Episode 248 Sigh. There’s Always an Abandoned Lab

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
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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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Episode 247-“Ditko Is The Anti-Kirby”

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016
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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.

 

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Episode #246-SUPA POWAHD HOWAHD!

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
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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.

 

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Episode 245-WHEN BOY-DROIDS ATTACK!

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
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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.

 

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Episode 244-He’s Not Heavy, He’s My Villain

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
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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?

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Episode 243-“I Have 2 Key Points, Both of Which Are Bitchy”

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
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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.

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Episode 242- Space Horn-Dog Conqueror Number 1

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016
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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.

Episode 242



Episode 241 The Jerry What Runs A Pirate Flag!

Thursday, May 19th, 2016
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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.

 

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Episode #240 It’s a Nasty Nazi-a Nazti!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
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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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Episode 239 Do Your Plot Thing So I Can Mock This Book

Thursday, April 28th, 2016
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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.

 

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