Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #589 – Dark Days: The Forge #1

Show Notes

This week Ron Richards and Conor Kilpatrick talk about the week that was in comic books while facing their greatest enemy. Not the absence of Josh Flanagan. Not failing old man memories. And not creeping summer heat. No this week their great enemy was a dodgy internet connection and thus, less than optimal sound quality. We apologize.

Running Time: 00:55:38

Pick of the Week:
00:01:23 – Dark Days: The Forge #1

Comics:Dark Days_The Forge_1
00:10:32 – Legion of Super-Heroes / Bugs Bunny Special #1
00:15:43 – Martian Manhunter / Marvin the Martian Special #1
00:19:39 – The Defenders #1
00:23:38 – Secret Empire #4
00:28:25 – Detective Comics #958
00:28:53 – Jimmy’s Bastards #1
00:30:00 – Bug! The Adventures of Forager #2
00:31:30 – Briggs Land: Lone Wolves #1
00:32:42 – Kingpin #5
00:33:41 – Green Valley #9

Star Wars Corner:
00:34:42 – Star Wars #32

Patron Pick:
00:36:24 – Birthright #25

Patron Thanks:
00:39:27 – Benjamin Terry
00:40:17 – James Layman
00:41:03 – Jeff Shea
00:42:12 – David McFarlane

Audience Question:
00:43:53 – Stephen D. from London, UK is wondering which Twin Peaks-like comic books the iFanboys enjoy.
00:47:13 – Damian M. from Upstate NY wants to know which expanded universe Twin Peaks comics the iFanboys would want to read.
00:49:12 – Esteban R. tried out Twin Peaks on the iFanboy’s recommendation and he did not like it.

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  1. Peter Milligan’s Shade the Changing Man was a really great surrealistic comic.

    • Is this post your plan to endear yourself into my secret organization and bring it down from within…
      Because it worked.
      Shade the Changing Man was my favorite book when it came out.

      Everyone should not be indoctrinated into the iFanboy Preacher love cult and instead escape over to Shade and enjoy the testosterone free madness.

      Good book.
      Not a cult.

  2. So Conor, on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being Electro and 10 being The Button, where does Dark Days fall? How about Secret Empire?

    Also, the way you described Secret Empire 4, would that premise not have made an awesome old-school Annuals crossover?

  3. Max Landis, with Green Valley and American Alien, has really impressed me. I’m excited to see what he does next.

  4. I have VERY sad news to report.

    Ron and I blew the G.I. JOE reference on this week’s show. We didn’t mean that the story of SECRET EMPIRE was emulating the race around the globe to find the pieces of the Broadcast Energy Transmitter. We meant it was emulating the race around the globe for the pieces of the Weather Dominator from the G.I. JOE: THE REVENGE OF COBRA five-part mini-series in 1984.

    I feel deep and abiding shame.

    • Useless. It’s all useless. I was once a man. A man!

    • (Enter Gung-Ho through Conor’s iFanboy office desk drawer) “Don’t worry, Conor, everyone makes mistakes. The important thing is that you admitted it and apologized. Now you know. And knowing is half the battle!”

    • Was the weather dominator mini series the one where Cobra forces Duke and Snake Eyes to fight in an arena? Trying to remember which one that was cuz it’s been so long.

    • Yep!

    • That one was the best. I couldn’t remember if that was the one or if it was the M.A.S.S. Device mini series. The tech macguffin themselves in the G.I.Joe animated series are pretty interchangeable. Totally understandable that you mixed em up.

    • When THE REVENGE OF COBRA aired Monday-Friday on that week in 1984, it was one of the most exciting weeks of my entire childhood.

  5. Great show as ever. I really enjoyed The Forge; I assumed it was connected to the Dr Manhattan business via Hal’s finding a strange energy imprint in the Batcave – isn’t that where the Button was found?

    That last page reveal of ‘The Joker’ was weird, given we’d seen him clearly before that – I wonder if he was meant to be in shadow before that.

    I loved the LSH/Bugs team-up – Supergirl’s Seventies outfit with the puffy sleeves remains my favourite.

  6. RE: Twin Peaks Comics

    SUPREME: BLUE ROSE by Tula Lotay and Warren Ellis is an extended David Lynch/Peaks riff with some vague superhero stuff on the outside edges. Basically, “What If Superman Was Trapped In The Black Lodge?” I re-read it recently since I was in deep Peaks headspace, and loved it more than ever. Lotay is incredible, and Ellis is Ellis.

  7. Also RE: Twin Peaks comic

    First need to second Ron’s pick of “Black Hole” by Charles Burns. That was always my go to book for arty comic snobs who I knew were Twin Peaks fans to lure them into comics. The tone and mood of suburban disillusionment in that book is very Lynch.

    And my next choice is of course “Stray Toasters” by Bill Sienkiewicz

    Crime. Check.
    Surreal. A big talking pink elephants check.

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