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.
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.