Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #495 – Prez #2

Show Notes

Things run a bit amok as Josh Flanagan makes his pick and Conor Kilpatrick and Ron Richards hop on the Long Island Expressway to go for a ride. The usual comics mirth is added by distractions and X-Boxes… lots and lots of X-Boxes.

Running Time: 01:04:25

Pick of the Week:
00:03:09 – Prez #2

00:12:50 – All-New Hawkeye #4
00:16:20 – We Are… Robin! #2
00:19:02 – Weirdworld #2
00:21:27 – Aquaman #42
00:27:15 – Cyborg #1
00:30:54 – Birthright #9
00:32:15 – Uncanny X-Men #35
00:34:07 – Grayson #10
00:36:06 – Star-Lord and Kitty Pryde #1

Audience Questions:
00:41:12 – Henrik from Stockholm, Sweden wants to know which comics TV shows Ron has been watching.
00:43:54 – Nathan wants to know our favorite Hellblazer runs.
00:47:56 – ENTER THE THUNDERDOME! Taylor from Santa Clarita, CA writes in to ask what artist we think exemplifies the current age of comics.

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  1. I agree that the look of Samnee and Rivera is the for at least right now is the most influential and copied style these days.

  2. Did Ron get high before the show??

    The whole Silver Surfer was in space so he wasn’t affected by the entire remaking of reality is horse shit.
    Doom didnt just reshape earth. He’s keeping Galactus as a pet all the major cosmic figures are dead,
    There are multiple Silver Surfers on Battleworld bc Doom made them.
    Doom literally reshaped reality- ALL of reality.
    It’s why this event is so infuriating if you stop for even a sec to think how stupidly ambitious it is for something that is just supposed to be a series of What Ifs.

  3. I think you could make a case for the Fraction/Aja Hawkeye being the defining work of this decade, although perhaps it’s too early to tell. I don’t know if it’s the art or the writing specifically, but both Marvel and DC seem to want that type of book at the moment–that quirky, indie sensibility married to superhero comics.

  4. I haven’t listened to the show yet, but I totally agree with Prez making the top pick.

    Two issues in, and I’m having more fun with this book than any other book I can remember over the last few years.

  5. I think Conor hit the nail on the head when he suggested David Aja as the defining artist of the 2010s. While there are indeed a variety of styles out there now. I think Aja, actually starting with Iron Fist, has a style that is trying to be emulated. It’s a cartoonish, super expressive (particularly in facial expression and body language) that we see I’m the work of Samnee, Martin, Scalera, Staples, Guillory, and so many more. While these are varied artists, I think they all have a similarity in the fact that they are cartooning and expressively telling story. It’s why newer books like She-Hulk, Batgirl, Black Canary, and Silk are recruiting artists of a similar ilk, I think. You guys referred to the look as retro but I don’t think it is. Only in that it gives off a 40s, 50s, or 60s vibe, but the only guy I can think of that expressively in that time is Eisner. I do think Darwyn Cooke and Eduardo Risso could be the true predecessors but they did it a decade sooner.

    I have to disagree though that this is a writer’s decade. I think that was the ’00s for sure with guys like Bendis, Fraction, and Kirkman rockin’ it. I was certainly buying titles based on writers. Currently, I think we are switching to an artist’s decade again with so much storytelling being expressed through art. McKelvie, Scalera, Staples, Martin may be telling their titles stories better than their writers currently, I think. I like Black Science’s artistic storytelling more than Remender’s words right now, for example. Which is crazy because I really dig Remender.

    Glad you got Weirdworld, Josh. The more far out the Secret Wars title is, the more I’m enjoying them.

  6. Josh, you could indeed play the original xbox on a closed LAN. It was the only way I every played it, back in high school me and my friends would play at our buddy’s house and it was the best. We mostly played Halo, but we would also move the systems into different rooms and play Splinter Cell and hearing someone scream down the hall after you sneak up on them was amazing.

  7. Re: Delano’s Hellblazer run
    Josh, I’ve been reading the Fear Machine storyline from Delano. (I think it starts in Hellblazer issue #14) Anyways, John takes up with a bunch of hippie/pagan types and starts living in campgrounds and rvs with them as he’s being sought by the police in London. Bearded-hippie Constantine is pretty funny even though he’s #notmyjohn.

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