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Wait, What? Ep. 137: Zombook Club!

Jeff Lester

This and Battling Boy are the subjects of today’s book club. Go pick up copies and argue along! Greetings from the Cosmic Habitrail! (That is how Flash now gets from one dimension to the next, right?) Due to an overabundance of running around and an underabundance of organizational skills, I have very, very brief show notes for Episode 137, our Book Club edition. but! I do also have a two hour long podcast for you, so… <nudge, nudge>. Eh? Eh? After the jump…both of those things!

Wait, What? Ep. 131: Linkpocalypse

Jeff Lester

Motofumi Kobayashi’s Cat Shit One: Another great reason to love comics. Yes, okay! As always, I have nothing clever to say in this space, but unlike always, I’m not going to waste your time saying it. I’ve got show notes with images! Links! Prizes! (There are no prizes!) Torrid confessions! (There probably will not be any torrid confessions.) After the jump: Show Note Machine…Go!

“I Tried Everything Else.” COMICS! Sometimes Chaykin’s Awake!!!

John Kane

Hopefully you all made it through any storms okay, my American friends! If you did I’ve got some rubbish about comics for ya. Content! You might not want it, you might not like it but it’s there!

Wait, What? Ep. 84: Q and A DNA Q

Jeff Lester

First off, our new graphic is courtesy of the incredibly talented Adam P. Knave (who on top of all the other things he does and does well, has added podcaster to the mix. Go check out The Glory, The Glory, why don’t you?) and our old dashed-off scattershot introductions to the podcast, courtesy of me who has once again managed to land himself behind a scheduling eightball. But!  That doesn’t mean we didn’t attend to our duties, as far as answering your questions go.  On the contrary, Episode 84 of Wait, What? is our first hour and forty five minute foray into the savage wilds of your inquiries.  Among the ground covered by Graeme McMillan and me:  our recommendations for…  Read More…

Wait, What? Ep. 75: Joshua Judges OMAC

Jeff Lester

[Above:  Not a deliberate shout-out, I'm sure, but we'll take what we can get, of course.] Thanks for your patience during our mild vacation! In return, we offer you Wait, What? Ep. 75, which features more than two and twenty minutes of Graeme McMillan and me “stealing the air” or “pump[ing] up the volume” or whatever it is you “kids” call it. [Thanks to Joolian for pointing out that should really read "two hours and twenty minutes," damn my eyes!] Do we talk Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and The Walking Dead? Do we, ever! Dare we discuss Gary Friedrich, Ghost Rider and Marvel? Dare, we do! Tire I of answering rhetorical questions? Frankly, yes, but I won’t let that get…  Read More…

Some small notes RE: DC (& Digital) from this year’s ComicsPRO meeting

Brian Hibbs

I’m just back from Dallas and the 2012 ComicsPRO meeting. I forgot that the laptop didn’t have any of the log-in info for the Savage Critic site, and I forgot to write it all down, so, gr to that! I have an entire Tilting column that I’m going to write which is sort of kind of “about” the meeting (but not really, since that won’t be for three more weeks, and then we’re talking about the past, which no one ever likes!), but I don’t think I’ll have any room there for any of this stuff. I wrote these all down on scraps of paper, but I did ask that I can report them… but I might have made a…  Read More…

“They Gave Their Lives…Just For THAT?” Comics! Sometimes They “Dare To Be Different”!

John Kane

Old war comics written about by old man – pictures at Eleven!

Graeme Takes On The New 52. All At Once.

Graeme McMillan

You know, before DC Comics so politely sent me the entire run of the New 52 launch issues, I don’t think that I’d ever read an entire month’s worth of a superhero universe before. I have to say, it’s kind of exhausting. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not going to try and run down very quick capsule reviews of all 52 right here, right now, as Fatboy Slim once said many many years ago oh God I am so old.

Wait, What? Ep. 46: Sympathy for the Mephisto Analogue

Jeff Lester

So much time! So little to do! (Wait a minute. Reverse that.) It’s the latest episode of Wait, What? wherein Graeme McMillan and yours truly talk about those comic books what need talking about: Wolverine #9; Flashpoint tie-ins The Superman Project #1 and Reverse Flash #1; James Robinson’s JLA; Earth X; Green Lantern Mosaic; Kirby Genesis #1; Steve Englehart’s Captain America and much more. You might even discover the true identity of that cute little tyke up there. It should be available on iTunes by now, and it is also the sort of thing that you could be listening to here and now, if that’s the sort of thing that kung-pao’s your chicken: Wait, What? Ep. 45: Sympathy for the…  Read More…

Tilting #203 is live

Brian Hibbs

Find it at CBR, all about how the market is likely to respond to DC’s reboot plan.   I thought I was clear, but, man, already the talk back threads are filled with people who don’t seem to have much reading comprehension?   Anyway, chat here, as well, if you like.   -B

Preliminary thoughts on DC’s announcement

Brian Hibbs

I think the “official” one that DC wants you, the consumer to see is the US Today one, but I think that Bob Wayne’s statement is probably the better one to look at.  I’ll reprint this below the jump…  

Tucker Goes Deep Inside Hal Jordan’s War

Tucker Stone

Green Lantern 64 (Part One of War of The Green Lanterns) Hal Jordan? Funny you asked. As a result of of the death of his father, he’s refused to acknowledge fear, forever living a life of risk and insubordination. He lacks professionalism and restraint and has never been able to keep his emotions in check. The Green Lantern Corps–a paramilitary police organization whose shield he operates under–was willing to look the other way, until he started hanging out with aliens who have and use colored rings from other spokes of what’s been called “The Emotional Spectrum”. Forming what’s been called the Rainbow Squadron, this unofficial team of Jordan’s is unacceptable to the Corps, so he must be, and he will be…arrested….  Read More…

Jim Lee’s Digital visual analogy

Brian Hibbs

I’m just back from Dallas, and the 2011 ComicsPRO meeting. It was a very very very good meeting — there is literally not a more productive weekend in comics on the calendar, though a lot of what happened and was discussed won’t, necessarily, interest you the consumer. I will, I think, have a much fuller report in a few weeks in  the next TILTING, but in the meantime I want to share one bit while its still fresh in my mind. A lot of time was spent on discussing Digital, as you might expect, but early on on the first day, DC co-Publisher Jim Lee made a visual analogy that sort of guided my thinking for the rest of the…  Read More…

Look, Up In The Sky: Graeme On The First Post-JMS Superman

Graeme McMillan

From the very first page, you can tell that someone new is handling SUPERMAN #707. After more than half a year of a passive, dickish Man of Steel walking across America and coming across either standoffish and dick-like or curiously naive, the first page of the issue has Superman doing three “super” things – Stopping a bank robbery (with bullets bouncing off his chest!), saving a girl’s life (by stopping a train! With his bare hands!) and grabbing a falling helicopter. It’s as if new writer Chris Roberson thought, “People might need a reminder why Superman is awesome.”

Graeme’s 2010 Guilty Pleasure: Justice League of America

Graeme McMillan

Apropos of nothing, I re-read James Robinson’s run to date on JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA over the weekend – in part because I hadn’t read the latest issue by that point, and wanted to remind myself of what was happening before I did – and, as I did so, I realized two things. Firstly, it’s actually a book that I’ve come to really love, despite itself. And secondly, I can completely understand why that “despite itself” might be such a problem for everyone else.

Long Live The Levitz: Grading Paul’s First 6 Months On Both Legion and Adventure

Graeme McMillan

I’ll say this for Paul Levitz: He’s got an amazing fast learning curve for making comics work. Or, at least, half of one. When LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1 debuted six months ago, I admit to being disappointed by a script that seemed more expositional than enjoyable, and more predictable and awkwardly-paced than my (admittedly rose-tinted) memories of his 1980s run on the title would’ve led me to believe. But now that #6 is out, it feels as if the old magic is back.

Tucker Can’t Get Enough Of Waxing Babies

Tucker Stone

Mommy got me an exclusive.

Some initial thoughts on DC’s new Publisher(s)

Brian Hibbs

My very very first thought was “Well, wait, where does that leave Karen and Vertigo?” My second thought was “Just knowing the little I know about Life and Power, a five-headed power-sharing structure doesn’t seem like it has much practical chance to work.” My third thought was “Well, good for Jim and Geoff” as this expands on what they were pretty much already doing, and gives them some Portfolio, and, we would hope, a pay raise to keep doing it. My fourth thought was, and this was my uncharitable one, “Uh… Dan? Really?” I haven’t made any particular secret that I don’t like many of Dan’s editorial policies and instincts, but that’s all Armchair Quarterbacking on my part. *I* don’t…  Read More…

A quick thought on the "Earth-One" OGNs

Brian Hibbs

Heidi has a good write up on DC’s newest initiative — basically, it sounds like DC’s version of the “Ultimate” line, but they’re skipping out on the serialization, and going straight to OGNs. There’s not a ton of details in terms of exact format, pagination, or release schedule, so let’s make some assumptions. Let’s assume they’re going to try for two releases of each character a year. Let’s also assume that they’ll be handled somewhat like THE JOKER HC from Azarello and Bermejo from late last year — roughly 128 pages, in HC, for $24.95. A monthly comic, of 22 pages each, would yield approximately 264 pages at the end of a year — in this assumed OGN format, we’re…  Read More…

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Brian Hibbs

[ONE EDIT: 9/9/09 9:54 PM, scroll to the next brackets] As you may have now heard, Paul Levitz is now out at DC, and DC Comics will now become “DC Entertainment”, headed by Diane Nelson. This is, I think, much bigger news than the Disney/Marvel thing from last week. Paul certainly has his shares of detractors, but I’ve always thought of him as the Smartest Man in Comics, and absolutely one of the key Architects and Protectors of the DM. Rich Johnston (of all people) has probably the best “eulogy” for Paul over on Bleeding Cool. [HERE'S THE EDIT: Kurt Busiek nails it even better than Rich] I think Paul is a Class Act, and there’s nothing more that I…  Read More…

Hibbs’ thought for the day

Brian Hibbs

It’s said that this week’s ACTION and DCU: DECISIONS were also pulped because of some sort of other problem — ACTION for showing Clark drinking beer on the cover. His bottle is now very glaringly labeled “SODA POP”. You just know that Pa Kent has a moonshine still… But DCU: DECISIONS is even weirder for me — apparently it was to “de-Condi” one of the candidates, but between solicitation and publication, the cover suddenly now has a piece of graffiti on a wall that says “Heroes don’t vote!” which, to me, is like 10,000 times worse than Clark drinking a brew, or Condi in the DCU. To me, I read it as “Hey kids, be a hero: Don’t vote!” *brrr*…  Read More…

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