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Episode 38

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So I’m a couple of days late on this update, It was recorded on Fri the 9th.

First of all, my trip to Minnesota was very nice.  Except for the food poisoning.  That meant no RenFest, and no comic shops.  The day that we were going to spend doing that we were actually so sick that all we did was sleep and complain.  And puke.
After that excitement I was glad to get a chance to go in before my shift and read.  I read ALL THE NEW STUFF and I sort of quickly talk through the pile in  this weeks podcast.

My big favorite was Animal Man.  I loved it, and I can’t wait to read more.  I walked into that one knowing that I like the writer and I like the character, so I was ready to dig the book.  It was so much darker and creepier than I was expecting.  Happiness.

I also really liked Batgirl and after I recorded this, I spent some time talking to my co-worker Heather.  I don’t want to speak for her, but she told me that she was really mad.  She loves Oracle: Barbara Gordon the strong, mature woman who kicks butt in spite of her limitations.  She was angry that they took away Barbara’s inner strength and power and made her sort of rough and unsure.  I can totally see that perspective, and I am willing to bet that it is one that a lot of fans share.  I am ok with it though.  I will really miss Oracle.  I love that character so much.  But I’m also excited about how fresh and exhilarated Babs was to fight bad guys in her cape again.  Gail Simone really knows and cares for this character, so I think she’s in good hands.  I will definitely keep reading to see what happens.

All in all I read more stuff that I liked than that I didn’t.  The reboot is working for me.  How about you guys?

 

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100% Awesome

Wow, it’s been a busy month or so in comics news.  I’m been so busy with the spring time home ownership stuff that I’ve been neglecting GDRC again.  The biggest news has been, to me anyway, Gail Simone leaving Wonder Woman.  There was a couple of days where we all held our breath to see who would pick it up. There was speculation that it would be the rumored Grant Morrison Story, but no confirmation.  We mostly just crossed our fingers that it wouldn’t be some misogynist ass-hat.  Finally the announcement came that it would be J. Michael Straczynski.  I am sad to see Gail Simone leave the title, but I am sort of ok with JMS picking it up.  I have liked most of what I have read of his, and he has this way of taking over a title that then gets made into a movie.  So I am hopeful, but in a “withholding judgement” kind of way.

The really happy news is that Gail Simone will be returning to 2 of my favorite titles, Welcome to Tranquility and Birds of Prey.  I am over the moon about Welcome to Tranquility.  I remember picking it up and loving it, only to have my heart broken by Andy telling me that it had been canceled and that  I had just read the entire run of it. Sadness.

Cosmic!

I have been buying a lot of stuff lately.  Like a ridiculous amount of stuff.  Happily, it’s all been things that I am very excited about.  I used to read a ton of Archie when I was a kid.  I wanted so badly to grow up to be Betty Cooper, and as I saw it, the only thing standing in my way was that I was a brunette.  I read all the Archie family books too, like Josie and the Pussycats, and Katy Keene.  When I saw Jetta in Preview a couple of months ago, I was so spiffed.  It was an Archie family book that I had never read, and it was about a rocket age teen girl! Holy Crap!  I am loving it so far.  I haven’t had a chance to read it cover to cover yet, but what I have had time for has made me really happy.  There is tons of historical stuff in here, and pages and pages of homage pin-up art by modern artists.  I looove this book.

Not for young readers!!

Not For Young Readers!!

This is going to be an awkward transition.  Um.  I also love this book…Wow.  Ok, so Crossed is like as far away as you can get from Jetta without folding reality somehow.  It’s really good though.  The problem for me is that as a retailer I have trouble recommending a book where a character is named “Horsecock” because he uses one to hit people over the head.  This is a dark, violent book.  That makes it sound too dainty.  This is a vicious, disgusting book that happens to have a really compelling story with interesting characters and a fascinating setting.  And it has a rampaging mob of sort of undead crazy people that stab people and then rape the stab holes.  So yeah.  I actually really like it, but it’s a tough one to sell.

If you are a Spokane dweller, make sure you come visit us on Free Comic Book Day, which falls on May 1st this year. There will be all kinds of awesome going on.  For details visit The Comic Book Shop online.  At 5:30 the Northtown mall will be honored by a visit from the 501st Legion.  Come get a picture with Lord Vader, a Tuskan Raider, or a Scout Trooper.  I am personally very excited.

Also coming up soon is Spokane ComiCon. It will be at SCC this year, and there are going to be a boatload of cool guests.  I’ll be there, and so should you.

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Episode 27

Wow! I am having so much fun reading lately.  This episode, I have a couple of favorites from my pull list, and the next installment in the Wonder Woman series.  Firstly, her star-spangled self.

Wonder Woman – The Circle

I am so happy to be getting into the Gail Simone run of Wonder Woman.  After some frankly mediocre storytelling, we finally get some 3 dimensional characters with honest feeling human motivations.  The ladies of the Circle are flawed and frightened, but willing to fight to defend what they cherish.  The story continues on with some of the plot points from the prior stuff, but is much more satisfying.   The art is still exceptional and gorgeous with more work from the Dodsons’ as well as some very good stuff from Bernard Chang in the Green Lantern story in the back of the book.  I do feel like it could be confusing to try to pick up the Wonder Woman title with this book, and I am glad that I deferred to Andy’s suggestion to start with Who Is Wonder Woman. But this really is the good stuff.

Chew Vol 01

Next, I am so glad that Chew is finally out collected so that I can tell you to go and read it.  This is one of the weirdest books that I get, but I love it so much.  It has sold out every single issue so far, and for good reason.  Chew is the story of Tony Chu and his very special talent.  Tony is a cibopath.  That means he is a psychic who gets impressions from the things he eats.  Fruits, vegetables, meat.  People.  You know.  The story takes place in a sort of darkish future where chicken is outlawed, and only outlaws eat chicken.  Like I said – weird, but one of my very favorite things on my pull list.  Rob Guillory does the art, and as fun as the story is, I don’t think it would be half as successfull under a different artist.  Rob and writer John Layman should stick together, they make a great team.

The Unwritten Vol 01

Lastly, I have The Unwritten. This title, like Chew, I am subscribed to in single issues.  When I saw the first issue in Previews months ago, I knew that there was no way I was not going to sign up for it.  Written by Mike Carey with art by Peter Gross? Automatic addition to the pull list right there.  Combine that with a story about the power of stories and it goes right to the top of my stack every month when I take it home.  My only complaint about this series is the covers.  I actually like them as art, but as something to sell a non-reader on the series, they are disappointing.  If I were just scoping out the wall looking for something cool, I would almost certainly pass these by.  That would be a crying shame because this is one of my favorite titles since the Books of Magic series (also with art by Peter Gross).  This feels like the Vertigo stuff that got me to read comics in the first place.  Yay!

This was a fun podcast to do from a gear aspect as well.  I have a new microphone, and I really like the warmth I am getting out of it. Now I just need to work on my guitar playing and I can start writing angsty folk songs about the tragedy of secret identities, and how no one understands how alone super heroes are.  Or maybe I’ll leave the nerd music to talented people like Kirby Krackle.

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Wow, episode 2 already?

We open this week with a bit of an intervention:
Watchmen Cover
Classic DC

The Watchmen by Alan Moore, Art by Dave Gibbons

This is a good book. A classic, and one that I do think all comics readers should spend some time with at some point. I just don’t think this is a good intro to graphic novels for a beginner, and I think a lot of the people buying it right now fit into that category

Flight Cover

Random House

Flight Vol 05 – Edited by Kazu Kibuishi

This is a short story anthology that lives up to its predecessors. This book has a lot of stories in it by a very eclectic group of creators. I selected a few of my favorites to talk about, but it was a challenge to pick. My absolute favorite from this book is the story “Changeling” by Sarah Mensinga. If you have a chance, take a peek at her galleries.

Birds of Prey Vol 02 Cover
DC

Birds of Prey : Sensei and Student – Writer Gail Simone, Pencils Ed Benes, Alex Lei, Michael Golden, Joe Bennett, Cliff Richards, Covers Greg Land

I love love love this book. It is a lot of fun, beautifully drawn, and gives me an opportunity to invoke The Rule . If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Allison Bechdel, start here, then spend some time digging through the archives over at Dykes to Watch Out For. This book also features covers by Greg Land, who has a reputation for tracing porn for reference. Just take a look at Black Canary there!

Bride o/t Water God 01 Cover

Dark Horse

Bride of the Watergod Vol 01 By Mi-Kyung Yun

I got way more out of this book than I expected. This is an ongoing manhwa series, and I intend to continue following it. If the subsequent books are as good as the first, I will be very happy. Beautiful art with a sweet fairy-tale story.

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