Superhero Podcast Review: The Bright Side Chat Podcast
It’s been a little big longer than I had planned, but it’s time once again for another superhero podcast review. Once again, I did a random search to find today’s podcast. The title seemed promising, and it feels like it’s been a while since I covered a podcast that had less than 100 episodes on them. As with my previous podcast reviews, I go over the basics of the podcast and ultimately come up with a final review, whether I decide to: Subscribe, Unsubscribe, or check out Selected Episodes. As is usually the case with these reviews, my final verdict is very subjective and personal to my own tastes though the rest of the review tries to be more objective. If you know of or host a podcast that you would like to be reviewed here, feel free to leave a comment and let me know about it.
Episode count (as of 3-17-19): 23
Episodes listened to: 5
Release schedule: Weekly on Thursdays
Episode Length: 1:00-2:00 averaging around 1:30
Audio Quality: Clear
Language rating: PG
Spoilers: N/A for the most part
Production format: A single conversation between cohosts as they discuss the the latest comics and comic movie news, upcoming issues to be on lookout for, current issues and back issues that are re-selling above cover price before getting to the main topic at hand, whether it’s a movie, a TV show, or a comic book run.
The hosts are John and DJ who have a chat inside a comic book shop that I believe one of them owns, they talk plenty about comic books and occasionally about comic book movies. They have a good back and forth with each other, and while I don’t mention this kind of thing very often, one of the guys has a somewhat stereotypical New York accent which is a little different. They spend a lot of time talking about comics news and you can tell that they’re both knowledgeable about comics in general and specifically what’s hot and what people are trying to buy/collect at the moment.
Comics vs Movies
The first episode that I listened to was titled “Thor: The Dark World”, the episode was just under an hour long and they started talking about the actual movie with less than 15 minutes left in the episode. That was episode 2 and the ratio was better in later episodes, where about half of the episode was various odds and ends and the latter half was the actual main topic. The discussion about what comics are hot for those looking to turn a profit on their comics was interesting to some degree, but since it doesn’t apply to me at all I’m not all that interested in that segment on a weekly basis. The discussion on the Amazing Spider-Man run was also quite interesting, though I initially thought it was going to be about the movie rather than the comics but I still enjoyed the episode. It was also nice and rare that they did their best to avoid spoilers.
I often say this about a podcast that isn’t that focused on movies, but my bread and butter are movie podcasts. I like listening about comics here and there but the movies are where it’s at for me. The hosts do a great job of discussing the comics, and I did enjoy the movie talk in those episodes. But they were generally too few and far between, and even in those episodes, much of the episode was dedicated to comics and/or news. I would definitely recommend this if you want to hear about the latest comics, especially if you’re a speculator who tries to buy comics that may actually increase in value over time. But it’s just not quite for me, despite the fact that I’m all for the title and spirit of the podcast to highlight the bright side of multimedia rather than harsh criticism.