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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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Jul 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July!

Last year we talked about Prez, the 1st teen president, so this year we decided to celebrate America’s upcoming reboot by reading the Prez reboot from 2015.

This time it’s a teenager named Beth Ross in the year 2036 who takes on robots, cat flu, and evil corporations like Pharmaduke.

Join us to find out if Transylvania sends any vampires again.

Plus, we continue our look into Crisis on Infinite Earths!  Things are finally starting to get good!

Next Time: We get into some classic 90s X-Men with X-Force 70-75!

Jun 20, 2018

We continue our tradition of celebrating Marvel movies by looking at the time that hero took over the Fantastic Four. This time, it's Scott Lang's turn!

The Fantastic Four have gone away for a bit and they've left some other heroes in charge of the Future Foundation to look after all those smart kids.

Ant-Man, She-Hulk, Medusa, and Miss Thing do their best in issues 4-8 of FF (the 2013 reboot) by Fraction and Allred.

The trade collection will confuse you by calling itself FF Vol 1: Fantastic Faux.

Also, we continue our look at Crisis on Infinite Earths, with Issue 4, in which...the plot continues...?

Next Time: Prez (2015)!

Jun 6, 2018

Doctor Doom loves to steal powers!

After touching on it in our last episode, we wanted to see more of his crazy schemes, so we went back to Fantastic Four 57-60 from the mid 1960s to watch him steal the Silver Surfer’s cosmic powers.

Ol’ Stan and Jack really had a good time with this one.

We also continued our read of Crisis on Infinite Earths with issue #3 which is getting slightly easier to understand. Slightly.

Next Time: FF (2012) #4-8 - "Fantastic Faux"

May 23, 2018
Infinity War "The Comic" is a little different from Infinity War "The Movie."
 
There are lots of evil doppelgangers, Adam Warlock is the most important character, and the infinity gems aren't working together (due to a previously established court ruling).
 
Galactus also shows up long enough to make a real boneheaded move. Nice going, Galactus.
 
Next Time: Dr. Doom steals the Silver Surfer's powers in Fantastic Four 57-60, by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby!
May 9, 2018

It’s a major milestone for the Man of Steel as we read the newly released Action Comics #1000, filled with stories honoring Superman as well as Brian Michael Bendis’ first story after his move from Marvel to DC.

And since we’re reading something so modern, we figured we’d take a look at various offerings from this year’s Free Comic Book Day.

AND on top of all that we’re starting our deep dive into the classic Crisis on Infinite Earths by reading the first issue. That’s a lot of stuff!

Next Time: Infinity War and Crisis on Infinite Earths #2

Apr 25, 2018

Time to head back to outer space!

After the events of Annihilation, Marvel’s reinvigorated galactic universe gets taken over by robots. Sequel time!

Annihilation: Conquest brings back Nova, Quasar, Moondragon, Star-Lord and a whole slew of outer space favorites.

Rocket and Groot make their modern debuts too. We say modern because Groot’s 1st appearance was back in Tales to Astonish #13 from 1960. But he was a little… different. If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that trees will always be popular in comic books.

Next Time: Action Comics #1000, Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, Free Comic Book Day 2018 selections!

Apr 11, 2018

It’s our 3-year anniversary, so we had to continue the tradition by reading Batman: Year 3 from 1989 by Marv Wolfman with art by Pat Broderick.

No really, we had to, we’re thankful there’s no Year Four.

Originally from issues 436-439, it appears to be a story retelling Robin’s origin. And then they pasted the “Year Three” title on it. Then they changed “Three” to a "3" for some reason. Look, we don’t know.

Next Time - Annihilation: Conquest

Mar 28, 2018

Has anyone even heard of Moon Knight?

We read the first 6 issues from his ongoing series in 1980 and we’ve learned that he might be crazy or he might be dead.

Or both.

And he has multiple personalities.

He also might have werewolf blood.

There’s a lot to unpack here. Join us while we try!

Next Time: Batman: Year Three (Batman 436-439)

Mar 14, 2018

The burning question on everyone’s lips: Would Batman have been able to solve the Jack the Ripper murders?

Duh, obviously yeah.

Gotham by Gaslight, an Elseworlds tale from 1989, covers the whole story with art by pre-Hellboy Mike Mignola.

They even just made an animated movie out of it, which is different in A LOT of ways.

Next Time: Moon Knight (1980) #1-6

Feb 28, 2018

We heard that Black Panther was kind of a big deal (btw, check out last week's spoilercast about the movie), so this week we're looking at his short-lived stint as the leader of the Fantastic Four.

Written in 2007 by Dwayne McDuffie (Damage Control, Static Shock, much of the DC Animated Universe), Fantastic Four 544-550 finds the the titular team in disarray after Civil War.  Reed and Sue take a break from the team, so the newly-married T'Challa and Storm join up with Johnny and Ben to fight classic foes like the Silver Surfer and the Frightful Four.

Doctor Strange, the Watchers, and Klaw also make guest appearances!

Next Time: Gotham by Gaslight

Feb 23, 2018

Spoilers spoilers spoilers!

We have a very special episode to talk about the biggest movie in the world, Black Panther!  Was Killmonger right?  How good of a performance did young Forest Whitaker give?  Are the Oscars for Costume Design and Original Song already locked up

Special guest Marselles from The Blurred Nerds and Pixl Gods podcasts joins special guest Kimberly on this episode.  Bruce also chimes in with his favorite moments from Thor: Ragnarok

Next week, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming covering Fantastic Four 544-550 (Black Panther & Storm join the Fantastic Four)!

Feb 14, 2018

Happy Valentine’s Day! We’re celebrating in the traditional way, which is to doubt all love right before your wedding, but go through with it anyways.

At least that’s what’s Spider-Man did, yeesh. Don’t let that loser get you down though, there are some fun Marvel Weddings to be had!

We read three of them: Reed Richard & Sue Storm (Fantastic Four Annual 3), Peter Parker & MJ (Amazing Spider-Man Annual 21), and Scott Summers & Jean Grey (X-Men 30).

Next Time: Fantastic Four 544-550 (Black Panther & Storm join the Fantastic Four)

Jan 31, 2018

Anyone else ever been in a court room, representing a ghost or maybe Spider-Man, and just dying to change into She-Hulk?

But you can’t because your boss really wants you to stay regular old Jennifer Walters? But then he screws up by letting a bunch of miniaturized super-villains escape from a high-tech prison? Yeah, me neither.

Join us as we read She-Hulk 1-6 from 2004!

Next Time: Marvel Weddings (Fantastic Four Annual #3, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, X-Men #30)

Jan 17, 2018

Aunt May. It’s really a miracle that she lived as long as she did. The woman was in her 70’s for about 30 years, always on the verge of death from some disease or another.

In 1995, writer J. M. DeMatteis agreed and finally killed her off in Amazing Spider-Man #400.

There were also a bunch of Spider-Clones running around. Don’t worry, we’ll talk about that. Of course we'll talk about that.

Next Time: She-Hulk (2004) #1-6 by Dan Slott

Jan 3, 2018

Does it count as a spoiler if it’s in the title? Jim Starlin don’t care, he does what he wants.

He and Marvel changed up their regular comic book format with The Death of Captain Marvel in 1982, the beginning of a line of original graphic novels intended to be richer stories for a more mature audience and published like traditional books.

But what kills him?!?!?! Sorry, no spoilers.

Next Time: Amazing Spider-Man #400: The Death of Aunt May

Dec 20, 2017

Happy Holidays! We’re embracing the spirit of togetherness by reading seasonal comics by both DC AND Marvel!

For DC, we’re covering Gotham Central #12-15 about a murderous rampage from the Joker just days before Christmas.

For Marvel, it's Uncanny X-Men #143 featuring Kitty Pryde alone at the X-Mansion while everyone is away on vacation.

Join us and see if you can figure out who secretly got drunk on eggnog while we recorded.

Next Time: The Death of Captain Marvel

Dec 6, 2017

In the mid-90s, Lucasfilm decided to fill in the Star Wars gap between episodes 5 and 6 with Shadows of the Empire.

There was a game, a book, a soundtrack, a junior novelization… pretty much everything except a movie.

There was even a comic book! And we read it! All 6 issues!

What’s gonna happen?

Is Luke gonna die?! (no) Is Boba Fett gonna die?! (no) Is Han gonna get delivered to Jabba?! (yeah) Is Leia going to be the victim of sexual assault?! (omg, what the hell did we just read).

Nov 22, 2017

Geoff Johns has been one of the important modern writers for DC, so it’s about time we talked about him.

Before becoming one of the main architects of their universe, he made a name for himself by writing The Flash in the early 2000’s. He capped off his first year of that run with a one-shot called Iron Heights, drawn by Ethan Van Sciver, set in the prison where The Flash’s rogues’ gallery is kept.

We heard it was great, but did we hear correctly? Join us to find out!

Next Time: Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire!

Nov 8, 2017

Justice League’s almost out, but we had the brilliant idea of reading about the FUTURE JLA from Alex Ross and Mark Waid’s Kingdom Come in 1996. A beautifully painted miniseries where the only characters that matter are Superman and Batman.

Turns out it’s barely about the Justice League. Whoops! But hey, at least it’s pretty.

Next time: The Flash: Iron Heights by Geoff Johns & Ethan Van Sciver

Oct 25, 2017

If we’ve learned anything from this show, the best way to make a cool Thor comic is to take a non-human character and put Thor clothes on it. It worked with Frog Thor and it totally works with Beta Ray Bill.

We read his 1st appearance at the beginning of Walt Simonson’s classic run from the mid 80s in issues 337-343.

Thor also fights a dragon and changes his secret identity situation from unnecessary to still unnecessary.

Next Time: Kingdom Come

Oct 11, 2017

Sabrina the Teenage Witch, once a beloved TGIF star, has finally received a reboot. And believe it or not, it’s one of the best horror comics we’ve ever read.

Sure, her aunts Zelda and Hilda are still there, but they quite enjoy eating people and making sure that Sabrina completes her satanic rituals. Salem the talking cat is there too, along with a host of other animal familiars.

And blood.

Lots of blood.

Join our coven as we read Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1-5.

Next Time: The Mighty Thor #337-343 by Walt Simonson, starring Beta Ray Bill!

Sep 27, 2017

Marvel goes back to space! After several decades of neglecting some of their outer space properties, they decided to bring it all back to the spotlight with a big cosmic event in 2006 called Annihilation.

There were a lot of aliens we hadn’t met before, but a few familiar faces (even if Star-Lord did have a weird cybernetic eye).

We read the main event in issues 1-6, but we’ll also discuss all the other event comics that went along with it so we can try to sort through this gigantic cast of characters.

Next Time: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1-6

Sep 13, 2017

For this episode, we’re reading Marvel’s comic about all their street-level heroes teaming up, The Defenders! … wait…no, Marvel Knights!

It’s like the Defenders TV show except all the characters are different. Well that’s not totally true, Daredevil is there.

And The Punisher fights a weird giant spider-person.

Just listen to the episode, it’ll all make sense.

Aug 30, 2017

Not sure what to read? There’s always more Moore! We continue our tour of Alan Moore’s ABC imprint with Promethea, his take on a female warrior goddess hero.

But if you’re expecting Wonder Woman, think again.

In classic Moore fashion, we end up with a story that pushes the boundaries of the imagination with artwork by J.H. Williams III bringing that vision to life.

Join us as we read Promethea #1-6.

Next time: Marvel Knights 1-6

Aug 16, 2017

The Tick has had one heck of a ride. From black and white indie comics, to Saturday morning cartoon, to prime time sitcom, to a new streaming series on Amazon.

We thought we’d check out how it all started with Ben Edlund’s first 6 issues from 1988. Little did we expect to find parodies of Superman and Elektra, wise-cracking minions, and French bread.

Next Time: Promethea by Alan Moore

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