The Orbiting Pod Episode 148


Welcome to Episode 148 of The Orbiting Pod!

This week, we punch in with Iron Fist: The Living Weapon #1, ride the gamma waves with Silver Surfer #1, hack it with Lumberjanes #1, pop up with Detective Comics #30, buckle up for Flash Gordon #1, focus in on Shutter #1, slip between the cracks with Doop #1 and much more!

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Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours

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Planning to pay us a visit over Easter? Check out our opening hours throughout the bank holiday.

We’ll be open our regular hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and slightly reduced hours on Monday:

April 18 Good Friday: 10:30 – 19:00
April 19 Saturday: 10:30 – 19:00
April 20 Easter Sunday: 11:30 – 17:00
April 21 Easter Monday: 12:00 – 18:00

Please note that due to the bank holidays, new comics will be released a day later next week, on Thursday, April 24th.




Launch party/signing Friday, May 2nd 19.30-21.30

Call Of Cthulhu screening, with live improvised soundtrack! Sunday, May 19th

Leave Something Witchy life drawing event, Fri May 30th 19.30-21.30 £10
(contact Orbital Comics for booking details)

Satanic Mojo Comix #2 features original artwork from:

Krent Able
Jason Atomic
Billy Chainsaw
Grande Dame
Dennis Franklin
Garry Leach
Savage Pencil
Sina Sparrow
Matt Valentine

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Need To Know… #59

Before we begin, We’re all pretty pumped at Orbital for our new exhibition, CULT, and here’s some coveragethat may tip you that way too. Come on down and see it, it rocks!

Bruce Timm returned for Batman’s 75th, which is a darn sight more than any of these heroes will get for their anniversaries. Honestly, some of us found the short underwhelming (and here’s a handy chart to explain that), but the interview is pretty solid, and you can catch both here. However, good news for Big Blue, who’s getting the Rude treatment in DC’s best Superman title. Go check it out, unless you mind giving money to Amazon, the new owners of Comixology; and if you’re not sure whether to mind (or care), here are the 6 thoughts worth mulling about this news.

Awards time in LA, and Ulli Lust gave a masterclass in the micro-genre of “Acceptance Speech Comics“. Meanwhile, Glyph nominations were announced, GLAAD tidings for Young Avengers (and kudos to Kieron Gillen for finding time amid the glad-handing to recommend British comics on Tumblr), and a reminder that hosting awards is expensive, and your help can make them extra-specially awesome.

Have some Chris Ware, and check whether you even register on the geek-o-meter compared to this guy.

There are many good comics incoming, like the return of Greg Smallwood’s delicious stylings on Dream Thief, what might well turn out to be your first Transformers comic (even James approves!), more from Mary Talbot (this time addressing suffragettes!), and a bunch of amateurs. The Amateurs. And Charles Burns is almost done with his trilogy! It has a cover!

Fiction and Real Life are different. But Death stalks both realms, and sometimes it’s worse than Death, it’s… Superdeath. Which is what’s happening to Archie sometime soon, right? Oh well, at least ROM’s getting a new lease of life, and helping Bill Mantlo in the process; and while we wait for new Prophet, Omni magazine are bringing the alien worlds eye candy we need. Although if you like your alien worlds a little stranger, Superworld should cover you. That art is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

What aliens say about us.

New Comics – Week of 16/04/2014

Dark Horse
1 For $1 Emily And Strangers #1
BPRD Hell On Earth #118
Dark Horse Presents #35
Ghost #3
Skyman #4
Star Wars #7 Lucas Draft
Star Wars Darth Vader & Cry Of Shadows #5
White Suits #3

DC Comics
American Vampire Second Cycle #2
Batman #30 (Zero Year)
Batman #30 Combo Pack (Zero Year)
Batman And Wonder Woman #30
Batman Eternal #2
Batwoman #30
Birds Of Prey #30
Green Lantern New Guardians #30
Harley Quinn #5
Justice League #29 (Evil)
Justice League #29 Combo Pack (Evil)
Red Hood And The Outlaws #30
Sinestro #1
Smallville Season 11 Lantern #1
Supergirl #30
Trinity Of Sin Pandora #10
Unwritten Vol 2 Apocalypse #4
Wonder Woman #30

Crow Pestilence #2
Frankenstein Alive Alive #3
Frankenstein Alive Alive Reanimated Ed
Haunted Horror #10
Star Mage #1
Transformers Windblade #1 Dawn O/T Autobots
X-Files Annual 2014

A Voice In The Dark #6
Five Weapons #8
Genesis GN
Mercenary Sea #3
Minimum Wage #4
Morning Glories #38
Shotgun Wedding #3
Stray Bullets The Killers #2
Tales Of Honor #1 2nd Ptg
Witchblade #174

Amazing X-Men #6
Deadpool Vs Carnage #2
Hulk #1 ANMN
Magneto #1 2nd Ptg Rivera Var ANMN
Moon Knight #1 2nd Ptg Shalvey Var ANMN
Ms Marvel #3 ANMN
New Warriors #1 2nd Ptg To Var ANMN
Nova #16
Punisher #3 2nd Ptg Gerads Var ANMN
She-Hulk #2 2nd Ptg Wada Var ANMN
Superior Spider-Man #31 ANMN
Thor God Of Thunder #21 ANMN
Ultimate FF #1
Uncanny X-Men #20 ANMN
What If Age Of Ultron #3
Winter Soldier Bitter March #3 ANMN
Wolverine #4
Wolverine And X-Men #3 ANMN
X-Force #3 ANMN
X-Men #13

2000 AD Prog #1877
Adventure Time #27
All New Executive Assistant Iris #4
All New Fathom #6
Archie #654
Archie Funhouse Double Digest #4
Auteur #2
Bad Ass #4
Capt Action Cat #1
Curse #4
Gearhearts Steampunk Glamor Revue #10
GFT Godstorm Hercules Payne #1
GFT Inferno Age Of Darkness
GFT Neverland Age Of Darkness #2
Ghost Wolf #1
God Is Dead #11
Judge Dredd Megazine #347
Mega Man #35
Phoenix Comic #117
Rover Red Charlie #5
Shadow #24
Sheena #1
Simpsons Comics #211
Six Million Dollar Man Season 6 #2
Solar Man O/T Atom #1
Sonic Universe #62
Time Lincoln Continental One Shot
Translucid #1
Warlord Of Mars #100
Wasteland #53
X-O Manowar #24 (Ah)

Alter Ego #124
Back Issue #72
Bleeding Cool Magazine #10
Juxtapoz #160 May 2014
Marvel Chess Fig Coll Mag #8 Thor
Marvel GN Coll Vol 61 Ghost Rider Road To Damnation

Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
24 Omnibus TP
Adventures Of Superman TP Vol 01
Art Of Disney Golden Books HC
Art Of Millarworld HC
Basil & Victoria London Guttersnipes HC
Bohemians GN
BPRD Hell On Earth TP Vol 08
Brain Boy TP Vol 01 Psy Vs Psy
Buzzkill TP
Chronicles Of Conan TP Vol 26 Legion O/T Dead
Crime Does Not Pay Archives HC Vol 07
Daredevil By Mark Waid Prem HC Vol 07
Daytripper Deluxe Ed HC
Final Crisis TP New Edition
Foligatto HC
Gaijin American Prisoner Of War GN
GFT Tales From Oz TP Vol 01
Ghost Omnibus TP Vol 05
Ghostbusters Ongoing TP Vol 07 Happy Horror Days
Godzilla History’s Greatest Monster TP
Godzilla Rulers Of Earth TP Vol 02
Itty Bitty Hellboy TP
Joker Death Of The Family TP (N52)
Justice League Of America Omnibus HC Vol 01
Kurt Cobain When I Was An Alien GN
Milan K HC Part 01 Teenage Years
Operation Margarine GN
Rachel Rising TP Vol 04 Winter Graves
Retroworld HC
Sex Criminals TP Vol 01
Spider-Man Newspaper Strips TP Vol 01
Superior Spider-Man TP Vol 05 Superior Venom
Superman Silver Age Newspaper Dailies HC Vol 02 1961-1963
Thor Epic Collection TP Kingdom Lost
Transformers Dark Cybertron TP Vol 01
Trekker Train To Avalon Bay TP
Uncanny X-Men Omnibus HC Vol 02

Afterschool Charisma GN Vol 09
Alive GN
Dorohedoro GN Vol 12
Fairy Tail Vol 37
Haganai I Have No Friends GN Vol 05
Haganai I Have No Friends GN Vol 06
Hobby Japan Mar 2014
Knights Of Sidonia Vol 08
No. 6 Vol 06
Ranma ½ 2-In-1 Edition Vol 01
Senran Kagura Skirting Shadows GN Vol 02
Sunny HC Vol 03
Wolfsmund Vol 04

Evangelion Eva Unit 02 Plastic Mdl Kit
Scribblenauts Unmasked Mini Figures Ser 2

Punisher Pixel Punisher Logo Px Blk T/S

Staff Picks – Week of 09/04/2014

Lumberjanes #1
Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis (w) & Brooke Allen (a)
Boom Studios

Adam says: Simply put, this comic book is now, it is hip, it is convincing and it is a brilliant dose of genuine, youthful fun. This book centers on the adventures of a band of girls spending their summer at Miss Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The banter is chucklesome and the characters are identifiable, engaging and each with a distinct voice. Room has already been carved out in this first issue for tidy and meaningful future character arcs. Lumberjanes is truly a positive, all-ages romp, imbued with contemporary sensibilities and values. BOOM! are a progressive and innovative force in the industry at present and this latest title exemplifies their spirit wonderfully. Without reservation, this is a book which is defiantly inoffensive and yet has potentially wide appeal. Sounds obvious, sure, but it remains depressingly rare in mainstream comics. For anybody familiar with Nimona, there may be an initial sense of sadness in discovering that although she provides a perfect cover, Stevenson is not the interior artist here. In combination with the balanced vivid and measured colouring of Maarta Laiho, however, Allen does not disappoint. “Now, I’m not gonna lie to you girls, you’re gonna see some stuff this summer.”

Shutter #1
Joe Keatinge (w), Leila Del Duca (a)
Image Comics

Chris says: I’ve long been a fan of Joe Keatinge … Not only is he a talented and imaginative writer, but he’s also smart enough to surround himself with equally talented collaborators. This time around he brings together the seamless line-up of Leila Del Duca on art duties, Owen Gieni on colors, and (equally impressive writer) Ed Brisson on letters. It’s a stellar team from the get-go, so I guess it’s only fitting the book opens on the surface of the moon. Shutter tells the story of Kate Kristopher, an explorer who seems to have metaphorically lost her way. We’re not quite sure why – there’s definitely a mystery at play here – and Joe explores it through a mixture of the familiar American comicbook style with the Franco-Belgian & European comics he loves so much. It’s an interesting blend that I can’t make sense of just yet, but it leaves me wanting more. If you’ve enjoyed Joe’s past work on Hell Yeah and Glory, then this one’s a no-brainer – and for those of you who aren’t familiar with him, it’s a great place to start. I have a feeling we’ll be following the adventures of Kate Kristopher for some time to come!

Fear Agent v.1
Rick Remender (w), Tony Moore (a)
Dark Horse Comics

Liz says: Got a taste for far-out sci-fi action/adventure stories, a la Indiana Jones meets Star Wars? So does Rick Remender, and Fear Agent is Remender at his best. This highly underrated gem of a series follows disgraced alien exterminator Heath Huston, who must pull himself out of a drunken depression when he discovers a genocidal plot against humanity. He is the last Fear Agent. Fear Agent debuted back in the mid-noughties before Remender was a Big Name writer, and it’s been out of print until the recent oversized hardcovers. Now at last it’s being released in simple trade paperbacks, all the better for me to foist upon customers looking for a good, inexpensive recommendation! Speaking of which, if you happen to be looking for a good, inexpensive recommendation, look no further than Fear Agent volume one, out this week for less than a tenner! I promise you’ll be glad that you did.

Cosplayers one-shot
Dash Shaw (w/a)

Taylor says: Cosplay gets a bad rap, from what I can see. Along with hipsters, authority figures, and celebrities, cosplayers seem to permanently populate the list of contemptibles, and in general discourse are often casually disdained. I think its kind of cool they’re making something, and pursuing a passion, even though I loathe dressing up. Dash Shaw sees something interesting in cosplay, and uses his sophisticatedly crude style to investigate it, furnishing us with several short instalments in the lives of two cosplayers. For anyone seeking something off the beaten track, this is a great intro to the publisher Fantagraphics (whose single issues come out too infrequently and sell too few for my liking), and to Shaw’s, whose New School was one of last year’s major graphic novel releases. He uses bold, almost childishly bold lines and an appropriately vibrant palette to make his pages appear more primitive than they actually are, all the while sketching character and plot with elegance, and simplicity. I’m always a sucker for unconventional romances, and for stories about people crossing lines to make things in the real world, even if making them only serves to show them another path. So, Cosplayers. Try it on for size.

Jonah Hex: Shadows West
Joe R. Lansdale (w), Timothy Truman (a)
Vertigo Comics

Thomas says: Thomas says: YES!!!! While not the best era of Hex, the Vertigo years were damned close to it. I was pretty excited by the reprinting of the Shadows West mini but when I realized that it was all three mini-series in the one volume? Well . . . I cried . . . I’m not ashamed to admit it, I cried. I wept tears of joy as I re-read the stories for the first time in about seven or eight months (the awful NuSh**ty-two has forced me to re-read DC’s best. What. A. Chore.) Joe R. Lansdale is a great writer whose work has been a great source of joy for me for years and it was his work on these books that lead me to seeking out his huge body of work while Truman’s art was dirty, raw and dangerous and utterly perfect for a Jonah Hex series all of which was enhanced by the wonderfully ‘muddy’ colours of Sam Glanzman whose pallet looks as if he hasn’t washed it in months if not years. Joe R. Lansdale and his teaming with Tim Truman and Sam Glanzman was not just a good idea but was meant to be, to remind us all how good comics could be. Buy it and be entertained.

The Orbiting Pod Captain America Special

photoWelcome to another special episode of The Orbiting Pod!

With the new movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier in cinemas worldwide, we’ve decided to spotlight some of Steve Rogers greatest stories from across the decades.

We kick things off with Captain America: Marvel Masterworks 3, looking at Jack Kirby’s return to the character he co-created with Joe Simon over 20 years prior, and the short run by the iconic Jim Steranko.

Next, we skip forward to that dark time that was the 90′s, and Mark Waid’s first run on the character with Ron Garney in Operation Rebirth.

Getting a bit more current, we look back at the beginning of Ed Brubaker & Steve Epting’s landmark run with the Winter Soldier storyline.

Finally, we investigate Jason Latour & Nic Klein’s short run on Bucky’s own book, with Winter Soldier: The Electric Ghost.

Leave Something Witchy Drawing Class with Jason Atomic & Manko – May 30

Golden Cobras

A life drawing event aimed at comic strip illustration – with costumes, props and poses inspired by Hammer Horror, Underground comix & the dark side of psychedelia.

Date: Friday, May 30
Time: 7pm (for 7.30 start)
Price: £10 (includes refreshments)
NB: No physical tickets will be sent out. Your payment will secure your name on our list at the door.

Tickets are available NOW via the Paypal link below or in-store at Orbital Comics.

* Please note: we cannot offer refunds for tickets bought to this event.

New Comics – Week of 09/04/2014

Dark Horse
Creepy Comics #16
Star Wars #16 2013 Ongoing
X #12

DC Comics
Astro City #11
Batgirl #30
Batman Eternal #1
Coffin Hill #7
Constantine #13
FBP Federal Bureau Of Physics #9
Green Lantern Corps #30
Justice League 3000 #5
Royals Masters Of War #3
Scooby Doo Where Are You #44
Superboy #30
Superman Wonder Woman #7 (Doomed)
Superman Wonder Woman #7 Combo Pack (Doomed)
Worlds Finest #22

Deadworld Restoration #5
GI Joe Special Missions #14
Indestructible #5
Judge Dredd #18
Maxx Maxximized #6
My Little Pony Friends Forever #4
Rocky & Bullwinkle #2
Rogue Trooper #2 Subscription Var
TMNT Color Classics Series 2 #6

East Of West #11
Great Pacific #14
Invincible #110
Manifest Destiny #5 2nd Ptg
Manifest Destiny #6
Peter Panzerfaust #18
Savage Dragon #194
Shotgun Wedding #2
Shutter #1
Spawn #242
Walking Dead #125

All New Doop #1 ANMN
All New Ghost Rider #2 ANMN
All New Ultimates #1
All New X-Factor #6
All New X-Men #25
Avengers AI #11
Avengers Undercover #2 ANMN
Captain Marvel #2 ANMN
Daredevil #1.50
Deadpool #27 ANMN
Iron Fist Living Weapon #1 ANMN
Iron Man #24 ANMN
Kick-Ass 3 #7
Marvel Universe Avengers Assemble #7 Syu
Mighty Avengers #9
Nightcrawler #1
Secret Avengers #2 ANMN
Superior Foes Of Spider-Man #11
Thunderbolts #24
What If Age Of Ultron #2

2000 AD Prog #1876
Afterlife With Archie #4 2nd Ptg
Archie Comic Super Special #5
Archie Double Double Digest #250
Bloodshot & Hard Corps #21
Clive Barker Next Testament #8
Cosplayers #1
Deceivers #4
Dredd Underbelly Movie Sequel One Shot 2nd Ptg
Evil Empire #1 (2nd Ptg)
Flash Gordon #1
GFT Ascension #3
GFT Robyn Hood Legend #2
Hup #1 Crumb Comics Ed
Hup #2 Crumb Comics Ed
John Carpenters Asylum #5
Kings Watch #5
Knights Of The Dinner Table #207
Legend Of Oz The Wicked West Ongoing #17
Lola XOXO #1
Lone Ranger #23
Lumberjanes #1
Lunita #2
Magnus Robot Fighter #2
Returning #2
Rogues #1 Cold Ship
Sons Of Anarchy #8
Spongebob Comics #31
Twilight Zone #4
Unity #6
Video Nasty #1

DC Batman Automobilia Fig Coll Mag #33 Classic TV
DC Superhero Chess Fig Coll Mag #58 Cyborg
Marvel Mightiest Heroes Vol 08 Captain America HC £9.99

Graphic Novels and Collected Editions
100 Bullets Brother Lono TP
Amazing Spider-Man 2 Prelude TP
Astro City Shining Stars TP
Astro City Through Open Doors HC
Avengers TP Vol 02 Last White Event
Beautiful Scars HC
Captain America Prem HC Vol 03 Loose Nuke
Critter TP Vol 04
Daredevil By Mark Waid TP Vol 05
Daredevil Epic Collection TP Fall From Grace
Earth 2 HC Vol 03 Battle Cry (N52)
Earth 2 TP Vol 02 The Tower Of Fate (N52)
East Of West TP Vol 02 We Are All One
Game Of Thrones HC GN Vol 03
GI Joe Americas Elite Disavowed TP Vol 03
Glenn Fabry Sketchbook SC Vol 02
Go Kidds Guide To Graphic Design HC
Guardians Of Galaxy TP Vol 01 Cosmic Avengers
Infinity Companion HC
Jonah Hex Shadows West TP
Legend Of Oz Wicked West TP Vol 04
Liberator TP
Marvel Universe Hulk Agents Of Smash Digest TP
Megatokyo Omnibus TP
New York Postcards Adrian Tomine
Sonic The Hedgehog Select TP Vol 09 Games
Spider-Man Firsts TP
Three TP
Thunderbirds Comic Collection 60s & 70s HC
Triple Helix TP
X-O Manowar TP Vol 05 At War With Unity

07-Ghost Vol 09
Arata Vol 17
Embracing Love 2-In-1 Edition Vol 02
Fushigi Yugi Genbu Kaiden Vol 12
Hide And Seek Vol 02
Itsuwaribito Gn Vol 11
Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol 01
Pokemon Adventures Vol 21
Ranma ½ 2-In-1 Edition Vol 01
Rin-Ne Vol 14
Skip Beat 3-In-1 Edition Vol 07
Strobe Edge Vol 09
World War Blue GN Vol 04

All New Doop #1 By Allred Poster
Amazing Spider-Man #1 75th Anniv By Ross Poster
Amazing Spider-Man #1 By Ramos Poster
Marvel 75th Anniv By Deodato Oversized Poster

Harley Quinn Heartbreak By Conner T/S

Need To Know… #58

Another week, another con, another bunch of comics you might want to hunt down after scrolling voyeuristically through these MOCCA reminiscences. Take comfort in the fact that the entire North American comics web has been slowed by some phenomenal ECCC crud. Still, if you got to attend interesting panels like this one on Realism in Comics, you’d probably deal with a little crud, right? Also, late-breaking but still interesting, here’s a nice run-down of the Seattle comics scene. And as if the cons weren’t enough, the 2013 Doug Wright Awards nominees are up, and they make for fun discoveries, check ‘em out, check ‘em ALL out!

Going DC/Marvel for a minute, do you understand just why Steranko’s Cap was so important, so pivotal? And would “political” be among the first words you’d use to describe Marvel comics? Across the continent, as Batman gets to 75, he gets an insightful write-up from Chris Sims at Comics Alliance, and Bruce Timm comes back, maybe to make up for Beware the Batman? That’ll take some doing.

There are a ton of projects worth backing this week, from 80′s action genius to Tank Girl (not that big a leap, really), to a new instalment of the always awesome Suspect Device! Oh, and that Study Group Kickstarter is still running, and this week there’s a Comics Reporter gabfest with Zack Soto and a Short Con (different kind of con, you’ll see) on the Study Group site, all to entice you… Ooh, and Superbitch is launching a Kickstarter imminently, too, which you might want to keep an eye out for!

Hey everyone, colorists matter and DC are a little backward! Wait, we knew this already… didn’t we? Oh, and the Bechdel Test might not just be a critical tool for equality, it might actually be a business booster. But you’re probably aware of all this. After all, you’re a rational person.

There’s a wealth of good stuff online, not least of which is a Grant Morrison/Rian Hughes silent collaboration for the BBC on Freedom (in what is perhaps the most unexpected combination of words you’ll see all week?). Paul Gravett profiles a creator who may tickle the fancies of the Lynch-ians among you. Jeff Smith has upgraded and revamped the site for his new webcomic, Tuki Save the Humans (that just wrapped Season One), so it’s actually a joy to read now, honest! There’s competition though, as Decrypting Rita may just become your new favourite webcomic. Oh, and that Fiffe guy who does COPRA? He just put #1 online for free. Excuses destroyed.

Things to look forward to? To live for? Fret not, Image has you covered with a slice of Southern sass you’ll be sucking on for some time, yes, Southern Bastards is almost here, and the early word is good! Frank Barbiere keeps coming up with good ideas, too, and answering questions raised long ago in Powers, while Mignola prepares you for more Hellboy with a guided tour of Big Red‘s evolution. But whatever you do, however big your right hand, don’t mess with Pinocchio.

This Ghostly Undertaking looks set to haunt the Summer, so why not peek at Danica Novgorodoff’s Cartoonist’s Diary to prepare yourself?

To finish, have some Toth.