Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #259 – The Amazing Spider-Man #647

Show Notes

AUDIO NOTE: We recorded this episode live on USTREAM and so we used a slightly different audio set up than normal. As a result, there were some problems with Josh’s audio. We fixed the most glaring issues with Josh’s mic after the first five minutes or so, but up until that point the audio quality is not what you would normally expect from our show. There are also a few random audio glitches here and there throughout the show (as a result of the aforementioned problems with Josh’s mic) that we couldn’t do anything about. We apologize.

It’s the fifth anniversary of the iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast! On this extra long anniversary episode (recorded live over USTREAM) Josh Flanagan, Conor Kilpatrick, and Ron Richards talk about the week in comics, tell some stories from the past five years, and at least one of the guys throws his headset down in disgust! No Lego X-Wings were harmed in the recording of this episode.

Running Time: 01:16:26

Pick of the Week:
00:02:27 – The Amazing Spider-Man #647 was Conor’s Pick of the Week and it wrapped up “Brand New Day” wonderfully.

00:08:50 – There as a lot to really like in Batman & Robin #16.
00:13:16 – Irredeemable #19 was another fantastic issue and nearly the Pick of the Week.
00:15:43 – After finally finishing the entire TV series this week, Ron found Buffy the Vampire Slayer #38 made a lot more sense.
00:17:56 – Generation Hope #1 seemed very familiar.
00:19:25 – Meanwhile, Conor and Josh did not know what to make of Jonah Hex #61.
00:22:04 – Strange Tales II #2 was X-Men heavy and so you can probably guess what Ron thought.
00:28:06 – Conor had mixed feelings about Captain America: Man Out of Time #1.
00:31:15 – Ron and Josh talk Invincible #75 and trade reader Conor gets something spoiled.
00:33:26 – Josh loved Baltimore: Plague Ships #4.
00:34:35 – Did Batman/Catwoman: Follow The Money feature Good Chaykin or Bad Chaykin?
00:36:08 – Spot on Silver Age storytelling made Batman Confidential #50 something special.
00:37:54 – Ron was all about Punisher: In Blood #1.

User Reviews:
00:39:13 – zacharyxbinks was disappointed with Superboy #1.
00:42:24 – heylook was thrilled with Chaos War #3.

Book of the Month:
00:44:56 – Ron’s selection for October Book of the Month was Richard Stark’s Parker: The Outfit by Darwyn Cooke.

00:52:56 – Tony S. has a bunch of depressing questions about the comics industry.
00:59:12 – Patman2’s store is closing down.
01:00:08 – Mike A. is getting some store credit and wants to know what to spend it on.

Anniversary Chat:
01:01:56 – Conor, Josh, and Ron talk about five years of the iFanboy Pick of the Week Podcast and take some questions from the USTREAM chatroom.

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  1. Congrats iFanboy, may you guys continue on with sucess for another five years and beyond!

  2. Congradulations on Five Years! Thanks for answering my question and thank you Josh for making me feel worse than I already did.

    I Kid I Kid, still this is a decision that I guess I’m going to have to figure out soon no matter how awkward i find it. if anybody here wants to chime in with an opinion it would also be appreciated.

  3. Hey, not all my questions were depressing. Thanks for answering them though. It just succks, I hope my store doesn’t close down. The owner is a vietnam war vet and he runs the store with his wife and son.

  4. Yeah, i saw Generation Hope. It was pretty much plagiarism 

  5. This was a fun show.  Congratulations on 5 years.  Thanks for doing the live show (and everything else you do) for us.

  6. I also had a "…IS THAT TETSUO??" moment when reading Generation Hope, but it’s so obviously a homage so it’s cool.


  7. We picked Conors brain for about 3 hours after this. I won’t have any questions for ifanboy until the 10 year anniversary. Big thanks to Conor, it was a fun night for a fan like me.

  8. I caught the livestream as they were finishing up the show and it was a blast. Here’s to another 5 years!

  9. Josh’s microphone based antics have deafened me.

  10. my shop is closing too 🙁

  11. I can’t believe you didn’t talk about Scarlet #3. It’s the ONLY Marvel book I read, and it’s written by the same man who made my hate Marvel stories. So INSANE! But BATMAN AND ROBIN #16 was EPIC! MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE WEEK!

  12. Great episode, loved watching it live and the bater afterwards

  13. Great show, guys. Congrats on five great years. Thanks very much for all you do.

    Damn shame about so many people’s LCS’s closing. My local shops are still in business even though one has always been almost absurdly tiny, and the other one seems to have a ridiculous business model (long story). As much as we’ve bemoaned the industry over the last few years, I personally haven’t seen or heard much about many stores closing down, not many over the past decade. Here’s hoping it doesn’t become a trend.

  14. How long until the podcast relaunches with a New #1 issue? :-p Great job, guys!

  15. @Prax – I nearly fell out of my chair laughing at that. Well done, sir.

  16. Really am thinking about jumping on Batman & Robin, finally, been very wary about the series with all of the artist changes, but I just am too in love with the idea of Grant Morrison writing Batman so I am in! Great job you guys! 5 years & counting hope for another 5, 10, 100, now I am getting overzealous, calm down, calm down, lol.

  17. @Spidertitan: I have some bad news for you, mate 
    you’re either very funny or a very bad listener. 
  18. Congratulations for being able to do this as a job for 5 years. It must be wonderfull talking about the thing you love and making money for it!

  19. We’ve only ben doing as a full time job for about 2 years.  But thank you just the same.

  20. If Marvel and DC collapsed tomorrow

    it wouldn’t mean there would be flush of different genre comics.

    The super hero comc is so prevalent for reason it’s what people in mass want to read.

    The mythology of the super hero comic is a meteaphor for any number of great stories and fables.

     Super hero comics aren’t getting in the way of other comics rising to promininence.

    If suddenly DC and Marvel ceased to exist- there would be another superhero comic company rise up to take their place b/c that is what people want.

  21. My first thought after looking at the end of Batman and Robin, Wanye just opened himself up to a ton of lawsuits with his announcement.

  22. Great show guys…congrats on the 5 years making your passion in life your job! Thats a very envious thing that very few have the opportunity to do and you should consider yourselves very lucky (i’m sure you do anyhow).

    @josh–i’m glad to hear someone else is loving Baltimore Plague ships as well. A really fun story that i feel like is flying under the radar.  

    Comic shops are getting stuck with lots of stock i think. My LCS which is the best in town, won’t really do special orders unless you’ve had a pull list for a while and have a good standing with the owner. Meaning you have to buy most of all your stuff regularly. He was sick and tired of being stuck with stock he can’t sell. Sucks for everyone else like me who just want to check out something new but don’t have a big budget to afford a large pull list. 

  23. With all of the talk of Good Chaykin vs. Bad Chaykin, could someone clarify with more solid examples of some good vs. bad Chaykin. 

    My first look at Chaykin was actually a few years ago on Punisher war journal.  to be honest, I liked the style overall, but there were definately panels/pages that I actually thought looked pretty bad.

  24. @edward what?

  25. @SpiderTitan – I think what he is trying to say is that jumping on B&R for Morrison isn’t going to work because Morrison is leaving the book.  You’ll need to jump on Batman Incorporated #1 to read Morrison’s Batman from now on.

  26. I think we’re all underestimating the seriousness of that voicemail question. If DC and Marvel collapsed, it would be THE END OF CIVILIZATION AS WE KNOW IT.

    (Congrats of 5 years of the tip-toppest quality, gentlemen. Oh, and Ron’s right; if the aforementioned collapsed did occur, this is where we’d all come to find out what to read.)

  27. Congrats on five years, guys! Here’s to the next five and beyond.

  28. @stuclach O I mean that I would go to check out the trades, not jump on the issues now, lol.

  29. Aww no mention of South Park? Come on the past few episodes were rich in comics and pop culture references.

    Anyways congrats guys on 5 years! Truthfully this is my only form of entertainment at college. I can listen to hours to you guys talk. Continue the good work!

  30. Mike A: take the store credit. take your time with spending your store credit; there’s always something coming up that’ll be worth spending it on.

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