I’m stoked to welcome Tony Patrick to the Reboot Comic Book Club podcast! He was nice enough to chat with us as we await the release of X’ed #3 from Black Mask Studios.
In X’ed, Colin McClure is an injured U.S. veteran who is given a chance to save his comatose daughter by helping the Mezign Corporation and acting as a hitman for memories in a cutting-edge procedure called “erasure therapy.” He enters the clients minds and deletes traumatizing experiences and/or disappointing jerkoffs. The mindscape-scenes allow Patrick’s collaborators Ayhan Hayrula (illustrations) and Doug Garbark (colors) to cut loose, as well as key contributions from Jim Campbell (letters).
Patrick also wrote the short film Black Card, now streaming exclusively on HBO platforms. Directed by friend Pete Chatmon, the film is a cultural satire with themes of identity, surveillance, and commitment to ‘blackness.’
This week he chose to read the latest release of Black Panther #1 from Marvel Comics by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze, Laura Martin, and Joe Sabino. This anticipated new series arrived to much fanfare and critical praise, but what did Patrick think?
Tony on Black Panther:
“[Ta-Nehisi Coates] was coming off of these home runs and then he’s got a comic on his slate, and of course there’s all this attention around it. But like we were saying, lets also give [Brian] Stelfreeze and Laura Martin and the rest of the team their due. Because as I’m realizing as a comic book creator is that I’m nothing without my team. Nothing. … This is a home run book. I’m excited to get the next issue.”
Music: “Barbara Streisand” by Duck Sauce
Runtime: 1:49:02 (yeah, it’s long)