Comics Syllabus 214: On “Little Bird” and “Pretty Deadly: The Rat”

By | February 25th, 2020
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On this week’s episode, Johnny digs deep into a pair of series from Image Comics, “Little Bird” by Darcy Van Poelgeest (W) and Ian Bertram (A) and “Pretty Deadly: The Rat” by Kelly Sue DeConnick (W) and Emma Rios (A).

But first, our “Picks and Shovels” segment on what we’re reading:


Green Lantern” Seasons 1 & 2 (DC Comics) W: Grant Morrison A: Liam Sharp C: Steve Oliff & Olyoptics

“Sentient” (TKO) W: Jeff Lemire A: Gabriel Walta

“Ascender” Vol 1 (Image Comics) W: Jeff Lemire A: Dustin Nguyen

“Canopus” (Scout Comics) W/A Dave Chisolm 

“Trillium” (DC/Vertigo) W/A Jeff Lemire

Johnny’s review of “Isle of Dogs” by Minetaro Mochizuki, translated by Zack Davisson: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/reviews/isle-of-dogs/


“Spy x Family” (Viz; Shonen Jump) by Tatsuya Endo

“Parable of the Sower” (2020, Abrams) by Octavia Butler (original novel), Damian Duffy (adapt.), John Jennings (art). Paul’s review: http://www.multiversitycomics.com/reviews/parable-of-the-sower/

“Conan the Barbarian” (Marvel) by Jason Aaron (w), Mahmud Asrar (a), 

“The Banks” (TKO) by Roxane Gay (w) and Ming Doyle (a)

“Legend of Korra: Ruins of Empire” (Dark Horse) by Michael Dante DiMartino (w) and Michelle Wong (a)

“Superman Smashes the Clan” (DC) by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru


From Johnny’s deep dig: Image from “Little Bird” by Darcy Van Poelgeest (W), Ian Bertram (A), Matt Hollingsworth (C), Aditya Bidikar (L):


Image from “Pretty Deadly: the Rat” by Kelly Sue DeConnick (W) and Emma Rios (A):


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Paul Lai


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