Issue #91: SDCC 2013 Wrap-Up


Issue #91: SDCC 2013 Wrap-Up | Comic Book Podcast | Talking Comics

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It’s our first show of the non pre-recorded variety in a few weeks and we’re happy to be back. We really hope that you enjoyed last week’s Talking Comics Radio Theatre and hopefully we’ll back with more of that in the near future.

On this week’s show, we discuss all the big news to come out of San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and there is a LOT of good things to bring up.

Bobby also regails us with some stories from his trip to Israel (the reason why we were away for a couple of weeks).

We also go through a long list of our favourite (and also not so favourite) Books of the Week. Some of those titles include: World’s Finest, Red She-Hulk, Fearless Defenders, Avengers Assemble, Batgirl, A+X, She-Hulk Diaries, Joe the Barbarian, Locke & Key, Y: The Last Man, Red Sonja, JLA, Quantum and Woody, Sheltered, Ghosted, Superior Foes of Spider-Man and more.

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

Bobby: @bobbyshortle
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Stephanie: @hellocookie
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5 thoughts on “Issue #91: SDCC 2013 Wrap-Up

  1. I was legitimately surprised at Ultron’s being in Avengers 2–I was actually expecting for Ultron to be a subplot in Ant-Man, being Hank Pym’s helper-robot, while slowly developing malice and emotions towards humanity; in a post-credits scene, Ultron would power up with red lights or somesuch thing (anything that would indicate his being evil, really), and he’d then appear as the main villain of Avengers 3, prompting Ant-Man and Wasp to join. Vision would then be introduced as Ultron’s own crony, betraying him and joining the Avengers in the second or third act.

    Obviously, now, this won’t be happening. I agree with you guys; it’ll probably be Tony Stark that creates Ultron–especially considering the promo video, with the Iron Man helmet contorting to become Ultron’s face. I’m still a stalwart fan of Hank Pym, but I’m open to the concept of him not being in Avengers: Age of Ultron. My only concern is how Ultron’s character will be developed: in Ultron’s earlier forays into other media, he was shown to be programmed as a robot meant to keep peace, who then made the frequently-done decision that the only way to protect humanity was to destroy it; this, however, both contradicts and subtract’s from Ultron’s rich character. In the books, Ultron harbors a hatred and feeling of superiority towards humanity, and this (as well as his Oedipal relationship with Hank Pym) drives his actions. The use of the former approach made Ultron to be a stiff character with no personality. Portraying him with a legitamate and full hatred for humanity fosters a personality within Ultron, elevating him from a simple voiceless machine to an arrogant, maniacal monster.

    In any case, I am excited to see my favorite character grace the big screen. You guys did a fantastic job covering all of the news from the last few weeks–keep up the good work!

  2. Regardless of everyones differing opinion on Man of Steel, 2 things: You do realise Superman killed not 1 but 3 evil Kryptonians in Superman #22, leading into Exile. Also we are getting a freaking Superman/Batman movie. Biggest thing to happen in comic movie history. At the very LEAST its exciting.

  3. Great to have the regular show back, although I thoroughly enjoyed the stand-in episodes these last few weeks.

    I have to say that I’m not terribly excited for Avengers: Age of Ultron based on the title. I know Joss Whedon has said that it doesn’t follow the recent comic book event but the announcement is just too close to the event ending for me not to think about it. I like the idea of introducing Ultron into the Marvel Universe but the title feels very uninventive. At least with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it’s actually following that story.

  4. Welcome, back, Bobbie! Glad you’re back and are safe! I was in Israel back in ’94, and while there I went into a magazine store in Tel Aviv. They had Hebrew reprints of early Marvel and DC comics. Specifically, I recall picking up a Hebrew reprint of the Incredible Hulk #1. They had taken it and just mirrored the pages so that the panels would follow the Hebrew (which reads right to left). Aside from it appearing that Rick Jones was driving a British Jeep, it was very interesting. Unfortunately, afterwards, I gave it away, so I can’t send a picture of it. Did you happen to find anything like that when you were there?

    Bob, the pain you feel looking at the new art in World’s Finest mirrors that which I felt when Phillipe Andraede took over the art duties in Captain Marvel. So, I’ll trade you. 🙂

    I’m glad that at least two of you are willing to keep a somewhat open mind towards the Superman-Batman movie, but again, it would have made a more interesting preview (as well as review of the Man of Steel itself, for that matter) if you had a guest podcaster who really liked the movie. Given how much money it made and the controversy regarding the review podcast on these pages themselves, it should not have been that difficult. As for me, as I’ve said before, I loved Man of Steel, and I’m really looking forward to this new movie.

    Thanks and Regards,

    1. Ethan,

      I would definitely have Phillipe Andrade draw Worlds’ Finest, and in a heartbeat! It can’t be a trade though, more an “unconditional release”, as I surely don’t want Robson Rocha on Captain Marvel either! For me, I don’t think that Mr. Rocha can draw flies!

      Seriously, although I’ll admit that Mr. Andrade can be a taste you need to acquire or his art can seem odd, at least it isn’t of the “brokeback/archback” school that Mr. Rocha employs that’s just degrading to the lead female characters and readers as well.

      “Controversy”? “Man of Steel”? Did I miss something?

      Off to check the records (and take his meds!)

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