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House to Astonish Episode 91

We’re back with another episode of House to Astonish, where we’re discussing Greg Rucka’s views of Marvel and DC, Marvel’s “Superior” teaser, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Jerry Ordway’s ?Human Bomb?, Ultimate Captain America as US President and the ?Dredd? UK box office success, as well as taking a run through December’s solicitations. We’re also reviewing Team Seven, Ghost and Sword of Sorcery, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook is close to ending it all. All this plus people who sound like Crayola crayons, the optimum way to not watch ?Arrow? and the return of a certain vaguely London-y comics creator impression.

 Man, this cover motif sucks

As always, we want to know what you think – particularly this time round, we want to hear your thoughts on:

  • Are comics creators sensible to create new characters on a work-for-hire basis rather than retain creator ownership?
  • Does the upcoming Arrow series have you interested?
  • Are there certain types of stories in which certain types of violence are inappropriate in mainstream Big Two comics?

Please be aware that there was something very strange about the audio this time round which we didn’t discover until after we recorded, which makes us sound like we’re sitting about ten feet away from the microphone, so you might have to turn this one right up. C’est la vie.

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For those of you who make it through to the end, What The Fox can be found here. Enjoy.


1. If I were to actually publish something then the decision to make it work-for-hire or creater-owned depends on the type of story and character. For ideas where I have a singular vision on where the story should go it makes more sense to go creator owned. But a work-for-hire character can live out beyond the original creator and surpass any expectations he may have had, so if all I have is a concept I’d rather write it for a bit and release it into the wild to see what happens.
2. Definitely. I think Green Arrow is really well suited to a TV show because he doesn’t have any flashy powers so it can stay on budget and still look good. My only worry is that it will fail because people think it’s derivative of Batman and Hawkeye.
3. As long as it’s not shown on panel I would make a sweeping generalization about anything.

(You got it right for an episode or two, but now you’re back to pronouncing Rob Liefeld’s name incorrectly – it’s pronounced Lie-feld. Like someone was was felled by lies.)

Dalarsco: In respect of Arrow, I wonder if it will be seen by the general viewing audience as derivative of Batman and Hawkeye, or whether (in the marketing-speak of studio execs) it will be regarded as “Hey, it’s Batman meets Hawkeye!” – or even “Hey, it’s Batman meets Katniss Everdeen!” It might end up being a benefit rather than a drawback to the show.

Andrew – Ah, you’re absolutely right. It’s years of ingrained habit, unfortunately! :)

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