After a few weeks away, Paul and I are very pleased to be able to say that we’re back, and we’ve got news about Stan Lee Media’s latest lawsuit, Fox’s Marvel movie universe, the X-Men movie after next, Warners’ casting of Wonder Woman (and yes, we know her name’s not Godot, that was just for a rubbish joke, we promise), Marvel’s digital trades giveaway and the new Wolverine & the X-Men and Magneto series. We’ve also got reviews of Inhumanity, Rover Red Charlie and Black Science, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is retro chic. On top of that, we’ve got interviews with Al Ewing, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Kieron Gillen which we recorded at Thought Bubble. All this plus Superman eating a puppy, scratch & sniff numbering, the sound of fighting geese and the true story of what killed all the Romans.
We’ve also got the previous episode, Episode 114, for you – this is our five-year anniversary episode, with a crossover between us and Wait, What’s Graeme McMillan and Jeff Lester. Plenty of rambling here, and lots of laughs. It’s our longest ever episode, and a little self-indulgent, but if you can’t be self-indulgent on your fifth birthday, when can you be?
As usual, we’d like to hear what you think about any of the things we’ve talked about in either episode, including (but not limited to):
- What do you think of the casting of Wonder Woman in Man of Steel 2?
- What comics creators from the past five years do you think are ones to keep an eye on in future, or have disappeared without reason?
- Will Marvel’s digital trade giveaways make you more likely to try out the .NOW issues?
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Paul and I have a nice lean 75 minutes for you this time round, talking about DC relocating to Burbank, the end of Fables, the Daredevil Infinite comic, Winter Soldier: The Bitter March, Marvel’s Japanese animated show, the latest comings and goings in comics-related litigation and the Mighty Avengers 1 script release SNAFU. We’ve also got reviews of Sandman: Overture, Damian, Son of Batman and Velvet, and The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is trying not to hurt its stiff upper lip. All this plus Batman’s sexytime habits, a left hand pouring water on the carpet and someone being sued by their own trousers.
As usual, we want to know what you think about the issues we’ve discussed, including (but not limited to):
- What series do you feel reached natural end points, then against all odds continued on?
- Has there ever been an anime version of a US property that you think has really worked well?
- Will you follow Mark Waid from the print version of Daredevil to the Infinite comic?
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Yep, you read that right – Paul and I are back, and on a (theoretically) regular schedule too. This time round, on a special extra-length episode, we’ve got tons of discussion of news out of New York Comic-Con for you. We’re talking about a whole load of things, including Batman: Eternal, the Dynamite revival of the Gold Key characters, the return of Priest and M.D. Bright to Quantum & Woody, Greg Rucka’s new horror series Veil, the slew of new Marvel series, the return of Miracleman and, of course, the ReedPOP promotional tweet controversy. We’ve also got interviews with Antony Johnston, Greg Pak, Justin Jordan and Charles Soule, and all the usual waffle you’ve come to expect (except reviews or Handbook stuff, both of which are AWOL). All this plus a 24-hour hype man, a really complicated tax spreadsheet and Alan Moore giving you the finger.
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It’s been a while since we’ve had a new episode of House to Astonish for you (mostly because of Paul’s new status as roommate of a very small person). By way of something to tide you over in anticipation of House to Astonish’s full-blown return, here’s an hour of questions, answers and general messing around featuring me and previous guests Cara Ellison, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, where we answer questions on comics-based video games, gritty superhero TV shows, all-ages comics, Marvel Now Wave 2, the future of the Ultimate universe and loads more.
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Paul and I hit a milestone in our first three-digit, one-number, palindromic podcast edition, and to mark the occasion we’ve got a handy recap of all the major news out of San Diego for you. We’re talking about IDW’s new Artist’s Editions, the republishing of The Maxx, the continuing partnership between IDW and 2000AD and Walt Simonson’s new creator-owned series, Dynamite’s new Twilight Zone and Heroes books (as well as Howard Chaykin’s return to The Shadow), Dark Horse’s Ghost and Terminator series, five new titles from Monkeybrain, DC Digital’s upcoming new books, the launch of a new Harley Quinn title, Marvel’s latest additions to the X-books, Wolverine: Origin II, the return of the Marvel UK characters and the Avengers movie sequel. Oh, and something to do with a big superhero movie from Warners… We’ve also got reviews of Hunger, Tomorrowland and Mysterious Strangers, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe stole the sun from our hearts. All this plus the mountains of Belgium, the Refreshers Event and Lobo Meets the Smurfs.
As usual, we want to know what you think, on subjects such as (but not limited to):
- What would be the best twist ending for one of JMS’s Twilight Zone stories?
- Does the prospect of the Superman/Batman movie bode well for the cinematic DC universe?
- What was the most exciting announcement out of San Diego for you?
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Paul and I have got a pretty hefty slab of chat for you this time round, with discussion of Ales Kot being replaced on Suicide Squad, George Perez going exclusive at Boom, all the announcements out of the Image Expo (including DRM-free digital comics), Marvel’s new Inhumans-led direction, and a blitz through October’s solicitations. We’ve also got reviews of Trinity of Sin: Pandora, Sheltered and Superior Foes of Spider-Man, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe will not be cowed. All this plus Mark Millar’s DeathWilly, the Man-Duck and 22 pages of beautifully rendered pulleys.
As is always the case, we want to know what you think of the things we’ve discussed on the podcast, such as:
- Which of the new Image series announced at Image Expo sounds most attractive to you?
- Are you more likely to pay for digital comics if they come DRM-free?
- Are there any creative teams whose work you’ll buy purely on the strength of their names, even if the concept sounds unappealing?
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We’re a day or two late, but we have a lean slice of chat for you this time round, with news on Comixology’s new subscriptions and bundles, the six new launches from Vertigo and Gerry Conway’s comics creators royalty drive. We’ve also got reviews of Uncanny, Batman/Superman and Lazarus, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is engaging in a cavalcade of crime. All this plus a village fête, the smell of paraffin and a taser taped to a rabbit.
As usual, we want to know what you think, including but not limited to:
- Is Comixology’s subscription service likely to drive you to buy more digital comics?
- Which of Vertigo’s newly announced titles sound most attractive to you?
- What are your all-time favourite Batman/Superman team-up stories?
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We’ve got a brand new episode of House to Astonish for you, with a chunky run through Man of Steel‘s opening box office, the recent developments in the Marvel/Friedrich Ghost Rider litigation, Jeff Parker and Mark Laming’s King’s Watch and September’s solicitations (except IDW’s, which we forgot about). We’ve also got reviews of Six-Gun Gorilla, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and Superman Unchained, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook ain’t got no body. All this plus four-year-olds in Mongolia, a German shortwave radio station and the varied career of Marvel’s busiest and most mysterious artist.
As is the usual way of things, we want to know what you think of the things we’ve discussed in the episode, including (but not limited to):
- What did you think of Man of Steel? Can this form the basis of a DC cinematic universe?
- Would you rather books were solicited without creative teams being known, or for solicited creative teams to change by the time the book is published?
- What do you think of the lenticular 3D cover gimmick of Villain Month?
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New month, new podcast, and Paul and I have got comicsy natterings for you on Rebellion’s limited Zenith hardcover (and the legal implications thereof), Paul Jenkins leaving Marvel and DC for BOOM!, the ever-expanding cast of Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel’s wranglings with Fox over the cinematic versions of Quicksilver.
As always, we want to know what you think of the issues of the day, including (but certainly not limited to):
- Do you think that moving to BOOM! will help Paul Jenkins bring his A-game? What are your favourite and least favourite comics by Jenkins?
- What do you think it takes to launch a successful new concept? Is a high-profile creative team necessary, or does it need to be tied in to big events?
- Given the high price tag it carries anyway, does the uncertain legal position with regard to the Zenith collection make you less likely to put down cash for it?
We’ve also got reviews of Supermag, The Wake and X-Men, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a first-level magic user. All this plus Hose to Astonish, Ronan Keating the Accuser and golfing in a general sense.
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We’re back, and we’ve got an hour and a half of comics discussion for you, with news on the passing of Dan Adkins, James Robinson leaving DC, Disney’s Big Hero 6 movie, Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s t-shirts for charity and a run through the August solicitations. We’ve also got reviews of The Dream Merchant, Avengers: The Enemy Within and… well, something special, and The Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is dressing for success. All this plus the Giraffe Wok, Avengers: Endless Breakfasttime and Doombots in pleather singing about crop rotation.
As always, we want to know what you think about any of the things we’ve discussed, including but not limited to:
- What long-running or apparently classic series have you just never seen the appeal of?
- Are there any other Marvel properties you think would make good animated features?
- What has caught your eye from August’s solicitations?
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It’s Free Comic Book Day, and it’s also New House To Astonish Day – Paul and I have got a hefty slice of comicsy chat for you, with discussion of the closure of Comics Alliance, Valerie Gallaher’s departure from MTVGeek, the blacklisting of The Outhouse by DC and the cancellation of the B&B column here at CBR, as well as the end of X-Factor, the return of Spider-Man 2099, the Battle of the Atom crossover, Aw Yeah Comics’ partnership with Thrillbent, the return of Shaolin Cowboy, Dark Horse’s new Hellboy projects and Alex de Campi’s Grindhouse.
As is our usual way, we want to know what you make of the comics news of the past few weeks, including but not limited to:
- What do you think of DC’s decision to can the B&B column here at CBR and begin a similar column on their own site?
- What was the most exciting announcement out of C2E2 for you?
- Did your store do anything special or fun for Free Comic Book Day?
We’ve also got reviews of Jupiter’s Legacy, The Movement and Mister X: Eviction, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is having trouble getting over its ex. All this plus a hyperbolic chamber, the Best Dog award and all the scandals you never knew about DC Comics.
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Even though it’s been a relatively quiet couple of weeks for comics news, Paul and I still somehow managed to put together an hour and three quarters of discussion of the Saga/Comixology shenanigans, the first transgender character in the New 52, the sad passing of Carmine Infantino and the July solicitations. We’ve also got reviews of Avengers Assemble AU, Batman and Invincible Universe, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is going swimmingly. All this plus Bob Harras’s trousers falling down, what AU really stands for and Marvel’s most confusingly numbered ongoing series.
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As usual, we want to know what you think about the big issues of the week, including but not limited to:
- Does the Saga & Comixology fiasco show that there’s a problem with the current digital distribution system?
- Who’s the most adaptable villain in Batman’s rogues gallery?
- Are you looking forward to the Trinity War storyline?
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We’re a few days late because of the Easter holiday, but Paul and I have got lots of chat for you this time round to make up for it. We’re talking about Angela joining the Marvel Universe, DC’s creative merry-go-round, Marvel’s new Avengers title, Jeff Parker’s Batman ’66, the return of Quantum & Woody, Marvel’s move into OGNs, Jim Rugg’s Supermag and various other bits and bobs. We’ve also got reviews of The Private Eye, Constantine and East of West, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is spreading like a viral infection. All this plus two dogs dressed as a pirate, DC’s new Thai green curry book and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of Smash Hits.
As always, we’d like to hear your thoughts on the things we’ve discussed during this episode. A few pressing questions to get you thinking:
- Are the days of the comics completist over? Are there any characters or families of titles for whom you’re still a completist?
- Is the pay-what-you-want model used by The Private Eye going to bring about a change in how online comics are sold?
- Do DC’s constant creative upheavals leave you with any confidence about the state of their line?
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Paul and I have got absolutely bags of stuff to talk about this time round, with chat about Marvel’s SXSW announcements (and the fallout from their 700 Firsts giveaway), Justice League of America‘s sales, the casting of Drax the Destroyer, the delay of the adjectiveless X-Men book, Afterlife with Archie, the closure of JManga and a quick trot through the June solicitiations. We’ve also got reviews of Lost Vegas, Aliens vs Parker and Age of Ultron, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is seeing other people’s lives flash before its eyes. All this plus War is Awesome, Captain America’s dramatic walk and the impracticalities of a Top Cat heist.
As always, we want to know what you make of the issues we’ve been discussing, including but not limited to:
- Were you affected by the Comixology outage? Does the 700 issue promotion make you more or less likely to try Marvel’s titles digitally?
- Is the “rental” model practiced by JManga and other outlets one which you’d be willing to put money down for, now JManga are closing?
- What have you made of the two issues of Age of Ultron so far?
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Following our 100th episode extravaganza, we’re back with a regular old-fashioned episode of House to Astonish, with discussion of the Pandora and Batman/Superman ongoings, the expansion of the Fables empire, the Brother Lono miniseries, Gail Simone’s Red Sonja, the death of Damian Wayne, the Unwritten OGN, the Larfleeze title, Monkeybrain’s print distribution, IDW’s cartoon licenses, Columbia University’s acquisition of the Elfquest archives, the possibilities of Marvel First, the coming and going of WTF Month and Steven Sanders’s Symbiosis Kickstarter (it’s a busy couple of weeks). We’ve also got reviews of Five Weapons, Justice League of America and Nova, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is a master of spin. All this plus the DC New 52 Continuity Steerage Sub-Committee, a tasteless, odourless neurotoxin and a competently plumbed-in bathroom.
As always, we want to know your thoughts on the things we’ve discussed, which would include (but not be limited t0);
- How important are creators versus characters for you? Are there creators who you will follow to some titles, but not to others?
- Do spoilers of major character deaths placed in the mainstream press by the Big Two affect your enjoyment of the comics?
- What do you think WTF should stand for in the context of DC’s line?
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