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

Some of My Friends Read Comics 178 – Age of Apocalypse: Factor X #1-4 + The Korvac Saga #7 (Avengers #173)

We’re back in the Age of Apocalypse! This time we’re reading the 4-issue Factor X miniseries that heavily focuses on Scott & Alex Summers, aka Cyclops and Havok.

Turns out Havok is a real jerk who wants to kill his brother. Rude!

We also get to know the evil mad scientist version of Beast who just wants to run genetic experiments on everything. Major creep.

Then we continued the Korvac Saga with Avengers #173. Michael Korvac actually makes an appearance in this one!

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Next Time: Spider-Man 2099 (1992) #1-6

Some of My Friends Read Comics 177 – All-Star Batman & Robin the Boy Wonder #1-6 + The Korvac Saga #6 (Avengers #172)

For today’s episode, we’re diving into one of the most poorly received Batman comics of all time from the “All-Star” creative team of Frank Miller and Jim Lee.

We had a good time reading All-Star Superman a while back, so how bad could this be? Embarrassingly bad? Offensively bad? Incomprehensibly bad? Maybe all of the above.

It’s so bad that we needed our friend Nick from the Your Stupid Minds podcast to help us wade through it.

Join us as we read All-Star Batman & Robin #1-6, and then continue our long read of the Korvac Saga with Avengers #172.

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Next Time: We return to the Age of Apocalypse with Factor X #1-4

Some of My Friends Read Comics 176 – Fear Itself + The Korvac Saga #5 (Avengers #171)

We’re getting into April and we had the idea that we would read some… not great comics this month. Because April Fools Day or something. It’s gonna be the worst tradition ever.

We’re starting with Fear Itself, a Marvel event from 2011 which is basically Thor vs a snake. We have issues with it.

We then continue our read of the Korvac Ultron Saga with Avengers #171.

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Next Time: All Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder #1-6 by Frank Miller & Jim Lee

Some of My Friends Read Comics 175 – Sonic the Hedgehog: EndGame + The Korvac Saga #4 (Avengers #170)

For today’s episode, we’re entering one of the most lore-heavy comic book universes out there… a world we’ve never delved into before… Sonic the Hedgehog.

We’re specifically reading the Endgame storyline from issues #47-50 in the original Archie Comics run so that we can get a nice little taste of everything the universe has to offer. It’s a lot.

We then continue our read of the Korvac Saga with Avengers #170, in which it doesn’t feel like the Korvac Saga has really started yet because we’re busy dealing with Ultron.

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Next Time: Fear Itself by Matt Fraction & Stuart Immonen

Some of My Friends Read Comics 174 – Batman: Dark Victory, Pt. 2 + The Korvac Saga #3 (Avengers #168)

In this week’s episode, we check out the origin of Batman’s famous sidekick, Dick Grayson aka the first Robin!

Wait, I thought we were reading the 2nd half of Batman: Dark Victory… this episode was supposed to be issues 7-13. We were gonna find out who the Hangman Holiday killer was and how it relates to Batman, Two-Face, and all the Gotham mob families.

Oh, that all happens too, I see.

We also continue the Korvac Saga with Avengers #168 in which Captain America acts like a major asshole.

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Next Time: Sonic the Hedgehog: Endgame (Sonic (1993) #47-50) + The Korvac Saga #4 (Avengers #170)

Some of My Friends 173 – Batman: Dark Victory, Pt. 1 + Korvac Saga #2 (Avengers #167)

Remember about 6 years ago when we read Batman: The Long Halloween about a serial killer who strikes on major holidays?

Well it’s time for the sequel, Batman: Dark Victory, which is about a serial killer… who strikes on major holidays. Cool. It’s a 13-issue series, technically 14 since there’s a little prequel issue, but we start off by just reading #0-6.

Then we go onto The Korvac Saga in Avengers #167, which includes a fashion show! Fun!

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Next Time: We finish up Dark Victory!

Some of My Friends Read Comics 172 – Age of Apocalypse: The Astonishing X-Men + Korvac Saga #1 (Thor Annual #6)

It’s time to dive into our first Age of Apocalypse miniseries with the Astonishing X-Men! We meet Blink, Morph, a Sabretooth that acts a lot like Wolverine, a Rogue that’s married to Magneto, and Apocalypse’s first horseman.

We also start our long read of the Korvac Saga with a little bit of backstory from Thor Annual #6 where we jump into the 30th century and meet the original Guardians of the Galaxy. You’ll probably recognize Yondu, he’s there. And the villains have a cute blob you might like too.

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Next Time: Batman – Dark Victory #0-6

Some of My Friends Read Comics 171 – Captain America: Red Menace, Vol. 1 + The Life & Times of Scrooge McDuck #12 (Finale)

It’s been quite a while since we caught up with Ed Brubaker’s run on Captain America. Last time around we discovered that the Winter Soldier is Bucky. And this week we read the next part of that run in Captain America #15-17 and then the Captain America 65th Anniversary Special. There’s a big cool robot in it.

And then it’s finally time for the last chapter of The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck where Huey, Dewey, and Louie finally get to meet their great uncle!

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Next Time: We return to the Age of Apocalypse with Astonishing X-Men (1995) #1-4