Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #632 – Spider-Man #240

Show Notes

Comics did it to us again. Multiple contenders for Pick of the Week status, and plenty of good books to talk about fill up the show very quickly and easily. There’s a dash of nostalgia and the continuing conversation about what we as individual readers expect from comics, and if that’s okay. Can’t they just be superheroes, though? And is it okay to want that? Also, we tease an all-media podcast we might just record.

Running Time: 01:09:25

Pick of the Week:
00:01:45 – Spider-Man #240

00:15:08 – The Avengers #1
00:22:41 – DC Nation #0
00:27:27 – Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #5
00:41:33 – Action Comics Special #1
00:30:03 – Captain America #701
00:44:08 – Nightwing #44
00:47:19 – Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #2
00:49:20 – Black Science #35
00:50:43 – Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #3

Patron Pick:
00:52:42 – Death or Glory #1

Patron Thanks:
00:58:53 – Eric Firth
01:00:12 – Ronan Lennon
01:01:31 – Mark Wood
01:02:44 – Bryce Carroll

Audience Questions:
01:04:22 – Jason wants to chime in briefly on Jim Lee.

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“Death or Glory”
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  1. I can’t believe Bendis’ run on Ultimate Spider-Man is over. One of the comics that has span the lifetime of iFanboy. Really something to behold. Thanks for the great work as always, guys.

  2. After all these years of listening to your spoiler warnings, I have never before been stopped in my tracks by a revelation… until hearing today’s sentence “Huckleberry Hound commits suicide after he’s arrested at the gay bar”. Needed a moment to process that one.

  3. (not related to this week’s podcast, but I see it coming) “I’m not black, I’m Kanye.” Ta-Nehisi Coates writes: “Kanye West wants freedom — white freedom.” Uh-oh, this is making me nervous about his upcoming Captain America run (not a political statement, a story statement; maybe not for me if we are going to go down a white America/black America “thing”. I’m exhausted by all that.

    • “I’m exhausted by all that.”

      Really? There have been 40+ writers of the main Captain America title in 75 years. Of those there have been maybe two that were not white. One of which was Robert Morales who wrote the amazing “Truth” and dived deep into political waters and put a spotlight on the awful history of black experimentation and exploitation in WW2. These are the kinds of stories that don’t often get told in comics and most writers stay away from.

      I personally am really looking forward to what Coates does with Captain America and expect it to be boundary pushing in a positive way unlike Spencer’s awful run.

  4. The Mark Russell story in Action Comics Special 1 took place back before Luthor was President in the comics. It says something to the effect of “Years Ago…” at the beginning of it. That said, it was definitely very on the nose and Studio 60-esque.

  5. I liked that Josh set up the episode by explaining how it was tough for him to make Conor laugh, and then ended the episode with the Faith No More joke that made Conor laugh. That’s what I’m looking for in a comic book podcast – a real arc

  6. Jeff Reid (@JeffRReid) says:

    I thought I read online that the Action Comics Special was a way for Jurgens to wrap up his run on Action Comics after Bendis came in and DC quickly moved him over to the Superman books. A similar Superman Special is coming out soon that will wrap up Tomasi and Gleason’s Superman run. But, since I’ve read none of these things, I couldn’t say if these specials actually feel like a wrap up.

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