Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #448 – Rocket Raccoon #2

Show Notes

Conor Kilpatrick is back from vacation to join Josh Flanagan and Paul Montgomery to talk about the week in comics! Also, old iPads, Batman ’89, and Paul’s got some big news!

Running Time: 01:09:59

Pick of the Week:
00:02:07 – Rocket Raccoon #2

Comics:Rocket Raccoon_2
00:10:27 – Moon Knight #6
00:14:56 – Lazarus #10
00:21:04 – She-Hulk #7
00:25:21 – All of the Superman Books
00:32:34 – Howtoons: (Re)Ignition #1
00:35:54 – Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #3
00:37:54 – Flash Gordon #4
00:39:41 – Black Widow #9 / The Punisher #9

Paul’s Movie Homework:
00:43:07 – Batman ’89

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  1. Was “salient” the word you were looking for?

  2. Superior FOES should have been PotW. That book continues to blow me way while HAWKEYE doesn’t. This past issue might have been my favorite yet. Nailbiter was also amazing this week.

    Also Moon Knight and Green Arrow should have got mentions. The creative teams for those changes after issue and i will be sad to see them go. Lemire had a hell of a run. Same for Ellis.

  3. The Prince soundtrack and Danny Elfman score. Not really complementary but I still love it.

    • Another comic site for no discernible reason had an article ripping Prince’s Batman album…feeling outraged, I had a chance to play the album again and it was so much fun to hear. “Scandalous”, “Still I keep Vicki Waiting”, “The Arms of Orion”, “overcrush”…you could just feel how much fun Prince was having in some little studio. So don’t just watch the movie again, listen to the album again too!

      Thanks for reviewing Lazurus…the timing was perfect, I bought the first TPB over the weekend and was really impressed, especially by Lark’s art. Time to get the 2nd trade.

  4. Paul, I’m glad to see you’ve had a change of heart regarding a Mr. Bradley Cooper. I seem to remember you saying not that long ago, and this is a direct quote, “I don’t like Bradley Cooper.”

  5. Ah, such fine memories of that summer of Bat-mania. This segment was quite a gift, guys. Thanks.

  6. Thank you, Batman ’89, for getting me into comics. The first book I ever picked up was Batman 436. Not only was “Year Three” one of the all-time great story lines, I also got to start the same issue as Tim Drake did. Yet, he seems to be aging a little better than I have …

    • As far as great Batman/Nightwing stories go, “Year 3” may be the best story ever produced that DC hasn’t collected. Growing up in Wyoming, I swear we only got Marvel books and Batman (not even Superman books, just Batman) at the one gas station spinner-rack in town but I remember grabbing these issues and the giant-sized Detective Comics #600 that faithful summer…

    • My first Batman was in the middle of that arc. I had no idea what was going on. Then came A Lonely Place of Dying.

    • Batman 434 and Detective 602 were my first. I was already really interested in Batman because of Adam West reruns, but didn’t even know comics were still things that were currently being produced. I thought of them as relics of the past. Thanks to the mania surrounding Batman in 1989, the local newsstand (and the Waldenbooks at the mall) started carrying comics, and very soon after we got our first comic shop in town. So yeah, Thanks Batman ’89!

  7. There is just something about the summer memories of 12 year olds. It really is a unique and influential time. I’m basically the same age as Josh and Conner and have very vivid memories of that summer. Bear with a long bit of story time, or at least how I remember it.

    Where I grew up, I lived about 30 miles from the nearest movie theater, and at the time they only had a couple of screens, so we didn’t go very often. I always thought that was a bit cool, because it meant “Going to the Movies” was a bit special when we did go. We didn’t have air conditioning at the time, and so for several years we made it a bit of a family tradition to go see a movie on July 4th, since it was usually so hot out. in 1989 it was “Batman”. The theater was only about 1/4 full, and we got decent seats.

    The intro with the fly around the bat symbol was awesome. At the time I knew who Batman was from pop culture, but I hadn’t read any comics. So I was amazed they spent so much time with Bruce Wayne. I enjoyed the one liners, and the “New Batmobile”, and fell for the story lines and plot devices. My Mother however was not as swayed. At the height of one of the key dramatic scenes, Batman is hanging off the ledge of a building the Joker standing above him, and my Mom starts chuckling at the absurdity of it all. I turn to her with my 12 year old innocence of not being jaded by decades of movie watching, and ask her “What are you laughing at ?”. Before she can respond, Jack Nicholson’s Joker turns to a gargoyle and asks “What you laughing at ?”. Both my Mom and me start belly laughing, to the confusion of just about everyone else in the theater, including my 10 year old Sister. We got it together a little while later, and made it through the rest of the movie, but from that point on it was broken to me. The 4th wall came tumbling down, and I could never take that movie seriously again.

    Later that summer I remember having a serious (at least for 12 year olds) discussion with my best friend about the movie, and how it had taken over pop culture that summer. I was convinced (and still am) that the movie was OK, but the reason it made such a splash was because we were hungry for a super hero movie, any super hero movie. There hadn’t been any in a while (6 years if you don’t count Superman IV), and Marvel hadn’t done any of note yet. Warner capitalized at the right time with the right summer movie. He thought it was because it was a really good movie. I’ll let history decide who won that one.

    OK after I wrote that story I checked out what movies came out in 1989, dang there are some good ones. And I must confess I think I went to the theater more then a few times that summer, funny how memory works. I know I saw “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” on the Thursday night it came out, since it was my birthday (that was a really big deal since it was a school night). And I also remember seeing “License to Kill”, “Honey I shrunk the Kids”, “Field of Dreams”, “Star Trek V”, and a film I had completely forgotten about “Cheetah” in the theater that summer. Between that and the movies that came out that year that I eventually saw on video tape, I’d call that the most influential year of movies on my life.

    Thanks for letting me share,


  8. No one seems to be mentioning that it was also the summer of Ghostbusters II. Honestly, that was my most heavily anticipated movie of the year.

  9. Your Honor, ladies and gentleman of the audience, I don’t think it’s fair to call my clients frauds. Sure, the blackout was a big problem for everybody. I was trapped in an elevator for two hours and I had to make the whole time. But I don’t blame them. Because one time, I turned into a dog and they helped me. Thank you.

  10. So I think we’re learning any time Paul states he hasn’t seen a movie, it’s only a short amount of time before a new Special Edition Blu Ray is announced.


    As a blu-ray collector, this new power excites me. Can Paul please state (true or not true) that he hasn’t seen the following:

    Big Trouble in Little China
    Fright Night (1985)
    The Last Boy Scout
    A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3 Dream Warriors. (Need a Darabont commentary on that bad boy)

    I don’t seek to abuse this power, just merely seeing if something wonderful can happen. Thank you for your time.

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