Pick of the Week Podcast

08.18.2013 – Episode #399 – Thor: God of Thunder #11

Show Notes

Total Running Time: 01:06:01

As Josh casts a spectral white glow across the sands of Cape Cod, special guest Mike Romo tags in, joining Conor Kilpatrick and Paul Montgomery to talk the best of the week in comics.

Thor_God of Thunder_11Comics:
00:01:50 – Thor: God of Thunder #11
00:14:00 – Batman #23
00:20:53 – Saga #13
00:25:08 – Infinity #1
00:34:48 – Avengers Arena #13
00:38:09 – Smallville Season 11 #16
00:39:04 – Uncanny X-Men #10
00:41:20 – East of West #5

User Reviews:
00:44:40 – The Top 5 Community Picks of the Week!
00:45:19 – history_guy reviews Nightwing #23
00:46:26 – Creyes247 reviews Justice League of America #7

Audience Questions:
00:48:27 – Wes from Newport, MN wonders why so many comic book adaptations to TV fail to approach the success off The Walking Dead.
00:55:23 – Stefan Z. is curious about comic collecting and sorting habits.
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Comments

  1. ghostmann ghostmann says:

    Hey ifandudes, good show this morning – and although I missed Josh’ s snarky wit, Mike did a serviceable job.

    in regards to Batman 23, after doing a little pursuing around the site it seems that there was only one person that thought the colors by FCO this issue were a little over the top – that person was me. Nowhere had anyone mentioned not liking the colors, not in the comments, not in the other 3 reviews from my fellow fanboys – nope the sole source of coloring contention came from my review.

    Can one man be so completely wrong? After listening to you three give your reasonings for thinking the overly bright colors made sense in Batman 23 I went back and checked out the first 2 parts of Zero Year – I gotta respectfully disagree with Conor that issues 21 and 22 featured simular coloring – to me they did not – but what I did notice was that the coloring gradually got brighter from issue to issue. a very subtle, perhaps even subliminal, device to fool us into a false sense of security? Bright colors = happiness so to speak.

    I did mention in my review that by the time we get to the iconic “I will become a bat” scene that the colors were more to my liking now, looking back I can see that maybe this was a conscious decision on the Batman team to drive this scene home in our minds and have it stick out in the rainbow bright world we’ve been reading for the last 20 pages.

    In closing I’ll say that after searching my heart and soul I will admit that………..

    ….. you guys are totally wrong! the colors in this issue were the equivalent of someone running their fingers down a chalk board – it took me out of the story and to me felt completely out of place in a Batman book.

    It’s okay to be wrong gentlemen, it happens to the best of us. ;)

    Cheers

  2. Thor #11 reminded me of DBZ, too. It made me enjoy it so much more.

    I’m really digging Smallville’s fanservice, especially after years of the show denying the fans some of these moments.

    A little bit of criticism for the UXM review, but I feel you guys should explain why you think a character is a dick or douchebag instead of just repeating that he’s a dick and douchebag.

    • Conor Kilpatrick Conor Kilpatrick (@cskilpatrick) says:

      “I’m really digging Smallville’s fanservice, especially after years of the show denying the fans some of these moments.”

      I don’t know, that show was PACKED with fanservice, especially over the last few seasons, as much as WB would allow.

      “A little bit of criticism for the UXM review, but I feel you guys should explain why you think a character is a dick or douchebag instead of just repeating that he’s a dick and douchebag.”

      We’ve gone into deep specifics on that going back to the beginning of AvX.

    • Paul Montgomery Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      I will concede to a bit of hyperbole in my disdain for Scott Summers. I feel like I did speak to why he’s so difficult though. All that bickering with Emma in the opening is a good example. He’s just so petty and argumentative. He’s carrying all the weight of mutant concern like a goldfish stowed up his ass. As I mentioned on the show, I appreciate that as a bold choice for a protagonist. I think it’s fascinating and pretty good writing. At the same time, it’s a complicated relationship between hero and reader.

    • “I don’t know, that show was PACKED with fanservice, especially over the last few seasons, as much as WB would allow.”

      That’s true, but it didn’t have major things that fans wanted like Clark being able to fly as a constant power, and Clark meeting Batman and Wonder Woman.

      “I will concede to a bit of hyperbole in my disdain for Scott Summers. I feel like I did speak to why he’s so difficult though. All that bickering with Emma in the opening is a good example. He’s just so petty and argumentative. He’s carrying all the weight of mutant concern like a goldfish stowed up his ass. As I mentioned on the show, I appreciate that as a bold choice for a protagonist. I think it’s fascinating and pretty good writing. At the same time, it’s a complicated relationship between hero and reader.”

      Oh, okay. I can understand this perspective. Thanks for giving and explanation and responding.

    • Conor Kilpatrick Conor Kilpatrick (@cskilpatrick) says:

      “That’s true, but it didn’t have major things that fans wanted like Clark being able to fly as a constant power, and Clark meeting Batman and Wonder Woman.”

      Yeah, but those three things were unrealistic within the context of the show (Clark flying makes him Superman and the whole point of the show was his journey to Superman) and the reality of the corporate environment (the movie divisions holding Batman and Wonder Woman hostage). Instead, we got a live action TV show that showcased the Justice Society of America and Darkseid. I’d say it was a fair trade off.

    • Parker13 Parker13 says:

      I also find it hard to read Uncanny X-Men without hating Scott. I just don’t ever see myself rooting for his team in the future as opposed to the Jean Grey school in All New and Wolverine. Also I feel like the book hasn’t nailed his character yet. Sometimes he’s basically Magneto and other times he and his team seem too similar to the other X-Men.

  3. Ilash Ilash says:

    Conor, how do you not remember Bravestar? That show was huge when I was a kid! Well, I was a fan anyway. But then maybe it’s because I’m a few years younger than you.

    • Conor Kilpatrick Conor Kilpatrick (@cskilpatrick) says:

      I looked it up after the show and I did not recognize it at all. It was on in 1987 and 1988 when I was 10 but I don’t remember ever even seeing it. *shrug*

    • Paul Montgomery Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      That’s wild. I also totally forgot to mention that the outrider’s ship from INFINITY looks a bit like Mon*Star’s space-squid vehicle Sky-Runner from SilverHawks.

    • ScottE ScottE says:

      Sounds like I’m pretty close to Conor’s age and I don’t remember ever seeing Bravestarr either.

  4. Vumbo Vumbo says:

    Fantastic show this week, I love weeks where every book discussed is one I actually read. As a side note, if a weird alternate reality existed where you guys had time for another podcast, I would totally listen to you guys explain books that people aren’t reading to them ala Avengers Arena to Mike this week. Keep up the awesome work!

  5. LeviHunt15 LeviHunt15 says:

    Really funny and interesting listening to Mike talk about Marvel. He was shocked that they’re good now. So much changes in such a short time. For what it’s worth though, Mike, if you have any interest left in the publisher or their characters this is the best work that’s been done at the company since that early 2000s renaissance.

  6. OwlyFan says:

    I’m glad to hear Nightwing being discussed, it’s one of the hidden gems of the New 52.

  7. “Eyes of a hawk, ears of a wolf, strength of the bear!” —- Bravestar is awesome, especially the movie.

  8. Josh Flanagan Josh Flanagan (@jaflanagan) says:

    I did not pan Esad Ribic!

    http://ifanboy.com/articles/advance-review-ultimates-1-spoiler-free/

    “Handling art is Esad Ribic, who does pages just like Esad Ribic. I’m a little torn on him. On the one hand, it’s an impressive style, and there are bits of acting from the characters I really like. They look like real people, and that lends credibility to the world Hickman has built. But, as tends to happen with these kinds of realistic pages, they can also look a bit stiff, like people posing for photos. Ribic’s work isn’t too offensive in that regard, and the strengths outweigh the weaknesses, but depending on your tastes, it’s something to be aware of.”

    I like him more now than I did then. Obviously.