Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #412 – The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #5

Show Notes

We’ve got a man down… but not out! In the midst of intense physical pain, Josh Flanagan mans up to join Conor Kilpatrick and Paul Montgomery to discuss the week in comic books! There might be narcotics involved. Those are fun!

Total Running Time: 00:55:00

Pick of the Week:
00:02:22 – The Superior Foes of Spider-Man #5

The Superior Foes of Spider-Man_600:11:30 – Batman #25
00:16:03 – All-New X-Men #18
00:22:16 – Cataclysm: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1
00:24:50 – Astro City #6
00:28:02 – Umbral #1
00:29:38 – X-Men: Gold #1
00:32:20 – Rocket Girl #2
00:33:15 – Superman / Wonder Woman #2
00:36:04 – Thor: God of Thunder #15
00:38:07 – Three #2

Audience Question:
00:40:00 – Sam from London doesn’t like liking popular books.
00:43:46 – Sean from New York has been inspired by comics.

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  1. I’m looking forward to checking out the episode, and I’d like to tell you guys THANKS for keeping the podcast going.

    It’s weird, but ever since the site was scaled back, my comic-buying has decreased dramatically. It seems the previews, comments and reviews went a long way towards getting me excited about upcoming books and keeping me informed on which books I might be interested in checking out. Anyway, the podcast goes a long way towards enhancing my enjoyment of comics. You guys are doing both us readers and the comic industry a huge service. It’s a shame the big-two can’t help finance the site. Then again, I guess that would call into question the impartiality of the reviews.

    Anyway, keep up the great work, it is appreciated! 🙂

  2. Man, Zero Year has been such a disappointment for me.

  3. Good episode as always, Superior Foes is getting added to my pull list.

    You see that rumor about AMC ordering a pilot for Preacher? Seems doomed to fail as I imagine they would have to tone down the violence and language significantly for cable television.

    • But isn’t Walking Dead on AMC as well? I’m not sure there’ll be any need to tone anything down. Anyway, it’ll be cool if Preacher the comic gets some exposure from the TV series the way that it happened for the Walking Dead comic.

      Although I’m happy about the prospect, no way to know if it’ll be any good until it actually airs (if it makes it past the pilot phase).

    • What may doom AMC’s “PREACHER” pilot/series – or somehow fantastically reinvent it? lol – is the fact that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg would be helming it… which I thought for sure would bring a blood-curdling scream of horror from Josh on this week’s podcast! Maybe the guys recorded it before the AMC news was revealed? Or maybe Josh was so hopped up on meds that he’s unplugged from the media for a while. Oh well. Yeah. #interesting

    • @BionicDave: We recorded the day before the news broke and I actually didn’t even read about it myself until today.

  4. Superior Foes sounds right up my alley. I believe the first trade is being solicited in next month’s Previews, so I’ll be sure to preorder it.

  5. The first comic that came to my head for the inspiration question was Transmetropolitan.

  6. I’m the guy who wrote in about Fantasy comics! What an odd surprise to hear my question mentioned again. Umbral sounds excellent, will definitely be checking that out. I’ve been meaning to get around to Johnston’s Wasteland as well. Thanks for the heads up, Paul.


  7. Damn, Paul made me feel like a real stick in the mud with this pick.

    The overdoing it with the “Fight Club” joke in issue #3 gave me the pause. I thought how the whole supervillain support group instantly evoked the fight club scene was funny, but once Spencer started directly referencing the movie in the narration and piling on with the Hippo (Meat Loaf) stand-in scene I just found it a little annoying. I mean, give the readers some credit, Lieber set the scene and mood and I think most men in their 20s-40s would have thought of that scene from “Fight Club” instantly.

    With that said, the “Heisenberg” reference in issue #4 was just too much for me and I dropped the book… Now, other than these things, which I freely admit I’m a bit of a stickler for, is this a common thing Spencer works into his writing? This was my first time reading one of his books and I can’t imagine this kind of stuff is getting into his co-writing gigs with Hickman on Avengers but I guess I’ll see once those collections are released.

    In short, this pick made me think I may have to lighten up on writers who watch a lot of movies and tv and want their readers to know it…

  8. Did Josh pick this song? Love JEW.

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