Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #645 – Batman #52

Show Notes

Conor Kilpatrick’s gone on some sort of vacation, so Ryan Haupt joins Josh Flanagan and they talk and talk and talk. Mostly about comics! Josh tries to remember Secret Invasion, but doesn’t. But he does remember “Dimension Z.” The fact is, he has a cold and it’s all a white knuckle cognition adventure. Plus we narrowly avoid the “sandwich” question.

Running Time: 01:15:59

Pick of the Week:
00:01:19 – Batman #52

00:11:09 – Captain America #2
00:17:54 – Mister Miracle #10
00:24:29 – Death of the Inhumans #2
00:33:11 – Paper Girls #23
00:35:54 – The Quantum Age: From the World of Black Hammer #2
00:37:54 – Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #5
00:40:30 – Cosmic Ghost Rider #2
00:44:12 – Leviathan #1

Patron Pick:
00:46:20 – The Seeds #1

Patron Thanks:
00:55:25 – Hal Kay
00:57:13 – Eric Williamson
00:58:56 – Paul Ruggiero
01:01:14 – Roger Priest

Audience Question:
01:02:33 – Josh from Westchester, NY asks about paradigm shifting comic book runs. And Josh from iFanboy goes on and on.

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  1. Coates’ Captain America is in the early days but these first two issues feel more like Cap than this book has in a Long time.
    However I don’t think he has Steve’s voice down just right just yet, i.e. disrespect to authority, Cap has always stood his ground for what he personally thought was right but that’s not the tone he uses.

    Someone mentioned this recently in the comments but seriously Bruce Ways Would be disqualified from serving on a jury for Batman having publicly funded Batman Inc.
    It’s just too much for me to put aside. Whatever continuity –

    What about putting it up for a Patron vote as to what the second podcast should be?

  2. Great show! As often happens, there are books I’ll read and enjoy as a result of your discussion I wouldn’t have otherwise.

    The idea of major shifts in paradigms and the runs that inspired them is really interesting. I hope it comes up again. I wonder what other candidates might be. The first few dozen issues of Fantastic Four and Amazing Fantasy/ Spirderman for sure.

  3. When talking about “Paper Girls,” Ryan mentioned he was on an another podcast called Understanding Comics, which I am guessing/hoping is connected to Scott McCloud, but it’s not showing up in my podcast app search. Can you share a link? Thanks!

  4. Really interesting discussion about paradigm-shifting comics. Specifically, Tom King’s comics are a particularly intriguing case in point. In many ways, I think it can be a real paradigm change in that it can lead to more personal superhero comics and bringing back the focus to the way a page is laid out that was such a big deal with Watchmen. Or, simply, it can point towards truly adult superhero comics that are done in a way that they seldom have in the past.

    Ultimately, though, I think something like Mr Miracle is going to go down as something like All Star Superman. What Morrison did with the latter was a perfect synchronization of the superhero genre’s roots in childhood combined with mature storytelling. That may seem a simple combination but it’s weirdly something that has seldom been accomplished as superhero comics have, in many ways, been stuck in a perpetual adolescence ever since the big works of the ’80s changed things up. There was nothing adolescent about All Star Superman: it was mature in its storytelling and its themes but young in its sense of wonder and imagination. It never caught on, though, and it remains a brilliant blip in superhero comics in general.

    The same, sadly, will probably be the same with King’s Mister Miracle, which tells a truly adult superhero story in a way that I don’t think I’ve seen before. The closest I can think of, oddly enough, is what Morrison did with Animal Man – but even then, it never felt quite as personal as this. And, as you say, the fact that it is so personal does mean that it will probably only ever be a Tom King thing.

  5. Just realized that the discussion of paradigm-shifting comics the week before the new #1 Fantastic Four is realized is prescient. If any comics can be said to have shifted paradigms, surely the list must include FF #1 and what followed in the next 12 months or so from Lee, Kirby, Ditko, et al. Hope you all discuss the new FF #1 next week. (Haven’t read it yet.)

  6. I can think of two paradigm-ish shifts I’ve seen lately. The first was caused by Ms. Marvel. After the critical and sales success of that series, there’s been a lot more series, mostly at Marvel, starring female characters and made by female creators. Squirrel Girl, Unstoppable Wasp, Mockingbird, Hellcat, Moon Girl, etc have all followed in its wake and had various levels of success. Still, they can thank Kamala Khan for their existence.

    The other was the launch of the DC Super Hero Girls line. A girl-centric non-continuity line launched and others followed. As the dad of two young girls, I’ve been following this one closely. Marvel recentered it’s all-ages line around Spider-Man with its current Marvel Super Hero Adventures and its tween Marvel Rising initiatives. Now, DC is expanding its publishing of these non-continuity stories in standalone books and comics coming soon both inside and outside the Direct Market. This initiative has me the most excited.

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