This is it! The moment dozens of comic book fans have waited for! Comic Book Fury turns 100 years old! Now somebody pass us our dentures…
We’re giving you an extra-length addition of our epic show, as I first reflect on this achievement and what the industry has looked like within that time span.
We then get back into business with a look at the latest releases:
- Supergirl #3 is familiar, but refreshing at the same time. Can’t quite put my fingers on it, but it works
- Severed #4 is trying to tell us not to just trust an oil-peddling salesman who eats kids. Guess that’s a bad thing, right?
- Wonder Woman #3 delves into why she doesn’t want to be called clay.
- Batman #3 takes the honors this week because Scott Snyder makes owls creepy.
We then wrap up with some Q & A where we talk about if DC’s re-launch was an editorial success, the independent comics of choice, and if Superman remembers to wear the essentials when going out to play superhero.
Thanks again for all of your support and looking forward to 100 more shows!
Music provided by DRUGMILE – The Getaway
Of all the characters you would expect to receive great character studies, Penguin would probably be one you wouldn’t think of. Yet here we are and Pain & Prejudice #2 is one of those standouts. Great insight into the mind and inner workings of one of Batman’s more underrated villains. How they’ll have more material for the remaining three parts of the mini-series remains to be seen, but I’m intrigued.
Right behind it was the fantastic Uncanny X-Force #17. Best X-book and Marvel book overall hands down – Rick Remender is truly writing one for the ages. The pacing is exquisite and how Archangel’s plot to speed up mutant evolution is the hook to keep on reading.
The guilty pleasure nobody wants to admit to is Suicide Squad #3. It’s not filling the hole that Secret Six left once everything re-launched, but it’s a fun romp with dysfunctional characters stuck in very dysfunctional situations. And I never thought I’d be becoming more a King Shark fan with each issue…
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The diversity in comics continues to shine and there are two of them that exemplify that notion. Jeff Lemire’s Animal Man #3 not only showcases some freakish but appealing ideas, but keeps the emphasis on the family aspect that has worked so well with the character for years. And Scott Snyder’s Swamp Thing #3 takes a twist in bringing a new character into the mix that has ties to the black. What both exceptional writers are building this towards remains to be seen, but it’s got me hyped up for the potential crossover they’ve been discussing.
And then we get into the 2nd part of the X-Men relaunch with Kieron Gillen’s Uncanny X-Men #1. The concepts of an Extinction Team are promising – I just don’t know if this is the book new readers should be picking up. There’s a lot to pick up on, but if you can handle the ride, it’s a fun journey.
Peter Milligan gets the ball moving with Justice League Dark #2, giving us a taste of a super-hero team-ups against the occult. There’s a lot to like with this new team, particularly with Zatanna’s more hard-edged personality and a surprising continuation of a key relationship from Brightest Day. Makes me wonder if the story arc ties into the aforementioned event.
Not so far behind it was The Sixth Gun #16. Cullen Bunn is continuing to build an epic in his western mythology, this time focusing on more second-tier characters to tie into that mythology. This one needs to get on more people’s radar more – truly something for the fans of Lord of the Rings, but with a magical twist.
And lastly, the X-Men universe continues to go strong post-Schism. Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men #1 has a great mix of comedy, action, and heart that fits well with Logan’s new team. Chris Bachalo can be hit or miss at times, but he brings very crisp pencils to the new school and its inhabitants.
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NYCC is over and Mike and I are back to share all the fun and shenanigans we experienced over the 4-day journey. Here us reflect on:
- Our continuing love for Vertigo
- The spectacular Locke & Key pilot
- Our curiosity as to why we go to panels when nothing gets revealed
- So many graphic novels…
- Meeting our Twitter buddies in Jon Stump, Kristin Reilly, and Dominique Agri
Did you go to NYCC? What was your experience like?
Music provided by Camelia Ashbach – New York Is Burning
I’ve really run out of great things to say about Scott Snyder’s work. How he builds up mythology and ties it into his characters amazes me. American Vampire : Survival of the Fittest #5 is no exception. We see how Felicia Book and Cash McCogan’s search for the vampire cure turns out and it ends on a sad note for one of the main characters. Sean Murphy puts in the work of his career with his really detailed pencils.
More buddy cop fun comes out of Green Lantern #2 courtesy of Geoff Johns and Doug Mahnke. The renewed focus on Sinestro and Hal Jordan has really put this book back on track.
Much like Snyder, I don’t know what else more good I can say on Rick Remender’s impressive run with Uncanny X-Force #16 continuing that trend. Archangel’s plans are coming to fruition and looks like X-Force’s numbers are not to their benefit. If you love 90’s X-Men, this will take you back.