Host Derek Coward returns to answer the seemingly simple question “What are your thoughts on Milestone Comics?”, but things are never that simple.
Mike, Micah and Bill kick off the episode by discussing Lemonade, Australia, The Gods Must Be Crazy, and the Amazon Diamond Glitch. We then discuss Kookaburra K, Jericho, Punisher, Legends of the Enchanted, SciFi Illustrated, Subculture, Batman & Robin, Cinderella, Super Friends, Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers, Milestone Forever, Justice League Rise and Fall, Fantastic Four (McDuffie run), Amazing Spider-man, Waid love, Irredeemible, Incorruptable, The Unknown, Palmiotti and Grey love, Power Girl, Kick Ass, The Ghoul, White Picket Fences, U.T.F., Super Human Resources, Hearsay and the Unwritten. We jump into movies with Walled In, The King and I, Julie and Julia, Cop Out, The Hangover, Whip it, and Comedians of Comedy. The TV discussion lncludes Legend of the Seeker, Human Target, Community and Modern Family. Food talk, mattresses, furniture, and then the intervention begins.
This is a full list of what I actually picked up this week from Detroit Comics.
Siege Embedded 2 (Marvel) – I was missing this issue, but luckily there was one copy left.
Siege Embedded 3 (Marvel) – Since I was there getting issue 2…
Siege 3 (Marvel) – My comic book dealer didn’t grab this because I didn’t put it on my pull list, which may have been a mistake because it is extremely popular at the shop.
Milestone Forever (Milestone/DC Comics) – Part of me is sad this is the last Milestone story being told with these characters. I am holding out hope that DC will do right by the characters, but I am increasingly getting the feeling that Static will be the only one still around in a couple of years. I hope I’m wrong.
Irredeemable 12 (BOOM! Studios) – This is one of my favorite books being published right now. I got the Panosian cover.
Green Hornet Year One 1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Written by Matt Wagner with covers by Matt Wagner. I would prefer that he was working on Mage 3, but that’s cool, I have high hopes for this title.
Choker 2 (Image) – The Bens (Templesmith and McCool) put out a very enjoyable first issue, so I have no reason to believe they will falter on the second.
28 Days Later 8 (BOOM! Studios) – I am still loving this book. I picked up the Tim Bradstreet cover and it is a thing of beauty.
The Boys Vol 6: The Self-Preservation Society (Dynamite Entertainment) – I didn’t have the money last week and to be honest with you, I should have put it off for a couple of more weeks but I hate leaving stuff in the pull box.
The Marvel books were picked up off the shelves. Everything else was on my pull list. If it wasn’t for Siege, I wouldn’t have had anything from Marvel or DC (I don’t really count the Milestone book, but I suppose I should).
I also found out the shop doesn’t carry any manga. It just doesn’t sell. Not it sells poorly, it apparently wasn’t selling at all, so he turned around and sold his entire manga inventory to a local library. Weird, huh?
Join Mike, Micah and Bill as they are joined by Keith Knudsen (DC Noise). Keith discusses his Yoga experience which is followed up by tons of comic talk featuring Milestone Forever, The New Guardians (from Millennium), Millennium, Samurai, Nightwing, Avengers, Joe The Barbarian, R.E.B.E.L.S, The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century, Superman World of New Krypton, Super Friends, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam, Hero Squad, Spartacus Blood and Sand The comic, Cinderella, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Jonah Hex, Magog, Wildcats, The Authority, GI Joe Cobra Special, Transformers Ongoing, Rapture, Stumptown, New Avengers, Jackpot, Justice Society of America, Justice League of America and Cry for Justice. TV talk includes Lost, Sanford and Son, Star Wars Clone Wars, Archer, Batman The Brave and the Bold, Smallville, Modern Family, Community and the Human Target. Movies include Blood The Last Vampire, Big River Man, High Society, 2012, Planet Hulk, Hurt Locker, Adventureland, Away we Go, and Inglourious Basterds. Finally the guys finish up by discussing Brunch and how to soak your nuts.
Simply put, this book was a joy to read. I had almost forgotten how much I liked these characters. This might not be a good jumping on point (Someone who is jumping on will have to make that determination), but for those who read the original stories, this is either the beginning of a good jumping BACK on point or the beginning of a last hurrah. I’m not sure what’s going to happen with these characters or the Milestone Universe as a whole, but I am going to sit back and enjoy the ride.
BTW: It seems like Dwayne McDuffie had a lot more fun writing this issue than his entire Justice League of America run. I could be wrong but that’s how it seemed to me.