House to Astonish
We’re back with another episode of House to Astonish, where we’re discussing Greg Rucka’s views of Marvel and DC, Marvel’s “Superior” teaser, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti and Jerry Ordway’s ?Human Bomb?, Ultimate Captain America as US President and the ?Dredd? UK box office success, as well as taking a run through December’s solicitations. We’re also reviewing Team Seven, Ghost and Sword of Sorcery, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook is close to ending it all. All this plus people who sound like Crayola crayons, the optimum way to not watch ?Arrow? and the return of a certain vaguely London-y comics creator impression.
As always, we want to know what you think – particularly this time round, we want to hear your thoughts on:
- Are comics creators sensible to create new characters on a work-for-hire basis rather than retain creator ownership?
- Does the upcoming Arrow series have you interested?
- Are there certain types of stories in which certain types of violence are inappropriate in mainstream Big Two comics?
Please be aware that there was something very strange about the audio this time round which we didn’t discover until after we recorded, which makes us sound like we’re sitting about ten feet away from the microphone, so you might have to turn this one right up. C’est la vie.
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It’s been a relatively quiet couple of weeks for comics news, but Paul and I have still got plenty of discussion on the second month of Marvel NOW! teasers, the upcoming Morbius series, Jim Starlin’s possible rapprochement with Marvel, the CW’s new Wonder Woman pilot, the return of Elfquest, the new creative team on X-Men and the newly-unveiled Avengers roster. We’ve also got reviews of Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Steed & Mrs Peel and Phantom Stranger, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is so sad, so very very sad.
As usual, we want to know what you think of the things we’ve been discussing on the podcast, particularly (but not limited to):
- If Jim Starlin were to get to make a return to Marvel, how should other creators’ Thanos stories be treated? Is it right that only Starlin’s stories should be “real” Thanos stories?
- Are the CW sensible to be trading off the camp associations of the last Wonder Woman TV show against the brand value of the character’s name?
- In honour of one of our reviewed books this week, what’s the single worst issue you’ve read this year?
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It’s been a really, really long time since our last episode, but Paul and I are back, with an incredibly echoey, extra-long and tasty episode. We’re talking about the sad deaths of Joe Kubert and Sergio Toppi, the cancellation of the Dandy, Rob Liefeld leaving DC, the ends of Defenders and Avengers Academy, the changes to Marvel titles like Journey Into Mystery and Red She-Hulk in the wake of Marvel NOW!, Superman and Wonder Woman’s hookup, the cancellation of the Premiere Classic line, Ed Brubaker leaving Winter Soldier and a blast through the November solicitations. We’ve also got reviews of Hawkeye, Archer & Armstrong and Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe walks with a zombie. All this plus Dennis the Menace’s amazing modern hat, an anthropomorphic masterless Scottish indie band, the Crossover Bell, driving an issue of Grifter into a wall, the octopus that makes Marvel’s editorial decisions, countercultural cows on mopeds, John Merrick as Iron Man and Swastikabucks.
As always, we want to know what you think about the burning issues of the day, including but not limited to:
- Is the Superman/Wonder Woman relationship a story worth telling, whether in the short term or as an intended ongoing status quo?
- What long-running series would have been better off calling it a day after a set period of time, Locke & Key-style?
- Is there still a place for kids’ comics like the Dandy in the modern comics landscape?
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It’s our last podcast before Paul gets wed and heads off on his honeymoon, so we’ve made it an extra-long one, with nearly 90 minutes of discussion on news out of San Diego, including Marvel’s current teaser images, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man movies, the new Sandman mini, Minimum Carnage, Red She-Hulk, all the titles announced at the Image panel and Daniel Way leaving Deadpool. We’ve also got a run through the October solicitations, there are reviews of Captain Marvel, Bandette and Punk Rock Jesus and the esrevinU levraM eht fo koobdnaH laiciffO eht fo koobdnaH laiciffO gets confusing. All this plus the invention of time, Marvel WHEN? and the latest in our series of regionally accented comic book creator impressions.
As is our regular practice, we want to know what you think of the things we’ve discussed on the podcast, including but not limited to:
- What has caught your eye from the wave of titles Image announced at San Diego?
- Is Top Cow’s Cyber Force Kickstarter something other publishers would do well to try to emulate?
- Who would you like to see take on the roles in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man movies?
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Well, we did say we’d be a little late last time round, but hey, it’s better than never, right? Right? I do hope it’s right…
We’re talking – a lot – about Marvel NOW and Marvel’s publishing plans in general, Monkeybrain Comics, the Amazing Spider-Man opening day box office, Marvel’s future movie plans and the Harvey Award nominations. We’ve also got reviews of Infernal Man-Thing, Atomic Robo: Flying She-Devils of the Pacific and The Hypernaturals, and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe can keep its hat on (except it can’t seem to keep its hat on). All this plus a taste-test of Hershey’s chocolate, pants with Spider-Man on them and the Legion of Super-Heroes with a moustache.
As usual, we’re looking for your input too! Let us know what you make of anything we’ve talked about in this episode (or anything else that takes your fancy) including, but naturally not limited to, any of the following:
- Is Marvel putting too many eggs in one basket by concentrating so heavily on the Avengers and X-Men franchises? Does the line need to diversify more, or are they just giving fans what they vote for with their dollars?
- So, didja see that Spidey movie? Good? Bad? Web-sticky? Was another telling of the origin really necessary?
- What did the Harvey nomination body get right? What did they get wrong? What’s a shoo-in to win, and what was overlooked?
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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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