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House to Astonish Episode 96

After far too long away, Paul and I are back! We’ve got a solid hour and a half of jabbering for you about Karen Berger and Gail Simone’s departures from DC (and what this means for the Vertigo imprint and the company as a whole), the November sales figures, the cancellation of Creator-Owned Heroes and Marvel and DC’s March solicitations. We’ve also got reviews of Hellboy In Hell, Blackacre and Avengers, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe cracks open a cold one. All this plus Cherry Wolverine, Fairtrade comics and the action escapades of a man called Boise.

  Move aside, citizen, or I will pee on you!

We’d like to hear what you think about the issues of the day, including (but not limited to):

  • What do you think of the current state and direction of Vertigo? Can the imprint survive without Karen Berger?
  • How important is the creator- or corporate-owned status of a book to you when you’re making your purchasing choices?
  • Are there books out there that you think have continued past the natural end point of their stories, and should just wrap up gracefully?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or just listen to it right here!

Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter (I’m @housetoastonish and Paul’s @ifdestroyed), via email (to housetoastonish@gmail.com) or on our Facebook fan page.


1. I’m worried for it’s long-term health. I don’t think it will be the leader it used to be without Berger. It will still have name recognition, especially with the bookstore crowd, but I think we’ll see Image and Dark Horse among others having more of the groundbreaking projects, with the exception of works from creators who are DC exclusive.
2. Absolutely zero. I think that both have distinct advantages and disadvantages that make them suited for different kinds of projects and that is all. Creator owned is what it should be if someone has a singular concept. A story that has no room for expansion where the original writer has a complete story in mind and any exploration beyond that would be pointless. For instance, Y the Last Man is a great story that was told and there really ins’t anything else to say. Corporate owned is what you want if all you have is a concept that you want to do a bit with then release into the wild and see what comes back. For instnance, Swamp Thing and Wolverine were awesome ideas that Len Wein had that other writers did work with that far surpasses his own.

3. Fables. I’m not up to date, and I’m sure the new stuff is good, but I think that there should have been at least a volume break after they defeated the Adversary. It’s deep enough concept to explore forever, but the main story that we started with has ended.

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