Monthly Archives: August 2010

UPDATE: Episode 222 will be up tomorrow night. Content for two episodes!

I am in the middle of my orientation week at school (My students are amazing this year) so need one more night to edit the show. We prepared a number of topics and recorded this evening.

Episode 222: Speeding Bullets: Billy Batson 19, Superman/Batman 75, The Spirit 5, Batman Beyond 3, Superman: The Last Family of Krypton 1, Justice League of America 48. We also discuss some favorite titles from our listeners. Sean and Jim talk about choice that affect their budget when shopping Previews. The Jonah Hex short and more.

Episode 223: More Speeding Bullets (Titles to be announced) but released Monday

Episode 224: Gail Simone Spotlight

Episode 225: Batman: The Cult

Episode 221: Special Bonus Show on Hero Tomorrow

Episode 221: Special Report on Hero Tomorrow: In this special Bonus Episode, we are joined by Ted Sikora to discuss the independent film, Hero Tomorrow. We also take an in-depth look at the first issue of the amazing, new web comic on

Show Notes:

0:00 Show opening,,,,  our ongoing contest (,,,,, show voicemail line 1-440-388-4434 or drnorge on Skype,and more.  

2:51 Hero Tomorrow Film Interview with Ted Sikora

1:00:40 Review of the Hero Tomorrow Web Comic #1

1:25:02 Show Closing

We’ll be back next week with our next episode.  Check and the forum for regular updates.

Hero Tomorrow

Benito Gallego

Episode 220: Batman : Under the Red Hood

Episode 220: Special Report on Batman: Under the Red Hood: Weare joined by Darrell Taylor and Jamie Dunst as we discuss the movie plus the history of Jason Todd. We take a look at where the character came from and how he headed down this path in an in depth look at Dick Grayson’s replacement gone wrong.

Note: Sean references Knightsend in the podcast and really he meant the end of Prodigal which followed that story. (It’s one of those things you catch when editing, lol.)

Show Notes:

0:00 Show opening,,,,  our ongoing contest (,,, show voicemail line 1-440-388-4434 or drnorge on Skype,and more.  

5:31 Batman: Under the Red Hood

2:31:11 Show Closing

We’ll be back next week with our next episode.  Check and the forum for regular updates.

Jamie’s Blog

Darrell’s links

LITG: Sometimes, it’s hard to admit I’m from Illinois by Mandy Stegall

My latest reason is hearing that our latest in the long line of governors-turned-criminals, Rod Blagojevich, was signing autographs and posing for pictures with “fans” at Chicago Comic-Con on Saturday.  Really?

It’s bad enough that when I meet new people and tell them that I’m from Illinois (though I’m NOT from Chicago–far from it, actually), they automatically mention Helmet Head.  But what is this guy doing at a comic book convention?  Is he replacing Alfred E. Newman?

More bad press for comics

I saw this article earlier this week and it made me angry.  Long story short, this lady did a study and found that movie superheroes, like Iron Man, are bad role models for young boys.

I have many problems with Sharon Lamb’s study.  First of all, why is Iron Man the only “movie superhero” she mentions?  By doing so, she makes it sound like she has a personal problem with the character.  I also want to know how much this woman actually knows about comic books, because this article (and the original report, which really only talks about the superhero issue for a couple paragraphs) make it sound like movies based on comic books are the only exposure she has to the superheroes of today that she says are bad role models.

But because this is a DC Comics blog, let’s put this in perspective a bit.  I don’t expect Dr. Sharon Lamb to ever read this, but if it ever happens, I’d like to give her examples of superheroes that would be good role models for all teenagers, not just the boys.

Let’s look at Barbara Gordon, for example.  The first Batgirl was shot by the Joker and left paralyzed.  She very easily could have sat in her wheelchair and become a shadow of her former self, but I’ve heard comic writers contend that she’s more interesting as Oracle than she ever was as Batgirl.  Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she reinvented herself, becoming the “operator” for the DCU and being the poster child for the power of knowledge.

And what about those characters who use their brains to help people?  Ray Palmer’s scientific discoveries allow him to help people as The Atom, Ralph Dibney used his detective skills and concentrated Gingold and became The Elongated Man, and Michael Holt, who overcame personal tragedy to use his intelligence as Mr. Terrific.
I purposely stayed away from the Trinity, simply because I think those are the characters many people would immediately go to when trying to convince others that comic book characters can be good role models.  (Yes, I think Batman can be argued.  As calculating as he can be, he never gives up and has learned to push through pain.)  And, the ones I listed aren’t necessarily the ones who get the most publicity.

What other DC characters are good role models for young readers?   Share your thoughts in the comments.

Episode 219: Brightest Day #7, Sweet Tooth, and much more

Episode 219: Brightest Day 7 and much more: We are joined by friend of the show Dan Taube to discuss Brightest Day 7. We do an in-depth exploration of each character and speculate on where it goes from here. We also chat about which characters we want to see more from in the future.

We also have a special segment on the difficulties of making a comic budget, and quickly chat up Sweet Tooth, Arkham Asylum Madness, Planetary and much much more.

Listener voicemails are also on this show.

Show Notes:

0:00 Show opening,,,,  our ongoing contest (,,, show voicemail line 1-440-388-4434 or drnorge on Skype,and more.  

4:20 Brightest Day 7

1:42:53 Listener Voicemails (Note the audio in the third voicemail is a little garbled but it’s quick)

2:21:51 General chat: Topics such as how do you deal with comic choice in a budget, Sweet Tooth, Arkham Asylum Madness, Absolute Planetary and more.

3:19:10 Show Closing

We’ll be back next week with our next episode.  Check and the forum for regular updates.

Where do I start? By Mandy Stegall

For some reason, I just visited the Raging Bullets website for only the second time since I returned from the University of Missouri two weeks ago.  It’s been that kind of month, people.  But, I had an awesome time working as a reporter for a couple weeks in Columbia, Missouri and the surrounding areas.

Having just checked out the site, I see that Sean and Jim are having a discussion on the show about pull lists and it got me thinking about how I decide what’s on mine.  Ultimately, it comes down to three criteria.

1) Character

Of course, I want to read my favorite characters, so all the Super-books are a must.  These will always be on my pull list, no matter what’s happening in them right now. Take Action Comics, for example.  I’m still not completely sold on the whole Lex Luthor storyline, but I know that somehow it’s all going to tie back to Superman.  And now that there’s going to be a Jimmy Olsen co-feature, I have more of a reason to stick with it.

I went crazy a while back and started getting all of the Bat-books, but recently I’ve pulled back on them.  I dropped Streets of Gotham and Gotham City Sirens, even though they were enjoyable enough.  But ultimately, I find that books like Batgirl and Red Robin along with the main Batman title are giving me enough of the family to get me by.

And sometimes, I pick up a book because I want to know more about the character, which is exactly what happened with Green Lantern.  Yeah, I know it had to do with Blackest Night, but I definitely understood what was going on in that book better because I was reading the main title and had an understanding of the world he lives in.

Anything with the Question/Renee Montoya character is an automatic for me.  Her co-feature in Detective Comics was an added bonus to Batwoman.  And, I’m beginning to like the Atom/Ray Palmer character more and more as well.  I know I’m forgetting some.


Geoff Johns, Gail Simone, James Robinson, and Greg Rucka are just four writers who could attach their names to the most obscure character in the DCU and have me eating out of their hands.  They all have a track record of writing stories that keep me interested and even make me question everything that came before it.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard any of these writers apologize for creating a story arc that angered fans, and that makes me respect them even more.  Admittedly, I’m probably one of a handful of fans that enjoyed Robinson’s Cry for Justice, but I’ve never heard him apologize for writing it (though he may have apologized for angering fans) and that’s what I love.  Robinson will also be the guy who wrote Superman for a year without actually writing the title character, but he made me care for the characters in the book anyway.

I try to make it a habit not to complain about the writing, but do everything I can to praise it.  And the best way I know to praise an author’s work is to continue buying it and supporting it.


That’s right, curiosity.  I’m curious.  What’s the real story on Booster Gold?  Let me pick up a few issues and find out.  What’s the deal with this new book called Secret Six that everyone’s raving about? (Okay, I admit that I didn’t read it right away, even though Gail Simone writes it.  I’m a horrible person, I know.)  I’ll pick up a few back issues and see why everyone’s so giddy.  Vigilante? R.E.B.E.L.S.?

I didn’t stick with all those books.  Vigilante didn’t keep my attention, and Brainiac 2 in R.E.B.E.L.S. really got on my nerves.  Other people had plenty of good things to say about those books; they just didn’t work for me.

Picking a pull list is tough. I’ve been constant the last few months, but I know that I’m going to have to consider some changes in the coming months.  Batman, Inc., Superboy, and Batwoman are all coming down the pipeline in the near future, and my budget is about maxed out, so I know  I’ll have to think about dropping some books.  It won’t be fun, especially since I’m enjoying so much of what I’m reading right now.

New show on Sunday!

I am getting things ready to kick off the school year but am almost done editing a new episode. Thanks for your patience. This is a hectic time of the year.

The new show covers Brightest Day up to issue 7 (Indepth on 7 with tons of speculation) and we discuss the different ways we approach a pull list. We are joined by friend of the show Dan Taube as a special guest. There is also a nice discussion on books like Sweet Tooth from Vertigo.