Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #397 – Indestructible Hulk #11

Show Notes

With Conor Kilpatrick off dispensing with a matter of grave national importance, special guest Jim Mroczkowski joins Paul Montgomery and Josh Flanagan for a discussion of this week’s most captivating comics. Thinks get silly in a fashion that Graham Chapman would never tolerate.

Running Time: 01:05:06

Pick of the Week:
00:02:50 – Indestructible Hulk #11

00:12:12 – Batman, Incorporated #13
00:16:20 – Daredevil #29
00:19:39 – Animal Man Annual #2
00:23:46 – Collider #1
00:31:07 – The Flash Annual #2
00:33:39 – Sex #5
00:36:22 – Guardians of the Galaxy #5
00:40:59 – Tom Strong and the Planet of Peril #1
00:44:45 – The Wake #3
00:46:40 – Uncanny X-Men #9

User Reviews:
00:49:14 – The Top 5 Community Picks of the Week!
00:49:54 – cabernetfranc reviews Optic Nerve #13.
00:51:27 – CharlieSherpa reviews Captain Midnight #1.

Audience Question:
00:54:43 – Tyler from Yonkers, NY wants to know who’d make a good villain for the Ant-Man motion picture.

Brought to You By:
Eternal Warrior #1 from Valiant Comics by Greg Pak and Trevor Hairsine–in stores September 11th, 2013!

“If I Could Turn Back Time”
Cher and Hulk


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  1. Great show.

    I agree so much with Josh about the death of the page. I think comics try to copy film for a long time now. And by zooming in you get even more the feeling of getting the pictures presented in temporal rather than spacial sequences. So the panels really become scenes or frames. And by doing that you loose so many of the great features that only exist in comics. Not only the overall page as a piece of art but stuff like playing with the frame etc. Manapul is for me always a great example for someone who still does play with the page instead of just trying to copy movies.

    PS: Daredevil was great, my personal pick.

  2. Cher and Hulk sing the song? I need to hear it right now

  3. If they take Bat-cow out of continuity i’m gonna quit comics.

  4. Tom Strong sounds great. It also sounds a lot like the idea of Earth-Prime, a dimension in which the regular DCU were comics that people read. Whenever someone like Barry Allen entered that universe, he found that people thought he was a cosplayer or something.

  5. Fun show guys – had me cracking up with the whole Animal Man Police Chief thing. DC needs to give that dude his own series now!

    • Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      I’ve come to appreciate alternative characterizations for police chiefs and detectives in re-watching Murder, She Wrote over the past few weeks. They got pretty creative with all the tics and peculiarities. The one in Animal Man is so amazingly dense and helpless. Love that guy.

  6. Oh, and what’s wrong with the Kindle Fire’s? I use one to read some comics digitally (still haven’t completely given up on print) and it works great. No issues with the reader or resolution and whatnot.

    • Compared to an iPad? It was too small and slow and buggy.

      Newer ones are better, and while it’s possible to read comics on them, it’s just barely large enough. If you’re OK with it, great. The first generation Fire I had didn’t work well at all and had a terrible interface.

    • The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is infinitely better than its older brethren. While it’s still not quite as large as the iPad, I have no trouble reading double page spreads. The only bugs I’ve seen are from Comixology’s app, which will occasionally run slow and for a brief time had a great deal of trouble loading certain pure digital comics (also DC comics were not available through the app, but had to be purchased at the website and then downloaded, a frustrated runaround) – but the lion’s share of those problems with the app has been fixed. The hardware has been great.

      For my money, if you have a Mac and operate with a lot of Apple products, it’s worth your while to go with the hyper-expensive but heavily supported iPad. For example, my father has a Mac and an iPhone, so the family got him an iPad for Christmas. I have no Mac stuff outside an old iPod Touch (I know, what a Philistine), I use an Amazon Prime account, and I work a low-paying government job… so the cheaper Kindle Fire HD was perfect for me frankly.

      Different strokes and all.

    • I work in retail electronics and I can vouch that the 8.9 HD is a step up from its predecessors. But it’s still no iPad. Bias alert! 🙂

    • Can you read a comic page on the ipad, for example, without needing to zoom? It is a tad bit smaller than a comic page, right?

    • Yep, my Kindle Fire is the HD 8.9 and so far so good – but yeah, hopefully Santa will bring me an iPad for Christmas.

    • I’ve used the first and second generation 7″ Fire. It works if you have nothing else, but if you’ve used an iPad, it’s hard to go back.

      The iPad is definitely big enough to read comic pages. Sometimes I will pinch zoom to read text on the horizontal double page spread.

    • @Josh: you mean don’t use a magnifying glass like Jim? 😉

    • Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

      I imagine a giant lens on a desk mounted apparatus like people use to paint Warhammer models.

  7. “90’s Taco Bell cup.” Brilliant.

  8. And one more thing about Gordon knowing that Bruce Wayne is Batman. In my favorite single Batman issue of all time, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #125 by Rucka and Burchett, Batman offers up his secret identity to Gordon as a peace offering after Gordon felt betrayed that Batman left Gotham in the immediate aftermath of the giant earthquake. Batman even goes so far as to take off his mask in front of Gordon but Gordon turns his back, refusing to look at a maskless Batman. He then says that for all Batman knows, maybe he already does know Batman’s secret identity. Maybe he found it out years ago but that’s not what their relationship is about. With that, Batman puts his mask back on the the two get to work.

    Anyway, my point is that I bring up that issue whenever I get the chance and this was just another opportunity.

    • I remember that one! I loved it so much because someone FINALLY spelled out their messed up relationship while at the same time making it feel emotional but NEVER corny. It also kept the ambiguity alive. DOES he really know? Or does he REALLY want it kept secret? Glad somebody else remembers it! 🙂

      My personal all-time favorite “Does He Know?” moment was in ‘Tec #881 by Snyder. James Jr. knows and relates to Dick that it’s not hard for the Gordon’s (having known the Waynes for years) to figure it out. It’s the same dilemma, but solved between the second generation Batman and Gordon!

  9. re: the wake

    (unless of course I’m making sexist assumptions that will be proven incorrect)