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There’s lots going on, so strap in! Sad, Great and a few floating in between.
The sad passing of comics great Paul Neary, as well as the tragic news of a crew member of the upcoming Wonder Man series, Jaun ‘Spike’ Osorio, passing in a horrible on set accident.
Gina Corano wants back on the Mandalorian …. oh and she’s suing Disney.
OMNIBUS! OMNIBUS! OMNIBUS!! Fun DC/Marvel Omnibi on the way!
Fantastic Four Casting!! It’s official!
And X-Men ’97 has a trailer and a release date! And Chuck’s dead! That sucker is dead!
Why buy Crom when you can rent Crom? This and MANY other Crom puns await you as we listen to a remarkably civilized sounding Power Records ’45 called Conan the Thunder Dust!
All that AND Merk talks about some Kickstarter swag that just arrived! “Tale from Town’s City” from Dismay Comics and “Boris Karloff, Gold Key Mysteries”. We also talk Canadian band the Odds, and Kids in the hall AND, of course, Tom Jones…. Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Crom’s a lady!
Aqua, man! I mean Aquaman. I mean, y’know, Aquaman! My man! This week, we’re offering you four fishtastic Aquaman segments. First, we review Aquman: The Lost Kingdom, which is certainly a movie! Some of us even liked it! Kinda!
Then, we head into the Fixatorium to try and come up with new, inventive takes on Mr. Arthur Curry, King of Atlantis, friend to an octopus named Topo, the Totally Octopus Powerfully Octopus…Octopus. Do we put him in a team-up book? Do we change his origin and upbringing? Do we send him to Florida AGAIN? The answer to all of these questions is an enthusiastic yes, so, uh, spoilers?
Whoa, look at all this news! What if… Marvel used their “What If…” brand for Aliens comics… and also gave us the Paul Reiser / Phil Noto crossover we’ve all long dreamed of? Right?? If you’re an X-Fan who would like Hank McCoy to be more of a fun Beast and less of an evil genocidal monster Beast, your wish may come true! Madame Web is hitting theatres soon, one assumes, after a history of mind-boggling decisions, reshoots, and threatened cameos. It’s (allegedly) Sony vs. Marvel in a battle over how many Spider-Men will appear in Spider-Man 4! IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles returns with Jason Aaron and a murderer’s row of A-list art talent. And Matt Murdock will be reunited with many friends, foes, and even a stunt coordinator in Daredevil: Born Again.
This week we’re taking a look at the career, impact, legacy, and most importantly STORIES of the one and only Jim Steranko! An innovator, a showman, a living legend, and one that’s no stranger to controversy (let’s be real, controversies, plural) who has left a permanent impact on comics as an art form. So let’s talk a bit about the man, his life, his art, and his legacy — and, of course, dig into some of the famous stories he’s told over the years both online and on convention panels everywhere. From slapping some cash into Bill Finger’s palm, to slapping all five fingers across Bob Kane’s face, to discussing the very mathematical rules of design itself, to getting damn near the entire comics community mad at him for insensitive tweets. And how about a Steranko CIA conspiracy theory!? But that’s not all: did anybody ask for a Steranko-themed round of Character Storm? (Gosh, we sure hope so, we made it just for you!)
A new Marvel Series is out! ECHO! Echo… echo…. echo….
ok. We’re going to use that joke a few times. Get comfortable as we discuss this new Marvel Disney+ series. Was it good? Was it bad? What worked? What didn’t? Why even listen to other people? Go check it out … and then come back and listen to the discussion. Do you agree? Disagree? Spoilers abound my friends, so be warned!
Kyle also challenges us with a Blue Monday quiz! So blue!
Join us, won’t you? It’s the Biscuits & his monster truck podcast! Dragula continues!
Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’s series Criminal has been given a series order over on Prime, which means that hey, comic book creators are going to be making some money for once! If only there were some sort of comic book creators union, like with some sort of bill of rights. Huh, that’d be the day.
Over at IDW, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which has been written (and sometimes drawn, too!) by Sophie Campbell, is going to be wrapping up with issues 150. However, considering that IDW and Viacom have a brand new Ninja Turtles contract extension, whatever happens next for the toitles is going to be happening in the same continuity. Is…is Bellybomb going to get a solo series? Can I write it?
Speaking of endings, Amulet, the YA graphic novel series by Kazu Kibuishi, is also coming to an end, with Volume 9: The Waverider, finally being announced for release on February 6!
Speaking of Steven Yeun, which we weren’t, but we are now: he’s left Thunderbolts, as he’s got other filming commitments, so we won’t get to see him be whoever-the-heck he was supposed to be, but we’ve got some ideas on what giant man could replace him in that role.
The Hood is Ghost Rider! Did you hear? The Hood is Ghost Rider! Finally, a Ghost Rider I can not give a shit about!
And finally, the Spawn movie’s still in the works. Honest.
Happy January the 10th! This week, we’re talking about what we want in the world of comics this year. They aren’t big asks! We simply request that maybe the Big Two don’t turn everything into an event, tell smaller, more intimate stories, and leave space for the ever-expanding small press companies! Also, make Spider-Man good again, Bry can’t take much more.
And in the Warmup, we talk about not only the dumb (or not! They can also be not dumb!) comic book tattoos that we have, as well as suggesting dumb tattoos FOR comic books.
2023 is almost over! And while many of us may feel it was a pretty crummy year, a lot of good stuff happened too! And as is our usual custom, we’re gonna talk all about ’em! Bad Space! Conan! My Adventures With Superman! The Many Deaths of Laila Starr! Dead Romans! Do a Powerbomb! Space Usagi! Nightwing! Godzilla vs. Justice League! Godzilla Minus One! Godzilla Raids Again? And… even more Godzilla talk!? It’s just a great time for Godzilla, it must be said.
But first there’s some fairly breaking news in the assault conviction and prompt firing of Jonathan Majors, fresh off his last appearance as a version of Kang in LOKI. What happens now? Does Marvel Studios recast the role? Do they move on to another villain like Magneto, Doctor Doom, Galactus, the Beyonder, the Superior Iron Man? Will more old friends return for the Secret Wars? Will Deadpool fix all this, somehow!? 2024’s all yours, Ry-Ry!
It’s HOLIDAY time, folks! So we have a special Christmas episode on Zero Issues… where Kyle & Merk send Bry on a mission with an impossible gift list…. and then they talk about comic characters. Because THAT’S what the spirit of Christmas is all about! What would Guy Gardiner or Hawkgirl ask for Christmas? Or Iron Man? Or Cap? Or Capwolf? How many Capwolves does it take to make a nice coat? Is Raphael’s sai stabby, or slicey, or pokey? Does Abe Sapien make his own gravy? And can Daredevil hear an STI? All this and MORE on yet another weird, wild and wacky CHRISTMAS WITH ZERO ISSUES!