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Issue #65: Listener Questionathon

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Another week, another podcast. This week we tackle one of our favourite topics: listener questions in a listener QUESTIONATHON! We got an almost overwhelming response from you all this time in just two short days. We can’t thank you enough for all the love you give us and we try very hard to answer as many questions as possible. Always keep sending them in and if we can’t answer them all on the show, we’ll start answering them in a column.

As per usual though, we also discuss our Books of the Week, which has more or less evolved into a talk about the books we’ve read in general (love, hate or somewhere in between). Some of the books we talk about this week include: Insurgent #1, Batgirl #16, Justice League Dark, Batman #16, Revival #6, Saga #9, X-Factor #250, Threshold #1, All New X-Men, Daredevil #22, Savage Wolverine, Todd the Ugliest Kid On Earth, The Legend of Luther Strode, Captain America #3 and Valiant Comics.

Make sure to check in with us on Friday for an interview with Love and Capes creator Thomas Zahler and check back in again on Monday for an interview with return guest and Peter Panzerfaust creator, Kurtis Wiebe.

Annnnnnnnnnd… we say it on the show, but just in case you missed it, the Talking Comics crew on Twitter are:

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8 Responses

  1. AboveAverageJoe

    I have a question after reading FF vol 1 and 2, why is Spiderman, the Shemp of the group? That was probably the most disappointing thing about that entire story. Good story, but we have waited since Spiderman 1 for Peter to join the FF and it takes a back seat to Reed’s story. Saga and Revival were very good, so thanks for that.

    • Steve Seigh

      AboveAverageJoe, I’m of the mind that in no way, shape, or form, is Spider-Man the “Shemp” of the Fantastic Four in the pages of FF. Peter Parker came into the FF under very sad circumstances after the events that unfolded in the pages of Hickman’s Fantastic Four just before FF launched.

      It’s like I said in an earlier comment from another post that what you are reading in FF is the fallout from events in Hickman’s Fantastic Four. To understand the full weight of why Spider-Man is there you have to go back and check that stuff out.

      I began with the FF books myself, along with starting Fantastic Four from #600 to current. Working my way back in the series to fill in the missing pieces was one of the single best comic book reading experiences I’ve ever had.

  2. AboveAverageJoe

    Ok, I know Johnny Storm dies. Everyone does. It doesn’t excuse in making Spiderman a background character. This was supposed to be a huge deal if you take Spidey out of the storyline, you lose nothing. He has a nice scene with Ben, but for almost ten issues, he literally could have been a FF kid who is being introduced to the Baxter Building. It really feels like they shoved them in their for sales, Hickman ignored him and told his story. Its a great story, not doubt, but as a Spidey fan and someone listening to this Podcast, it was a disappointment..

  3. thisjohnd

    I’ve been thinking about reading Justice League Dark (even more after learning about the intended Del Toro film) and I was wondering: what’s a good jumping-on point for the series? I know nothing about the cast, so my first thought is to start at #1 but after hearing Stephanie talk about the first few issues being confusing, I’m wondering if I would be better off starting with #9 (Jeff Lemire’s debut). This would also put me past the I, Vampire crossover and thus eliminate the need to pick up extra books.

    I would definitely agree with the TC crew that the Death of the Family arc in Batman is not as strong as the Court of Owls. As much as I am enjoying reading Joker’s complete insanity in the various bat-books (especially Batman & Robin), I feel like he’s gone so far off his rocker that he’s just a horror villain at this point. I especially got this feeling reading Batgirl #16. Seeing Joker with a chainsaw just reminded me so much of Leatherface that I kind of lost the feeling of The Joker in that issue.

    Speaking of Death of the Family, I’d love to hear a spoiler discussion following the release of Batman #17 where everyone can share what they thought would happen versus what actually happens. I agree with Bobby that speculating might ruin it especially since I feel as though the “death” is obvious at this point.

    • Sean Lamont

      To answer your JLD question, Issue 9 may as well be Issue 1 for the difference in tone/lineup between Lemire and Milligan. He does a full reintroduction and starts off the current long-form story he is running with there as well, so I say check it out from that point if interested!

  4. Steve Seigh

    AboveAverageJoe, I think it’s a shame that you’re allowing your love of Spidey to soil your enjoyment of him being in the FF at all. I found there to be plenty of great exchanges between him and the rest of the FF throughout the run. You have to keep in mind that he was there primarily for Franklin’s sake.

    I won’t debate too much with you, though. I’m glad that you enjoyed it to the extent that you did, but please don’t hold books up against what we say on the podcast. At the end of the day it’s you who has to derive your own enjoyment out of these stories, and what we have to say is merely a heartfelt suggestion on our personal tastes and nothing more. There are no guarantees.

    Also, Spider-Man was never a part of the FF for the sake of sales. There was a very poignant and endearing reason as to why he joined the team. As I’ve said twice before, if you go back and read the beginning of Hickman’s Fantastic run it becomes very clear as to why it HAD to be him.

  5. Bradley

    Whoa whoa whoa… local artists? Street level company? The Valiant line has had some excellent art; in fact much of the coloring has been exceptional as well. I think its important to ignore the poorly concocted opinion that Harbinger is weak but serviceable and the only book worth reading in the line. Take off the Marvel colored glasses and actually read these things. In fact you’d be surprised how bad ass Duane Swierczynski’s Bloodshot has been with OUTSTANDING art by Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi. This is not “local, street level” art. Giving the listeners the wrong idea….

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