Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #647 – Batman #53

Show Notes

Conor Kilpatrick’s back! He returns from summer vacation to join Josh Flanagan to talk comic books and they do the best they can considering the creeping heat and the on-set of old man brain.

Running Time: 01:11:47

Pick of the Week:
00:02:26 – Batman #53

00:14:13 – Extermination #1
00:20:12 – Infinity Wars #2
00:24:14 – Batgirl #25
00:29:56 – Tony Stark: Iron Man #3
00:36:38 – Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #5
00:40:21 – Archie Meets Batman ’66 #2
00:41:27 – Crowded #1

Patron Pick:
00:43:53 – Pearl #1

Patron Thanks:
00:50:50 – Arcadia Corrigan
00:53:16 – Thea Corrigan
00:54:15 – Cecily Corrigan
00:55:37 – Michael Corrigan

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Audience Question:
00:58:33 – Owen M. introduces coffee preferences into the food corner discussion.

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  1. Conor mentioned recognizing Pepe Larrez from “something” during the discussion of Extermination – that something was the weird 12 issue weekly Avengers event from last fall. I really like the guy’s style. And Extermination was surprisingly fun. Sure, I was baffled as to who Bloodstorm, the vampire Ororo was, but they resolved that quickly.

  2. Maybe you guys are supertasters? If you’re down on hoppy IPA’s and coffee maybe you’re sensitive to bitter? What’s your take on Cilantro? Gin and Tonic?

  3. Well, I’m pumped to hear you talking about Superman: Blue Vol 1. It’s very much Of Its Time. Enjoy!

  4. The Infinity War event is a continuation of the Duggen GotG run. That’s the only reason I’m reading it. They canceled that book to instead tell this story. Honestly I’d rather they just keep telling it in the GotG book then break it out into an “Event” like this, but I understand the marketing (as you guys point out in the episode). That all said it’s fun, and seems to be catering to people who loved the old Marvel Cosmic stuff that was around before the Marvel Now events, which pushed that stuff into the background or tried to remove it from relevance. So they are certainly catering to people like me with both GotG and this event. The question is should they be doing that? I’m a middle aged man who buys maybe a half dozen comics in a month and most of those titles aren’t Marvel. I question the wisdom of them catering to me, but I appreciate it none the less.

    Also I’m totally in Conor’s camp with the X-Men. I liked them as a kid. I check in every now and again because I like those characters and would like to be excited about it again. The problem is nothing has ever really pulled me back in (not even the young X-Men stuff Bendis did). Other comic titles from my youth have had more staying power for me. I can still pick up and enjoy a Batman or Captain America issue. I wonder what the difference is … I clearly still have an affection for it. I’m not raging at anything in particular about the current stuff. It’s more a sort of apathy toward the newer stuff.

    • I was just like you and dabbled in random X books for a while (I really liked Bendis’ run, but before that and since). Astonishing X-Men has done it for me though. Id highly recommend it. Soule did a 12 issue run and now Rosenberg is doing a really fun run that’s only 2 issues in (numbering continued). And it has Reavers so the young kid in me is juiced.

      There was an annual for the series that came out last Weds with art by Travel Foreman. Haven’t read it yet but its sitting in my stack and I’m looking forward to reading it. Might be a good place to scratch an X-Men itch.

  5. Uh, guys, maybe I misunderstood you but you know that United States vs Murder Inc is a continuation of Bendis and Bagleys series the United States of Murder Inc, right? I’m sure you do as I recall you talking about it when it originally came out (in, what, the 18th century?) but it sounded like you were talking about it as a new series so I just wanted to clear that up.

    Great show as always, otherwise. And welcome back, Conor!

  6. Of course, of course, Oeming not Bagley. Hard to confuse those guys, they’re pretty different.

    And, man, that is weird, I was so sure that I heard you guys talk about it and quite a few times at that. Old man brain, I guess. It’s all downhill from thirty.

    It’s a pretty good read but it’s fairly complex so it was utterly murdered by the release schedule. Hopefully that won’t be a problem this time but, to be honest, I’ve been burned enough by Bendis’ creator-owned work in terms of release schedule that I’ve pretty much decided to read these new ones in trade.

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