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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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Jun 5, 2024

We're reading some detective comics this week! No, not the Bat. We're reading a lesser known PI published by Renegade Comics in the 80s: Ms. Tree, written by Max Alan Collins with art by Terry Beatty.

We jump into the middle of the book and read issues #18-23 in which Ms. Tree deals with the death of her archnemesis... and kills a ton of people.

We were expecting a little more noir and a little less Punisher.

Then we continue Thunderbolts with issue #3 in which the former Masters of Evil meet the current Masters of Evil!

Next Time: Hulk 417-419 (Rick Jones' Bachelor Party) & Hulk: The End
May 22, 2024

It's another classic X-Men story! We're reading God Loves, Man Kills by Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson from 1982, which served as the inspiration for the X-Men 2 film.

We get to know the evil reverend, Stryker, who has made some... questionable life choices. But why didn't they make him a reverend in the movie? 

Then we continue our long read of Thunderbolts with issue #2, which contains the ugliest statue ever erected to honor a superhero.

Next Time - Ms. Tree: Heroine Withdrawal

May 1, 2024

It's time to go back to Fairyland! We loved the first volume of Skottie Young's I Hate Fairyland when we read it back in 2020, so we thought we'd check out volume 2.

Will the art still manage to simultaneously be cute and grotesque? You know it!

Also, we begin our next long read with Thunderbolts #1 by Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley, with villains posing as heroes. How devious!

Next Time: X-Men - God Loves, Man Kills

 
Apr 10, 2024

April Fools! We're doing some weird comics today, because that feels like it makes sense.

We wanted to read Peter Porker and we only picked issue #16 because it had Baron Zebro in it. 

Then we read Avengers #200 because it's said to be one of the worst issues of all time, and it definitely deserves that accolade.

And we finally end Earth X in issue #X, in which Spiders-Man wears a hard hat.

The best thing in all these comics is the cool dinosaur that attacked Avengers Mansion.

Next Time: I Hate Fairyland, Pt. 2

 
Mar 27, 2024

With the passing of Akira Toriyama, we wanted to take a look at his most famous work, and one of the most popular manga/anime series of all time, the Dragon Ball series.

We go back to the first volume from 1986 and it's not what we expected!

Then we continue Earth X with #12 in which... uhh... we can't remember anything that happened. Did anything happen?  DID ANYTHING HAPPEN??

Next Time: April Fools Day where Carol Danvers marries her son in Avengers #200 + Spider-Ham meets Baron Zebro in Peter Porker, The Spectacular Spider-Ham #16 + the Earth X Finale!
Mar 13, 2024

It's time for us to visit the late 90s with Kurt Busiek and George Perez's relaunch of The Avengers! Who will be on the new roster? Will we remember any of the history that Busiek digs up?

And is it ever a good idea to relaunch a book with an alternate reality story?

Then we go onto Earth X #11 where we say farewell to the character with the best one-liners.

Next Time: Dragon Ball, Vol. 1

Mar 2, 2024

Superman's still a fascist and now his best friend, Lex Luthor, is here to help him change the world in the 2nd half of Injustice: Year One.

Will Superman kill again? He will; he'll do it a lot. It's true Superdickery.

Then we continue to Earth X #10 where the Skull continues to be a major asshole as Captain America and his forces attack.

Next Time: Avengers (1998) #1-6 by Kurt Busiek & George Perez
Feb 14, 2024

When the Mortal Kombat team makes a video game based on DC comic book characters and you need to write the prequel story, what do you do? You turn Superman into a fascist, of course.

We're reading the first half of Injustice: Year One from 2013, where Superman starts killing people, Wonder Woman supports him, and Batman don't like it.

Then we move onto Earth X #9 in which the Red Skull has a pretty good line.

Next Time: We finish Year One of Injustice (issues 7-12, or 19-36 digitally)

 
Jan 31, 2024

We've been building up to the Death of Captain America for a few years now, and it's finally time to read the most memorable moment from Ed Brubaker's run in issues #25-30! 

Find out if Cap's supporting characters can sustain the book without him! Also learn a lot about how secret psychic activation codes work.

Then, we move on to Earth X #8, which continues to improve and also prominently features a werewolf astronaut. Coincidence?

Next Time: Injustice #1-6 (or digitally #1-18 - the first half of Year One)

 
Jan 17, 2024

Let's do some more Spider-Man. Why not?

It's The Owl-Octopus War from 1982 in Spectacular Spider-Man #73-79 by Bill Mantlo and Al Milgrom.

The Owl gets beat pretty badly, but we also have some great guests in the form of Black Cat, Boomerang, Biff Rifkin, Deb Whitman, Deb's terrible psychiatrist, Peter's weird professor, and Peter's decaying mental state as he falls passionately in love.

And then we move on to Earth X #7 in which stuff actually happens! Someone was secretly evil, and The Thing returns to his rightful place as the true star of this book.

Next Time: We finally get to The Death of Captain America with Captain America (2004) #25-30 

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