00:00-5:44: Greetings! What’s happening? No, seriously—what *is* happening? And then, you know, we can talk about being devilish if you want to, we can leave your world behind…and then Jeff’s teases his big topic for the podcast, one which he quickly tries to pivot away from because it’s one he finds potentially emotionally fraught (and Graeme comically less so).
5:44-46:14: And so instead we talk about Geiger, Vol 1, the collection of the first six issues of Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s post-apocalyptic sorta-superhero story with sorta-but-not-really-at-all-Kirby and sorta-suddenly-at-the-end-but-also-not-really-at-all-Morrison elements! A lot of unpacking here (with “unpacking” being my 2022 euphemism for “complaining”) from us as we look at how Johns engineered this title without engineering any real entertainment factor to it. Also discussed: Johns’ “Killing Zone” imprint for DC that never showed; G.I. Robot vs. Junkyard Joe (and god bless Graeme for having this more recently and being able to summarize plot points and provide names and all that semi-crucial info); compare & contrast Geiger with Nocterra; Nocterra’s plot description, as read by Will Arnett; the deleterious effect of Doomsday Clock on Geoff Johns’ comics; the “fun” promised by the comic and what “fun” might be delivered and how.
46:14-1:21:08: And but so here we are finally with the topic Jeff wants to talk about but is also afraid to talk about—how much he spent on comics in 2021, how much he read, and (crucially) how much he didn’t! A lot less shaming from Graeme than I was expecting, I have to say, but I’m hoping this segment still provides some interest to “process junkies,” if you define that in a weird fiscal sense. TRIGGER WARNING for, I don’t know, specific dollar amounts and unwise spending, I guess? Also discussed: HumbleBundles; streaming services; Conan The Barbarian reprints from Marvel; hoarding; a bit of info about platforms, and, of course, Usher.
1:21:08-1:38:33: Time for comics news? Wellllll, kind of? I mean, if you mean that Jeff gets Daniel Cherry III’s name wrong and we spend an inordinate amount of time talking about Don Cherry and Neneh Cherry (but barely have any time for Eagle-Eye Cherry?!? We are monsters, it must be said.) But in fact, we skip over the news of issue #1 of X Lives of Wolverine being released day and date on Marvel Unlimited, and dig right in to our reviews of X Lives of Wolverine #1 which are, uh, not favorable. SPOILERS for the end of Inferno starting at the 1:28:39 mark, as Jeff and Graeme discuss whether using super-old continuity is a bit of a cheat (or, as Jeff suspects without having read it, kind of awesome?).
1:38:33-1:46:44: Graeme also talks about the new status quo coming Spider-Man’s way via Spider-Man Beyond, and how much it too feels tired and underwhelming. What does it mean when your story arc is the return of a fan favorite that not only has returned several times in the past few years but is a supporting character in another title and has been for over a year?
1:46:44-1:55:31: A bit of talk about Dr. Strange leads us to Extrano, leads us to…the first three issues of The New Guardians, now dropping weekly on DCUI! But why is the lead-in crossover Millennium not on the service yet? (Also, why can’t I ever spell millennium right on the first try?) We talk about this delightfully weird book and the sad but unavoidable fact that the books definitely takes a hit in both the delightful and weird sections the farther away Englehart gets from the book.
1:55:31-2:13:24: We both realize it’s coming up on 2 hours and you think that means we’re getting close to wrapping things up, but Graeme wants to talk a bit about the current Milestone reboot which is hitting DCUI day and date with print and how some of the choices the new series make are surprising and smart (with our discussion mostly focusing on Static, and Icon & Rocket). But there’s also a little bit of talk about….Conan? Hawk The Slayer? The hell?
2:13:24-end: Closing stuff! We do not mention it on the podcast but sign up for Graeme’s newsletter (https://www.getrevue.co/profile/ComicsFYI!) and:look for us on Stitcher! Itunes! Instagram! Twitter together and separately: Graeme and Jeff! Tumblr, and on Patreon where a wonderful group of people make this all possible, including Empress Audrey, Queen of the Galaxy, to whom we are especially grateful for her continuing support of this podcast. AND THEN! Graeme has some amazing Real Housewives of Salt Lake City information for us…and it’s all David Wolkin’s fault?! (I’ll be honest, I was not prepared for this closer.)
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