Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast

Thinking Critical Comic Book Podcast

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. Monday: Comic Writing 101 Tuesday: Slabbed & Raw Comic Book Collecting Wednesday: Best & Worst New Comics of the Week Thursday: It's Complicated with Gevian Dargan Friday: The Comic Wrap Saturday: Classic Comic Retrospective Sunday: Comics Aficionados 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! Thinking Critical YouTube Channel: youtube.com/c/ThinkingCritical

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December 16, 2021 51 min

Comic book artist Ron Garney joins Wes to talk about working with Keanu Reeves, BRZRKR success, moving on from Marvel Comics and the evolution of comic book art and industry. Comic book artist Ron Garney has been delivering pulse pounding images for 35 years. Many know him from his time on Spider-Man, Daredevil, Captain America, X-Men and other legendary Marvel Comics characters. But it’s a recent indie comic titles attached to a H...

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Drew and Kiel 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 December 15th including Batgirls and Wastelanders: Wolverine. 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. (49:05) Must l...

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Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to review The Doom Patrol’s first story after becoming a self-titles comic series. Previously published in My Greatest Adventures, The Doom Patrol are one of the oddest superhero teams in history. Writer Arnold Drake and artist Bruno Premiani do a fantastic capturing the spirit of the silver-age oddities. In this story many things are reveal...

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Wes is joined by award-winning comic book editor Joe Corallo and comic super-fan Eric Breen to review David Michelinie and Bob Layton’s Iron Man Vs Hulk story arc. David Michelinie’s Iron Man comic book run is criminal underrated. One story that stands out is his 3-issue Iron Man Vs Hulk story. Brought to life by Bob Layton’s impeccable line art. Iron man vs Hulk is a pulse pounding thrill-ride of a comic book. 

 

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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. X-Men Group Editor Jordan White and Marvel Comics received plenty of criticism following their X-Men: Green story. Jordan White attempted to calm the outrage but ended up making things far worse. Calling into question whether White even knows what...

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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 review Batman #118, which features new writer Joshua Williamson. Williamson does a good job transitioning to a new arc with fantastic art from Jorge Molina. Josh and Wes also review the latest issues of Batman ’89 and Arkham City before talking about speculation that Joker is...

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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. X-Men group editor Jordan White answered X-Men: Green critics this week. Turns out he has no clue what the real criticism is or what made the story repugnant. (00:00:00) Streaming services like Netflix and HBO Max are frequently turning to Hollywood names to produce content based on b...

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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 how freedom of speech is under fire, not from government, but major technology companies and media. When the founding fathers wrote the Bill of Rights in the US it was primarily aimed to protect people from government. Little did they know the greatest threat to ...

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Drew and Kiel 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 December 8th including Devils Reign, One Star Squadron, World of Krypton, Captain America/Iron Man and Star Wars: Crimson Reign. Drew and Kiel lay out this weeks new releases you shouldn’t expect much from or can outright skip. (00:00) Shawn and Drew th...

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Wes is joined by Comics Aficionados: Comic book critic Gabriel Hernandez from Weird Science DC, Drew from Comics Elite, comic book YouTuber and retailer 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. Comic books have long been categorized by ages by collectors. Recently Wes from Thinking Critical dec...

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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 Wes talks about the over saturation of Batman and how releasing $50 worth of Batman comics is unhealthy for the character and fans. (00:00:00) Josh joins es to review this weeks Batman Annual comics and the finale of Batman: The Detective. Batman: Fear State Omega and Detective Comics Annual l...

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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 publishers, mostly notably Marvel Comics, began casting comic writers based on traits similar to their characters in the past few years. This was mostly in reaction to the perception that they only create comics for “old straight white men”. One of the unfortunate side effe...

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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 need for comics and other industries to find new customers. Unfortunately, comic books reliance on older readership is a problem of their own making. They abandoned kids and mass distribution in the 90’s in favor of a more upscale, higher priced collectible m...

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Kiel 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 December 1st including Justice League Incarnate and Wonder Woman: Historia. Kiel lays out this weeks new releases you shouldn’t expect much from or can outright skip. Kiel then name his Top 10 must read new comics for the week. Must listen for readers looking fo...

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Wes and the Comics Aficionados celebrateThanksgiving week answering viewer questions. The Comics Aficionados break down all the latest comic book industry news and rumors. It was a light week for comic book news but The Comics Aficionados came prepared. Wes asked channel viewers for anything they would like answered by his nerdy friends. The Comics Aficionados are answering 30 questions live ranging form what our favorite comic boo...

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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 continued confusion that is Batman: Fear State. A week after the event concluded DC are releasing stories in Detective Comics and Catwoman that tie into events that occurred months before. Thankfully Robin is a standalone book and is finishing up the Lazarus To...

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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. Gerry Duggan’s X-Men: Green story arc concluded in X-Men: Unlimited Infinity Comics. Disney and Marvel brass should consider firing anyone associated with this deeply disturbing take on superheroes. (00:00:00) Unfortunately, despite outcry  Marvel refuse to acknowledge criticism. But ...

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November 25, 2021 30 min

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 beyo...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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