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212: You Brought a Gun to a Two-Gun Fight

Let the games begin! This week we’re going Full Game Show as the boys compete in a quiz, a round-circle Character Storm, a round of 20 questions, and a brand new, Merk-created card game using only the finest of 1992 Marvel trading cards!! Plus, yet more news: DC gets themselves a new official timeline, a buncha new books and creative teams, an animated web-series, and… a certain famous newswoman!?

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211: Fluff Me

This is the end, beautiful friends…. for these unfortunate characters! This week we pitch endings in the spirit of several Marvel titles that tell the last story of that character. However we don’t know which characters until the last second so we’re making up their endings on the fly!! How does Machine Man go offline? How does Angel fall to earth? How does Spidey sputter? How does Blade bite it? That plus a House of X game, witness (with your ears) the origin of JIMBERJACK, get a rundown of some Marvel NYCC news, Joker movie first weekend numbers, and a bizarre, rambling open that even we don’t understand how we went from Namorita to ‘what is a casserole’? Join us, won’t you? And please bring your favourite casserole.

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210: Flowers for Dick

Ruination! This week, we set out to ruin some of our favourite characters. Kinda like all those times that we’ve tried to fix characters that haven’t gotten their fair shake, but the opposite. Moon Knight, Thor, and Nightwing are so screwed after this (assuming that Marvel ,and DC listen to this podcast [they won’t]).

We’ve got that, plus: more CW Crisis news (this thing needs more cameos, I say), and some more new Amalgam characters! Let’s get ruined!

 

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209: Ditko Sandwiches!!

It’s Comics Cards Against Humanity time once again! We pit even more of our original questions and answers against each other in a match that isn’t safe for children, or work, or well-adjusted human minds! But first, in honour of Batman Day-Week-Month-Year-Life, we’ve got all the Bat-news you can Bat-handle! And Merk shares some of the lessons he learned while finally watching “Dark Phoenix”!

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208: So It’s Come to This

This week, in Zero Issues “fix this character” fashion, we try to make everyone’s favourite time traveler who is connected to the X-Men…who is a guy…and also is white…. and isn’t a version of Wolverine. Look it’s Cable, we’re trying to fix Cable.

Merk also takes us to school: learning school, that is, with an education on the first appearance of Solomon Grundy! Where’d he get that nice suit? Find out!

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207: He Got Screwed Again

We’re throwing you to the Kirb! It’s a Kirb stomp! We’re going to Kirb your enthusiasm with this freshly harvested episode about the king…. that’s right…. Charlamagne! Nope! We’re talking JACK KIRBY this week to celebrate his birthday (slightly late as Jack always preferred). We explore the life, the career and the constant screwing over of the King. All that plus Kyle runs a game using 90’s Marvel trading cards… What would they be like without their powers? Here’s one spoiler…Quicksilver is still a dick! Also a batch o’ news-Marvel Manga, Jason Aaron’s Thor is coming to a close, and the delimbing of Brian Wood. Join us with your ears!

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206: TOO MUCH NEWS

This week we catch up with the absolute hell of news that was announced in-between recording dates – from TV and movie announcements at D23 and beyond! And believe it or not, it’s not all Marvel! I mean, it’s like… 92% Marvel. But there are “Joker” reactions, Suicide Squad rumours, more Star Wars shows, and a friggin’ G.I. Joe spin-off! The MCU’s Phase 4 is steamrolling across the small and silver screens, but a certain web-slinger may be out of the picture thanks to a cross-corporation custody battle… But we’ve got the *real* scoop about an extremely not-fake conspiracy that’s torn Sony and Disney asunder!

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205: He who Deals It will Smeals It

The boys are back with a half hour episode packed with peanut brittle (or peanut buttle cry according to Bry), news about the New Mutants flic, Dr Doom, and Venom 2! Join us for a game of Character Storm where we make up characters on the spot based on ridiculous names (are you ready for G.R.O.N.G.? Because G.R.O.N.G. is ready for you!). And the maino topico this week is a trusty ol’ dramatic read of a trusty ol’ Fletcher Hanks comic from the 40’s. Meet Fantomah, Mistress of the Jungle!! Oh and Thomas Haden Church is back again. Can’t get enough of that THC!

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204: Get Away From Her You Bitch!

Alright! We had some pretty smarty pants discussions with some smart guests for the past two episodes… time to dumb this down a notch! AUGUST AUDNESS RETURNS!!  Like its sister episode, March Madness, each of our intrepid hosts picks three comic characters, and then the tournament begins! Who will be picked? Who will win? Who will be turned into a cat? Who will be ambushed whilst breaking the 4th wall? Which character will just befriend their opponent in a sneaky way to defeat them? Tune in to find out!
All that plus newsy news of Hulu’s ‘Adventures into Fear, Marvel shows & someone loots Loot Crate! Plus PLUS! Merk intros a new segment: Powers Gone Wrong! Listen and let us know if we should do it again or dump it into the Sarlacc!

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203: Rock Me Sexy MODOK

Drs. and professors Judith Leggatt and Monica Flegel join us again to help smarten this podcast up! First, we subject our guests to a ridiculous quiz, covering everything from creators and credits to boy band archetypes to the circumference of Merk’s head! Then, we dig deep into recent controversies in comics and “geek” fandom, and what happens when the characters we love become something some of their fans don’t recognize. What — if anything — do creators and companies “owe” their long-time fans? At what point do fans become gatekeepers? How does social media distort our expectations and encourage a sense of entitlement? What are the effects of “politicization” of comics and pop culture, and how does it influence our habits… and spending? All that, and we solve comics’ “culture war” forever!!

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