This week Andy and Derek discuss five new titles. They start off with Michael DeForge’s latest book, Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero(Drawn and Quarterly). While this is an unusual story, it’s nonetheless one of DeForge’s most conventional stories, at least when compared to many of his previous works. It’s an episodic narrative about its titular character, a multi-talented 49-year-old woman who moves to a Canadian national park to escape a scandal surrounding her rich father’s finances. There she befriends a bunny named Oatmeal, a moose lawyer who goes by the name “Lisa Hanawalt,” a love-struck eel, a “marked” young woman called Girl McNally, dumb geese, proxy ants, a bear chronicler, and the park’s wannabe reporter “Michael DeForge.” Did we mention that this is one of DeForge’s more conventional stories? This title began as a webcomic on Tumblr, and while people can still find the complete comic up and available, the guys strongly recommend that listeners get the new book to fully take in the physical, tactile experience.
Next, the Two Guys with PhDs turn to the four new Hanna-Barbera one-shots from DC Comics: the Adam Strange/Future Quest Special(by Mark Andreyko, Jeff Parker, and Steve Lieber), the Booster Gold/The Flintstones Special(Mark Russell, Rick Leonardi, and Scott Hanna), the Green Lantern/Space Ghost Special(James Tynion IV, Christopher Sebela, and Ariel Olivetti), and theSuicide Squad/The Banana Splits Special(Tony Bedard, Ben Caldwell, and Mark Morales).They both enjoy all four of the titles, although Derek has some reservations about the Suicide Squad/Banana Splits team-up, and Andy feels that the Green Lantern/Space Ghost one is a missed opportunity. But they spend about as much time discussing the short backups in these four specials, with Howard Chaykin’s Ruff ‘n’ Reddy being a standout. Is that any surprise
Superman is reborn! I talk about the events in the Superman Reborn crossover in Superman #18 & 19 and Action Comics #975 & 976. What do I like and don’t like about this change of the status quo? Listen and find out.
This week the guys visit The Great Philadelphia Comic Con and return with a ton of great interviews. This episode features Peter David (Spider-Man, Young Justice, Star Trek), Dawn Griffin (Rise, Abby’s Adventures), Joseph Cillo (Blind Prophet) and Bob Salley (Salvagers). And there are more to come soon, enjoy!
Reviews: Doctor Who: Ghost Stories #1, Riverdale #1, Rock Candy Mountain #1, X-Men Gold #1, Archer S8 premiere, iZombie S3 premiere, Legends of Tomorrow S2 finale, Rick and Morty S3 premiere
Emmy Potter returns to the rotating co-host chair! She and Jimmy discuss the Comic News Insider 12th year anniversary and that awesome Thor: Ragnarok trailer. News includes: New Warriors/Squirrel Girl is heading to Freeform for a 10 episode series, George Takei/IDW Publishing will produce a comic about his firsthand experience in Japanese internment camps during WW2, NYCC is cutting Artist Alley in half, Disney seeks a patent for a humanoid robot, DC Comics has redefined Superman/Lois Lane in their recent Superman: Rebirth storyline and more! And it’s the last of the MoCCA interviews with the awesome Falynn Koch! We discuss her upcoming Science Comics release from First Second that’s all about plagues. And, of course, we get some incredible mac and cheese talk in. You’ll see! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!