Episode 220: Batman and Wonder Woman 30,
Sinestro 1, Superior Spider-Man 31, Hulk 1,
Solar Man of the Atom, Image Revolution Documentary!

Johnny Destructo, Matt Adler, Ambush Bug and Optimous Douche review this week’s books: Batman and Wonder Woman 30, Sinestro 1, Superior Spider-Man 31, Hulk 1, Solar Man of the Atom, Image Revolution Documentary!

Here are the time stamps, since we tend to ramble:
e-mail – 02:02
Batman and Wonder Woman 30 (Pete J Tomasi, Patrick Gleason) – 07:08
Sinestro 1 (Collun Bunn, Dale Eaglesham) – 19:32
Superior Spider-Man 31 (Dan Slott, Christos Gage, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Will Sliney) – 26:15
Hulk 1 (Mark Waid, Mark Bagley) – 43:36
Solar Man of the Atom (Frank J. Barbiere, Joe Bennett) – 49:15
Image Revolution Documentary (By Patrick Meaney) – 57:21

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11 Comments to “Episode 220: Batman and Wonder Woman 30,
Sinestro 1, Superior Spider-Man 31, Hulk 1,
Solar Man of the Atom, Image Revolution Documentary!”

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  1. Terry O'Brien says:

    Gentlemen, good show.

    I am compelled to write this week after devouring all 25 episodes of Attack on Titan, an amazing anime series, and discovering it is based on a Japanese comic book of the same name. I am 100%, irrefutably NOT an anime nerd; the last series I watched in full was Starblazers back in 1978 or so. But I watched this one after it kept popping up in my Netflix recommendations with a 5-star user rating. I was… not disappointed.

    So, have you seen and/ or read it? Despite it being Japanese sci-fi, I found it had a lot in common with TWD in tone; infused with a constant sense of dread and search for a larger mystery. If you haven’t, I strongly recommend it; 25 episodes x 20 minutes (once you learn where to start/ stop) is not a huge time investment and I think you will find it rewarding because you’re a bunch of sick fucks.

  2. Tigger11 says:

    First of all isn’t Ambush Bug more like Gamora then Rocket? The podcast was good as usual, and have to agree that the end of Superior Spiderman was a little too neat. We have a 29 issue arc, and then in a final two issues everything is fixed really really easily. Its One More Day all over again with all of Ock’s issues wrapped up and us back to happy go lucky Peter. Also the whole Gwen Stacy homage was silly. I am going to say it again for the slow people in the group. Gwen Stacy has been DEAD since 1973, that is before most current comic readers were born, much less were reading comics. She appeared in a total of 80 issues from #31 (her first appearance) till #121 (Peter snaps her neck), including annuals and crossovers. Most of that time she is dating either Harry or Flash. Peter and her have like 3 dates, before her death, he dated Betty Brant lots more then her, he dated Mary Jane before and obviously after, and eventually married her, its a little silly to be throwing a shout out to a character killed 41 years ago. Especially now that we retconned her history so that we find out she was pregnant the entire time she was dating Peter with Norman Osborne’s twins until she secretly gave birth to them, and the whole reason Norman Osborne took her to the top of the bridge was about trying to leave with their children and not about wanting to lure Spiderman into a fight.

  3. On Anime, I fear, shun and then try to destroy anything different.

    Ambush Bug is really most like John C. Reilly. The podcast was not good, I would never give us even above marginal. Except the lost babes in Toyland footage, that was slurred gold.

    It was all Gwen’s fault for not having a stronger neck. Stupid Gwen and her bird bones.

    This has been brought to you by the letter C for contrary.

  4. Grim_Noir says:

    @Terry, the manga for “Attack On Titan” goes way beyond the anime (even though there are rumors of a second season coming next year). It is published in the U.S. by Kodansha Comics USA and it is currently over 13 volumes long.

    Also, if you dug “Starblazers” as a kid, there is a really good reboot called “Starblazers 2199″ that began coming out on Blu-Ray in February from Voyager Entertainment. (Hopefully, it will hit Netflix and HuluPlus) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnpEU8DPzZ4

  5. def says:

    Re: All-New X-Men 25 vs Ultimate Spider-Man 200… I read Spider-Man after commenting about X-Men, and I liked it a whole lot better. The splash pages were in service of the characters, and their view of Parker. With X-Men, I have no clue what was going on. It seems like Bendis just reached out to a load of artists and asked them what they wanted to draw, and then tried to squeeze it into the issue. It wasn’t that the issue pushed things forward incrementally so much as that it wasn’t a story, just a pile of ‘what ifs.’ Anyway, to each their own.

    About that Image doc, I’d like to check it out. I find that era really interesting to this day, and I reread that part of the Marvel book that came out a year or two ago. The Image boom nearly killed comics for me forever. I quit Spawn with issue nine, Wildcats about issue four, and all of those early Image books are still a little embarrassment in the long boxes sitting in my parents basement to this day. Of the big three superstars, McFarlane, Lee, and Liefeld, 15 years ago, I would have said Liefeld was the worst, but now I think he’s the best. McFarlane is not a comic artist. The moment he could, he farmed out all his work to others, and stopped drawing. He’s not evil or anything, but he has no passion for the medium. Lee is a pragmatist, and is just looking for cash. I’m sure he likes Batman and all, but for him to fold Wildstorm into DC, it goes to show that he was never all that concerned with creator rights. Liefeld is the least talented of them all, but I honestly believe he’s obsessed with comics. He draws because he loves it. There’s something I can’t help but respect, though I’ll never buy anything he does.

    Liefeld’s art is what it is, but if I consider all three of their positions, Liefeld’s the one who I relate to the most. Someone who does what they do out of love.

    If you want to get deep down with Liefeld, check this podcast: http://boingboing.net/2013/08/26/tell-me-something-i-dont-kno-1-4.html
    This was the thing that tipped the scale in his favour. He still swipes, and has a swelled head, but it’s about the comics for him. It’s about the comics.

  6. Tigger11 says:

    I can see Ambush as John C. Reilly, I just don’t see him as Rocket, because I just don’t buy into you letting him ride on your right shoulder while he shoots a machine gun. First of all, not sure we should let him have a machine gun, secondly that is going to be really loud in your ear and probably cause more then a little hearing damage and not sure you want that and then think of the problems with the podcast when optimous can’t hear anymore.

  7. Terry O'Brien says:

    Thanks Grim!

  8. RolandDeschain says:

    Terry, Attack on Titan anime is, IMO, better than its Manga source material. I read quite a few manga(Jap Comics) and the AOT manga is a very hard read through, the translation into English is a pretty bad one for AOT. Stick with the anime, they move the story along at a much better pace, the manga jumps around through time without really telling you its doing so.

  9. Tigger11 says:

    Read Walking Dead #126 last night, thats the end of the Nagan story, really? At this point over 20% of the entire Walking Dead has been about Nagan vs Carls Stupid Dad (sorry thats what he has become in the book) and it leads up to this conclusion that is just totally silly in the context of the Walking Dead and in the context of real life. The book jumped the shark awhile ago, but the hope that it would find its way back to an actual good story is much less likely.

  10. def says:

    @Roland,
    I LOVED the first two or three volumes of AOT’s manga, but the story jumped too much around the fourth volume and started to feel like wheel spinning, and I just post-pined following up on it. Especially in those early ones, the artist fucks up very basic rules of panel composition, putting word balloons over faces, or cutting off characters in the panel in a strange way. It was the sheer coolness of the concept and the imagery of the titans that kept me on it. I read somewhere that the artist has improved as he goes on (makes sense, practice makes perfect), but I might be better off with the anime, since it probably doesn’t have the problems of the manga. Still, that first volume has a rawness that takes you by the throat, and was more intriguing than any genre book I read in years.

    @Tigger
    I read that WD the other day too. It read a lot like a later Sopranos season finale, with the action in the penultimate part, and the finale being the dust clearing. I still enjoy the book well enough, and it’s not so tonally different than it was in the days of the governor. Nagan’s revelation at the end of 125 was pretty terrible writing; I expected it to be sarcasm, but it wasn’t. But aside from that, I’ve enjoyed the book as much as I used to. Michionne’s arc was very welcome to me.

    The only thing really bugging me is those ads for the McFarlane Toys Negan figure. Like, a Doctor Doom or Galactus figure is totally fine to me, but the kind of person who wants a Negan figure… I may as well have a pedophile action figure or something. As a character, he’s just flat out vile. Fine in a book, but as something on your shelf at home? I’m not the target market, that’s for sure…

  11. Grim_Noir says:

    For anyone who’s slightly interested in “Attack On Titan,” it will begin airing on Cartoon Network’s “Toonami” block THIS SATURDAY NIGHT, May 3, 2014 at 11:30 PM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXgz3y8Z79E

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