Pick of the Week Podcast

Pick of the Week #554 – Power Man and Iron Fist #8

Show Notes

Things get out of control, but not til the VERY end, so you’re going to want to hang in there for this extended episode of the Pick of the Week Podcast. Josh Flanagan is certain about his Pick, but Ron Richards makes an unprecedented argument and Conor Kilpatrick’s right behind him. Plus, the source of the out of controlness? G.I. Joe of course. It’s always G.I. Joe.

Running Time: 01:12:59

Pick of the Week:
00:01:55 – Power Man and Iron Fist #8

00:12:08 – Superman #7
00:16:32 – Trinity #1
00:22:06 – The Vision #11
00:25:26 – Civil War II #5
00:33:38 – Batman #7
00:36:11 – Nightwing #5
00:37:45 – Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1954 #1
00:40:42 – I Hate Fairyland #9
00:41:35 – Chew #58

Patrons’ Choice:
00:43:05 – Seven to Eternity #1

Audience Questions:
00:49:20 – Anonymous is in a pickle with his or her local comic book store and needs advice.
00:52:20 – Eric from Chicago derails the episode with a question about G.I. Joe.

Patron Thanks:
01:02:01 – Michael Mahan
01:02:55 – Jeremy
01:04:05 – David Ciley
01:05:12 – Andrew Mohlmann

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  1. Enjoyed the podcast as always, a couple of quick thoughts:

    1. It’s ironic for Ron to question the Pick of the Week (“POTW”) when he picked Howard the Duck twice as POTW. And you can’t get any more esoteric in a Marvel book that Howard.

    2. I think you guys were completely on point with Civil War becoming the Bendis showcase but I think you were restrained from your criticism. Bendis is all about Bendis. He’s the Hulk Hogan of Marvel: He just dominates whatever he can because his success > the company’s success. It’s been that way for a long time.

  2. My 20 YO son threw out a joke that they will explain Captain Marvel’s behavior by revealing that she’s a Skrull or some some kind of imposter in the last issue of Civil War and I laughed then thought about how plausible it would be to do that then have some “The Search for Carol Danvers” storyline written by God, I mean Bendis, then revamp her personality in time for the movies. As lame as that sounds it is completely in the realm of possibility for Marvel. What do you think?

    • They may just as well conclude she’s being mind-controlled (or rather they’re all mostly being mind-controlled) by Ulysses, and he’s ultimately a major villain that none of them saw coming.

      But yeah, I wouldn’t put it past them to try to combine aspects of Civil war with Secret Invasion. Definitely would not surprise me. Works as such a convenient retcon addressing Carol’s on-going character assassination.

      If there were a twist though, I’m still leaning on Ulysses being a villain. His appearance and immediate prominence out of nowhere kind of reminds me of Sentry to some extent.

      Of course… there may not be a twist at all and this may just be a sub-par story-arc. I suppose time will tell.

  3. Don’t take tonight’s hang out attendance as a baseline. Debate and all you know…..

  4. If I could describe Marvel and DC at this point, I would say DC is engaging in serious fan-service, whereas Marvel is taking the opposite route of fan disservice… Or rather taking the opposite route of concluding, well ‘the old fans are well, just old… make way for new fans. Screw overlap…’

    Just speaking entirely for myself, if I were a teen today, I’d more than likely get more into DC than Marvel. And that’s kind of unfortunate considering Marvel heroes are the reason why I started reading comics to begin with.

    They say sales are better than ever however, so maybe I’m just out of touch.

    That said, Superman last week left me with a goofy grin, Trinity left me wanting more… and Civil War left me wondering ‘wtf am I reading’ (in a facial expression sort of way :). Superman was absolutely amazing though, and I hope they keep it up!

    Personally I feel like DC is exploring and re-imagining what made their characters ‘epic’ (if there is such a thing) whereas Marvel is engaging in story-arcs that leave their characters feeling… hollow.

    Anyway, just my 2cents.

    If there’s a silver lining, I will admit that I am actually wondering how Civil War will conclude. But it’s less like looking at a fireworks show in awe… and more like staring at a fender-bender on the side of the road while driving by :S

  5. Now I want some spinning underwear.

  6. For what it’s worth: I highly recommend Hellboy BPRD 1953 Beyond The Fences. It’s daylight, suburban Hellboy drawn by Paolo Rivera. The art is so insane.

  7. Love the GI Joe talk. I liked early Clutch in the comic. The Vamp and Mauler were some of my favorite vehicles. The Terrordrome for Cobra as it had a lot of play value. I remember having enough money to buy the USS Flag or a stereo. I chose the stereo which in hindsight was a poor choice.

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