House To Astonish
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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A couple of days late, but better late than never, Paul and I have got just over an hour and ten minutes of chat for you on Marvel’s latest wave of teasers, Mark Millar’s new role at Fox, the expanded line-up of the Avengers, IDW’s latest mega-crossover and David Lloyd’s Aces Weekly. We’ve also got reviews of Non-Humans, Uncanny X-Men and Detective Comics , and the Official Handbook of the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe is the new Buzz Lightyear. All this plus the Avengers’ five-a-side football tournament, boob claws and the Secret Invasion point-and-click adventure.
We’re looking for your input too – let us know what you think of any of the things we’ve talked about on this podcast, including (but certainly not limited to):
- Who are your hopes for the unannounced remaining members of the Avengers? Who should return, and who should get their first shot at the big leagues?
- What have been the high points of the New 52 for you, a year into the relaunch? What books have surprised you, either by being better than they sounded on paper or by being disappointments?
- What creators do you think have made big improvements in their output over the years, getting better from a shaky start (or recovering from a quality dip)?
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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 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 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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