The Orbiting Pod Episode 172

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Welcome to Episode 172 of The Orbiting Pod!

This week, we keep it smooth with Silk #1, hold back the night with She-Hulk #12, countdown with Ei8ht #1, hit the mall with The Valiant #3, and much more!

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New Comics – Week of 04/03/2015

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Staff Picks – Week of 25/02/2015

The Wicked + The Divine #8
Kieron Gillen (w), Jamie McKelvie (a)
Image Comics

Ross says: Internally, I was clapping my hands with childlike glee for 90% of this issue. The other 10% was probably reserved for pantomime level gasps and an oh-no-she-didn’t. After what honestly felt like a few lack-luster filler issues, I was willfully pulled back in with this issue; a juicy variant cover by Brandon Graham and the introduction of everyone’s favourite party-god Dionysus bringing the pace back, not to mention the re-appearance of Not-Prince, who nicely fills the wound Not-Bowie’s death has left in our lives.

What made this issue my pick of the week was the 8 or so pages of LCD worthy colour and artwork, it had me wide eyed and blinking a little more than necessary, but if any thing that just made the whole issue a pretty immersive experience. 10/10, would trip again.

Criminal: The Special Edition (One-Shot)
Ed Brubaker (w), Sean Phillips (a)
Image Comics

Will says: Every comic these this pair release is always soaring far above the other comics on the shelf. They’re modern masterpieces and this is no exception. While the amazing The Fade Out is on break (the first trade paperback has been released though which you need to check out if you haven’t already), it’s nice to see the tag team return to one of their classics for one more new story. With an absolutely gripping plot and riveting narrative, Brubaker reminds us why he’s the legend of the genre. Alongside Phillips, whose art compliments the story so well, it’s clear that these two share the same vision.

What really stood out for me about this particular issue was the secondary storyline that interchanged with the main one. As the main character was reading a black and white Savage magazine, so too were we. This worked so well. The art became a different style, yet still obviously Phillips’ great work. Acting as our protagonist’s monologue, it really has to be read for yourself to appreciate it’s fantastic effect. Furthermore, the variant edition of this comic is in magazine form, similarly to The Fade Out #1 variant, entitled The Savage Sword of Criminal. Ahhhh. It’s awesome.

Thor Annual #1
Jason Aaron, Noelle Stevenson, CM Punk (w) & Timothy Truman, Marguerite Sauvage, Rob Guillory (a)
Marvel Comics

Adam and Liz say: With three mighty tales delivered by three strong creative teams, this Thor annual features an epic, a heroic and a comedic story with different key characters of the…Thor-verse. Series scribe Jason Aaron and Timothy Truman give us King Thor and his granddaughters, exciting up-and-coming female creators Noelle Stevenson and Marguerite Sauvage take on exciting up-and-coming female Thor, while CM Punk and Rob Guillory highlight (ironically enough) the drinking prowess of a young God of Thunder. What a treat! Aaron’s is a moving tale set on a desolate earth in the far future. Next, Stevenson and Sauvage prove they’ve got the mainstream superhero comics thing down pat by smashing conventions and windows with still-mysterious-and-current Thor alongside the Warriors Three. And lastly, combine the startling wit of CM Punk (yes, that CM Punk) with artist Rob Guillory’s uncanny ability to make literally every pen stroke hilarious and you’ve got a young Thor story that will make you laugh just thinking about it. It’s rare that a $4.99 book with three features scores on all fronts, but verily this one does. Tremendous to see Stevenson on this stage and a remarkably fluid first outing for CM Punk.

Spider-Gwen #1
Jason Latour (w), Robbi Rodriguez (a), Rico Renzi (c)
Marvel Comics

Chris says: This was kind of a no-brainer really. Like so many others, I’d actively petitioned Marvel for a Spider-Gwen ongoing, so I was pleased to see them go ahead with it and keep the stellar team of Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi on board for the ride. I’ve followed Latour’s art for a while now, but it was his brief run on the Winter Soldier that showed me what an incredible writer he could be as well. And Rodriguez was someone I’d been tracking since a friend showed me to his web comic, Frankie Get Your Gun, a couple of years ago. Between them and colorist Rico Renzi, they’ve established a tone, a look and a palette that suits this book perfectly. In some ways it’s a riff on the classic Spidey-mythos (with plenty of Easter Eggs for hardcore fans), but it’s also something totally new and fresh – which is the real beauty of the series. It seems Marvel (and fans) are discovering the power of female-driven series, and the fact it was written by a man has become a non-issue. Ultimately people want to read great characters, and Marvel have an exciting new one on their hands here. Highest possible recommendation for bringing a new twist to an old classic.

Orbital in Conversation Episode 118 – With Sepideh Jodeyri & Miss Lasko-Gross!

With Sepideh Jodeyri & Miss Lasko-Gross …
 
After last week’s chat with Dave Gibbons (which you can still listen to here), this time I shine the spotlight on two incredible & inspiring women: Sepideh Jodeyri (Persian translator of Blue Is The Warmest Colour) and Miss Lasko-Gross (creator of the graphic novel, Henni, from Z2 Comics).
 
In the first part of the show, Sepideh and I discuss how she originally discovered Blue Is The Warmest Colour, what made her want to translate it, the troubles that has caused, and her role as an Iranian poet in exile.
 
And in the second part, Miss and I discuss her early years as a cartoonist, the differences between cultural and religious identity, juggling a work-life-creative balance, and how she feels about the new Fantastic Four movie.
 
And never fear, you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here, as we continue to put out the same quality interviews and discussion with Orbital in Conversation going forward. It’s only gonna get better, folks!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Orbital in Conversation podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Sepideh Jodeyri’s Twitter: @Sepideh1976
 
Miss Lasko-Gross’ website: www.misslaskogross.com
Z2 Comics’ website: z2comics.com
 
You can read more about Sepideh’s situation on Julie Maroh’s blog:
www.juliemaroh.com/supporting-sepideh-jodeyri
 
Then hear my previous interview with Julie Maroh about Blue Is The Warmest Colour here:
popculturehound.net/episode-58-blue-is-the-warmest-color-with-julie-maroh
 
And listen to Julie Maroh in conversation with Nicola Streeten and myself here:
www.orbitalcomics.com/the-orbiting-pod-presents-julie-maroh-in-conversation-with-nicola-streeten

New Comics – Week of 25/02/2015

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Staff Picks – Week of 18/02/2015

She-Hulk #12
Charles Soule (w), Javier Pulido (a), Muntsa Vicente (c), Kevin Wada (Covers),
Marvel Comics

Thomas says: This is, unfortunately, the final issue of the current run of She-Hulk. This volume hasn’t been the best run with Soule’s writing being very . . . spacious but it has been exceptional regarding the work done by Pulido, Vicente and Wada, work that was must see for me each and every month, a fact that became all too clear to me during the two issue arc that was missing the regular art team. Not to be too negative towards Soule, I really enjoyed what he did with Hellcat a character I’d never given a second thought to but now would like to see more of as well as the mysterious paralegal Angie. I’m sorry to see this series end but at least it ended on a relatively creative high note.

Avengers World #17
Frank Barbiere (w), Marco Checchetto (a), Andres Mossa (c)
Marvel Comics

Chris says: With Secret Wars approaching – and becoming part of the official trade-dress with this issue – I felt it was time to check back in with the cast of Avengers World. I’d jumped off the book pretty early on, but in light of current events (pun intended) I thought it might be worth taking a look again – and I’m glad I did. Although this is the first part of a new story arc (‘Before Time Runs Out’), this issue functions very nicely as a complete done-in-one. You get the necessary background you need without too much exposition, and there’s some nice foreshadowing of things to come. This arc looks as though it may be a series of one-shots – establishing the status quo going forward – and if that’s the case, then it’s the perfect time and place to jump back on. The story centres around Cannonball and Smasher, with special appearances from The Star Jammers and the Shi’ar. If you’re a fan of Marvel cosmic stuff then this will tick all your boxes, and maybe get you a little excited for Secret Wars too. Plus you’re in safe hands with writer Frank Barbiere (who is continuing his excellent series Five Ghosts at Image) and artist Marco Checchetto (who impressed me on his Punisher run with Greg Rucka), so it’s kind of a no-brainer. At the very least this arc will give you the grounding you need to understand where the Avengers World team are at as Secret Wars approaches.

Daredevil Volume 2: West-Case Scenario TPB
Mark Waid (w), Javier Rodriguez (a) and Chris Samnee (a)
Marvel Comics

Will says: There’s been some great titles to choose from this week. Autumnlands, Deadly Class and Dylan Horrock’s Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen looks amazing. But Daredevil makes my pick as there’ll never be a time I can’t rave enough about our man with no fear. Waid knows how to write great Daredevil stories and volume two of this series has some fantastic stories packed into it. Although it has an Original Sin story tie-in, it feels contained to itself and never like the silly Marvel Event is dictating where the writing goes. It’s always a pleasure seeing Samnee’s work whose art has completely warmed to me ever since his run on Daredevil. It’s refreshing to see art like his in comparison to much of the other samey super-hero trash.

Sam Zebel and the Magic Pen
Dylan Horrocks ( w/ a)
Knockabout

Camila says: The much anticipated new book by Hicksville creator Dylan Horrocks is finally here! I had the pleasure of hearing Horrocks talk at a few weeks ago, and the extra insight into the book just made me appreciate it even more. In Magic Pen, Sam Zabel (yes, the same Sam Zabel from Hicksville!), a cartoonist very much immersed in a comics world, partially of his own making; acts very much as an alter-ego for Horrocks himself, making this even more ‘meta’ than one would think possible. It’s great!

The Orbital Sale & Outlet Store Is Finally Coming To An End!

We hope you’ve enjoyed our extended sale and outlet store throughout January and February … It’s been a great opportunity to shift some extra stock and pass the savings directly on to you.

But sadly, all good things must come to an end, and this weekend will be your last opportunity to take advantage of all the awesome deals on comics, trade paperbacks, toys, and other merchandise.

We’ll be slashing prices even further over the next day, so make sure you come on down and check it out … There’s still some great bargains to be had, and our last-minute specials will be ridiculous!

Even better news, the end of the outlet sale means the return of the Gallery, so from next weekend you’ll be able to feast your eyes on the bestial madness of Owen Johnson & John Pearson’s Beast Wagon.

You can find more details about that and what it entails right here:
www.orbitalcomics.com/beast-wagon-exhibition-launch-night-february-28-from-7pm

And never fear, our regular cheap comics and second-hand trades will still be available from their usual spot in the corner, so the bargains really do continue!

All New The Orbiting Pod Episode 171!

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Don’t call it a comeback!

After a hiatus that began at the end of of 2014, we are proud to announce the return of the All-New, All-Different (ok, not that new or different) Orbiting Pod!

This week, we travel to a place far far away with Star Wars #1&2 & Star Wars: Darth Vadar #1, get some interstellar inception with Nameless #1, get locked up & shipped out with Cluster #1, go down to the woods with Rat God #1, and much more!

Orbital In Conversation Episode 117 – In the Studio with Dave Gibbons!

Following on from last week’s debut of the newly retitled Orbital in Conversation (OiC) podcast featuring Kurtis Wiebe and friends (which you can still listen to here), this time I’m back with Comics Laureate and all-round good guy Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Green Lantern, Kingsman: The Secret Service).
 
Dave and I met up in his home studio for an exhaustive (though hopefully not exhausting) look back at his career so far – leading up to the release of the new Kingsman graphic novel/film with Mark Millar & Matthew Vaughn.
 
We discuss how he started out in comics, his days as a real-life superhero with Tornado, the ways in which Watchmen & Kingsman have differed for him, and what people can expect from his role as Comics Laureate for the newly established CLAw (Comics Literacy Awareness) charity.
 
And never fear, you can still enjoy the Pop Culture Hound back-catalogue right here, as we continue to put out the same quality interviews and discussion with Orbital in Conversation going forward. It’s only gonna get better, folks!
 
To get in touch, send feedback or submit projects for consideration, please email chris@orbitalcomics.com. And if you missed last week’s episode (or any others) you can find them right here or subscribe via iTunes. You can also support the Orbital in Conversation podcast by clicking here to make a donation or pressing the DONATE button below. Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help us maintain the site, get new equipment, and encourage us to keep going on those cold lonely nights.





 
Chris Thompson’s Twitter: @popculturehound
Chris Thompson’s website: popculturehound.com
 
Orbital Comics’ Twitter: @orbitalcomics
Orbital Comics’ website: www.orbitalcomics.com
 
Dave Gibbons’ Twitter: @davegibbons90
Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) website: www.claw.org.uk
 
You can hear my previous interview with Dave Gibbons and Marvel Comics’ legend Herb Trimpe here:
popculturehound.net/episode-20-malta-comic-con-dave-gibbons-herb-trimpe
 
And listen to Scott McCloud presenting Dave Gibbons with the inaugural Comics Laureate award here:
popculturehound.net/episode-106-the-magic-of-comics-with-scott-mccloud

New Comics – Week of 18/02/2015

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