Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #748 – The Flash #761

Show Notes

This week, Josh Flanagan gets a little too familiar with the audience and reveals a weird tattoo thing. Plus, what does Dick Cavett have to do with any of this?

Running Time: 01:00:00

Pick of the Week:
00:02:14 – The Flash #761

00:12:37 – Superman #25
00:18:39 – G.I. Joe #8
00:21:21 – Marauders #12
00:30:05 – Hawkman #27
00:33:02 – The Amazing Spider-Man #48

Patron Pick:
00:36:43 – Bill & Ted Are Doomed #1

Patron Thanks:
00:43:27 – Mike Roe
00:44:38 – Tom Gehrke

Audience Questions:
00:48:31 – Jack R. from Durham, NC wants to know what the all-time top 3 stories are from Marvel and DC.

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  1. ‘Kate’ Kitty Pride getting knuckle tattoos and what’s more about one single purpose is-
    Fu*king Dumb.

    It’s also thirsty.
    This is the kind of thing where a writer is desperate to look like they understand the yutes.
    Don’t worry he gets it- he’s still ‘down’
    Name someone you know with knuck tattoos. Go ahead think about it.
    Tatoos a re a thing- sure but that full and half sleeve craze was 2009.
    This smacks of Stan Lee trying to write the beatnicks into the X-Men 10 years after that was a scene
    It’s just Duggan trying to make the character into something it’s not b/c that’s the story he has in his head.
    I thought he was better than this but he’s just twisting this character and adding stuff just to do it not b/c it’s a natural off shoot of her experiences.


  2. DC

    I’m not well read in DC, but the 80s Batman classics I read mid-noughties and weren’t as impactful of some of the more recent stuff. Batman: Black Mirror, Gotham Central (Omnibus exists, but probably cheating) or Mister Miracle would be my other contenders.

    New Frontier
    Batman: Universe
    Superman Smashes the Klan


    Really hard as Marvel doesn’t have as many single volumes.

    Thor: God of Thunder 1-11 (God Butcher and God Bomb arcs. I think I’d have to get 1-18 in Jason Aaron’s complete collection)
    The Vision
    Alias (Omnibus)

    This doesn’t let me choose first half of Bendis’ Daredevil, Brubaker’s Cap, Squirrel Girl or Captain Britain and MI:13.

  3. Marvel doesn’t have as many single volumes as DC, but you can still pick arcs from runs. I know most people would probably put Born Again on the list and then you have the Dark Phoenix Saga, Marvels, Under Siege, The Kang Dynasty, The Death of Gwen Stacy, Spider-Man: Blue, etc. You could still choose your favorite arc from Bendis’s Daredevil run and Brubaker’s Cap run or one of the collections. Conor and Josh did that where the Kang Dynasty is in the fifth collection of the Busiek Avengers run as an example and Conor picked the first one.

    • Oh sure, and I did choose part of a longer run with the start of Jason Aaron’s Thor. For the top three single volumes I wanted them to be self-contained though. In my opinion storylines in longer runs have benefitted from the build-up and I cannot neccesarily distinguish my enjoyment of the story vs the satisfaction from delivering promises made earlier.

  4. This was supposed to be a reply to Rolacka.

  5. DC is tough. So many great single volumes, even just in their superhero line. I would probably go for All Star Superman, Superman: Secret Identity and Watchmen but I could easily go for another thirty or so options, including those you guys listed.

    I’m much less well versed in Marvel and their lack of self-contained comics, comparatively, doesn’t help. Still, I would probably go for Nextwave, The Vision and… yeah, probably Marvels or the first volume of Ultimate Spider-man.

    • Or, ooh, the arc of Waid’s fantastic Four where they meet “God”.

    • I was going to go NEW FRONTIER, THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, and WATCHMEN until Josh said “only superheroes” and I kind of moved WATCHMEN out of that category… I’m not sure why. I should have asked.

    • Heh, I actually had the same thought, Conor! I also thought it didn’t count. But why not, of course? It’s totally a superhero story. The only reason to disqualify it from consideration is that the characters are not DCU superheroes.

      Mind you, the question is probably more interesting if we exclude Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns. I don’t know if New Frontier is such a given, though, even if it is a truly wonderful piece of work and was definitely in the running for my top 3.

  6. new frontier, all star superman, mister miracle

    vision, kang dynasty, captain america winter soldier

  7. Hey guys, I know this is really late so I’m not sure if you’ll see it but I wanted to comment. First off, loved the episode! In particular, your takes on Flash and Superman really gave me a deeper appreciation for those issues!

    Anyway, on to Marauders. I’m surprised you guys didn’t mention the kiss. I’m not sure if you know, but Kitty’s sexuality has been a long-running bit of contention with fans because she was coded as bisexual in early comics, and Claremont has said that he imagined the character that way and sees Rachel as the love of her life. Her kissing a girl (and the look she gave Rachel) was hugely important for a lot of people because that subtext is now on it’s way to becoming text.

    Also, the Storm scene. When Storm says that Kitty has knuckle tattoos, she’s referring to the ones Kitty got in Marauders #2. The ones in this issue were to replace those since she lost them when she died. So the Storm scene takes place before the party.

    I hope this didn’t come off as preachy or anything, I just wanted to give some context to some things.

  8. I was also confused by those silent panels of Lana in Superman, but my pal Anj came to the rescue… it sounds plausible. Apparently Brad is from the Christopher Reeve Superman movies.

    ‘As for Lana’s faces, here is what I think.
    She sees pics of her in the yearbook with Brad. She’s sort of disgusted … like ‘ugh, I spent time with him when I could have been with Clark.’
    Then she sees Clark, shy and unassuming, lingering in the background of the yearbook.
    Then she sees all the current pics of a smiling, confident Clark hugging Lana.
    And then she realizes that she really missed out.’

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