark Horse would get more coverage.

    Trust me when I say this; I did a shit load of research with ifanboy’s picks. It took me two days and the revelation that I am most likely a stalker but I do come bearing news favorable to ifanboy. Out of 287 reviews that is currently in archive on ifanboy.com; the top three comics for them are:

    DC-100

    Marvel-100

    Vertigo-19 (Or I guess Image at 17 if your gonna say Vertigo IS DC)

    So there you have it. As of right now for the entire history of ifanboy they have evenly picked the same amount of DC and Marvel for potw. So there! Now I’m off to turn myself in cause the restraining order set by Ron has been breached…

  43. vadamowens vadamowens says:

    I can’t speak for ifanboy, but for me Marvel isn’t getting as much coverage because they’re not really putting that much quality out right now.  Humorously enough, my lcs dealer says that regardless of writers, events, or hoopla the market share consistantly remains 40/40, with the rest of publishers picking up the dregs. 

  44. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    Industry wide, I think market share tends to favor Marvel, from what I understand. Not sure on the numbers, but Marvel’s held the high ground for quite some time.

  45. smeeeeee smeeeeee says:

    Geoff Johns writes Josh’s script on the show so his canon is constantly changing to make him more modern and cool.

  46. @josh

    That kinda sucks, I thought Jersey Gods really began with this issue. Sort of like how Invincible really got going after issue 7. It was actually my POTW over Chew. 

  47. drakedangerz drakedangerz says:

    I think…I can do without more "MAY-HEM" from now on.

  48. @drake: You crazy. I could use more MAY-HEM on this site. That should be the site’s new catchphrase.

    Out with "Is it Wednesday yet?" and into "iFanboy.com: MAY-HEM!"

  49. UncleBob UncleBob says:

    Also enjoyed Captain America, Reborn, and wondering what part he will play in the overall Dark Reign story.  However, I believe there is only one person that is destined to take down Osborn, and we all know who that is.

  50. Great show guys.

    Thanks to the pick and your San Diego ep you have turned me on to Chew…Thank you! Dug it the moment Chu bit into the serial cannibal in issue #1.

    I agree about the love for the art in it.  It made me think of the style used on characters in graffiti art which makes me think of Skottie Young’s art (love that stuff).

  51. Crippler Crippler says:

    I haven’t listened to the show yet and thus can only hope that all this talk of MAY-HEM is referring to Miles Mayhem and V.E.N.O.M. – Vicious Evil Network Of MAY-HEM! 
    That’s gotta be it, right?

  52. g0ofgnewt g0ofgnewt says:

    If people are missing Darrel calls they should stat listening to 11 O’clock comics. He’s on there several times an episode.

  53. jerichobp jerichobp says:

    Not sure if anyone’s seen the front page of the NY Daily News today, but all I have to say is: MAYHEM!

  54. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    Oh I saw it.

  55. I want this to be the new way we say hello.

    ‘MAY-HEM to you good sir.’

  56. MisterJ says:

    "It’s like a dog who barks, it’s awesome!"

    That and the ‘klarion call’ line-Freakin’ great!!

  57. Ron Richards ron (@ronxo) says:

    hello friends.

    I cannot stop laughing at this anti-Marvel notion.  Come over to my house someday and tell me to my face that I’m anti-Marvel and I’ll show you boxes and boxes and boxes and shelves and shelves of Marvel books and paraphenalia.  I drink out of a NOVA: the Human Rocket pint glass for christ’s sake.

    No where in our charter (if we had a charter) does it say that we can only like one publisher, and for the record, I’ve been reading Independents longer than I’ve read DC comics.  I started reading indies around 1995.

    RE: Darrell – he’s the man. He still calls in from time to time, but we haven’t played any voicemails recently as they haven’t really been his A-material – maybe one will get through soon…

    that is all.

    MAY-HEM

    your friend in comics,
    Ron

  58. MAYHEM!

  59. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    I would also like to add, in case it hasn’t been said enough…

    mayhem.

  60. Bedhead Bedhead says:

    CHAOS!  No, no, wait, that’s not–I uh…I meant: MAYHEM!  Why do I screw everything up!  Stupid!  Stupid!

  61. Bedhead Bedhead says:

    Also, great show.  I sadly agree with Conner that marvel’s been in a bit of a creative slump since civil war.  I don’t think it’s anti-marvel to point this out. Sometimes to love is to expect more.

  62. stuclach stuclach says:

    I agree with Paul. Witchfinder was excellent.  It was my POTW. You guys should give it a shot. It is The Crooked Man quality.

    @WonderManFan – I once thought as you do (proof) ….and then I hung around the site for a year or so.  These guys (the core three) are about as unbiased a group as you can get.  Jimski is strongly Marvel biased and Paul is strongly Hellboy biased (they are both still excellent contributors to the site), but those three core guys are pretty consistently fair.

    Can we DE-MAY-HEM the site sometime in the near future? It just reminds me over and over that I didn’t get to go to SDCC.

  63. @ron: I don’t see you talking about Bongo comics or Avatar lately. So bam; this bias has been proven.

    MAY-HEM!

    (okay even I don’t read Bongo as much as I should…)

  64. 1SinMuse 1SinMuse says:

    Good job as always, MAYHEN!  I just put this comment so I could say mayhen.

  65. drakedangerz drakedangerz says:

    Mayhem…

  66. WonderManFan WonderManFan says:

    @Ron: you’re still the man. By the way, did you just invite all of us doubters to come over to your house? Sweet. Party at Ron’s house! MAY-HEM!

  67. Jeff Reid JeffR (@JeffRReid) says:

    I was out of town since Sunday afternoon, before both the POTW podcast and the GI JOE one was posted.  My need for these podcasts was so great, that I had to download and then burn these podcasts to CD at my friend’s house just so I could listen to them during my drive home today.

    Is it wrong that I’m as enjoy these podcasts so much?

    Oh, and mayhem.  Always mayhem. 

  68. Jeff Reid JeffR (@JeffRReid) says:

    Wow.  So many typos.  I’m so sorry.  And tired.

  69. Slockhart Slockhart says:

    Ron’s review of Mayhem might be my favorite iFanboy moment of all time.

  70. Josh Flanagan josh (@jaflanagan) says:

    It’s true you know.  It *was* a comic book.

  71. Paul Montgomery PaulMontgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    I’d only experienced the Mayhem in text form. Hearing Josh actually showcase it audibly was a game-changer. 

    A delight! 

  72. macdad34 macdad34 says:

    just finished listening to the show on my drive home, only to hear my name associated with winning one of the geoff johns comics….  members really Do win with iFanboy.  yayyyy!  *cough*  i mean…  may-HEM!

  73. @Ron Put that Nova pint glass on eBay. I’d love to introduce you to my life savings.

Leave a Comment