Name: Gary Roberts
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- WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #35
- THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #12
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- JUSTICE LEAGUE #23
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April 28, 2017 5:27 pm Thanks for conducting such a great interview Josh! Full disclosure - I am a comic book fan, pro-wrestling fan and video game fan but I don't listen to Aubrey's podcast. I probably should. I do however occasionally run into an interview of him such as this one and always find him such an interesting character. Considering he's had his dream jobs in what are reportedly some very difficult companies to work in I find it refreshing that he comes off as honest but not as jaded and cynical as so many former comic book and wwe writers do. The overlap between WWE and comics are also fascinating. I grew up loving both because at the time in the 80's for kid's entertainment these were "serialized shows." So many cartoons would be one-and-done episodes which were great for repeat viewing. But my lifelong obsession with WWE and comics comes down to being a "mark" and letting my imagination run wild with what could happen on next weeks episode or in next months issue.
March 14, 2017 4:51 pm Ever since listening to this episode I've been thinking about Ryan's question about "essential" runs and trying to think of the what recent comic book runs I would hand to a friend saying this is the "modern classic" they need to check out. Like Ryan said, some characters are easy Thor has two: Aaron & Ribic's Thor: God of Thunder (2012) or Aaron & Dauterman's Thor (2015 Lady Thor). Hawkeye: Fraction & Aja Hawkeye (2012) Luke Cage & Iron Fist: Walker's current run of Power Man & Iron Fist (2016) Daredevil: Waid & Rivera's Daredevil (2012) Captain Marvel: Kelly Sue DeConnick's run (2012) Wolverine/Deadpool/X-Men: Remender Uncanny X-Force (2010) Wolverine/X-Men: Jason Aaron's Wolverine & X-Men (2011) Punisher: Punisher Max (2010) Nova: Loeb's Sam Alexander as Nova (2013) Man, 2012 was a heck of a year! Some characters have great runs that aren't quite as recent but are still very relevant: Captain America: Brubaker's Winter Soldier/Death of Captain America (2005) Iron Man: Fraction's Invincible Iron Man (2008) Hulk: Planet Hulk (2006) Fantastic Four: Hickman's run (2009) and FF (2011) Young Avengers: First Volume in 2005 Jessica Jones: Alias (2001) Runways: First volume in 2003 Cosmic/GotG: Annihilation started in 2007 Real Eye-Patch wearing Nick Fury: Secret Warriors (2008) The character I had the hardest time with is Spider-Man. Slott and Bendis has had such long run's with either the MU or Ultimate versions of the character that have been good, but don't have a singular stand out story you could hand to someone off the street. The closest I can think of is the first Ultimate Spider-Man annual that introduced Kitty & Peter or the "Big Time" era where Pete started working at Mercury Labs.
February 13, 2017 10:58 pm I love Jimmy Eat World. I knew it was going to be a great episode from the opening song. I wasn't expecting it to be a crazy hilarious episode that would leave me with so many questions. 1. What happened to the W+D? 22 seconds? It seemed like it got cut out by how quickly the discussion changed to Power Man and Iron Fist. Which I agree that it's a bummer to hear the series is ending. 2. Action Comics - So what's happening with 52 Clark returning? I wanted spoilers! I just want the storyline over with so they can focus on Superman and Son goodness. 3. JLA Rebirth - Did you guys read it and just forget to talk about it? Or didn't realize it came out? 4. Star Wars Bureaucracy...uhhhhh isn't that the worst of the prequels? 5. So what song did Josh have in his head that he needs a patron to figure it out? And Alex, I completely understand how you feel. I grew up with Tim Drake, Kyle Rayner, Wally West and read DC in the 90's from Death of Superman to Final Crisis in the 2000's as devotedly as Ron followed the X-Men The fictional moments in these characters lives really had an impact, especially their various deaths or book cancellations. That's the power and magic of escapism in comics. So you are definitely not the first to go through this. Every generation of comics fans has. You can read old letters columns or Wizard magazines with fans outraged and heartbroken at the death of Barry in the 80's, Hal in the 90's that by the 2000's we had all just accepted that characters are killed and come back. I would argue that the New52 was even worse than the death of many characters. Instead they were written by Scott Lobdell (ughh). But all it takes is the right creative team with the right pitch to pull you back in!
January 13, 2017 11:19 am Hey John - I agree that the Jean Grey analogy isn't the best example of character replacement. It was just the earliest example I could remember to make the point that characters have been killed off and replaced by "diverse" characters since the 70's. I myself have been reading comics for 25 years. I've seen the cycle of characters die, getting replaced, and come back too life to many times to count. It's a comic book trope. And it is typically the quickest way of introducing "new classic" characters like you asked for. I also don't believe in the idea that Marvel or DC are purposefully trying to "assassinate" a character or devalue their brand. They are just publishing books (good and bad) to see if anything surprising sticks or sells. The clone saga is still worse than anything they are doing to Thor or the FF today. All that being said... you are right that there are plenty of bad books. But there are always plenty of bad books. I can only ever afford 8-10 books a month anyway so I try to cherry pick the best and avoid the worst. I agree with you that I have no interest in the current Captain America, X-Men or spider-man books. That Miles hasn't been good since he was plucked from the ultimate universe. But I LOVE Mighty Thor, Ultimates, Nova, Iron-Man and I'm excited to try out Champions after BC1's recommendation above.
January 9, 2017 11:06 am I totally agree. I still can't believe that Marvel killed off Jean Grey only to make way for a new team with Storm and Thunderbird because they needed more female and minority characters, it's disgusting... Obviously being sarcastic, but this is hardly a new phenomenon. And the "old man syndrome" may be that you and the guys have seen it just one too many times. Every team shakeup and new character has in some way always been "mandated" or "editorially driven". But it is essential in mainstream superhero comics to continue to develop a roster of characters (if only just to kill them off in major events) and find new ways to diversify them for new stories. The most fun Marvel books of the past 5 years IMO have been their young "editorially driven minority" heroes dealing with acne and superpowers. Ms. Marvel. Young Avengers. Miles Morales Ultimate Spider-Man. Sam Alexander Nova. I would say that the New52's biggest mistake was erasing its young heroes and their typically lighter, more fun books. Teen Titans has been terrible for 5 years. It's a mistake I think DC has recognized and is fixing with Rebirth titles focusing on the various Robins and Superman's son. I say bring on the new characters. If it works - great. If it doesn't - they'll revive an old hero to meet market needs.
August 10, 2016 11:07 am Oh I forgot one more thing. DC and WB need to freaking get over Frank Millar. Yes, 10 years ago a couple of movies based on his books (Sin City & 300) were WB's only non-Batman hits. And you cannot deny the impact Dark Knight Returns had on Batman and comic books in the 80's. But I haven't been a fan of his since I was 16 and in 2016 his work feels so dated and violent for the sake of violence. Basing the movie universe on DKR and his extreme interpretations of the characters is one of the hardest things to watch about these movies. Right down to the visual look of Jared Leto's Joker. Whereas the CW series capture the fun and spirit of the comic books from more recent writers like Goff Johns, Gail Simone, Kevin Smith, Mark Waid and so many others that have transitioned these characters into the 21st century - and are therefore not so depressing you want to cut yourself.
August 10, 2016 10:56 am I enjoyed it more than BVS, but that is a pretty low bar to meet. I've always been more of a DC comics fan and maybe that's my problem. I already feel like I know these characters (and their multiple iterations through restarts and elseworlds tales) that it is such a disappointment to see the way they have been portrayed in the Snyderverse. I disagree with Mike about the first act. I liked the quick origin stories as they got the team together. It was the only part that had some style and made me like the characters at first. But act's two and three were bad mod's of Call of Duty. I too got really sick of the uninspired gun battles really quickly. I actually had hope that all the talk of re-shoots were to inject some fun into the movie after the reaction to BVS but it still turned out to be a complete mess. It was the exact opposite feeling of Civil War where I came out of that movie and immediately wanted to see it again.
June 29, 2016 2:27 pm On the last question I'm surprised you guys had so much trouble with the definition of "best". You say it every week at the top of your show with the pick of the week. To me he asked the same question. The "best" creator meaning whose work you enjoyed the most, for any reason, either before or after 2009. For me their best works are: Bendis - Powers (00-04), Ultimate Spider-Man (00-10), Daredevil (01-06), Alias (01-04), New Avengers (04-10), Dark Avengers (09-10), House of M (05). Kirkman - Invincible (03-16), Walking Dead (03-16), Irredeemable Ant-Man (06). Walking Dead episodes. Millar - Authority (00-02), Superman Red Son (03), Ultimates (02-07), Ultimate X-Men (02-03), Kick-Ass (08-14), Jupiters Legacy/Circle (13-16) . Kingsman Movie. I can see why this question came up in 2009 as all three had done a tremendous amount of great work by then. I would say Bendis has had the roughest time recently as I didn't enjoy his x-men run while Millar has made a comeback with the Jupiters Legacy/Circle series. Best today for me would be Millar but over the span of their whole career I would say Bendis.
February 23, 2016 11:14 am Wow it's been awhile since I've logged into iFanboy even though I enjoy the podcast every week. Typically I enjoy just watching the conversation play out but in this case I feel so attached to the DC universe that I thought I would post my 2 cents. First the positives: 1. Geoff Johns the writer. His history with reboots is very good. Along with Connor, Ron and Josh I too really enjoyed Green Lantern and Flash Rebirth. But Johns has been doing spectacular reboot storylines for more than just those two characters. He brought back the JSA, Martian Manhunter and Aquaman in Blackest Night/Brightest Day, Superboy in Adventure Comics, E2 Superman in Infinite Crisis and more in his 15+ years at DC. His list of successes telling stories that get to the core of these classic characters is endless. 2. Hope. Every new "era" in either Marvel or DC always comes with creative team changes which lead to some excellent comic books. A lot of people have their problems with the New 52, but it has had some creative highpoints. Expecting all 52 comics every month to be great and appeal to everyone seems impossible to me. I'm very happy just to get 5-10 DC and Marvel comics every month that are outstanding. I can't afford much more anyway. I do hope Rebirth reinvigorates a couple of titles that I have historically loved (like Teen Titans) that have been sorely missed from my pull list. And now some concerns: 1. Geoff Johns the editor. The obvious purpose of "Rebirth" is to attempt to fix some of the mistakes from Flashpoint and the New 52. I would think this would require some new people and new ideas to direct the lineup and create a more cohesive continuity. But its all the same people as 2011. Geoff Johns. Jim Lee. Bob Harras. Dan DiDeo. What are they going to do differently this time? Have they learned from their mistakes? Do they know what their mistakes were? It's an almost impossible feat to please everybody, or even the majority nowadays. Do they have a plan to match up the best creative teams to their books and allow them to tell new stories while getting back to the core of those characters in a tighter continuity (which will become more critical as they double ship more books). 2. Diversity. One of the mistakes they seemed to recognize they made with the new 52 was a very consistent (boring) tone and art style used in most of their books. In their latest shakeup "DC You" they've tried to diversify the art styles and feature a wider variety of characters (although their still missing their most popular Hispanic character in Blue Beetle for some weird reason). Reducing the number of books could reduce the featured characters back to just white men in tights. Which I admit is probably all a lot of hardcore fans.
September 2, 2015 1:18 am Congratulations on 500 Episodes! I just wanted to give my response to Ron's question asking if there have been any defining New52 storylines. I know Conor was put on the spot but I think there have been a couple of character-defining runs or arc's that will go down as some of DC's best work. -Batman by Scott Snyder and Greg Capulo has been an epic 4+ year run on that has introduced one of Batman's best new villains in the Court of Owls and told two seminal Joker stories in Death of the Family and Endgame. -Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang was the best run on Wonder Woman period. It's redefined the character for the 21st century in a way that JMS's run was supposed to in the late 2000's. -Aquaman by Geoff Johns was one of the few standout Aquaman runs. -Green Lantern, and speaking of Geoff Johns he was able to finish up his massive Green Lantern opus even after the change. Granted, it was this kind of storytelling that muddled the New52 continuity but it ended strong and continued to be good after. Robert Vendetti has done a nice job building on what Johns did. -Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire has been a brilliant run, really breaking out of the DC style and "batgirling" before batgirl did it. There have been a lot of other mediocre/just fine comics with confusing continuity, but that was also true before the New52 and over at Marvel in the same timeframe. The characters that have unfortunately fared the worst seem to me to be the Teen Titans with Superboy and Red Robin. These should be the lighthearted highlights of their line and instead they're the most bland and uninspired books they publish.