It’s with a heavy heart that we report the passing of a talented actor, and friend of the World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast, Richard Hatch, best known for his roles of Apollo and Tom Zarek on both series of Battlestar Galactica. TMZ is reporting that he passed away in hospice from Pancreatic cancer. He was 71 years young.
We had the opportunity to interview him at the first Salt Lake Comic Con. He was a delightful and stand-up guy.
FROM JEFF: Who couldn’t read his lines, but was adorable not doing it.
This week on The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast™: Ben Affleck is stepping down as the director of The Batman. “Big Brother” has removed Animal Farm from a school’s curriculum. DC continues its take on Hana-Barbera characters with its send-up of Snagglepuss. GLAAD has nominated 10 comics for this year’s Media Awards. And Vault Comics will launch with Natasha Alterici’s Heathen. On TV: Kristen Stewart dropped the F-Bomb on SNL. Peter Capaldi is stepping down as Doctor Who. S.W.A.T. is returning to TV. And Berlanti is bringing Black Lightning home to the CW. In Comics, we can finally review Mighty Captain Marvel #1 and Angel #1. We’re asked: “why can you wear a sports team jersey but I can’t wear a Star Trek shirt?”
All this and Supergirl meets Hercules! Face front, true believers! It’s The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast™!
This week on The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast: The War Doctor has passed. Ryan Reynolds was gracious in the Oscar shut-out of Deadpool. The New York Times has dropped its graphic novels bestseller list. Kelly Thompson’s Jem and The Holograms ends with the April issue. In TV: ABC is stealing from South Park. You can join Archie’s gang online –literally. We have the best in comics this week! We’re asked: “what’s your superhero porn name?”
All this and we say goodbye to two more celebrities. Face front, true believers! It’s The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast!
This week on The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast™: Superman gets a new super suit that’s more like his old supersuit… Batman teams up with the Flash to investigate The Watchmen… Batman V Superman tops the Razzies shortlist for nominations… and… is Disney planning more CG Leia? In TV: Twin Peaks finally has a premiere date… CW is renewing all four shows in its superhero line-up… Constantine is BACK as an animated series… and… could Riverdale spin off more “Dark” Archie shows like Sabrina and Josie and the Pussycats? In this week’s comics… Felix Leiter is too “noir” for its own good… Ms. Marvel and Thor start new story lines… Jessica Jones finally lets us know what’s going on… and The Unstoppable Wasp!
All this and “I’m gettin’ too old for this poem!” Face front, true believers! It’s The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast™!
Mine are pretty simple, and, to get ahead of your arguments, if it’s not on either the best or worst lists, that doesn’t mean I didn’t think it was good – or even great! For all the Hel of 2016 and its celebrity killing spree, 2016 had a lot of outstanding new content, stories, and art. It was, in retrospect, an embarrassment of riches for the entertainment and literature circuit – though you’d never know it listening to the show (so Charles tells me).
Anyway, here’s my list:
BEST of 2016
COMIC – Reborn – Millar / Cappulo TV TIE – Luke Cage / Preacher MOVIE – Star Trek Beyond / Deadpool
WORST OF 2016
COMICS TIE – Mighty Thor – Jason Aaron / All Star Batman – Snyder TV – Legends of Tomorrow MOVIE – Suicide Squad
EXCEPTIONAL COMICS 2016
March – Rep. John Lewis Bitch Planet – Kelly Sue A-Force – G. Willow Wilson Kelly Thompson Unworthy Thor – Jason Aaron Hellblazer – Oliver / Moritat Old Man Logan – Lemire / Andrade
GREAT ANDTHEN GARBAGE
Mighty Thor – Jason Aaron (Lady Thor – YAY! / Talking hammer … Jesus wept)