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Wait, What? Ep. 136: Finally, Finally, Finally.

Jeff Lester

Anyone remember in what book Tolkien references the Battle of the Open-Faced Sandwich?  Infographic/opening salvo by the invincible Kate McMillan. Oh, man. I hope that infographic does not hog up too much of our precious SavCrit real estate–please don’t miss Abhay writing about Lazarus or that piece about how DC ran its print runs for Villains Month, or other fine entries! Also, do join us after the jump for shownotes for our latest “Reunited-and-it-feels-so-good-except-Graeme-and-I-exchange-words-about-Game-of-Thrones-so-how-good-can-we-feel-really?” podcast!

“…Workers Killing Each Other In The Name Of Some Plutocrat’s Lies.” COMICS! Sometimes They Come Back!

John Kane

My Internet is back up! Got no time for smalltalk. Who knows how long this window of technical opportunity will stay open? So, hello, my name’s John and I wrote too many words about two comics and I hope you have fun. A boy can hope, right? So, let the merrymaking commence! Anyway, this…

Wait, What? Ep. 130: Friendly Neighborhood Peaslingers

Jeff Lester

Mmmm, delicious tail… From Batman, Inc. #13, art by Chris Burnham Hey, we are back! Like, backity-back! Like, two full hours of back! Back like Baby’s Got Back! Back, like Back to the Future! Like The Front is back! Like Orange is The New Back! Like Back That Azz Up is back, but with more of a later Outkast-influenced Atlanta sound! Wikipedia! Posterior! Glutes!  Back! After the jump: show notes…are back! Back like [etc., etc.]

Wait, What? Ep. 109: Delightful

Jeff Lester

Two panels from Avengers #1. Captain America sounds kinda bitchy here, doesn’t he? Happy holidays!  Ho ho ho!  Uhh…. Gather Ye Rosebuds While You May! (Man, I gotta outsource the holiday sections of these entries to Graeme or something.  I am really bad at this!) Anyway, behind the jump…Show Notes!

Wait, What? Ep. 106: You Are Number Six.

Jeff Lester

At Graeme’s Behest: the cover to Colder #1 Yeah, that’s a pleasant way to get your Tuesday rolling, eh? Anyhoo, very truncated version of things this time around, I’m afraid but after the jump…show notes!

Wait, What? Ep. 100: Year Zero

Jeff Lester

(One of my favorite hundredth issue covers, by Joe Staton and Dick Giordano for DC Comics) I don’t know why, but for a moment there… I was very afraid this episode wouldn’t end up existing?  I think because, you know, you say something is a thing, as opposed to just being business as usual, and the next thing you know there’s a certain nimbus of expectation around it, even if only to yourself?  Sometimes it  seems like that kind of nimbus makes the best kind of target for capricious fate… Anyway, enough of that “and then he tore his eyes out in the fifth act!” musing, join us behind the jump for show notes and celebratory waffles, yes?

Wait, What? Ep. 88: Starry-Eyed Cynics

Jeff Lester

Yup, we continue to make headway on Operation: Q&A, with perhaps as many as *ten* full questions answered in this, Episode 88 of your friendly, neighborhood Wait, What? podcast. The wolf is at my door (figuratively speaking) so allow me to fill you in on what to expect and then I’ll have to run (literally speaking–I don’t know, it gets complicated but you can figure it out): For a hearty two hours and five minutes (with the first ten devoted strictly to music talk), Graeme McMillan and I gab about which Alan Moore’s universe we’d like to see continued; the recent first issues of Batman Inc., The Ravagers, and Superman Family Adventures; Erik Larsen and The Savage Dragon; digital content and comics…  Read More…

Wait, What? Ep. 86: Defending Your Life

Jeff Lester

(Visual from Art Spigelman’s piece on Maurice Sendak unrelated to this episode, but I adore it too much to ignore it!) Hail and well met, fellow Whatnauts! Sadly, my M.O. of dashing something off in a state approaching sheer terror continues as I managed to put this together in time to hit all of our deadlines but with unexpected side-effect of stripping my soul down to its most bald-tiredian self. Forgive me, won’t you? But, hey, at least as a result you get to dig into the nougaty goodness that is Wait, What? Ep. 86. Packed with seven essential vitamins and minerals, the latest episode of Graeme and I answering your questions is part of this complete breakfast. [Quick shot…  Read More…

Honestly, I have no idea for a title — Hibbs on 7/3

Brian Hibbs

BOYS #57: I really have nothing to say about this issue (other than “I’ve become generally bored with this title, and the only thing that keeps me reading is Hughie and Annie’s relationship”), but how…. bizarrely  ironic, maybe, that this cover came out the same week as ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4? Still, an EH comic. FLASHPOINT #4: Again, not a ton to say — this is competently executed, but it really isn’t buttering my bread, if you know what I mean? –  but on the meta-level, there’s something, again, ironic about the notion that the universe is about to have its reality rewritten by the only true Saint of the Silver Age, who effectively has a form of Alzheimers?  Also? I…  Read More…

A Review of Batwoman in Detective Comics Focusing Mostly on the Art

Joe McCulloch

Detective Comics #858 Here we have the fifth issue of the “Batwoman in…” iteration of this title, and the first chapter in a three-part Origin of Batwoman story. Writer Greg Rucka is on for the duration, as far as I know, but be aware that artist J.H. Williams III will be absent for a while following issue #860; Jock steps in as guest artist for issues #861 through #863, while #864 should see Cully Hamner, artist of the series’ backup feature starring the Question, take that character up front while an unspecified artist (maybe Jock, maybe Williams) does a Batwoman backup. After that, issues #865-#869 should round out Williams’ involvement with the series, god and schedule willing. I don’t know…  Read More…

A Review of Batwoman in Detective Comics Focusing Mostly on the Writing

David Uzumeri

A while ago, my boy Pedro at Funnybook Babylon talked about how sometimes bad art can obscure a less-than-wonderful script, since bad art is easier to bitch about and more easily apparent. I’m here to talk about the inverse, especially as it relates to Greg Rucka’s inadvertent (I’m pretty sure he originally thought this was going to be a solo miniseries or ongoing) return to Detective Comics. Because, let’s be fair: everyone’s talking about how gorgeous and brilliant and formally inventive J.H. Williams III is, but I just haven’t seen people talk about the story all that much. I reread “Elegy” before reading Detective Comics #858 this week, and the entire story works incredibly well as a continuous whole, with…  Read More…

Not a review: Douglas checks out a notebook that’s drifted over from Earth-1

Douglas Wolk

I carry a little Moleskine notebook with me everywhere. The obi they come with advertises that they’re the notebook used by Bruce Chatwin, Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso, although that isn’t strictly true. To that list, we can now add Renée Montoya. Despite Countdown, I do like it when artifacts that ought to belong to one world end up in another. Yesterday, Greg Rucka dropped off a document that had come into his possession while he was working on the Crime Bible miniseries (of which the second issue comes out Thursday): Montoya’s Moleskine, a bulging notebook that reminded me a bit of several Dennis Wheatley and J.G. Links volumes. The pocket-sized notebook, besides copious handwritten notes on Montoya’s investigation of…  Read More…

I Dismember Halloween: Douglas jumps the gun on 10/31

Brian Hibbs

Since I’d thoroughly enjoyed 52, and especially the storyline that involved Renée Montoya and the Question, Greg Rucka was kind enough to pass along some photocopies of the first two issues of 52 AFTERMATH: THE CRIME BIBLE: THE FIVE BOOKS OF BLOOD. (I may have the title wrong: some sources say “Lessons” rather than “Books,” and I haven’t seen a finished copy yet.) The first one, drawn by Tom Mandrake, comes out today; despite the fact that she’s not mentioned anywhere in its tripartite title, this is the new Montoya/Question story, and it’s really satisfying to see Rucka writing her again. For those of you who didn’t follow 52, one of the odder additions it made to the DC universe…  Read More…