Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #353 – The Li’L Depressed Boy #13

Show Notes

Richard Milhouse Nixon. Much has been written about America’s 37th President, but what do we really know about him? Find out this week as iFanboy unveils the new history-centric format of the Pick of the Week Podcast. And, oh yes, comics are discussed as well.

Running Time: 00:56:00

Pick of the Week:
00:02:29 – The Li’L Depressed Boy #13 pushed Ron’s emo button and earned the Pick of the Week!

00:10:42 – This week’s zero issues from DC Comics might have been the strongest batch yet.
00:19:41 – Alternate universe adventures in Spider-Men #5/Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #15/Ultimate Comics The Ultimates #15!
00:24:35 – Hawkeye and Spider-Woman go on a date and in The Avengers #30. But we still get no answers!
00:27:25 – Daredevil #18 revealed troubling developments.
00:29:00 – It’s time to get in the shit with Godzilla: The Half-Century War #2.
00:30:15 – Batman Beyond Unlimited #8 and Young Justice #20 cause Conor to go on a bit of a rant.
00:31:53 – Josh remembered to buy Dark Avengers #181! But is that a good thing?

User Reviews:
00:34:41 – The Top Five Community Picks of the Week.
00:35:51 – ZombiePoo loved Fables #121 and wants to know why you’re not still reading it!
00:37:51 – PsychoJudgeDredd hated Catwoman #0. Really, really hated it.

00:41:11 – Dave S. has a lot of thoughts about Cyclops.

00:47:00 – Dwight From Chicago, IL is looking for Warren Ellis recommendations.
00:48:47 – Rick from Minot, ND just wants to say thanks.

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  1. I dropped Fables a few months back and every time I see it on the weekly comics, I actually feel guilty…

  2. I just want to say I can’t wait for the future historical topic themed episodes. If I may, I would like to make a recommendation. How about throwing your friends up north a bone and centering a show around former Canadian Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lester B. Pearson. Just think of all the topics to be covered the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956, the introduction of universal health care, and of course the controversial change of our national flag from the Red Ensign to our current Maple Leaf. But wait there’s even more like the epic parliamentary debates between himself and fellow former prime minister John “Dief the Chief” Diefenbaker. If I still haven’t persuaded you perhaps this link to Lester’s wikipedia page will http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lester_B._Pearson. I mean if the first picture doesn’t win you over I don’t know what will. I know I wish everyday to have the charisma to pull a bow tie like Lester B. Pearson.

    Great show guys, the Nixon stuff made me laugh.

  3. Good show fellas.

    Re: The Cyclops Heat ; I’m among those who look forward to some of the stories that could potentially come out of this … murder. While I can appreciate Dave and Ron’s enthusiastic and entertaining heartbreak (who among us hasn’t felt that pain?), I’ve found Scott’s slow descent from grace over the last few years incredibly fascinating. It’s been deliciously unsettling as a longtime X-Men fan. To hear Magneto propaganda pour from the mouth of the X-Men’s posterboy has been downright disturbing at times. But that’s the beauty of it. Whether you “approve” of it or not, you have to appreciate the slow burn of it all. Only in comics can you slowly chip away at a 50 year old character like this until he becomes, like Josh said, the thing he’s been fighting against his entire life. Personally, I can’t wait to see where we go from here.

    • Same here. I’m glad Ron mentioned the whole “abandoned his wife and child” skeleton in Cyclops’ closet, because as much as I like Cyclops and agree that he’s at his best when he is the shining example of the best of Xavier’s dream, he’s pulled more than a few dick moves in his history. I think the descent into his current state has been pretty well handled really, going back to about House of M, I believe.

    • I’m w/ Wheelhands. Was never much on an xmen fan, but i’ve been loving cyclops since messiah complex. He finally stopped taking shit from everyone and his fall from grace has been great over the last few years. I loved that he broke away from xavier, started his own country, sanctioned x force, and now took over the world.(potentially) Cyclops is my hero now. He’s the new darth vader/ magneto.

  4. I’m not understanding the closet comment? Did I miss something?

  5. Groovy show dudes. Here’s to another seven fuckin’ years!

  6. As far as the ruin of Cyclops goes, I have the two magic words that will turn all those frowns upside down.

    Shadow King.

    Boom. You’re welcome.

    You see, it hasn’t been Scott in his right mind for…awhile. Shadow King. Why would Scott want mutants (X-Force) killing mutants? Shadow King. Who couldn’t stop at just CRIPPLING Xavier, but had to go and KILL him? SHADOW…f#cking…KING.

    See, it wasn’t Scott possessed by the Phoenix Force. It was Scott possessed by Shadow King, who in turn, was possessed by the Phoenix Force.

    • Hmmm. A quick search of the internets reveals it was an alien scout named Lucifer who crippled Xavier, but whatever. Shadow King! I’m telling you…

    • To add insult to injury Scott will wash up on a beach with amesia, and become a tennis coach! Having no idea he did these horrible things.

      (I was rooting for Cyke all through AvX, kill all the Avengers Cyke! It’ll be entertaining for me! Muhaha)

  7. Really enjoy LDB. Any one read the Zero Volume trade? Any good?

  8. Enjoyed the Nixon discussion. Still waiting for the Before Watchmen: Nixon solicit. I joke, but I’m 95% certain I would buy that. Still, felt like not playing out the show with Neil Young’s “Campaigner” was a missed opportunity.

    “Down neon streets the streaker streaks.
    The speaker speaks, but the truth still leaks,
    Where even Richard Nixon has got soul.
    Even Richard Nixon has got it,

  9. I would like a comic about life in the White House from the perspective of Checkers the dog. Make it happen, internet.

  10. I as long time listener first time caller (commenter?) I just want to say Thanks for the new direction in the Pick of the Week Podcast the Comics/History fusion podcast should be a big hit just like the New 52!

    Since our intrepid hosts seem to need to bone up on Richard Millhouse Nixon, the Maginot Line & the Mongol Horde I’m here to offer some quick tips.

    1. Nixon in the 1968 presidential said he a “Secret Plan” to end the Vietnam War little did the American people know this plan was four more years of war at the cost of 20,500 Americans KIA but Secret Plans are often not good plans (see any plan by the Master Planner or the Leader).

    2. The Maginot Line was actually an effective fortification system that the Germans do not want to confront in a frontal attack but due to French peacetime budget constraints it was not completed as originally intended so is had inherent weakness the German exploited (see Operation Sickle Cut). Lesson here don’t create an impenetrable fortress with a key design flaw (see Trade Federation Death Star plans).

    3. The Mongols not only created the largest connected land empire in world history they also are the last people successfully conquer Russia (in a Winter Invasion to boot!). So a lesson to all you would be world conquers (I mean you middle management Red Skull) study up on your steppe horse archer and learn something from history.

    Until next week when I hope you’ll tackle the philosophy of Marcus Aurelius in relation to the brooding psyche of Bruce Wayne or What Paradise Island and Thomas More have in common (see Utopia).

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