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Wait, What? Ep. 37: Scrapper Troopers

Jeff Lester


Hello, everyone. After some delay, I’m happy to report Wait, What? Ep. 37 is here for you. Despite a giant laser sword cutting my home planet in half, I was able to persevere and get this (and Ep. 38) put together for you.  It is the hope of Graeme and myself that you enjoy them.

First, Ep. 37.  While not short (ninety five minutes or so), it’s actually surprisingly full-bodied on flavor, as Graeme and I talk about our expectations for Chester Brown’s Paying for It and Dave McKean’s Celluloid, as well as review Gingerbread Girl by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover, FF #1, Fear Itself, Axe Cop Bad Guy Earth #2, One Piece, Secret Avengers and a title you probably haven’t heard of that we’ve never discussed before:  Final Crisis.

Oh, and for those of you who like it when Graeme and I bicker, we’ve do some world class scrappin’ over Superman #710, oh my yes.

This feast of the audible should be available on iTunes by the time you read this, but it is also available for you here:

Wait, What?, Ep. 37: Scrapper Troopers

We hope you enjoy and thanks for listening!

4 Responses to “ Wait, What? Ep. 37: Scrapper Troopers ”

  1. One Piece!

    Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece is totally awesome, one of my favorite comics on the stands. There’s also an Oda/Toriyama crossover special that just came out recently, I think. You can check out the TV series on Hulu, which I recommend–it’s pretty faithful, and when it’s not faithful (filler arcs), it manages to stick to the spirit of the book really well.

    On your daily cartoon strips & pacing point–I think it’s important to remember that OP comes out weekly.

    I totally wish I was there for this conversation! OP is a series that benefits from momentum. Once you start getting into the series, everything builds on everything else. Here’s a gang of links where I’ve talked about it:

    What One Piece and Unforgiven have in common
    Why the Baroque Works arc is successful (this has more to do with how Oda crafted the series and drew in readers)
    How to make a boss fight something with real stakes
    On the first three books of the series, which were compiled into an omnibus
    A buckshot piece that covers a lot of ground in terms of what I enjoy about the series

    Lots of art spread over those posts, if you want a taste. Couple scenes from the manga, some clips from the anime…

    In short, though, OP is the best adventure comic. Adventure comics–Superman, Spider-Man, Batman, Dragon Ball, whatever whatever. Cowboys. All of those are telling the same type of story, though with different settings and styles. OP is like 56 volumes deep now (11200 pages, with another 200 due at the top of June). It manages to balance a sprawling cast, and all the drama that’s required to make you love every single person, with the sort of high flying action that gets your blood going. Most of the fights have some sort of dramatic stake at hand that makes them more than just “You and him fight while we rescue the princess,” too.

    And people bawl their eyes out about every three volumes. It’s SO emotional.

    More all Jeff podcasts, please.

  2. Really great podcast this week, guys.

    Hickman is a writer that frustrates me, because I know he’s a really technically accomplished writer, but most of the stuff I’ve read by him just doesn’t grab me. More often than not, I find it to be dull and emotionless. Though that may be indicative of Marvel Editorial seeping into the writer, because I feel the same way about nearly all of their “high profile” writers (Notably Brubaker and Fraction).

    In regards to Axe Cop, I think you’re both right. There is something genuine that connects to the “inner child” of the reader. However, I think the first Axe Cop story I read was the most Axe Cop I ever needed in my life. The internet loves ridiculous high concepts though, so I’m not at all surprised to see its perpetuating popularity.

  3. Fabulous podcast this week!

    Your frustrations over Hickman and Brubaker tapped into something I had been feeling too, and which had started me thinking whether after 30 years I no longer “got” comics.

    Excellent work on the McKean and Chester Brown books too.

    And I, for one, have no problem with “ALL JEFF PODCASTS” but wouldn’t agree that this was one. Well done, sirs, well done.

  4. Sounding the chime for long form comics criticism in the shape of “Too Busy Thinking About My Comics”

    Colin Smith is doing some interesting thinking about the systems at play behind these lifeless books under the banner of POP. What qualities make comics fun and energized? Not necessarily saying that the past is the answer but looking for what works in the medium from a device perspective. It’s a whole manifesto. Recommended reading if you have the time. It’s about 5-7 fairly involved posts.


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