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Issue #75: Comics, News and Shenanigans

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The gang discuss many things on this week’s show… everything from news to video games to *gasp* comics! Stephanie talks a little bit about her adventures running a convention (Fabletown and Beyond) and Tim Hortons. Because what kind of topics did you expect with a Canadian present on the show? She also drops some knowledge on us about the name Fables video game, “The Wolf Among Us.”

Of course, the one constant (aside from the new releases) is our Books of the Week segment. This week we talk about such books as East of West, Revival, Rachel Rising, Morning Glories, A+X, Age of Ultron, Young Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Mark Waid’s Green Hornet and more.

Keep in mind that this Friday we will be posting up an extra show for you to check out featuring an interview with Greg Rucka (yeah!).

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

Bobby: @bobbyshortle
Steve: @dead_anchoress
Stephanie: @hellocookie
And Bob’s email is

FYI: the crew have gone all superhero on the world, thanks to the wonderful Hanie Mohd. Like them? Make sure to follow her and let us know what you think of our new superhero pictures.

The Comic Book Podcast is brought to you by Talking Comics (, a blog dedicated to covering the latest and greatest in comic book releases. The editorial staff is composed of Editor-in-Chief Bobby Shortle (Fanboy Remix, Doctor Whocast), Stephanie Cooke (Misfortune Cookie) and Steve Seigh ( contributor) who weekly dissect the releases and give you, the consumer, a simple Roman yay or nay regarding them. Our Twitter handle is @TalkingComics and you can email us at

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Managing Editor, Community Manager and Podcast Co-Host

Stephanie is [obviously] a comic book fan, but she also considers herself an avid gamer, movie watcher, lover of music, board games fan (although she doesn’t find nearly enough time for them…) and being snarky. Oh, and Twitter. Twitter’s a hobby, right? Stephanie is a purveyor of too many projects and outside of Talking Comics she’s done work for, Agents of Geek, Word of the Nerd, C&G Magazine, Dork Shelf, Misfortune Cookie (her personal blog for words and pictures) and more. She wrote a story for the anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls (coming in October 2016 from Dark Horse) and she also runs Toronto Geek Trivia in her home city. She can be found helping out at other “geek” community things around there.

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6 Responses

  1. Walt

    I haven’t listened to this week’s podcast yet, but I wanted to share something with you. I want my favorite comics podcast to meet my favorite comedy podcast this week because they have almost 2 hours with the amazing David Mack!

    The co-host of Who Charted?, Kulap Vilaysack, is a huge comic book nerd and is actually the driving force behind me getting back into comics after a near 25 year absence.

    If any of you read Batgirl regularly, one of Knightfall’s henchwomen, Katharsis (on the cover of issue 10) is named Kulap and modeled after her thanks to her friendship with Gail Simone.

    The podcast basically goes through the top 5 in music and movies along with a special guest each week and today’s guest was David Mack. He talks a lot about the history of Kabuki and potential movie and TV deals. I just wanted to share in case anyone wanted to check it out.

    I’ll be listening to your podcast later today on my walk! I can’t wait to hear the discussion on East of West (my favorite from last week).

    Here’s the link to Who Charted? for anyone interested:

  2. NameitPurple

    Great podcast as ever, and nice to have a returning Stephanie, even if she was a little frazzled from Fabletown.

    Good discussion on how minorities are being treated in comics, a very difficult topic but some even-handed and considered views expressed by you guys.
    One point I would add, which was being slowly built towards, but never really reached on the podcast, is that unfortunately DC seem to be accumulating a lot of these stories and rumours(the removal of Oracle, the treatment of Alan Scott’s boyfriend are just a couple of things which spring to mind), in The New 52, which makes it seem in some cases that minorities (of all decsriptions) are being treated more shoddily, to some fans it’s beginning to feel like the DC hierarchy are viewing them as more disposable characters. I certainly hope that’s not the case. In fact, I’m sure it’s more naive than malicious.
    Still, this is as emotive a topic as there is in comics, so I am backing away quietly.

    On a more light-hearted note, as a UK-based listener, it was good to hear some recommendations on breakfast/snack establishments to check out on any visit to the US or Canada.

    More gold stars all round.

    • Bob Reyer


      Forgetting all your wonderful comics points, might I suggest that if you visit NYC, you drop into the Shake Shack, home to New York City’s best hamburger?

      ps) One of these days, they’ll send me a coupon for a free cheesesburger for all the shilling that I provide! rrr

  3. thisjohnd

    I thought Steve made a great point when he briefly touched on DC’s seemingly endless array of unpopular decisions possibly being for the sake of publicity. I think it said a lot that DC dropped the storyline shortly after Falkov’s departure. It not only demonstrates a complete lack of confidence in the idea to begin with, but it feels sketchy. Just look at the “WTF Certified” fiasco for further possible sketchiness from the company. On this same note I have to give kudos to Marvel for not taking back their planned Superior Spider-Man story despite the writer receiving freaking death threats over it. It definitely shows more confidence than DC seems to have right now.

    I know this is a comics podcast, but I really liked the brief video game discussion. Has anyone on the show played the demo for Injustice yet? If so, I’d be curious to hear your impressions on a future show.

  4. Christian

    East of West is a brilliant book and I loved it. I didn’t find the concept too difficult, but when reading Hickman one does need to slow down and pay close attention.

  5. Ethan

    I just wanted to thank you guys again for bringing up the John Stewart issue. As Greg Rucka pointed out, however, in his interview, we don’t know everything that goes on behind the scenes. I think for me, as both a concerned comic-book consumer and a long time Green Lantern fan the issue is not just whether they were going to kill off John Stewart. It’s also in terms of has the character been treated the way he should be?

    It seems to me that this is a character that has needed better treatment for a long time. In his first appearance in Green Lantern / Green Arrow #87, he was angry and disaffected, reflecting a lot of the frustration with race-relations and lack of equality in the early 1970’s. It was a bold, head-on attempt to take on the race issue in a comic that openly and sometimes heavy-handidly, tried to discuss the issues of the day. In the late 80’s, he took over the role as the main Green Lantern of sector 2814, something which, while a laudable attempt to make an African American character the main super-hero of a major franchise, seemed awkward at times and did not last.

    In the early 90’s Gerard Jones wrote Green Lantern: Mosaic which was in my opinion an “A for Effort” type of comic. At least it tried to delve into John Stewart’s motivations and psyche. Unfortunately, it became a very strange book, very psychological and seemed to disdain the general mythos of the Green Lantern books as a whole (Ch’p was killed by a truck in a seemingly meaningless episode, for example).

    Lately, John Stewart has become the go-to Lantern for when something unsavory has to be done. During the War of the Green Lanterns, he destroys Mogo. In the New 52, he has to kill another Green Lantern to keep him from revealing the keys to Oa’s defenses to an enemy. Afterwards, when the Alpha Lanterns want to execute him, for a time he puts up no defense and seems to be almost suicidal. Overall, his portrayal over the last few years has been just depressing and repetitive. I recall at a panel at the 2010 San Diego Comic-Con, one of the writers (not Geoff Johns; it may have been Peter Tomasi but I can’t say for certain) said that John Stewart was the Green Lantern who “most needs to get laid”. It brought out a lot of laughs from the crowd, but in large part because it was true. It still is.

    The best portrayal, or at least the most positive portrayal of this character that I know of is in the Justice League cartoon. The overall character of John Stewart is the same as in the comics, but his seriousness and devotion to duty are shown to have positive effects. He has a great relationship with his fellow Justice League members, in particular with the Flash. His relationship with those other characters provides a lighter counter-point to his own gravitas.

    In any case, my hope is that someone at DC will finally take this mess with the rumor of his demise as an opportunity to really do some great writing for this character. John Stewart deserves it, not just because African-Americans are under-represented among mainstream super-heroes, but because he is a great character in of himself. He deserves it not just because of what he represents but because of what he is. Whereas Hal Jordan is the rebel, Kyle Rainer is the artist and Guy Gardner is the hot-head, John Stewart is the steady hand, the voice of reason and logic, the soldier and the architect. He is exactly what the others are not, and for that reason his voice should not be silent.

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