Welcome to Episode 77 of the Two-Headed Nerd Comicast! This week, we discuss veteran writer Karl Kesel’s struggle to cover his newborn son’s medical expenses (To browse Karl’s Marvel collection, click here. To make a personal donation, click here), more Marvel NOW news, and confirmation of a villain for Thor 2 and an “ambitious” story for the X-Men First Class sequel. Plus: we take another look Inside the Comic Studio and hear filmmaker Sean Rourke discuss his new project “Ghost.Dive!” Sean’s Kickstarter page can be found here.

This week’s reviews:

Joe — Hawkeye #1 from Marvel Comics

Matt — Think Tank #1 from Top Cow

Ludicrous Speed Round:

Joe’s 5:

  • The First X-Men #1 (Marvel)
  • Peter Parker Spider-Man #156.1 (Marvel)
  • Bests of Burden: Neighborhood Watch One-Shot (Dark Horse)
  • Infected #1 (IDW)
  • Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe #1 (Marvel Comics)

Matt’s 5:

  • Planet of the Apes Annual #1 (BOOM Studios)
  • Animal Man #12 (DC Comics)
  • Swamp Thing #12 (DC Comics)
  • Harvest #1 (Image Comics)
  • Black Kiss II #1 (Image Comics).

Picks for next week:

Joe — Fantastic Four #609 from Marvel Comics

Matt — Archer and Armstrong #1 from Valiant

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Our theme music is A Better Tomorrow by Dan the Automator. Other music found in this week’s episode was provided by the following sources: Big News Theme — Here is the News by ELO, Ludicrous Speed Round Theme — Fury of the Storm by Dragonforce featuring Dark Helmet, Doctor! Doctor! by The Thompson Twins, X-Men by Powerglove, Chip on Your Shoulder by 8-Bit Weapon, Kannada Space Dub by Genetic Drugs, Talk to Me by Peaches, The Body Electric by Rush, Bikini Girls With Machine Guns by The Surfin’ Gorillas.