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Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast delivers the most accurate news and opinions from the comic book industry. Each week Wes interviews guests from around the industry including; creators, retailers and critics. Wes and the Comics Aficionados discuss the latest news and rumors, debate the hottest issues and dig into the history of the comic industry and its characters. And Wes is known to go on a rant here and there. Tuesday - Character Deep-Dive or Creator Interview Friday - The Comic Wrap Sunday - Comics Aficionados YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/c/ThinkingCritical

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    5 Things I'm Thankful For in 2021!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 30:35

    Wes sits down and talks about the tings he's most thankful for in 2021. Much like comics, Thanksgiving is pure Americana. It can be difficult being an expat during the holidays. Missing out on favorite traditions can be a bit of a bummer. But Wes has so many blessings in 2021 he lays them all out. He talks in detail about his growing family, the great friends he's made along the way. Channel supporters that have gone above and beyond, helping make Thinking Critical one of the most popular comic book YouTUbe and podcasts.    Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 11/24 Including New Hulk, Black Panther and Hawkeye: Kate Bishop

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 51:03

    Despite technical issues Drew from Comics Elite and comic shop and later Kiel preview the best and worst releases of the new comic book week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week November 24th including Black Panther, Hulk and Hawkeye: Kate Bishop. Drew lays out this weeks new releases you shouldn't expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00) Drew and Kiel then name his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. (18:31) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new series Hulk, Black Panther and Hawkeye: Kate Bishop. Marvel Comics also release new issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Death of Doctor Strange, X-Men, Wolverine and Thor. DC Comics feature new issues of Batman: Reptilian, Detective Comics, Robin, Flash and Superman '78. Image Comics feature new issues of Decorum, Gunslinger Spawn, Radiant Black and That Texas Blood. Other indie comics of note include; House of Slaughter, Hellboy, Barbarella, Transformers and Harbinger.    Comics Elite Info YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA Website: comicselitecomics.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Marvel Comics Events Meaningless, DC Comics Enters Marvel Legacy Phase in Feb 2022 Solicitations

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 61:58

    Marvel and DC Comics released their comic book solicitations for February 2022. Wes sorts through well over 100 previews to find hidden gems and outright stinker. Marvel Comics are running multiple meaningless events in February. None more meaningless than Dan Slott's Fantastic Four: Reckoning War. An amazing 13 of 68 or 19% new comics are #1's, which is a considerable decrease from previous months. Marvel are also leaning heavily on Amazing Spider-Man, releasing 6 new issues in February. (00:00) DC Comics continue following failed Marvel Comics initiatives. In February they feature two teacups with beloved characters (Arthur Curry and Dick Grayson) showing new legacy characters the ropes ala Marvel Comics Legacy. 48% of all new DC Comics solicited are led by Batman, feature Batman In a team or are led by a Batman-related character. DC Comics continue putting out less and less comics to get excited for in February 2022. (30:33)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics Aficionados: Comic Book Collecting, Star Wars Dark Horse Return, Spider-Man Trailer and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 142:04

    Comic book collectibles expert and critic Gem Mint Collectibles joins Wes and the Comics Aficionados. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. DC Comics, Marvel and other comic book publishers are increasingly using gimmick marketing to increase sales. Race, gender and sexuality swaps, autographed ratio variant covers and announced first appearances are being increasingly used to draw in speculators and collectors to supplement regular comic readers leaving. Is this healthy and are any of these gimmicks good investments? (00:03:10) Marvel announced weeks back they weren't renewing their all-ages Star Wars license with IDW Publishing. This week they announced, along with LucasFilm, Star Wars is retiring to Dark Horse Comics. Who published some of the greatest Star Wars comics of all-times over a 30 years period. (00:50:20) Many longtime comic readers don't consider current DC and Marvel Comics to be in continuity. If the DC and Marvel universes already ended when did it happen? Flashpoint? Crisis on Infinite Earths? Secret Wars? (01:08:05) James Tynion's brief Batman and Fear State are finally over. What did the Comics Aficionados think of the Batman: Fear State crossover event? Was James Tynion's Batman run a success to failure? (01:21:35) Marvel Studios released the long-awaited first Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer, eliciting excitement from comic book and comic movie fans alike. The trailer confirms Green Goblin, Electro, Sandman and Doc Ock are returning though the multiverse. What do the panel think about Spider-Man: No Way Home? (01:35:50) Finally, DC and Marvel released their Feb 2022 solicitations. Gwen-Verse, What It? Miles Morales and Aquamen are among the big announcements. What should comic book readers look out for in February 2022? (01:56:55)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Batman Fear State Dumpster Fire, X-Men '97 Looks Sus, Batman/X-Men Reviews and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 68:50

    Batman Critic Josh McDonald and X-Men Historian Dok join Wes to talk about all the latest developments and comics in Batman and X-Men. First Josh joins Wes to talk about Batman #117, the finale of Fear State and James Tynion's final issue on the series. Unfortunately, Tynion's leaves Batman with a whimper and many fans asking what happened with his Batman run down the stretch. Wes and Josh talk about where Batman and James Tynion go from here. (00:00) Wes and Josh then review the rest of this weeks Batman related comics; Nightwing #86, Robins #1 and Batman Vs Bigby. Tim Seeley's Robins was especially repugnant and is definitely worth skipping. (17:48) Dok and Wes talk about X-Men animated series retiring to Disney+ with X-Men '97. On the surface it looks exciting but the devil is in the details. They also discuss the X Lives of Wolverine, X Deaths of Wolverine trailer.  Marvel are overhyping this event series. Dok and Wes also review S.W.O.R.D. #10 and X-Force #25, the worst comic book of Ben Percy's career. (41:17)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    The Comic Wrap: What Wes Wants From Comics, Jim Steranko Disses Modern Art, Manga Sales Hit 50 Year Low and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 178:27

    Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book and pop culture news and best conversations of the week. Many longtime comic book readers feel something is missing from today's comic books. Wes lays out five things he wants from comic book and cites recent examples that show amazing comics are still being made. (00:00:00) Legendary comic artist JIm Steranko explains what he sees as lifeless modern comic book art on social media. Jim lays out multiple issues and how they are contributing to readers leaving the hobby. (00:27:56) Kamen America artist Tim Lim joins Wes to talk about what DC and Marvel can learn from crowd funding comic books. Here's a hint, it all starts with respecting your audience. (00:43:27) Perch and Wes discuss two ways Marvel and DC can leverage their existing product to compete with Manga. (01:09:56) Weekly Shonen Jump is reporting the lowest sales in 50 years for their Manga magazine. The bad news is their “failure: makes DC and Marvel look truly lost. (01:27:42) Star Wars comics have been in a tough spot since leaving Dark Horse for Marvel. There have been some very good stories here and there but for the most part the quality is lacking. LucasFilm and Dark Horse announced Star Wars all-ages comics are retiring to Dark Horse in 2022. (01:42:31) Marvel Comics continue rehashing old stories in 2022, to the detriment of longterm character health. Gwen-Verse rips of Spdier-Verse and introduces a host of alternative Gwen Stacy characters. What If? Miles Morales sees one of the most potentially lucrative new characters relegated to the same fate. (01:57:40) Marvel and DC both announced gender swaps for longstanding characters. In 2022, Mary Marvel becomes Shazam. Meanwhile Marvel are introducing a female Goblin to fight Spider-Man. (02:14:15) Finally, Wes and Drew from Comics Elite talk about the best indie, DC and Marvel Comics on the market today. (02:28:29)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    American News Media and The Fall of Consumer Trust w/ Gevian Dargan

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 42:33

    Gevian Dargan, former assistant-editor at Milestone Comics, joins Wes for “It's Complicated” to discuss hot-button issues from todays culture. Today Gevian and Wes discuss the loss of confidence in journalism. The America news Media are among the most distrusted entities in the entire nation. It wasn't always like this. There was a time the every household tuned into their most trusted news source nightly. But the advent of CNN and the propagation of the 24 hour news cycle changed the role of journalism in America. Instead of informing most news outlets have found trolling is far more effective for repeat viewers. News organization action-wide resort to outright lies in today's news climate. Nowhere is this more evident than the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Multiple lies have been spread for over a year. The American public know not to trust their news sources today, but they still propagate their lies. How did we get here? Wes and Gevian have an honest conversation about an enormous problem in American media.    Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 11/17

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 35:05

    Drew from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst releases of the new comic book week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week November 17th including Robins, Wonder Woman: Evolution and Fantastic Four Tribute. Drew lays out this weeks new releases you shouldn't expect much from or can outright skip. Drew then name his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Dark Ages, Moon Knight and X-Force. DC Comics feature new titles Robins and Wonder Woman: Evolution. DC also release new issues of Batman, Green Lantern, Justice League, Nightwing and Superman: Son of Kal El. Image Comics feature new issues of King Spawn, Primordial and Deep Beyond. Other indie comics of note include; Eat the Rich, Power Rangers, Army of Darkness: 1979, Sonic the Hedgehog, Blade Runner: Origins and X-O Manowar.    Comics Elite Info YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA Website: comicselitecomics.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comic Book Retrospective: X-Men #49-#52 and Mark Millar Career

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 87:12


    Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to review classic original X-Men and discuss the career of Mark Millar. For many, Marvel's X-Men start at Len Wein's Giant-Size X-Men and Chris Claremont taking over Uncanny X-Men. Unfortunately, many skip over several great stories by legendary creators like Stan Lee. X-Men #49-#52, written by Arnold Drake, highlights what a fantastic team the original lineup is. It also features 2 issues illustrated by Jim Stranko and the first appearance of Erik the Red. Mark Millar made a name for himself with cutting edge, darker takes on the DC and Marvel Comics universes. His Red Son is perhaps the greatest Superman else worlds story ever told. Civil War, Old Man Logan and the Ultimate were mined for billions in the MCU. Along the way Millar bet on himself and started making creator owned work with some of the finest artist in comic book. The success of Kick Ass, Kingsman and other titles ultimately landed him a huge Netflix deal. Millar is now the blueprint for a new generation of comic book creators.   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    Comics Aficionados: Comic Industry Held Hostage, DC Killing Superman and More with Special Guest Chuck Dixon

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 159:19

    Legendary Batman writer Chuck Dixon joins Wes and the Comics Aficionados. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Former DC Comics color artist talked in-depth the issues that led to him leaving the comic publisher. He also claims the comic book industry is being held hostage by identity politics and progressive ideology. Chuck Dixon and the Comics Aficionados discuss the current state of the comic book industry. (00:08:15) Rumors abound DC Comics plan on killing off longtime Superman Clark Kent now that his son Jon Kent has taken the mantel in DC Comics. What reason would DC Comics have to make such a change and are fans willing to accept it? (01:13:52) Chuck Dixon is one of the most prolific comic writers of all-times. He's particularly ill known for his work with Batman and Daredevil. Today we put an age-old argument to rest. Who wins in a fight between Daredevil and Punisher? (01:39:10) Marvel Comics released a facsimile edition commemorating the first appearance of Miles Morales. The reprint outsold the ongoing Miles Morales: Spider-Man series by over 20,000 copies. (01:48:30) Finally, John Campea leaked Spider-Man: No Way Home images that confirm several rumors. This leak just happens to coincide with the first sustained negative publicity for the MCU with The Eternals. Is this an accidental leak or purposeful plant to change the current narrative? (02:06:30)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Robin & Batman Perfection, Marvel Writers Knows Jack About Comics, Batman/X-Men Reviews and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2021 65:59


    Wes talks about all the latest developments around Batman before X-Men Historian Dok joins Wes to talk the latest X-Men news. Josh McDonald is on assignment this week so Wes reviews Robin & Batman #1, Batman: The Imposter #2, The Joker #9 and I Am Batman #3. Jeff Lemire's Robin & Batman is a fantastic look at the early days of The Dynamic Duo, while Batman: The Imposter is a dark, gritty take on the Dark Knight. (00:00) Wes covers a recent interview with Phoenix Song: Echo Rebecca Roanhorse. Not surprisingly the writer admits they don't know or read comics and Marvel pitched them….not the other way around (25:41) Dok joins Wes to review Hellions #17 and Rebecca Roanhorse's Phoenix Song: Echo #1. (43:13)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    The Comic Wrap: Superman Gay Kiss Spoilers, Publishers Choose Twitter Over Fans and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 175:08

    Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book and pop culture news and best conversations of the week. Superman Jon Kent's first gay kiss with Jay Nakamura is officially canon on Tuesday. Wes received the pages early and dramatically reads the most important kiss in Superman history. (00:00:00) Rumors abound DC Comics are planning to kill Clark Kent off in Action Comics soon. History proves this will only backfire on the company. (00:12:25) Corporate entities are rapidly learning they can please Twitter or Customers but not both. How long can companies continue placing virtue signaling before profits? (00:31:46) Comic book used to be snapshots of culture. They've become personality studies of comic writers who can't keep Their personal issues from dominating stories. (00:51:49) Modern comic publishers and writers are placing local comic shops and mega corporations Walmart and Amazon on a collision course writing for the trades. (01:10:26) What if the best superhero comic stories have already been told? (01:27:47) Dok joins Wes to discuss whether Batman, Superman and Spider-Man have ultimately killed ingenuity within the US comic industry. (01:50:54) The Eternals is disappointing critics and fans alike like other MCU film before it. (02:14:05) Finally, John Campea leaked photos confirming several Spider-Man: No Way Home rumors. Wes thinks this is by design to deflect criticism of The Eternals. (02:33:26)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Chivalry is Dead In Modern Culture with Gevian Dargan

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 48:11

    Gevian Dargan, former assistant-editor at Milestone Comics, joins Wes for “It's Complicated” to discuss hot-button issues from todays culture. Today Gevian and Wes discuss the death of chivalry in Western culture. There have been many casualties of the modern culture war, including chivalry. Fathers and Mothers used to teach their boys be gentlemen and treat girls with respect. The continued push for equality between genders has resulted in a loss of traditional delineation as far as treatment between sexes. Is there any chance for chivalry to make a comeback in the future? Wes and Gevian have a heartfelt conversation about the future of chivalry in Western societies.    Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 11/10

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 63:24

    Shawn and Drew from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst releases of the new comic book week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week November 10th including Venom, The Thing and Robin & Batman, . Shawn and Drew lay out this weeks new releases you shouldn't expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00) Shawn and Drew then name his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. (32:09) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new titles Venom and The Thing. Marvel also release new issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Alien, Hellions and Miles Morales: Spider-Man. DC Comics feature new titleRobin & Batman. DC also release new issues of Batman: The Imposter, Superman vs. Lobo, Action Comics, The Joker and Wonder Woman. Image Comics feature new series Phenom X and What's The Furthers Place From Here? as well as new issues of 6 Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton, Stillwater and Undiscovered Country. Other indie comics of note include; Mighty Morphing, Mazebook, Vampirella, Canto III and Witchblood.    Comics Elite Info YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA Website: comicselitecomics.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Shang-Chi and the Death of Superhero Morals and Role Models with Jessi Blaze Snider

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 82:26

    Comic book writer, musician, TV host and voice actor Jessi Blaze Snider stops bye thinking critical to talk about bad messaging in the MCU's Shang-Chi movie and more. Shang-Chi was well received, with many MCU fans feeling it exceeds their expectations going in. Jessi Blaze Snider talks about having to take his children aside after viewing the film and talk about the poor morals held by Chang-Chi. Jessi and Wes also discuss how the best comic book characters are layered over decades of storytelling. And how if comic book writers don't learn form the past they eventually break the characters.    Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Chuck Dixon Talks Batman, Denny O'Neil, Dick Grayson, Gender Swaps and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 59:50

    Legendary comic writer Chuck Dixon sits down with Wes to talk about his career, Batman, Denny O'Neil, modern comic books and Dick Grayson. Chuck Dixon is widely considered one of the greatest Batman writers in comic book history. His work redefined the character and still influences the industry to this day. Chuck talks about how he got into comics and why he became so associated with The Dark Knight. He discusses the influence legendary comic writer and editor Denny O'Neil had on his career and some of the lessons he learned from him. They also discuss Nightwing, DC's new female Bane character, stories he can't write in comic books anymore and who is Dick Grayson's true love. Don't miss a fantastic interview with Batman legend, Chuck Dixon.   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics Aficionados: DC Death Threat Hoax, Image Comics Union, Rising Comic Prices And More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 158:12


    Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: Comic Book septic Chris Braly from Bleeding Fool, Drew from Comics Elite, comic book writer and editor Aaron Sparrow, Batman and pop culture critic Josh McDonald and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. TMZ claims DC Comics received so much backlash from the Jon Kent bisexual reveal they needed police escorts and security for their Burbank studio and creators. Other media outlets ran the story and embellished it, claiming the received “death threats” as well. Turns out skeptics where right from the beginning, none of this ever happened. Too bad DC Comics couldn't be bothered to correct the record. (00:06:00) The Comics Aficionados love to debate geek stuff and this week the verbally joust over a Bane vs Kingpin fight. (01:01:35) Nine Image Comics employee announced a new Comic Book Workers Union this week under the guise of pay and accountability issues. But if you read the fine print you see what they really want is power to gatekeep and apply purity tests on projects. And the ability to overrule Todd McFarlane, Robert Kirkman and the other executives at Image Comics. (01:15:30) Comic prices have been outpacing inflation for decades in the comic industry. Are we finally reaching the tipping point where readers have to walk away? (01:48:32) Finally, The MCU's latest film Eternals is finally opening up in theaters worldwide. Despite pour reviews and lowered expectations the film is still expected to make a profit. This week Disney and Marvel Studios learned it's banned in select Middle Easter countries for its portrayal of a LGBT relationship. (02:07:52)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    Dark Knights of Steel Rules…Batman Drools, X-Men Editor Jordan White Blames Fans and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2021 51:44


    Batman Critic Josh McDonald and X-Men Historian Dok join Wes to talk about all the latest developments and comics in Batman and X-Men. First Josh joins Wes to talk about four new Batman comics including The Dark Knights of Steel, Batman, Batman: Reptilian and Arkham City: The Order of the World. Tom Taylor has drawn plenty of criticism for his recent Superman work but proves once again he's the king of Elseworlds genre comics at DC. Dark Knights of Steel sets up an intriguing blend of DC Comics characters in a Game of Thrones style fantasy setting. Unfortunately, James Tynion's Batman continues limping to the finish line as he wraps up his Fear State event. Garth Ennis takes weird to a new level with his Batman: Reptilian miniseries. (00:00) Dok and Wes talk about X-Men group editor Jordan White's recent interview with AIPT. White is confronted with multiple story events that don't lineup in Jonathan Hickman's Inferno. Rather than own tip to the mistakes, Jordan White called fans credulous and told them to stop thinking too much about the stories. Just another in a long line of gaffes for the weakest link in the X-Men office. They also review the latest issue of X-Men: Legends. Larry Hama continues boring readers with a halfcocked Wolverine story that serves no purpose within the greater X-Men history and lore. (26:46)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    The Comic Wrap: Incompetent Comic Editors, Purity Tests, DC Death Threat Hoax and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 207:56

    Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book and pop culture news and best conversations of the week. Wes opens up talking about how green and incompetent editors are destroying the craft of comic book writing. And why they have no incentive to hire the best comic book writers available. (00:01:02) Batman critics Josh McDonald joins Wes to discuss the recent announcement of a Comic Workers Union at Image Comics. If you read the fine print it's clear they only want one thing, power to gatekeeper based on purity tests. (00:18:11) Comic writer and TV personality Jesse Blaze Snider and comic editor Aaron Sparrow sit with Wes to discuss the purpose of gender and sexuality swaps in comic books. Bottom line, if the changes don't sell more comics long-term, why make them? (00:38:28) H.H. German of Sigma Comics visits Thinking Critical to follow-up last weeks comic book criticism topic. H.H. believes there is an entire generation of comic books writers who are scared to improve, because they would have to admit they aren't perfect. (01:22:57) Comic book Twitter continues proving its the cesspool of the fandom. Gevian and Wes get heated talking about recent incidents on the social media platform. (01:59:23) The entire country and comic community contour to become more and more polarized as the days pass. Tribalism and refusing to acknowledge individual opinions is hurting everyone. (02:20:22) TMZ recently reported DC Comics requested police security for comic creators associated with the upcoming Jon Kent bisexual reveal. Problem is it's completely false. Not that DC could be bothered to set the record straight. (02:40:06) Finally, Drew from Comics Elite joins Wes to discuss his 4 comic writing tropes killing the industry. (02:57:40)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Separating Art From Artist More Complicated Than It Sounds with Gevian Dargan

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 52:38

    Gevian Dargan, former assistant-editor at Milestone Comics, joins Wes for “It's Complicated” to discuss hot-button issues from todays culture. Today Gevian and Wes discuss the how customers separate art from artist in entertainment, music and comic books. Should customers have to give up works that shaped their youth or got them through hard times when it turns out the creator is a dirtbag? Joss Whedon, Hulk Hogan, R Kelly, Bill Cosby, Mel Gibson all created memorable moments in pop culture. Is it wrong to ignore their misdeeds and continue supporting them? Can customers feel good if they give outed scumbags more money by supporting past or future work. Wes and Gevian have a in-depth conversation about separating art from artist.    Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 11/3

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 86:54

    Shawn and Drew from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst releases of the new comic book week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week November 3rd including Dark Knights of Steel and Human Target. Shawn and Drew lay out this weeks new releases you shouldn't expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00) Shawn and Drew then name his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. (56:24) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new issues of Winter Guard, Star Wars, Amazing Fantasy and X-Men: Legends. DC Comics feature new titles Dark Knights of Steel and Human Target. DC also release new issues of Batman, Batman: Reptilian, Superman '78 and Swamp Thing. Image Comics feature new series Newburn and A Thing Called Truth as well as new issues of Fire power, Radiant Black and Silver Coin. Other indie comics of note include; Knighted, Hellboy: The Bones of Giants, Orphan and the Five Beasts, Red Sonja and The Rush.    Comics Elite Info YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA Website: comicselitecomics.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Conservatives Need to Fight For Entertainment and Media with Brett R. Smith

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 38:58

    Comic book producer and artist Brett R. Smith joins Wes to talk about the state of conservatism in entertainment and media. Liberals played the long game in Hollywood and media for decades, investing in movies, television, music, animation and comics to seed progressive ideas through pop culture. Resulting in conservative ideals and principals being wiped out of the pop culture landscape. It's gotten to the point where expressing conservative ideas cost actors, producers, artists and musicians can cost creators their careers. What can conservatives due to be competitive in promoting their principals using pop culture? How much grind do right-leaning creators have to make up? Who can step up and turn the tide in today's culture war? Wes and Brett R. Smith talk about why conservatives need to fight to promote their ideals and principals in entertainment and media.   Black Tide Rising Vol. 1 Indiegogo Campaign Link: https://igg.me/at/blacktiderising/x#/   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comic Book Retrospective: Green Lantern #194-#198 and Todd McFarlane Career

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 89:35

    Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to review classic Green Lantern and discuss the career of Todd McFarlane. Steve Englehart and Joe Staton crafted many classic cosmic tales during their time on Green lantern. Unfortunately, GL #194-#198 seems to have fallen out of favor despite being amazing. Hal Jordan returns to the Corps, Guy screws everything up and the entire galaxy almost dies. What more could a comic fan ask for? Todd McFarlane is one of the most influential comic creators of his generation. Despite receiving over 700 no's he persevered and became a Spider-Man legend. He eventually became one of the founding members of Image Comics, creating their flagship character to this day. McFarlane could leave Spawn and comic books behind after his successes outside comics. But he remains because he loves comic books.   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics Aficionados: Paper Shortage Disaster, Danny Rand Out, The Eternals Film And More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 172:13

    Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: Comic book YouTuber Jimmy from Comic Quirks, comic book retailers Use Carter of Fantastic Comics and Drew of Comics Elite, music producer and comic fan Jerome and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Paper supply shortages continue causing havoc in the comic book industry. Marvel are delaying 70 comics over the next three months. DC Comics and the Manga industry continue experiencing shortages. Image Comics announced they will no longer do 2nd purinintgs and changes to their retailer exclusive cover program. (00:11:47) Marvel Comics made several announcements including a new Iron Fist, Savage Spider-Man and Ghost Rider series. Of course, removing Danny Rand from the mantle of Iron Fist garnered the most headlines. (00:45:35) There was a time when horror comics ruled the comic industry. The aficionados discuss their favorite horror comic issues and stories of all-times. (01:34:28) The Eternals is the worst reviewed MCU film to date. Will this effect the films box office? (02:01:45) Finally, the Aficionados discuss their favorite horror movies of all-times. (02:17:20)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Batman: The Long Halloween Special, Inferno #2 Drags and More Batman, X-Men Comic News and Reviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 80:37

    Batman Critic Josh McDonald and X-Men Historian Dok join Wes to talk about all the latest developments and comics in Batman and X-Men. First Josh joins Wes to talk about four new Batman comics including The Long Halloween Special, Batman/Fortnite, Detective Comics and Robin. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's return to the Batman Long Halloween universe is almost effortless as the comic is easily the highlight of the week and and return to form for Loeb and Sale. But the rest of the new Batman comics are solid across the board. (00:00) Jonathan Hickman super-fan Skipntosh joins Wes to talk about the latest issue of X-Men Inferno. Despite a strong start issue #2 its bogged down by far too many flashbacks and Quiet Council votes and not enough forward progression. (27:18)  Dok and Wes talk about X-Stratix spinoff The X-Cellence finally arriving over two years after Marvel first announced it. Rob Liefeld is retiring to his X-Force roots with X-Force: Killshot anniversary special. They also review new issues of Wolverine and S.W.O.R.D.. (50:28)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    The Comic Wrap: Criticism Isn't Hate, Who Can Save Western Comics? Stunt Marketing and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 169:41

    Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book and pop culture news and best conversations of the week. Wes talks in-depth how thoughtful criticism is being labeled hate speech in modern comics to protect creators. Rather than take criticism and improve, comic writers insist their own customers are bad people. (00:00:00) Perch joins Wes and they discuss how they've both felt unenthused about DC and Marvel Comics. Who and what would it take to make the Big 2 exciting again? (00:17:29) DC Comics are sacrificing their most profitable icons for short-term revenue with no long-term plans. Unfortunately, you can only change the race, gender or sexuality of characters so many times before people tune out. (00:47:00) In many ways it feels like Marvel and DC leadership hate their own characters and universes. If the caretakers of these properties don't care, how can fans care? (01:06:47) Perch drops by agains to talk about why so many unhinged individuals are attracted to the comic book industry. (01:30:32) Marvel Comics announced Danny Rand is vacating the Iron Fist mantle, to be replaced in early 2022. They also have plans for new Savage Spider-Man and Ghost Rider series. (01:47:40) Dok joins Wes to discuss if there's room for comic cover to become all-time classics in todays markets of never-ending variant covers. (02:08:32) Finally, Valiant Comics are celebrating 10 years in 2022. Wes asks if they should celebrate anything when they can't sell comic books. (02:28:03)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Did Dave Chappelle's ‘The Closer' Cross the Line? with Gevian Dargan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 55:59

    Gevian Dargan, former assistant-editor at Milestone Comics, joins Wes for “It's Complicated” to discuss hot-button issues from todays culture. Today Gevian and Wes discuss the fallout of Dave Chappelle's final Netflix special ‘The Closer'. Chappelle has been pushing the envelope in public discourse for years, starting with Chappelle Show. But it's his commentary in 'The Closer' about the trans community that has everyone up in arms. The best comedy often has customers laughing at taboo subjects and opens society to new avenues of discourse. But in modern society it feels like discourse is off the table and comedians are becoming more politically correct. Should people support Chappelle even if they don't agree with his opinions? Should Netflix pull the special? Are comedians allowed to be funny? Should Dave Chappelle be allowed to express opinions in 'The Closer'? It's a debate many of us never thought would be necessary.   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics Elite Present Best and Worst New Comics of the Week 10/27

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 87:32

    Shawn and Drew from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst releases of an enormous new comic book week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week October 27th including Batman/Fortnite: Foundation, Batman: The Long Halloween Special, DC vs Vampires, Task Force Z and Darkhold: Blade. Shawn and Drew lay out this weeks new releases you shouldn't expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00) Shawn and Drew then name his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. (55:43) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Inferno, Moon Knight and Wolverine. DC Comics feature new titles Batman/Fortnite: Foundation, Batman: The Long Halloween Special, DC vs Vampires, Task Force Z and Aquaman/Green Arrow: Deep Target. DC also release new issues of Deathstroke Inc., Detective Comics, Robin and Harley Quinn. The indie scene features new BOOM! sequel series House of Slaughter, Dark Horse's Hellboy: The Silver Lantern Club, and Valiant's Harbinger relaunch. Image Comics release new issues of Adventureman, Crossover, Killadelphia, Spawn and The Good Asian. Other indie comics of note include; Once & Future, We Only Find Them When They're Dead, Black Hammer: Reborn and Transformers.    Comics Elite Info YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA Website: comicselitecomics.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comic Book Retrospective: Wolfman's Fantastic Four #196-#200 and Gil Kane Career

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 70:41


    Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to review Marv Wolfman's Fantastic Four and discuss the career of Gil Kane. Marv Wolfman is one of the most adaptable comic writers in comic book history. Effortlessly moving between godlike superheroes, street level vigilantes and team books. In the lead up to Fantastic Four #200 Reed Richards lost his powers and the family had fallen apart. This story sees the family reform as Dr. Doom attempts to clone himself and solidify his power on Latveria. (00:00) Gil Kane is one of the most prolific comic book artists in the history of the industry. Gil Kane is most well known for his game changing illustrations in Green Lantern. But he had many memorable runs at DC and Marvel including Superman, Amazing Spider-Man, Detective Comics, Savage Sword of Conan and more. (46:49)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    DC Comics Continue Destroying Superman as Marvel Double-Down on Events in January 2022 Solicitations

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 61:14


    Marvel and DC Comics released their comic book solicitations for January 2022. Wes sorts through well over 100 previews to find hidden gems and outright stinker. DC Comics continue using new Superman Jon Kent as a sounding board for Tom Taylor's politics. DC are light on #1 issues but over half the line star batman or a batman related character. (00:00) Marvel Comics are all about events and #1 issues in January. For some reason there are 8 total comics associated with Devils Reign. It seems a bit off base thinking a titles with low readership warrants such a wide-ranging comic event. Almost one-quarter of all Marvel Comics are also #1 issues as Marvel has run out of ideas to entice comic readers (29:53)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    Comics Aficionados: How Woke Can DC Comics Go?, The Batman Trailer, Ruby Rose And More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 163:08


    Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: Owner of start-up comic publisher Animated Concepts Gevian Dargan, pop culture and basketball Twitch streamer Skipntosh, Drew from Comics Elite comic shop, Batman and pop culture critic Josh McDonald and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Rumors persisted for weeks DC Comics and Tom Taylor were planning on Jon Kent going out as gay. DC Comics push towards woke agenda continues without stop. At DC FanDome Jim Lee announced Superman no longer fights for the “American Way.” In Nubia & the Amazons it's revealed Themyscira now includes trans Amazons, a change from longstanding DC Comics lore. Just how far will DC Comics push their woke agenda? (00:05:00) Captain Marvel 2 director blames Captain America for the Thanos Snap in Infinity War. The Aficionados debate their most hated comic book opinions. (01:14:35) DC dropped their latest trailer for The Batman at DC FanDome. Is this the batman movie we need right now? (01:56:20) Ruby Rose dropped a litany of allegations against WarnerMedia, The CW and The Batwoman series regarding her exit from the show. WarnerMedia and several actors are defending themselves, saying Ruby Rose was the issue on-set during season 1. (02:12:00) Marvel Comics January 2022 solicitations are out and they continue replying on #1 issues and events. What comic should Marvel Comics fans look to read and avoid in January 2022? (02:22:55)    Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    The Batman Trailer Reaction,Tom King Destroys Catwoman Batman Relationship, Cyclops Out As X-Men Leader

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 79:23


    Batman Critic Josh McDonald and X-Men Historian Dok join Wes to talk about all the latest developments and comics in Batman and X-Men. First Josh joins Wes to talk about The Batman trailer that debuted at DC FanDome. There's a fever pitch among DCEU fans after the latest clips of Robert Pattinson donning the cape and cowl. (00:00) Wes and Josh recap a very poor week in Batman comics. James Tynion's Batman and Tom King's Batman/Catwoman are woefully bad in both execution and characterization. Unfortunately, issues of Nightwing and Catwoman weren't much better. (22:53) Marvel Announced Captain Krakoa is replacing Cyclops as the leader of the X-Men in January. Odd timing, as Cyclops just quit his position as Captain Commander of Krakoa to lead the team. Dok and Wes also review X-Men: Trial of Magneto #3, one of the worst X-Men comics in recent memory. (57:05)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    The Comic Wrap: DC/Marvel Comics Are Agenda, Manga Dominance Continues, Most Hated DC Story and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 173:40

    Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book and pop culture news and best conversations of the week. Comic writer and journalist Doug Ernst and Wes discuss how the direction of DC, Marvel and other entertainment leave customers with no alternatives. The powers that be want to leave customers no quarter from far-left ideological and political propaganda. (00:00:00) Perch drops by to discuss whether the debate over comic books shipped vs sold holds water in today's market. (00:31:51) Indie artist Tim Lim joins the pod to talk about Manga's dominance in the North American comic market. Manga are delivering Western fans what they want and are poised to leave DC and Marvel behind. (00:49:15) DC Comics announced Superman no longer fights for the American Way at DC FanDome. Not surprisingly, as Superman hasn't used his Truth, Justice and The American Way motto in years. (01:12:57) DC also announced their Milestone Initiative, a program aimed at developing black comic book writers and artists. Gevian Dargan discuss why this is good business for comics. (01:33:25) Actress Ruby Rose laid out a host of claims about nightmarish conditions during her time on The CW's Batwoman. Rose claims execs at WarnerMedia and the Batwoman show runner abused their positions and endangered staff. (01:51:05) Josh and Wes look back at the most hated story in modern DC Comics, Heroes in Crisis. (02:11:05) Finally, John Leone from The 616 Comics joins Wes to update the Marvel Penguin Random House shipping issues plaguing comic book retailers. (02:34:50)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Tee Franklin Claims Mark Waid Used Racial Epithet, Drags Scott Snyder and More with Gevian Dargan

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 47:17


    Wes and Gevian Dargan talk about the recently unearthed video from DC Comics writer Tee Franklin claiming Mark Waid used racial epithets among other allegations. DC Comics recently hired relative comic industry newcomer Tee Franklin. The minority, LGBTQ and disabled writer has already see her fair share of controversy. First, Poison Ivy fans took offense to her portrayal of the character as bisexual rather than lesbian in Harley Quinn: Eat, Bang, Kill Tour. Then she stirred up the C.B. Cebulski Akira Yoshida controversy with Steven DeKnight. But long before DC Comics ever hired Tee Franklin she created a YouTube video on her channel ‘MizTee Franklin' titled “Dear White Comic Creators your silence is complicity.” In it she claims DC and Marvel Comics writer Mark Waid used the n-word around her multiple times at Baltimore Comic-Con. She also claims numerous white comic creators, including Scott Snyder, contacted her about Black Lives Matter projects or comics aimed a black readers. Tee Franklin took offense to white creators looking to cash in on BLM while refusing to publicly support the movement.   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 10/20

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 91:37

    Shawn and Drew from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst comic book releases of the week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week October 20th including Catwoman: Lonely City, Nubia & The Amazons and Phoenix Song: Echo. Shawn and Drew lay out this weeks new releases you shouldn't expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00:00) Shawn and Drew then name his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. (01:00:42) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new issues ofDeath of Doctor Strange, Thor and The United States of Captain America. DC Comics feature new title Catwoman: Lonely City and new issues of Batman, Batman/Catwoman, Flash, Nightwing and Green Lantern. The indie scene features new Image Comics series Gunslinger Spawn and new issues of King Spawn and Make in Korea. Other indie comics of note include; Red Sonja: Black, White and Red, X-O Manowar and Masters of the Universe: Revelation.    Comics Elite Info YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA Website: comicselitecomics.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics And Entertainment Leave Fans With No Alternative with Doug Ernst

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 31:52

    Journalist and comic book writer Doug Ernst joins Wes to talk about the lack of alternatives in comics and entertainment. DC Comics and Marvel Comics used to have separate identities and gave comic books readers choice.  Just four years ago Doug Ernst, a lifelong Marvel Comics reader, dropped Captain America for Super Sons. Marvel dropped the ball for years with Captain America, pushing a progressively further left agenda with the character. Superman represented a perfect to Cap. But times have changed rapidly. DC Comics in many ways has passed Marvel in pushing far-left political and social positions with their characters and stories. Much like the rest of entertainment and media. Leaving many comic book fans with no alternative in the mainstream. Don't miss this in-depth conversation between Doug Ernst and Wes about the lack of alternatives in comics and entertainment.   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics Aficionados: Jon Kent Coming Out Official, Cebulski Hot Water, Venom Creator And More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 158:00


    Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: comic book and pop culture YouTuber's Kerry from Nerdygirlcreates and Fatal Jay, comic retailer and YouTuber Uel Carter from Fantastic Comics, Batman and pop culture critic Josh McDonald and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Rumors persisted for weeks DC Comics and Tom Taylor were planning on Jon Kent going out as gay. This week DC Comics confirm Jon Kent will have his first LGBTQ+ kiss in Superman Son of Kal El #5. Leading to a debate: is this natural character progression or a cheap marketing trick? (00:07:10) Marvel Comics EIC C.B. Cebulski once again has people calling for his job. This week, Daredevil show runner Steven DeKnight learned Marvel published Cebulski manga in Japan under Asian pseudonym Akira Yoshida. Cebulski was reprimanded several years ago by Marvel, despite Marvel publishing the books. (01:04:05) Writer Chip Zdarsky is exploring the beginning of Bruce Wayne's transformation to Batman in Batman: The Knight. The Comics Aficionados debate if there is a more played out story or plot in comic books. (01:24:05) David Michelinie and Erik Larsen had a public tiff over who should be credited as the creator or originator of the Venom character. Both made good points, but in the end Michelinie was forced to apologize to Todd McFarlane. (01:51:27) DC Comics had a terrible week as far as PR and controversy, made worse by their most recent announcements of upcoming projects. Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid and Tini Howard are front and center in major DC Comics projects publishing in 2022. (02:01:35)    Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    James Tynion Batman Failures, Fear State Falling Apart, Batman and X-Men Reviews

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 90:55


    Batman Critic Josh McDonald and X-Men Historian Dok join Wes to talk about all the latest developments and comics in Batman and X-Men. James Tynion's Batman has been hailed by many following the disastrous Tom King run. Wes explains that low expectations have masked a lot of issues with James Tynion;s current run as he winds down his time on Batman (00:00:00) Josh McDonald joins Wes first to talk about crossover event Batman: Fear State. Virtually every in continuity Bat-family book ties into Fear State but it's obvious the writers and editors aren't communicating. Leaving a limping story narrative that doesn't make sense. (00:23:24) Wes and Josh review handful of Batman related comics including Batman: The Imposter, The Joker, I am Batman, Batman: Urban Legends and Batman '89. (00:41:22) X-Men historian Dok and Wes talk about the latest round of X-Men related news before reviewing Hellions. When Marvel announced Gerry Duggan as the new head X-Men writer Dok and Wes reminds everyone just how poor his Marauders and Cable comics were written. Duggan officially drops the X-Men ball with issue #4, one of the worst in several years. Ben Percy's X-Force is better, but not much (01:10:16)    Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    Can WWE Rise to Meet AEW's Challenge For Wrestling Dominance?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 57:57


    Gevian Dargan, former assistant-editor at Milestone Comics, joins Wes for “It's Complicated” to discuss hot-button issues from todays culture. Today Gevian and Wes discuss whether or not WWE can reinvent themselves as a real wrestling program once again. Ever since WCW died 20 years ago WWE has reigned supreme as the preeminent worldwide leader in sports entertainment. The lack of a true competitor led to brand stagnation even as profits grow. AEW have only existed as a wrestling brand for 2 years. Yet they have already slayed WWE's third brand NXT in a head-to-head confrontation. Can AEW do what wrestling fans have begged for for years and challenge WWE Raw or Smackdown? Thus far, AEW has proven a viable alternative for wrestling fans. Now they need to show the masses that pro wrestling, not sports entertainment, is what produced world-wide phenomenons like Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin and The Rock. Once things for sure, WWE's product will never improve until they are challenged to compete for their fans and dollars.


    The Comic Wrap: Jon Kent Comes Out As DC Push Agendas, DeKnight Calls For Cebulski Firing and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 162:52


    Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book and pop culture news and best conversations of the week. Rumors swirled for weeks that DC Comics writer Tom Taylor was turning new Superman Jon Kent gay. DC confirmed this week Superman will officially come out as bisexual in Superman: Son of Kal El #5. (00:00:00) Some suggest this is a natural progression for the character. But looking at writer Tom Taylor's words and recent actions by DC Comics, it's clear they're pushing a progressive agenda. (00:16:21) Just when fans thought it can't get worse, DC Comics continue their downward trajectory. Announcing new comics from Brian Michael Bendis, Mark Waid and Tini Howard in 2022. (00:37:50) Oliver Willis suggests that Superman Clark Kent has been a woke character since the 1940's. (00:59:29) Netflix Daredevil show-runner Steven S. DeKnight learned Marvel Comics EIC C.B. Cebulski used to write under an Asian pseudonym while writing Marvel Manga 20 years. DeKnight called for Cebulski's firing. (01:19:35) Writer David Michelinie and artist Erik Larsen had a public spat over who created Venom: Michelinie or Todd McFarlane. (01:39:37) Perch joins Wes to discuss the 5 worst heel turns in comic book history. (01:57:51) Finally, Tim Lim joins Wes to talk about his latest Kickstarter project, Kamen America Vol. 4. (02:18:47)   Kamen America, Volume 4 on Kickstarter http://kck.st/3Cgy3KY   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 10/13

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 80:12

    Drew and Kiel from Comics Elite comic shop preview the best and worst comic book releases of the week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week October 13th including Batman: The Imposter Batman and Black Panther: Legends. Drew and Kiel lay out this weeks new releases you shouldn't expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00) Drew and Kiel then name his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. (42:35) Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature issues of Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, X-Men and the Immortal Hulk finale. DC Comics feature new title Batman: The Imposter and new issues of Batman '89, Justice League: Last Ride, The Joker and Wonder Woman. Image Comics release new issues of 6 Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton, Ordinary Gods and Home Sick Pilots. Other indie comics of note include; Power Rangers, Mazebook, Ninja and Transformers: King Grimlock.    Comics Elite Info YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA Website: comicselitecomics.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comic Book Retrospective: Batman: Jason Todd Assencion as the New Robin and Roy Thomas Career

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 83:19


    Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to review Batman: First Appearance of Jason Todd Robin and discuss the career of Roy Thomas. Batman writer Doug Moench doesn't get nearly the love he deserves. Unfortunately, during his Batman run DC Comics were overshadowed by Marvel Comics greatest era. Moench superbly weaves the story of Jason Todd becoming the new Robin through Detective Comics #532-#535 and batman #366-#368. It's an era and moment not often explored but most comic book readers are going to find a fantastic version of Batman as he finally accepts Jason as his new Robin (00:00) Roy Thomas is sometimes downplayed as a Stan Lee disciple. Thomas certainly had an enormous respect or even reverence for Stan Lee but was his own comic book creator and Editor-in-Chief. He's not only the most prolific Conan comic book writer ever but he pushed for Marvel to publish the first Star Wars comics before the movie debuted. He's wrote and edited essentially every character and series of consequence during his time as Marvel Comics. Some may call him “House Roy” but that downplays the risk taker and comic book visionary Roy Thomas is. (57:10) Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!


    Comics Aficionados: Penguin Random House FAIL!, Jordan White Speaks, DC Delays And More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 156:15


    Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: comic book retailer and YouTuber Perch, YouTuber Nerdy Girl Creates, comic book writer/artist Larry King, Batman and pop culture critic Josh McDonald and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Penguin Random House's first delivery of Marvel Comics to market couldn't have gone any worse. Local comic shops across North America reported widespread damages due to poor packing materials. Many reported losing entire shipments of high value comic books. (00:10:15) X-Men group editor Jordan White talked to AIPT this week to discuss Jonathan Hickman's exit and the future of the franchise. Jordan White is adamant Hickman left because he thought the X-Men office was doing a great job. Needless to say many are skeptical of his assessment. (00:42:35) There were 3 dominant team books during the 1980's, Marvel's X-Men and DC's Teen Titans and Legion of Superheroes. The Aficionados debate who would win in a fare fight, X-Men or Legion of Superheroes. (01:05:10) Widespread paper shortages have left comic publishers scrambling to reschedule upcoming titles. Comics printed outside of North America are especially vulnerable to delays. This week, DC Comics announced a multitude of new delays associated with he paper shortage. (01:53:05) Amazing Spider-Man #75 is a new beginning for the famed title. Nick Spencer is out and Zeb Wells, Patrick Gleason, Kelly Thompson, Saladin Ahmed and Cody Ziggler (collectively known as the Beyond Bard) are in. Ben Reilly also joins the series to claim the Spider-man mantle for himself and the Beyond Corporation. (02:07:20) Finally, Marvel Comics announced a new writer for Marauders and stealth cancelled a handful of comics including Champions and Guardians of the Galaxy. (02:16:55)


    Batman Fear State Bores, Jordan White Talks Hickman X-Men Exit, Comic Reviews and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 67:01

    Batman Critic Josh McDonald and X-Men Historian Dok join Wes to talk about all the latest developments and comics in Batman and X-Men. Josh McDonald joins Wes first to talk about the latest issues of James Tynion IV's Batman. Tynion continues slow rolling Fear State as he readies to exit for Substack. More successful are the debut of Arkham City: Order of the World and the latest issue of Batman The Adventures Continue Season 2. (00:00) Wes dissects Jordan's White's recent interview with AIPT. White claims former Head of X Jonathan Hickman is leaving the franchise because he's so impressed with the current teams stories. Wes takes a more cynical approach. (20:38) X-Men historian Dok and Wes talk about the latest round of X-Men related news before reviewing Hellions. Louise and Walt Simonson are retiring to X-Factor in January's issue of X-Men: Legends followed by Chris Claremont in February. Some key details of the upcoming X Lives of Wolverine, X Deaths of Wolverine event series were released this week. Finally, Dok and Wes review an excellent issue of Hellions. (42:40)    Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    The Comic Wrap: Creators Look Past Marvel/DC, Todd McFarlane Calls Out Big 2, Run Killers and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 15:54

    Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book and pop culture news and best conversations of the week. Comic book creators no longer see DC and Marvel Comics as the ultimate destination. Many are now looking for opportunities in creator owned, crowdfunding and subscription models. Wes and Gevian explain how and why we got here. (00:00:00) Perch joins Wes to talk about a number of indications that 2022 is going to be a hard year on Local Comic Shops. Between Marvel Penguin Random House fiasco, ongoing paper shortage and more things are looking bleak for the next 6 to 12 months. (00:21:56) Penguin Random House fulfilled their first orders as the Marvel Comics exclusive distributor. John Leone from 616 Comics tells Wes why it was an unmitigated disaster. (00:38:13) 616 Comics weren't the only retailers with issues. Comic retailers throughout North America were sharing their concerns about Penguin Random House moving forward. (00:59:56) Comic book legend Todd McFarlane called out DC and Marvel for being shortsighted in leaving Diamond Comics Distributors. (01:21:53) Marvel Comics stealth cancelled Champions and Guardians of the Galaxy in the past two weeks. They also announced a new writer for X-Men series Marauders, (01:40:43) Dok joins Wes to to discuss 5 comic books tories that killed comic runs in their tracks. (01:57:33) Finally, Amazing Spider-Man #75 brings the beyond era to the 616. Wes explains the new status quo for everyones friendly neighborhood Spider-Man Peter Parker. (02:25:15)     Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics Elite Present Best and Worst Comics of the Week 10/07

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 44:48

    Kiel from Comics Elite comic shop previews the best and worst comic book releases of the week. DC and Marvel Comics are debuting several new titles during new comic week October 7th including Arkham City: The Order of the World, Jennifer Blood and A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance. Kiel lays out this weeks new releases you shouldn't expect much from or can outright skip. Kiel then names his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. Must listen for readers looking for the best bang for their new comic buck. Marvel Comics feature new tissues of Amazing Spider-Man, Dark Ages, and Hellions. DC Comics feature new titles Arkham City: The Order of the World and new issues of Batman, Swamp Thing and Nice House on the Lake. The indie scene features new Image Series A Righteous Thirst for Vengeance, AWA's Out and Dynamite's Jennifer Blood. Other indie comics of note include; The Me You Love in the Dark, Mighty Morphin and Red Sonja.    Comics Elite Info YT: youtube.com/channel/UCqomzHuP6X3QLXElMdzm1JA Website: comicselitecomics.com/ Facebook: facebook.com/comicselite/   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comic Book Retrospective: Frank Miller's Daredevil: Return of Kingpin and Louise Simonson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 78:03

    Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to review Frank Miller's Daredevil and discuss the career of Louise Simonson. Frank Miller revitalized Daredevil with his gritty art and even grittier storytelling. He reintroduces the Kingpin to New York in Daredevil #170-#172, who quickly became Daredevil's signature villain. Daredevil the character and the comic book series would never be the same again. (00:00) Louise Simonson is a creative dynamo whether it be writer or editor. She was one of the driving forces behind the greatest comic book run of all-times, Chris Claremont's Uncanny X-Men. Weezie made major contributions as a writer as well: X-Factor's Apocalypse, New Mutants' Cable and Superman's Steel. No matter where she went Louise Simonson made a lasting impact felt in comic books to this day. (52:11)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Best Batman Comic of 2021, Jonathan Hickman's Inferno #1, Comic Reviews and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 82:42

    Batman Critic Josh McDonald and X-Men Historian Dok join Wes to talk about all the latest developments and comics in Batman and X-Men. Josh McDonald is back after two weeks to talk about a host of Batman comics including the best Batman comic of 2021, Batman/Superman #22. (00:00) Skip drops by to Join Dok and Wes to discuss Jonathan Hickman's Inferno #1. Jonathan Hickman is leaving X-Men early after he reinvigorated the franchise with House of X, Powers of X. While it's bittersweet to see hIckman leave, it's nice to finally get important plot lines explored in-depth (24:35) Dok sticks around to talk about the other two X-Men comics of not this week, S.W.O.R.D. #8 and Wolverine #16. Unfortunately, what sticks out the most is the atrocious art depicting Storm in S.W.O.R.D. #8. (1:02:10)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    Comics Aficionados: ASM #74…What Happened?, McFarlane Defends Diamond, ScarJo Settles And More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 159:29

    Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: upstart comic book publisher Gevian Dargan, award-winning comic editor Joe Corallo, comic retailer and YouTuber Uel Carter from Fantastic Comics, Twitch streamer Skipintosh and co-host Dok. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. Nick Spencer redeemed himself in the eyes of many Marvel Comics fans with his Amazing Spider-man run. Unfortunately, Spencer leaves the title a bit prematurely for Substack on issue #74. Did Spencer nail the landing on his epic 3-year Spider-Man run? (00:07:05) Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson sent shockwaves through Hollywood when she sued Disney for lost earnings after they released her film on Disney+ and theaters simultaneously. Disney and ScarJO apparently thought it was in both their best interest to settle out of court as comic book copyright suits pile up. (00:51:24) Comic book fans have long been known to debate dream showdown between heroes from DC and Marvel. Today the Aficionados debate who would would be victorious between Wonder Woman and Carol Danvers Captain Marvel. (01:29:04) Todd McFarlane placed his support behind Diamond Comics Distributors after DC Comics, Marvel Comics and IDW Publishing all abandoned the one-time monopoly. McFarlane sometimes loyalty is more important than the bottom line. (01:44:18) Jonathan Hickman's arrival on X-Men two years ago couldn't have been more exciting. This week he began the process of leaving with his final story, X-Men Inferno #1. (01:57:58) Venom: Let There Be Carnage is the subject of many delays, rumors and criticisms. But it looks like movie audiences have decided it's a winner, at least on opening weekend. The Aficionados discuss the Tom Hardy comic book sequel. (02:20:15)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

    The Comic Wrap: IDW & Heather Antos Lose Out, DC/Marvel Won't Compete, Felling Worn Down and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 158:31


    Wes is back with another episode of the The Comic Wrap. Wes runs down the biggest comic book and pop culture news and best conversations of the week. Dok joins Wes to talk about IDW losing their Marvel and Star Wars licenses after recent good fortune. Unfortunately, for controversial editor Heather Antos this is even worse news. (00:00:00) DC and Marvel Comics used to compete for every inch of the comic book space in North America. It appears both companies have lost whatever competitive streak they once had as they've all but given enormous market sectors to Manga. (00:20:18) Disney continue trying to distract Star Wars fans from the issues plaguing the films since they bought LucasFilm. Recently, former George Lucas employee Marcia Lucas identified exactly what Disney's Star Wars feels all off. (00:40:35) Director Cary Fukanaga is promising he's creating James Bond for a “Post-#MeToo” era. Who asked for this version of the character is anyones guess. (01:07:52) Many comic and entertainment fans are feeling worn out after years of bad reboots and name calling. Wes reminds fans to keep their spirits up and continue fighting the good fight. (01:36:34) Attorney Marc Toberoff scored a copyright victory for the original Friday The 13th screenwriter. Toberoff also represents the families engaged in similar suits with Marvel. How does this effect that case? (01:58:43) Finally, Nick Spencer's Amazing Spider-Man run came to an end with issue 74. Unfortunately, while the comic itself is good, they payoff for years of storytelling are underwhelming. (02:15:43)   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical


    Should White People Feel Guilty? with Gevian Dargan

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 68:08

    Gevian Dargan, former assistant-editor at Milestone Comics, joins Wes for “It's Complicated” to discuss hot-button issues from todays culture. Today Gevian and Wes discuss whether or not white people should feel guilty about their ancestors. White guilt is practically its own product in modern culture. Every day you'll see multiple click bait articles from across the web release insane headlines claiming white people for inequities that don't even exist. Now days much of harshest criticism doesn't come from ethic minorities, but from guilt-ridden liberal activists. Wes and Gevian have an honest, sometimes heated exchange about one of the hottest of hot-button issues, white guilt.   Gevian Daragan Twitter: @GevianDargan   Support Thinking Critical at Ko-fi. Monthly subscriptions receive bonus content and early access to some channel content. Ko-fi.com/thinkingcritical Thank you for supporting the channel!

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