Paul and I are a couple of days late due to super-busy schedules, but we’re back (albeit slightly late) and we’ve got discussion of Chris Roberson’s Monkeybrain Comics, Grant Morrison’s MBE, the DC cancellations and launches, Carlos Pacheco being honoured by Getafe and a canter through the solicits. We’ve also got reviews of ?The Massive, Spider-Men and ?Extermination?, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe takes tea with the vicar. All this plus the Phantom Stranger’s business card, the embroidered teacosies of Amanda Conner and a knighthood for services to disco.
We’re still looking for your input as ever, on a multitude of topics not limited to the following:
- Is DC’s one-in, one-out system of comics launches something that makes sense? Are they best off keeping the line at 52, or should the stories dictate the number of comics published?
- How much “writing for the trade” still really happens in superhero comics? Is decompression still a problem?
- With books like The Massive ending up at Dark Horse, what is the future like for Vertigo?
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Paul and I are back after our week away, looking at the coming out of Alan Scott, the wedding of Northstar, the crusade of One Million Moms, the Eagle Awards imbroglio, the ever-increasing character cast of Iron Man 3, the continuing success of the Avengers and where Marvel TV goes next. There are also reviews of Mind MGMT, Ravagers and Grim Leaper, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe finds that cash rules everything around it. All this plus the best double-glazing salesman, U-list villains and an enormous bunny rabbit.
As ever, we want to her your thoughts on the issues we’ve been discussing, including (but not limited to) any of the following:
- Is DC’s decision to out Alan Scott the right one? Should they have gone for a more iconic character, or kept Obsidian around by dint of some kind of comic-book magic?
- Has the comics industry moved on from 1990s writers such as Howard Mackie, or is there still a place for that old guard?
- Is the third Iron Man movie in danger of cramming in too many characters? Can Marvel Studios handle it, or are we looking at another Batman & Robin or Spider-Man 3?
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Paul and I have got a tight little episode for you this time out, with discussion of the sad passing of Tony DeZuniga, the unbelievable box office of The Avengers, Marvel’s digital exclusive deal with Comixology, Cullen Bunn taking on the writing of Venom and DC’s upcoming Phantom Lady mini, as well as an extended chat about the value of new characters, reviews of Dial H, Mind the Gap and Trio and a grave undertaking from the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe. All this plus America’s own private Easter, Marvel’s relationship status and ’90s technobabble.
Our points of discussion from last episode got some good responses, so we’re doing it again this time round. This time, we’re looking to hear what you think about these topics:
- How important do you think it is for Marvel and DC to generate new characters? Is it the lifeblood of a company in a creative industry, or is revamping existing properties enough?
- Is there a place in the market for a series like Trio that’s unashamedly old-school, or has that type of series had its day?
- What can the comics industry do to look after the generation who went before? Should a company like DC be helping out a creator like Tony DeZuniga when he struggles to pay medical bills, or should that be left to organisations like the Hero Initiative?
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We’re a day later than usual, but we’ve got loads of great chat to make it up to you with – this time round we’re talking about Chris Roberson leaving DC and the fallout from that, the return of Devil’s Due and lots and lots of film and TV chat as we look at the impending X-Men: First Class sequel, the Daredevil and Fantastic Four reboots and the potential New Mutants movie, the animated Flashpoint direct-to-DVD flick, Fox’s Axe Cop animated show and the Lobo film. We’ve also got reviews of Popeye, Captain America and Hawkeye and Reset, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe does the robot. All this plus Hank Pym’s secret vendetta, the Avengers Personality and Little Cabin In The Woods.
This time round, we’re also doing a little something different for the gang here at CSBG. There are a few things that Paul and I have discussed on the podcast that we’d like to get your thoughts on, so please chime in on the comments thread with our discussion topics:
- What do you think has the better prospects of success – Image’s revival of the Extreme line, or the relaunched Valiant titles?
- What has Jeph Loeb written in recent years that you’ve enjoyed – or is there anything you’ve found to be particularly bad?
- Has Chris Roberson’s stance on DC’s treatment of creators made you more or less likely to check out his work in future?
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Paul and I have got plenty of stuff to get through in this episode, as we’re looking at the new Buffy spin-offs, the GI Joe/Danger Girl crossover, the new version of The Crow, Archaia and DC’s forays into “digital first”, the launch of Thrillbent Comics, Matt Wagner and Simon Bisley’s The Tower Chronicles and the Thief of Thieves TV show. We’ve also got reviews of Secret Service, America’s Got Powers and Courtney Crumrin, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is going up in the world. All this plus Scott Allie’s burning bush, Ted Bundy Comics and Brian Michael Bendis as Widow Twankey.
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Paul O’Brien (The X-Axis) and Al Kennedy (100 Days Of Comics) are back for another episode of House to Astonish, with more comics chat goodness – this time round, we’re talking about the new Scott Pilgrim colour editions, the shake-ups on Avenging Spider-Man, 2000AD‘s digital expansion, the Mars Attacks! musical and Katsuhiro Otomo’s new series and taking a quick look at the new solicitations. We’ve also got reviews of B.P.R.D. Hell On Earth: The Pickens County Horror, Astonishing X-Men and New Deadwardians, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is free to be you and me. All this plus PunisherMAX as a Country & Western ballad, an international firm of surveyors and the Gothiest of all child detectives.
EDIT: And yes, I did say we were looking at news out of Wondercon, when actually I meant ECCC. I would like to enter a plea of It Was Early And I Was Sleepy.
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We’re back! After a one-week hiatus (or three-week gap, depending on how you want to look at it), we’ve got discussion of the sad passing of Moebius, Marvel’s Infinite Comics and AR app, the announcements coming out of Wondercon and Amy Reeder leaving Batwoman, as well as reviews of Saga, Avengers Assemble and Saucer Country and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe has little man syndrome. All this plus X-Treme F-Men, exploding sanitary towels and significant quantities of alveolar trill.
For some reason, Garageband didn’t detect the mic this time round, so it all sounds a bit echoey, but we’ll survive.
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Plenty to talk about this time round, as Paul O’Brien and I have a look at all the news coming out of the first day of the Image Expo and the relaunch of Clint, as well as a thorough run through May’s solicitations. We’ve also got reviews of No Place Like Home, DC Universe Presents Challengers Of The Unknown and Glory, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe takes flight. All this plus a bulletproof shower curtain, Frankenstein’s sea shanties and the Glasgow Ravagers.
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It’s been a kind of unpleasant couple of weeks for comics news, and we’ve got lots of discussion of it all for you in this week’s podcast – we talk about Before Watchmen, Gary Friedrich’s lawsuit against Marvel, Tony Moore’s lawsuit against Robert Kirkman, DC’s creative reshuffles and the results of their readership survey. We’ve also got reviews of Thief of Thieves, Conan the Barbarian and Winter Soldier and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe goes West. All this plus the scripture of the year 2070, ‘roid freaks and the Punisher’s desperate search for manufactured drama.
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Slightly earlier than usual (because it’s my wedding anniversary this weekend so I’m going to be away), we’ve got a new episode of House to Astonish, with just shy of an hour and a half of chat for you on DC and Oni’s new logos, the public bust-ups on Infinite, Static Shock and Ashes and at Archie and a look at April’s solicitations. We’ve also got reviews of Infestation 2, Secret Avengers and Prophet and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe gets its buttons mashed. All this plus Arms-Stick-On Boy, a kid whose head is on fire and a look behind the scenes at an early meeting of the Image founders.
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New year, new podcast, and Paul and I have got loads of chat on the launches and cancellations of the New 52, DC’s unusual late shipping and potential new logo, Rob Liefeld’s new assignments, the Omega Effect crossover, Walt Simonson’s upcoming Avengers run, the new Captain America team-up book and Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s new Icon series. There are also reviews of Fatale, Scarlet Spider and Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe could be underwater love. All this plus chin-straps, boobs on dinosaurs and Captain Bum.
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Happy New Year (Nearly)! It’s our end-of-2011 wrap-up episode, with a special guest in the form of games blogger (and friend of the podcast) Cara Ellison. We’re talking about the big news stories of the year, such as the New 52, the new Ultimate Spider-Man, the closure of Wizard and the future of digital distribution. We’re also running through a few of the comics that have caught our fancy this year, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is puttin’ on the Ritz. All this plus super-heroes drinking their own pee, how the Hulk takes care of boiled eggs and a tiny little Sean Phillips living inside all of us.
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Surprise! Early episode! As we weren’t both going to be around in Edinburgh this weekend, we’ve got in a bit under the wire with a nice juicy hour and a quarter of chat on such topics as the passing of Jerry Robinson, the continuing New 52 creative reshuffle, the Kickstarter success of Ashes, the upcoming Marvel crossover event and Brian Michael Bendis’s move off the Avengers titles. We’ve also got reviews of Valen the Outcast, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and The Defenders, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is worth a thousand words. All this plus Dan DiDio’s attempts to play the lottery, an end-of-the-pier caricaturist and 200 tiny Belgians.
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Hello from the House to Astonish! It’s our first podcast in conjunction with Comics Should Be Good, and it’s a bit of an epic – our longest ever episode, with discussion of the Marvel cancellation wave, the Booster Gold TV show, Image Comics’ convention and Ron Marz’s move off Voodoo, as well as a run through the solicitations. We’ve got reviews of Fantastic Four and Mudman, interviews with Nick Spencer, Stephen Wacker and Kieron Gillen recorded at Leeds’s Thought Bubble convention and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe hits the bottle.
All this plus J Michael Straczynski’s tomb, Iceman being beaten with a giraffe and some of the more obscure levels of Sonic the Hedgehog.
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