Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #349 – Scalped #60

Show Notes

With Josh Flanagan possibly dead on a mountain bike trail somewhere in the northeast, Paul Montgomery returns begrudgingly to the mic to join Ron Richards and Conor Kilpatrick to discuss the dueling picks of the week, as we honor the end of a legacy and the continuation of another.

Running Time: 01:04:00

Pick of the Week:
00:01:52 – It’s the end of an era with Scalped #60 by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera and Conor pays tribute.

00:14:42 – If Ron had done the pick this week, it would have been The Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1.
00:22:18 – After a month, Batman, Incorporated #3 comes out and Matches Malone makes it worth the wait.
00:24:48 – Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan shows Ron what the hub bub over Adam Hughes was all about.
00:27:15 – Ron gets his Alan Davis fix with Wolverine: Annual #1.
00:28:46 – iFanboy hometown fave Ken Garing is back with Planetoid #3 and Paul is loving the progression of his work.
00:32:18 – Super Crooks #4 ends the fun ride from Millar and Yu and it paid off completely.
00:32:54 – Conor welcomes back Manapul on The Flash #12.
00:34:19 – The end of Glamourpuss with #26 makes Ron very sad.
00:35:57 – Yep, Paul is STILL talking about Untold Tales of Punisher MAX #3.
00:37:43 – But he’s also talking about Lobster Johnson: The Prayer of Neferu one-shot.

User Reviews:
00:39:45 – The Top Five Community Picks of the Week.
00:40:18 – stratychuk_s tips his hat to the straight run with I, Vampire #12.
00:41:37 – pmvaun is just fine with the handoff to Cullen Bunn on Venom #23.

00:42:58 – Sebastian asks, with the annulment of Storm and Black Panther, wants to know why comics hate marriage.

00:47:51 – Ian from Nebraska wants to know when the Big 2 will catch the Kickstarter craze?
00:51:27 – Doug from Maine is curious about the future of licensed characters.
00:54:55 – Brandon from Texas wants to know why we don’t celebrate the bad?

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  1. In regards to the ‘Why don’t we celebrate the bad?’ question….

    Well there goes my 350th Question.

  2. ‘Bout to listen to the show, love podcastery on the go. I will say as for celebrating the bad, I think if something is “so bad it’s good” it just becomes good, ha so if it’s a kind of bad that we’re celebrating, it’s no longer bad. Complex, but that’s my theory. So I unironically enjoy say Van Damme movies such as TimeCop, or 80s stuff like Breakin’ 2 Electric Boogaloo. If it entertains, it entertains, and camp, over-the-topness, and even unintentional quality is still quality indeed, yessir.

    • Well, now that I listened I know he wasn’t talking about what I just talked about. More about how it’s entertaining to hear a really bad review ripping on something sometimes, rather than celebrating badness heh.

      Speaking of the show, groovy show dudes. Though hope you guys weigh in on Invincible again in the next couple months, during this arc here.

    • I get what you’re saying. I was disappointed with the latest Ghost Rider movie not because it was bad, but because it was not bad enough to be “so bad it’s good” — which was what I was hoping for when I bought my ticket.

  3. The only time I can really remembering reading something that I knew was legitimately bad was both of Kevin Smith’s Batman stories. Cacophony isn’t terrible but definitely disappointing and Widening Gyre is one of the biggest pieces of crap I’ve ever read. But usually when I buy comics I don’t think they’ll wind up being bad and I usually stay confident in what I buy.

  4. I’m pretty sure Luke Cage & Jessica Jones are still married!

  5. Been listening to old all the old podcasts in order, I travel a lot. Well a comment from Ron on ep115 made me laugh, When talking about the Messiah Complex and his concern that Baby Hope was going to be a reincarnation of Jean Grey. He said, and i quote (roughly and from memory) I don’t want a baby Jean, I wouldn’t mind a Captain Marvel return for Jean, if they pluck her out of the past. Perfect timing for me listening to this, Ron called it again!!! the jacked your plot, get that cheque.

  6. I think the internet “celebrates” the bad well enough. I love iFanboy’s positivity.

  7. Quicksand! Yeah. I wonder if there’s a weird addictive personality strain that overlaps comic book fanboys and hardcore kids. Looking forward to seeing Quicksand (and Refused & Dinosaur Jr.) at the FYFest in L.A. this weekend.

  8. Saying that you can’t write good stories with a character in a relationship is a total cop out. A good writer can write good stories with a character in a relationship. It may be a lot easier to write lame will-they-won’t-they but it certainly is not impossible to write good stories with characters in a relationship. The reason the Lois and Clark relationship got lousy is because Superman had lousy writers and even the good ones just ignored the relationship completely for the last 10 years or so. During Geoff John’s great run on Superman, my question was always what the hell is going on with Lois with her husband on another planet. Telling stories about Superman’s human struggle is a great untapped well of stories. He works at a goddamn newspaper, for crying out loud — an industry that is dying and shrinking on a weekly basis. How can there not be interesting drama and conflict in the life of a superhero who desperately wants to embrace humanity who not only wants to save the world with his powers but with his words as well, dealing with an industry that is continually unable to do so and trying to balance saving the world with having a life with the woman he loves? To say this isn’t possible is just laziness.

    • Greg Rucka, one of my favorite writers in comics, tried telling stories about the exciting life of a married couple working as investigative journalists while one was the most powerful beings on the planet. They were mostly pretty boring. Marriage tends to be boring in serialized fiction.

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