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House to Astonish Episode 99

It’s a podcast weekend, and Paul and I have got an hour and a half of discussion of DC’s chaotic creative assignments, Keith Giffen’s potential departure from Legion of Super-Heroes, Kyle Baker’s free graphic novels, Marvel NOW!’s free digital collections and the Doctor Strange movie, as well as a look at April’s solicitations. We’ve also got reviews of Uncanny X-Force, The Answer and Threshold, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is full of beans. All that, plus a slim gorilla, Lamp and Plinth and how to hijack an aeroplane with a graphic novel.


As always, we want to know what you think of the things we’ve talked about, which this time round would include (but not be limited to):

  • Do DC’s quick-changes of creative teams make you less enthusiastic about their books?
  • Who would you want to see play the lead in a Doctor Strange movie?
  • What comics have done really distinctive and memorable science fiction/outer space settings?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or just listen to it right here!

House to Astonish Episode 99 – Boom Clap Boom De Clap De Clap by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

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


Mike Norton had a big standee thing of The Answer when I saw him at C2E2 back in 2011. Nice to see something finally done with the character.

“What comics have done really distinctive and memorable science fiction/outer space settings?”

My favourite comics sci-fi, at least from Marvel/DC, is still probably PAD’s Captain Marvel. Loved that series.

1. Definitely. A big part of why I love comics is that the serialized nature lets you do cool long-form storytelling that tends to be harder in other media. If you constantly change creative teams it becomes harder for that long-term vision to happen.
2. Unless you can resurrect and deage Vincent Price I can’t think of any perfect Strange off the top of my head.
3. I loved the Space Opera parts of Starman. Plus I’m one of the few people who enjoy the X-Men space stuff, especially the Brood saga. And of course the modern DnA Cosmic Marvel was amazing.

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