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Talking Comics Presents 6.5.13


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 Podcast on X-Men #1Our look at the new Forever Evil event,, 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 comic book releases on 6/5/13.

Abstract Studios: 

Rachel Rising #17


Story and Art by Terry Moore

Recommended by Stephanie Cooke

Abstract says: “Natalie was tragically murdered by her fiancé and now Hannah, a 300-year-old witch is living in her belly as a snake. Hannah is using Natalie to wreak havoc in the town of Manson and only Rachel has the power to stop her. ”The creep factor is through the roof in the newest issue of America’s favorite horror comic by Terry Moore.

Stephanie Cooke says: “There will only be 24-issues in Terry Moore’s series Rachel Rising and we’re getting pretty close to the end. Things have been getting crazier and crazier as the series carries on and I can’t even wait to find out what Moore has in store for Rachel and the other characters in the book for Issue #17.”


Mara Whiteside says: “Anyone who has read Rachel Rising knows how special this series is. Every issue is more and more creepy, and the story is getting fantastic. Even if you haven’t read this series, consider looking into buying the earlier issues.”


Dark Horse:



Writer: Adam Warren

Artist: Adam Warren, John Harris Staton

Cover: Adam Warren, John Harris Staton

Recommended by Bob Reyer

Dark Horse says: “TERRORPIN! POWERPACHYDERM! BRASS MONKEY! CYBERIAN TIGER! SUPERCOBRA! MAUL BUNNY! Can struggling superheroine Empowered foil a mass carjacking by these animal-armored crimebots at the 21st annual Alternate Timeline Superhero Auto Show? Can one exceedingly flimsy ‘supersuit’ overcome fourteen hostile tons of heavy metal? This action-packed new Empowered one-shot says: ‘MAYBE!’”

Bonus!!  Empowered’s creator speaks!! (Thanks, CBR!)

Adam Warren says: “In effect, “Animal Style” could be described as “Die Hard” at a convention center, but with hulking criminal mecha in place of faux German terrorists, and a beleaguered but quick-thinking superheroine in an increasingly tattered supersuit in place of an off-duty cop in a increasingly tattered undershirt. Not, however, that I could claim that “Animal Style’s” lead antagonist, a fairly doofy fellow in a bunny-shaped powersuit, is in quite the same villainous league as Alan Rickman’s superlative Hans Gruber.”

Bob Reyer says:  Underneath the trappings that make Empowered seem to be pure exploitation, Adam Warren has crafted a series with a charming, vulnerable, and multi-faceted lead character suffused with real-life insecurities, who, because of her wildly-unreliable powers and flaky super-suit, struggles to find her way in the super-hero world as well. Interestingly, despite copious adult content (implied nudity/sexual congress, censored “cussing”, “Damsel in Distress” imagery) Empowered never seems to reach the “ICK! level” that mainstream books with “brokeback-posed” heroines attain.”



Batwing #21


Story by Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti

Art by Eduardo Pansica & Julio Ferreira

Cover by Ken Lashley

Recommended by Sean Lamont

DC Comics says: “Caught in the jaws of Lion-Mane—who is the NEW Batwing?”

Sean Lamont says: “Coming out of nowhere, last month’s soft reboot of Batwing has me clamoring for more.  With the addition of campy but thematic villains such as Marabunta Ant-Soldiers, an amusing and intriguing twist in its storytelling method, and infinitely more playful dialogue; it is a title that I did not expect much from and was happily incorrect about.”


Green Lantern #21


Story by Robert Venditti

Art by Billy Tan

Cover by Billy Tan

Recommended by Adam Shaw

DC Comics says:  “Hal Jordan becomes the leader of the most feared and hated group in the universe: The Green Lantern Corps! New faces, new threats and a new beginning for the GREEN LANTERN monthlies!”

Adam Shaw says: “I was always intimidated with Johns’ run on Green Lantern. Because there was just so much of it, I never jumped on board. I’ve been enjoying what Venditti has been doing over on X-O Manowar. Hopefully this issue of Green Lantern serves as a great jumping on point for newer readers.”


The Movement #2


Writer: Gail Simone

Artist: Freddie Williams, II

Cover: Amanda Conner

Recommended by Bob Reyer

DC says: “The unrest in Coral City heats up as citizens clash with the police. Which side stands to gain when super powered protestors enter the fray?”

Bob says: I was quite pleased with the first issue of Gail Simone’s newest effort; her usual layered approach to story-telling, balancing the human elements with the super-heroic. However, as we spoke on the show this past week,  on this second issue, as on the initial launch, it seems as if DC is high-lighting the political angle, when it’s the other content that will make readers return to this title. Ah well, the vagaries of corporate America; scuttling a fine new book with poor marketing. Hey, I just had a thought! Maybe a quick cancellation will be a tax write-off for those robber barons at DC!!”


Daredevil: Dark Knights #1


Story by Lee Weeks

Art by Lee Weeks

Colors by Lee Loughridge

Cover by Lee Weeks

Recommended by Bobby Shortle

Marvel says:  “A gorgeous new series featuring the greatest talents in comics brings you the rest of the Man Without Fear’s story. Legendary artist Lee Weeks returns to his favorite hero for “Angels Unaware!” A blizzard brings New York to a stand still — and a young patient lies on death’s door unless Daredevil can get to him in time!”

Bobby Shortle says: Between Brian Michael Bendis’ End of Days and the Mark Waid ongoing series, Marvel has been cranking out consistently high quality Daredevil books. I’m hoping that the more anthology/short story based Dark Knights will continue the trend.”  


Fearless Defenders #5


Writer: Cullen Bunn

Artist: Will Sliney

Cover: Mark Brooks

Recommended by Bob Reyer

Marvel says: All the fearless ladies on this cover are actually in this issue! • Plus: Valkyrie v.s. She Hulk!

Bob Reyer says: With the threats of Caroline Le Fay and the risen Doom Maidens as a spur, Misty Knight is calling in the reserves! It should be a romp of an issue, although the revelations about Hippolyta’s parentage from the “AU” issue may put a damper on the fun!”


Red She-Hulk #66


Writer: Jeff Parker

Artist: Carlo Pagulayan; Wellington Alves

Cover: Francesco Francavilla

Recommended by Bob Reyer

Marvel says: “ROUTE 616 CONTINUES WITH A NIGHTMARE AT THE NEXUS OF REALITIES! • Betty needs to save the future, but THE MAN-THING stands in her way! • The Mad Thinker retools the ECHELON soldiers! •Red She-Hulk versus Green She-Hulk!”

Bob Reyer says: “This has been a fun read on a character that I cared not a whit for until Matt Fraction’s Defenders, and Jeff Parker’s work on this title has added to that and made the transformed Betty Ross into a new favorite.”


Winter Soldier #19


Story by Jason Latour

Art by Nic Klein

Colors by Nic Klein

Letters by Joe Caramagna

Cover by Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire, & Jason Latour

Recommended by Joey Braccino

Marvel says: “FINAL ISSUE! High above Earth, the ELECTRIC GHOST has set a plan in motion that tears at the very fabric of reality. As the universe threatens to unravel, only THE WINTER SOLDIER can stop it – But does he even want to? Writer Jason Latour (Loose Ends, Wolverine) and artist Nic Klein (Dancer, Viking, Doc Savage) bring you the fiery conclusion to THE WINTER SOLDIER’S latest deadly mission!”

Joey Braccino says: “And so it ends. Way back when, I picked up the Captain America Omnibus by Ed Brubaker and my understanding and love for comics changed forever. After reading the 25 issues in that collection, I started pulling the single issues of the ongoing Captain America series and I’ve been following the story ever since. When Brubaker left Marvel last Fall, I was glad to see Jason Latour and Nic Klein take over the Winter Soldier spin-off series; I’ve loved Bucky’s adventures since he was reintroduced early in Brubaker’s run, and Bucky’s tenure as Captain America and his ongoing quest for redemption has been one of the real gems of the 21st Century era of comics. Latour and Klein have been spinning one hell of a story with this “Electric Ghost” arc, and it will be bittersweet to read this week’s final issue.”


X-Factor #257


Writer: Peter David

Artist: Neil Edwards

Cover: David Yardin

Recommended by Bob Reyer, Joey Braccino, and Stephanie Cooke

Marvel says: “The end begins here. • THE END OF X-FACTOR, part 1 of 6.”

Bob Reyer says: “What else is there to say but that I’m very sad that this stellar title is coming to an end. I’m still harboring a faint hope for a new, re-numbered volume of X-Factor, but it’s not looking good!”

Joey Braccino says : “The final story arc of Peter David’s X-Factor begins this week. Man, oh man, it seems like just yesterday that Talking Comics’ own Bob Reyer and I were talking up this series for its creativity and its longevity, and now here we stand just one summer away from the final issue. Pick up this issue, good readers, and partake in the glory that is X-Factor Investigation for this last run!”

Stephanie Cooke says: I think everyone knows that this is a TC favourite, thanks to Bob. This too is coming to an end and I am pretty sad/excited to see how it all goes down.”



Astro City #1


Story by Kurt Busiek

Art by Brent Anderson

Cover by Alex Ross

Recommended by Bobby Shortle

Vertigo says: “ASTRO CITY is back in a new, ongoing monthly series that showcases old heroes and new, as The Ambassador comes to Earth, and an ordinary man is caught up in a cosmic conflict! Featuring the return of favorites like Samaritan and Honor Guard, and the debut of some new sensations! Plus, the seeds of a new mystery: Who is the Broken Man? The entire award-winning creative team is back to kick off a new epoch of the human and the super human. Get in on the ground floor of Astro City’s next epic!”

Bobby Shortle says: I don’t even know what the previous Astro City books are about, but I love Kurt Busiek and I feel a pressing need to support the Vertigo brand. Plus, the description promises a superhero mystery, and I always love those.


Fairest #16


Story by Sean E. Williams

Art by Stephen Sadowski & Phil Jimenez

Cover by Adam Hughes

Recommended by Stephanie Cooke

Vertigo says: “In Part 2 of “The Return of the Maharaja,” Nalayani and the Maharaja set out to rid the land of the vicious dhole as her village’s resources dwindle. As the Maharaja continues his advances toward the most beautiful woman in the land, the virtuous Nalayani risks his wrath, and 144 the safety of her village, if she rejects him.”

Stephanie Cooke says: “Sean E. Williams almost made his comics debut with Fairest but instead his Monkeybrain comic Artful Daggers hit metaphorical store shelves first. Either way this is the second issue in his arc from the Fables spin-off and last issue some major things happened and I suspect we’ll be finding out a bit more about what’s going on there. I can’t wait.”

Community Submissions

This beautiful art by Andy Bohn and Jean Arrow was sent in by listener John D. who acquired it at Phoenix Comic-Con

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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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