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Some of My Friends Read Comics

SOME OF MY FRIENDS READ COMICS is a book-club format podcast about reading the great comic book stories for the first time. On each episode, your hosts will review a classic comic book story or run, examine how well it holds up, and figure out how it fits within the grand context of comics.
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Now displaying: August, 2018
Aug 29, 2018

Even the undead fear… The Goon! But who is The Goon? We take a look at Eric Powell’s strange pulpy horror adventure crime comic series about a tough guy who beats up spiders and zombies and elves and cows and anyone else who needs a beating.

We’re looking at 4 issues (and a color special) that were self published by Eric Powell, but that Dark Horse later released as Volume 1 of the Goon.

We’re also getting close to the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths with issue #9 of our continuing series.

Next Time: Batwoman: Elegy by Greg Rucka & JH Williams III

Aug 15, 2018

It’s Eisner season again! This year we took a look at the winner for best single issue, Hellboy: Krampusnacht.

But of course one issue’s not enough for us. We thought we’d also visit our old friends (and previous Eisner winners) Beasts of Burden in their team-up with Hellboy called Sacrifice before moving on to our continuing read of Crisis on Infinite Earths with issue #8. We’re two-thirds of the way through!

Next Time: The Goon

Aug 1, 2018

In this episode, we honor Steve Ditko's memory by reading one of his rare solo creations as both writer and penciller with Charloton Comics' Blue Beetle #1-5 from 1967.

These issues also featured backup stories with The Question, so we take the time to talk about some of these early Charlton characters before they made their way to the DC Universe.

Also: Crisis on Infinite Earths heats up with the double-sized Issue #7! We finally get a backstory, stakes, a villain with an understandable motive, and emotional payoff! Spoiler-alert for what happens on the cover: Supergirl dies!

Next Time: The 2018 Eisner Award winner for Best Single Issue "Hellboy: Krampusnacht"!  And we'll revisit the Beasts of Burden when they crossed over with Hellboy in 2010's "Beasts of Burden/Hellboy: Sacrifice".

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