Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #614 – DC Holiday Special 2017 #1

Show Notes

In the final regular episode of the year, Conor Kilpatrick and Josh Flanagan talk about this week’s comics, the changes at Patreon, a confounding and mysterious superpower, and then cap things off by having a really hard time pronouncing a foreign city.

Running Time: 01:07:00

Pick of the Week:
00:01:49 – DC Holiday Special 2017 #1

00:09:54 – Batman #36
00:14:50 – Doctor Strange #382
00:20:17 – Justice League #34
00:30:31 – Black Bolt #8
00:32:07 – The Fix #10
00:34:03 – Captain America #696
00:35:50 – Iron Fist #75

Star Wars Corner:
00:37:37 – Star Wars: Darth Vader #9

Patron Pick:
00:39:42 – Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1

Patron Thanks:
00:44:36 – Daniel Evers
00:45:33 – Sam Foreman
00:47:10 – Lance Swenson
00:48:31 – Collin Scott

Audience Question:
00:53:38 – Tom D. from Grand Isle, VT has a digital comics dilemma.
00:57:22 – John W. from Denver, CO has a new (old) show idea for iFanboy.
01:00:23 – Lukas B. from Neulengbach, Austria has a, well, it’s a weird question.

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  1. Sentry died during Siege (end of Dark Reign). The Fallen Sun review that Ron and Josh did (Conor was off that week for some reason) is still one of the highlights of iFanboy for me. You guys rarely go negative, so when you do it’s super impactful.

  2. “If I was her, I’d try to be sexy for my man.”- Josh

    That was great. If I was drinking I would have almost certainly done a spit take. Also, the beat where Connor was not sure how to respond.

  3. Have you been reading JLA rebirth?

    I personally really like it.

  4. Batman was also colored (coloured) by Jordie Belaire.

  5. A couple of things, guys: Bilquis Evely was the artist on Rucka’s Wonder Woman who took over from Nicola Scott. Also, that Sgt Rock story that you didn’t understand why it was there as it wasn’t a Christmas story, that’s because it was a Chanukah story – with the “light” in the soldier’s eyes lasting for eight days when it should have only lasted one, as well as the general plot of a Jewish soldier standing up to and outliving an overwhelming enemy. I think Tom King said as much on Twitter.

  6. Totally agree on the Pick, great comic overall. So when the DC Holiday Special 2017 came out last week, I bought it digitally, enjoyed it, allowed a ComiXology update, was pleased to see the classic Silent Night of the Batman appear as a bonus… and only today realised the Max Landis/Francis Manapul story Driver’s Seat has disappeared. But why? I can’t see any babies in microwaves…

  7. Clearly, superhero comics today are being marketed toward middle-aged men. They advertise for Toyota instead of Lucky Charms. Batman and Superman both have adolescent sons. No wonder we’re seeing an older, warn out Batman; writers are writing for their audience.

  8. In being terse with my question I was unclear—apologies. I couldn’t agree more that looking at a full page is the essence of reading comics. I always look at full pages first and last. But I may have been reading comics longer than most of the fanbase—learned to read on Barks, bought Showcase Flash and Green Lantern and FF #1 on the stands—and my eyes reflect that. So to get the detail within a panel with the iPad, I value the panel view. But you answered the question—there really isn’t the equivalent for book reading software. Thanks!

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