Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast
Comics Aficionados: Paper Shortage Disaster, Danny Rand Out, The Eternals Film And More

Comics Aficionados: Paper Shortage Disaster, Danny Rand Out, The Eternals Film And More

October 31, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: Comic book YouTuber Jimmy from Comic Quirks, comic book retailers Use Carter of Fantastic Comics and Drew of Comics Elite, music producer and comic fan Jerome and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Paper supply shortages continue causing havoc in the comic book industry. Marvel are delaying 70 comics over the next three months. DC Comics and the Manga industry continue experiencing shortages. Image Comics announced they will no longer do 2nd purinintgs and changes to their retailer exclusive cover program. (00:11:47) Marvel Comics made several announcements including a new Iron Fist, Savage Spider-Man and Ghost Rider series. Of course, removing Danny Rand from the mantle of Iron Fist garnered the most headlines. (00:45:35) There was a time when horror comics ruled the comic industry. The aficionados discuss their favorite horror comic issues and stories of all-times. (01:34:28) The Eternals is the worst reviewed MCU film to date. Will this effect the films box office? (02:01:45) Finally, the Aficionados discuss their favorite horror movies of all-times. (02:17:20)

 

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Batman: The Long Halloween Special, Inferno #2 Drags and More Batman, X-Men Comic News and Reviews

Batman: The Long Halloween Special, Inferno #2 Drags and More Batman, X-Men Comic News and Reviews

October 31, 2021

Batman Critic Josh McDonald and X-Men Historian Dok join Wes to talk about all the latest developments and comics in Batman and X-Men. First Josh joins Wes to talk about four new Batman comics including The Long Halloween Special, Batman/Fortnite, Detective Comics and Robin. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s return to the Batman Long Halloween universe is almost effortless as the comic is easily the highlight of the week and and return to form for Loeb and Sale. But the rest of the new Batman comics are solid across the board. (00:00) Jonathan Hickman super-fan Skipntosh joins Wes to talk about the latest issue of X-Men Inferno. Despite a strong start issue #2 its bogged down by far too many flashbacks and Quiet Council votes and not enough forward progression. (27:18)  Dok and Wes talk about X-Stratix spinoff The X-Cellence finally arriving over two years after Marvel first announced it. Rob Liefeld is retiring to his X-Force roots with X-Force: Killshot anniversary special. They also review new issues of Wolverine and S.W.O.R.D.. (50:28)

 

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The Comic Wrap: Criticism Isn’t Hate, Who Can Save Western Comics? Stunt Marketing and More

The Comic Wrap: Criticism Isn’t Hate, Who Can Save Western Comics? Stunt Marketing and More

October 30, 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. Wes talks in-depth how thoughtful criticism is being labeled hate speech in modern comics to protect creators. Rather than take criticism and improve, comic writers insist their own customers are bad people. (00:00:00) Perch joins Wes and they discuss how they’ve both felt unenthused about DC and Marvel Comics. Who and what would it take to make the Big 2 exciting again? (00:17:29) DC Comics are sacrificing their most profitable icons for short-term revenue with no long-term plans. Unfortunately, you can only change the race, gender or sexuality of characters so many times before people tune out. (00:47:00) In many ways it feels like Marvel and DC leadership hate their own characters and universes. If the caretakers of these properties don’t care, how can fans care? (01:06:47) Perch drops by agains to talk about why so many unhinged individuals are attracted to the comic book industry. (01:30:32) Marvel Comics announced Danny Rand is vacating the Iron Fist mantle, to be replaced in early 2022. They also have plans for new Savage Spider-Man and Ghost Rider series. (01:47:40) Dok joins Wes to discuss if there’s room for comic cover to become all-time classics in todays markets of never-ending variant covers. (02:08:32) Finally, Valiant Comics are celebrating 10 years in 2022. Wes asks if they should celebrate anything when they can’t sell comic books. (02:28:03)

 

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Did Dave Chappelle’s ‘The Closer’ Cross the Line? with Gevian Dargan

Did Dave Chappelle’s ‘The Closer’ Cross the Line? with Gevian Dargan

October 29, 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 the fallout of Dave Chappelle’s final Netflix special ‘The Closer’. Chappelle has been pushing the envelope in public discourse for years, starting with Chappelle Show. But it’s his commentary in 'The Closer' about the trans community that has everyone up in arms. The best comedy often has customers laughing at taboo subjects and opens society to new avenues of discourse. But in modern society it feels like discourse is off the table and comedians are becoming more politically correct. Should people support Chappelle even if they don’t agree with his opinions? Should Netflix pull the special? Are comedians allowed to be funny? Should Dave Chappelle be allowed to express opinions in 'The Closer'? It's a debate many of us never thought would be necessary.

 

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Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 10/27

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 10/27

October 28, 2021

Shawn and Drew from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst releases of an enormous new comic book week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week October 27th including Batman/Fortnite: Foundation, Batman: The Long Halloween Special, DC vs Vampires, Task Force Z and Darkhold: Blade. 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. (55:43) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Inferno, Moon Knight and Wolverine. DC Comics feature new titles Batman/Fortnite: Foundation, Batman: The Long Halloween Special, DC vs Vampires, Task Force Z and Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target. DC also release new issues of Deathstroke Inc., Detective Comics, Robin and Harley Quinn. The indie scene features new BOOM! sequel series House of Slaughter, Dark Horse’s Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club, and Valiant’s Harbinger relaunch. Image Comics release new issues of Adventureman, Crossover, Killadelphia, Spawn and The Good Asian. Other indie comics of note include; Once & Future, We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, Black Hammer: Reborn and Transformers. 

 

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Comic Book Retrospective: Wolfman’s Fantastic Four #196-#200 and Gil Kane Career

Comic Book Retrospective: Wolfman’s Fantastic Four #196-#200 and Gil Kane Career

October 26, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to review Marv Wolfman’s Fantastic Four and discuss the career of Gil Kane. Marv Wolfman is one of the most adaptable comic writers in comic book history. Effortlessly moving between godlike superheroes, street level vigilantes and team books. In the lead up to Fantastic Four #200 Reed Richards lost his powers and the family had fallen apart. This story sees the family reform as Dr. Doom attempts to clone himself and solidify his power on Latveria. (00:00) Gil Kane is one of the most prolific comic book artists in the history of the industry. Gil Kane is most well known for his game changing illustrations in Green Lantern. But he had many memorable runs at DC and Marvel including Superman, Amazing Spider-Man, Detective Comics, Savage Sword of Conan and more. (46:49)

 

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DC Comics Continue Destroying Superman as Marvel Double-Down on Events in January 2022 Solicitations

DC Comics Continue Destroying Superman as Marvel Double-Down on Events in January 2022 Solicitations

October 25, 2021

Marvel and DC Comics released their comic book solicitations for January 2022. Wes sorts through well over 100 previews to find hidden gems and outright stinker. DC Comics continue using new Superman Jon Kent as a sounding board for Tom Taylor’s politics. DC are light on #1 issues but over half the line star batman or a batman related character. (00:00) Marvel Comics are all about events and #1 issues in January. For some reason there are 8 total comics associated with Devils Reign. It seems a bit off base thinking a titles with low readership warrants such a wide-ranging comic event. Almost one-quarter of all Marvel Comics are also #1 issues as Marvel has run out of ideas to entice comic readers (29:53)

 

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Comics Aficionados: How Woke Can DC Comics Go?, The Batman Trailer, Ruby Rose And More

Comics Aficionados: How Woke Can DC Comics Go?, The Batman Trailer, Ruby Rose And More

October 24, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: Owner of start-up comic publisher Animated Concepts Gevian Dargan, pop culture and basketball Twitch streamer Skipntosh, Drew from Comics Elite comic shop, Batman and pop culture critic Josh McDonald and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Rumors persisted for weeks DC Comics and Tom Taylor were planning on Jon Kent going out as gay. DC Comics push towards woke agenda continues without stop. At DC FanDome Jim Lee announced Superman no longer fights for the “American Way.” In Nubia & the Amazons it’s revealed Themyscira now includes trans Amazons, a change from longstanding DC Comics lore. Just how far will DC Comics push their woke agenda? (00:05:00) Captain Marvel 2 director blames Captain America for the Thanos Snap in Infinity War. The Aficionados debate their most hated comic book opinions. (01:14:35) DC dropped their latest trailer for The Batman at DC FanDome. Is this the batman movie we need right now? (01:56:20) Ruby Rose dropped a litany of allegations against WarnerMedia, The CW and The Batwoman series regarding her exit from the show. WarnerMedia and several actors are defending themselves, saying Ruby Rose was the issue on-set during season 1. (02:12:00) Marvel Comics January 2022 solicitations are out and they continue replying on #1 issues and events. What comic should Marvel Comics fans look to read and avoid in January 2022? (02:22:55) 

 

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The Batman Trailer Reaction,Tom King Destroys Catwoman Batman Relationship, Cyclops Out As X-Men Leader

The Batman Trailer Reaction,Tom King Destroys Catwoman Batman Relationship, Cyclops Out As X-Men Leader

October 24, 2021

Batman Critic Josh McDonald and X-Men Historian Dok join Wes to talk about all the latest developments and comics in Batman and X-Men. First Josh joins Wes to talk about The Batman trailer that debuted at DC FanDome. There’s a fever pitch among DCEU fans after the latest clips of Robert Pattinson donning the cape and cowl. (00:00) Wes and Josh recap a very poor week in Batman comics. James Tynion’s Batman and Tom King’s Batman/Catwoman are woefully bad in both execution and characterization. Unfortunately, issues of Nightwing and Catwoman weren’t much better. (22:53) Marvel Announced Captain Krakoa is replacing Cyclops as the leader of the X-Men in January. Odd timing, as Cyclops just quit his position as Captain Commander of Krakoa to lead the team. Dok and Wes also review X-Men: Trial of Magneto #3, one of the worst X-Men comics in recent memory. (57:05)

 

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The Comic Wrap: DC/Marvel Comics Are Agenda, Manga Dominance Continues, Most Hated DC Story and More

The Comic Wrap: DC/Marvel Comics Are Agenda, Manga Dominance Continues, Most Hated DC Story and More

October 22, 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 journalist Doug Ernst and Wes discuss how the direction of DC, Marvel and other entertainment leave customers with no alternatives. The powers that be want to leave customers no quarter from far-left ideological and political propaganda. (00:00:00) Perch drops by to discuss whether the debate over comic books shipped vs sold holds water in today’s market. (00:31:51) Indie artist Tim Lim joins the pod to talk about Manga’s dominance in the North American comic market. Manga are delivering Western fans what they want and are poised to leave DC and Marvel behind. (00:49:15) DC Comics announced Superman no longer fights for the American Way at DC FanDome. Not surprisingly, as Superman hasn’t used his Truth, Justice and The American Way motto in years. (01:12:57) DC also announced their Milestone Initiative, a program aimed at developing black comic book writers and artists. Gevian Dargan discuss why this is good business for comics. (01:33:25) Actress Ruby Rose laid out a host of claims about nightmarish conditions during her time on The CW’s Batwoman. Rose claims execs at WarnerMedia and the Batwoman show runner abused their positions and endangered staff. (01:51:05) Josh and Wes look back at the most hated story in modern DC Comics, Heroes in Crisis. (02:11:05) Finally, John Leone from The 616 Comics joins Wes to update the Marvel Penguin Random House shipping issues plaguing comic book retailers. (02:34:50)

 

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