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Episode 124: Just a Wrinkley Andrew Garfield

Teen Teams! Those lovable bundles of angst and fury. That’s the main topic this week. Young Justice, New Warriors, Teen Titans, Champions, Nova, Generation X, among others. Also Merk introduces a new game, Kyle plays Character Storm, a teensy bit o’ news, bumblebee is in trouble, Bry hates Rob Schneider, the sordid tale of the two Dennis the Menaces, Missy the Mongoose and Planet of the Dogs! All that and more! Put this in your ears true teen believers!!

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NEW LISTENER? START HERE!

Hey! Are you new here? I don’t think I’ve seen you around before, and I think I would’ve noticed you.

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Welcome to Zero Issues! We’ve prepared a little primer, so that you don’t go back to the first episode and listen that way. This thing ain’t Serial; it’s three dorks, hanging out, talking some comics, beering up. We hope you survive you experience!

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Episode 123: The Monster at the End of This Event

The adventures of your favourite comic characters will never really end, but… do you sometimes wish they would? This week the boys talk about “personal end points”, those stories that seem to perfectly wrap up a hero’s journey, with our favourite examples and how it can be hard to keep following them into their next run.

Also: Titans TV casting, entirely too many Joker movies, a round of Superhero Mad-Libs, and an extremely mature Dramatic Reading of a golden-age Blue Beetle comic where Dan Garrett takes on a, uh… large member… of his rogues’ gallery.

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Episode 122: Two Jack Kirbys Battling in a Volcano

Hail to the King, baby. This week we’re talking Jack Kirby, the King of Comics. His hundredth birthday just passed, and despite being gone for, um, a number of years, the effect of his work is still felt constantly in the comic industry. So we Kirby it up for a bit!

Plus: we’ve got all the Marvel Netflix news, just, like, all of it, and bookend the show with grousing about thoughtfully discussing book burnout (due to too many events?) and the recently-ended Secret Empire.

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Episode 121: The Midler

Lightning round!!! Bzap!! That means it’s time for a short episode of several even shorter topics! Injustice is out…. let’s dream up other comic fighting games! How about retconning forgotten characters? Remember Brother Power the Geek? Me neither! A new bit- Sit Comic TV shows! Who would Sam from Cheers be in the comic world? Hal Jordan or Booster Gold? Who’s more washed up? Bry & Merk fight it out. What songs would the JL members karaoke? And did you know that Lobo joined the JL the same time as Bette Midler? The more you know! All that and news that is not even remotely up to date. But we try. Hellboy! Marvel Legacy! The Jetsons! Shazam! And bonus impromptu songs that are driving us nuts!

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Episode 120: Journey to the Centre of the Defenders

In honour of Netflix’s Marvel’s The Defenders, we’re taking a look at the history of the Defenders comic series… which has almost nothing to do with the show at all! They’ve been New, and Secret, and Fearless, and Adjectiveless, but above all else, they’ve been… I mean, not the Avengers. And that name might mean more than you think! (Or it might be totally arbitrary! Hey, listen to find out!)

But that’s not all! We talk about the return of Wizard Magazine and discuss how to relaunch it right, Kyle spotlights the very real and forgotten run of West Coast Defenders, and we all perform a dramatic reading of a classic Defenders comic!

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Episode 119: August Audness

Hey, remember in March when we pitted eight characters against each other in a who-would-win tournament? Well we’re doing it again! Who’s going home a winner, and who’s going home on a belt? We find out this week, with August Audness!

Plus: Keith David News, Bry insists that you read Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Usagi Yojimbo NOW, and we add Hellboy to the League of Baldos! Fight fight fight!

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Episode 118: All it Takes is One Bleeping Day

This week we’re hanging around the campfire telling scary stories…. or not….ok…. we’re ACTUALLY postulating on what the Marvel cinematic universe will look like in a few years. What stories can they do? And some fantastic stuff comes up…. Great Lakes Galactus Hawkeyes with Affleck & Damon…. or something like that. Robert Kirkman’s next big pizza? Trust me. It’s bleeping amazing! Also news with Eisner awards (It’s almost current! We’re trying!), Captain Marvel, bug eyed Nick Fury, tubthumping and stuff like that? A warm up blazing through, at high speed, the possible 67 characters in the Avengers movie. Garfield Falling Down…. who knew that could work?Plus, elusive night rainbows, Valerian’s bleepy Harry, and an outlandish SDCC was this an actual panel quiz? Join us, won’t you, fair listener…..

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Episode 117: My Crazy Ex-Costume

Next stop: Klyntar! This week we’re talking all about Venom, in all his/its/their/whatever’s different forms! What makes the sometimes-evil symbiote tick? What’s the secret to its longevity? Which human host is the best of all? What’s the secret origin of the Venom who almost was? And who’s the secret concept creator who helped make it all happen?

But that’s not all! We also take a journey into madness of a 1982 “Micronauts” letter column (including pseudo-science speculation and ‘80s movie fan-casting), have a symbiote character pop quiz, and maybe even get taken over by some symbiotes ourselves!

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Episode 116: Pour One Out for Bruce Wayne’s Brown Suit

In just over a month from now, Batman: The Animated Series will turn twenty five. That’s so old! If that show were a person, it would have already be moving back into its parents’ basement! Economy jokes, I know, I’m very topical.

To celebrate this milestone, and the many shows, comics, toys that can breath in space, and more, we are joined by John Trumbull, who wrote two extensive BTAS articles for the upcoming issue of Back Issue!, all about justice, the night, and so on.

Plus, we’ve got Bat-news, gushing over the JLU in the warmup, and a voice actor quiz that you can play in the comfort of your own cave!

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 11: View of the runway at the Fall 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Lincoln Center on February 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)

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