Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #386 – Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher #1

Show Notes

This week? This was not our kind of week. That’s not to say comics were bad, but we had to work to find the standouts. And yet, it wasn’t impossible. Still, by the end of the overlong episode, there were script problems, and mean things are said to each other. Forget it. We’re gonna go play Warcraft III.

Running Time: 01:06:35

Pick of the Week:
00:02:00 – Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher #1

Edgar Allan Poes_The Fall of the House of Usher_100:12:03 – Nova #4
00:15:35 – Ultimate Spider-Man #23
00:21:05 – Kinski #1
00:28:03 – Justice League of America’s Vibe #4
00:30:01 – The Dream Merchant #1
00:33:15 – Conan the Barbarian #16
00:35:37 – Wolverine and The X-Men #29

User Reviews:
00:38:45 – The Top 5 Community Picks of the Week.

More Comics:
00:40:12 – Battlestar Galactica #1
00:41:26 – Regular Show #1

Back to User Reviews:
00:42:38 – Scarlet-Batman reviews Age of Ultron #8.
00:43:28 – Parker13 reviews Fatale #14.

Audience Questions:
00:45:00 – Sean is way behind on the Ultimate Universe. What’s the deal with that?
00:49:27 – Sean from NY calls in to ask about Captain Marvel. Or Shazam.
00:54:41 – Adam from KY wants to know why comics don’t advertise elsewhere.

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  1. One thing I would say about Fatale is that the Lovecraft stuff has mostly taken a backseat since the beginning of the second arc. It’s still there but the book has become much more about exploring the idea of the femme fatale, fittingly enough, than anything else. I wasn’t sure about it either at first but I’ve stuck with it and it’s gotten better and better as it has gone along.

    • I also like how Fatale explores different genres using the time periods. The second arc in the 70’s felt like a grindhouse movie and the Medieval and Western issues were both awesome and didn’t feel very Lovecraftian.

  2. Great show as always.I wish X-O Manowar could get covered one day if anyone is reading it. Always a great book to read from the start.A sleeper hit.

  3. My user review made it on air! Yay!

    I totally agree with you guys that this was an atrociously weird week. I bought 1 comic – Age of Ultron. I felt so bad for my stack, that I actually broke down and bought both Captain Marvel TPB’s and the Enemy Within #1.

  4. Yea Supergirl had a new writer and ended up being a lot of fun someone should have read it.

    • tripleneck (@tripleneck) says:

      Supergirl was good & so was the last issue. I read them because it’s where Power Girl gets her classic costume back. But I was pleasantly surprised by the witty writing and beautiful art. I think I’m ready to add this to my pull list if the creative team remains stable.

  5. I’ve been a member on the site for one week, write one review and then they read it on the podcast. Awesome! This did feel like a light week especially because I’m not caught up on reading Ultimate Spider-Man, Conan and Wolverine and X-Men.

  6. I think Captain Marvel used the Wisdom of Solomon in that Superman/Shazam: First Thunder series using it to discern the strengths and weaknesses of supernatural enemies. I would definitely buy a throwback-y Shazam book, but I can see that the broader market probably wouldn’t sustain it for long. I’d really like Black Adam to have his own series since he was a huge part of the draw in 52.

  7. you know… it’s a shame that for Nova #4 you guys talked about what a great team Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness make on this series and no mention of Dexter Vines who is as much a part of that team as either of those guys. He’s been Eds inker for i believe a little over a decade now.
    I mean, just look at this ink work –> http://fav.me/d5vwlwf
    he really makes Eds work pop.
    Truly an unsung hero…

  8. You guys should give Fatale another shot. The book really starts to shine with the second arc, and these one-shots have been great. This and Saga have been my only must buys for a while now.

    • Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      I will revisit it.

    • tripleneck (@tripleneck) says:

      I wouldn’t say Fatale is so much about Lovecraft style occultism as it is an exploration of the femme fatale archetype using a horror backstory to explain her charismatic effect on the men she meets. In practice the story seems to me to be straight up noir crossed with classic horror. I think BPRD leans a LOT more on the Lovecraft tradition than Fatale has (so far).

  9. Josh, I’ll stand up for you, bro. I heard the Age of Ultron radio ad on a local rock station here in Orlando a couple weeks back. I was in my car and almost had an accident but I did hear it.

  10. i always thought Shazam could make an interesting big Broadway musical, another art form that’s kind of a throwback to the 40s. Sure, you’d have to solve a few problems in translating to a live stage, but Shazam would make a more natural transition than, say, Spider-man or Batman.

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