We slaughter The Lion King’s opening lyrics in this ep, then present out theme song. Or not. Then launch into a timely thing for once, bitchin bout NYCC. It’s ridiculous, and we aint going.
Eventually we launch into the March Indies, starting with the magic that is WAR STORIES 17-Hans the Bastard Strikes! You don’t need much more. MERCURY HEAT 8 continues the danger of the Crossed as the whole science base turns against Louisa in an exciting and action packed ish. REVIVAL 37 is a pretty neat ish, presented character’s own visions of the life as they had wanted it. They’re all stuck being strippers, tattoo artists and weed dealers. DESCENDER 11 wows us like usual, with twists and turn arounds and betrayals…you must read it, damn it. HELL BOY AND THE BPRD 1953 2 moves forward with the Demon afghan hounds, mysterious substitute teachers. HARROW COUNTY 10 Introducing the new characters of Lovey, Early, and Clinton, Bernice takes center stage as Lovey’s history is played out. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 11 is the issue where time travel takes the forefront, chiming in our intent to leave the book forever-as Lo-Pan is seemingly a big wheel for the good of man throughout early 20th century San Francisco. JAMES BOND VARGR 5 pleases us with deathtraps to escape, cyborgs to drown, and the title’s namesake.
Episode 244-He’s Not Heavy, He’s My Villain
TechJedi notes his adventures with THE BATMAN ARCHIVES hardcovers; and note the extreme changes that aren’t as extreme as you think with Batman. Anyway, we ramble on a bit on the history of Bugs Bunny and delve int the March DC’s, starting with SWAMP THING 3, wrasslin’ reptiles in the swamp (very topical), meeting Matt Cable who gives him a solution to the Swamp Thang curse. We need to delve into some history to explain all this. We shift over to LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN 3 which we are diggin’ pretty completely, even though how you get kangaroos in a Mediterranean island is beyond us. WONDER WOMAN 50 reveals the plot of all Titans are cool and all gods are dicks. Diana rides away on a dragon, which we like a lot. In BATGIRL 49, we sum it up this way-“but the real prison was in my mind.” BATMAN 50 is next, is more complex than it really needs to be, but hey, they had to fit giant Bat-Mech’s in there somehow. Somehow they win with a big Jim Gordon hero speech. DETECTIVE 50 brings us great action, investigation, detecting, and police procedure as they narrow the search for the killer-who like people stew, apparently. SUPERMAN 50 ends the Savage storyline with a solar-system spanning fight that was pretty exciting. SINESTRO 21 Soranik is uncomfortably in charge of the Yellow Corp now, assigning Arkillo as the Yellow Lantern of Earth, and it’s clear to Black Adam that Sinestro had this in plan all along. POISON IVY 3 has the plant babies under siege and taking care of business, apparently. STARFIRE 10 continues the attack on Strata, the heroes fighting and winning, and some neat underworld culture building we’re unlikely to ever hear about again. Finishing off as usual is ASTRO CITY 33, featuring TJ SCOUNDREL’S and really, how much more could you want than that?
Bizarro Rev makes his first appearance. We watch Cowboys vs Dinosaurs and it’s not like what you’d hope. Duh. It’s US. Then it’s yapping about nothin for a good while and it’s off to February’s Marvels. Starting with EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN 7, giving us the mind journey through Kurt’s mind that Jean and Storm take to help him out of his trauma. There’s a terrible end for Illyana…AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 7 features Cloak and Dagger in an appearance we’re not used to, as they’re really bad bad bad people under Mr Negative. CAPTAIN AMERICA 6 has the turn of bringing Joachim into the fight, with D-Man, Diamondback, and Misty Knight! DR. STRANGE 5 is the flashback show, with the new twist of having to eat the nastiest mystic nastiness to regen mana. HOWARD THE DUCK 4 has the very Hoard concept of a Herald of Galactus who’s not actually a herald and forces him to use the Nexus powers to go to Galactus and get rebuked by Galactus. Whoa. IRON MAN 6 has the greatest Dr. Doom Breakfast Scene committed to paper. THOR 4-Political marriages, trials, insurrection, and finally..THOR vs ODIN! SILVER SURFER 2 is the flashback issue, <GIGANTIC SIGH>. CAPTAIN MARVEL 2 has an alien vessel that stinks, is organic, and people keep falling through holes. SPIDER WOMAN 4 ends the baby in other dimensions and skrull prince arc, and it’s a pretty happy ending. DAREDEVIL 2, 3, 4-10 fingers is creepy, Matt is a poor prosecutor, and the sidekick kicks. That’s the best parts of the group of issues, adding on some bomb defusal. HAWKEYE 4 <FLASHBACK. STOP> AVENGERS 5 and 6 Kamala ships. No Shock There. Kang. a compromised Vision. Jane and Sam a day in the future. MS. MARVEL 4 is so much fun I can’t tell where to start. Kamala is sleeping in class though and needs to go figure out some scheduling. SILK 5 and 6 give the infiltration of Goblin Nation, which is a group we can just live without; Shrike, whom we’re happy to see killed, and a Goblin infected Silk.
The Star Wars books we talk about are as follows: OBI WAN and ANAKIN 2. The Jedi spent a lot of time NOT talking to the natives about who they are, what they’re about, why there might be a distress call, or anything a pair of upholders of Justice might be interested in investigating a distress call. STAR WARS 16 presents the high drama of Aphra posturing all around a prison, getting caught everytime she escapes, and the wonderful lightheartedness of Han and Luke losing all the Rebel supply money. DARTH VADER 16 finishes off our episode with The Emperor realizing Vader isn’t fuckin around anymore, as he presents Karbin’s body. Vader is sent to kow the inhabitants of Shu Torun into increasing critical ore shipments. He hires bounty hunters to kill or rescue Aphra.
The Rev tells us about his Bond Soundtrack records. We thank new listeners from #ECCC, weeks ago. TechJedi goes all rules lawyer. We mention the firs announcements of DC Rebirth, which as of this week, we all know about and probably hate. (we hate it). We discuss the limits of our DC collections and trivia. We launch to covering the talent on DC REBIRTH. finally, we get to February’s DCs, starting with SINESTRO 20-continuing the fight with the Paling, and Sinestro pays a price for victory. BATGIRL 48 and the questions we have include where’d all that dough come from, why is a Computer Sciences student opening an energy company, among others. Mysteries are revealed! POISON IVY 2 kills Dr. Cruz, Pam has to cover her activities, we receive a lecture on Jainism, and twacked out mutant veggie babies are born. Over in DETECTIVE 49 bones are still going missing, Joan of Arc is recreated, and some pretty good detective work is happening.
DKIII #3 is pretty damned neat, with Bruce recriminating and taking Carrier to go wake up Clark, even as Lara takes her place among the Kandorians. HARLEY TEAM UP presents us with Harley and various power rings, and Hal Jordan, queue the weird circumstances please. SUPERMAN 49 gives us the single strangest application of Kryptonite ever. Nah. BATMAN 49 We coulda done without the drug trip of alternate Batmans, but the dialog Alfred uses is touching, although ultimately failing in it’s purpose. LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN 2 continues the greatest slothlike buildup of vague-assed threats, and although it’s pretty good, it could go faster. STARFIRE 9 new alien pet is too adorable for words. Who cares about the story. SWAMP THING 2 has Shade giving out zombie disposal tips, and that’s fun. Like usual, Phantom Stranger shows up for no further reason than to be cryptic. WONDER WOMAN 49 was readable, but there’s no plausible reason Diana does not know who Hecate is. there jsut isn’t. Ending things up is ASTRO CITY 32-another Steeljack story, villain gone mostly straight, old partners showing up being framed for murder, since he’s a private eye, and that’s what ya do.
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!