Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #637 – Justice League #1

Show Notes

Conor Kilpatrick has returned and he’s got the black lung! So it’s up to Josh Flanagan to shoulder the load as they break down this week’s comics.

Running Time: 01:16:39

Pick of the Week:
00:02:59 – Justice League #1

00:17:54 – Captain America #703
00:22:43 – Doctor Strange #1
00:27:49 – Sword Daughter #1
00:29:50 – Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #6
00:35:41 – The Man of Steel #2
00:39:36 – Batman: Prelude to the Wedding, Part Two – Nightwing vs. Hush #1
00:41:48 – Batman #48
00:44:32 – Strangers in Paradise XXV #4

Star Wars Corner:
00:46:49 – Star Wars #49

Patron Pick:
00:49:14 – The Immortal Hulk #1

Patron Thanks:
00:56:48 – Mike
00:58:37 – Andrew Levins
00:59:38 – Nick James
01:00:32 – Eric Donnelly

Industry News:
01:03:34 – DC is relaunching Vertigo.

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  1. When the intro music kicked in, my first thought was “Oh God, what have they done?” Then the episode happened. And now all I want is a Patreon level where Josh does the entire podcast in Michael McDonald voice.

  2. I can’t say I agree with you guys about Vertigo. My problem with these titles is that they could just as easily be published by Image, Dark Horse or any number of smaller publishers. That aspect of Vertigo has been overshadowed by other at this point so I don’t understand why instead of trying to recapture that territory, they don’t go back to what made Vertigo great in its earliest incarnation: Weird, literate, boundary-pushing and genuinely mature takes on their characters – or reinterpretations of the same. Or, at the very least, go for creator-co-owned books that have that same, particular classic Vertigo feel. Of these, the Mark Russel series sounds like a decent fit but most of the rest, not so much.

  3. I got to the part where Josh mentioned he was going back to paper and he does better with paper. I had the same exact thought this morning. I was reading a physical paperback this morning and I noticed how much easier it was for me to get lost in the subject matter. I can’t exactly put my finger on why, but something about the act of reading digitally is distracting for me and it gets in the way. I’m thinking that fact is starting to overshadow the conveniences digital reading offers. I’m gonna have to think about this for a while. It’s an open ended thing.

    • Have noticed the same thing this year, as I’ve been tackling the Harry Potter books (in book 4 now). I’m enjoying free reading much more with paper books than with digital. I just think my eyes are sick of staring at computer/ phone/ tablet/ TV screens, so when I’m looking at simple print on paper, it’s more relaxing. And I don’t have to worry about how much battery power is left, or if I drop the damn thing..

  4. Wow, I thought the pick of the week was easily Doctor Star and the Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows #4. That was a truly great ending where it was emotional and heartfelt. It didn’t even make the list and you have discussed it before. That was a fantastic mini-series. I liked Justice League #1, but didn’t love it. Martian Manhunter as the POV character essentially and new chairman is great, but it felt like it was overwritten at times. The ending is intriguing and I’m looking forward to more where I thought it did a better job than Avengers #1 which had a much better second issue to me. I read No Justice where I really liked the first issue of that, but it went down in quality after that and I thought Metal was a mess with a great epilogue.

  5. I think what Josh is touching on at the end with his discussion about the Vertigo books being too on the nose in their pitches is also something I’ve been thinking about a lot. It is about the nature of art as really a platform for communication. People don’t like to be lectured to and when you stand on a soap box and shout your point of view at people you’ll only appeal to people who share your opinion. Everyone else is just going to get annoyed. I think art has the ability to change a persons mind, but the recipient still has to get there themselves somehow. Art needs to show them something formative. Not an easy task, but if the artist can manage to replicate the event that formed that opinion or emotion in their audience’s mind then they are successful. In my mind that’s what elevates a thing above craft and into an art. Of course I have no formally training as an artist so I’m just talkin’ from a place of no experience on the artist’s end.

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