Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #433 – Lazarus #8

Show Notes

Josh Flanagan, Paul Montgomery, and Conor Kilpatrick like a lot of comics this week, and that’s way better than other weeks when they didn’t like any comics. Also, find out what Paul likes to do with a shovel and a corpse. Then there are some out of practice voices at the end. Plus, we’re on the march to 1,000 reviews. Then we’re done!

Total Running Time: 01:02:03

Pick of the Week:
00:02:54 – Lazarus #8

00:11:42 – All-Star Western #30
00:16:02 – Star Wars: Legacy II #14
00:18:47 – Justice League United #0
00:23:46 – Secret Origins #1
00:31:52 – Original Sin #0
00:34:45 – Uncanny Avengers #19
00:37:47 – Elektra #1
00:41:30 – Sovereign #2

Book of the Month:
00:43:11 – Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Audience Question:
00:53:33 – Kevin from Fairfax, VA wants to know about comics about fatherhood.

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  1. One comic for new dads (though it not a super hero book) Daytripper had about 3 issue about the main character dealing with fatherhood at different points in his life (from pre-father hood, Father Hood, and into Grandfather), as well as a few issue with him dealing with his own father.

    • Yes to Daytripper. What a wonderful book to life in perspective for a new dad. Easily taken in small chunks too. Just a great story with beautiful art.

  2. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Comics I wish I’d mentioned for the new dad question:

    Saga – From page one!
    Lone Wolf and Cub

  3. dad question: Jeffrey Brown’s ‘A Matter of Life’ or even ‘Darth Vader and Son’ or ‘Vader’s Little Princess.’ Quick reads, so they work for a busy new dad.

  4. Secret Origin was my pick of the week. Between that and Batman Eternal and Flash #30 (how are you guys not into those two?), and of course Action and Batman, I’m FINALLY feeling good about the New 52 again.

  5. Zero was probably my pick of the week. Agree that Batman Eternal is okay. Flash art was pretty rough, honestly looking at the year that DC and Marvel have planned out I am starting to lose faith in DC. Once in awhile you get a story that works but the universe isn’t coming together and everything is far too grim, with earth 2 being even more grim. It makes me really want 5 years later DC books, but not the ones coming in October with the fancy covers.

    I want to like Sovereign but it feels hard to follow for a monthly comic, it jumps around a lot with no fleshed out characters to latch onto, going to give it awhile longer.

    Anyone else reading The Fuse? Good character work so far.

  6. One more “father” story for ya, the Sandman and his daughter story, which a google search tells me was Fred van Lente and Javier Pulido waay back in Amazing Spider-man #616 in 2010 and available in Spider-Man: The Gauntlet vol. 1 trade.

  7. re: Father stories. The first chapter of Superman For All Seasons, narrated by Pa Kent, is fantastic. That was the first time I really understood Superman.

    I agree that most of the parenting material in superhero comics are punch-in-the-gut stuff. Remender seems to be another person who can’t write a sentence without it being about fathers: first volume of his Captain America, most of Uncanny X-Force, his run on Venom, Fear Agent – in all of those stories, “fatherhood” and its consequences are pretty important themes. But, again, not terribly positive (can’t remember which way the Fear Agent angle on fathers was… remember it being there though).

  8. The new52 Batman and Robin Annual #1 is a nice father story. And it’s more kid appropriate than the regular series. Also Lil’ Gotham has some sweet father/son stuff.

  9. Underwater Welder was fantastic and entirely about becoming a dad…

    It’s weird that, with the number of male writers we have on modern comics, we don’t have MORE books about becoming a father.

  10. ochsavidare (@ochsavidare) says:

    This is just a thought, but couldn’t it have been a consious choice to make young Forever look really similar to present day Forever? That way it is even more disturbing that that is what she is spending her tenth birthday doing. The whiplash is greater since we are in present day Forever mind set from the first page.

    Just a thought.

  11. I was actually just examining my shelves for examples of fathers and daughters in comics and came up empty. I did forget about Starman but that feels like that’s about it.

  12. I’d also second Daytripper. I also love the Long, Cold, Dark arc from Garth Ennis’ Punisher MAX run.

  13. Based on your guys’ discussion of Lazarus, I picked up the TP today at my comic shop, and it’s a great title. Thanks for the review!

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