Posted by: Jeff Lester on March 4, 2013
Tags: Action Comics, Al Ewing, Angel and Faith, Annie Wu, Avengers Assemble Annual, Bad Machinery, Batman and Robin, Black Beetle, Brandon Graham, Brian K. Vaughan, Channel 52, Chris Burnham, Chris Roberson, Christos Gage, Constantine, David Aja, David Boswell, Digital Comics, Fiona Staples, Flash, Graeme, Grant Morrison, gratuitous Reid Fleming reference, Hawkeye, Heart Break Comics, Jeff, Jeff Lemire, Jennifer Blood, Keith Giffen, Legion of Super-Heroes, Matt Fraction, Patrick Gleason, Paul Levitz, Peter J Tomasi, Prophet, Reid Fleming World's Toughest Milkman, Saga, Simon Roy, The Following, The Strangers, Wait What?, Young Avengers
Yep, it looks like this posting on Monday thing might be our new podcasting schedule for the conceivable future. I hope it is not a problem for everyone (including Hibbs, who just posted the shipping list a few hours ago, do go check it out and comment.
After the jump: our charming and trying-hard-to-be-respectable old chum–the show notes.
0:00-5:11: Here’s our opening, a bit more truncated than usual, just so we can jump in with the Bizarro talk and humor for children.
5:11-11:41: This is definitely a full spoiler episode for the stuff discussed (although as Graeme points out, a lot of the stuff under discussion have discussed and spoiled by the mainstream press). And although that sounds like the perfect lead-in to our discuss about Batman, Inc. #8, we actually end up talking a bit about Channel 52, DC’s spoilery back-up feature currently in all its books, Dan Didio’s writing which leads into Graeme’s discussion of…
11:41-18:46: the latest issue of Legion of Super-Heroes, by Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen. Graeme makes it sound pretty amazing, let’s put it that way.
18:46-22:26: Graeme has also read Action Comics #17 (which Jeff read last week) and Graeme is far kinder about the work than Jeff was.
22:26-32:24: And so by comparison and contrast, there should be a discussion of Batman, Inc. #8 starting here…but instead we give a shout-out to Excalibur Comics in Portland, Oregon and grouse a bit about the Constantine preview currently popping up in DC books.
32:23-49:13: And then *finally* we get to Batman, Inc. #8. A lot to talk about here, with Graeme bringing the hard questions and Jeff bringing the jabber.
49:13-1:05:55: Also, in another round of DC Catch-Up, Jeff read Batman and Robin #17, that strange book that bridges the Morrison and Snyder sides of the Batverse, and what its future might be post-Batman, Inc. #8.
1:05:55-1:08:40: Getting away from the Big Two books, Graeme and Jeff are both pretty enamored of Jennifer Blood, issues #22 and #23. We are very careful not to spoil any of the very big things going on in this book, but they are pretty darn good.
1:08:40-1:18:18: Saga #10! Although we start off by saying we will not spoil the end of Saga #10–Spoiler!!–we totally go on to spoil the end of Saga #10.
1:18:18-1:22:21: Jeff really liked issue #34 of Prophet, since he feels that Simon Roy really bring the “Space Conan” vibe to the issues he works on.
1:22:21-1:33:26: Graeme and Jeff are apparently really out of the swing of answering questions, but we do have a few things to talk about that have been brought up by commenters in our threads recently about craft and intention and clarity.
1:33:26-1:42:37: It’s been a while since we’ve digressed to cover other areas of pop culture, but Graeme has a recommendation for Jeff: The Following. What does the show have to do with DC Showcase: World’s Finest, The Strangers and Bad Machinery, both from Oni Press ?The answer may surprise you! (Probably not, but, hey, you never know…)
1:42:37-1:45:21: Jeff has a recommendation in his very-late-to-the-party kind of way. If you like your comics in digital format, David Boswell has put up (nearly) all of Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman on his website for “pay what you like” downloads. Even Heart Break Comics, the amazing original graphic novel from back in the day (1984?) is available, and they’re all fantastic.
1:45:21-end: Speed round reviews! From Jeff: Witch Doctor Mal Practice #4, Black Beetle #2, Flash #17, and Avengers Assemble Annual #1 by Christos Gage and Tomm Coker. Graeme has things to say about Brandon Seifert’s other work, the excerpt from The Fictional Man, Al Ewing’s latest novel, Angel & Faith #19, Young Avengers #2, and Hawkeye #8 by Matt Fraction and David Aja. Do we also mention Hook Jaw? Of course we do! Also, we thank those who have supported this podcast by sending Jeff digital copies and other materials — a topic about which Jeff was quoted in this article by Todd Allen over at Next Web — and if you listen at the close at the ending, you can hear how Jeff COMPLETELY misunderstood what was happening at the beginning. That’s, like, some serious circularity, man.
Okay, so since this is getting posted at the same time I upload to iTunes, there’s a chance it’s not out in the wild yet, but you can find it below, ripe for the plucking (I’m not the only who finds that phrase a little on the obscene side, am I?):
As always, we hope you enjoy and thank you for listening!