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Episode 227 I’ll Take My Bruce Back, Thanks

Friday, February 5th, 2016
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The Rev complains about reading Neuromancer, it not being his own cuppa.  TechJedi mentions The Jessica Drew show.  Tech continues his downward spiral of despair on the portrayal of Batman in Batman v Superman. The we do a back and forth about the properness of criticizing books when you can’t take criticism about your books.

Eventually we get to DC’s all the way back from October. We start with Bizarro 5, which amazes us month to month. Breaking into Area 51 turns out about as well as you’d expect. STARFIRE 5 has Kori meeting a cancer sucking man who seems to have killed, and has a job interview. It’s complete adorable storytelling. DETECTIVE 45 has Bruce visited by the Leageu to see if they can help his memories. Tectch attempts to take down the Bat Blimp, with Jim joining up the JLA. WONDER WOMAN 45 brings us the confrontation between Aegeus and Strife and Diana. Donna’s nice day tooling around London is marred by violence. BATGIRL 45 is kind of a filler issue, although it’s well enough done for all that. Dick shows up for precisely no goddamned reason. SINESTRO 16 Black Adam guest stars as the two most imperious forces in the DC Universe contest their wills if not their force. The Bishop of the Paling is quite a surprise. BATMITE 5 is slightly more fun than the other issues, and is a pretty clear commentary on revamping characters, just like last ish was a commentary on static fan bases. SUPERMAN 45 takes a really bad turn; a down and out Clark finds the WWE of the Gods. Eww. BATMAN 45 pleases me with the scenes of Bruce in the cave. 30,000 seems a pretty high number though. JL 3001 #5 shows us Guy rooming with a Starro-and I’ll leave it there. We end everything traditionally with Astro City 28 Wolfspider is the latest in an amazing string of somewhat one-off characters that are so full and complete in one single issue that the rest of the comics universes really need to see what Busiek has to say and start thinking what they can do to give us some real characters.

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Episode #226 Terrigen Mist: Now with LIME!

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
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Tech yaps for a while about a haul of epic proportions from Midtown Comics. We watch ICEMAN, which is essentially Encino Man for the martial arts set. Rev rambles incessantly about the shows name, since he’s an idiot. Then Tech talks about Cinema Sins “Everything Wrong with Star Wars” featuring the unfunny and no longer relevant Kevin Smith(look forward to TechJedi Rebutting it all with “SINNING THE SINS: Sinning Cinema Sins Sins”.

Anyway.  We start September’s Marvels with the disappointing, and oddball Future Imperfect 5. Wishing wells. Jaysis. THORS 3 is even less interesting, as the mystery kinda deepens, Loki gets interrogated and eventually points them to the real killer. SILVER SURFER 14 Dawn and the Surfer recreate things, but with a severe lack of complete knowledge, created flaws, and make and unmake Galactus. SILK 7 features the Incursion coming just as JJJ reveals a lead on Silk’s brother-which she can only take advantage of as the universe literally dies. HAWKEYE 5 brings us childhood ethics, carnival crime, and probably the best Swordsman characterization put to paper yet. CAPTAIN AMERICA WHITE, 0,1,2; Although just a minor origin retelling and a visit to the first mission with The Howling Commandos, it really reaches down and gives us what we expect from the Loeb Sale Color Series. MS. Marvel 18 Aamir gets powers he doesn’t want but takes advantage of anyway to defend against Kamran. Aamir is a great character as his real strength comes through-his contentment in self and dedication to others. CAROL CORPS 4-The less said the better. A-FORCE 4 culminates in a giant Loki rock creature fight, and zombies. Yippee. RUNAWAYS 4 ends the fight from last issue, the revelation to the rest of the school as to the Trial’s true nature, and everyone walks away properly fan fiction shipped.

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Episode #225 Hobos On Trains: Your Best Source Of Exposition

Thursday, January 21st, 2016
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Again, we have a slight backlog of microphone experimental episodes to get through, so the echo is a bit much, sorry bout that.

Like usual we yap for nothing about 10 minutes worth-noting the Civil War trailer, debate friend levels, and watch THREE HEADED SHARK ATTACK.  We skim over Jessica Jones quickly, and i lament my own weakness during Midtown Comics sales. Jerks. We eventually get to some Indies; Starting with MERCURY HEAT; where things are rapidly coming to a head, and enviro suits are thin on the ground. in WAR STORIES 12, the Irish soldier reveals his revenge plan vis a vis his da through a staggering amount of dialog. WE STAND ON GUARD 3 continues the ridiculousness of no water in a society that can make gigantic war mechs, as Amber gives us some history, and the whole story takes a dreadful downturn. REBELS 6 finally gets Seth home, but his sone has never met him and Mercy sees the whole episode as a geographical divorce.

BALTIMORE: CULT OF THE RED KING 5 The fights at the temple and at St. Petersburg go well, and Baltimore gets himself a witch to interrogate. REVIVAL 33 Em is apprehended, characters are developed, and couselors are starry eyed. ATOMIC ROBO AND THE RING OF FIRE 1 brings Robo home and sets up the Kaiju/BIOMEGA crisis. OUTCAST 12 finishes outr association with the book, as we don’t need to want to commit suicide from a comic. It’s grim, and bleak, and unrelentingly unsentimental, as Megan’s possession is in full swing, and Kyle and the Pastor question their roles in the universe and the mechanics of possession. FADEOUT 9 has Charlie visiting his ex, picking up some weaponry, questions Gil’s blackmail, remembers Charlie’s tryst with Gil’s wife, and so much more. HELLBOY IN HELL 8 presents us traps made out of dead cats, Furies, Fasle accusations, and retribution. HARROW COUNTY 5 has Emmy taken to her new role as a benevolent witch quite well, and negotiates peace around town with the haints of the edge of the light world. A surprise visitor appears…BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 16 Turtle frog demons. Nuff Said. We finish up with INVISIBLE REPUBLIC 6, featuring the return from exile motif, the early days of the insurgency, and trysts, like you do.

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Episode #224 Go Suck Somewhere Else

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
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So we tried to get a new mic going, and it did the opposite of sounding better. It picked up every little echo everywhere. Sorry bout that, we’re swapping back.

Anyway.

It’s DC Week again, and it’s quite large. We start with SUPERMAN 44 and the new Royal Flush Gang, and while it’s nice to see old villains, the new dumb isn’t as fun of the old dumb. We move to Starfire 4, a great issue with good superheroing, bounties being taken out, and so much more. BATMAN ANNUAL 4 features Clayface, Riddler, and Freeze, setting up revenge plots against an amnesiac Bruce. BIZARRO 4 continues the awesome mayhem when the group meets Zatanna and it turns out Bizarro is actually really good at backwards magic. Black Canary 4 solves Bo Maeves mystery, and i coulnd’t care less. CONSTANTINE 4 is largely just John being John, in the context of Veronica, his magic band mate from the past. BAT-MITE 4 is one 22 page “fuck off” to fanboys that can’t deal with change. That’s it. That’s the whole thing. DETECTIVE 44 Joker bots on the loose. Police taking bribes. It’s pretty standard Gotham. BATMAN 44 *treats* us to an Azzarello assisted Batman-manhunt. Gritty, in the streets, personal. SINESTRO 15 has Thaal contracting Lobo to abduct St Walker, thinking the blue ring can assist yellow somehow. HARLEY AND POWER GIRL 4 is more of a blast of silliness and fun, Vartox being mind controlled. Shotgun Nuns. JL 3001 #4 gives us a NuFlash Spotlight, Mirror Master, Piranha bears, and fun Drunk Diana. WONDER WOMAN 44 The Gods are weakened, Aegeus has immortal support, Donna wanders London, and I care less every issue. BATGIRL 44 Mentally controlled motorcycles. Giant Tigers, Vengeful CEOs….nah bruh. Finishing it all of is Astro City 27-The story of the strange and weirdly charming American Chibi-Busiek puts more character in one issue than other can put in a trade. Read. That. Shit.

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Episode #223-There’s Gonna Be Kitten Spillage

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015
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We start off this ep being dumb. That’s nothing new of course. we talk about getting to Emerald City Con in 2016, and complain about nerd news sites. We Watch DEAD RISING the movie. it’s terrible.  Eventually we get to the August Marvels, starting with SPIDER-WOMAN 10; Jess’ last adventure before the world resets. Again. It features meat packing, so that’s a bonus. SQUIRREL GIRL 8 features a fun if confusing mishmash of Loki plans and side-gods. FUTURE IMPERFECT 4 doesn’t have much for us. Ulik gives up what the team needs like the giant wuss he usually is, and they come across….an old guy. MS. MARVEL 17 gives us Kamala fangirling over Carol during the last moments of the incursion-and the fate of Aamir. SILK 6 is super super short. Fight fight, Felicia, Pete, psychological help. RUNAWAYS 3 oh dude, the less said the better. A-Force 3feels a bit thin and fast, having some Sentinels show up, Thor Corp, and the rest of the team is as confused as us. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 20.1 Felicia attacks, Wraith attacks, Mr Negative is arrested. meh.  OLD MAN LOGAN 4 They Logan confronts Carnage Zombies or Zombie Carnages, not sure which, then happens across Shulkie. HANK JOHNSON, AGENT OF HYDRA brings us down to the Hench Level, following Hanks’ shlub-a-day life going up against super heroes and a sexually harassing Madame  Hydra. Which is hilarious. CAROL CORP 3 is a mad scramble to make up for one dumb characters misguided actions, tripping their plan into action too early. HOWARD THE DUCK 5-all you need to know is a Skrull duck was eaten. Go read it. STAR WARS 8 Luke’s naivete gets him into severe trouble on Nar Shadda as Han and Leia are bombarded by the Imps. LANDO 2+3 Star Destroyers have jumped in, Lando and Lobot fool the Imps into tractor beaming each other, but hidden Imperial Guards attack, presenting a pretty good fight scene. DARTH VADER 8 is The Italian Job in Space, although Tagge has suspicions and assigns an inspector to Vader to root out the real crime.

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Episode #222- I Dunno, You Ensorcelled My Chickens

Thursday, December 17th, 2015
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We’re trying different mics and setups to try to eliminate audio issues and it’s not quite right for a while. Stick with us.

It’s a rambling beginning, and certainly not one you’ll be entertained by. TechJedi does a small bit on his FLASH watching.  I have to explain the Uncanny Valley to Rev.

Eventually we get to the August Indie pile. We start with THE FADE OUT 8,  always incredibly convoluted and awesome, plot upon plots collide with payoffs and double-crosses. HARROW COUNTY 4 gives us a half-assed evil Athena-who creates a town of half assed Orcs to serve and support her. It’s great though.  DESCENDER 6-The treacherous Dr Tu gets his day in the pages’ sun; as The Hardwire shows up, ready to kill them some robots. We regretfully read and therefor have to talk about PHONOGRAM: THE IMMATERIAL GIRL. Look, not for nothin, it’s musical pagan idolatry. It’s a record review written by an asswipe. When the author flat out says “yeah, it’s pretentious”, THAT DOESN’T GET YOU A PASS.

SKULLKICKERS 100 finishes off the amazing fun that was this book, very meta, very funny, and will be missed. WAR STORIES 11 is frankly a bit of a mess-following the poorly trained and disciplined Irish squad as they screw up patrols, although the history portion is quite informative and nice to read. REBELS 5 follows Seth and his team still dragging the Ticonderoga cannons to Boston despite all types of hardship. Seth gets a surprise at mission completion. CULT OF THE RED KING 4 Baltimore gets his Luke-in-the-snow moment; The witches finally come to Baltimore for the final showdown. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 14 has Jack informed the he and his truck have BOTH been sold to BUDDY SHIDO, esoteric collector of expensive tchochkes. There’s a lot of pages wasted on fish out of water cliches.  YET ANOTHER SHADOW BOOK WITH CULLEN BUNN #1There’s magicians, secrets, Houdini, Gyro-Copters…it’s a hot pile of AWESOME. SABRINA 4 finally shows up, Harvey is being chased by witches and flashes back to stumbling on some punks porn stash in the woods; Madame Satan and Betty and Veronica guest star.  HELLBOY IN HELL 7 is a weird issue, which is what you get when Hellboy has fever dreams, triggered by a parasite.

RAGNAROK 6 shows us Regn, husband of the failed assassin, who is given the hjob of finishing off Thor for good; Thor handily defeats a fire demon, swearing vengeance on Jormungandr Surtur, etc. UBER 27 Sieglinde meets Sieglinde, deaths are faked and made real, and George Patton himself is is a tank man, literally. That’s something i can love. OUTCAST 11 officially bores me. Pastor and Demon #1 talk, kyle talks to his daughter, and a new possession shocks us all. WE STAND ON GUARD 2 reveals a small portion of Amber’s back story, the news of the mech’s capture reaches U.S. commanders, and the patrols leaders is captured.  VELVET 11 Seduction-falsified documents, Fury style flying suits, yachts-amazing dialog, goddamn. read this book. REVIVAL 32 provides a continuation to flashback months as we see some of Dana and Ems’ childhood rivalry and idolization, respectively. MERCURY HEAT  2 The sci part is pretty cool here, Luisa is told to back of on investigating the perp from issue 1, and bartenders have all the good lines. We clean up the night with MANIFEST DESTINY 16-the fezron village and the missing man is found, about to be dinner; deals are struck, and Sacajawea’s history is revealed.

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Episode #221- I Swear On All That Is Holy-and That’s Scotch, Comics, and The Muppets…

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
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We finally get the right time to get episodes out-and it’s from 2 months ago. We talk quite a bit about 2015’s NYCC.  Eventually, after some time talking prepping for cons and signatures, we get into August’s DC Comics, starting with SINESTRO 14-the GL corp is gone, and..why? Dunno, we don’t read that anymore. BATMAN 43 almost had me-Jim and Bruce talking, Alfred and Clark…but then you start talking fuckin clones. CONSTANTINE 3- Demon rock bands, personal history, sex killing incubi, everything that kinda make john himself. BATGIRL 43 brings us a tiger based murder mystery! There’s framings, weddings, and more. BIZARRO 3 continues to please us immensely. Go. Read. That. Shit. BLACK CANARY 3 Sigh. Aliens escaping from the government. ugh. HARLEY AND POWER GIRL 3 is essentially Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. WONDER WOMAN 43 shows us Donna escaping and deciding to visit the fates-and finding a terrible truth. STARFIRE  3 almost lost me with the fish out of water, but it stays off the chopping block thanks to Lupachino. SUPERMAN 43 oh my god. hordr_root. count me out.  BATMITE 3 still isn’t funny, and pretty much talks directly to the readers that are giant jerks. DETECTIVE 43 Joker’s daughter and stolen power cores, bad cops, and Gotham at it’s worst. JL 3001 #3 moves thing forward with many revelations, including consensual slavery. Which just sounds weird. BOMBSHELLS 1 is 100% plodding intro, doing nothing but setting us up for god, yet more alternate versions of people. Finally we go back to the awesome with ASTRO CITY 26-Samaritan is under some kind of attack-which is probably a red herring for something else-and every hero available is on high alert as he’s taken out of action to remove the issue.

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Episode #220 It’s Good To See Old School Starlin-Era Space Ridiculousness

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
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We start off unhappy. Never ask TJ the story about the vomit doll. We take a quick walk around the pay for signatures controversy from a few weeks back. Eventually we get into July Marvels-starting with the ASM 19.1-Gerry Conway back in action baby. Ringmaster. That’s all I need. A-Force 2 give us portals and mute blue star girls, Loki, and a meandering story that doesn’t excite. RUNAWAYS 2 The kids have their final exams-AND THEY’RE A KILLER ! REALLY! KIDS DIE! OK. Fun, but not new and not innovative. SPIDER-WOMAN 9- It’s a fun road trip crime fightin time as the group takes out serial killers, arms dealers, and DODGE CITY! UNCANNY X-MEN 35 features the darker side of mutant related YouTube fame, as the kids strike out on their own and indeed strike out-and head to the mansion, tail between legs. WHERE MONSTERS DWELL 3 features Clemmie joining the civilization they found, and Kauffman stumbling across semen factory prisoners. GYAHHHH. SILVER SURFER 13-we get it Dan, you like DR Who. Knock it off. Norring and Dawn escape to no-relaity and plan to recreate it all with the new guys, Zeke and Glorfindel, or something. THE LAST FRACTION HAWKEYE, AND IT’S ABOUT GODDAMNED TIME. The last two pages are everything you want from comics. CAROL CORP 2 brings us the rescued Rhodey, hidden while the team determines how to penetrate the sky to see the rest of the universe.

Moving rapidly forward we rejoin Lemire’s HAWKEYE 4-the “A” story giving  us the awesome Swordsman training Clint and Bart. Over in the “B” plot the mutant kids hang at Kate and Clint’s till Hydra shows up. FUTURE IMPERFECT 3The insurgents have found a way into the palace, and into a trap. Surprises abound. LAST DAYS OF SQUIRREL GIRL The Squirrel God is still making trouble, as Thor goes back to repair his cell as Doreen takes control. STAR WARS 7 takes a break from the main plotline to focus on Obi Wans’ lost 20 years on Tattooine. This is an intriguing and very character driven issue as Obi Wan waffles between his mission of overseeing Luke, the necessity of which requires he be incognito, and a lifetime of Jedi dedication to justice and peace. DARTH VADER 7 is the beginning of a complex Italian Job kinda thing, with crime lords being setup and robbed, tips to bounty hunter to steal said crime lords’ dough, and just general awesomeness. PRINCESS LEIA 5 concludes this great great book with a double cross, a rebel assault, Leia bitching out traitors, and lots of great speeches filled with emotion.

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Episode #219- Never. From. A. Walrus.

Thursday, November 5th, 2015
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We start off parodying wrestling, mixing comics in. Mention Black Panther and Shadow of The Bat; We unfortunately watch Sharknado2 while we’re at it. Play the UM DRINKING GAME. This ep is almost 2 full hours, so strap in and hang tight. We wonder for a little while about the business considerations of cancelling books.

Eventually we get to the July Indies-sufficiently far behind that we don’t want to hear shit about spoilers. It all begins with DESCENDER 5, with torture threats, untold connections to disastrous giant robots, and gladiator games. SAGA 30 is next, giving us crashes, injuries, escapes, coma recoveries, and janitor deaths. ARCHIE 1 just sets us up-fun, but thin. MERCURY HEAT brings us Gillen Greatness-on the hottest planet available. REVIVAL 31 continues the search for the fundie army, and the Shmoos display another knew power-with consequences. UBER 26 brings us round to Gillen again-that’s a trend we love-engaging in the terrible Battle of Calais. WAR STORIES 10 is back to the Brotish infantry, with the apparent descendants of F Troop on patrol. BKV comes back to our loving arms with WE STAND ON GUARD-picking up the story of a Canadian war refugee-displaced by the U.S. OUTCAST 10 features 22 pages of recrimination. ARCHIE vs. Predator mercifully but ridiculously finishes up. FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND 5 is a well told origin of the universe reminiscent of The Silmarilion.

SKULLKICKERS 33 is just one book length fight, and it’s damned awesome. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 12 and 13 resurrects Jack and has him play fish out of water for 40 pages, which is both funny and standard. BIG MAN PLANS 4 is another merciful last issue; despite it’s quality art, the subject matter was just too damn grim and explicit for us. Dunno what else to tell you. BALTIMORE: Cult of the Red King 3 has a lot going on, with the cult’s hideout being found, vampires attacking, and bodies bodies everywhere. REBELS 4 covers the battles of Breed’s Hill and Bunker Hill-culminating with Washington issuing a mission. HARROW COUNTY 3 makes us love hidden graveyards, flame spirits, and makes us worry about homicidal fathers. INVISIBLE REPUBLIC 5 ramps things up with rallies being attacked, and crappy reporters meeting people of historical note. We finish off, thankfully for you, with LOBSTER JOHNSON -CHAIN FORGED IN LIFE 1. Dudes, dudettes, friends, pals, Romans, Countryman-you should be reading fuckin’ Lobster Johnson.

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Episode #218 Bunny-Bat-Bot Is Bugging Me

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
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This week we run through DCs! Which means it’s all a disaster. maybe. We don’t know. After introducing MARVIN THE PODCAST CHIPMUNK MASCOT,  we jump straight into the 42 series DCs as I consider them, with BATMAN 42; there’s bat locomotives-there’s Triad Magnetos; city gov has misgivings about Jim-Bats just the same as Jim-bats does. Radioactive seeds are being dispersed as Bruce is a soup kitchen volunteer. Moving rapidly to DETECTIVE 42, a reticent Jim-Bats fights 3 doofuses in Day of the Dead makeup. The PD hates Bats, Montoya might be IA, and the bat suit is comically disabled. BIZARRO 2 amuses us to no end-super hypnotism, ChickenTut, vengeance plots, ghost towns, it’s just fun. BLACK CANARY 2 gives us Canary teaching musicians weaponry, which seems a terrible idea, bandmates from the past appear with resentments roiling, Dinah’s husband, and attempted abductions-but not enough to really grip you. STARFIRE 2 continues on in a straight up rescue adventure during a hurricane. Monsters come out of sinkholes, and that gives Kori something else to do. CONSTANTINE 2 finally feels like Hellblazer, and not a book *trying to feel* like Hellblazer-John wanders town trying to find a place to trap a demon, failing miserably.  BATMITE 2 continues to disappoint, with brain swapping and hench orderlies complaining, and panels wasted on ridiculous costume changes. SINESTRO 13 is a dense issue, giving us the reason Soranik went yellow; Thaal releases Parallax to power Warworld, and executes some prisoners-to cover up another “traitor” WONDER WOMAN 42 is off to me, I’m sure Diana has a good night out but we don’t see her clubbing. Aegeus attacks while Diana tries to help someone, but of course he fails in his attempt; he goes back to strife and bitches like a kid. Donna is released-but to what end? SUPERMAN 42 felt to me, really, as straight out of 1995-and frankly, I can’t believe supes has to go up against a dippy script kiddie. BATGIRL 42 was a pretty good issue-Jim releases Babs from last issue’s almost arrest, and the have a nice team up to take down Livewire. JL 3001 #2 Injustice Lois Ariel spills her guts on tv, there’s millions of Starros, Supergirl, Starro Prime, and at last we have peace. Fun Book. We finally finish up with ASTRO CITY 25. Busiek gives us the involving,m engaging story of the Hammacher women-known as HUMMINGBIRD! Rewards come with curses, as the good dogs give powers but the bad gods turn Hummingbird 2 int an actual bird. No one does character like Busiek.

 

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