Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #378 – The Private Eye #1

Show Notes

Conor Kilpatrick has returned from his meandering jaunt through the land of gators to talk the week that was in comics with Josh Flanagan and Paul Montgomery! This week, Josh decides who his favorite comics writer is, Paul realizes that he’s getting older, and more secrets from Conor’s double life are revealed!

Running Time: 01:01:37

Pick of the Week:
00:01:44 – The Private Eye #1

Cover by Marcos Martin

00:13:34 – Saga #11
00:17:06 – Justice League #18
00:20:09 – Constantine #1
00:25:16 – Star Wars: Legacy #1
00:31:49 – Deadpool #6
00:33:58 – Justice League of America #2
00:36:04 – Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #1
00:38:16 – Wonder Woman #18
00:40:44 – Captain America #5

User Reviews:
00:42:23 – The Top Five Community Picks of the Week.
00:43:16 – Stanley reviews Mystery Society Special 2013.
00:45:24 – bertkreth reviews All-New X-Men #9.

Book of the Month:
00:47:16 – Thor: The Mighty Avenger – Complete Collection

Audience Questions:
00:51:52 – Ben from Erie, PA is frustrated by team books.
00:55:45 – Erik is searching for the perfect comic book.

C2E2 – In Chicago April 26-28

“We’re Not Alone”
Dinosaur Jr.


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  1. BKV week.

  2. Wow. It’s been a while since there’s been a majority of DC issues reviewed…trust me, I’m not complaining! 🙂

  3. Wow, I will never understand the My Little Pony thing. Seriously, it’s the epitome of “I like it because it’s not cool” hipster BS. The book had 40 pulls and it was one of the top five, oh how my mind boggles. Really I’m just bitter it beat my pick Daredevil.

    Enough whining though, great show as always guys. I must have a heart of ice though, because the death in Saga didn’t affect me at all. Sure it’s a bummer for Marko and his mom, but I wasn’t that attached to Barr anyway. I definitely didn’t cry like a lot of the internet though; I know, I’m a bad person.

    I’m trade waiting on Cap by Remender/JRJr, but the more I hear about it, the more I can’t wait.

    Lastly, I went through and re-read WW 1-17 a couple weeks ago, and it really made a difference. It was a really long arc, especially month to month, but in one or two sittings it’s a fantastic story. Try it if you find the time.

    • There really isn’t much to get about “My Little Pony.” It’s just not really for you. It’s well animated, surprisingly sophisticated, and also seems to emphasize non-violent resolution of conflicts. I was more or less dragged to a panel about it an anime convention (the joys of being a chaperone…) and it seemed like a lot of people genuinely liked it, although I will say that there weren’t many “bronies” in the room outside of the moderators and they kind of gave me the willies.

    • I’m trade waiting. But I think everyone has the right to like something for any reason!! Remember … liking is better than hating!

  4. Glad you guys are getting the word out about how good Cap is right Now! Holy Romita Jr.

    I love the mix at Marvel right Now! You’ve got Bendis who is great at just letting characters react, talk and experience a status quo and on the opposite side you’ve got Remender who, if you just let him escape that stuff or twist it to his own evil machinations, will churn out awesomeness. It’s a real good mix of creators really doing what they do best. Even look at FF and Hawkeye by Fraction and Thor and Wolverine and the X-Men by Aaron. They’re really letting these guys play to their strengths and what makes them all great as individual creators. Hell, even Hickman is being very Hickman on the Avengers books, though I know your mileage may vary in that regard.

  5. Regarding the team book question, how about Secret Six by Gail Simone, Nicola Scott, and Jim Calafiore? The main cast remains pretty constant throughout the run with only one or two members being replaced or added every six issues or so, if I remember correctly.

    • I hadn’t thought about it, but Secret Six is an excellent choice. In a similar vein, WildStorm had some good team books.

    • Secret Six is a great choice also around that time R.E.B.E.L.S. was an ever growing cast that worked.
      Then yes in WildStorm I would say the Authority and Wild C.A.T.S. is worth a read.
      Most people don’t think of it as the same thing, but Ninja Turtles can hit the same note as a team book.
      Someone below mentioned X-factor which is amazing.
      Also going back a bit Slingers is one of my favorite team books of all time.

      Good teams are always a gem.

  6. An obvious answer to Ben’s question is the PAD/Nauck Young Justice and Agents of Atlas

  7. Thanks dudes for answering my email question about the perfect five star book. And yeah makes sense that one fool that thinks watchmen deserves 2 stars (though it’s hard to believe there are people out there with such views ) can throw off that perfect rating. What’s that saying? One rotten comic reader spoils the bunch. =)

  8. In regard to Star Wars Legacy: There seems to be a tradition at ifanboy of a staff member doing an interview with a creator and then gushing about the book on the POW show. The most flagrant being Ron and Grifter.

  9. It is now my quest to have one of my future reviews mentioned on the podcast!

  10. As for the team book question, I believe the current X-Factor has had a relatively unchanged cast for a while. It still falls into other events, but it kind of operates in it’s own little corner of the universe.

  11. good ep.
    i thought it was really interesting when you guys talked about the format of The Private Eye #1.
    it’s HALF of a standard comics page.
    exactly half.
    you would be surprised at how many comic books translate very well when you split a single page in half.
    or maybe you wouldn’t.

  12. Just curious how you guys decide which books to discuss? I noticed you only talked about 1 out of the top 4 pulled books this week.

    • Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      Actually we talked about two of them. Saga and All-New X-Men. All-New X-Men is in the user review section, and we do discuss those books after reading the reviews.

      We talk about the books we have the most to say about. If we don’t have anything new to add about our experience with a book from the last time we spoke about it, we tend not to include it. For my part, I try to spread the love and talk about books our listeners might have overlooked. I’m sure that’s a consideration for the other guys too.

      If we looked at the pull numbers as a mandate, we’d be doing the same show each month. And this isn’t TRL.

    • Paul, you’ll always be my Carson Daly.

    • Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      How dare you.

      I’m The Box.

      And if I’m any MTV VJ, i’m Sway.

    • I appreciate the attention to lesser known books, but I mostly listen to the podcast for the conversational feel it brings. I don’t have any friends who read comics, but when I got into them years and years ago all my friends did. We got into this thing together, but they all slowly dropped off. Now it’s just me. Back then though, part of the joy was reading my books and then talking about them to my little group of comic reading friends. When they dropped off I found this site, which, in a way, replaced them for me, conversationally. Yea, when I talk you guys don’t respond, but I get to hear the chatter about what I’m reading. I definitely have found books because of you guys, and I did the same when my friends would pick up things that I didn’t, but the shows where you don’t talk about anything I read are the most boring and off putting to me. Without that element I’d probably stop listening and might even stop reading.

      The Box ruled. It was this magical thing that my cable provider didn’t carry, but all my friends had. When I went to their houses I’d watch Saturday Anime and The Box, ignoring whatever fun they had in mind. You guys have fun with your super soakers. I’m gonna chill right here and hope ‘Josie’ gets played again.

    • Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      Pretty sure this week’s show features a balanced ratio of popular titles and new books we hope to bring to your attention. Then, we can’t make everyone happy.

    • That is a pretty good point lol.

    • Also, All-New X-Men’s getting to that place where it’s hard to say anything new about it other than “It’s really good.” And this issue was really good.

  13. I wasn’t commenting on this weeks show at all, just stating in general. This was a good one!

  14. After reading Conor’s review, I was really hoping for some Hall & Oates in the show music. But too on the nose, I get it, and Dinosaur Jr. is never a bad choice.

  15. I can’t believe no one mentioned Paul being script bombed! HILARIOUS way to end the show 🙂

  16. Hey, cool, my email about team books got read, awesome! Thanks for the suggestions on team books, helps a lot!

    I started reading comics back in 2005, just as Civil War was starting and Infinite Crisis was ending. I was really psyched about the Justice League of America book that started soon after that, and what with my love of all things Justice League, I was rarin’ to go. I love watching Supes, Bats, and WW working together along with Flash and GL. However, none of them stuck around very long due to Final Crisis. I think that’s where my search for a good team book that went on for a while with few interruptions started, you know, a book where you had time to get comfortable with the characters and were able to see them grow with each other. I was actually kind of pissed that the big three didn’t stick around very long in that JLA book, hence my frustration with every other team book that bunts the starting lineup out before you have a chance to care.

    So, thanks for taking a shot at my question, I’ll have to check all those titles out. I’ve got my fingers crossed for Justice League, Justice League Dark, and Earth 2 sticking around for a while, but who knows. I was really excited at the idea of Green Lantern: New Guardians, and look what happened with that within a year. Keep up the good work!

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