Graphic Novel Explorers Club
Greetings, Explorers! The podcast is going on hiatus for a bit and co-host Johnny lets you know why.
Week in Geek - Obi-Wan Kenobi
Season 6, Ep. 90.5
Week in Geek – Obi-Wan Kenobi & V RisingGreetings, Explorers! This is our Week in Geek. Every other week we look back at the everything we’ve been geeking out on. That could be movies, shows, books, games, music, and anything else that got our attention. This week we look atObi-Wan Kenobi.First up, Aubrey shares her latest TV viewing, which is theK DramaTwenty-Five Twenty-Onethat is currently available on Netflix (as of June 6, 2022). Aubrey is also playingV RisingandNo Man’s Sky. Next, Dennis and Johnny both watchedObi-Wan Kenobion Disney+. Dennis also watchedStranger ThingsandYoung Justice. Finally, Johnny chats about re-reading ofThe Watchmenafter about a decade since he last read it.
Doctor Strange: The Oath
Season 6, Ep. 90
Episode 90Greetings, Explorers! Will you dare enter the Sanctum Sanctorum ofDoctor Strange: The Oath? Marvel Comics published Doctor Strange: The Oath in 2007.Brian K. Vaughanwrote the story with art byMarcos Martin. Additional contributions as follows: Inks by Alvaro Lopez, color by Javier Rodriguez, and lettering by Willie Schubert.The story concerns Doctor Strange trying to save Wong’s life by tracking down a mysterious elixir. However, at the same time, Doctor Strange must figure who is trying to kill him (and why) while he’s searching for the cure to Wong’s illness. Finally, is it possible Doctor Strange’s past behavior and decision making are catching up with him?First, Dennis, Johnny, andAubreydive into the history of Wong, both inMarvel comicsand theMCU.Next, the gang examines why Marvel heroes insist on calling a doctor “nurse” instead of doctor. Finally, they dive into the motivation of the protagonist(s) of this story. Additional topics include why don’t rich heroes chip in to help poor heroes; theTrolley Problemat the center of the story; when writers should know better; why you don’t recruit minions from Angie’s List; and whatJoeland Doctor Strange share in common. Last of all, but not certainly not least, they look at the storytelling and art ofDoctor Strange: The Omen.
Batman: Zero Year
Season 6, Ep. 89
Episode 89Become a Patron!Greetings, Explorers! After a short break due to our co-host Johnny being tied up with up a semester of school, we're back with some new-ish episodes (we recorded the next couple of episodes at the beginning of the year). We're kicking off the rest of our season with Batman: Zero Year. Published by DC comics the story in 2013. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV wrote the story, with art by Greg Capullo.Set within DC's New 52 Universe, Batman: Zero Year is a new telling of the early days of Batman's career. Additionally, it wraps up Snyder and Capullo's run on Batman comics.Aubrey, Dennis, and Johnny starts things off chatting about Batman: Year Zero's connection to Batman: Last Knight on Earth, which we reviewed in Episode 81. Next, they discuss if Batman stories even need to be told at this point.Finally, they look at the Batman Eggs (Batman + Easter Eggs) in the story. Additional topics include Jim Gordon's coat; the Robin who isn't a Robin, wears a Batman symbol, but isn't a Batman either; the sexual tension between two of the characters (and it's not who you'd expect it to be); finding the time to move to Metropolis; "That rubbed me the right way"; and last, but not certainly not least, the storytelling and art of Batman: Year Zero.