Wait, What? Ep. 333 — Faraway, So Close (Best of 2021 Edition)

December 20, 2021

0:00:00-1:00:41: Just as this week’s episode — the final one of 2021! — is just a bit different than the norm due to circumstance, what with Jeff and I recording separately from across the aether and then editing it together, so are the show notes. With the holidays looming and things still needing to being done, I’m cutting to the chase and just listing the comics we’re talking about, even though I will point out that Jeff does a very good BYEEEEEE at the end of this hour.

Anyway, what has Jeff been reading this year? I’m glad you asked!

A Pantyhose like World
Action 2020 Special
[With Banned Issue]
Batman/Fortnite Zeropoint #1-6
Blue Flag Vol. 6-8
Chainsaw Man Chapters 1-68
Classic G.I. Joe Vol. 5
Conan The Barbarian Giant-Size #5
Creature Girls: A Hands-On Field Journal in Another World Vol. 1-3
Drowning Love Chapters 1-27
Enigma TPB
Fist of the North Star Vol. 1
The Green Lantern Season Two V2 TPB
Immortal Hulk #42-50
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Vol. 24
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Vol. 25
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files Vol. 27 (All 2000 AD material can be found here, I should point out.)
Look Back
Louise Sprouse Stole My Heart (And I Have Two Hours To Get It Back)! (You can get it here)
The Nice House on the Lake #1-6
Nocterra #1-6
Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon Chapter 1-4
Rorschach #1-8
Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1-6
Steaming Sniper Vol. 1-16
Strontium Dog: Search/Destroy Agency Files Vol. 2
Superman and the Authority #1-4
Sweat and Soap 1-10
Untold Tales of the Punisher Max #2
Wasteland #1-13
Wotakoi: Love Is Hard for Otaku Vol. 5

He also wanted to make sure that everyone had the following links:

Hoopla and Comixology Unlimited, for the Classic G.I. Joe Archives available for free. Bookwalker’s global site for more or less all the manga I picked in one easy place, and I guess the four comics streaming sites: DC Universe Infinite (still U.S. only), Marvel Unlimited (international), Azuki (international), Shonen Jump (semi-international).”

1:00:42-1:07:25: And then the mic is passed to myself and Chloe, although I should explain that the expensive mic I have previously used when it’s the two of us was discovered to be utterly broken just before we started recording, so we had to use the internal microphone in my MacBook — weirdly enough, I think the audio might actually be better than the last time Chloe guested, despite that…? Anyway, sorry for not sounding as good as Jeff in ways that go beyond just not being as smart as Jeff. Meanwhile, Chloe opens things up by talking about Strontium Dog, as Jeff and I suspected she might, having missed the Drokk/Sneck episode…

1:07:26-end: Okay, here’s our incomplete list:

Cyclopedia Exotica
Daredevil by Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto, and others
Firekind and John Smith’s comics in general
Guardians of the Galaxy by Al Ewing, Juann Cabal, Marcio Takara, and others
Hewligan’s Haircut
Judge Dredd the Musical as serialized in 2000 AD Progs 2259-2261
The Many Deaths of Leila Starr #1-5
The Nice House on the Lake #1-6
Nightwing #78-83
Rorschach and Strange Adventures but also Human Target #1-2
Roy of the Rovers Vols. 1-7

I should add that I accidentally missed a bunch of things out that I loved, so I’ll refer you to a list I came up with for Variety earlier in the month for more titles. Even that misses out a bunch, however, and I frustratingly can’t remember more than a handful even now! Mea culpa.

We’re going to be taking a brief holiday break, but we’ll be back early in January with our first regular, Jeff-and-I-talking Wait, What? in over a month by that point. To everyone reading and listening, happy holidays and happy end of the year. Here’s to a better 2022, and good health and happiness to the lot of you.


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6 comments on “Wait, What? Ep. 333 — Faraway, So Close (Best of 2021 Edition)

  1. Shadavid Dec 22, 2021

    Thanks, it was fun listening to you all talking about comics you’ve loved this year. I’ve read some of them, but lot’s I have not. I think that may say something about how many good comics there are. Some things I definitely want to try now. Rationally that would be after I’ve got through my ‘to read’ pile.
    I have those issues with Elric on my shelf. I’m unsure now if that was my introduction to the prince of pallor, or if I’d got to Elric , or if reading the Michael Kane books was the route… memory, huh? Really liked Blue Flag. I was puzzled by the chapter illustration for Chapter 46. This was a funny, touching rom-com with teens and nothing sleazy in the depiction of said teens. Until that single picture. Three of the young women pose in lingerie for no narrative reason. It’s a peculiar sore thumb in the story.
    The big recommendation for Roy of the Rovers was a surprise. It may lead to Rebellion getting more of my dosh. Karl the Viking, the Spider and Kelly’s Eye already were sales for 2022.
    Anyway, wishing Jeff survives December and there’s a break somewhere in there and Graeme and Chloe have a happy. The British History Podcast offered you some keen competition in 2021, but Wait, What? remains at the top of my favourite podcast list for 2021. Cheers!

    • Jeff Lester Jan 10, 2022

      Thanks for this comment, Shadavid!

      As for the Blue Flag illo, it’s pretty common to get fanservice chapter illustrations since the goal of each title when it’s first running in the magazine is to get as many eyeballs on it (and, crucially, votes) in order to keep running… It’s still pretty lamentable, though.

      And yeah, that crossover, I think, was my first exposure to Elric (unless I read the D&D character descriptions of him first). I really do need to hunt down those P. Craig Russell reprints.

  2. Justin Harman Dec 22, 2021

    I dream of more reprints from Action

    • Jeff Lester Dec 23, 2021

      From your lips to God’s ears, Justin! Very few things would make me happier.

  3. Brendan Jan 10, 2022

    I say yes to Graeme doing the dress up thing if only so that I can understand.

    Also nice end of year recs, thank you!