Posted by: Jeff Lester on February 5, 2013
Tags: Avengers, Batman and Robin, Blogathon, Brian Azzarello, Brian Buccellato, Chad Nevett, Cliff Chiang, Dora The Explorer, Dr. Who, Dreadstar, Flash, Francis Manapul, Geoff Johns, Gerard Jones, Graeme, Grant Morrison, Green Lantern Mosaic, Hawkman, Hulk, Idi Amin, Jaxxon, Jeff, Jerome Opena, Jim Starlin, John Cassaday, Jonathan Hickman, Karl Kesel, Martin Gray, New Deadwardians, Peter J Tomasi, Rick Remender, Superboy, Superman, Tom Grummett, Tucker, Uncanny Avengers, Wait What?, Wonder Woman
Skip week is over so we are back for another episode or two (we will probably skip Valentine’s Day, I am betting that right now). Before we get into it, though: look at that Jaxxon! What a great drawing of a very old, obscure Star Wars character that I dearly love! Well done, Mr. Graeme McMillan, well done. Please email me if you want to be part of the crew that tries to peer pressure Graeme into drawing more comics…
After the jump: Love! Links! Show notes!
So, yes. Links first, eh? Long-time listeners should be not at all surprised that we are fans of ol’ Jaxxon (the space bunny portrayed above). And, similarly, you may remember that we both have much love for Mike Russell’s Sabretooth Vampire. So imagine my delight to come across the link for “Jaxxon’s 11,” a Star Wars fan comic by Russell and David Stroup–it’s currently incomplete but, hey! 68 pages of old-school Star Wars nerdery. For free!
All right. Let’s get our show notes on, shall we?
0:00-3:03: “Previously on Wait, What?” An introduction/apologia/master plan/what have you with a super-brief discussion of our skip week time off and then moving right into…
3:03-25:33: issues of Green Lantern‘s Rise of the Third Army crossover that Graeme has read, and our befuddlement about Geoff Johns and the current state of the Green Lantern franchise generally.
25:33-32:31: Graeme also received a copy of the Batman & Robin Annual and quite liked it! Jeff read Batman Inc. #7 and was squirrelly about it! Also, thanks to the continuing recommendations of Martin Gray over at Too Dangerous for a Girl, Jeff also read Superman Family Adventures issues #8 and 9 and greatly enjoyed those! Yep, you should think about picking those up.
32:31-38:59: Speaking of cute, Graeme points out that the Comixology collection of Superboy has gotten up to issue #50 of the ’90s run, which means Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett’s “Last Boy on Earth” storyline is now easily available for Kirby fans like me who’d missed it the first time around! Also, currently on sale (at least by the time I initially post this) and verrrry tempting at .99 an issue: Green Lantern Mosaic.
38:59-39:34: Soulful Intermission #1
39:34-51:48: And we’re back: with more Green Lantern talk (for a moment or two). And with more personal chit-chat, as Jeff tells how he and Edi survived their first sleepover with their three year old niece. Somewhat longish, very little comic book talk is involved (although there is some chit-chat about Dora The Explorer) and obviously should be considered optional and bonus material. Will not be covered on the final exam.
51:48-54:34: Comic book news! There’s…not much. Although we do discuss the terrifying process of WTF certification DC Comics is putting forward.
54:34-59:22: Wonder Woman #16! Jeff has some words about it.
59:22-1:06:57: By contrast, Jeff has other words that he has to use about the other comic, Flash #16. Some other chit-chat ensues about the DC New 52 books (specifically, Action). On a similar-but-different note, Graeme picked up the trade of New Deadwardians after hearing Jeff singing its praises and also quite liked it. That means New Deadwardians is two-for-two on the Wait, What? Approval Meter and you should considering picking it up.
1:06:57-1:14:29: We’re just about ready to get to questions (no, really) but we thought it perhaps prudent to talk about Uncanny Avengers #3 first.
1:14:29-1:32:11: Oh, and Avengers issues #3 and #4. Yeah, a lot of talk about Avengers #3 and #4.
1:32:11-1:36:59: And then there were….Questions! Kid Showbusiness on December 6th, 2012 at 1:48 pm asked: What’s your take on this Jonathan Hickman quote: “Most of the talent creating books at Marvel are fairly progressive, so generally we all want diversity in the abstract,” he said. “The problem comes from the fact that the catalog of Marvel (and DC) characters are predominantly straight white male because of the era they were conceived in — and it’s the basic building blocks of what we have to work with. Which begets the question: Well Jonathan, if this is really one of the root causes of the problem, if you really feel that way — if you’re not a fraud — why don’t you just go create some new, more diverse characters?
“Which is where things get tricky,” he continued. “In light of numerous historical examples, contractual realities, and the shelf life of creators, is it really in a creator’s best interest to be making brand new IP for the big companies on the cheap? I mean, we still do it sometimes, because, frankly, we can’t not…it’s in our DNA as storytellers and problem solvers — but is it the ‘right’ thing to do? Would it be right for people to ‘expect me’ to do that? I don’t think so. But that’s just one example — There are others (some even more negative, plenty positive).”
1:36:59-1:48:49: George T on December 6th, 2012 at 1:54 pm asked:
1) I have never read an Avengers comic. If I were to read one issue of the Avengers what should it be?
2) I have never watched or read any Dr Who. What is a good place to pick it up? Other than 1966…
1:48:49-2:06:33: Mike Loughlin on December 6th, 2012 at 4:41 pm said:
1) Which Marvel and DC characters that headline their own books or are members of a team should be put aside for a year or two? Which Marvel and DC characters have been poorly-written the longest?
2) If the Big 2 super-hero comics were redesigned to be more all-ages- and woman-friendly, do you think sales would increase? Has the new readers ship already sailed?
Also mentioned in there somewhere, is Chad Nevett’s amazing blog-a-thon over at Graphic Content and Comics Should Be Good, where you can catch Graeme and Chad talking Peter David’s Star Wars books, Chad and I swapping thought on Jim Starlin’s Dreadstar, Tucker Stone bringing the pain, and much, much more.
2:06:33-end: Closing comments! Natalie Imbruglia! Our first podcast without any discussion of Misfits in almost a month. And only twenty some-odd questions to go. Wow!
Amazing, eh? Yes, Graeme and I thought so too, undoubtedly. As you know, we’ve got ourselves a little ranch out on the iTunes/RSS frontier, you can stop by any time you like. But you can also kick up your boots and sample our wares below, if preferred:
As always, we hope you enjoy and stop by next week for the next one!