Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #765 – Batman Black and White #2

Show Notes

This week, Josh Flanagan may or may not be drunk while discussing another fun week of comics, the love of classic newspaper comic strips. and the perils of name mispronunciations with Conor Kilpatrick.

Running Time: 01:08:00

Pick of the Week:
00:01:03 – Batman Black and White #2

00:17:52 – Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex #1
00:22:42 – Fantastic Four #28
00:28:12 – Strange Adventures #8
00:32:17 – Post Americana #2
00:37:46 – Marvel #4
00:41:27 – Shang-Chi #5
00:42:25 – Captain Marvel #25
00:43:25 – X-Men #17

Patron Pick:
00:46:14 – Savage Avengers #17

Patron Thanks:
00:52:09 – Gregory Gerads
00:53:28 – Adrian Hosseini

Audience Questions:
00:54:35 – Blake Chastain from the Exvangelical podcast wonders if Marvel’s endless invasion event storylines are a metaphor.

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  1. “A lot of King’s story have an element of PTSD”
    Yeah- just a few.

    I don’t know about anyone else right now, but at the moment the last thing I need right now a story that says Batman can’t really save anyone, or hearing that Ben is going to murder Reed because Reed doesn’t something s horrible he deserves it.
    Read the room.
    Stop trying to reduce super-Heroes to the same inadequacies and failures of the slumpy sad sack average man.
    First off it doesn’t add complexity by deconstruction – it just makes them simple.
    Tragedy isn’t the only way to add weight to the story it’s just the easiest.
    And I personally have had enough.

  2. Patrons bought up all the Savage Avengers STONKS!

    Its been a very good book.
    I wouldn’t have thought I would enjoy it either but I picked up the first issue and I’ve stuck with it since for good reasons.
    It’s not perfect and some issues are better than others but it’s worth it.

  3. The devil is in the details is my new favorite short story. I am surprised you guys didn’t mention the great twist ending At least the way I read it. (I haven’t seen it mentioned any where else yet either so please let me know if i am just reading it wrong)

    *Spoiler warning* If you pay attention to the details like the title suggests you can notice one day was missing (Monday, Dec. 5th). Before the missing strip 5 had been killed and batman figured out they would try and kill 7 for their ritual. After the missing day the commissioner (in the white robes) says that his last sacrifice will complete it and kills himself for a 7th death. So the missing death on the missing day is batman dying, and the batman you see at the end is the supernatural being they have conjured, made stable by the last death “I constrain thee to remain stable”, to protect gotham “gotham is saved, gotham is safe now”

    you can also notice earlier batman says he needs to rush (“didnt have much time left”), but later he (now the mystic being is walking very slowly through the house. The details and having to read into the story, makes this one of the best things i have ever read.

  4. I didn’t make it passed the first issue of Shang Chi. There was something about the craft to the storytelling in the art that was losing me. I had trouble following what was going on. You guys say it ended well, which makes me want to struggle through to see how it ends. That’s a mountain to climb and if I’m honest with myself I’m probably not gonna climb it.

    I don’t know if others are the same way but I feels like there’s alot of pressure on that first issue to sell the book. More so than say a TV show first episode. How many people actually soldier through to the next few issues if they aren’t digging the first? I’m willing to bet not many. I’d literally be sailing only on the momentum of Gene Luen Yang’s previous achievements.

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