We talk amusement park capes, with lights; and watch KILLER MERMAID. Minor speculation on Suicide Squad. We start in on the actual comics for June’s Indies with MANIFEST DESTINY 20-featuring conquistadors, squatch, eating squatch, hallucinations, and ominous findings…MIDNIGHT OF THE SOUL 1 is the story of a ptsd ridden writer post WW2 with a philandering wife, and murder mysteries…HILLBILLY 1 brings us more supernatural back-country weirdness, told infallibly and drawn incomparably. LOBSTER JOHNSON METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN 2 continues on with the mystery of spelunking engineers, Hyperboreans, and mecha, mecha, mecha. HARROW COUNTY 13 brings back the call of the cornfield. Ghost scarecrows, monsters, witches gifts, and awesomes. DESCENDER 12 is Tim 22 backstory-which features neglect, outright hate, and android murders. REVIVAL 40 continues the events coming to a head with riots, murder, and the escape of the soul-shmoos. JAMES BOND: EIDOLON’s new villain-Hawkwood-tells us clearly he’s a villain cause he kills his accountant. HELLBOY IN HELL 10 seemingly finishes the saga, with an empty hell nad the story of the remaining captains of hell. MERCURY HEAT 10 ups the ante even further if you can fuckin believe it, with the Crossed Plague escaping even though the perps were caught.We top it all off with SHADOW: DEATH OF MARGO LANE 1 Shadow has to track down the Tong’s new leader, The Red Empress-trailing from NYC to Shanghai and back.
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Rev quacks and we watch Mexican Gangsters. It’s a short one but it’s important-it’s all DC REBIRTH. So you may wanna skip it all. We salute Jack Davis, Richard Thompson, and Mr. Garibaldi himself, Jerry Doyle. We love the Wonder Woman trailer, mention Suicide Squad, and are disappointed with the dearth of actual fucking comic news from comic-Con; although that’s nothing new and really, we should get over it. But we won’t. We’re geeks, we don’t get over a goddamned thing.
We start with GREEN ARROW, which hands us a standard ‘oh the homeless are disappearing” routine, he argues with Dinah, who is unconvinced of Ollie’s integrity. SUPERMAN is next and it’s seriously confusing here-having missed the events of The Last Days of Superman, we don’t know which Supes died, which one lives, where his kid came from, etc. Doomsday’s back and I don’t care. FLASH plays on the annoying tropes of the fast guy always being late, and the frustrated paragon who just cares so much, dammit. Wally’s around, and that’s fine. Barry consults Bats, which is nice. AQUAMAN begins our journey with yet another lecture of the importance and scale of the oceans-but frankly, if you cared about Aquaman enough to pick this up, you knew all that this was telling us. It’s quality, but nothing new. And that’s disappointing. WONDER WOMAN honestly, seriously, comes off as a fanboy complaint about Diana’s inconsistent origins and characterizations. Rev doesn’t agree, but I don’t need him too. The one clever bit is turning the lasso of truth on herself. BATMAN has Calendar Man all Punishered out and that makes me weep. Duke is recruited for the BatJunior position, and the main tension is the complete lack of remembering Batman’s rebreather. It’s dumb. TITANS is the getting the band back together routine-Wally speeds around touching titnas, which just seems dirty-and then they remember him and bring him into the folds of Titan Love. GREEN LANTERNS ends our episode with the new GL’s Jessica and Simon-harrassed angry mid-eastern man, overseen on probation, and Jessica the agoraphobic/ptsd affected reluctant hero. They have to go off on a missions that’s really a set up by Hal, whihc is alright, but the co dependence he sets up seems forced.
At any rate, that’s rebirth for right now. There’s another ep coming with the second wave of Rebirths, so watch for that. Or don’t. I dunno.
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We watch the 2.5 star “Last Survivors”. It’s a Marvel ep, and that means it’s monstro sized madness. We start with the Riri news, then jump into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 12 brings us Regent, Ghost, and becomes a fun but fairly traditional Marvel Team-Up issue. We like it. AVENGERS 9 premieres the New Wasp-Nadia-who seems to be a fun character, while Jarvis makes the hangar livable. It’s OK. PUNISHER 1 volume…whatever the hell, focuses on one of Frank’s old commanders, nasty face-skinning drug dealers, DEA Agents, and more. we dug it, but the time is not right for us to have anew Frank book. BLACK PANTHER 2 is SUPER complex and you should just read it. it’s worthwhile, but resists summarization in such a small space. BLACK WIDOW 3 is next, having Nat stabbed by a kid, on a mission for the Weeping Lion. The de riguerre flashback style story telling is killing me and it’s use in the ancillary solo box is getting tiresome, really. INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN 3 Howard was right should be a new marvel catchphrase, as Cassie is in fact double crossing him, and the Mandroids have the drop on him, and he gives up. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN9 The Board is revolting, Riri is making armor, Rhodey confronts Yukio, Ninja Girls show up, Doom mak3es maneuvers on Tony’s girl, and Tony’s disappearance was a ruuuuuse…HOWARD THE DUCK 7 is in the Savage Land, and really, you don’t need anymore than that. SILVER SURFER 4 concludes the arc with a moral wash of saving Earth by deleting Zenn-La. It’s a feel good book, and we’re fine with that. THOR 7 gives us Dragon’s blood, Bodolf the untamed, ancient Viking battles, and a lot of really coolness stuff. MS MARVEL 7 is one of the more enjoyable issues as SCIENCE FAIR TIME! comes. It’s Kamala vs Miles with pocket nuke reactors, flying sharks, and more and it turns out as you’d expect. DR STRANGE 8 is a desparate quest for the last crumbs of magic…and it’s not enough. CAPTAIN AMERICA VOLUME 32 1 is exactly what i told you it would be. It’s well done, but you guys have to lay off the parallel story telling, you fucking bastards. SPIDER-WOMAN 7 is next, with Jess back from parallel dimension and fighting her gender swapped self. DAREDEVIL 7 is the Dallas it was all a dream issue. Sigh. CAPTAIN MARVEL 5 is all deception, betrayal, biomechanical viri, and the real traitor is found out as being just a class warrior. We kill it all there.
We watch “Mexicano Barabaro”. It’s about as it sounds. Eventually it’s up to the DCs-but the Whovians and the DWEEKS, which seriously, is the single worst fandom name ever. We discuss new characters and legacy characters. Kicking off the show proper is JL 3001 #12-frankly, not the best work from this team ever, and wow, it doesn’t end any better than it ran to begin with. SINESTRO 23 is largely Wrath of Khan with power rings, due to the teraforming weapon the Red Lanterns want. LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN 5 and 6-and it’s Diana’s awakening as a political and superheroic being from newsreels-and also sexism in the early forties. She confronts the Duke, and it’s pretty damned good. BATMAN 52 is the heartfelt end we didn’t get last time, and Alfred is a human being of supreme caliber. POISON IVY 5 has teen plant babies. And monsters. And The Green. And strip bars. Nuff said. STARFIRE 12 It’s a month of bittersweet endings, as Kori loses her job, her house, and must move on from her now-close friends, since there’s no such universe anymore. SWAMP THING 5 has The Spectre. you don’t need anymore than that. DETECTIVE 52 Jim Gordon flambes a god. That is sufficient enough description for you. ASTRO CITY 35 is Ike’s journey through the history of Jack in the Box-the kind of Legacy character DC only wishes the could fuckin’ do. We end it all with the event of the century-DC REBIRTH 1. Just listen to it-I don’t have the energy to retype that shit.
It’s May’s Indies for this ep. TechJedi reminds everyone that yeah, those WERE bullets in the GI Joe cartoons. Tech reminds you there are free comics to be had when you pay attention to us. TechJedi also reminds you that he was fuckin’ Nostradamus about Steve Rogers and Hydra. We watch BLOOD VALLEY: SEED’S REVENGE, which is ridiculous. We kick off the books with AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE 9-paragon of horror books, filled with revelations and literal deals with devil-like beings. SABRINA 5 has finally graced the universe with it’s publication, showing us how real witches get out of convictions in court. MANIFEST DESTINY 19 begins…SQUATCH!. ‘Nuff Said. AMERICAN MONSTER 4 takes on a funerary journey, and some existentialism to boot. ALIENS: DEFIANCE 2 shows the intelligence and savvy of combat synthetics, but has the classic turnaround of ‘oh we’re safe” to “oh shit we’re not”. HARROW COUNTY 12 is the original hainted house. Heh heh. WAR STORIES 18 finishes the Hans The Bastard line, with recommended reading. EMPRESS 2 Follows the family to Antares, and teleporting, and cliffhangers of the literal sort, babies falling into monsters moths, etc. It’s fun. REVIVAL 39–well–just read it, seriously. It’s convoluted and awesome and weird and cool. LOBSTER JOHNSON: METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN 1 gives us several ludicrously awesome art-deco-mecha, connected somehow with society ladies, missing engineers, 200 lb bombs, and more. HELLBOY IN HELL 9 finishes us out, with a demonic trio recanting the tale of their fallen lords, attacking Hellboy, and HB’s very own wife.
This is the big 250 kids-and introducing a new format-Star Wars books will be their own episode bi-monthly. The Marvel eps are too damn big so Star Wars gets their own.We mention the bad movie and move on to the memories of our on con, bad puns, and more.We eventually get down to cases with STAR WARS 17 and 18-with twisted philosophical viewpoints on killing prisoners, Liea leading the taking back of the prison, and we finally, finally see what the fuck nerfs are-as Luke and Han need to pay the Rebellion back for losing supply money on gambling. Rewired assault droids figure in prominently. We move to OBI WAN AND ANAKIN 3 and 4 features a dead world; all war materials are salvaged, and honestly, the world building is lacking; the team splits with Anakin taken by the females, and Obi-Wan discovering the sanctuary of the last cultural curator. Palpatine manipulates Anakin so easy-handedly, and Anakin is so young and dumb it’s hard to read. We resignedly move on to C-3PO, him being given a simple escort quest, to get a 1st Order droid back to Ackbar-along with the standard quest trials that whittle the participants down to 3po alone-and the final denouement explaining the red arm. It’s the classic Sgt Rock everyone moving to their strength and dying before the mission is over. POE DAMERON 1 blows a lot of beautiful but uneventful pages in the quest for Lor San Tekka, his X-Wing flitting through caverns to eventaully find a giant egg and doofuses worshiping it. The backup story however is fun and adorable. We end the episode with DARTH VADER 17, 18, 19. The intrigue and action continue during the wrap up to the Shu-Torun War-lava craft, Vader ripping vessels up with his sabre, Aiolin asking to be trained, people dying plots within plots-000 gives a rousing speech-and Vader finally ending the war, leaving a Stormtrooper in overwatch-who will learn to dance. Thanoth cliffhangs us with a revelation….
It’s the April Marvels, and they’re HUGE. TechJedi saw X-Men Apocalypse-and we have to kinda start with a sigh. The he launches into 15 minutes on the flick. Anyway, we jump in eventually starting with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 10 and 11. The fight with Scorpio commences, Spidey beibng saved by Parisians till Anna Maria rescues his ass. Which is fun. Spidey attacks and Scorpio escapes. Peter determines Scorpios position vis-a-vis Parker Industries. All this time Fury’s on a a satellite and that’s funny. Eventually Spidey finds a way through it all and we kinda dig it. DR STRANGE 7 Regales us with the Empirikuls’ origin, which unfortunately is kinda thin. There’s Lovecraftian elements, deaths, and assault on the sanctum, and it’s all great. HAWKEYE 6 has the standard 2 plot element so prevalent and tiring, and Bart’s island figures into it. CAPTAIN MARVEL 4 has Carol consulting T’Challa, Coulson, and Rocket, about finding the saboteur. Cap’s powers are back and she can breathe in space now. Prisoners are taken, and the plot thickens. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN 8 Ninja lightsabres. You’ll have to read the rest yourself, cause that’s enough for me. INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN 2 Tony has taken a bullet for Cassie and recuperates at her faminly manse; Howard picks him up and is taking no shit. Mandroid fight. Go read it. It’s fun. CAPTAIN AMERICA 7 is a huge book with many stories.Pleasant Hill, Kobik, The Amerigun. Ugh. Tim Sale and Baseball. It’s well worth getting. CAPTAIN AMERICA 8 continues Pleasant Hill, there’s a tea party, and it’s tight and fun. DAREDEVIL 5 and 6 It’s the culmination of the 10 Fingers arc, with the release of a Fist, embodiment of The Hand’s mystic power. 10 turns on his congregation, attempting to kill them to save face. 10 fingers meets his doom, and Blindspot saves the day. In 6, Elektra is back, demanding to know-where’s her child!? Ms Marvel 6 is the conclusion of All My Kamalas as giant Kamala-Golem crashes the engagement party and kamala has to call in Carol-who has the satellite pull and Enterprise, taking care of things from orbit. Carol and Tony and Kamala’s convo alone is worth the price of the book.
It’s a DC episode, and the movie is some semi-kung fu detective thing. We can’t handle that so go to SHARK LAKE. We jump right into books with DARK KNIGHT III number 4-with Supes captured and imprisoned, Gotham is under threat, and Yindel recriminates. It’s an improvement. STARFIRE 11 is winding the whole thing down and Stella is unhappy and worried about Kori’s impact on teh town. This in turn worries Kori, and it’s all very heartfelt. BATMAN 51 is a standard if entertaining “night off” story-with plot points being set and villains just kind, “nope, not tonight. It’s fun. SWAMP THING 4 is the villain monologuing issue, with teh now powerful Cable revealing his ulterior motive. It’s good. It’s not amazing. HARLEY TEAM UP 3 is, frankly, and i hate to even go this way, but overwrought, overwritten, and overlong. Dan Didio is a literal demon and it’s not nearly as punchy as it could be if you’re going to try to skewer someone as a demon. POISON IVY 4 Plots and characters are revealed, and it’s Ivy Unleashed. SINESTRO 22 Soranik grudgingly settles into the leadership of the Yellow Corp as Sinestro catches out Yellow dissidents and the Red Lanterns appear. LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN 4 shows us Diana having landed outside Boston and meeting a pair of old coots, the male of which won’t stop yammering. She meets the ebullient Etta Candy, college kid and singer. BATGIRL 50 It’s the big bad team up issue where everyone pulls together like a TEAM AND FAMILY YAY! to stop The Fugue from implanting false Batgirl-negative memories. With victory assured, a new batcave is built. DETECTIVE 51 shows us a fill in/flashback arc as Jim goes back to Afghanistan to complete a mission from the past, with mummies and lost Marines. Finishing up as ever with ASTRO CITY 34 wraps the Steeeljack/Cutlass arc nicely, fitting in fights, explanations, trials, and denouement as only Busiek can. Oh, and some Lovecraftian nastiness.
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TMG talks REBIRTH-the first book-and then rants for approximately 6 weeks about DC continuity, BvS, and more, especially William Shatner and bad fandom. Eventually we get to April’s Indies with RAGNAROK 8-which is really, nothing but a BIG BEAUTIFUL FIGHT ISSUE as only Simonson can deliver. EMPRESS 1 is a new entry from Millar, shying away from the horrifying things he’s disappointed me about other properties-alternate earths, fleeing for their freedom, warp ships. Good Stuff. SAGA 35-36 features prison infiltration, klara clocking a guard, rescues, and new babies pleases us to now end. go read it or listen here, you’ll be intrigued. ALIENS: DEFIANCE 1 seems to be fairly standard Aliens story, throwing things back to creepy, atmospheric, female led, and mission based, it’s good. MERCURY HEAT 9 continues the escape from The Crossed, being voyeured by creepy assed scientists. VELVET 14 is as complex and pleasing as usual, and will be lessened by trying to summarize here-GO BUY IT. MICRONAUTS 1 is an incomprehensible mess, with undefined characters, un-made world, frenetically paced and muddy. JAMES BOND: VARGR 6 James blows up a ship. Issue closed. HARROW COUNTY 11 focuses on Bernice and Clinton, regaling us with the tale of Lovey, and her mission to contain the minions of Hester-and offering Bernice a job. LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE FORGOTTEN MAN is a convoluted revenge plot, centered on the gangster left alive after a Lobster attack. it’s filled with mind control, pseudo zombies, cannibals, and awesome weirdness. HELLBOY 1953 BEYOND THE FENCES 3 is a nice fight issue, featuring demon dogs, regular dogs attacking demon dogs, decaying demon dogs, and conspiracies. Ending our ep is REVIVAL 38-seems to be ramping things up to the end of the series as events start connecting and reconnecting and characters meet developments. It’s amazingly complex, buy it buy it buy it.
It’s March’s Marvel and TJ is talkin bout cutting titles. Completed runs and bad books and blahhhhh. We just jump on in with HAWKEYE 5, nearly wrapping up a perfectly fine series that went past it’s split-tale motif expiration date. HOWARD 5 brings in Collector, Silver Surfer, The Guardians, and we denouement with Surfer severing Hoawrds Nexus capabilities. INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN 1 Mandroids! Secret histories! Espionage! Fathers! It’s young Tony mackin’ and attackin’! SILK 6 is our last Silk book, as Cyndi gets debriefed and attacks Goblin Nation with Mockingbird and Black Cat. SPIDER-WOMAN 5 lets us have it both barrels with new mother syndrome, but in the most humorous and touching way. Then they pull out Razorback. So that’s fun. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN 7 MJ lays down the law to Tony and really, that should make your issue right there. DR. STRANGE 6 is the meat of the Last Days of Magic story, as The Empirikul begin their assault on the Sanctum-which activates defensive shrubbery. STOP DRILLING, YOU’VE HIT OIL. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 9 Arachno Rocket. Satellites shot down. Web-Chuting from space. This. Is. The. Fun. Stuff. ALL NEW AVENGERS Kamal has Vision as a substitute, and presents her with a record of all the Avengers adventures ever. Night Phantom sets up our next book with his appearance…AVENGERS STANDOFF ALPHA 001. Hill lies, Rick Jones is no longer A-Bomb, and that’s all I need, really; it’s a strong start for the latest entry in events that only set up other things. CAPTAIN MARVEL 3 seems a tad convoluted with self regenerating bombs, Mar-Vell’s memories, fusing spaceships, and more. It’s well put together mostly, but it needs to be more straightforward. EXTRA-ORDINARY X-Men 8 brings back Sugar-Man, distorts the difference between genetic engineering and mutants, and that is the top of the curve, it’s all downhill from here. The new BLACK WIDOW 1 is classic Natasha, rebelling against SHIELD and stealing things. MS MARVEL 5 A Gaggle of Golems. ’nuff said. THOR 5 finishes us off with the continuing fight of Odin and Thor, asteroids being weapons, betrayals, Destroyers, political marriages, elves, it’s got it all.