Episode 168:Clive Barker’s Next Testament, Justice
League of America 4, Earth 2 Annual, Adventures of Superman 1, The Wake 1 and X-Men 1

Johnny Destructo, Matt Adler, Optimous Douche and Ambush Bug review this week’s books: Clive Barker’s Next Testament, Justice League of America 4, Earth 2 Annual, Adventures of Superman 1, The Wake 1, X-Men 1!

Here is the time chart for each segment of the show, since we have a tendency to ramble:

@$$terpiece Theatre – 01:36
Listener e-mail – 03:49
Clive Barker’s Next Testament – 08:29
Justice League of America 4 – 13:51
Earth 2 Annual – 22:21
Adv Superman 1 – 29:29
The Wake 1 – 34:44
X-Men 1 – 40:42

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5 Comments to “Episode 168:Clive Barker’s Next Testament, Justice
League of America 4, Earth 2 Annual, Adventures of Superman 1, The Wake 1 and X-Men 1”

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  1. Pink Apocalypse says:

    I’m surprised that Optimus didn’t give a heart-felt eulogy for the cancelling of ‘Dan the Unharmable’.

    I seem to recall him instantly gravitating to that book. It’s horribly wrong was just right for him…

  2. Rob Truthfeld says:

    Hey guys.

    I want to apologize in advanced in case this posting becomes one long diatribe. I actually wanted to respond to something that JD posted on Facebook that really saddens, annoys and frustrates me. I’m referring to an interview that Paul Jenkins did with bleedingcool.com explaining the recent letter he wrote to the big two and exposing DC’s practices against their writers.

    Here is the interview I’m talking about.

    Recently we’ve heard names like Andy Diggle and Joshua Hale Fialkov leave books and the only explanation being “creative differences” on the side of the writers. I’ve listen to the podcast loyally and heard recently how you guys have mentioned that if writers are “good” and keep their mouths shut they may get to work for DC in the future, and how DC is dropping exclusive contracts and now after Jenkins interview we actually see some light shed on the shadowy practices of DC and how they only want the names of writers we know and not the actual talent. Like Jenkins describes working on the Dark Knight and asked to have his name removed but because editorial knew that his name would sell a few extra books they lied to us fans and say he had input where he actually had little to none. Same with Andy Diggle and Action comics. Why pay the writer or actually use his talent for any stretch of time when you can just have him on for literally a single issue and then tell fans that the artist is working off of his “plans” for the book.

    Douche, I’ve heard you mention several times that Stormwatch has no direction and purpose. And here is the proof as to why. Because the company actively has no idea what to do with the book. And instead of letting a writer come in with an interesting idea, editorial has to keep it a “marketable” title. DC solely wanted the name recognition of Stormwatch/Authority and the characters but has no clue of what to do with them.

    And as for Marvel, well it seems like they’re sole purpose is to be a companion to the movies now. Keep Iron Man the same so readers can see Robert Downy Jr. on screen and come into the comic shop and be able to try and follow the story after watching the movie. No growth or development, but I suppose that’s been true in comics for a while now. But it feels like at Marvel they’re just rehashing old ideas instead of valuing creativity. AvX seemed to just dig up the bones of the Phoenix instead of comic up with any new concepts. Infinity seems like it’s here solely because Thanos showed up at the end of Avengers. And I don’t know what the fuck Age of Ultron is except a hot mess.

    So I think for the time being I can do the only thing that is within my power and vote with my dollars. I will be dropping all DC titles and all Marvel titles (save for two but that’s because of compulsive collecting purposes in the hopes that one day these practices will end and creativity will return) and take that money and explore independent titles. So if you guys know any good indie books I’m in the market. I hear something came recently that involved a gorilla and a gun is pretty good.

    Again sorry for the diatribe but I needed to get that off my chest.

  3. Grim_Noir says:

    @Rob, “Saga” over at Image is AMAZING, if you aren’t already reading it. Also, “X” at Dark Horse has been fun, so far. (I continue to push “The Shadow: Year One” from Dynamite, but I may be blinded by nostalgia goggles with that one…)

    On the manga side, Rei Hiroe just started writing “Black Lagoon” again after a health scare, so it is worth picking up volumes 1-9 from Viz.

  4. Actually Bug and I were both on the Dan bandwagon. Honestly, I didn’t even know it got cancelled, Lapham tidied everything up in such a way I merely thought it was always a mini-series.

    I do enjoy wrong – once in awhile. Just like I enjoy cute, funny and endearing in the same equal parts. The best books have it all, but they are few and far between.

    Trust me Pink, even though my soul is dark it’s still a shade of gray versus pitch black. Dan was wrong and funny, but completely lacked any moral compass and hence it deserved an undoing.

  5. Rob Truthfeld says:

    @ Grim
    Saga is amazing. I picked up the first trade and I’m eagerly awaiting the second.

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