TechJedi proves jsut how extensive his sports knowledge is, and that’s damn little. We explicitly make known our anticipation of both a new Batwoman book and the WOOHOO! RETURN OF UBER!. TechJedi loves the second season of Gotham, even though Jim Gordon needs to come back to the side of the Angels. TJ finally finishes Deep Suck Nine. Rev watches Supergirl, so that’s a start. We mention the latest Midtown Sale; eventually we get to July indies, and we start with the masterpiece of weirdness that is MANIFEST DESTINY 21, which is all Squatch all the Time. HARROW COUNTY 14 brings to the fore Emmi’s “kin”, other pseudo witches and magical beings, and of course there’s an agenda. MIDNIGHT OF THE SOUL 2 begins the chase to find his wife, meeting instead Patsy. PTSD steps in..SHADOW-DEATH OF MARGO LANE 2 has Shadow in a tight spot, and Margo goes out bad ass. EMPRESS 3,4-issue 2’s cliffhanger gets resolved in both disgusting and awesome ways, The Emperor goes all scorched earth looking for the fam, a serious amount of plot and action occurs and it’s worth your dough. PREDATOR, ALIENS, DREDD 1 presents Dr Rheinshtott harvesting facehuggers, injured Yaujta, and THE LAW. ROM 1 is too basic and setty-uppy to really say much about, but it’s ok. DESCENDER 13 is Telsa’s story-and as high quality as it is, it’s pretty standard. AMERICAN MONSTER 4 pretty much continues to make no sense, and is probably our last issue. LOBSTER JOHNSON METAL MONSTERS OF MID-TOWN 3 concludes the standard wackiness in high fashion and pleases us. CONAN THE SLAYER 1 is, jeez, once more, standard Conan, but likable standard Conan, not boring standard Conan. REVIVAL 41 begins the build up to countdown hard, with Dana and Em cornered, Amish Ninjas to the rescue, and rioting getting out of hand…RAGNAROK 9 has the Fire Demons defeated, and the mythology of goats. VELVET 15 ends it all-go read it. Go buy it. That’s where we’ll leave it. Ending it all is Sabrina 6, the strange and twisted tales fo the familiars. That concludes episode 260, now fuck off.
We two goof off for a bit and mention current tv watching trends. TechJedi talks about his experience with the new Ghostbusters. We watch MOST LIKELY TO DIE. It’s a about as good as it sounds. Eventually it comes down to another DC Week, Starting with LEGEND OF WONDER WOMAN 7+8 featuring some amazing Nazi ass-kicking. Lord Deception kicks around, Diana gives up her power, and through much plot contrivance, Diana, and the Holiday Girls fly into combat culminating in the activation of…A TITAN! We move on to POISON IVY 6, the final issue, with the standard mad-scientist origin, the standard big fight, a fake out death, and the single most boring end page ever-let’s get on a bus, bye. SWAMPT HING 6 ends the torture with Arcane revealed, Stranfer, Spectre, and Zatanna fighting the good fight, and some pretty nice stuff between Stranger and Swampy talking about his place in the universe. DKIII number 5 show Bruce in his final prep for the BIG BATTLE, the mob incited by Kandorians, Carrie and Arthur release Clark, and it’s all comin to a head. ASTRO CITY 36/37 continues the unbroken and pristine streak of comics perfection, completing the backstory of Mr Drama and the motivation for Drama Queen avenging him. The palate cleansing issue is the music history of Astro City, and it’s pretty damn cool. Additioanlly we talk about BATMAN 2 and 3, WONDER WOMAN 2 and 3, DETECTIVE 936 and 937, SUPERMAN 2, and kick it all out the door with ACTION 959.
YAY STAR TREK!!! We talk everything we know and like and hate about Star Trek for it’s 50th Anniversary! Then we talk some comics but whatevs. We watch “Spiders!” which is just the weirdest. Eventually we get to the June Marvels. We begin with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 13 and 14; It’s really all Regent’s story, starting with Orka attacking, Pete ditching business work, and the ridiculously comedic and heartwarming one upsmanship with Pete and Tony, but poor Miles suffers for it. It’s genius and fun and action packed. Make sure you read it. DR STRANGE 9 feature the startling revelation of the Empirikul facing the horrible Stephen creature, the theft of the Ancient One’s bones, and Stephen’s turn at Robin Hood. BLACK WIDOW 4 has an old mentor of Nat’s, Iosef, tending her wounds, and providing all the cool old spy-tech to get her into the base, and gets confronted by Anya, now rival, formal friend. It’s good stuff and worthwhile. DAREDEVIL 8 pleases us with a Casino Royale riff, and that’s what you should take away and go buy it for. HOWARD 8 is a pretty great issue, with Howard visiting Bev, who still adores him, and an attacking Sentinel. AVENGERS 10 is a pretty cool bit of character, with the team in space, kamala fangirling, Miles nervous and….ANNIHILUS! SPIDER-WOMAN 8 continues to please us immensely with a nice twist on Tiger Shark, of all possible fucking villains, and Roger the Porcupine amusing us. MS MARVEL 8 present al cool story of Kamala’s grandparents. Character and feelling run through every issue and if you don’t read Ms Marvel, you’re a terrible human being and hate comics. THOR 8 has some big business intrigue that doesn’t quite make it to over the top, but is pretty close, and watching bunches of villains going ‘hey, you’re ruinin’ our game’ is just awesome. INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN 4 shows us that yes, all the expected betrayals really were so, Tony starts the hunt for his birth parent documents, and Cassie and Tony actually have a nice heart to heart. It’s a good issue. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN 10-Tony is a Spidey mask-that’s all I got to say. Steve Rogers-Captain America 2 shows us the breaking of the Cube that created Kobik, Kobik fixing Sin’s face, and the obvious and called by TechJedi the second the news story broke revelation that Kobik recreated Cap’s entire history retroactively. CAPTAIN MARVEL 6 kicks off the real meat of Carol’s involvement in Civil War. She’s WRONG, and that’s the official position of TMGCAST. We finish off with BLACK PANTHER 3, is as dense as lead. Packed to the ceiling with high concepts and vengeance, it’s almost too much to jam into one issue, particularly this early on,. but damn it’s good.
It’s the Star Wars episode, and the timing is weird because now Kenny Baker is dead. We talk about the fun that was Terrificon-with sigs, books, pals, stories, man. Especially fun was the Dan Slott writing story. We watch DragonFyre with a Y! Eventually we get to the Star Wars books with the new HAN SOLO1- which, initially, seems far out of character-until the race across the galaxy brings the brash out. POE DAMERON 2, 3, 4 presents us with egg hatching gods, Imperial agents, dogfights, and Lor Sen Tekka’s next stop. Then Poe and company become captives of the Hutts-There’s some small romantic scenes, and the triumphant return of GRAKKUS THE HUTT! STAR WARS 19 finishes up Rebel Prison, and the end making fun of both Luke and Han was worth everything. STAR WARS 20 then switches gears back to Obi-Wan’s history-featuring Black Krrsntan tracking Ben down through Owen and Luke. Ben is summarily beaten senseless, till Luke drives Krrsntan off. STAR WARS 21give us teh newly bad-ass Sergeant Kreel and his Elite Squad of White Armored BAD ASSES. You don’t need anymore than that. Except the lightsabre! DARTH VADER 21-23–it’s all coming to a head as Aphra is apprehended, Vader has to take out a Star Destroyers’ worth of troops, fights the cyber-rancor to a standstill, and there’s just massive intensive awesomeness every page. We eventually shoehorn the boring and execrable Obi-Wan and Anakin 5 last ish that we so don’t care about it.
The Rev tells us about his Suicide Squad watch. It takes a long time to get through. But eventually we get to the June DCs, being: ACTION COMICS 957-958-which confuses the crap out of us. Honestly. We dunno where the kid comes from. We dunno why Clark is dead, or even WHICH ONE IS DEAD. That’s poor. Doomsday is back again, but that ship has sailed. WONDER WOMAN 1 is all about Diana, in the jungle, on walkabout, trying to find the jungle oracle to reveal herself. Followed by animal men and…CHEETAH! AQUAMAN 1 is the same as all other Aquaman 1’s-a lot of set and Black Manta attacks. FLASH 1 teams Barry with Bats and Wally makes his appearance. He wanders, morose, that he can’t do more FOR JUSTICE!. It’s ok but it’s not exactly an award winner from our perspective. GREEN LANTERNS, PLURAL 1 brings Simon and Jessica to what was supposed to be an alien crime scene, but end up with a hobo with a shotgun. DETECTIVE 934 and 935 Is Bats kickin Azraels ass, and I’m fine with that-but that’s where I drop off. Gotham’s heroes are under observation-by COLONY! BATMAN 1 is now the second Batman #1 I own, and I’m still not rich, so what does THAT tell ya. Bruce officially gains the capability to completely ignore fuckin all physics, including comics style. It’s too much, frankly. Batman is not fucking Maud ‘Dib riding a goddamed sandworm. Bah. SUPERMAN 1 The Kents move in and rebuild the farm, and kid-supes meets the neighbor girl. GREEN ARROW 1 continues the Rebirth 1 story with human trafficking and Ollie and Dinah’s relationship rocketing forward despite their manufactured disagreements. We close it off there for another week.
We talk amusement park capes, with lights; and watch KILLER MERMAID. Minor speculation on Suicide Squad. We start in on the actual comics for June’s Indies with MANIFEST DESTINY 20-featuring conquistadors, squatch, eating squatch, hallucinations, and ominous findings…MIDNIGHT OF THE SOUL 1 is the story of a ptsd ridden writer post WW2 with a philandering wife, and murder mysteries…HILLBILLY 1 brings us more supernatural back-country weirdness, told infallibly and drawn incomparably. LOBSTER JOHNSON METAL MONSTERS OF MIDTOWN 2 continues on with the mystery of spelunking engineers, Hyperboreans, and mecha, mecha, mecha. HARROW COUNTY 13 brings back the call of the cornfield. Ghost scarecrows, monsters, witches gifts, and awesomes. DESCENDER 12 is Tim 22 backstory-which features neglect, outright hate, and android murders. REVIVAL 40 continues the events coming to a head with riots, murder, and the escape of the soul-shmoos. JAMES BOND: EIDOLON’s new villain-Hawkwood-tells us clearly he’s a villain cause he kills his accountant. HELLBOY IN HELL 10 seemingly finishes the saga, with an empty hell nad the story of the remaining captains of hell. MERCURY HEAT 10 ups the ante even further if you can fuckin believe it, with the Crossed Plague escaping even though the perps were caught.We top it all off with SHADOW: DEATH OF MARGO LANE 1 Shadow has to track down the Tong’s new leader, The Red Empress-trailing from NYC to Shanghai and back.
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Rev quacks and we watch Mexican Gangsters. It’s a short one but it’s important-it’s all DC REBIRTH. So you may wanna skip it all. We salute Jack Davis, Richard Thompson, and Mr. Garibaldi himself, Jerry Doyle. We love the Wonder Woman trailer, mention Suicide Squad, and are disappointed with the dearth of actual fucking comic news from comic-Con; although that’s nothing new and really, we should get over it. But we won’t. We’re geeks, we don’t get over a goddamned thing.
We start with GREEN ARROW, which hands us a standard ‘oh the homeless are disappearing” routine, he argues with Dinah, who is unconvinced of Ollie’s integrity. SUPERMAN is next and it’s seriously confusing here-having missed the events of The Last Days of Superman, we don’t know which Supes died, which one lives, where his kid came from, etc. Doomsday’s back and I don’t care. FLASH plays on the annoying tropes of the fast guy always being late, and the frustrated paragon who just cares so much, dammit. Wally’s around, and that’s fine. Barry consults Bats, which is nice. AQUAMAN begins our journey with yet another lecture of the importance and scale of the oceans-but frankly, if you cared about Aquaman enough to pick this up, you knew all that this was telling us. It’s quality, but nothing new. And that’s disappointing. WONDER WOMAN honestly, seriously, comes off as a fanboy complaint about Diana’s inconsistent origins and characterizations. Rev doesn’t agree, but I don’t need him too. The one clever bit is turning the lasso of truth on herself. BATMAN has Calendar Man all Punishered out and that makes me weep. Duke is recruited for the BatJunior position, and the main tension is the complete lack of remembering Batman’s rebreather. It’s dumb. TITANS is the getting the band back together routine-Wally speeds around touching titnas, which just seems dirty-and then they remember him and bring him into the folds of Titan Love. GREEN LANTERNS ends our episode with the new GL’s Jessica and Simon-harrassed angry mid-eastern man, overseen on probation, and Jessica the agoraphobic/ptsd affected reluctant hero. They have to go off on a missions that’s really a set up by Hal, whihc is alright, but the co dependence he sets up seems forced.
At any rate, that’s rebirth for right now. There’s another ep coming with the second wave of Rebirths, so watch for that. Or don’t. I dunno.
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We watch the 2.5 star “Last Survivors”. It’s a Marvel ep, and that means it’s monstro sized madness. We start with the Riri news, then jump into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 12 brings us Regent, Ghost, and becomes a fun but fairly traditional Marvel Team-Up issue. We like it. AVENGERS 9 premieres the New Wasp-Nadia-who seems to be a fun character, while Jarvis makes the hangar livable. It’s OK. PUNISHER 1 volume…whatever the hell, focuses on one of Frank’s old commanders, nasty face-skinning drug dealers, DEA Agents, and more. we dug it, but the time is not right for us to have anew Frank book. BLACK PANTHER 2 is SUPER complex and you should just read it. it’s worthwhile, but resists summarization in such a small space. BLACK WIDOW 3 is next, having Nat stabbed by a kid, on a mission for the Weeping Lion. The de riguerre flashback style story telling is killing me and it’s use in the ancillary solo box is getting tiresome, really. INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN 3 Howard was right should be a new marvel catchphrase, as Cassie is in fact double crossing him, and the Mandroids have the drop on him, and he gives up. INVINCIBLE IRON MAN9 The Board is revolting, Riri is making armor, Rhodey confronts Yukio, Ninja Girls show up, Doom mak3es maneuvers on Tony’s girl, and Tony’s disappearance was a ruuuuuse…HOWARD THE DUCK 7 is in the Savage Land, and really, you don’t need anymore than that. SILVER SURFER 4 concludes the arc with a moral wash of saving Earth by deleting Zenn-La. It’s a feel good book, and we’re fine with that. THOR 7 gives us Dragon’s blood, Bodolf the untamed, ancient Viking battles, and a lot of really coolness stuff. MS MARVEL 7 is one of the more enjoyable issues as SCIENCE FAIR TIME! comes. It’s Kamala vs Miles with pocket nuke reactors, flying sharks, and more and it turns out as you’d expect. DR STRANGE 8 is a desparate quest for the last crumbs of magic…and it’s not enough. CAPTAIN AMERICA VOLUME 32 1 is exactly what i told you it would be. It’s well done, but you guys have to lay off the parallel story telling, you fucking bastards. SPIDER-WOMAN 7 is next, with Jess back from parallel dimension and fighting her gender swapped self. DAREDEVIL 7 is the Dallas it was all a dream issue. Sigh. CAPTAIN MARVEL 5 is all deception, betrayal, biomechanical viri, and the real traitor is found out as being just a class warrior. We kill it all there.
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.