Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #730 – DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1

Show Notes

Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick discuss the first half of one of their all-time favorite comic books, which throws the problems with the current versions of some of their favorite characters into stark relief, especially as a handful of new comics appeared this week. Also, Ron Richards returns as we enter a new era for G.I. Joe!

Running Time: 01:18:16

Pick of the Week:
00:02:34 – DC: The New Frontier, Vol. 1

Comics:
00:29:30 – The Green Lantern: Season Two #3
00:33:54 – Hawkman #23
00:35:25 – The Flash #753

Patron Pick:
00:39:38 – Bad Karma #1

Patron Thanks:
00:47:37 – Greg Rhinehart
00:48:57 – Ryan Mount

G.I. Joe Corner:
00:52:28 – “In the Cobra’s Pit” The Revenge of Cobra, Pt. 1

News:
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  1. I was hoping you would cover DC: The New Frontier after you covered JSA: The Golden Age and I’m glad you are covering the second volume next week. It is probably my favorite super hero story and it is absolutely my favorite Justice League story. I remember one of your interviews with Darwyn Cooke when the movie came out where he said the one scene that he wished made it in was Hal meeting Chuck Yeager. It is just so good. I don’t know if it’s the plan, but I hope you consider covering Justice League: The New Frontier Special #1 the week after you cover volume 2.

    It is great and I love the first meeting between Batman and Superman with Wonder Woman intervening where that issue isn’t in volume two with coming out at the time of the movie. It is in the Deluxe Edition though. That story from the issue clearly had influence from The Dark Knight Returns and is an interesting parallel with Superman being sent by the government after Batman, but it ends very differently. The New Frontier definitely has my favorite version of Hal and Barry. Re-reading it just makes me want to have more of that from DC since it really is inspiring and is also aspirational. That doesn’t happen enough nowadays in super hero comics.

  2. I like that you guys are effectively doing booksplodes in the pick of the weeks now. It mirrors what I’m doing and alot of people are doing. This week I reread God Loves, Man Kills because that’s my favorite time period for the X-Men and it’s up there as far as X-Men stories go (I’d say toward the top if not the top). Then the first Lock And Key trade because Netflix got me excited about that again.

    Also keep going with the GIJoe stuff. I want you to get to Serpentor so we can see that same story framework play out yet again. I always enjoyed just how ridiculous Serpentor was and how he throws off the Cobra power structure.

  3. Great episode Josh & Conor. I’ve been out of the comics world for 5 years. On your stellar review of DC:NF I renewed my ComiXology sub (an entire discussion itself) and I really agree, it’s such an enjoyable book. I’m not a superhero follower, but Vol 1 is like the perfect comic, it’s how I felt about my gateway into comics 10 years ago with Alex Ross’ Kingdom Come. I love how the storyline of WW and Superman is complicated. Having them ‘weigh in’ on victims of the Vietnam War was unexpected, and gives us pause to really think about what a hero’s role would be, or whom they would truly support and watch. In our wacky doodle times now, having rediscovered comics is what I needed right now.

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