Some of My Friends Read Comics 188 – She-Hulk: Time Trials by Dan Slott + JLA #159

She-Hulk has her own show! And it seems to take a lot of inspiration from the Dan Slott run that we visited a while back.

We dive back into it with Volume 3: Time Trials, which collects #1-5 from the 2005 She-Hulk series. There’s cowboys, jealousy, and time cops: the three perfect ingredients in any story.

Then we read our next Earth-2 book with a JLA/JSA team-up in Justice League of America #159.

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Next Time: Blade’s Origins with Tomb of Dracula #10-15 + Justice League of America #160

Some of My Friends Read Comics 187 – Swamp Thing by Alan Moore, Vol. 3 + DC Super-Stars #17

We haven’t quite hit spooky season yet but we really wanted to get back into some Swamp Thing, so we’re diving back into Alan Moore’s run from the 80’s with the 3rd collected volume which covers issues #35-42.

The series takes on a bit of a different form with the first appearance of Constantine as he sends Swamp Thing on freak-of-the-week adventures around the US.

Then we get into some multiverse shenanigans as we start a scattered new long-read focused on Earth-2 heroes. First up is DC Super-Stars #17, featuring the origin of Batman and Catwoman’s daughter: Huntress!

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Next Time: She-Hulk (2005) #1-5 (Time Trials) and Justice League of America #159

Some of My Friends Read Comics 186 – Batman by Alan Grant + Superman: For All Seasons #4

With the recent passing of Alan Grant, we take a look back at some of the 80’s Batman he wrote alongside John Wagner in Detective Comics #583-586, which feature the first appearances of Scarface & The Ventriloquist in the first story and then The Ratcatcher in the next.

They’re two quick, fun Batman stories that go down smooth, with nice art by Norm Breyfogle too!

Then we finish our read of Superman For All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale with issue #4: Winter! Superman gets his groove back by making a snow angel and stopping a classic winter flood.

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Next Time: Saga of the Swamp Thing #35-42 by Alan Moore & Stephen Bissette

Some of My Friends Read Comics 185 – Scalped by Jason Aaron & R.M. Guera + Superman: For All Seasons #3

It’s been a while since we read a Vertigo book, so with today’s episode we take our first foray into Jason Aaron and R. M. Guera’s Scalped, a Native American noir book with lots of rich history to play off of.

It’s a book filled with a bunch of assholes who all hate each other. Classic!

Then we continue our read of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Superman For All Seasons with issue #3, the Fall issue, which takes a slightly different approach than the first two issues did.

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Next Time: We remember comics writer Alan Grant with Detective Comics #583-586.

Some of My Friends Read Comics 184 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return to New York + Superman: For All Seasons #2

We’ve got Turtle Fever! The new TMNT game reminded us how great the Ninja Turtles are, so we go back to Eastman and Laird’s original series to read the now classic Return to New York story from issues 19-21. Why is it so classic? There’s a worm-filled Shredder. Nuff said.

We then continue our long-read of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale’s Superman for All Seasons with issue #2, the Summer issue. It’s hot outside too! How topical!

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Next Time – Scalped: Indian Country by Jason Aaron & R.M. Guera

Some of My Friends Read Comics 183 – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask Manga + Superman: For All Seasons #1

A couple years ago we read the Ocarina of Time manga, so we thought we’d revisit the Zelda series with the sequel, Majora’s Mask.

Zelda’s not even in this story and Link might be dead, or maybe dreaming, or maybe he just fell in a big hole. We’re not sure, but we know there are monkeys and that’s cool.

We also start our next long-read: the 4-part Superman for All Seasons by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, in which we get a nice little retelling of Superman’s origin.

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Next Time: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Return to New York (#19-21)

Some of My Friends Read Comics 182 – Chivalry by Neil Gaiman & Colleen Doran

Our streak of non-superhero comics continues with one of the newest comics we’ve ever covered on the show: Neil Gaiman’s Chivalry which was released just two months ago!

Well, technically it’s a short story he wrote in the 90’s, but it was just adapted to comics by Colleen Doran and it’s a real beauty. Plus it makes us fumble our way through Arthurian mythology, what’s not to love?

Then we move onto the finale of the Korvac Saga in Avengers 177 in which waaaaay too many Avengers get killed.

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Next Time: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask manga by Akira Himekawa and Superman: For All Seasons #1

Some of My Friends Read Comics 181 – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen + The Korvac Saga #10 (Avengers #176)

We’re reading a bit of a different superhero team today with the first volume of Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neil’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which brings together British literary figures from the late 1800s. It’s better than the movie! We promise!

We’re also very near the end of the Korvac Saga as the Avengers take a bus out to see him in Avengers #176.

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Next Time: Neil Gaiman’s Chivalry

Some of My Friends Read Comics 180 – Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke + The Korvac Saga #9 (Avengers #175)

We’re getting a little burned out on superheroes, so to change things up we’re reading an adaptation of a crime novel written by a prolific novelist under one of his many pseudonyms.

That’s right, it can only be Richard Stark’s Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke! Cooke adapted 4 of these stories and we’re reading the final one where our protagonist uses an abandoned amusement park setting to elude some evil mobsters.

Then we continue The Korvac Saga with Avengers #175 in which nobody is really sure what to do!

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Next Time: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Some of My Friends Read Comics 179 – Spider-Man 2099 + The Korvac Saga #8 (Avengers #174)

It’s time to take our first trip to Marvel’s 2099 universe and meet Miguel O’Hara aka Spider-Man 2099. He’s ruder than OG Spider-Man and he has a drug addiction problem to boot (technically not his fault).

We read the first 6 issues of this series from 1992 before continuing our Korvac Saga long read with Avengers 174. Korvac actually shows up! And he explodes Benicio del Toro!!!

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Next Time: Slayground by Richard Stark adapted by Darwyn Cooke