Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #578 – Unfollow #17

Show Notes

In this extra-long episode, Conor Kilpatrick, Josh Flanagan, and Ron Richards talk comic books in which fifth week grumpiness abounds and listener grievances are aired!

Running Time: 01:14:19

Comics:Unfollow_17
00:01:46 – Unfollow #17
00:09:14 – All-New X-Men #19
00:15:04 – X-Men: Prime #1
00:21:33 – Lazarus #26
00:25:39 – The Old Guard #2
00:31:35 – Spider-Woman #17
00:34:52 – The Avengers #5.1
00:38:08 – Infamous Iron Man #6
00:39:06 – Old Man Logan #20

Patron Pick:
00:40:18 – Booster Gold / The Flintstones Special #1

Ratings:
00:46:44 – Green Lantern / Space Ghost Special #1
00:50:58 – Adam Strange / Future Quest Special #1
00:53:57 – Suicide Squad / The Banana Splits Special #1

Patron Thanks:
00:58:36 – Travis
00:59:27 – Scott Brady
01:00:17 – Morten Sondena
01:00:48 – Jason Sansbury

Audience Question:
01:03:50 – Vincent F. from Philadelphia, PA has a bone to pick wth Ron about his thoughts on Emma Frost.
01:06:15 – Gregori B. has a bone to pick with Ron and Conor and their denigration of The Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.
01:09:01 – Steve S. has a bone to pick with Conor and his thoughts on Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman.

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Comments

  1. Surprised you guys didn’t include the near 6 month hiatus for Lazarus 26, or the year it’s gonna take for the next arc! Terrible form for a creator owned book! Speaking of which, is American Vampire ever going to be concluded? Can you ask Scott Snyder about that?

    • Wait, was it really that long since the last issue? Mad. Still, they did deal with it in the letter column, along with the fact that there will be a mini to keep us going until it returns early next year. As a huge fan of the book (my easy POTW this week, in fact) I’m disappointed but considering how much work Lark clearly puts into the book, I certainly can forgive the fact that he wants to stretch his wings a little before coming back to the book in a few months.

    • @Lovedrop: What do you mean we didn’t include it? The delay between LAZARUS issues and then the upcoming year long break were a major part of the discussion. We almost talked about that more than the contents of the issue itself.

    • I’m just glad you guys mentioned it at all or I wouldn’t have even known it came out. It’d been so long I’d forgotten to try that month to add the subscription to my preorders.

      At least the Hock Sourcebook is coming out soon. That should be great.

  2. Another great one, guys. Glad to hear I wasn’t alone with my head-scratching over the X-mansion in Central Park.

    One small correction: It was John Buscema (not Sal) who along with Roger Stern and Tom Palmer did amazing the Avengers run in the late 80s. The were “my” Avengers, so the art and stories live large to me even now.

  3. Glad you guys are enjoying Bendis’ Iron Man(s). Me too!! I think Bendis gets such a bad rap these days, but have come to the conclusion that Bendis writes the hell out of single hero titles (i.e. Daredevil, Moon Knight, the Iron Man Titles, Ultimate Spidey, both Alias and now Jessica Jones) and is weak on team books (Guardians of the Galaxy… blah!!). His Avengers run was good to start but got weak as it went on. I also think Powers is pretty Walker or Pilgrim centric and works, too.

    It’s interesting, I think, because all his solo titles are definitely strong ensemble pieces but the man just excels with a narrower focus on a single, main protagonist. I would like Marvel to keep tossing single character titles at him and avoid group books, but, then again, I think Bendis tells them what he’s gonna write these days.

    Simply an observation I think about occasionally ( but not for all that long) when folks at my LCS say Bendis isn’t good. Just my two cents, but I still think he’s a very good writer and recommend his Riri and Doom books, as well.

  4. I’ve not been paying as much attention lately, so I was only 70% sure you guys weren’t making those DC/Hanna Barbera crossovers up as I listened.

    But then I went and read that Snagglepuss backup. Holy shit. 10/10.

  5. Jeff Reid Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    Really fun episode. Thanks for doing all the Hanna Barbera crossover books. I was dying to know if the Ruff and Ready backup was Good Chaykin or not. It sounds like it… wasn’t?

    Anyway, good listenin’ all around. I’m always happy to hear how comics are doing now that I’m barely reading them anymore.

  6. Really surprised X-Men Prime was on the short list for PotW. It read to me like a Free Comic Book Day intro book – a little snipit here and there about each upcoming book but nothing really giving any sense of direction or what’s actually happening right now. Also, and I have to go back and look, but Kitty’s “Let’s be heroes” speech feels completely lifted from Whedon’s Astonishing series. Cyclops said something to this effect early on about how the X-Men need to be public heroes again after being shunted off into their own corner during the Morrison era. Why do they always need to restate this? Apparently, it didn’t take the last time.

    • Other than putting the mansion in Central Park-which Was stupid
      I thought Prime was pretty satisfying. The closing issue Lemire should have written.
      Politely pissing on everything with the Inhumans- acknowledging the mess of the last few years and sketching out Exactly how to right the ship.

    • I usually don’t like these intro type books that Marvel does but this one worked for me. Probably because I haven’t actually read an X-Men book in a while and this did a good job of catching me up and making me feel like X-Men is worth checking out again. It wasn’t anything great but enough to get me interested. The Kittty stuff is straight out of astonishing though. Seems like they’re playing it safe and sticking with something that works.

  7. I heard Mark Wahlberg in Josh’s Snagglepuss and forming that image in my head made me laugh on-and-off for most of this morning

  8. Conor is not wrong about social media. Twitter in particular always struck me as an incredibly bad way to communicate.

    Figures crossed that they right the X-Men ship because I really miss caring about those characters. I don’t even care about continuity anymore. I mean I couldn’t be less happy with the way the story has gone for the last 10 years. Just give me a good new X-Men story and for the love of god stop making everything an event.

  9. I know I’m kinda late on this one but I listen to you guys on the way to the comic store so I just heard the new issue. You said you haven’t received any guff about the Power Rangers so here it is! I’m throwing the guff!

    But, in all seriousness, while the original Mighty Morphin days may have been overly cheesy, Power Rangers as a whole has had a lot of great moments. I’m not saying you guys should be into it because it was obviously after your time, but I do feel like you’re being a little harsh to say it’s just not good. There have been some genuinely heart-wrenching moments in it. If you ever get a chance, you should check out a guy named Linkara who has dissected each season and really highlights the greater aspects of it (He also does bad comic reviews!).

    Sidenote: the guy who said the show has been around since the 70’s was somewhat wrong. The Sentai series that Power Rangers gets a lot of it’s footage from started in the 70’s but the american Power Rangers tv show started in 1993.

    Love the podcast, but I just wanted some guff to be given haha.
    Have a great day!

    • CashWho, I know you will appreciate this. As luck would have it, while I was at WonderCon last Saturday, I stumbled into having lunch with Carla Perez – the main Rita Repulsa from the 90s TV series! She was there to sign some new Rita doll. I posted a pic of us (with the new Rita doll lol) if you’d like to see: http://www.instagram.com/bionicdave 🙂

  10. Wow, did not see that Valiant sponsorship thing coming, kudos.

    As for the Hanna Barbera segment, well now I know not to underestimate/ forget about the patron factor.

    Lastly, in terms of “who these Hanna Barbera books are for?” I think I know. If you’re someone who likes DC comics and in the 20’s-30’s age range and you grew up watching Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang and as such became a fan of animation properties both old and new particularly including DC superheroes (like Batman the Animated Series) various Scooby Doo cartoons (including the time the monsters were real), reruns of the Flintstones, and other Hanna Barbera properties being reworked for Adult Swim (like Venture Bros, Harvey Birdman, and etc.) then you are the targeted demographic for these Hanna Barbera books. That’s probably not as small as a demographic as one might think, for example, I fit that demographic.

    • “Who is this for?”
      Has anyone considered that maybe its just a matter of good characters being interesting?
      Yes- there is def a nostalgia factor for some- but DC knows the hanna barbaera characters were popular once for a reason
      pairing them with a current charter on the DC side is a gateway.

      Also- there is a lot of talk thrown around here and everywhere in the comics community about ‘comics being fun’ and ‘a gorrila with a space pistol- I’m in’ type of comments.
      You want goofy comics? Well- you got them here.

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