Episode 239: Saladin Ahmed's Black Bolt
This week, Josh and Dietrich dive into the run of Black Bolt by author Saladin Ahmed. This obscure comic book character is not one that either Josh or Dietrich had heard of before, but this series blew them both away, combining vivid storytelling with a surprisingly nuanced view of comic book villains, the nature of being a hero, and the prison system. Dietrich talks about the sharp reversal in his opinion of the art due to the app he read this on, Josh raves about the incredible portrayal of a third-tier character that brings him to life, and, despite a slightly disappointing third act, they both agree this is one of the essential comic runs. The pair also receive a pair of emails, one raving about the state of bookstores in London, and the other questioning the practice of applying today's political correctness to yesterday's books. Finally, they wrap up with a discussion of a (possibly too late) redemption of Netflix's Marvel series, the passing of a remarkable storyteller, and the most recent season of a now-legendary podcast. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.