Off Panel #161: The Superhero State of the Union with Oliver Sava

In this week’s episode of Off Panel, The AV Club’s resident comic critic Oliver Sava returns to the show for a deep dive into the state of the superhero union. We discuss how we feel about superhero comics in general today, Geoff Johns’ big move out of DC Entertainment, what he’s liking and not liking at DC right now, The Killing Zone, Bendis’s start at DC, Young Animal ending, DC’s love of imprints, Vertigo’s relaunch, where Marvel is at, Ta-Nahisi Coates’ work on Black Panther, the titles we’re really digging, who we’d want to write a Marvel event today, the upcoming Marvel comic we’re most excited for, which publisher has more momentum right now, who is making the best comics, which superhero title has the belt right now, and more.

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Header image is from Justice League #1, art by Jim Cheung. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.