Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast
Ron Garney Talks Keanu Reeves, BRZRKR, Moving On From Marvel and More

Ron Garney Talks Keanu Reeves, BRZRKR, Moving On From Marvel and More

December 16, 2021

Comic book artist Ron Garney joins Wes to talk about working with Keanu Reeves, BRZRKR success, moving on from Marvel Comics and the evolution of comic book art and industry. Comic book artist Ron Garney has been delivering pulse pounding images for 35 years. Many know him from his time on Spider-Man, Daredevil, Captain America, X-Men and other legendary Marvel Comics characters. But it’s a recent indie comic titles attached to a Hollywood juggernaut that’s turned into his most successful project. Keanu Reeve’s passion project BRZRK from BOOM! Studios sold over 615k issues of its debut. After it already crowdfunded over $1.5M on Kickstarter.  Big part of that success is the poetically violent imagery from comic book artist Ron Garney. Not that anyone should be surprised. Ron Garney continues pushing the boundaries of action story, now with over 3 decades of storytelling under his belt. (04:57) The industry veteran also talks about his Captain America run with Mark Waid and why it was cut short. Ron also dives into what he considers the best comic book art of his career. (17:54) Ron and Wes also discuss the evolution of comic books art over the years and the physical toll 35 years drawing some of the most iconic comic characters in history have taken on his body. (28:23) Finally, Ron talks about the current transition of the comic book industry and his plans moving forward. (42:40)

 

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Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 12/15

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 12/15

December 16, 2021

Drew and Kiel from Comics Elite comic shop 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 December 15th including Batgirls and Wastelanders: Wolverine. Drew and Kiel lay 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. (49:05) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new series Wastelanders: Wolverine and new issues of Amazing Spider-Man,Hulk, X-Force and Strange Academy. DC Comics feature new Batgirls and new issues of Batman: The Imposter, Robin & Batman, Wonder Woman and Teen Titans Academy. Image Comics feature new issues of King Spawn and Primordial. Other indie comics of note include; Mazebook, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, BRZRKR and X-O Manowar.

 

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Comic Book Retrospective: The Doom Patrol…Silver Ages Most Under-Appreciated Team

Comic Book Retrospective: The Doom Patrol…Silver Ages Most Under-Appreciated Team

December 15, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to review The Doom Patrol’s first story after becoming a self-titles comic series. Previously published in My Greatest Adventures, The Doom Patrol are one of the oddest superhero teams in history. Writer Arnold Drake and artist Bruno Premiani do a fantastic capturing the spirit of the silver-age oddities. In this story many things are revealed, including Chief’s name and origin story. 

 

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Comic Book Retrospective: Iron Man Vs Hulk…Iron Man #131 - #133

Comic Book Retrospective: Iron Man Vs Hulk…Iron Man #131 - #133

December 14, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to review David Michelinie and Bob Layton’s Iron Man Vs Hulk story arc. David Michelinie’s Iron Man comic book run is criminal underrated. One story that stands out is his 3-issue Iron Man Vs Hulk story. Brought to life by Bob Layton’s impeccable line art. Iron man vs Hulk is a pulse pounding thrill-ride of a comic book. 

 

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Comics Aficionados: Jordan White, X-Men: Green and the Destiny of X, Comic Book Events and More

Comics Aficionados: Jordan White, X-Men: Green and the Destiny of X, Comic Book Events and More

December 12, 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. X-Men Group Editor Jordan White and Marvel Comics received plenty of criticism following their X-Men: Green story. Jordan White attempted to calm the outrage but ended up making things far worse. Calling into question whether White even knows what makes heroes and villains anymore. (00:21:35) X-Men fans knew change was coming following Jonathan Hickman’s exit from the franchise early next year. Marvel Comics announced a soft reboot following X Lives/Deaths of Wolverine, Destiny of X. (00:42:00) DC Comics announced their third crossover event including Batman this week, Shadow War. Batman is the flagship character of DC Comics but this is getting ridiculous. (01:28:00) DC Comics put a stop to exclusive creator contracts following the pandemic shutdown. This practice blew up in their faces when Batman writer James Tynion decided to leave with little notice. This week DC signed controversial writer Tom Taylor to a new exclusive. (01:45:55) Chip Zdarsky’s Daredevil run has been criminally under-read the past several years. It was surprising Marvel Comics gave him his own crossover event, Devil’s Reign. Devil’s Reign #1 had great action and art but didn’t have the signature moment to kick off such an expansive crossover event. (02:01:00) DC Comics EIC Marie Javins is explaining her plans for Wonder Woman moving forward. It appears DC Comics are going to ignore 80 years of history and use one-third of DC’s Trinity to push social commentary. (02:20:35) 

 

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New Batman Writer Hits, Hickman’s Inferno is Hot, Destiny of X Details and More

New Batman Writer Hits, Hickman’s Inferno is Hot, Destiny of X Details and More

December 12, 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 review Batman #118, which features new writer Joshua Williamson. Williamson does a good job transitioning to a new arc with fantastic art from Jorge Molina. Josh and Wes also review the latest issues of Batman ’89 and Arkham City before talking about speculation that Joker is appearing in Matt Reeves The Batman film. (00:00:00) Wes talks about DC’s announcement of a third Batman crossover event in 6 months. (00:28:21) Dok and Wes talk about the details of Immortal X-Men and Marauders reboot from Destiny of X. They also review the Hellions finale. What had been the very best ongoing X-Men series for some time (00:39:22) Wes and Dok then review the latest issue of Jonathan Hickman’s Inferno. Inferno #3 is filled with exciting revelations that should have happened during Hickman’s X-Men run. (01:02:11) Finally, they talk about Marvel’s announcement of an upcoming X-Men vs Avengers sequel. (01:21:33)

 

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The Comic Wrap: Jordan White and the Legion of Doofuses, Seth Rogan Controversy, Hawkeye and More

The Comic Wrap: Jordan White and the Legion of Doofuses, Seth Rogan Controversy, Hawkeye and More

December 11, 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. X-Men group editor Jordan White answered X-Men: Green critics this week. Turns out he has no clue what the real criticism is or what made the story repugnant. (00:00:00) Streaming services like Netflix and HBO Max are frequently turning to Hollywood names to produce content based on beloved franchises. Comic book editor and writer Aaron Sparrow and Wes discuss why this is resulting in low quality adaptations. And how Seth Rogan and Kevin Smith do themselves no favors lashing out at fans. (00:23:01) DC Comics announced their first exclusive writer in over a year this week, Tom Taylor. Taylor has begun incorporating his trademark writing tropes that ruined his career at Marvel Comics. (00:45:12) For the first time in moths Manga didn’t occupy the best selling adult graphic novel in November. Unfortunately, DC and Marvel still can’t penetrate the Top 20. Falling behind Manga and webtoons. (01:03:36) There are more troubling signs at IDW Publishing. They recently letting go of EIC John Barber after rumors of major licenses leaving the company. (01:16:16) Marvel Comics released details of this weeks Devil’s Reign event in anticipation of its release. Turns out, Marvel are rehashing their illegal superhero story…again. (01:29:24) Wes reviews the first issue of Devil’s Reign from Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto. The comic hits all the right notes on action but lacks in motive and plot. (01:42:56) Dok and Wes review two of the worst comics of last week; Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons and Phoenix Song: Echo #2. (02:05:10) Finally, Skip and Aaron Sparrow join Wes to talk about Hawkeye episode 4 from Disney+. (02:32:05)

 

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Freedom of Speech Under Fire From Big Tech w/ Gevian Dargan

Freedom of Speech Under Fire From Big Tech w/ Gevian Dargan

December 10, 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 how freedom of speech is under fire, not from government, but major technology companies and media. When the founding fathers wrote the Bill of Rights in the US it was primarily aimed to protect people from government. Little did they know the greatest threat to free speech would be companies that control access to who can and cannot be heard. This was a point of emphasis by new Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal in 2018. Controlling narratives and access to information seems to be a point of emphasis from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Tools a majority off US citizens use to communicate and find information today. 

 

Gevian Daragan

Twitter: @GevianDargan

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 12/8

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 12/8

December 9, 2021

Drew and Kiel from Comics Elite comic shop 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 December 8th including Devils Reign, One Star Squadron, World of Krypton, Captain America/Iron Man and Star Wars: Crimson Reign. Drew and Kiel 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. (50:11) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new titles Devils Reign, Captain America/Iron Man and Star Wars: Crimson Reign. Marvel also release new issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Amazing Fantasy, Hellions, Inferno and Star Wars. DC Comics feature new titles One Star Squadron and World of Krypton. DC also release new issues of Batman, Dark Knights of Steel, Superman: Son of Kal El and Green Lantern. Image Comics feature new series Lady Mechinika: The Monster of The Ministry of Hell as well as new issues of Crossover and The Silver Coin. Other indie comics of note include; Red Sonja, Vampiverse, G.I. Joe, Crimson Cage and Mighty Morphin. 

 

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Comics Aficionados: What Comics Era Is This?, IDW Comics Doomed, Avengers #750 and More

Comics Aficionados: What Comics Era Is This?, IDW Comics Doomed, Avengers #750 and More

December 5, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: Comic book critic Gabriel Hernandez from Weird Science DC, Drew from Comics Elite, comic book YouTuber and retailer Uel Carter from Fantastic Comics, 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. Comic books have long been categorized by ages by collectors. Recently Wes from Thinking Critical declared we’re in the Broken Age of comic books. The Comics Aficionados discuss what age of comics we’re in and when did it start. (00:11:40) Marvel Comics charged $10 for The Avengers #750 comic this week. What readers got was a disjointed mess, light on storytelling cloaked in fan service. (00:47:00) This week the Comics Aficionados debate who would a battle between Dr. Fate and Dr. Strange? (01:19:26) IDW Media has been in financial disrepair for a few years now. Recently their publishing lines revenue was turning around but now it appears they’re losing Star Wars, Marvel and the Hasbro license in a matter of months. (01:30:15) DC Comics used their 5th release week to promote a plethora of upcoming stories including: Shadows of the Bat, Shadow War, Poison Ivy Return, Ghost Makers new sidekick and more. (01:49:20) Finally, the Comics Aficionados discuss the recent turnout for San Diego Comic Con 2021. Most of the major studios skipped the convention leading to a sparsely attended SDCC with a renewed emphasis on comic books. (02:04:48)

 

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