Funnybook Babylon

April 20, 2011

FBBP #134: EisnerWatch: Nick Spencer

Welcome to the New Look, New Technology Funnybook Babylon Podcast, powered by Skype and an overenthusiastic Chris editing the show so we all sound like we’re hopped up on amphetamines!

We’re taking a look at the Eisner nominees, starting with Nick Spencer. We read Morning Glories and Jimmy Olsen and… we apologize to his fans in advance.

Admittedly, we’ve been harsh to early works by creators like Jason Aaron, Matt Fraction and Jonathan Hickman before, and later came around to appreciating their talent. Why is this a pattern? We discuss that, pick apart Jimmy Olsen’s musical taste, try to remember what Rules of Engagement was, and much, much more!


  1. Great job as always, guys. I enjoy Morning Glories but I agree with a lot of the criticisms. The parallels with Lost are pretty obvious, but IMO Lost didn’t get completely batshit crazy until about Season 4. The mystery of the island was more in the background in the beginning, and they spent time making you care about the characters – so when they did go all “OMG Kate is raising Aaron!”, it mattered. Morning Glories OTOH went for a WTF moment as early as issue #6, without laying that foundation.

    Not sure if Spencer was concerned that the book wouldn’t last and wanted to get his ideas out there as quickly as possible or what.

    Still I do find Morning Glories enjoyable despite the flaws. Much better than Shuddertown.

    Comment by matches — April 23, 2011 @ 7:50 am

  2. I felt the same way about Morning Glories and the praise everywhere felt kinda strange. I was kinda wondering what you guys thought of the new version of the Stabby X-Men but Chris kinda answered that during the episode also about Aaron on PunisherMAX.

    Return of “Yes this is being published”? Those segments are always a good listen.

    Comment by Rick — April 23, 2011 @ 8:05 am

  3. Not that this makes up for anything else ridiculous in the Jimmy Olson story, but I don’t know if the swipe at the New Krypton stuff was actually a swipe at New Krypton as much as it was a swipe at readers who always complained, “There’s no Superman so I don’t like it,” with the whole everyone playing as Superman and if it’s not all Superman it’s not good…. yeah, kinda clumsily done.

    Comment by Fearing — April 25, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

  4. I really liked the first issue of Morning Glories when I read it but when I picked up the trade I found it incredibly dull. I know you guys hated Ike but I thought he was one of the few characters who was doing anything, and it seemed completely out of left field and when the main chick turned around and outsmarted everyone.

    Also, there is nothing in the trade to indicate that the last issue doesnt happen immediately after the rest of the book so I had no idea what was going on there.

    Kinda nervous about getting a THUNDER Agents trade now cos I liked the first issue as well but its entirely likely it will fall apart under the weight on an overly complex plot.

    Comment by Dacl — May 12, 2011 @ 8:13 am

  5. Like the new format, although I prefer it when you guys get together, obvs.

    In retrospect I was way too forgiving of Spencer.

    Comment by Zom — May 18, 2011 @ 8:12 am

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