Episode 279 – Spoiler Alert – Hellbreak 1, Howard The Duck 1, Ninjak 1, Becky Cloonan’s Southern Cross 1, Spawn Resurrection 1, and Thor 6!

3amigoslogoJohnny Destructo, Ambush Bug and Optimous Douche review this week’s books: Hellbreak 1, Howard The Duck 1, Ninjak 1, Southern Cross 1, Spawn Resurrection 1, and Thor 6!

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Here are the time stamps, since we tend to ramble:

email – 1:51
Hellbreak 1 (Cullen Bunn, Brian Churilla) – 10:39
Howard The Duck 1 (Chip Zdarsky, Joe Quinones) – 20:52
Ninjak 1 (Matt Kindt, Clay Mann, Butch Guice) – 31:24
Southern Cross 1 (Becky Cloonan, Andy Belanger) – 38:29
Spawn Resurrection 1 (Paul Jenkins, Jonboy) – 46:25
Thor 6 (Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman) – 53:59

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27 Comments to “Episode 279 – Spoiler Alert – Hellbreak 1, Howard The Duck 1, Ninjak 1, Becky Cloonan’s Southern Cross 1, Spawn Resurrection 1, and Thor 6!”

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  1. Roland says:

    Babes in Toyland?

  2. Homer Sexual says:

    So guys always a pleasure and the Hopeless interview was excellent. But hating on Thor… it’s a good read and the character is interesting regardless of “Who She Is.” While it is easy to say that doing alternate versions of established characters is wack, so many characters are. You could say the same thing.. and many have… about Miles Morales. It’s hard to sell books without established leads. While Lazarus is amazing, it’s not mainstream. Harley can be considered a rip of Joker.

    And almost everything is a gimmick. Every. Single. Event Book. Is. A. Gimmick. The upcoming Secret Wars is an extreme gimmick but that doesn’t mean it will suck. Also doesn’t mean it will be good. It’s a hook, that’s all.

    I appreciate learning about amazing new books here and on AICN, which is one purpose to reviews. Reading what others think of comics I already read is another. So I appreciate both of those things about you guys.

    But Bug, who is such an amazing writer. Does seem to have an issue with all the female leads. Is that why this run on Jungle Book has the girls getting rescued by the guys and having romances?

  3. Ambush Bug says:

    Thanks for the compliment, Homer, but as I’m wrapping up Jungle Book, Mowglii gets her fair share of time to shine as a hero. Especially in these last two issues of the series coming up. Her moment of weakness in issue #3 of FALL OF THE WILD is something addressed in issues #4 and #5 especially.

    And I have no problem with female leads. I love COPPERHEAD and if you’re not reading it you should. The little girl in TERRIBLE LIZARD is another fun female character. And I love SAGA and ALEX+ADA, both with fascinating female leads.

    One of the issues I have though is that, if you look at every new book we review from week to week, there’s another book with a female lead. I’m commenting on the trend I’m seeing in comics right now that all new books seem to have a female lead in them. Looking at almost all books from Image, there are very few with male leads. I have no issue with it. I’m just noting something that seems to be going on in comics and no one seems to want to say anything because if you do, you’re bashing it.

    And another plug, if you’re looking for a unique female lead book, my book PIROUETTE comes out in trade on April 15th. It’s not only got a female in the lead. It’s a female clown in the lead!

  4. roland says:

    so what I got from all of that Bug, was you don’t like girls…

    jk bro

  5. roland says:

    so what I took from all that Bug, is that you don’t like girls….

    Jk bro

  6. roland says:

    gotta love those internal server error double posts

  7. Roland says:

    “One of the issues I have though is that, if you look at every new book we review from week to week, there’s another book with a female lead.”

    And? So?

    “I’m commenting on the trend I’m seeing in comics right now that all new books seem to have a female lead in them.”

    There are certainly more than ten or even 5 years ago, but not all new books…

    “Looking at almost all books from Image, there are very few with male leads. I have no issue with it.”

    Again there are more than there were prior, but “almost all” is just ridiculous. I just scrolled through Images New and Upcoming releases page, and its not even half.

    “I’m just noting something that seems to be going on in comics and no one seems to want to say anything because if you do, you’re bashing it.”

    Okay…you say you are not bashing, and I do believe you dude, is just you keep bringing it up a lot from week to week. So here is my question to you Buggy…

    What are your thoughts on more females reading comics these days and the increasing number of female main characters and new titles led with a woman or a girl? Do you see this as a positive or negative for the comic book industry? Tell us how you really feel Mark, underscore, L, underscore, MIller.

    We will be right back with more O’Roland Factor after these messages…the spin stops somewhere else…not here

  8. JD (Host) says:

    @Homer: Thanks! Glad you liked the interview! I’ve been loving Thor, I think it’s a fun lil romp of a book. I’ve been meaning to check out Lazarus, but haven’t gotten back to it.

    ….I’m trying to remember the last ORIGINAL character from The Big Two that I’ve loved….

    …ellipses….

    Hmm. Everyone either has a Spider, a Bat, or a She-This or That attached to their name. Dang.
    I’ll keep thinking.

    “I appreciate learning about amazing new books here and on AICN, which is one purpose to reviews. Reading what others think of comics I already read is another. So I appreciate both of those things about you guys.”

    – Thanks!! I’m glad SOMEONE loves up lol

  9. JD (Host) says:

    @Roland:
    Yeah there are definitely a LOT more Female led books. I think Bug was just pointing it out, that there’s a huge up-swing in female characters. I for one, LOVE it. Most of my fave books right now are about females.

    We do need some more original ones from the Big Two though, as I said in my last comment…most lady characters are based on male characters. “She-(enter male character here)”

  10. Roland says:

    I know how you feel JD, buddy ole pal, you wear your thoughts on your sleeve. But Bug keeps bringing this up and kinda dancing around what he thinks about it, I feel like he wants to say something more in depth about it but is a little afraid of being called a sexist pig or a woman hater.

  11. Ambush Bug says:

    Surely, Roland, you are smarter than this. At this point, you’re just trolling and I thought you were better than that. Trying to slice and dice words and lead me to say one thing or another negative about female readers or female lead books is not going to happen because I don’t feel negatively about it one bit.

    As I’ve stated in the podcast and in the talkbacks here I’m not complaining about the influx of female readers. I’m saying there’s an abundant amount of books we cover from week to week (new #1s) that have female lead characters. I’m noting it. Not judging it. Not saying the books should be burnt and the readers with them. There simply are a lot of them. And I’m totally ok with that and love it that more girls are into comics.

    Having participated in book signings for my own books, which by the way most have had female lead characters, I have been surprised that most of the people in line for signings were women. And I love it.

    Again, just because I’m a guy making an observation doesn’t mean I have a problem with it. Its funny so many guys get so uppity about this subject. I have yet to hear from a woman who gets so cheesed off at anything we’ve said.

    To Roland; why do you feel the need to defend women so much against a simple observation? Why go negative and suggest some kind of bias instead in inquiring for more info? I’m not sure the knight in shining armor routine is something that is very empowering to females. Let them defend themselves, ferchrissakes.

  12. Ambush Bug says:

    And to answer your question; I like reading good stories. Good stories are what makes the comics industry stronger. I’ve read great female lead books and bad ones. Same with male lead books. I don’t care what the sex of the lead, just that the story is good and whether or not there’s a male or female lead is not a factor in what I buy on a weekly basis.

  13. Roland says:

    Whoa, I’m not trolling you dude, nor have I said your bashing anyone, I haven’t tried anything other that to get a little clarity on how you felt about the trend that you keep pointing out. And so far you have, my tone and manner can come off maybe not quite how it is in my mind when I type. But I assure you that I’m not calling you names or trying to put you in corner or anything. Also I don’t like being reminded i am not smart, plenty of ppl tell me that on a daily basis.

  14. Roland says:

    Hey I’m with you, story should be organic not a gimmick because equality for women in the workplace and shit is all over the news and in politics.Thor is a really good example. I love Jason Aaron and his writing style, when I heard about the gender swap thing back when, I was like this smells gmimicky, but since it was Aaron, i thought maybe he write something good and it just happens to be a girl thats Thor. So far the jury is still out on whether i love it or not, its starting to meander a bit, but we will see.

  15. Roland says:

    I really don’t like being called uppity either dude. Defending women…don’t think I am doing that either, another assumption by you. Seriously dude where have I defended women in any of my posts? I copied shit you typed and put my replies to them, where I disagreed with some of your nomenclature and asked you what you thought about the topic as a whole.(with some bad comedy peppered in). I really don’t appreciate some of the things you said.

  16. Ambush Bug says:

    Apologies, Roland if you were offended. But if you can’t take a little pushback when you come at a person in a talkback then my advice is to don’t start it. Going through my post point by point and arguing it and making broad assumptions or worse yet saying something like, “I think Bug is afraid to say something” or “There;’s something in between the lines of what Bug is saying” when basically I’ve been repeating the same mantra for weeks is not what I call innocent jibes. And after trying to take me to task to raise your hands and scream “Whoa!” and act all innocent when I do retort, it’s more than a little annoying.

    I wasn’t specifically talking to you about being uppity. I said that these days if you even dare mention the word woman or any other race or whatever in anything but bent over subservience, the outraged masses come out of the woodwork, even when the comments aren’t about anything negative about whatever hot button topic folks get irate about these days. I think critically about things, but people (not just you Roland) need to quit relating criticism to negativism. No book is beyond criticism and to go off on tangents when someone puts a critical eye to any comic, no matter what the lead’s gender, color or creed, is another form of censorship in my eyes.

    There’s no reading in between the lines. Having reviewed a jillion and a half books over the last few years here on the podcast, I think I have enough data to make an observation that a lot of the new releases over the last year have had females in the lead. Not sure what’s so hard to understand about that or why that observation sparks so many fires, but people (not just you Roland) seem to find that offensive for some reason. Care to explain why?

  17. Jaydee says:

    That one is an easy answer. It’s because it’s a hot-button issue. Everyone right now seems to be forming on either side, either feminism, or *godhelpme* MENinism. Head-desk. (God I hate that one.) And when there is a hot-button issue like this, and you keep making comments about how many woman-oriented stories are being put out, folks are going to assume that you are bothered by it. There are SO MANY men coming out of the woodwork to blast all the new costumes for women, and new women books, that sadly, you get lumped in with them just for mentioning it.

    I think it also has something to do with the fact that you and I are on the same show, lol, because the listeners have you pointing it out, and me going YEAH AIN’T IT GREAT and getting all stoked about it. So, maybe when put next to my enthusiasm for it, your slightly less enthusiastic take is going to come across as Anti?

    As for Roland, I’ve read his comments the same way I hear him when he VM’s into the show, totally teasing and ribbing us because it’s fun. But again, it’s a hot-button issue and so the buttons are….um…hot and it’s taken as more serious than intended. (Also take into account that message boards are notoriously hard to judge intent, hence my over usage of smiley faces and stuff when I type)

  18. Roland says:

    Pretty much, I just think that you have brought it up in back to back podcasts. And your argument is there are a lot to an Impossible amount of female books right now. I can see how someone might get riled about how you phrase it sometimes. Last week you even said you were waiting for the push back against female led books, and you equated it too the zombie craze. I could see how someone might scratch their head and wonder, wait whats he saying again? I just think its a slippery slope sometimes with these ultra hot button issues, and the pitchforks and long knives can come out quick on you. Even a long time listener and reader like Homer Sexual after paying you a compliment, stated that he thought you may have a problem with this issue too. And I’m not saying you feel one way or another about this but some people certainly are taking it that way.

    It might be us listners taking hat yo
    lata Roland

  19. Roland says:

    Pretty much, I just think that you have brought it up in back to back podcasts. And your argument is there are a lot to an Impossible amount of female books right now. I can see how someone might get riled about how you phrase it sometimes. Last week you even said you were waiting for the push back against female led books, and you equated it too the zombie craze. I could see how someone might scratch their head and wonder, wait whats he saying again? I just think its a slippery slope sometimes with these ultra hot button issues, and the pitchforks and long knives can come out quick on you. Even a long time listener and reader like Homer Sexual after paying you a compliment, stated that he thought you may have a problem with this issue too. And I’m not saying you feel one way or another about this but some people certainly are taking it that way.

    It might be us listeners taking what you say the wrong way, or maybe you are not presenting it in the best fashion or both, but i think we understand each other a little better now
    lata Roland

  20. Jaydee says:

    but seriously though…women are dummies! amiright? hello? anyone? where did everybody go?

  21. roland says:

    Bitch Planet amiright?!?!

  22. Ambush Bug says:

    I love a good debate, but when I feel like I have to be a skipping record for all to understand, it does get frustrating. I never said it was an impossible amount of books, just a lot and commenting on how these things tend to come back and bite the upswing in the ass (a la JD’s Manism comment which really has a negative tone, but I think the subject can be discussed without making it negative). I’m just playing counter-point to ‘ point often because I like healthy debate, but those who like to generalize and cry misogyny or racist just when the subject is challenged and in order to shut people up, which is definitely not the stance I’m taking. But if the argument is continued, it’s just labeling and namecalling to those who choose to debate. It really gets under my skin the way we have been groomed this way by poliicians, and it seeps down to debates about comics.

    I received similar kickback when lead a group for male therapists at a recent conference I attended. There were women in the audience who were sniffing around, trying to make it a bad thing that I was offering a space for men to discuss common issues that come up in their practice and start a conversation abut it. But immediately people started tossing out the outrage because men dared try to come together in such a way. (Just down the hall, there was a women’s group discussing specific topics and surprisingly no such outrage was lobbed).

    I’m sure the sparks will fly in the next podcast as I have some strong reactions to the stupid controversy over the Batgirl cover, but I’ll save that for folks to misinterpret on anther day.

  23. Roland says:

    Yea you did say it there is an impossible amount I wouldn’t have just thrown that out there if you did not say it. Episode 277 between the 25 and 26 minute mark-“I’m talking about trends, I’m talking about what everybody is doing right now. You look at the amount of new female led books, female protagonist books, and there is an impossible amount, not all of them have to be good.” I would never puts words into your mouth dude.

    The Batgirl variant cover thing was interesting, it certainly stirred up some controversy and what not. My thoughts are artistically its a B E A utiful cover really well done, the subject matter is a little dark though. I haven’t read any of the new Batgirl series, have you guys, whats the tone like, is it less grim and brooding and more bright? But a lot of variant cover have nothing to do with the title so who knows DC’s thought process on this whole thing. Its their company and they can pull or not pull anything for whatever reason they want right? I mean publish said cover and ppl get mad, don’t publish it and ppl get mad. I’m glad im not a huge company that has to make these decisions, way to many politics involved.

    Holla

  24. Roland says:

    Just got done reading your Horror column at ainitcool, which i have started to check out more recently due to your WhoreCast. I’m not a huge horror fan, and honestly am a bit anti-horror. That is cuz i lived with two people who all they did is watch, talk eat, sleep, and attempt their own shitty horror themselves. But id have to say that you’ve got me to come out of that shell a bit on the genre, I really enjoy the passion that comes out in both your pod but mainly in your written reviews. Which did you start doing first at AINTiTcool the horror or the comics? And it seems for the most part that you do ALL the reviews in the horror section. Do you enjoy one over the other?(comics/horror) equally? ebbs and flows? You seem to really dig horror to much as much work you do into it. Regardless i just wanted to let you know i am really enjoy your horror reviews, looking forward to what you have to say about the Rob Zombie Halloween films, you know white trash, broken home background Michael Myers…

  25. AmbusBug says:

    Yeah, my views on Zombie’s Halloween aren’t going to be so popular because I really feel that rob should have just made an original film out of the material and if he didn’t call it Halloween,, it wouldn’t have had as much hate on it as it has.

    The horror column is my baby. I do most of the reviews which takes up way too much of my time, but I love knowing what is going on in the horror genre, so it’s kind of a labor of love. I’ve been doing it for almost five years, but that’s nowhere near the 13 years I’ve been doing the weekly AICN COMICS section which I have the pleasure of working with all of the talented reviewers. But unlike the comics column, the horror column consists of solely of films that have been sent to me for review, so my OCD and guilt forces me to give coverage to each and every one of them sent in. Still, I love it and always have something to say about horror’s past, present and future. So glad you like it and take the time to read it. It’s much appreciated.

  26. Roland says:

    Wow 13 years, that is crazy that you’ve stayed with it this whole time. Its not like a lot of people go to aintitcool for movie news or even reviews much anymore. The niche features and Columns, horror, comics, bts pics of the day, stuff like that are the only reasons that I see whats up with the site, kudos to you. Okay enough ass kissing, go fuck yourself and have nice day!

  27. Ambush Bug says:

    Word!

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