Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast
Comics Aficionados: Ask Us Anything Special!

Comics Aficionados: Ask Us Anything Special!

November 28, 2021

Wes and the Comics Aficionados celebrateThanksgiving week answering viewer questions. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. It was a light week for comic book news but The Comics Aficionados came prepared. Wes asked channel viewers for anything they would like answered by his nerdy friends. The Comics Aficionados are answering 30 questions live ranging form what our favorite comic book character is to what would happen if you put Joker in the Marvel Comics universe. Comic book writer and 80’s pop culture guru Mark Pellegrini is also reviewing Ghostbusters: Aftlerlife. Did they finally get the reboot right in 2021? Don’t miss a fun, interactive panel with Wes and the Comics Aficionados answering viewer questions live on Thinking Critical.

 

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Batman Fear State Won’t Die, Reptilian Is Strange, Worst Week in X-Men Ever and More

Batman Fear State Won’t Die, Reptilian Is Strange, Worst Week in X-Men Ever and More

November 28, 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 continued confusion that is Batman: Fear State. A week after the event concluded DC are releasing stories in Detective Comics and Catwoman that tie into events that occurred months before. Thankfully Robin is a standalone book and is finishing up the Lazarus Tournament. Batman: Reptilian is so strange it has to be read to be believed. (00:00)  Dok and Wes talk about Marvel Comics teasing a future X-Men event “Destiny of X” before Inferno is complete or X Lives/Deaths of Wolverine has even started. Dok and Wes also review the latest installments of X-Men and Wolverine. Both of which are very lackluster. (27:33)

 

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The Comic Wrap: X-Men: Green Should Cost Jobs, Marvel Cancels Luke Cage, State of Superman and More

The Comic Wrap: X-Men: Green Should Cost Jobs, Marvel Cancels Luke Cage, State of Superman and More

November 27, 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. Gerry Duggan’s X-Men: Green story arc concluded in X-Men: Unlimited Infinity Comics. Disney and Marvel brass should consider firing anyone associated with this deeply disturbing take on superheroes. (00:00:00) Unfortunately, despite outcry  Marvel refuse to acknowledge criticism. But Marvel and DC are going to learn you can only ignore your customers for so long. (00:20:42) Wes answers a listener question regarding how to fix Marvel and DC Comics. There’s one fix that will result in immediate positive dividends for both companies. (00:43:59) Marvel Comics cancelled Luke Cage: City of Fire weeks before it was set to release. There’s a couple reason why this could happen but Wes thinks he knows the answer. (01:03:45) Dylan from TheRealComicBookGamer joins Wes to talk about the top 5 “Oh Shit” comic book villains of all-times. (01:17:49) Dylan sticks around and talks about the state of Superman at DC Comics. Jon Kent’s recent awakening may be grabbing all the headlines but there are some very high quality comics staring Clark Kent. (01:38:26) Dok joins Wes to talk about two of the worst new comics from last week. Wonder Woman: Evolution features some of the worst Wonder Woman art in recent memory, while X-O Manowar is 24-pages of exposition dump. (02:00:49) Wes reviews the hottest new comic of the week, Donny Cates’ Hulk #1. It’s an interesting premise but Wes isn’t sure if it’s even a Hulk story. (02:23:44) Young Justice writer Aaron Sparrow and pop culture critic Skipntosh join Wes to review the first two episodes of Hawkeye on Disney+. (02:44:55)

 

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5 Things I’m Thankful For in 2021!

5 Things I’m Thankful For in 2021!

November 25, 2021

Wes sits down and talks about the tings he’s most thankful for in 2021. Much like comics, Thanksgiving is pure Americana. It can be difficult being an expat during the holidays. Missing out on favorite traditions can be a bit of a bummer. But Wes has so many blessings in 2021 he lays them all out. He talks in detail about his growing family, the great friends he’s made along the way. Channel supporters that have gone above and beyond, helping make Thinking Critical one of the most popular comic book YouTUbe and podcasts. 

 

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Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 11/24 Including New Hulk, Black Panther and Hawkeye: Kate Bishop

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 11/24 Including New Hulk, Black Panther and Hawkeye: Kate Bishop

November 25, 2021

Despite technical issues Drew from Comics Elite and comic shop and later Kiel preview the best and worst releases of the new comic book week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week November 24th including Black Panther, Hulk and Hawkeye: Kate Bishop. Drew lays out this weeks new releases you shouldn’t expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00) Drew and Kiel then name his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. (18:31) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new series Hulk, Black Panther and Hawkeye: Kate Bishop. Marvel Comics also release new issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Death of Doctor Strange, X-Men, Wolverine and Thor. DC Comics feature new issues of Batman: Reptilian, Detective Comics, Robin, Flash and Superman ’78. Image Comics feature new issues of Decorum, Gunslinger Spawn, Radiant Black and That Texas Blood. Other indie comics of note include; House of Slaughter, Hellboy, Barbarella, Transformers and Harbinger. 

 

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Marvel Comics Events Meaningless, DC Comics Enters Marvel Legacy Phase in Feb 2022 Solicitations

Marvel Comics Events Meaningless, DC Comics Enters Marvel Legacy Phase in Feb 2022 Solicitations

November 24, 2021

Marvel and DC Comics released their comic book solicitations for February 2022. Wes sorts through well over 100 previews to find hidden gems and outright stinker. Marvel Comics are running multiple meaningless events in February. None more meaningless than Dan Slott’s Fantastic Four: Reckoning War. An amazing 13 of 68 or 19% new comics are #1’s, which is a considerable decrease from previous months. Marvel are also leaning heavily on Amazing Spider-Man, releasing 6 new issues in February. (00:00) DC Comics continue following failed Marvel Comics initiatives. In February they feature two teacups with beloved characters (Arthur Curry and Dick Grayson) showing new legacy characters the ropes ala Marvel Comics Legacy. 48% of all new DC Comics solicited are led by Batman, feature Batman In a team or are led by a Batman-related character. DC Comics continue putting out less and less comics to get excited for in February 2022. (30:33)

 

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Comics Aficionados: Comic Book Collecting, Star Wars Dark Horse Return, Spider-Man Trailer and More

Comics Aficionados: Comic Book Collecting, Star Wars Dark Horse Return, Spider-Man Trailer and More

November 21, 2021

Comic book collectibles expert and critic Gem Mint Collectibles joins Wes and the Comics Aficionados. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. DC Comics, Marvel and other comic book publishers are increasingly using gimmick marketing to increase sales. Race, gender and sexuality swaps, autographed ratio variant covers and announced first appearances are being increasingly used to draw in speculators and collectors to supplement regular comic readers leaving. Is this healthy and are any of these gimmicks good investments? (00:03:10) Marvel announced weeks back they weren’t renewing their all-ages Star Wars license with IDW Publishing. This week they announced, along with LucasFilm, Star Wars is retiring to Dark Horse Comics. Who published some of the greatest Star Wars comics of all-times over a 30 years period. (00:50:20) Many longtime comic readers don’t consider current DC and Marvel Comics to be in continuity. If the DC and Marvel universes already ended when did it happen? Flashpoint? Crisis on Infinite Earths? Secret Wars? (01:08:05) James Tynion’s brief Batman and Fear State are finally over. What did the Comics Aficionados think of the Batman: Fear State crossover event? Was James Tynion’s Batman run a success to failure? (01:21:35) Marvel Studios released the long-awaited first Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, eliciting excitement from comic book and comic movie fans alike. The trailer confirms Green Goblin, Electro, Sandman and Doc Ock are returning though the multiverse. What do the panel think about Spider-Man: No Way Home? (01:35:50) Finally, DC and Marvel released their Feb 2022 solicitations. Gwen-Verse, What It? Miles Morales and Aquamen are among the big announcements. What should comic book readers look out for in February 2022? (01:56:55)

 

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Batman Fear State Dumpster Fire, X-Men ’97 Looks Sus, Batman/X-Men Reviews and More

Batman Fear State Dumpster Fire, X-Men ’97 Looks Sus, Batman/X-Men Reviews and More

November 21, 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 Batman #117, the finale of Fear State and James Tynion’s final issue on the series. Unfortunately, Tynion’s leaves Batman with a whimper and many fans asking what happened with his Batman run down the stretch. Wes and Josh talk about where Batman and James Tynion go from here. (00:00) Wes and Josh then review the rest of this weeks Batman related comics; Nightwing #86, Robins #1 and Batman Vs Bigby. Tim Seeley’s Robins was especially repugnant and is definitely worth skipping. (17:48) Dok and Wes talk about X-Men animated series retiring to Disney+ with X-Men ’97. On the surface it looks exciting but the devil is in the details. They also discuss the X Lives of Wolverine, X Deaths of Wolverine trailer.  Marvel are overhyping this event series. Dok and Wes also review S.W.O.R.D. #10 and X-Force #25, the worst comic book of Ben Percy’s career. (41:17)

 

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The Comic Wrap: What Wes Wants From Comics, Jim Steranko Disses Modern Art, Manga Sales Hit 50 Year Low and More

The Comic Wrap: What Wes Wants From Comics, Jim Steranko Disses Modern Art, Manga Sales Hit 50 Year Low and More

November 19, 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. Many longtime comic book readers feel something is missing from today’s comic books. Wes lays out five things he wants from comic book and cites recent examples that show amazing comics are still being made. (00:00:00) Legendary comic artist JIm Steranko explains what he sees as lifeless modern comic book art on social media. Jim lays out multiple issues and how they are contributing to readers leaving the hobby. (00:27:56) Kamen America artist Tim Lim joins Wes to talk about what DC and Marvel can learn from crowd funding comic books. Here’s a hint, it all starts with respecting your audience. (00:43:27) Perch and Wes discuss two ways Marvel and DC can leverage their existing product to compete with Manga. (01:09:56) Weekly Shonen Jump is reporting the lowest sales in 50 years for their Manga magazine. The bad news is their “failure: makes DC and Marvel look truly lost. (01:27:42) Star Wars comics have been in a tough spot since leaving Dark Horse for Marvel. There have been some very good stories here and there but for the most part the quality is lacking. LucasFilm and Dark Horse announced Star Wars all-ages comics are retiring to Dark Horse in 2022. (01:42:31) Marvel Comics continue rehashing old stories in 2022, to the detriment of longterm character health. Gwen-Verse rips of Spdier-Verse and introduces a host of alternative Gwen Stacy characters. What If? Miles Morales sees one of the most potentially lucrative new characters relegated to the same fate. (01:57:40) Marvel and DC both announced gender swaps for longstanding characters. In 2022, Mary Marvel becomes Shazam. Meanwhile Marvel are introducing a female Goblin to fight Spider-Man. (02:14:15) Finally, Wes and Drew from Comics Elite talk about the best indie, DC and Marvel Comics on the market today. (02:28:29)

 

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American News Media and The Fall of Consumer Trust w/ Gevian Dargan

American News Media and The Fall of Consumer Trust w/ Gevian Dargan

November 18, 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 loss of confidence in journalism. The America news Media are among the most distrusted entities in the entire nation. It wasn’t always like this. There was a time the every household tuned into their most trusted news source nightly. But the advent of CNN and the propagation of the 24 hour news cycle changed the role of journalism in America. Instead of informing most news outlets have found trolling is far more effective for repeat viewers. News organization action-wide resort to outright lies in today’s news climate. Nowhere is this more evident than the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Multiple lies have been spread for over a year. The American public know not to trust their news sources today, but they still propagate their lies. How did we get here? Wes and Gevian have an honest conversation about an enormous problem in American media. 

 

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