Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #575 – Action Comics #975

Show Notes

It’s the 575th Episode Extravaganza! To celebrate this milestone we’re delighted to announce that Josh Flanagan has returned to the podcast! And then when he, Ron Richards and Conor Kilpatrick found out about the extravaganza we decided to do… just a regular episode of the podcast. Isn’t it delightful?

Running Time: 01:03:28

Pick of the Week:
00:02:35 – Action Comics #975

00:11:40 – Astro City #42
00:17:54 – IvX #6
00:27:01 – Green Valley #6
00:30:32 – Silver Surfer #9
00:36:37 – Jessica Jones #6
00:38:52 – Nova #4
00:39:42 – Mother Panic #4
00:40:53 – Power Man and Iron Fist #14

Patron Pick:
00:42:35 – Man-Thing #1

Patron Thanks:
00:48:31 – Randy Wood
00:49:36 – Daniel Fortis
00:50:34 – Jeffrey Lang
00:52:08 – Daniel Ryan

Audience Question:
00:57:29 – Ryan S. is curious about a recent essential X-Men comic.

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  1. It’s tough with Emma.
    My personal view of continuity can be complicated.
    Yes she was a villain – for a long time. But then worked to resolve a complex motivation and arrived on the side of good.
    And she was there for- a long time.
    So this turn is- iffy at best.
    Whether it was editorial which sure seems to be the case in so much of Marvel right now.
    Why this?

    “Well why didn;t the mutants just tell us the cloud was killing them?”


    So- so- so stupid.

    =Lacking respect.

  2. Whoa, WHOA….I haven’t been ’round these parts in a long time. I was avoiding spoilers while I wasn’t buying books because I though I’d just catch up on back issues because I am apparently very dumb. How long has the original crew been back together!? Glad I came to the site today!

    Man-Thing was rad! I guess the market for that is grouchy old men disillusioned with comics, who want kooky pulp style stories. The backup story was indeed fantastic. The whole issue reminded me somewhat of an old issue of Weird War Tales that is still banging around my collection that my mom brought home from a thrift store when I was young. It hit the notes that I wanted that series with Dum Dum Dugan and the monsters acting as SHIELD agents didn’t. Man I wish that book had have been good…

  3. Ever since listening to this episode I’ve been thinking about Ryan’s question about “essential” runs and trying to think of the what recent comic book runs I would hand to a friend saying this is the “modern classic” they need to check out.

    Like Ryan said, some characters are easy
    Thor has two: Aaron & Ribic’s Thor: God of Thunder (2012) or Aaron & Dauterman’s Thor (2015 Lady Thor).
    Hawkeye: Fraction & Aja Hawkeye (2012)
    Luke Cage & Iron Fist: Walker’s current run of Power Man & Iron Fist (2016)
    Daredevil: Waid & Rivera’s Daredevil (2012)
    Captain Marvel: Kelly Sue DeConnick’s run (2012)
    Wolverine/Deadpool/X-Men: Remender Uncanny X-Force (2010)
    Wolverine/X-Men: Jason Aaron’s Wolverine & X-Men (2011)
    Punisher: Punisher Max (2010)
    Nova: Loeb’s Sam Alexander as Nova (2013)

    Man, 2012 was a heck of a year!

    Some characters have great runs that aren’t quite as recent but are still very relevant:
    Captain America: Brubaker’s Winter Soldier/Death of Captain America (2005)
    Iron Man: Fraction’s Invincible Iron Man (2008)
    Hulk: Planet Hulk (2006)
    Fantastic Four: Hickman’s run (2009) and FF (2011)
    Young Avengers: First Volume in 2005
    Jessica Jones: Alias (2001)
    Runways: First volume in 2003
    Cosmic/GotG: Annihilation started in 2007
    Real Eye-Patch wearing Nick Fury: Secret Warriors (2008)

    The character I had the hardest time with is Spider-Man. Slott and Bendis has had such long run’s with either the MU or Ultimate versions of the character that have been good, but don’t have a singular stand out story you could hand to someone off the street. The closest I can think of is the first Ultimate Spider-Man annual that introduced Kitty & Peter or the “Big Time” era where Pete started working at Mercury Labs.

  4. webhead921 (@Grapes4Lunch) says:

    As far as X-books go, Rick Remender’s Uncanny X-force is essential. For Marvel in general, I think that Hickman’s FF/F4 run is one of the my favorites. The recent Soule/Pulido She-Hulk run has been fantastic, and is probably my favorite She-Hulk story.

  5. In IvX #0, Beast is working with Iso, under the supervision of Medusa, to find a cure for the terrigen clouds, and all three know that the clouds spell death. Iso says to Beast, “I don’t know why you’re smiling. Mutants are on the verge of extinction.” Beast acts like an asshole, taking selfies and talking about the wonders of science. Then they try to find a cure for the “X-Pox,” so mutants won’t die from the cloud. But at the end of the issue, Beast tells Medusa that there is no general cure, they would have find a cure specific to every individual mutant on earth.

    Which leaves me to wonder why Medusa is so surprised that the mutants are dying from the terrigen in IvX #6…the whole of issue #0 was them addressing the threat of it! “Why didn’t they tell us?” Why are the Inhumans who talked to Beast and worked to move mutants away from the remaining cloud in that issue mentally incapable of taking this leap of logic? Sure, at the end of the issue, when Beast discovers no cure is at all possible, he decides to keep it to himself (because that makes sense), yet no one can figure it out…

    This is the most lazily written series I can ever remember reading. The stupidity of these characters (how many of them are brilliant scientists?) is beyond my comprehension. I cannot believe that Jeff Lemire’s name is attached to this garbage fire.
    I had to reread #0 because after the final issue, I was like, “There’s no way that they couldn’t know…” I think the answer is they didn’t know because the writers were too lazy to go back and look at their own work to make sure this made some kind of sense.

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