Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast
Denny O’Neil: Humble Genius - Comic Book Career Retrospective

Denny O’Neil: Humble Genius - Comic Book Career Retrospective

September 14, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to discuss one of the under appreciated comic book writers and editors, Denny O’Neil. Denny O’Neil is most well known for his work with Green Arrow and Green Lantern. O’Neil shocked DC Comics fans when Green Arrow discovered his young sidekick Speedy was a heroin addict. This wasn’t the type of storytelling DC fans, or comic fans in general were used to. He also broke the mold and changed comic book writing for good with his Green Arrow/Green Lantern Hard Traveling Heroes angle. Bringing their political and social views much more in to focus. Where he truly left his mark isn on Batman. Not only as writer but as group editor during the most influential runs in the character’s history. Denny O’Neil is remembered as one of the most humble, genius writers in comic book history. 

 

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Jim Starlin’s Death of Captain Marvel Comic Book Retrospective

Jim Starlin’s Death of Captain Marvel Comic Book Retrospective

September 13, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to discuss one of the most influential superhero graphic novels, The Death of Captain Marvel. Jim Starlin is considered one of the greatest comic creators ever, but it’s his work in the Marvel cosmos that most remember. Thanos and the Infinity Gauntlet story is probably the work most remember. But it’s his The Death Of Captain marvel graphic novel that stands above the rest. The first release in the very influential Marvel Graphic Novel line, The Death of Captain Marvel is a powerhouse story. Former Kree warrior turned defender of Earth Mar-Vell tells his story of life, redemption and finally death. Almost every major Marvel Comics heroes eventually comes to help Mar-Vell during his final days before they finally say goodbye to one of the greatest superheroes in comic history. 

 

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Comics Aficionados: Spider-Man Sins Past Retcon, DC Replacing Heroes, Shang Chi Box and More

Comics Aficionados: Spider-Man Sins Past Retcon, DC Replacing Heroes, Shang Chi Box and More

September 12, 2021

Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: upstart comic publisher Gevian Dargan, comic book YouTuber Jimmy from Comic Quirks, comic book retailer Drew from Comics Elite, comic book critic Josh McDonald and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Spider-Man fans have long speculated Nick Spencer would retcon One More Day before he finishes his ASM run this month. (00:05:32) Turns out he retconned an even more hated story, Sins Past. Can Spencer remove the two most hated Spider-Man stories in history in back-to-back issues? DC Comics are replacing Arthur Curry with Jackson Hyde as Aquaman soon. Hot on the heels of Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent vacating their homes, Diana Prince dying and most of the Green Lantern Corps losing their powers. What’s DC Comics angle here? (00:34:57) Shang Chi was expected to have the lowest opening weekend in MCU history just a week ago. It ended up breaking every major Labor Day weekend box office record. (01:16:50) DC Comics and Webtoon launched their first joint series, Batman: Wayne Family Adventures this week. As well as a host of other events to celebrate Batman Day 2021. (01:47:08) Marvel Comics relaunched their Marvel Unlimited digital comics app this week along with a new line of webcomics, Marvel Infinity. Rumors started last year that DC Comics are readying their next crisis event in 2022. (01:57:02) In this weeks Infinite Frontier finale it looks like they laid the foundation to reset the DC Comics universe….again. (02:08:57) Mirage Studios sold Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Viacom/Nickelodeon in 2009, but maintained a presence selling merchandise. This week, 37 years after publishing their first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic they officially shut down. (02:22:23) 

 

Jimmy from Comic Quirks

YT: youtube.com/channel/UC_7GKIbEOS9hegsGXKY-RgA

Twitter: twitter.com/josh_quirky

Gevian Daragan

Twitter: @GevianDargan

 

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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Batman Webtoon Series, Batman Day 2021, Tom King Destroys Catwoman, X-Men Reviews and More

Batman Webtoon Series, Batman Day 2021, Tom King Destroys Catwoman, X-Men Reviews and More

September 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. Josh McDonald joins Wes first to talk about the launch of Batman: Wayne Family Adventures on Webtoon. The is the first series since DC and Webtoon announced a formal partnership. DC also announced a host of other events to celebrate Batman Day 2021. (00:00) Josh and Wes talk about Tom King taking aim and destroying Catwoman in batman/Catwoman #7. They also review Batman #112, Suicide Squad: Get Joker #2 and The Joker Presents A Puzzlebox. (19:36) Dok joins the program to talk the latest news in X-Men. Jonathan Hickman teased a surprise digital X-Men series this week. It didn’t take long for X-Men Unlimited to debut the first two issues on Marvel Unlimited. Ben Percy’s X-Force has been trending down but bounced back this week in a very solid X-Force #23 issue. (46:52)

 

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DC Replacing Classic Heroes, Hypocritical Marvel, Shang Chi Breaks Records and More

DC Replacing Classic Heroes, Hypocritical Marvel, Shang Chi Breaks Records and More

September 11, 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. DC Comics are replacing Arthur Curry with Jackson Hyde as Aquaman in the near future. This is after Bruce Wayne leaves Gotham, Clak Kent leaves Earth, Dianna Prince dies and almost every Green lantern is rendered powerless. (00:00:00) Bryan Hitch and Mark Waid are working in a yet to be announced Superman Black Label series. Despite Waid’s work with the Man of Steel it’s hard to continue supporting him. (00:12:49) Marvel Comics fired Brazilian artist Joe Bennett for a political cartoon he drew in 2017. Wes explains why it’s a very hypocritical stance for Marvel to take. (00:30:23) Marvel Aficionado Dok joins Wes to run down Marvel Comics 7 Deadly Sins. (00:51:30) Shang Chi was expected to have the lowest opening weekend in MCU history just a week ago. It ended up breaking every major Labor Day weekend box office record. (01:16:03) Fans of Harley and Poison Ivy attacked disabled comic writer Tee Franklin for portraying Ivy as bisexual in comics. (01:31:50) Marvel Comics announced new features and performance upgrades for their Marvel Unlimited relaunch. They also released seven new comics designed for reading on phones and tablets. (01:47:36) Nick Spencer retconned one of the most hated stories in comic book history, Spider-Man: Sins Past. (02:05:05)

 

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The Truth About College and Living with Student Debt with Gevian Dargan

The Truth About College and Living with Student Debt with Gevian Dargan

September 9, 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 truth of college in todays society. There’s been an enormous increase in the percentage of Americans attending college. In many ways the intervention of the US government and guaranteed student loans created a sully and demand problem. Many more people demanded higher education than needed it. Tuition fees skyrocketed without any measurable increase in the product offered. Colleges also created new degree programs they knew wouldn’t afford students increased future employment or earning potential. Leaving millions of college graduate with degrees barely worth the paper they’re printed on but also stuck under onerous loans. The truth is college is important but it’s not necessary for every. In fact, it’s complicated. 

 

Gevian Daragan

Twitter: @GevianDargan

 

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Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 09/08

Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 09/08

September 8, 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 8th including Black Manta Ka-Zar: Lord of the Savage Land and Army of Darkness: 1979 . 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. (43:49) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil and X-Force. DC Comics feature new title Black Manta and new issues of Batman, Batman/Catwoman, Green Lantern, Nice House on the Lake and Infinite Frontier. The indie scene features new Dark Horse series Mazebook, Dynamite’s Army of Darkness: 1979 and IDW’s Star Trek: Mirror War. New issues of Image Comics Excellence, Ordinary Gods and 6 Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton arrive. Other indie comics of note include; Eve, Mighty Morphin, Canto III: Lionhearted and Witchblood. 

 

Comics Elite Info

YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA

Website: comicselitecomics.com/

Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/

 

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The New Teen Titans, Starfire Vs Blackfire Comic Book Retrospective

The New Teen Titans, Starfire Vs Blackfire Comic Book Retrospective

September 7, 2021

Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to discuss one of the greatest team books of all-times, The New Teen Titans. Marv Wolfman and George Perez took the Teen Titans and made it the most popular book at DC Comics, rivaling X-Men for industry supremacy. The Judas Contract featuring Deathstroke is their most well known story. Today we cover The Nww Teen Titans #23-#25 and Annual #1, which sees Blackfire kidnap her sister Starfire. The New Teen Titans are hot on her trail aided by the Omega Men, DC’s answer to the X-Men. What readers get is an action packed cosmic adventure with plenty of twists, turns and betrayal. In the end Blackfire and Starfire fight to determine which sister is fit to rule Tamaran in the future. 

 

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History of Malibu Comics and Under Fire from the Mob with Aaron Lopresti and Roland Mann

History of Malibu Comics and Under Fire from the Mob with Aaron Lopresti and Roland Mann

September 6, 2021

Veteran comic artist Aaron Lopresti and long-time editor Roland Mann join Wes to talk about the history of Malibu Comics. Both Aaron and Roland join Malibu Comics in the early days during the comic boom. Malibu is famous for being the publisher of record in the early days of Image Comics but there’s much more to the story. Roland talks about how the company acquired talent and what ultimately led to their downfall. Aaron discusses being recruited by Malibu and what it was like working with some of their premier writing talent. Aaron went on to be acclaimed for his work on Sludge before the series was prematurely ended. Aaron also talks about his Indiegogo project, Wraith of God. Aaron and his family came under fire from an angry mob for proving his book on Etahn Van Sciver’s YouTube channel. 

 

AARON LOPRESTI'S: WRAITH OF GOD GRAPHIC NOVEL

Signup Link: https://igg.me/at/WraithOfGod-Lopresti/x#/

 

Aaron Lopresti

Website: aaronlopresti.com/

Instagram: instagram.com/aaronlopresti/

Facebook: facebook.com/aaron.lopresti.5

Art Facebook: facebook.com/aaronloprestiart

YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCQT6LezYd3dJEAYHtbbdCbQ

 

Silverline Comics 

Website: silverlinecomics.com/

Instagram: instagram.com/silverline_comics/?hl=en

Facebook: facebook.com/SilverlineComics/

Twitter: @SilverlineComic

YouTube: youtube.com/channel/UCD_wuBxQzysURBxKkW-T5wg

 

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Batman: Fear State, DC FanDome Preview, Inferno/Onslaught: Revelation/Previews and More

Batman: Fear State, DC FanDome Preview, Inferno/Onslaught: Revelation/Previews and More

September 6, 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. Josh McDonald joins Wes first to talk about the latest quote from The Batman director Matt Reeves. Reeves claims The Batman will be the most emotional film ever featuring the character. (00:01:00) James Tynion’s Batman: Fear State Alpha arrived to prime readers for the horror-themed Batman event. (00:04:50) Gene Yang’s Batman/Superman Annual 2021 delivers a fun Superman-centric one-shot. (00:10:12) DC FanDome 2021 is arriving soon. DC plans on hosting an array of Batman panels at their own virtual convention including; films, television, comics, animation and video games. (00:14:11) Reclusive writer Jonathan Hickman talked to Adventures in Poor Taste this week, after announcing he is leaving the X-Men line. He discussed his altered plans, Inferno and his future at Marvel Comics. (00:24:56) Dok stops by to talk all things X-Men with Wes. First, they preview Jonathan Hickman/;s final work on X-Men, Inferno. Inferno is the payoff for readers who fell involve with HIckman’s work on House of X/Powers of X. (00:49:18) They then preview the one-shot finale to Si Spurrier’s surprisingly great Way of X. Onslaught: Revelation appears to spy off several hanging plots that the X-Men office has been building the past 2 years. (01:10:52) Marvel announced Ben Percy is writing 2 event books in December 2021, x Lives of Wolverine and X Deaths of Wolverine. Do and Wes speculate where the series is going and the future of X-Men after Jonathan Hickman.  (01:18:32) Finally, they review the best ongoing series in all of X-Men, Hellions, Hellions #15 is one of the best issues in a great run that hardcore X-Men fans can’t miss. (01:23:57)

 

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