Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #667 – American Carnage #3

Show Notes

After a brief time away, Josh is back, with some of his voice intact, and a promise to try not to cough in your ears. There’s a lot of “this is great!” and a lot of “this is not for me!” Listen closely to tell which is which. And we really can’t wait to get to that next Booksplode.

Running Time: 01:13:34

Pick of the Week:
00:01:41 – American Carnage #3

00:10:42 – Naomi #1
00:14:35 – Cover #5
00:21:37 – Guardians of the Galaxy #1
00:32:03 – Batman #63
00:34:22 – Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #2
00:36:23 – The Immortal Hulk #12
00:40:43 – The Wild Storm #19

War Corner:
00:43:14 – War is Hell #1

Patron Pick:
00:47:50 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1

Patron Thanks:
00:57:25 – Scott Lyles
00:58:37 – JD Anthony
01:00:05 – Daniel Worden
01:00:48 – Jose Ayerve

Audience Question:
01:02:25 – Elijah from Detroit asks about our choices for all time favorite creator team ups.

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  1. Still no Aquaman talk? Are you guys reading it? I’m curious what you think about the new team and story now that we are 2 issues in. Its quite a shift in direction and tone and I’m wondering if you like it.

    • See, my problem here is that I’m in no way interested in it.

    • I neither like it or dislike it. It’s perplexing.

    • Thanks guys. I feel the same way and it’s kind of frustrating because the art is beautiful. I’m not really sure what’s going on and I’m not sure if that’s by choice (we all forgot what Aquaman was supposed to be about too) or if it’s just out in left field.

      I think one of you made a comment about what Wonder Woman comic was on the stands when the movie came out and how it was a rather poor choice, and now I feel DC has once again blown a golden opportunity to possibly get new readership on the heels of a popular movie.

      Thanks for everything guys.

  2. Something is up with the audio this week. Conor’s audio track is only on the right and Josh only on the left.

    • Is that was it is .. I usually walk around with only one ear bud in so I can still hear what’s going on around me. I only heard Josh. I just figured the other track was missing. It never occurred to me to pop the other bud in and see if I could hear anything on that side. Also it’s super weird to hear only one side of a conversation. You get a bunch of dead silence and acknowledgement sounds.

    • Yoiks that is annoying. Easy enough to fix, though. I just downloaded it and played it in Potplayer with the audio speakers set to “mono”.

    • My bad. I uploaded a new version now, but hasn’t quite propagated yet. Sorry for the hassle.

      I was sick, you know…

    • No worries, Josh. It happens.

    • I was listening in my car. I was wondering if it was on purpose, like an old Beatles album when they were do early “stereophonic recording” experiments 🙂

  3. Hey did yall ever talk about heroes in crisis 4?

  4. I had the same thought as Josh on GotG. I wonder if the book is allowed to be more experimental now that the movie franchise has been a bit derailed unfortunately. I for one am happy to see where they take it. I was the least happy when the book was trying to be a carbon copy of the movies in characterization. As someone who has been a long time fan of the cosmic side of Marvel it’s been frustrating to see that stuff diminished, but it seems like recently they’ve opened a flood gate for this stuff. I think we saw the seed of this in the Duggan run where he was playing with characterizations more and brought back a good number of the old cosmic characters. I’m gonna stick around for the Cates run. I like these characters, and I wanna see what he does with the property. On paper he should be a good fit for GotG.

    I 100% agree that talking Groot is a terrible idea. He’s talked briefly in the past, but he works so much better as a cypher linguistically. Also taking Rocket out of the picture is brave. He’s been a constant since they made the modern line up, and important to the tone of the book. Even more than Star Lord in my opinion. Star Lord was the leader and Rocket was the heart of the team. That said I definitely wanted them to shake this book up so bring it on. Let’s see how this works out. I’m willing to bet he won’t be gone for long.

  5. I agree with both of you on The Immortal Hulk. I am getting tired of Marvel writers feeling the need to add to backstories in order to convolute them so that they can put a stamp on the character like Tony being adopted with parents who were secret agents, the first arc of Venom by Donny Cates, and now this. I struggled with that first arc of Venom, but like the second arc a lot more. I would start with the most recent issue which is 10 where it’s a lot more interesting. The Knightmares arc of Batman is going all the way to issue 69 which is a long time for a dream. Donny Cates wrote both Thanos and Cosmic Ghost Rider. I still don’t buy that character as Frank Castle and it makes a lot more sense if he’s Deadpool.

  6. Agree with both Josh and Conor about not particularly liking these last two “Batman” dream issues. However, seeing Constantine chatting with Batman whilst sitting on the toilet earned points from me. I like gritty watercloset realism, what can I say.

    As for “Naomi #1,” I thought it needed more meat, it felt decompression-y already lol. But I’m onboard for the long haul.

  7. Just finished reading The Wild Storm 19. Reminds me of Planetary in the sense that I didn’t understand what Planetary was really about until around the middle of the series. It took The Wild Storm 19 issues to get there. Seems like a very Ellis move to make us wait this long for the Jenny/Doctor info dump. Looking back now much of this was hinted at and seeded throughout the series, and some of this could be extrapolated from prior Wildstorm knowledge, but for a new casual reader we only just got to the point where the audience is truly up to speed.

    Though now I wonder just how much will be resolved in this series. Is it just going to set the stage for a new continuity that will be explored in other books? I’m curious where this is going.

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