Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast
Should White People Feel Guilty? with Gevian Dargan

Should White People Feel Guilty? with Gevian Dargan

September 30, 2021

Gevian Dargan, former assistant-editor at Milestone Comics, joins Wes for “It’s Complicated” to discuss hot-button issues from todays culture. Today Gevian and Wes discuss whether or not white people should feel guilty about their ancestors. White guilt is practically its own product in modern culture. Every day you’ll see multiple click bait articles from across the web release insane headlines claiming white people for inequities that don’t even exist. Now days much of harshest criticism doesn’t come from ethic minorities, but from guilt-ridden liberal activists. Wes and Gevian have an honest, sometimes heated exchange about one of the hottest of hot-button issues, white guilt.

 

Gevian Daragan

Twitter: @GevianDargan

 

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Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 09/29

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 09/29

September 29, 2021

Drew and Kyle from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst comic book releases of the week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week September 29th including X-Men: Inferno, Deathstroke Inc, Batman Vs. Bigby! A Wolf In Gotham and Darkhold: Alpha. Shawn and Drew lay out this weeks new releases you shouldn’t expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00) Drew and Kyle then name his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. (37:47) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature Jonathan Hickman’s final X-Men series Inferno as well as the start of Drakhold event. Marvel also release Nick Spencer’s Amazing Spider-Man finale as well as issues of Amazing Fantasy, Thor and Wolverine. DC Comics feature new title Deathrsoke Inc. and Batman Vs. Bigby! A Wolf In Gotham and new issues of Detective Comics, Superman ’78 and Robin. The indie scene features new BOOM! series Firefly: River Run, Dark Horse’s Stranger Things and Vault’s Human Remains. Image Comics release new issues of Crossover, Spawn, Department of Truth and Undiscovered Country. Other indie comics of note include; BRZRKR, Something is Killing the Children, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Joe Corallo’s Becstar season finale. 

 

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George Perez: Living Legend - Comic Book Career Retrospective

George Perez: Living Legend - Comic Book Career Retrospective

September 29, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to discuss one of the greatest writer/artist in comic history, George Perez. George Perez is most well known for his work at DC Comics on New Teen Titans and Wonder Woman. But he started as Rich Bukler’s assistant and debuted on Marvel Comics: Astonishing Tales #25. He worked on several high profile titles at Marvel including Fantastic Four and Avengers. He didn’t even finish the story he’s most celebrated for, Jim Shooters Avengers: Korvac Saga. When Perez started working for rival DC in 1980 it didn’t seem like a game changer. DC Comics paired him with Marv Wolfman on The New Teen Titans and the rest they say is history. Wolfman and George Perez formed one of the greatest creative duos in comic history and ushered Teen Titans to the top of the sales charts. Challenging Uncanny X-Men for best-selling comic. The two remained together on another game changer, DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths. Meant to clean up a lot of DC’s continuity, Crisis ushered in a new era for DC Comics. George Perez took over as artist on Wonder Woman in 1987. Perez soon took over as writer and redefined the character. Perez’s Wonder Woman is still considered the greatest run in the history of the character. Needless to say George Perez had a massive impact on the history of comic books.

 

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Alan Moore’s Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Comic Book Retrospective

Alan Moore’s Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Comic Book Retrospective

September 28, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to discuss the most well-regarded Superman stories of all-times, Alan Moore’s ‘Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?’. Alan Moore’s DC Comics work is most well known for character deconstruction in The Watchmen to pushing the limits with Batman in The Killing Joke. But at his heart Moore has always been a comic book fan. Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? Is his love letter to Golden Age DC Comics and Superman. Not to mention the fact that he works with Curt Swann, a revered Superman artist in his own right. There are some of Moore’s trademark elements of pushing the character past its limits but for the most this is a celebration of Superman before John Byrne’s famous Man of Steel reboot. Joe, Eric and Wes also review Alan Moore’s Superman Annual #11 with The Watchmen collaborator Dave Gibbons. 

 

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Marvel Comics Return To Old Ways, Bendis Sets Up DC Stories in Dec 2021 Solicitations

Marvel Comics Return To Old Ways, Bendis Sets Up DC Stories in Dec 2021 Solicitations

September 28, 2021

Marvel and DC Comics released their comic book solicitations for December 2021. Wes sorts through well over 100 previews to find hidden gems and outright stinker. Marvel Comics are retiring to their pre-pandemic shutdown ways, flooding the shelves with #1 issues. An amazing 17 of 68 or 25% new comics are #1’s. Marvel are also leaning heavily on Amazing Spider-Man, releasing 5 new issues in December. (00:30) DC Comics continue being Batman focused. 52% of all new DC Comics solicited are led by Batman, feature Batman In a team or are led by a Batman-related character. Most disturbing of all is the Justice League Annual solicitation. Apparently, high-priced free agent whiff Brian Michael Bendis is planting the seeds for multiple major storylines in the future. (29:47)

 

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Comics Aficionados: Hickman Breaks Silence, Bendis Batman, Super Mario Casting and More

Comics Aficionados: Hickman Breaks Silence, Bendis Batman, Super Mario Casting and More

September 26, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: comic book YouTubers Perch from Comics, by Perch and Tristen from Nerdette’s Newsstand, critic Skipntosh, music producer and comics superman Jerome and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. After his wildly popular X-Men reboot (House of X, Powers of X) Jonathan Hickman was the envy of the comic industry. But shortly into Dawn of X he stopped talking to media and quit social media. Now that he’s leaving X-Men early he’s finally talking again. (00:04:50) Comic book legend Larry Hama recently talked with Looper.com and referred to superheroes as fascist. What’s caused Hama to change his tune after all these years? (00:59:40) Former superstar comic writer Brian Michael Bendis recently teased an image of Batman on social media. Not surprisingly, fans and critics began speculating Bendis is the next full-time Batman writer at DC Comics. (01:27:50) DC are hinting Superman is turning vampire in the upcoming DC Vs Vampires series. The gang are calling BS on this and other stories and events in comic books. (01:55:40) The estate of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko are filing to reclaim the copyright for Spider-Man and Dr. Strange from Marvel Entertainment.  (02:16:35) Finally, fans are reacting very negatively to Illumination’s voice cast announcements for Super Mario Bros. animated movie led by Chris Pratt and Seth Rogan. Why? (02:26:18)

 

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Get Ready For Batwoman Who Laughs, Jonathan Hickman’s Regrets, Batman/X-Men Reviews

Get Ready For Batwoman Who Laughs, Jonathan Hickman’s Regrets, Batman/X-Men Reviews

September 26, 2021

Wes talks about all the latest developments around Batman before X-Men Historian Dok joins Wes to talk the latest X-Men news. Josh McDonald is still under the weather so Wes reviews the latest Batman comics including Batman #113, Nightwing #84, Catwoman #35 and Batman: The Detective #5. Fear State is heating up but not all the titles are clicking yet. (00:00:00) Wes then can’t talk about The Catwoman Who Laughs before going on a rant about how much he loathes The Batman Who Laughs. (00”27:42) Jonathan Hickman graded the X-Men writers room and talked about missed opportunities during his time on X-Men. (00:38:44) Dok joins Wes to review the latest X-Men comic including X-Men: Onslaught Revelation, X-Men #3 and X-Men Legends #7. (01:01:42)

 

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The Comic Wrap: Comics Shops Quit New Comics, Disney Reward Incompetence, Calling BS On Vampire Superman and More

The Comic Wrap: Comics Shops Quit New Comics, Disney Reward Incompetence, Calling BS On Vampire Superman and More

September 25, 2021

Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book and pop culture news and best conversations of the week. Comic writer and editor Aaron Sparrow talks about a new trend emerging, comic shops quitting new comics. Between the cost and demand of new comics for some stores new comics are no longer worth it. (00:00:00) Comic book legend Larry Hama claimed superheroes are fascist symbols while talking about Snake Eyes after the film bombed. (00:22:08) Disney recently promoted Victoria Alonso, the exec who thinks the “Men” in X-Men is outdated due to female characters. It isn’t the first time Disney rewarded incompetence. (44:14) Mags Visaggio was a hot up and coming comic writer not that long ago. Perch and Wes discuss how Mags threw it away with horrible behavior on social media. (01:07:46) Perch sticks around and talks about BS storylines and moments in comics the past 20 years. (01:30:02) Yellow Flash joins Wes to talk bout one of his favorite comic characters, Ben Reilly. Reilly is returning as Spider-Man in December as Nick Spencer exits the series. (01:55:03) X-Men historian Dok joins Wes to talk about the crowing divide between comic creators and fans. Can it be healed? (02:24:41) Finally, writer Mark Pellegrini joins Wes to discuss Mirage Studios finally closing their doors, 12 years after selling TMNT to Viacom/Nickelodeon. (02:49:20)

 

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The Highs And Lows Of Fatherhood & Marriage with Gevian Dargan

The Highs And Lows Of Fatherhood & Marriage with Gevian Dargan

September 23, 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. Today Gevian and Wes discuss the how marriage and fatherhood have impacted their lives. Many Gen X kids grew up in broken homes after divorce became commonplace in Western culture. Resulting in a generation of adults weary of becoming parents even if they were willing to get married. Raising kids involves a lot of patience and compromise but in the end the benefits outweigh the drawbacks of marriage and parenthood. Gevian and Wes talk about how fatherhood and marriage improved their lives and made them better people in the long-run. And share a few stories about the fun they’ve had along the way.

 

Gevian Daragan

Twitter: @GevianDargan

 

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Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 09/22

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 09/22

September 22, 2021

Shawn and Drew from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst comic book releases of the week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week September 22nd including Aquaman: The Becoming, The Death of Dr. Strange and X-Men: Onslaught Revelation. 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 10 must read new comics for the week. (55:34) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new series Death of Dr. Strange as well as new issues of X-Men, Moon Knight and Fantastic Four. DC Comics feature new title Aquaman: The Becoming and new issues of Batman, Batman: The Detective, Flash and Nightwing. The indie scene features new Image Comics series Frontiersman and new issues of King Spawn, Radiant Black and Stillwater. Other indie comics of note include; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin, Babyteeth, Once & Future, G.I. JOE and Transformers. 

 

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