Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #331 – The Manhattan Projects #2

Show Notes

Trading Places? Freaky Friday? NO! It’s the weekly breakdown between Josh Flanagan, Conor Kilpatrick, and Ron Richards of this week’s comics. New ideas, classic action, tributes and good comics done right. Damn, it’s good to be a comic fan.

Running Time: 00:59:30

Pick of the Week:
00:02:40 – On a quest for new ideas in comics, Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra are making Ron happy with The Manhattan Projects #2.

00:13:34 – Conor continues to embrace the classic comics fun of Avengers vs. X-Men #2.
00:17:10 – A triumphant return to The Avengers #25 for both Walt Simonson and Josh!
00:19:18 – But seriously, Ron can’t believe how special Wolverine and The X-Men #9 continues to be.
00:21:21 – The kick off an event and crossover can be done well! Look to Batman #8 for what may have been Conor’s favorite issue yet.
00:24:04 – The best issue of the series so far? Conor thinks Justice League #8 just might be…
00:27:26 – There’s something special involved that keeps Ron loving The Rocketeer Adventures 2 #2.
00:29:01 – The time travel adventures in Thunderbolts #172 is thoroughly enjoyed by both Josh and Ron.
00:30:45 – Josh misses the obvious tribute to G.I. Joe in the The Sixth Gun #21.
00:33:19 – Farel Dalrymple and the mind bending sci-fi is what’s got everyone psyched for Prophet #24.
00:34:32 – The insanity comes to an end and Ron is amazed by the events of Batman: Odyssey #7 .

User Reviews:
00:36:56 – The Top 5 Community Picks of the Week.
00:37:37 – Lebahn is, despite George Perez, connecting really well to Supergirl #8.
00:38:57 – Akamuu celebrates the wonderful Uncanny X-Force #24.

Book of the Month:
00:40:30 – Old fans and new can enjoy Ron’s pick of X-Men: Season One as the April Book of the Month.

00:46:32 – Sean from New York wants to know if we’re excited for Marvel’s The Avengers?
00:51:05- Matt from Minnesota asks about subscribing to comic books.

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  1. Gentlemen, great show as always. But there’s a mistake in the show notes, the description for the voicemail from Marco was from last week’s show.

  2. Was listening to Primitive Girl as I clicked play on this lol

  3. I’m glad Josh mentioned that Manhattan Projects has nothing to do with history. It’s kind of just like if G.I. Joe characters were given the name of historical figures.

    It’s also a fun game to play. For example, young Barnes Wallis joins the Manhattan Project because his bouncing dumbusting automaton. But Barnes is dead and one of the robots has taken his place

  4. I’m excited for the extra scene they apparently filmed just hours after the red carpet premiere. Just what are they planning?>

  5. I’ve released the Nite Owl “spoiler” on twitter just to freak out my friends. I’ll attribute it after I get a few confused/shocked reactions. If you can’t mess with your friends on a Monday morning, when can you? 🙂

  6. I am SO EXCITED for Avengers. No midnight showing in Glasgow (as far as I’m aware) so we’re headed to a 10.15am showing on Thursday. Nerdsssss!

    • Cineworld? I’ll be at the 10.30 2D showing, ’cause I’m a traditionalist. Good luck with those D-Box seats though. 😛

    • iFanboy has a Glasgow posse? Who knew? I’ll be at the 1:30 showing due to pesky work getting in the way. My first 3D film, and I’m giving the D-Box a go. Should be an experience.

    • I didn’t see there were 2D showings before! Thanks for pointing it out, I’ll be going to that one now…! I’ll be the one geeking out with excitement (yes, the only one, I’m sure.)

    • Yeah, they hid those 2D showings well. Would not have seen them if I hadn’t been looking.

    • I would actually say skip the 3D on this… a lot of the scenes are darker/night scenes and were not very clear with the 3D glasses. I don’t know if it was a particular problem with the projection at my showing, but I’ve had this problem before in other action films too…

  7. Thanks for the X-Men Season One rec. I just picked it up and have been enjoying it quite a bit. I do find it a rather humorous BOTM pick given Ron’s comment about his taste in comics changing. I guess some habits die hard! 🙂

  8. 30 year old Ron? How old are you? Like 60?

  9. Why did my comment about THE AVENGERS get erased? Not even a partial redacting of it?

    You’re talking about being excited for it. I say that I enjoyed it and it delivered for the most part, giving a pretty generic reaction to it to say “yes, it is exciting”. It wasn’t a blow-by-blow account “spoiling everything” remark…

    • I read it before it got deleted and you spoiled the post-credits scene for me, man.

    • Ahh… I’m sorry about that man. I was trying to be coy with the phrasing and not specifically stating what it was, but it’s hard to do that with a comics saavy audience.

      Now I feel like a jerk…

    • It’s cool. I actually did something similar when the Kick-Ass movie was coming out. Sometimes you just can’t help yourself. And I had already heard rumours about that scene anyway.

    • Still though, discretion in future. 🙂

  10. If you haven’t yet, you should check out the “Feynman” graphic novel from Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick. His real life story is incredible.


  11. How do I access the earliest episodes of the POTW podcasts? The archive only goes back so far. (I listened to them as they came out, and I wanted to revisit them… there were some classic moments).

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