Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #588 – The Flintstones #12

Show Notes

Sometimes it’s so hard to say goodbye. First, we said goodbye to our beloved vacuum cleaner and now we say goodbye to our favorite comic book of 2016 and 2017, The Flintstones. The tremendous accomplishment of The Flintstones, that punches you in the beef, and is celebrated despite lack of sleep and extreme heat. Just another week here at iFanboy.

Running Time: 01:04:23

Pick of the Week:
00:01:23 – The Flintstones #12

00:13:16 – Batman #24
00:19:52 – The Divided States of Hysteria #1
00:23:32 – Nova #7
00:25:16 – Daredevil #21
00:30:28 – Doctor Strange #20
00:32:33 – Spider-Man #17
00:34:28 – Superman #24
00:36:48 – Iceman #1
00:38:28 – Avengers #8

Star Wars Corner:
00:40:19 – Star Wars: Darth Vader #1

Patron Pick:
00:42:22 – The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #9

Patron Thanks:
00:50:57 – Josef Lindner
00:52:08 – Daniel Hortick
00:52:57 – Randolph Morley
00:53:40 – Mik Guevera

Audience Question:
00:56:40 – Chris from Chicago wants to get to the bottom of these… ratings… ratings… ratings.

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  1. I’m sorry, but The Divided States of Hysteria is possibly the most transphobic comic I’ve ever read. Those opening few pages disgusted me and I understand it was supposed to come out earlier, but this should not have come out during Pride Month. Opening with the character bragging about his penis size and committing statuatory rape as a pediphile before then revealing he was then transgendered where she was having sex with three men was unacceptable to me. From Airboy and now this, it is pretty clear that Howard Chaykin’s does not respect transgendered people and the LGBT community. Image Comics having the rainbow as its background right now is a joke.

    I had a student who is transgendered and have friends who are transgendered so it really makes me angry to see this interpretation and saying it’s a dystopian society doesn’t mean anything to me as well as saying he started writing it before the election cycle started. There’s no defense of this for me and not even mentioning that aspect of the transphobia is pretty ridiculous honestly with just saying how raw it was without mentioning the content. That’s a bad review in my opinion.

    • What does Howard Chaykin have to do with AIRBOY?

    • I thought he drew Airboy and was involved in some way, but I was wrong. However, it still doesn’t excuse the portrayal of transgendered people and that essay doesn’t mean anything to me. There’s no justification for that and it just reinforces stupid laws being correct like the ones currently in North Carolina. Drawn & Quarterly cancelled the comic, Sadbøi, by Berliac early last week due to an essay he wrote in 2015 where he was being transphobic.

      I just think it’s unacceptable for Image to publish that comic while having the rainbow background promoting Pride Month when that comic was the opposite of that. It sends the wrong message and doesn’t respect a group of people. It would be like starting off a comic about Muslims committing terrorists actions where they brag about it. That would be completely wrong so it just shows that Howard Chaykin doesn’t respect certain groups of people and doesn’t care about how he portrays them.

  2. We all know that this possible marriage is not going to happen or last because it’s comics. Now I want DC to do it and have the guts to go through with it since far too many comics tease a real status quo change, but then nothing happens or it ends fairly quickly making it pointless. The answer to the question won’t happen until the next arc is over since The War of Jokes and Riddles is set in the past. If it does happen, we know it won’t last too long which I would find annoying since it would actually be cool if DC stuck to it and had to use it in other books.

    Comics-wise, I see Bruce ending up with Selina and not Talia or Zatanna. I really liked the relationship with Wonder Woman in the Justice League animated series and the Injustice Year Three Issue 7 with the future Clark wanted to see if he didn’t become a tyrant. The recent Telltale game was great with Bruce’s and Selina’s relationship along with the Injustice comics. It just makes more sense to me. Son of the Demon is a great story where you would want Bruce and Talia together, but with the more recent stories along with Talia in charge of Leviathan causing Damian’s death, it doesn’t work.

  3. Dang… Mark russell and the gang got prolific! 576 issues in the last month?!

  4. Not to be a super, duper nerd about this but “What’s So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding” is a Nick Lowe song. Elvis Costello did a perfectly decent cover but he didn’t write it and his version is no better than Lowe’s original.

    Otherwise, great show as always, guys. And I can’t thank you enough for turning me onto the Flinstones. I’m reading it in trade so I’m still way behind but it really is a tremendous book – and I would never, in a million years, have picked it up if not for your picking it as POTW seemingly more often than there were issues.

  5. The other Bible book Mark Russel wrote was “God is Disappointed in You.” I bought a copy of this for a friend of mine who is a high school religion teacher, and so far he’s really enjoying it. He thought the summary of the Torah was spot on. The owner of the comic shop where I bought it also really dug it. Thanks for the Talksplode with Russel, Josh. I would never have known about this if it had not been for you. I’m looking to get some Flinstones soon, too.

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