Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #583 – All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Show Notes

We welcome new co-host Ezekiel Steve Conor Benito who joins Josh Flanagan and Ron Richards to talk about so many Guardians of the Galaxy comics and engage in labored baseball metaphors.

Running Time:  01:02:15

Pick of the Week:
00:02:06 – All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Comics:All-New Guardians of the Galaxy_1
00:09:36 – Guardians of the Galaxy: Mother Entropy #1
00:13:04 – Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout #1
00:14:48 – Batman #22
00:18:43 – Secret Empire #1
00:29:11 – The Flintstones #11
00:30:47 – X-Men: Gold #3
00:31:47 – Nova #6
00:34:28 – Black Bolt #1

Patron Pick:
00:37:03 – Youngblood #1

Patron Thanks:
00:42:11 – Blake Etheridge
00:43:08 – Julian Halligan
00:43:47 – Freddie Wadsworth
00:44:45 – Scott Seaholm

Audience Question:
00:47:00 – Ken L. from Valparasio, IN is curious why some of the words in comics are bolded and some are not.
00:49:50 – Eric F. from Brooklyn, NY asks about the criteria that should be used to decide the best comic book writer of all time.

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  1. There is something so exciting about seeing your name show up on that Super Power list… happy to support all you guys do!

    Warmest regards,

    The Xerox

  2. Avatar photo Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    Don’t blame all the Patrons for that pick. I was trying to rally the troops behind the Funko TMNT book. That shit looked adorable.

    Also, there was a reality show superhero comic called Blood Pack that DC put out back in 1995. It was not good.

  3. Ron, loving your Damn Fine Podcast but I’m curious, will you guys be reviewing Fire Walk With Me? I love that movie and would love to hear your thoughts.

    Otherwise, welcome back, Ezekiel – great show as always!

    Speaking of great shows, this month’s Patreon hangout was particularly interesting (I downloaded it afterward as it’s too late for even a night owl like myself to catch it live here in South Africa) but I do have to wonder if you guys were conflating quality with popularity there a bit, and if you were perhaps focusing just a bit too much only on the Big 2 when discussing the current state of comics. Terrific stuff otherwise and those hangouts have proven to be worth the price of becoming a patron alone – even if I can’t personally participate in them.

    • thanks for listening to DFP – yep, our FWWM discussion will be out next week.

    • Awesome! I’m listening to them as I try to finish my rewatch of the show (mid-season 2: *shudder*) before the third season but I’m extra interested to hear what you guys think of probably the most controversial aspect of Twin Peaks. I think it’s a chilling masterpiece but I know many disagree.

  4. Every issue of the Flintsone can’t be a direct pop culture translation.
    It makes it gimmicky.
    X-Men Gold is smarter and more satisfying. You are giving Bunn more credit than he is working for in Blue.
    And- they both have their things. But if you want classic X-Men for the feeling it is def Gold.

    I think Kirkman- based on your criteria Has- to be in bold be considered one of the best of all time. On your criteria.
    Impact- longevity- business effect.
    What title has been as popular or as influential for as long- as The Walking Dead- or Invincible and for that matter consistently good quality?
    The media impact is obvious.
    He has to be considered in the conversation and not reduced to his business manifesto.

  5. Avatar photo PymSlap (@alaska_nebraska) says:

    DC, Warner Brothers, Patty Jenkins? I don’t know who to thank, but they released a movie poster for WONDER WOMAN that reminds me of Darwyn Cooke’s ever lovin’ Amazon Princess in “New Frontier.” Gal Gadot promises a surprise tonight at the MTV Movie & TV Awards. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C-38A4SXkAAVYkz.jpg

  6. Just an FYI since you guys liked the 1st issue of Guardians, you should checkout the FCBD issue that came out this week. Same creative team, original story, and I thought it was actually better than the issue proper.

  7. I wish they weren’t bringing the Watchmen into the DCU. I don’t like the watchmen, I never cared for the original series. This would have been way more fun for me if this series would have been setting up an amalgamation with Wildstorm, Would have been a completely different story though.

    In my opinion DC really missed an opportunity for a huge event when incorporating Wildstorm into there universe.

  8. Josh, I was still listening! iFanboy is the only podcast that I don’t skip through ads or stop before the end, because you never know where comedy gold might be hiding.

  9. I always listen all the way to the end. I usually stop once the music plays but i at least listen yo y’all sign off, because sometimes it’s a little bonus funny.

  10. Still listening as well.

    Excited to hear you guys talk about Roughneck! Been looking forward to the book for ages and was not disappointed.

  11. Here’s a question: how do you reconcile the problematic material of a writer when assessing the GOAT? For example, Eisner is a near unassailable choice – “Contract With God” alone seals the deal – but how do you factor in his racist caricatures in “The Spirit”? I’ve heard similar commentary on considering anyone prior to baseball’s integration as the GOAT. Is it enough to say that it’s a product of its time and needs to be assessed with that in mind? If that’s so, then does it stand the test of time?

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