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Episode #177 “Very few things are as epic as WHAM!SKULL!”

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014
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We mention the Toronto statue that DC was being jerks about; We hit Indies this week, and that Means UNITED STATES OF MURDER 1; with such a thin premise. Complain about just how many things Bendis seems to be incapable fo finishing. Finally move on to something else with the Hive Minds of Star Slammers 3. Explore the world of Afterlife With Archie 5, featuring the butler’s backstory; Dr. Spektor 1, which bored me terribly. Doc Savage 5, seeing Doc’s org in the future; Doc Savage Annual, featuring the Sea Spider Society; Atomic Robo: Knights of the Golden Circle 1; featuring the fall out of the last storyline in the old west; Hellboy in Hell 6, showing us the cartographers of hell. Veil 3 Mysterious rituals and corporate evil;  Uber 12 and 13 in which Stephanie walks around telling about false memories; Maria has been hanging out in a farm, feeding the old farmer couple with candy-vomit. Caliban 2 has tensions rising as crewman tart cacking it. Sovereign 3, which im not talking about. Tales of Honor, in which we find Honor set up to fail. Revival 20, showing us daydreams and shmoos in NYC. We love Velvet 5 while she’s on vacation in 1956, Saga 19 has baby robot born, somehow, by a damned alligator. Starlight 3 gets the characters back on the planet desperate for JUSTICE. Nailbiter 1 shows us an entire town of creepy assed serial killers; Trees give us some really odd, late fifties speculative scifi that i find bizarre and engaging. Skullkickers 27 has the team infiltrating Dwyer to rescue rolf, nearly executed. Star Wars Star Wars Rebel Heist 1 and 2-GREAT serie showing covert ops and the perspective of newbie Rebels, really calling out the best bits of the Star Wars characters.  The star Wars is finally over. Finally we cover 4 issues of THE FUSE, which is a much more detailed OUTLAND, but really good.

 

Episode 177



Epsiode #176-”I Have to Complete My Bill Mantlo Battlestar Galactica Run”

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
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We’re curious about the Finches taking over WW; After that we hit Captain Marvel 2 and 3; Cat named Chewie is all we have to say-except that with the cat, we’re reminded of PG and her cat from the palmiotti stuff; Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2-as complete a story ender AND beginning as you can get. Nightcrawler 2 gives us standard you can’t go home again kinda stuff; Hulk 3, with Avengers just getting slapped around for the most part. Thor 22 with the Thoriors three failing miserable while fighting Galactus. Silver Surfer 2 in which Dawn engineers an escape based on mistranslations. Origin 2 5, Logan recriminates, like usual. Iron Man 25 showing us an actual iron suit cause elves are wussies for metal. She Hulk 4-Jen gets some advice and gets in an adventure with DD. Winter Soldier: The Bitter March 4-the penultimate issue-Drain jut makin everyone super sad. Black Widow 6, which should be titled, Nat Just Needs Company. Cyclops 1, enough of that. Captain America 20, Cap breaks free of a terribly obvious lsd dream; Gungnir Mecha. All New X-men 27 with the fututre Apocalypse XMen attacking. Uncanny 21-Dazzletique comes to pick up the fighters at the school while blob is in withdrawal. Amazing X-Men 7, a fun little romp.

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Episode #176



Episode #175-”It’s Already Gross, So Thanks For That, Ennis”

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
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I complain about Cliff and Star Wars. We jump STRAIGHT into Indie Week which is always a great big show. We start with Dark Horse and Veil 2; that being a kinda oddish book with some strange rapiness that made us uncomfortable. I hate Rats. I hate ‘em, Jock. We hit some 30′s goodness in Lobster Johnson-Get The Lobster 3, noting that devil dwarves are hard to deal with. Star Wars 16 with local yokels and Leia eats crap for being a woman. Conan the Avenger 1 appears in our list, with a depressed Conan and demon babies. Not the home run we were hoping for. The Star Wars 7 has Vince McMahon playing Vader. Sovereign 2 disappoints on nearly all levels. Revival 19 has people defecating in public, fundamentalist Revivers, and women tied up in tubs. Skullkickers 26 delights us. End of story. Starlight 2 is enjoyable to us, where Duke is guilted into going back to Tantalus. Manifest Destiny 6, giving us lots of plantzombie versions of just about every animal. Uber 11 Sieglinde unleashed! Caliban 1 presents us with aliens_dark horizon_ pastiches; Curse 4 the hell is finally over; Moriarty 3 with delightful convolutedness. We top off with Star Slammers 2.

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Episode #175



Episode #174 “When the Blob Steals Your Mutant Fluids, I Sympathize With You.”

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014
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We start with a toast to poor Eli Wallach. Note DC’s changes to creative pay and talk about that for a little; note how much ROM i’ve been reading and the verbosity of Bill Mantlo; TechJedi has a nerd ethics breakdown. Which leads to debating whether a show is better for it’s earnestness than it’s explosions. We eventually get to some Marvels for you. We start with Uncanny 20, where everyone just wants to be Scott Summers; Winter Soldier: The Bitter March 3-with face melting and possible infinity formulas. We digress to chipped beef on toast for a bit. Superior SpiderMan 31-climax of climaxes. Captain America 19 showing us a rather poorly-going battle with Gungir, Helicarrier from Hell. Thor 21, with hits so hard it’s difficult to comprehend. Amazing X-Men 6, party time party time, Kurt being everyone’s favorite. She Hulk 3, where Jen takes on the case of Doom’s Son and the magic of pogo planes. Black Widow 5, twists and turns of the spy nature. All New X-Men 25, an entire issue of Hank Mccoy recriminating. Try out Iron Man 24, Tony taking a walking tour of Svartalfheim. we end with Hulk 1, featuring medical ethics and conspiracy theories.

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Episode #174



Episode #173 “No One Wants To Be Mistaken for Peter David”

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
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We start with a capsule review of NYCC SE, show of shows. After a solid 20 minutes of that, we start with Batman Eternal 1-3. The Roman and more are here to make som really good Bats stories. Secret Origins 1, ok stories that no one really comes across amazing.  Detective 30, Drug dealers and Crusaders as Bruce joins the rebuilding of the east side.  Sinestro 1, a very promising book. Batman 30 which STILL. ISN’T. OVER. American Vampire 2 showing us a new, disgusting vampire. Unwritten 4 rounds us out, Tommy can’t stop arguing with Wilson.

 

Episode #173



Episode #172-”Jim Gordon is not a Buffy fan-He likes Lee Marvin and Scotch Whiskey”

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
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There’s a little video game recrimination at The Mean Geek. We have a lot of padding here cause it’s DC Week, Starting with the now-cancelled Superman Unchained 6. Dark Knight 29, with the you have no evidence cliche from The Evil Guy That’s Evil guy. We diverge into 80s Secret Origins topics. Hit Detective 29 where he was all fakin and stuff. Diverge some more into Tick comparisons to The Tick. We then detour into the debate of money making versus quality. We finally get to the drawn out, over convoluted Batman 29. As that’s enough DCU, we go and integrate the Vertigo books from here out. We start with THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR. The Wake 6. Brother Lono. Unwritten: Apocalypse 2-The group gets Tommy back and talks their way out of murder by Renaissance Rakes. Astro City 9, cameo-ing Confessor and an inspirational character that bolsters Winged Victory’s resolve.

 

Episode #172



Episode #171-”This Book Has Taken A Turn For The Chaykin”

Thursday, June 26th, 2014
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We’re super late so we go through a quick recap of our FCBD stuff. A lot of pointless rambling, followed by these books:

Sovereign 1, a fantasy with zombie monster fish, burial details, and classes of corpse..maintainers? Bad Ass 3, which TJ was unending happy to be past; SkullKickers 25, with the amusing concept of Dwarven Snow Swimmers (rilly). Satellite Sam treats us to a ruined tv episode run by drunks. Astro City 10, A MeanGeek Favorite giving us the stunning conclusion to Winged Victory’s story! Veil 1, Rucka’s new limited joint with mysterious naked women; Sandman Overture 2, with the council of Morphei;

Captain Midnight 9, detailing the final showdown with Fury Shark, big violence, and death. The Wake 7 where we’re suddenly in the future with semi truck dirigibles and a strange signal that may save the world. Revival 18 has Possessed dogs, puking blood, grieving widows, and the Shmoo Demon. Starlight 1, a nice piece, uncharacteristically calm and heartfelt for Millar. Tales of Honor 1, a long and text driven adaptation of the Honor Harrington series. StarSlammers Remastered 1, giving us a new look at classic Simonson comic. Afterlife with Archie, 4, in which Arch finally gets to his now zombie parents and his faithful mutt.

Uber Special 1 gets us some nice back story to the Battleships. Uber 10 then, gives us the formula for Scotch-fueled superhumans; Sieglinde gets dropped into London by VENGEANCE ROCKET. Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster 2 with police mad at vigilantes and Nazi dirigibles giving rides to Devil Midget Wrestlers. Unwritten Apocalypse 3  has London filling up with fictional armies and we’re taking bets on who wins out. Curse 3 is reaching a nadir rather than a peak. Serenity 3 gives us 5 pages of dreamscape and renegades and out of character mechanics. Doc Savage 4 is about oil rigs and old pals you’ve pissed off. Star Wars 15 has a long winded argument for royal weddings and Luke screws things up cause he’s jealous. THE STAR WARS 6 has a tense battle but little more. Ending with American Vampire Second Cycle 1 revisits Pearl as she runs a refuge for vamp kids.

Episode #171

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New York Comic Con-SPECIAL EDITION 2014!

Monday, June 16th, 2014
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Wow, this is what I’m looking for in a con. Comics, Comics, Comics. room to breath, a complete lack of GIANT ASSED WEAPONS that barely pubescent doofuses drag around waiting to hit you in the head. The entire Javits North Wing was dedicated to comic books-no movies. No crappy vampire novels. Just Kurt Busiek, Mike Norton, Mike McKone, Howard Chaykin, Francesco Francavilla, god, so many creators! COMICS CREATORS!

It’s was a curious thing though-the following pictures cover probably 70% of the noteworthy cosplay there-it’s strange to me the limited number of people that showed up willing to dress.  As you can see from our con pictures pages, we’ve seen our share of conventions and cosplay. It is a terribly unpopular opinion, but it does seem to me that the number of comics cosplayers that actually want to meet artists, read comics, and talk about comics is actually a severely limited percentage of the nerd populace. I make no judgements as to their *actual* motivations in dressing up, but it appears to not be comics. At any rate, NYCC SE is a great show to buy at and a great show to pal around at and a great show to talk to the cretors that work so hard to give us our awesome hobby.