X-Men Grand Design

Episode 30

Please join Frances, Dennis, and Johnny in this episode of Graphic Novel Explorers Club as they discuss X-Men Grand Design by writer and artist Ed Piskor. The comic book is a labor of love from Ed Piskor, who illustrates and combines famous and obscure storylines from the rich history of Marvel’s X-Men comic book series. In this episode the gang discusses the often brutal and violent beginning of the X-Men; who book was intended to be read by and how that may hurt it for some readers; the density of Wolverine’s body hair as drawn by Ed Piskor; “bald smart guy” and “guy with knives for hands”; the comparison between X-Men Grand Design and The Walkmen’s album “Pussy Cats” Starring the Walkmen; our recommendation of Marvels as a companion piece to be read with X-Men Grand Design; and our opinions about the storying telling and the art of X-Men Grand Design.

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Featured music:

Songe d’Automne by Latche Swing

Tonight Will Be Fine (Leonard Cohen cover) by The Walkmen