Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #641 – Captain America #1

Show Notes

Come along as Conor Kilpatrick and Josh Flanagan take a trip to Van Halen City to talk about that week that was in comic books. And while Josh missed an entire part of a comic book and, if you listen closely, you can hear George Clooney the Dog, there’s still time for more food talk.

Running Time: 01:07:02

Pick of the Week:
00:02:52 – Captain America #1

00:11:22 – Batman #50
00:18:26 – Catwoman #1
00:21:34 – The Man of Steel #6
00:25:07 – Death of the Inhumans #1
00:31:21 – The Last Siege #2
00:32:23 – Green Lanterns #50
00:34:14 – The Immortal Hulk #2
00:36:39 – I Hate Fairyland #20

Star Wars Corner:
00:38:55 – Star Wars #50

Patron Pick:
00:41:23 – Cosmic Ghost Rider #1

Patron Thanks:
00:45:28 – Andre Morton
00:47:02 – James Feeheley
00:48:16 – Brandon Yonker
00:49:51 – Zach Pindolia

Audience Question:
00:52:14 – Matt K. from Long Island, NY calls in to ask about licensed comics.
00:59:03 – Steven B. from Maryland has noticed something about Bryan Lee O’Malley.

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  1. I thought for sure you’d be doing Batman The Dark Prince Charming for your next booksplode now that both volumes have been released!

    • Have you read it? I’ve been really curious about it, but there are almost no reviews anywhere. The Deluxe hardcover is available for pre-order, and it’s sitting in my cart. But I was hoping to hear more about it before I order.

  2. Thanks for playing my voicemail! I’m impressed with your detective work in hunting down my last name’s initial for the show notes.

  3. I really enjoyed your discussion on licensed comics and it got me thinking, aren’t all comics essentially licensed products? I understand the difference between say a GI Joe comic and Prophet or Green Lantern and Planet of the Apes but I think most of us use the same criteria to pick what we read (and Josh I think you nailed it with “creator and product”). There’s really no difference in Giannis Milagianis drawing Prophet or GI Joe or Gabe Hardman writing Green Lantern Year One or Planet of the Apes. Just a decision of what you want to spend your time and money on. I prefer Batman a lot more than Transformers (which I’ve heard is great) but I still choose what ‘”licensed” Batman products I read out of the half dozen or so that come out each month.

    Anyways, great show and thanks for getting me thinking and quite possibly now opening up my horizons to some books I might have previously passed up.

    • I agree. The criteria for choosing a licensed property comic (creative team, story/concept) isn’t much different from why some of us read Action Comics over Man of Steel. And those of us who read all of a particular licensed property or character – that speaks more to devotion and disposable income I suppose.

      The idea of unlikely pairings of licensed properties (didn’t IDW put out a comic out based on the board game Clue last year?) got me thinking… what if a comic book publisher got the license to normal series like all the Charles/Burrows/Charles produced sitcoms (Cheers, Frasier, Wings) but put them in a superpowered universe?

      Sam Malone could still be an ex-pitcher for the Red Sox only he was forced into retirement when he developed super-vision. Cliff Clavin – some sort of copy of a copy of a copy of an original super-soldier experiment.

      I mean if the CW can makeover Riverdale into a noirish drama, seems like comics could do this.

      What do you think? What “normal” TV or movie property would you want to see get the superpowered comics treatment?

    • @Smasher, that’s an interesting concept. Am not sure NBC (or whomever owns the rights to those TV series) would allow its IPs to be messed with. But on the other hand, we sort of saw a similar approach with the recent DC/Looney Tunes crossovers. Who’d’ve thought The Flintstones and Snagglepuss could be stretched and reinterpreted as biting social commentary? Or Elmer Fudd as a noir-ish rogue for The Batman? In the early 1980s, ABC produced a “Happy Days” cartoon where Fonzie, Richie and Ralph traveled through time with a chick from the future and her sentient dog, Mr. Cool. So who knows what tomorrow may hold for us?

    • I think one thing you guys are missing, though, is that licensed properties generally are adapted from other media, which is not the case for superheroes. It’s the only real difference but it is significant as it is often the biggest hurdle to overcome. I really enjoy the post-show Buffy comics but they’re clearly missing something by being in a different medium.

  4. Avatar photo webhead921 (@Grapes4Lunch) says:

    Josh and Conor, go on Chapo

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