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Talking Comics Presents 5.22.13


By Bobby Shortle

Hello everyone and welcome to Talking Comics Presents! Every week we here at Talking Comics will endeavor to give you a personal view of the book we are most excited for, and why!

Remember , I want your input, what books are you excited for? Have you found any great fan art this week? Whats your favorite cover, panel or bit of writing (easy on the spoilers)? Do you have a video testimonial, audio blurb or art of your own you’d like to share? Send these things to and the best of them will be included here from now on!

Don’t forget to check out our Top Five Writer’s Podcast, Sean Lamont’s take on Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern #20,  Stephanie Cooke’s review of Becky Cloonan’s Demeter, and of course the reviews from our amazing contributors.

Well, enough with the who, where, what, why and how, I give to you Talking Comics Presents for the books releasing on 5/22/13.

Boom! Studios:


Steed & Mrs. Peel #8 


Writer: Caleb Monroe

Artist: Yasmin Liang

Colorist: Ron Riley

Letterer: Ed Dukeshire

Recommended by Bob Reyer

Boom Studios says: “BRAND NEW ARC! A perfect jumping-on point for new readers! Last issue, John Steed and Emma Peel entered a quiet little town on what should have been a simple mission – but things were definitely not as they seemed! Now the super spies fight not to become the next victims of this city with big secrets…”

Bob Reyer says: Sadly, this fun piece of spy stuff is coming to an end soon, which is a shame, as the various creators, particularly initial scribe Mark Waid and current writer Caleb Monroe, have brought The Avengers (Patrick Macnee was John Steed before Tony Stark was Iron Man!) to four-color life in a way very satisfying to fans of the show! New artist Yasmin Liang is a stand-out, as her ability to create true-to-life likenesses of Diana Rigg and Mr. Macnee, but which are also part of a “comics world”, has taken this series to a higher level! Kudos to all!”




All-Star Western #20


Story by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti

Art by Moritat & Staz Johnson

Colors by Michael Atiyeh

Letters by Rob Leigh

Cover by Howard Porter

Recommended by Sean Lamont

DC Says:  “The future collides with the past in this issue as [REDACTED] causes problems for Jonah Hex. And in the backup story, a never before seen Stormwatch team takes the spotlight!”

Sean Lamont says: “It’s still surprising to myself, but I’m really looking forward to this week’s issue of All-Star Western #20!  I had a good time with the last chapter of the Booster Gold/Jonah Hex old-west pal-around time, and I’m sincerely excited to see where this title is going next after peeking ahead via solicits.”


Batman Incorporated #11


Story by Chris Burnham

Art by Jorge Lucas

Colors by Ian Hannin

Letters by Dezi Sienty

Cover by Chris Burnham & Nathan Fairbairn

Recommended by Bobby Shortle

DC says: “Batman’s world has been devastated by his war against Talia, but is he willing to give up on his own humanity?”

Bobby Shortle says: “The days of Batman Inc. are coming quickly to a close, but that apparently will not stop the series from continuing to take chances. Batman Inc. #11 marks a departure from the ongoing battle with Talia to focus on the Batman of Japan! We haven’t had an issue focused on this region since very early in the run, and so I’m excited to head back to the far east for some shenanigans. I’m also intrigued to see what usual artist Chris Burnham can do as writer.”


Green Lantern #20


Story by Geoff Johns

Art by Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Marc Deering, Mark Irwin, Wade Von Grawbadger, Tom Nguyen, Patrick Gleason, Cully Hamner, Aaron Kuder, Jerry Ordway, Ivan Reis, Oclair Albert, Joe Prado, & Ethan Van Sciver

Colors by Alex Sinclair & Tony Avina

Letters by Dave Sharpe

Cover by Doug Mahnke & Alex Sinclair

Recommended by Bobby Shortle

DC says: “It’s the final battle against the First Lantern and the Guardians in this, the extra-sized finale of Geoff Johns’ historic run on the title! Plus, don’t miss a special retrospective on Geoff’s run on GL!”

Bobby Shortle says: “It is here, the end of one of the most historic runs in comic book history. It would seem almost impossible for someone to wrap up 10 years of work in a satisfying manner, but if anyone can do it, Geoff Johns can!”


The Green Team #1


Story by Art Baltazar & Franco

Art by Ig Guara & J.P. Mayer

Cover by Amanda Conner & Cliff Chiang

Recommended by Sean Lamont

DC says:  “INVENTORS! EXPLORERS! ADVENTURERS! Do you need money to finance an important project? Then you should set up a meeting with THE GREEN TEAM!”

Sean Lamont says: “My roll-the-dice pick for this week goes to The Green Team, which is kicking off its new series this Wednesday.  In the hands of creators that have proven to me their capability to write fun and amusing stories, I’m more excited than I feel I should be for a title so outside my knowledge base.”




Bounce #1


Story by Joe Casey

Art by David Messina

Recommended by Joey Braccino

Image says: Meet the ultimate slacker superhero for the 21st Century! Jasper Jenkins is a super-head AND a super-hero! He’s relatable AND reliable and he’s embarking on the adventure of a lifetime!The sensational debut of the new feel-good hero of the decade! You can’t afford to miss it!

Joey Braccino says: “Legendary super-subversive writer Joe Casey takes on slackerdom and superheroism in this debut issue of yet-another-promising new comic series from Image. After Butcher Baker and Sex, Casey seems to be right at home with Image’s creator-driven publishing strategy. Bounce might just be another winner; check it!”


Dia De Los Muertos #3


Story by Alexander Grecian, Kurtis J Wiebe, & Joe Keatinge

Art by Riley Rossmo

Recommended by Melissa Megan

Image says: “Inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, artist extraordinaire, RILEY ROSSMO, interprets stories from three of today’s top writers. From KURTIS WIEBE (PETER PANZERFAUST) comes a heartbreaking love story–in this world or the next. JOE KEATINGE (GLORY, HELL YEAH) offers up Day of the Dead 3000. As Ultra Muertos falls at the hands of Mother Slaughter, his grandson takes over the mantle with a death wish for all-out apocalypse! And New York Times bestselling author ALEXANDER GRECIAN (PROOF) tells a tale of ghost children.”

Melissa Megan says: “Most excited about Dia De Los Muertos because it’s been an incredible, really unique series so far with an impressive team of writers and artists.”




Daredevil #26


Story by Mark Waid

Art by Chris Samnee

Colors by Javier Rodriguez

Cover by Chris Samnee & Paolo Rivera

Recommended by Bobby Shortle

Marvel says: “A DOUBLE-SIZED EXTRA-vanagnza celebrating the third-year of the acclaimed series! Face to face with his opposite number–a foe Daredevil cannot beat! What is his connection to the accident that created Daredevil? PLUS: As Foggy deals with his cancer, Matt turns to one of the brightest guys in the galaxy for help. • Here comes…Iron Man!”

Bobby Shortle says: “Daredevil #25 was an amazing issue, one that introduced a new foil for Matt Murdoch while continuing to advance the story of Foggy Nelson’s illness. I cannot wait to see how #26 carries on from the cliffhanger we were left on, plus we get a Foggy centric back up!”



Fantastic Four #8 


Writer: Matt Fraction

Artist: Mark Bagley

Cover: Mark Bagley

Recommended by Bob Reyer

Marvel says: “One day a year, The Thing reverts to his human form. This year… Ben Grimm is going to go home again — as Ben Grimm! • What was Yancy Street REALLY like back in the day? And how long until the ever-loving’ THING makes his appearance? • And meanwhile, the tables get turned in Franklin and Val’s relationship… and when these two siblings have a rivalry, all bets are off.”

Bob Reyer says: Over the last couple of issues, we’ve gotten glimpses that all is not well with Aunt Petunia’s favorite nephew, Benjamin J. Grimm, and beyond that, he may be harboring a huge secret guilt! What will this side-trip reveal, and how will it affect the Fantastic Four? Only Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley (well…maybe Kelly Sue DeConnick?) know!”


Young Avengers #5


Story by Kieron Gillen

Art by Jamie McKelvie & Mike Norton

Colors by Matthew Wilson

Cover by Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson, Jim Cheung, & Justin Ponsor

Recommended by Joey Braccino and Mara Whiteside

Marvel says: “The book where when a character says “I did it half an hour ago” normally means doing “it” half an hour ago reaches its first epic conclusion. Why Did Loki Do It? No one kno… okay, we’ll tell you…Well, part of it. Miss America probably punches someone. She usually does.”

Joey Braccino says: “Read this comic if you want to be awesome.”

Mara Whiteside say: “I was a skeptic of the series, but it won my heart with the Tumblr parody recap. I believe that pretty much sums up how hilarious and culturally relevant this series is.”

Well that’s all for this week’s Talking Comics Presents, don’t forget to send your picks and submissions to, and check out the Talking Comics Podcast. On this week’s show we discussed our top five current comic book writers.



Bobby Shortle is founder and Editor in Chief of Talking Comics as well as the host of the weekly Talking Comics Podcast. When he's not writing about comics he's making short films which can be found at and talking…

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