Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #270 – Brightest Day #19

Show Notes

With Josh Flanagan dialing in from parts unknown (okay, it’s Boston), Conor Kilpatrick decides to start doing voices, and Ron Richards makes an on-the-spot decision about his own Pick of the Week.

Running Time: 00:54:25

Pick of the Week:
00:01:36 – A shocking moment (and a few answers) made Brightest Day #19 the Pick of the Week.

00:08:16 – The story is really getting good but the art held back Superboy #4.
00:10:25 – Invincible #77 set up an exciting new status quo.
00:14:53 – After Hulk #29 everyone agrees that Gabriel Hardman is one of the best.
00:16:56 – It’s zombies vs. robots in The Transformers: Infestation #1!
00:21:34 – Jonah Hex #64 was weird… but was it good?
00:23:06 – Comic book legend John Severin rocked the art in Witchfinder: Lost and Gone Forever #1.
00:24:31 – Ron was a sucker for Sweet Tooth #18‘s sideways display.
00:26:38 – Artist Robert Atkins has really stepped up his game in G.I. Joe #26.
00:27:56 – Add Bill Sienkiewicz and a nap and Batman: Odyssey #6 was even crazier than previous issues.
00:30:06 – Josh was pleasantly surprised with Superman 80 Page Giant 2011.

User Reviews:
00:32:10 – ResurrectionFlan really did not like The Invincible Iron Man #500.1 – POINT!
00:33:43 – sirdave101 really did like The Invincible Iron Man #500.1 – COUNTERPOINT!

00:38:34 – Justin has a really deep question about comic book fandom… or does he?
00:40:40 – Adam is going away for a while and needs some recommendations.

00:42:09 – Hank from Woodstock, CT wants to introduce a graphic novel to his book club.
00:44:53 – Patrick from Winchester, KY needs someone to diagnose Chris Claremont.
00:47:19 – Wes from St. Paul, MN is looking for good Captain Marvel stories.
00:49:27 – Corey from Cleveland, OH is curious as to what the next Absolute Edition should be.

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  1. I don’t get it. I used to really dislike Brightest Day, but this latest issue was incredible! And the art was so much better than earlier in the series. It feels like the story’s actually going somewhere, now.

  2. I don’t know if any of you iFanboys picked up Daomu #1, but I would have liked to hear your thoughts on the issue if you did.  It was my pick of the week and the book is just beautiful, with some great storytelling in the panel layouts.

  3. @josh Jock or Hardman?

  4. For the late 50s group: Chester Brown’s Louis Riel.

  5. @lifesend  We did not. You can always see our pull lists here, here and here.

  6. @conor  Cool, thanks.  I’m curious, why did you give Batman Confidential a 2-star rating?  I thought it was the best issue of the arc so far, which is admittedly mediocre, but I thought this was fun and that the storytelling device was more successful than it has been in previous issues.

  7. @lifesend  I’ve been less and less interested in the story with each issue.I’m only in it for the art, really.

  8. @conor  I could see that, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the issue.  I think it’s because I’m a sucker for Batman vs. JLA tales.  This is, however, a poor way to end the title.  I thought it was going to take a turn with the fantastic issue #49, but sadly that was not the case.

  9. @lifesend  I saw it, and checked it out, as I do with most new Image series, but it didn’t look like something I’d be interested in, so I didn’t buy it.

  10. @josh  Was it the art style or the concept of the book?  I bought it primarily for the art, but the story was good enough to keep me intrigued.  I was initially hesitant about buying a book about grave robbers and Chinese mysticism, but I’m glad I picked it up.

  11. I would buy an Absolute League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen that collected volumes 1,2 and Black Dossier.

  12. @lifesend  Nothing about it grabbed me. I tend to gravitate towards books with no mysticsm or supernatural elements unless there’s something else that intrigues me, either great art, or a writer I’m familiar with.

  13. I would love an Absolute Identity Crisis.  Since they’ve done GL: Reborn I could see an Absolute Sinestro Corps War, which I would love as well.

  14. I’d also love Absolute Sleeper.

  15. Wait. Josh went to AA meetings?

  16. you are so right about Optimus Prime, well said Mr. Josh! …but it does sound like a fun fun [sic] story, so happy to make allowances.

  17. @Doddsickle Did Brightest Day explain why the White Lantern killed Hawkman and Hawkwoman off after they had their moment of clarity?

    @lifesend I heard that this issue of BNatman Confidential ‘explained’ how Batman comes and goes without being seen. Sounds mad, up there with Superman’s super-hypnotism preventing people from recognising him as anchorman Clark Kent, even through the TV screen. I can’t see this new idea being referenced again.

  18. I just (finally) read Stuck Rubber Baby. That would be another good suggestion for the baby-boomer book club.

  19. Absolutes –

    Batman: Dark Victory should be expected at some point. More so to compliment the Long Halloween.

    If Sinestro War gets the nod, then I’ll have to buy Rebirth in this format at some point.

    A ways off maybe (2 years?), but Batman & Robin by Morrison (1-16) would be a no brainer.

    I like the Identity Crisis suggestion. I would buy this.

  20. Did Conner just say that he’s looking forward to a Peter vankmen and a optimas prime team up?

  21. @kevrum  Yes.

  22. @kevrum  How could anyone NOT be excited about that?

  23. I’m surprised that, whenever the suject of Absolutes comes up, nobody ever mentions Batman: No Man’s Land. Even excusing the fact that some issues are missing from the current trades, I’d love to see some of the creators looking back on this groundbreaking (no pun intended) event, as well as the usual sketches, etc., that accompany Absolutes.

  24. anyone read Irredeemable #22? Modeus is full on out of the closet in this one!

  25. @RapidEyeMovement  It’d cost hundreds of dollars for the 19 volumes. And I couldn’t even tell you who the artist was. Absolutes showcase the best combinations of those things. I’m fine with trades.

  26. Why wouldn’t Batman: Black and White be considered for an Absolute?

    It’s mainly an art book (though certain stories are fantastic) and with the striking black/white design it could look really amazing oversized. 

  27. Viltrumite! Vultrimite! Pick one! 😉

  28. @josh  I know you are tired of saying , but oncee agian, thanks for stating what comics can represent!!!

  29. Pardon my misspellings and grammer

  30. Absolute Seven Soldiers would be my vote – two volumes at least obviously.

  31. @josh  Heh, y’know, you’re right. I honestly did not even think of the price. Probably because I don’t buy Aboslutes; I’d just like to know it’s out there.

  32. DC’s given us Blackest Night and Brightest Day. Discussion in the comics shop the other day about the next Green Lantern event. I came up with the title of the next one: Bluest Balls.

  33. Well… here it is:

    Written by BRAD MELTZER
    Art and cover by RAGS MORALES and MICHAEL BAIR
    “The IDENTITY CRISIS mystery uses all of Mr. Meltzer’s skills as a thriller novelist.” — The New York Times
    “A genuine comics landmark.” — Publishers Weekly
    The unforgettable 7-issue miniseries from New York Times best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer (Dead Even) is now in DC’s Absolute format! Starring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the entire Justice League, this is the widely talked-about tale of intrigue and an inventive look at the world of Super Heroes, fantastic powers and secret identities.
    When the spouse of a JLA member is brutally murdered, the entire super hero community searches for the killer, fearing their own loved ones may be the next targets. Before the mystery is solved, a number of long-buried secrets will threaten to divide the heroes before they can bring the killer to justice.
    This gripping mystery includes a gallery of the variant covers, previously unpublished script pages and more!
    Advance solicited • On sale OCTOBER 12 • 288 pg, FC, 8.25” x 12.5”, $99.99 US

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