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Issue #185: Secret Wars #1, Civil War and Archie’s Kickstarter

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On this week’s show Stephanie, Bobby, Bob and Steve review Secret Wars #1, talk about the Archie Kickstarter and wonder if Marvel has gone too far with the Captain America: Civil War cast.

Lightning Round

Arcadia #1, Swords of Sorrow #1, Afterlife with Archie #8, Speed Force #2, Dead Drop #1,

Ant Man #5, Cluster #4, Invincible Ultimate Collection Vol. 1, The Woods Vol. 1,

Convergence: Question #2, Masks II #2, Operation: S.I.N. #5, Wonder Woman ’77, Spider-Woman #7, Silk #4, Spider-Gwen #4 (nearly the BotW!), Squirrel Girl #5, Rocket Girl #6 and
Bandette: Vol.2 Stealers, Keepers

Book of the Week

Manifest Destiny Vol. 1: Flaura and Fauna, The Swords of Glass, Love: The Tiger, and Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle

Shared Book of the Week

Secret Wars #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic

Next week’s #TCBOTW is Harrow County #1 by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook


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2 Responses

  1. CaptainUniverse

    Regarding the difficulties in following the action in Secret Wars #1 (referenced at around the 1:50:00 mark in the podcast) it was pointed out to me that the 616 talk in ALL UPPERCASE LETTERS whereas the 1610 characters talk in Upper and Lowercase letters. I don’t read a ton of Marvel, so I’m not sure if that has been an ongoing thing, but it made a word of difference for me in terms of understanding what was going on in the issue.

    • Joey Braccino

      That’s accurate! Chris Eliopoulos is like a lettering extraordinaire to be able to keep up that distinction.

      Also, regarding the discussion of Uncanny X-Men and the X-Nation and stuff: none of the events of “TIME RUNS OUT” has happened in the mainline Uncanny and All-New X-Men books. Apparently, the “8 Months Later” storyline is even set 8 months after the events of the mainline books, which explains why all of our other favorite Marvel series have been relatively Hickman-Idea-Free for the last few issues.

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