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Ambush Bug here. I had some commitments this weekend, but the fellow @$$holes pressed on with a Podcast without me. The below hour-plus long conversation took place between my fellow @$$holes Matt Adler, Optimous Douche, Poptards regular Kire Carlson, and our host Johnny Destructo of as they talked about SUPERBIA #1, FAIREST #1, ACTION COMICS #7, AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1, NIGHT FORCE #1, & RACHEL RISING #6, and of course, more general jack@$$$ery!

Looks for more of the Holes rambling about comics on Poptards and in future AICN COMICS columns!

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  • March 13, 2012, 10:24 a.m. CST


    by xega


  • March 13, 2012, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Best. Trailer. Ever

    by 3774

  • March 13, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    Sigh. Harry, fix your goddamn site.

    by 3774

    Let's try that again. Check out the Best. Trailer. Ever. http:// tinyurl .com/7qktak2

  • March 13, 2012, 11:19 a.m. CST


    by Greg Nielsen

    Yippee? I haven't listened to the podcast cause I am stuck at work.

  • March 13, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Arifacts Please

    by Greg Nielsen

    Hey Artifacts comes out this week. Just saying. Reviews would be cool. We're allowed to ask right?

  • March 13, 2012, 12:59 p.m. CST

    About Superman's uniform...

    by Snookeroo

    Superman dons the uniform because it's indestructible, not because it's armored. The fact that it was designed as armor is beside the point - Kal is practically naked, having just burned up the remainder of his clothing achieving orbital velocity; and so the opportunity to wear clothing that is as durable as he is motivates him to put the thing on.

  • March 13, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    BTW, the latest issue of Superman

    by Snookeroo

    in which he fights Supergirl is the best of the series so far. A welcome change from the talking heads issues that have proceeded it.

  • March 13, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    I don't get George Perez's drawings

    by Greg Nielsen

    Is it just me or are his drawings the most boring house style drawings ever. I mean if I want out of control detail I could read something by Juan Jose Ryp and it wouldn't be boring. It could have something to do with Warren Ellis writing though. Maybe I missed something by coming to comics really only in the last 5 years.

  • March 13, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Oh and anything could be an improvement on the last 5 issues of Superman

    by Greg Nielsen

    Seriously was looking forward to it and I was so bored I gave up. Oh and it looked weird too. Just like when Perez was working on Green Arrow with Jurgens.

  • March 13, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Nice choices . . .

    by oaser

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts on Supurbia (which I personally loved), Age of Apocalypse (which I dug), and Rachel Rising (which has made me a HUGE fan of Terry Moore's art -- he's probably my favorite artist right now; simple inks and shadows but great characterization through his illustrations). I passed on Fairest, but I'm regretting it. Great picks, Poptards.

  • March 13, 2012, 6:38 p.m. CST

    AICN Comics--please come to the rescue of the Golden Age!

    by Gremlin517

    Please, just do a spotlight on the Golden Age History and Earth-2--come to the rescue of Fans who have followed DC long before Dan Didio decided to deconstruct and destroy it. Have you asked other Professionals how they feel about the changes? Jerry Ordway, Alex Ross, Roy Thomas--even Geoff Johns--most of these guys are strangely absent of anything having to do with the JSA--and in Ordway's case, Captain Marvel. I know that DC says that they are doing this to court younger readers, who supposedly don't care at all about history, but I don't think that's true at all. When I was a small child I used to slip into my dad's boxes of comic books and I was always intrigued by these characters that sort of looked like Batman, Superman, Robin and others who looked nothing like the others, but who had even cooler, brightly colored costumes and stranger names like Hourman, Sandman and Starman. Over time, I learned that these guys were actually the first, they were created before World War II and they had families, lots of stories and adventures together and seperately. I was especially intrigued by the boy wonder who became a man and his yellow, green and red outfit always made me extremely happy. Basically, I was a Golden-Age kid from the start--they just seemed so much cooler than the new kids--at the same time more fantastical, more magical, but also more realistic. Over the years some of these characters died, sometimes the whole gang was put in hibernation--and during these times--I stopped reading comics, for the most part--but there was always hope--some glimmer of a spark of promise that these characters would return. They were never replaced or eradicated wholesale--til now. Fast Forward to Dan Didio's DC-- the DCNUwbies paradise. A place that has shown that it doesn't really care too much about us old farts--anyone over thirty being an old fart--btw! Changing the main DC was fine with me, but now they have thrown out, not just the JSA--but basically all of DC's vast history--in such a way that the Golden Age is simply gone--done away with in one fell move. In the new DC--there simply never was a Golden Age. Earth-2 is something like an elseworld's vomitorium of mix and match, pod characters (for those that don't know in comic geek jargon--a pod person is a character that comes into a series, looks exactly the character he/she replaces, but act or is completely different--in this case all of the Earth-2 characters have been either replaced, reworked or just plain gotten rid of,) and costumes that look so bad that they have already doomed this series to a short run. In fact, it is almost certain that this series is doomed to be in the 10cent bins in two years time that I almost shouldn't be working so hard for the return of the Golden Age characters. But the truth is that when these things--like Peyer's Hourman, etc. die out it takes about five years for things to be rectified and I don't want to have to stop reading DC for another five or ten years--that would suck. No, I thinkk the best way to solve this would be an in-continuity fix--fix it narratively, DC. I won't give you the answers, but when it becomes clear that this experiment has failed--when enough of us Golden Age fans have defected--as I and many of my friends plan to do--can't you just give us this one thing, give in this one time and give the fans what they want. Give us the grown-up Dick Grayson as commissioner of Gotham City, Give us Hourman and Starman and a working fix and just make it so none of DC's characters get older--just lock that part down. Is that really asking so very much? Grem--

  • It moved a little fast for me, actually. It's an ongoing, so they could certainly take their time with it. But overall I thought it was great. Maybe not quite as funny overall as Willingham thought it was, but a couple of Jonah's (the bottle imp) pop culture jokes did make me chuckle (particularly "The first six seasons of Firefly. Didn't buy the seventh. The new skipper sucked." Paraphrased.) The art was great, though. Wished I could have looked at it in a larger format a couple times.

  • But I still feel like the women in all three of his books have looked very similar. It's still hard for me not to see Francine and Katchoo in every female he draws.

  • ...because they actually *talk about comic books*, and give honest (if sometimes off-base) personal opinions. Comic Book Men is nothing but a show for Kevin Smith fans, with lame attempts at mass appeal with a vaguely nerd-based freakshow. Marvel podcasts are promotionals with nothing of any real critical value. I'm not sure why some people avoid podcasts. Maybe it's because they've been listening to bad ones with little substance. I caught Rachel Rising last week. It was very good, but I felt a little bit lost as to what was going on. I'm tempted to just let it be and pick up a future trade, since I'm spending too much catching up on some things as it is.

  • March 13, 2012, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Oh my god! Comic Book Men is horrible...

    by Gremlin517

    I wanted to like that series--but it is just horrible, ignorant, borderline racist and worst of all amazingly boring. These guys don't even seem to know all that much about comics...yeesh, I mean, maybe it got better after the fourth episode, but I have given this show three strikes and it just sucked...

  • March 13, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Pink, I explained it to the 'Tards previously

    by Jaka

    I don't listen to talk radio, either. Podcasts just aren't my thing. I've been online constantly since 1996, before that I was on periodically back to 1993, and I've never understood their attraction. If it was a video podcast, maybe. But if it's just a bunch of people talking I'd rather read it so I can listen to some interesting music at the same time. <p> That being said, I still dig that they're promoting comic books, which is why I always check this column and comment if it seems appropriate. Columns need comments, yes they do.

  • I really wanted to like it, too. It's not getting terrible ratings for the type of show that it is, though. So they'll probably get a chance to do another season and make some improvements.

  • March 13, 2012, 11:47 p.m. CST

    I'll probably check back in a year if its still on!

    by Gremlin517

    Maybe it'll be better by then--but I think they'd almost need a whole cast change... Grem-

  • March 14, 2012, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Thx For Listening and/or Commenting & Other Stuff

    by optimous_douche

    Comments good...listen good....both would be exceptional but any love is good. Thank you guys. ON COMIC BOOK MEN It's Pawn Shop in NJ. And I'll tell you now, I grew up in Jersey, all of these fuckers hocking stuff are not just from Red Bank. Actually I would bet none are from Red Bank, just people coming from afar to get their 15 minutes of fame. It's good/bad for the comic industry. While it's riding the Walking Dead wave to talk real comics, it puts the hobby in an insanely unfavorable light. Management through the lowest margins, propagates the "Nerds can't get girls stereotype" and actually presents the entire hobby as an exercise in futility. Now, with that said, I've watched every episode, because its comics on TV and must be supported if we ever hope to grow this waning base of fans. I've also watched every episode with my finger on the fast forward button (especially the hockey one). ON EARTH -2 Unnecessary. Earth 2 was originally birthed from need. This is the after birth.

  • March 14, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Ouch. Harsh (if mostly true) Earth 2 assessment!

    by 3774

    So much for a plea of help to the All-Star Ginger Squad of Power!

  • If the show was a book, I would totally use that as a pull-quote! Thanks for the kind words! For the longest time, I wasn't entirely sure people were even listening, so it's really nice to hear that people are enjoying it :)

  • March 15, 2012, 6:17 a.m. CST

    Jaka: yeah, people have requested that it be a video podcast, but ..

    by Poptard_JD

    it just seems extraneous to make a video of people sitting around talking into microphones... plus, when I'm working, I like to have something that's only audio to listen to, so that I'm not tempted to look away from what I'm working on..I can concentrate on my work better that way.