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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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May 11, 2022

It's time to take our first trip to Marvel's 2099 universe and meet Miguel O'Hara aka Spider-Man 2099. He's ruder than OG Spider-Man and he has a drug addiction problem to boot (technically not his fault).

We read the first 6 issues of this series from 1992 before continuing our Korvac Saga long read with Avengers 174. Korvac actually shows up! And he explodes Benicio del Toro!!!

Next Time: Slayground by Richard Stark adapted by Darwyn Cooke

 
Apr 27, 2022

We're back in the Age of Apocalypse! This time we're reading the 4-issue Factor X miniseries that heavily focuses on Scott & Alex Summers, aka Cyclops and Havok.

Turns out Havok is a real jerk who wants to kill his brother. Rude!

We also get to know the evil mad scientist version of Beast who just wants to run genetic experiments on everything. Major creep.

Then we continued the Korvac Saga with Avengers #173. Michael Korvac actually makes an appearance in this one!

Next Time: Spider-Man 2099 (1992) #1-6

 
Apr 13, 2022
For today's episode, we're diving into one of the most poorly received Batman comics of all time from the "All-Star" creative team of Frank Miller and Jim Lee.
 
We had a good time reading All-Star Superman a while back, so how bad could this be? Embarrassingly bad? Offensively bad? Incomprehensibly bad? Maybe all of the above.
 
It's so bad that we needed our friend Nick from the Your Stupid Minds podcast to help us wade through it.
 
Join us as we read All-Star Batman & Robin #1-6, and then continue our long read of the Korvac Saga with Avengers #172.
 
Next Time: We return to the Age of Apocalypse with Factor X #1-4!
 
Mar 30, 2022

We're getting into April and we had the idea that we would read some... not great comics this month. Because April Fools Day or something. It's gonna be the worst tradition ever.

We're starting with Fear Itself, a Marvel event from 2011 which is basically Thor vs a snake. We have issues with it.

We then continue our read of the Korvac Ultron Saga with Avengers #171.

Next Time: All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #1-6 by Frank Miller & Jim Lee

 
Mar 16, 2022

For today's episode, we're entering one of the most lore-heavy comic book universes out there... a world we've never delved into before... Sonic the Hedgehog.

We're specifically reading the Endgame storyline from issues #47-50 in the original Archie Comics run so that we can get a nice little taste of everything the universe has to offer. It's a lot.

We then continue our read of the Korvac Saga with Avengers #170, in which it doesn't feel like the Korvac Saga has really started yet because we're busy dealing with Ultron.

Next Time: Fear Itself by Matt Fraction & Stuart Immonen

Mar 2, 2022

In this week's episode, we check out the origin of Batman's famous sidekick, Dick Grayson aka the first Robin!

Wait, I thought we were reading the 2nd half of Batman: Dark Victory... this episode was supposed to be issues 7-13. We were gonna find out who the Hangman Holiday killer was and how it relates to Batman, Two-Face, and all the Gotham mob families.

Oh, that all happens too, I see.

We also continue the Korvac Saga with Avengers #168 in which Captain America acts like a major asshole.

Next Time: Sonic the Hedgehog: Endgame (Sonic (1993) #47-50) + The Korvac Saga #4 (Avengers #170)

Feb 16, 2022

Remember about 6 years ago when we read Batman: The Long Halloween about a serial killer who strikes on major holidays?

Well it's time for the sequel, Batman: Dark Victory, which is about a serial killer... who strikes on major holidays. Cool. It's a 13-issue series, technically 14 since there's a little prequel issue, but we start off by just reading #0-6.

Then we go onto The Korvac Saga in Avengers #167, which includes a fashion show! Fun!

Next Time: We finish up Dark Victory!

 
Feb 2, 2022
It's time to dive into our first Age of Apocalypse miniseries with the Astonishing X-Men! We meet Blink, Morph, a Sabretooth that acts a lot like Wolverine, a Rogue that's married to Magneto, and Apocalypse's first horseman.
 
We also start our long read of the Korvac Saga with a little bit of backstory from Thor Annual #6 where we jump into the 30th century and meet the original Guardians of the Galaxy. You'll probably recognize Yondu, he's there. And the villains have a cute blob you might like too.
 
Next Time: Batman - Dark Victory #0-6
Jan 19, 2022

It's been quite a while since we caught up with Ed Brubaker's run on Captain America. Last time around we discovered that the Winter Soldier is Bucky. And this week we read the next part of that run in Captain America #15-17 and then the Captain America 65th Anniversary Special. There's a big cool robot in it.

And then it's finally time for the last chapter of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck where Huey, Dewey, and Louie finally get to meet their great uncle!

Next Time: We return to the Age of Apocalypse with Astonishing X-Men (1995) #1-4

 
Jan 5, 2022
We haven't read nearly enough Hulk for this show, so we thought we'd read Future Imperfect by Peter David and George Perez. The Hulk has to stop an evil old version of himself from ruining the future. In just 2 issues, The Maestro manages to make a strong name for himself as a serious villain.
 
Afterwards, we continue The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck with part 11 in which Scrooge unfortunately also establishes himself as a serious villain.
 
Next Time: Captain America by Ed Brubaker Pt. 3: Red Menace Pt. 1 (Captain America (2004) #15-17, Captain America 65th Anniversary Special)
 
Dec 22, 2021

We don't get around to the X-Men often enough, so we're gonna make a commitment to jump in more often by exploring one of their biggest events, the Age of Apocalypse.

We're starting with the prelude in the 4-part Legion Quest storyline where Professor X's son goes back in time to kill Magneto, and then we get introduced to an alternate reality in X-Men: Alpha #1.

We also continue The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck with chapter 10 in which Scrooge settles down in Duckburg.

Next Time: Hulk - Future Imperfect

 
Dec 8, 2021

It's raining Spider-Mans!!!

For today's episode we read Edge of Spider-Verse, a collection of 5 different Spider-Character introductions that led directly into Spider-Verse itself.

We've got Noir, Spider-Gwen, a monstrous Peter Parker, a little girl named Peni Parker, and a guy named Aaron Aikman from Tokyo or maybe Dallas. One of these things was not like the other.

And then we continue The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck #9, in which our Scrooge is now finally rich!

Next Time: We start the Age of Apocalypse with Legion Quest (Uncanny X-Men 320 & 321, X-Men 40 & 41) + X-Men: Alpha #1.

Nov 24, 2021

Hawkeye is one of those poor characters who also seems to be the butt of jokes for his lack of powers. The Matt Fraction & David Aja series from 2012 is widely regarded as one of Hawkeye's best, so we thought we'd see what it had to offer.

But wait... Clint Barton and Kate Bishop are BOTH Hawkeye around this time. Is that okay? (It's fine.)

There's a bonus Young Avengers story in this volume too, which we read before jumping over to The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck #8, which gave us a taste of that classic DUCK RAGE.

Next Time: Edge of Spider-Verse
Nov 10, 2021

What is an Eternal?

They got a whole movie but we have no idea. We decided the Neil Gaiman & John Romita, Jr. 6-issue miniseries from 2006 would be a decent place to start. Apparently it was so good they gave it a 7th issue! Wow, good job Eternals.

And of course, we continued our read of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck with issue #7.

The number 7 is all over this episode. Numerology nerds take note.

Next Time - Hawkeye: My Life as a Weapon by Matt Fraction & David Aja (Hawkeye (2012) #1-5 + Young Avengers Presents #6)

Oct 27, 2021

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is back after a massive hiatus! What???? Is this real life? Yes, it's really happening. We read the first 5 issues forever ago and now it's time to finally read issues #6-8.

At the time of this posting, a 9th issue has also been published.

For real.

Like for real for real.

We're also officially halfway through The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, with issue 6 to round out his full rogues gallery.

Next Time: The Eternals (2006) by Neil Gaiman & John Romita, Jr.

 
Oct 13, 2021

Swamp Thing made someone's heart sing!!! He's in love! It's so sweet!

But we have to go through some really creepy horror stuff first like BUGS. Eww, gross.

In Alan Moore's 2nd volume of Swamp Thing (issues #28-34 & Annual #2), he gave us a little bit of everything, including a fun little trip to hell.

And then we kept reading The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck with Chapter 5. Spoiler alert: Scrooge dies.

Next Time: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #6-8
Sep 29, 2021

This Jimmy Olsen story has too many characters we've never heard of, but now that we've read the back half of Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber's 12-issue Eisner winning maxiseries, we kind of love them all.

We also continued reading through The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck with Chapter 4!

Next Time: We return to Alan Moore's Swamp Thing (first time since Episode 45 back in January 2017) with Saga of the Swamp Thing #28-34 + Annual #2.
Sep 15, 2021

Jimmy Olsen?!??! It's easy to forget that Superman's Pal used to have his own long-running series filled with adventures, but now he's back and winning Eisner Awards thanks to Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber!

We read the first half of the 2019 maxi-series which is all about the murder of Jimmy Olsen's fake body double.

Then we continued The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck with Chapter 3!

Next Time: We finish up Jimmy Olsen with issues #7-12!

Sep 1, 2021

Shang-Chi! CM Punk! It's a double-topical episode! Shang-Chi is finally getting a movie and we admittedly knew absolutely nothing about him, so we went back to his beginnings in Special Marvel Edition #15 & #16 which was then renamed to Master of Kung Fu and the story continued with #17-19.

But we didn't stop there! We also read Master of Kung Fu #126 written by the Best in the World himself, CM Punk.

Then we continued our long-read of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck with #2. So much content!!!

Next Time: 2021 Eisner Award Winner for "Best Limited Series" -  Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1-6 by Matt Fraction & Steve Lieber

 
Aug 18, 2021

Some of my friends... WATCH WRESTLING?!?!? We delved into the squared circle with this episode by reading a biography of the biggest man in the industry, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Brian Box Brown.

Chris and Kia did their best to teach Vince all about this weird world but really we all learned how big of an asshole Andre was.

Then we moved onto our next long read: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa. That's right, the ducks are back baby!!!!!!!

Next Time: Shang-Chi Origins (Master of Kung Fu #15-19, 126)
Aug 4, 2021

Agents of Atlas is a superhero team with a monkey AND a robot. Wow, it really doesn't get any better than this folks. We've been talking about Jimmy Woo and his weirdly thrown together team for ages and now it's finally time for us to see what it's all about.

We read their first appearance as a team back in What If #9 when they saved President Eisenhower, and then we read their first substantial miniseries from 2006 by Jeff Parker and Leonard Kirk.

Then over in Amazing Spider-Man, we finally finish a full year of this book with #12 in which Peter gets unmasked! Like for real!

Next Time: Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Brian "Box" Brown and the beginning of our next long read: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck #1 by Don Rosa!

 
Jul 21, 2021

With everybody talking about the lore of Metroid these days, and the release of Metroid: Dread on the horizon, we took a look back at some Super Metroid comics from Nintendo Power 57-61 so that we could learn about Samus Aran and her weird bird blood.

And we did it with a guest! Mike from the podcast "Games My Mom Found" joins us and he even read Amazing Spider-Man #11 with us too.

What a swell guy!

Next Time: Agents of Atlas (2006) 1-6 + What If #9

 
Jul 8, 2021

Just like in the movies, Black Widow spent most of her time in the comics as a side character until she finally got to stand in the spotlight on her own.

We took a look at a couple of these stories from the 80's in a collection called Black Widow: Web of Intrigue, both written by Ralph Macchio.

First up is a George Perez story from Marvel Fanfare #10-13 and then a black & white one-shot in Bizarre Adventures #25 with art by Paul Gulacy.

And of course, we continued Amazing Spider-Man with issue #10 and the least memorable villains of all time.

Next Time: Super Metroid (from Nintendo Power 57-61)

 
Jun 23, 2021

It's a busy episode! We're reading Volume 2 of Ed Brubaker's Winter Soldier run on Captain America where we see those dastardly Russians fill Bucky's brain with lies!

There's also a House of M tie-in issue in the middle which we went ahead and red as well.

Then we end things with the debut of Electro in Amazing Spider-Man #9. Thankfully, J. Jonah Jameson also returns to the series after taking a month off.

Next Time: Black Widow: Web of Intrigue (Marvel Fanfare #10-13, Bizarre Adventures #25)

 
Jun 9, 2021

Loki is everybody's favorite trickster god and in 2004 he finally got his own 4 issue mini-series by Robert Rodi with painted art by Esad Ribic.

It starts with a victorious Loki, which means he doesn't have to use any of his fun trademark trickery throughout the book. Hooray!

After reading that, we move onto Amazing Spider-Man #8 in which we see the least likable version of Peter Parker there has ever been.

Next Time: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Vol. 2 (Captain American 2004 #8-14)

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