Thor: The Dark World brought good, old-fashioned fun throughout multiple fantasy universes when it released last weekend. It also brings an example of what is missing a lot of in today’s comics that Marvel is trying to address. Hit the Play to get the lowdown on what that is and how other publishers can take a lesson from the fun things that got us into comics in the first place.
Music provided by Valient Thorr – Heatseeker
There’s a lot to be said after another great New York Comic Con. Beyond the displays to see and books to buy, there’s a consensus that DC may be losing touch with their fanbase and what they want. How they can get out of that rut? Well, you’ll just have to click on that little Play button up above and find out
Music provided by 13 Shadows – Slide
It’s always a pleasure to bring back Jim Zub to the show. Whether it’s re-visiting the Skullkickers world, findings orcs to bash in Pathfinder, or playing doctor with Harley Quinn – you always get to see a new side of Jim expressed in his books. We talk about that along with other new projects as well as how the sales have been looking for a rising creator in the ranks.
NOTE: There were slight technical difficulties towards the end of the show that involved me cutting off the interview a bit early. I address what was left to talk about at the end, as well as a cool new surprise Jim just announced off his blog.
We’re back and we got announcements, kids!
And with us missing a few months of action, I give the half-year report of comics and where the publishers stand with their comic offerings today. Some good stuff from everybody, but makes you wonder if that will stick around in the next 10 years. Listen to find out why!
Swamp Thing #18 sees Scott Snyder wrap up the Green’s battle with the Rot and give a compelling end to the complex relationship between Swampy and Abby. But in the end, All New X-Men #8 sees Brian Michael Bendis keep bringing compelling character interactions with the original five X-Men being part of the present day. One freaks out, another is freaky. I’ll leave it at that.
It was a matter of inches for the top pick this week.
Star Wars #1 from Brian Wood finally unveiled itself to the masses. Even amongst the concerns of Dark Horse’s holding of the Star Wars comic license, Wood still managed to get a great book out. And you’d think we’ve seen it all with this series set in the original trilogy’s timeline, but Wood somehow makes it all seem fresh.
When it comes down to it though, Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic can do no wrong with Thor: God of Thunder #4. It’s beyond words how exciting this book has become as it explores one nasty villain making an impact on Thor’s entire lifeline. It speaks to Aaron’s diversity in writing and Ribic’s Conan-esque drawings that grabs the reader from the get-go. I look forward to how they’re going to wrap this up and future arcs.