We watch “Avalanche Sharks”…and, oh yeah. No. TechJedi reveals that he saw BvS…best to listen to the show. Anyway..we talk Februaries indies, talking bout BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 21, giving us some mildly clever moments but leaving it on the chopping block over all cause time travel. HELLBOY 1953 Kids are disappearing, enkeladite is back, and monster sized demon afghan hounds. AMERICAN MONSTER 2 still confuses us deputies, blown up cars, teens with shitty attitudes, and cop paperwork feature prominently. VELVET 13 Velvet loses her waitress asset during the fight with Damien, and Max gets shot. DESCENDER 10 Arriving at the robot homeworld MACHINE MOON, the group is told about the place all robots are backed up to-amazing concept. MERCURY HEAT 7 Louisa’s job search is hampered by cheap software, getting ads in a fight. She’s assigned to investigate the emergency at a research station-and finds THE CROSSED. WAR STORIES 16 gives us the almost shockingly different milieu of The British Coast Guard in WWII. We receive our first actual Villain in War Stories with HANS THE BASTARD. SAGA 43 Twists and turns continue as ever as Hazel is caught with the wounded teacher, her parents find the Robots, The Will hallucinates while the journalists freeze in his hostageness. JAMES BOND: VARGR 4 Bond meets Masters, but realizes he’s a plant, and the fight ends with the revelation of THE VARGR, and a new deathtrap. We end the night with the inimitable and amazing HARROW COUNTY 9 bringing us the weirdness of a bird eating hobo, and if that ain’t enough for you, try the origin of the skinless boy.
TJ speculates about BvS; mentions his non-love of Green Arrow and the need to clean out the collection; then moves into what goals there are to be gotten from conventions this year. We’re confused by the lack of Valiant buzz, but the continued existence of the books themselves…then finally go into the January indies, starting with SAGA 33, featuring royal robots,questions of title order in names, (never mind) and dancing instructors. AMERICAN MONSTER 1 makes no damn sense, giving us playground pimps, red faced vets, and bank jobs. ATOMIC ROBO AND THE RING OF FIRE 5 concludes the series with the triple threat of nukes, biomegas, Nazi Superweapons, and mecha. We love it. THE FADE OUT 12 also finishes the series, FBI blackmailing people, best firends rotting in cars, enforcers cleaning up and covering up, and Charlie confused and drinking. HUH? REVIVAL 36 has the leads on the run as the General pursues, and Amish Ninjas show up. DESCENDER 9 amuses us with Quon getting bionics and being a little bitch about it. A Robot Crusade begins, and teh group lands on…THE MACHINE MOON! (which is awesome!!!!) REBELS 10 Didn’t knock us out, following a British conscript criminal with lice, whihc is gross and there isn’t enough pages to develop him enough to care. We end with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 20 bring in time travel, so fuck you.
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Hi Everyone. We are skipping a monster sized two part Marvel and a standard DC episode because of technical and rendering and microphone difficulties. It just sounds horrid. You’re not missing anything, and it’s far beyond the low quality we strive to bring you in normal show terms. So try to enjoy episode 239 instead. Oh, and as a quick aside-I’ve been able to isolate the buzz that has been cursing our show for months-it’ll be gone forever soon, hang in there! Anyway, THIS episode, 239, has TJ talkin’ ’bout hanging out on Twitter, but that’s never good, as they were talkin’ bout BvS. We go back for a short period about the heavy handedness of Dc movies. Eventually we get to January’s Marvels. We star with A-FORCE 1, bringing Singularity into the Universe, along with Anti-Matter-and Medusa wants to arrest her. HOWARD TEH DUCK 3 presents Shocket and Ms Howard, telling us that Howard has himself become the Nexus of all realities The Stranger, The Collector, and Skrulls make an appearance. Lots of fun. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 6 Is all about a thematically swapped Cloak and Dagger, springing Mr Negative, hanging around in Shanghai. The Spider-Mobile is not the draw Dan thinks it is, sorry dude. EXTRA-ORDINARY X-MEN 5 and 6 brings Sinister to the fore, and his half assed Cyclops clone. Who has something go wrong, and they all go to Weird World for no reason. SOLK 3 Cindy doesn’t know who she should reveal stuff too, between Pete and her coworkers, and there’s a therapist and Shrike and a goblin fight. ALL NEW AVENGERS 2-3-4 Chitauri, artificats, Kamala and Nova, sewers, long fights ranging everywhere, and the RETURN OF EDWIN JARVIS, disdainful of the new Avengers digs. CAPTAIN AMERICA 5 gives us Joaquin’s origin at the hands of Karl Malus. HAWKEYE 3 is starting to turn sour with the flashbacks and half issues. Still dealing with Clint and Kate’s estrangement, Kate dumps on America Chavez while Clint retreats to Bart’s island. CAPTAIN MARVEL 1 has Carol taking over the ALPHA FLIGHT BASE in orbit. Let’s just go from there. DR. STRANGE 4 Dying Libraries-dead Sorcerers’ Supreme-and the consequences of magic use.
STAR WARS 14-DARTH VADER 15-VADER DOWN. There isn’t anything better in space fantasy comics right now. We’re not even getting into it. Just. Go. READ IT. STAR WARS 15 brings us back to Lukes youthful days banging up the family skyhopper, Obi Wan taking jobs defending Jawas, and Owenb being taciturn and jerky. It’s awesome. OBI WAN AND ANAKIN 1 is uh..well, it’s not the best new Star Wars I’ve read. For some undisclosed reason Anakin wants to leave the order, but not before a mission to a nonsensical post apocalyptic planet. SPIDER WOMAN 3 is just so much fun with evading Skrulls in an inter-dimensional hospital. Dude, find it and enjoy. MS Marvel 3 Bruno is in the clutches of the real estate magnate, brainwashed, and Kamala must team with Mike for the antidote. IRON MAN 5-the throw down with Doom, Tony, and Madame Masque. OLD MAN LOGAN 1 just kinda pops into existence and then he goes to Westchester and bah. THOR 3 features Thor fighting Loki. Innovative, we know. We finish up with SILVER SURFER 1, featuring Dan himself as Dawn’s dad, The Hordax trying to steal imagination itself, and THE KEEPER OF GREAT TRUTH. Which is just channeling motherfuckin Starlin, right there.
Episode 236- You Brought Booze and Comics-I Have Room For You In My Life and Bonus Syndication Episode of THE GEEK EMBASSY WITH PHIL FOGLIO!
The Rev and TJ goof off pretty effectively looking at prints and talking Emerald City. Reed Pop kinda irritates Tech. We run in to the episode for Decembers’ Indy books. We announce our new and incomplete and completely useless YouTube audio only channel. We run through 3 issues of SOUTHERN CROSS-4,5,6-which is a pretty enjoyable and freaky and science fictiony. WAR STORIES 15- The continuing story of fighters over the Pacific from the UK, featuring an angry pilot that has simply decided the everything must be killed. DESCENDER 8 gives us visions and haunted planets, ghosts, and dying miners. RAGNAROK 7 is an amazing feature that shows us 1000 screaming fire demons, and the confrontation between Regn and Thor. It’s crazy pants. MERCURY HEAT 6 has ridiculous pundits, power suits, psychotic cops just trying to make a living, and planetary scale plots. THE SHADOW 5 frustrating Cullen Bunn is all very Old Godsy kinda stuff, and it’s staggeringly cool. Read it. HARROW COUNTY 8 The tension between Emmy and Kammi comes to ahead as Kammi takes her haints to Emmi, offering partnership or death, essentially. 007 VARGR 2 and 3 are prime examples Bond comics, and it’s fund and weird and grim and gross and action as you could hope. LOBSTER JOHNSON: THE GLASS MANTIS is a one shot we liked because Lobsters is not only the man, but all men. REBELS 9 is a departure as we follow the friendship between British officer and Native American through the years till their philosophical departure during the war. WE STAND ON GUARD 6 ends this farce of a political statement with nipple ships but the inability of advanced cultures to fuse hydrogen and oxygen. REVIVAL 35 presents complex storytelling with hearts ripped out, betrayals, soul shmoos, and main characters on the run. Saga 32 is solid gold once again, presenting a caper tale as Alana and Marko break in to a building and effect their escape with the info on their child. INVISIBLE REPUBLIC 8 is high quality but bordering on too too complex, interspersing flashbacks and current stories almost haphazardly, and in seemingly unconnected ways. ATOMIC ROBO AND THE RING OF FIRE 4 gives us a 10 mile wide Kaiju. I don’t have anything else to add. Read IT. We end the ep with BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 19, one of our last, and the truly amusing thing is the Harry Potter analogue getting a beat down.
Special on this release is the syndicated episode from THE GEEK EMBASSY-our pals and convention podcast partners. Regina brings you an awesome and worthwhile interview with the inimitable Phil Foglio! Thanks, we appreciate it! Once you listen to that, go over to their site and catch up with the adventure over there!
Welp, it was a great big long weekend, filled with crazy shit to look at and many, many, MANY cosplayers! Here’s the stuff that’s fit for consumption by TechJedi-MAKE SURE YOU GO OVER TO ANDREW’S FLICKR for the better ones!!!!
Browse through all that stuff while listening to multi hour Monster-Size ECCC episode coverage! Featuring:
We start off with Lego builder extraordinaire JEFFREY ALAN THOM-
Then we speak to Miles Greb of “After the Gold Rush”- a return to optimistic scifi, which if you’ve been listening we love.
The WOMBMATES make their debut in our feed, and we talk some major shit over the course 42 major minutes!
Dave Stoll then regales us with details on his amazing silent comic, give a listen about “DANGER THIS WAY!”
Jeff Martin takes the wheel as we talk about his cartooning, including “Where is Zog?” published by HEAVY METAL!
Evan tells us about “SURVIVE THE HORDE”-a party game of international stature!
Our new friend Rezlenn tells us all about her property, the ‘Zine “The Object Heads”
We get some extreme podcasting in with our esteemed cosplay guest DEZI DESIRE!
Next week, we’ll release our syndication of THE GEEK EMBASSY’s interview with the inimitable PHIL FOGLIO! Mad props to Regina for nailing such a stellar name throughout comics.
Now enjoy some pics!
Tech talks a little bit of Deadpool, where he laughs his matafugin ass off. We go through some DC cancellations for pre-Rebirth-most of which we can’t be buggered about. Eventually December’s DCs come to the for, starting with WONDER WOMAN 47, featuring Cheetah, lone survivors, and the quest for the macguffin that provides immortality for Amazons. BATGIRL 46 has Babs canvasses neighborhoods for in involving the ol’ evil real estate developer shtick. BATMAN 47 features a most ridiculous method of playing poker, language games, and the final buildup to ending Superheavy, thank god. DETECTIVE 47 , where the various knock off Robins are captured, and Jim and Dick work together. HARLEY QUINN TEAM UP 1 brings in the worlds worst plan to sell superheroes to bad guys. HARLEY AND POWER GIRL 6 finishes off the story with PG and Vartox’s wedding, robot PEEGEES, some grossness, and some laffs. SUPERMAN 47 displeases us with Jimmy knocked out, mumbo jumbo hard drives, and the lineage of Vandal Savage…SINESTRO 18 shows us the Paling reaching Earth, and tactics till now are failing, necessitating physical only attacks-bringing in Diana and Clark. Who get rings. Hmm. JL 3000 #7 confuses us cause we missed an issue. The team is broken, Supes is dead, and Kara goes on the defensive. STARFIRE 7-Kori meets Dick on a boat with arms dealers. DKIII #2 Carrie arrested! False testimony! Kandor!Batmobiles! Excitement? we top it all off with ASTRO CITY 30 Zo, interdimensional prepubescent alien, meets the injured Karl Furst, and realizes not everything is as expected in the world he knows.
That’s a pile of comics for you kids!
The Rev is looking forward to an R2D2 mini..sort of. Nothing interesting is covered, so we jump right to the blech of THORS 4. Moving rapidly on to SILK 1, which Rev questions the very existence of but TJ is faithful on. SILVER SURFER 15 sees the completion of the Universe, turn-arounds, treachery, and late night pseudo-philosophical ramblings. UNCANNY X-Men 600 puts Beast on trial, and while it touches on severe ethical problems, it skips over and conversations of substance. CHEWBACCA 3 and 4 gives us Chewie exhibiting his legendary strength saving the miners, and Chewie, in a ballsy move, disguises himself as a wardroid. STAR WARS 11 and 12 Ambushes! Dengar! Gladiators! HUTTS KICKING ASS! Why aren’t you reading this?! VADER DOWN 1, VADER 12, and VADER 13 bring us the tale of Vader interrupting Luke’s quest for the the first Jedi temple, fighting an enormous amount of Rebels, crashing, and facing even more Rebels that just don’t count. Han and Leia argue military priorities vis a vis Luke, but Aphra finds him first.
We watch the 87 Masters of the Universe. Rev is um, quick on the uptake. We go through far too many Marvels and have to split the shows again. We gloss over signature limiting at cons. Mention the DC cancels. passingly mention TechJedi’s Grand Buffy Re-Watch 2016. Rev catches us up on his Gotham watch. This all brings us up top the new Marvels’, starting with THOR 1, which confuses the crap out of me, mystical recovery wise. Volstagg make a compassionate appearance that we love. HOWARD 1 has Tara and Howard road tripping, coming across the ever amazing Wizard and the also ever irritating Titania. MS MARVEL 1 bring s magical kamala Avengers training, Bruno with a new girl, and some tech ridiculousness. IRON MAN 3 is a twist as Tony gets spanked by Maque, all in the wrong way. Epic facial hair bros is the greatest panel ever, and you don’t get to disagree. DR STRANGE 2 Mind Maggots. Friggin ew. Stephen gets a new librarian. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 has Zodiac on the prowl again, as Pete opens the Internal Baxter Building. The Zodiac attak to kill one of their own, which is villainy. Literally, not Whedon-y villain-y. SPIDER WOMAN 1 is a great issue with the training of Porcupine giving up motorcycles, and SKRULLLLSSS. CAPTAIN AMERIC 3 brings back Karl Malus, making more animal guys. And Discount CapWolf Jr. AVENGERS 1 Sam saves some people on a bridge and is faced with an unwinnable choice. Chitauri show up, and handily defeats everyone. Kamala and Nova fightflirt, and it’s funny and fun. HAWKEYE 1 volume…i dunno..PI. The split storytelling that was so innovative two volumes ago is still giving us good stories, but it needs to converge faster. We close out with CAP WHITE 3, where the mission is in danger, Cap has to be schooled about a more urgent patriotism than he can understand, and Bucky strangely starts losing faith in Cap.
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The Future Ain’t What it Used To Be-17 Issues of NOW! Comics Terminator
Midtown Comics had a gigantic sale recently-and certain books, long runs thereof as well-were less than a dollar a piece. I got over 100 dollars worth of comics-some of which are in the previous retrospective, “Something’s Fishy-24 Issues of John Byrne’s Namor”. This time around though, I’m going to talk about the 17 issues of NOW!s Terminator book. I got those 17 issues for less than 15 dollars. I only got 17 as that’s all there were-the book met an ignominious death at the hands of Tony Caputo, part time writer of the book and full time publisher, editor, etc of NOW! It wouldn’t shock me that younger followers would know nothing of NOW!; in 1990 they were already rapidly heading towards the scrap heap of comic book obscurity, and honestly, If I’ve ever met anyone that has actually read NOW! books, they haven’t ever talked about it-which is telling. It’s telling, but it’s also odd, because NOW!’s entire line consisted of very popular licensed books, including Ghostbusters, Speed Racer, Terminator, Mr. fucking T for god’s sake, and others. In the second half of the 80s these properties were big enough that they took NOW! to the third place among all comics publishers, if for a short short time.
Terminator, honestly, was probably the best of all the NOW! Books; but that’s not saying much. Consistency of the creative team was nil-in the scant 17 issues, there were four writers-Fred Schiller, Tony Caputo, Jack Herman, and finally Ron Fortier took over as the main writer. Fortunately, the visuals stayed rendered in one consistent fashion, thanks to Thomas Tenney. The bad part about that, however, was the amateurish and barely legible art. Action sequences were crude and confusing, mechanical renderings were overwrought and nonsensical, and there were few characters, most notably the Terminators themselves, that didn’t run around with sunglasses or some other effect on their faces. The general character sheets were mid 80s punk/street. Lots of mullets, pouts, frowns, torn off sleeves and vests. Weapons had no physical sense to them, and were frequently large and unwieldy, lending an air of savage destruction, but due to story considerations-the need to always be in terrible danger from the T-800s-never effective. Tenney doesn’t seem to have had much of a career after Terminator; I could only find vague references to OHOTMU, and the first four issues of Force Works-so yeah.
Early on in the run, it’s established that the dregs of the leftovers of humanity’s remaining defenders are formed under the name “Sarah’s Slammers”-which, just, ugh. They’re stuck in 2031-making this book both sequel to the ’84 movie and possibly but not necessarily prequel to Judgment Day.
This is a group straight out of the tough guy group playbook-mechanic; explosives guy, smartass, leader, tough girl…. At any rate, these pseudo-archetypes follow the other playbook; the we-have-no-resources-and-move-from-place-to-place playbook. Issue by issue the desperation gets cranked up higher and higher, as Skynet releases more and more versions of Terminators, mysteriously still needing skin, despite not being infiltration but front line overt combat units. Early on, the losses of the initial group are filled out by the arrival of the undocumented survivors of a spacestation that have come down to replenish their supplies. They bring down Konrad-an android they created on the station. This creates a large amount of tension, because these guys are not exactly A.I. Specialists, to be sure. A Death-Android is a Death-Android, after all. He befriends the little brother of Kyle Reese, whom we never do see, and you know? It’s actually quite refreshing to see a property spring from another property, and not be obsessed with creating ties back to the original in every other goddamned scene. There’s Timmy, Reese’s brother, and that’s it. No second cousins, no clones of mothers, no cross time alternate fathers, it’s just a group of defenders.
Konrad and Timmy end up separated from The Slammers, and make their attempts to get back to Miami to meet up with the Russian subs. On the way, they fight alligators, scores of Terminators, and bond as expected.
All through this, Skynet is developing a personality. Strangely, I liked this above all other things in this book. Frequently in science fiction, or what passes for it in the movies and tv and comics, the EVIL A.I BENT ON WORLD DESTRUCTION is sequestered in “The Core” (ugh-18 years in IT and nothing is ever referred to as “The Core” or “The Mainframe”-unless it actually is a fucking mainframe) and it never speaks, or when it does, it’s kind of above it all and self important-unless it’s like Ultron, where it’s just a raving lunatic. This Skynet, this bizarro world version, creates holographic carnival barkers for itself and monologues just as you’d expect from that visual-bombastic, over the top, and just on the edge of entertaining. If A.I. is a true psychological entity, thinking for itself, making decisions, having feelings, well hell, why wouldn’t it actually have some fun with itself, so to speak? I do ridiculous things all the time, you do, everyone does-because we have personalities that are covered by more than one narrow description. So an A.I. that feels the need to introduce its newest killer robot, well, have fun with it-it’s ridiculous but whatever. In this, Skynet is just a guy with way too much power and an electronic body.
At any rate, eventually we get back to actual evil and the latest Terminator rips out poor Timmy’s tongue, taunting the ever more human Konrad. John Connor finally makes an appearance, cause what’s future warfare against skeletal titanium killers without John Connor? And Timmy starts a journal.
The last issue is an escape from a Terminator Death Camp. Where for the last time, the ridiculous variety of new Terminators is increased, granting us the Art-Deco-Term, an odd combo of regular ol Terminator, beaded hips(!) and flesh faces, including biker ‘staches and giant assed shades. Good God.
I’m glad I re-read this stuff, but having come back to it 25 years later, I’m relatively certain it’s going to be another 25 before I bother re-re-reading them-and I better get’em even cheaper next time.
The Rev is talkative. We watch 009-1SomethingCyborgSpyFlick, which we’ll have to abandon. It’s DC Week so we kinda ramble as much as possible, and note that REBIRTH is on the way. Yeah. OK. Go. We talk about our own plans for Rebirth for a little bit, trying to figure out how the pieces will fit. This is a very long episode and we go back and forth a lot.
Eventually we get down to books with BATMAN 46, featuring the amusing Looney Tunes Covers. Poor Jim Gordon is losing against Bloom until Snyder-Science gets him out of it. STARFIRE 6 takes a turn for the Romantic as Sol and Maria canoodle till they get called away on an emergency-The Bounty Hunter finally arrives, but he’s a bit of a piker. WONDER WOMAN 46 is a bit of a weird issue, with Eirene having cracker her damn brain, spending unending pages on the beauty of war and balance like a stoned freshman philosophy major. SUPERMAN 46 is just…wowo, it’s fuckin terrible. Sorry, it’s just so damn bad. Super Powered God UFC. Take that as you will. SINESTRO 17 stops us from quitting DC altogether by showing us Sinestro and Black Adam fighting side by side, and that’s a sight to behold. BATMAN: EUROPA 1 Batman and Joker-working together to find the guy that infected them with a virus-made amazing by Azzarello. BIZARRO 6-Colin the Chupacabra was the GL of his sector-chew on that, and love it like we do. HARLEY AND POWER GIRL 5 Metallica lyrics and fighting giant heads. dear lord, I’m not supposed to love it, but I do! DETECTIVE 46 is a silly issue that seems to be a filler, which is fine, but they have Jim go to Antarctica because the other 6 JLA’ers are not bright enough to figure some stuff out. BATMITE 6 mercifully ends, with Star Trek pilots, the President, and other dimensional JLs. ASTRO CITY 29 Is a nice Heinlein reference, with the story of an apparently evil empire being occasionally assaulted by Furst Family, told from a young child’s perspective, and that of his warrior sister. Pack in that characterization my man. We love it. We end the night with DARK KNIGHT 3 number 1-which is a weird, gigantic story that we think Miller is using for biting social satire, but it’s just not cutting it. Events have moved on in this, the oldest and oddest of Elseworlds, Lara is training, they have secret babies, it’s gonna take some time to process this.