Host Derek Coward wonders about heroism.
Like a lot of people, I’m not that fond of the name, but since I don’t judge a book by its cover (Unless the cover says “Anybody Who Buys This Is A Pedophile And An Asshole”, then I would probably think twice about picking it up), I picked it up off the shelf.
It is an anthology, so it was up and down in terms of my likes and dislikes, but overall I liked it:
I liked the intro by Colleen Coover.
I didn’t like ‘Moritat’ by G. Willow Wilson/Ming Doyle/Cris Peter/Kathleen Marinaccio, but that’s because I don’t like comic book stories that heavily utilize musical performances. The artwork was very Paul Pope-ish, though.
I liked the Venus story by Trina Robbins/Stephanie Buscema/Kristyn Ferretti because I think stories about people from the past fitting into current times are usually funny.
I liked the spotlight on Flo Steinberg, who I remembered from What If #11, but had no idea who she really was.
I liked ‘A Brief Rendezvous’ by Valerie d’Orazio/Nikki Cook/Elizabeth Breitweiser/Kristyn Ferretti because it is always nice to see what The Punisher does with his off time.
I didn’t like the She-Hulk pin-up by Sana Takeda because her hand-foot was distracting and I think if a male artist had drawn this particular picture he would have been raked over the coals for it.
I liked ‘Shop Doc’ by Lucy Knisley, I thought it was cute.
I liked the spotlight on Marie Severin. She’s Marie Severin, who wouldn’t?
I skipped over ‘Clockwork Nightmare’ by Robin Furth/Agnes Garbowska/Kristyn Ferretti for the same reason I didn’t like ‘Moritat’, only instead of a musical performance, this seemed like it was poetry.
I liked ‘Head Space’ by Devin Grayson/Emma Rios/Barbara Ciardo/Kathleen Marinaccio. I have always thought she spent too much time exploring relationships between characters rather than the characters themselves and as a result, I haven’t been a big fan of her work. She does the same thing in this story, but it makes sense since it was a story about a relationship. Of course, she makes my favorite X-Man look like a little bitch, but then again, almost all writers make him look like a little bitch.
I know a lot of people will pass on this book because of the “high price tag” and I’m not sure what kind of business it will do in trade, but I don’t feel like I got ripped off and I’m looking forward to the other two issues in the miniseries.
We’re joined once again by Scott Grandison, Comic Book Outsider and international man of science, as we discuss some comics (like Rex Mundi), some TV (like the Shield), some movies (like the Punisher) and some food, like…wait for it…chorizo!
Features the song “Hand Jobs and Calluses” by Baron Von Lichtenstein, as found on the Podsafe Music Network.