Episode 32: This Is Why You Don't Have Any Friends

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    She-Hulk #7, Rocket Raccoon #2 and Hawkeye #19 | A famous friend of Jennifer Walters' stops by to help She-Hulk and Hellcat out of a jam, Rocket Raccoon escapes from prison (it's kind of a thing), and Hawkeye reads lips. In his last outing, Clint Barton lost his hearing in an encounter with The Clown, and in an issue that will surely win an Eisner in San Diego next year, Matt Fraction and David Aja depict his experience as a deaf person in a world by and for people who can hear. We talk about it, but for some really eloquent analysis, check out "A Deaf Comic Geek's Grateful Review of 'Hawkeye #19'" and the A.V. Club's "Big Issues." David Aja sums it up pretty well, too.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    Successful Adaptations | After last week's discussion of the books we'd like to see adapted for film and television, we thought we'd share some of the more successful examples of book adaptations in our viewing histories. There are too many to list here, but tune in to hear how we feel about the various incarnations of Alice in Wonderland, the adapted works of Jane Austen, and the one movie that is perhaps too successful an adaptation as it far outshines its lackluster source material.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
    Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel are hitting it out of the park on their GotG press tour. Watch them braid hair, rap, speak foreign languages, take selfies and walk around on giant stilts. Spoiler alert for our GotG discussion: one of these guys is infinitely more charismatic than his onscreen alter ego. You won't be surprised to learn that we go on at length about the latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but in summary: We liked it, but it was no Avengers. Among its flaws is its "miasma of douchiness." Though, it is the first MCU movie written by a woman (and the last for a long while, given what's already been announced) and the story of how that happened is pretty interesting: Marvel's doing it up old-school with a writing program that resembles the old studio system of the Golden Age of Hollywood. And somehow, it's working for them, so okay.
  • This Week in Shit You Should Be Listening To
    "Girl in a Country Song" by Maddie & Tae, a sharp satire of, well, this.

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