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House to Astonish Episode 116


It’s our Christmas gift to you – a slightly belated podcast featuring discussion of the casting of Ant-Man, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Sandman movie, Shia LaBoeuf’s plagiarism, Matt Fraction leaving Inhuman and Zeb Wells leaving Elektra, the return of Stray Bullets, Mike Carey and Salvador Larocca’s X-Men OGN and Stephen Wacker’s job move. We’re also reviewing The Illegitimates, The Midas Flesh and Harley Quinn, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is just your dad really.


Hear! Al briefly sing a They Might Be Giants tune. Boggle! At both Paul and Al admitting that they really don’t get one of the most celebrated newspaper strips of all time. Wonder! If there is no awards ceremony because Al was too disorganised to ask for nominations (yes). All this plus a clown car, a pint of drawing pins and the Coen brothers movie that’s happening behind the DC offices.

As always, we want to know what you think of the things we’ve discussed on the podcast, including (but not limited to):

  • What comics classics that everyone else loves have you just never “got”?
  • What’s the most un-adaptable comic Hollywood could try to adapt into a movie?
  • What will Shia LaBoeuf try to pass off as his own next?

The podcast is here, or here on Mixcloud.

Or listen to it here:

House to Astonish Episode 116 – The Tumble Drying Aspect by Housetoastonish on Mixcloud

Let us know what you think, in the comments, on Twitter, via email, or on our Facebook fan page. Don’t forget that we’ve got our t-shirt store open 24/7 if you want to spend some of that Christmas money Granny gave you, and we’ll see you again in the new year.


My answer to all 3 questions:

Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron

1) Sandman
2) Love and Rockets
3) The Catcher in the Rye

1.) The first to come to mind is Kingdom Come, which behind its beautiful art, Biblical metaphors, and continuity in-jokes, is basically an extended and one-sided tirade against darker superhero characters. It’s telling that Magog is a flimsy strawman stand-in for Cable (despite the fact that, by that point, Rob Liefeld had long since left Marvel, and Cable had started to develop his own personality).

Camelot 3000 also comes to mind, though I don’t know if it’s highly acclaimed so much as historically notable as the first direct market mature audiences maxi-series. It’s not a bad comic, but it’s pretty silly in a way that undercuts its mature readers status. I mean, reincarnated Knights of the Round Table in the future fighting Martians led by Morgan Le Fay?

(Though I do give it credit for the surprisingly sensitive treatment of gender identity with Tristan’s female reincarnation).

2.) Saga, by authorial intent. I doubt any amount of CGI could do justice to Lying Cat when juxtaposed with live-action actors, especially since everyone in the universe has horns, wings, or other animal features.

3.) Deadpool, though nobody will notice.

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