Last year, I was faced with a decision regarding the future of this podcast and I wasn’t sure if it would have a home. Chase Magnett introduced me to the Editor-in-Chief of Comics Bulletin, Kyle Garret. He was kind enough to offer me a home where I didn’t have to worry about the ethical integrity of the content or whether someone was parlaying work into a better job in the industry.
Comics is filled with assholes. I’m proud to say that Kyle Garret is one of the good ones, and he is the latest member of the Reboot Comic Book Club.
Kyle’s debut on the podcast is somewhat bittersweet because he is now in transition out of his duties as EIC of Comics Bulletin. And though transition plans are in way, with new leadership plans to be announced, Kyle and I take this opportunity to look back at his time running the site as well as what lessons he learned.
We also continued the theme of his own series looking at the history of Marvel Comics’ New Universe imprint with our discussion of their brief revival from Warren Ellis, Salvador Larroca, Jason Keith, and Rus Wooton. And though it might have been a misstep in Ellis’ impressive output as a writer, we both agree that newuniversal is worth the read.
Kyle Garret on newuniversal:
“It basically took the New Universe—which was this mass of different ideas that were kind of unified but weren’t really and then eventually were unified, and was kind of a jumbled mess—and made it way more clear. Even in the first six issues, not even in the two issues after that, but [Ellis] built more of a complete universe in the first six issues than I think was ever really built in the entirety of the original New Universe.”
Music: “Chipfunk” by Emmett Plant