Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #606 – G.I. Joe #9

Show Notes

There are few constants and things you can depend on in this modern age, but one thing you can always rely on is our ability to become completely derailed by G.I. Joe. And we absolutely have no shame about it because it doesn’t get any better than Dr. Mindbender.

Running Time: 01:02:16

Pick of the Week:
00:02:01 – G.I. Joe #9

00:15:31 – Runaways #2
00:18:55 – The Flash #32
00:21:48 – Mister Miracle #3
00:25:23 – Mech Cadet Yu #3
00:26:47 – The Family Trade #1
00:31:55 – The Wild Storm: Michael Cray #1
00:33:09 – Redlands #3
00:33:54 – The Amazing Spider-Man #789
00:35:02 – Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #15
00:35:55 – The Defenders #6
00:37:16 – X-Men: Blue #13

Star Wars Corner:
00:38:04 – Star Wars: Doctor Aphra #13

Patron Pick:
00:39:53 – Gotham City Garage #1

Patron Thanks:
00:47:04 – Kevin Samara
00:48:05 – Justin Jakimiak
00:48:28 – Paul Gilbert
00:49:16 – Matt Garcia

Audience Question:
00:52:11 – Patrick from North Carolina has been thinking about binge reading some comics.

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  1. I am genuinely surprised that Conor did not mention Detective Comics #966. This issue and the last have been great and the best arc since the first one with the start of Rebirth. I also thought Conor would be happy to discuss what happens to the future Damian as told by Tim Drake as Batman.

    • Can’t talk about everything that comes out.

      I wanted to highlight BATGIRL AND THE BIRDS OF PREY, as opposed to something like DETECTIVE COMICS which I just talked about, because we hadn’t talked about it in a while and this issue was really good.

  2. Yup I totally agree that The Wild Storm was interesting to me because it was rebooting that universe as a standalone story. Trying to cross it over to the larger DCU is a big mistake. I’m gonna keep reading the main book, but this move has me squinting my eyes at the whole thing now a bit.

    This idea of taking DCU and Wildstorm and Watchmen and pulling it all together kinda feels like when you go to a 7/11 and your friend squirts a little bit of all the slushy flavors into his cup.

  3. Interesting thing to note about Mister Miracle that is easy to miss is that it’s a Mature Readers title. It wasn’t advertised that way but each of the issues is rated M, and considering the subject matter and some of the violence in the book, it’s probably the right move. Either way, more comics like this from DC please!

  4. Every now and then I think about picking up G.I. Joe or a Transformers book from IDW and i’m actually intimidated. I have no clue where to start. No clue which books are connected. They seem to reboot every year. Seem to be in a constant state of crossover. And the art on a lot of it is pretty ugly. If i’m wrong please let me know. But I guess now I know how a new reader for Marvel or DC must feel making sense of their continuities.

    As for Patrick’s question about binging, just like TV shows I think it depends entirely on the book if it works better or not. I got Marvel Unlimited this year and also “binged” BMB’s and Brubaker’s entire Daredevil run and thought it was an excellent read as a giant story. There were mini-arc’s mixed in there so it never felt repetitive or like it dragged on.

    Alternatively I read the first two giant volumes of Walking Dead one after the other. Something like 75 issues in a row. And I got bored with the repetitive story line of the group finding temporary shelter and running after volume one. I’ve never felt a need to go back to the comic book or the TV show since. Whereas if I was reading it monthly I don’t think the story would have felt as borning.

    • I can’t speak for GI Joe but the Transformers comics from IDW have never rebooted, just relaunched. Its all been one long storyline like the marvel comics, but you don’t have to read them all. If you did want to read from the very beginning they sale big books called ‘Complete Collections.’ If you want everything you can start at Phase 1 Volume 1. If you want to get to the more modern comics, which are better then IDW’s earlier offerings, you could start with Phase 2 Volume 1. If you want a taste of what the comics are like right now, pick up Last Stand of the Wreckers, an excellent mini by the creative team on one of the ongoings now. I believe Comixology also has a sale on TF books at the moment so if you don’t mind digital you could dive in cheaply. Let me know if you have anymore questions.

  5. Hi guys,

    You were talking about “binging” comics. For me, that conversation always comes around to 100 Bullets.

    By the time 100 Bullets ended, my friends and I had about 20 people reading and discussing it. We would all pick up our copy on Wednesday, and then go to our art social night that evening and those issues would get passed around.

    The theories! We had so many theories about the plot. I believe that is not possible reading it in trade. A major part of that series was about the logic games and the figuring out of the plotlines.

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