Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast
New Batman Comic Writer, Magik: Sorceress Supreme? Batman & X-Men Reviews

New Batman Comic Writer, Magik: Sorceress Supreme? Batman & X-Men Reviews

August 30, 2021

DC Comics announced veteran writer Joshua Williamson is replacing James Tynion on the the flagship series following his departure in December. Josh McDonald from Batman-News.com joins Wes to discuss the fit and future of the Dark Knight. (00:00) MAriko Tamaki’s Jury story in Detective Comics ended this week. The story was average but the art from Viktor Bogdonavic was anything but. (14:25) Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp are a comic readers dream pairing. They continue their strong pairing in another exciting issue of Batman: Reptilian (19:55) Joshua Williamson is already writing the best Batman released comic on the market today, Robin! This week Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown track Damian down to Lazarus Island (26:00) Gene Yang’s Batman/Superman is winding down it’s short run. It feels like Ivan Reis is wasted on a book with virtually no importance. (30:51) Dok joins Wes to talk about all things X-Men. Marvel released their Death of Dr. Strange trailer this week, which heavily features Magik. Could she be the next Sorcerer Supreme or perhaps the one who puts Stephen Strange down? (37:53) Al Ewing’s Cable: Reloaded is a Last Annihilation tie-in. It’s mostly a side quest but seeing Old Man Cable return is very entertaining. (43:39) Ben Percy delivers a lot of back story information for Solem in this weeks Wolverine. The problem is, that’s pretty much all it delivered. (53:22)

 

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Comics Aficionados: Comic Pros Bully Fans, New Batman Writer, Comic Delays and More

Comics Aficionados: Comic Pros Bully Fans, New Batman Writer, Comic Delays and More

August 29, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: comic book YouTubers Perch from Comics, by Perch and Kerry from NerdyGirlCreates comic book critic Josh McDonald and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Several comic book creators (led by Tom King, Dan Slott and Bill Sienkiewicz) took to bullying fans this week. Tom King claims he had a fan removed from a comic convention, while Dan Slott bullied comic book YouTuber and friend of the pod Jimmy from Comic Quirks. While others attacked Aaron Lopresti’s Indiegogo campaign. (00:05:09) DC announced veteran comic writer Joshua Williamson is replacing James Tynion IV on Batman in December. Williamson is taking Bruce outside of Gotham and introducing a new villain, Abyss. (01:03:12) Nerd fights have long persisted in the comic book fandom. Today the Aficionados debate who wins in a fight: Superman or Hulk? (01:22:30) Marvel Studios wowed fans with their teaser trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home. It appears a host of villains from past film universes invade the MCU to hunt down Peter Parker. (01:35:02) Reports suggest Marvel Studios are introducing the Fantastic Four or X-Men in 2022’s Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. (01:52:16) Finally, DC Comics delayed almost 3 dozen upcoming comic books due to supply chain issues. They expect more in the future, could this affect the entire comic book industry? (02:06:06) The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors.

 

Comics, by Perch

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCw4ivsPeqZVtHD85VjVnNaw

Twitter: @ComicPerch

 

Nerdygirlcreates

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqaa6v41iz2GfaBKPIFitZQ

Twitter: @kerry_comcgrl77

 

Drew From Comics Elite

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA

Website: poppedbyculture.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/

 

Joshua McDonald

Website: poppedbyculture.com

Twitter: twitter.com/ByPopped

Twitter: twitter.com/JoshuaLMcDonald

 

Dok

Twitter: twitter.com/DokTwoPointOh

 

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Dan Slott and Tom King Attack Comic Fans, Queer Coding, Tom Taylor Superman and More

Dan Slott and Tom King Attack Comic Fans, Queer Coding, Tom Taylor Superman and More

August 28, 2021

Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book industry news and best conversations of the week. Comic book creators decided this was to the week to bully fans and other creators. Friend of the channel Jimmy from Comic Quirks was attacked and bullied by Marvel Comics writer Dan Slott. Slott badgered him until he removed posts from his personal Twitter feed (00:00) Tom King bragged about getting a comic book fan booted from last weekends Awesome Con convention. He later heavily changed his story. (21:18) Facebook removed a Bill Sienkiewicz post disbarring comic fans as racists and a host of other names. (44:14) Recently comic book artist Patch Zircher began mocking crowdfunded comics before writer Jerry lamented customers supporting projects to own liberals. Perch joins Wes to discuss how crowdfunding rally works. (1:01:55) Several comic book creators took to social media asking for financial support after disparaging comic customers. (1:18:15) There’s been a lot of talk of queer coding in comics lately, specifically with Tim Drake. Queer comic writer Joe Corallo and Wes discuss queer coding and it’s history in comic books. (1:43:34) DC Comics Tom Taylor is once again using Jon Kent as a sounding board for his political agenda. (2:06:27) Finally, Marvel Studios released the first trailer for Spider-Man: No Way Home. Needless to say it has the comic industry buzzing about the future of the MCU. (2:25:45)

 

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Cultural Appropriation and the Aggrieved Generation with Gevian Dargan

Cultural Appropriation and the Aggrieved Generation with Gevian Dargan

August 27, 2021

Gevian Dargan, former assistant-editor at Milestone Comics, joins Wes for  “It’s Complicated”, discuss about hot-button issues many people shy away from today. The term cultural appropriation is used to describe many different scenarios today. Some feel portraying other ethnic or national cultures is offensive. Others feel it crosses the line when people are monetizing the cultures of others. What constitutes cultural appropriation according to todays overly sensitive sensibilites? Wes and Gevian have a fun, thoughtful conversation about cultural appropriation. 

 

Gevian Daragan

Twitter: @GevianDargan

 

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Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 08/25

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 08/25

August 25, 2021

Shawn and Drew from Comics Elite comic shop previews the best and worst comic book releases of the week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week August 25th including Superman ’78, Superman Vs Lobo, Spider-Man: Life Story Annual, Darkhawk and Winter Guard. Shawn and Drew lay out this weeks new releases you shouldn’t expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00) Shawn and Drew then name his Top 12 must read new comics for the week. (49:14) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new titles Darkhawk and Winter Guard and new issues of Spider-Man: Life Story, Amazing Fantasy, Thor and Wolverine. DC Comics feature new titles Superman ’78 and Superman Vs Lobo and new issues of Robin, Batman: Reptilian, Detective Comics and Action Comics. The indie scene features new IDW series Transformers: Shattered Glass and Image Comics King Spawn. New issues of Image Comics Ice Cream Man, Killadelphia and The Department of Truth arrive. Other indie comics of note include; Seven Swords, Something is Killing the Children, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Becstar. 

 

Comics Elite Info

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA

Website: comicselitecomics.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/

 

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Alan Moore: The Writer Who Changed The Superhero Game

Alan Moore: The Writer Who Changed The Superhero Game

August 25, 2021

Award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic book super-fan Eric Breen join Wes to talk about the career of legendary writer Alan Moore. Perhaps no other comic writer's work has impacted modern comic more than Alan Moore. From reinventing Swamp Thing, turning superheroes upside-down with The Watchmen and changing Batman lore with a single story The Killing Joke. Moore's legacy at DC Comics speaks for itself. But his body of work also includes V For Vendetta, Miracleman, From Hell, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Tom Strong, Supreme and recent classics like Cinema Purgatorio. Not to mention legendary feuds with DC Comics and writer Grant Morrison. Alan Moore is one of the most influential and complex creators in comic book history.

Will Eisner’s A Contract With God Comic Book Retrospective with Joe Corallo

Will Eisner’s A Contract With God Comic Book Retrospective with Joe Corallo

August 23, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo to discuss of the most influential comic creators and graphic novels of all-time, Will Eisner’s A Contract With God. Will Eisner is likely the finest writer/artist in America comic book history. From his early work in the 1940’s on The Spirit through his final works in the mid-2000’s, Eisner is the consummate visual story teller. Inspired by the pain of losing his own daughter far too young, Eisner’s work on A Contract With God, and Other Tenement Stories remains powerful and raw to this day. There’s also a deep note of cynicism as he tells the story of Frimme Hersh arriving in America, helping people before tragedy besets his adopted daughter and he turns from God. The visual artistry is something to behold and is a driving reason why A Contract With God, and Other Tenement Stories is one of the greatest comic book stories ever told.

 

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Comics Aficionados: Hickman Leaves X-Men Early, Gay Superman Rumor, WebToon Deal and More

Comics Aficionados: Hickman Leaves X-Men Early, Gay Superman Rumor, WebToon Deal and More

August 22, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: comic book and entertainment YouTtuber Tristen from Nerdette’s Newsstand, award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo, comic book retailer and YouTuber Uel Carter from Fantastic Comics, comic book critic Josh McDonald and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Jonathan Hickman confirmed what many already suspected. He’s leaving the X-Men line after his Inferno miniseries releases. What most didn’t expect was for Hickman to explain his planned trilogy remains unfinished as the rest of the writers veto’d the man behind House of X/Powers of X. (00:06:27) EVS started a rumor this week that new Superman Jon Kent is coming out as gay soon. The problem is, after all we’ve seen at DC Comics recently it’s hard not to take it seriously. (00:54:09) Leah Williams confirmed Jonathan HIckman’s account of a dysfunctional X-Men office. Explaining that her work on X-Factor was altered without consulting her before the series was cancelled. (01:25:26) It appears that comic book writers at Marvel and DC are getting lazier and lazier virtue signaling in comics. This week we learn Tom Taylor had Dick Grayson inherit a Billion dollars so he could give it away to all of Taylor’s favorite causes. (01:52:43) Brian Michael Bendis was everywhere at DC Comics not too long ago. This week he announced his Jinxworld line is moving to Dark Horse. (02:13:20) There is a ton of new information about the future of the MCU after Phase 3. But does anyone care? (02:22:40) Finally, DC Comics announced an agreement with South Korean web comic company WebToon to adapt and produce content featuring DC Comics characters. (02:29:18) The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors.

 

Tristen From Nerdette’s Newsstand

YT: youtube.com/c/NerdettesNewsStand/videos

 

Joe Corallo

Twitter: twitter.com/JoeCorallo

 

Uel Carter of Fantastic Comics

YT: youtube.com/channel/UC_srW6Z7lAhJHQs4Ugr8TXw

Twitter: @bigblueUel

 

Joshua McDonald

Website: poppedbyculture.com

Twitter: twitter.com/ByPopped

Twitter: twitter.com/JoshuaLMcDonald

 

Dok

Twitter: twitter.com/DokTwoPointOh

 

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Entitled Comic Book Fans, X-Men Falling Apart, MCU Future and More

Entitled Comic Book Fans, X-Men Falling Apart, MCU Future and More

August 21, 2021

Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book industry news and best conversations of the week. Comic book creators like to call their customers entitled. Wes has a list of all the things comic book readers are entitled to after years of supporting the industry and creators. (00:00:00) DC Comics writer Tom Taylor is using Dick Grayson as his own personal virtue signaling mouth piece in the latest issue of Nightwing. (00:22:47) Jonathan Hickman announced he’s leaving the X-Men line after his upcoming Inferno miniseries. You won’t believe why he’s leaving. (00:43:39) X-Factor writer Leah Williams explained how editorial interference ended her run on the series. (01:04:01) Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checcetto have been magic during their time together on Daredevil. Unfortunately, all good things must come to and end. (01:25:56) Comic book writer Aaron Sparrow and Wes discuss the latest MCU news including; Anthony Mackie signing on for the next Captain America movie, Shang Chi expectations, the final Eternals trailer and the current state of the MCU. (01:43:08) Marvel Studios announced Riri Williams is making her MCU debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever before her solo show on Disney+. (02:04:48) Finally, Wes runs down the DC Comics solicitations for November 2021.(02:15:49)

 

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Why Can’t DC or Marvel Find New Comic Readers? with Gevian Dargan

Why Can’t DC or Marvel Find New Comic Readers? with Gevian Dargan

August 20, 2021

Gevian Dargan, former assistant-editor at Milestone Comics, joins Wes for  “It’s Complicated.” Wes and Gevian discuss hot-button issues many people shy away from today. DC and Marvel Comics seemingly can’t drop their old school comic readers fast enough. But the problem is, try as they might, they are struggling mightily to attract new, younger demographics. DC and Marvel both pander to modern sensibilities; swapping the race, gender and sexuality of many characters. They’ve targeted the YA and kids graphic novel markets with little to no success. Wes and Gevian discuss why DC and Marvel are fighting a losing battle with Mmanga and Scholastic for a new generations of comic book readers. 

 

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