It’s CELERY SLAM 3!!! The super popular and not at all made up by us annual event between Halloween & Christmas when characters associated with each of those holidays go head to head in a battle of … celery… or something. 4 characters from each in a round robin tournament battle to the last! Who will be champion? The Headless Horseman? The Ice Master (of Hostess Fruit Pie ad fame)? Multiple Santa? Join us for a riveting, caffeine fueled WAR OF THE AGES!!
Robert Kirkman spilled a big ol’ pile of beans this week, but were these beans prefried? The writer revealed in an interview that Steven Yuen has been cast as The Sentry in the upcoming Thunderbolts film, but I feel like we all have kinda known that since February.
Speaking of casting news/rumors/the blurry line between the two, rumor has it that Pedro Pascal is Reed Richards? And Javier Bardem is Galactus? And it’s all going to be practical effects? Fascinating if true! There’s also been talk about pumping the brakes on Kang and multiverse stuff, but if that’s the case, sure is a shame that they have been focusing on the multiverse for years at this point. Like, they named the “saga” after it. Also, with a little more MCU goss: shocking no one, Armor Wars and the FF movie were announced at the time because Disney had an investors day thingie coming up, and so had to show something.
In comic news which may also just be a rumor, is Gail Simone going to be taking over X-Men once the House of X has fallen, the Powers of X have risen, and the X-Ray Spex have tex mex sex with Lexx, the sentient space ship? She’s writing a Free Comic Book Day X-Men thing, but that’s not until May, which seems…odd.
In comic news that’s real, real I say! Our best friend Chip Zdarsky is writing Joker: Year One, which is a three-parter that’s coming out soon, and Greg Weisman is writing Spectacular Spider-Men! This news is both spectacular, and hilarious, but hilarious in a sinister way.
And last but not least, Merry Little Batman, everyone, and to all a good Bat.
410: A Human-Shaped Cockroach Boy (and other Captain Marvels)
If you thought putting three Marvels in one movie was a feat, this podcast has like seven times as many Marvels! Comics have a long history of using and re-using the name “Captain Marvel” for a wide variety of entirely separate characters — and in occasionally legally-dubious ways — so let’s talk about ‘em! From the original Fawcett Comics “Shazam!”-shouting Captain, to the limb-splitting weirdo from M.F. Enterprises, to the trademark-conquering Mar-Vell at Marvel Comics, then the photon-tastic Monica Rambeau, then kind of a rapidly revolving door before Carol Danvers finally claimed the title once and for all. And then there are the variants! Why, there may just be more Captain Marvels (Captains Marvel?) than you ever knew!
Plus: we talk a bit about the recent video game Hellboy: Web of Wyrd, inspired by and styled after the original Mike Mignola comics and starring the late, great Lance Reddick! Is it worth a play? And how does it stack up to Hellboy’s history in video games to date? (It’s a low bar to clear to be the best!)
It’s Kyle’s birthday so Bry & Merk decide to FINALLY reveal his secret origin! Hear about Baby Beard Kyle! Ol’ hickory eyes Lees they called him. Hear about his crime fighting career as Sneeze Lees and his sidekick Tooters. So many twists and turns, but remember…. .with great sneezing power comes great sneezing re-ponzablity.
Join us won’t you?
There’s a new Spider-Man swinging his way onto the pages of your comics, and this one’s married, just like you nerds have been crying about for the last ten years! Well, okay, not exactly like you’ve been crying about, but close enough for you.
DC launched a new imprint, DC Compact, with the goal of making sure Alan Moore never gets the rights back to Watchmen. Also, the goal of beating manga in the “selling small, thick books for a lower pirce” game. The first goal is a a given, but the second? Only time will tell.
Also, the sky is falling at the MCU, everyone’s doomed, everything’s the worst. What happened, and what’s happening now? We try to unpack that, just a little bit.
Finally, Superman and Lois is getting one more season to wrap things up. It’s real nice that it didn’t just get outright cancelled, so let’s see how that goes! And let’s see…oh my gosh, Lex Luthor? What a shock!
This week, Bry and Merk wake up in a strange room, chained together. That’s right, they got Saw’d! And the only way out is to answer trivia questions. Will they live, will they die, will they be stung by many bees? The answers to these and many other questions, this week!
But before any of that happens, Merk has his own sadistic game of DVR: Date, Vacation, (Work) Rivals! Is gliding superior to booster jets? One more question that will be answered, should these boys survive! Happy All Saints Day!
Halloween is almost here! And to celebrate the spookiest of seasons, Bry invites Kyle & Merk to a surprise party at… the local arcade that closed years ago!? What’s going on here? But there’s no time to ask questions, because a grim discovery in the laser tag arena traps our hosts in an eerie mystery that they’ll have to choose their own path to solve! That’s right, this arcade is haunted, folks!! What tricks hide on the shelves of the prize counter? What digital terrors lurk near the Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 machine? What’s that eerie scraping in the basement? There’s only one way to find out… IF YOU DARE!
Scary dramatic read time!!
The boys read and act out ‘Nightmare Merchant’ from Strange Fantasy comics 7, 1953! That’s not a milkman… it’s the BLOODMAN!!
But we’ll say no more! We dare not! It’s too scarrrrryyy……
but really, Bry’s voice for the wife is worth the listen. Do your scary ears a favour and take a listen.
Starting off the news for this week, we’re very sad to report that Keith Giffen, of Bwahaha Justice League International fame, among co-creating Lobo, Rocket Raccoon, and Ambush Bug, has passed away at the age of 70. Giffen was known as both a writer and an artist, and was known for his stories that tended to poke fun at just how ridiculous the world of super heroes really is. He will be missed.
Daredevil: Born Again is going back for lots and lots of reshoots. Not only that, but the powers that be have fired several directors from the show, as well as head writers Chris Ord and Matt Corman. Apparently the want the show to be good? I mean, here’s hoping. Please make it good. I just want, like, something good.
And get ready for Ghost Machine! It’s a brand new thing, and… y’know what? Here’s the press release: “Ghost Machine, a first-of-its-kind creator-owned and operated media company officially launched today at New York Comic Con. Creators co-own all the characters and universes developed for Ghost Machine, sharing in all publishing, media, merchandise, and beyond. The pioneering creator collective is a global best-of-class roster of artists and writers whose award-winning and iconic works include a who’s who of comic book legends such as Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Flash, The Ultimates, Black Lightning and Green Arrow: Jason Fabok, Gary Frank, Bryan Hitch, Geoff Johns, Lamont Magee, Francis Manapul, Brad Meltzer, Peter J. Tomasi, and Maytal Zchut. The company plans to announce additional talent in the months ahead, including one major superstar creator. All creators will be exclusive to Ghost Machine for their comics work after completing their already committed to projects.”
And finally, Dragon Ball Daima. It’s some more Dragon Ball, everyone’s kids, and boy, so much stuff happened between Buu and the end of Z, huh? I wonder what colour Goku’s hair is gonna turn this time. Blurple? Mintberry?
405: Ignore Rick Jones Until He Leaves of His Own Accord
Batman was right that one time, the Justice League can shove it! This week, we’re talking about characters who leave super hero teams: why do they do it, how long do they stay gone, and are they right to leave? We also decide which Avengers we would definitely kick out, so steal all of the complimentary Avengers-shaped cookies you can while you still can, Quicksilver!
And before that, since it’s October and all, we dedicate this week’s Warmup to the everyone’s favourite dead and dreaming cosmic entity (sorry Nyarlathotep, better luck next time), Cthulhu! Just why is this dude everywhere? Even in my dreams? Every night? Crazy, man.