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311: Man Man and Bat Bat

It’s the spooky month and we’re feelin’ like it’s time for a little power records! Y’know, those amazing comics on a 45 record from the 70’s?
Time for MAN-BAT! Or is it MAN-MAN? Or BAT-BAT? Listen and (probably don’t) find out!
So much action! So much weird dialogue!
Hear the origin of Man-Bat and how horrible he is to his wife.
Hear about the puppy gang and our short obsession with RC Cola.
And our Lil’ Zero spinoff series!
This and so much more (well, not THAT much more. It’s a short episode.)
Join us, won’t you? 

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309: The New Fifty-Zero

The New 52 debuted 10 years ago – more like the OLD 52, am I right?? – so it’s time to take a look back on its impact, its legacy, its highs and lows, what can be learned from it, why it was better than we often give it credit for, and… what’s thiiiis? TWO quizzes worth of trivia!? All that and so much more – so join us in a New 52 retrospective that will (among other things) reveal the chilling secret of S&M Solomon Grundy!!

But first! We react to the new Sandman trailer! We discuss the duelling copyright ownership lawsuit(s) between Marvel creators vs. Marvel the company! And after the mind-blowing revelation that Chris Pratt will play Mario, we cast classic video game characters (and recast Mario) among the famous MCU actors! Who will be Ms. Pac Man? WHO!?

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308: Magneto of Green Gables

It’s a big election week this week in ol’ Canada, so the boys have decided to talk politics! No! Come back! It’s us! We’re ridiculous about it and it all involves comic books!
How would Batman vote?
What comic characters would take over & run a small eastern block nation?
And we discuss Magneto taking Prince Edward Island for his own.
This and SO MUCH MORE!!! Really… there’s a lot.
We warm up with a new game of ‘Explain this to me’ where Merk asks the others to explain things they know little (or nothing) about.
And of course the news! Mignola returns! Marvel Action Line does not!
Captain Krakoa…. is a thing. A Twisted Metal tv show is on the way! And Hit Monkey is actually going to happen!
So take some ‘Mackie Time’ and hang with us for a bit. 

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306: Third Time’s the Swarm!

We haven’t seen Shang-Chi yet, so instead we’re doing another exciting LIGHTNING ROUND! Join us for so many mini-topics you’re guaranteed* to find something you love! Comic characters hosting podcasts! A quiz about quizzes! New kid sidekicks for Wolverine! New “Batman ’89” style comics based on long-dead comic movies! A remote-recorded version of a 1991 Marvel Trading Card game! A “Read This Now” profile on “Memetic” by James Tynion IV, Eryk Donovan and Adam Guzowski! Collection treasures that we regret selling or losing! And an all-new segment about comic characters’ kinks! We really ended the episode with that one! Listen, we can prove it!!

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305: I Am Iron Perlman

It’s Multiverse Madness this week on Zero Issues!
From a new game called CHARACTER SMASH where we smushy smush two completely unrelated characters together to create new ridiculous (but highly marketable) characters, to the main topic where we each give multiple pitches on new splendiforous multiverse stories! Check out the Archie mirrorverse! See the Wolverine claw frenzy! Batman V Superman:The Legal Drama! The Michael Keatonverse! 3 Hawkeyes and a Jeremy Renner! And so much more (well at least 2 more). All that plus news as Spider-Man:No Way Home leaks! Also some Batman leakage (ew). And hear Bry’s gripping tale of how Hellboy bankrupted Marvel in the 90’s. All true! Really! Listen and find out!

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304: Shuma-Gorath Does Laundry on Mondays

This week, we’re tumbling out of bed and stumbling to the kitchen, pouring ourselves a cup of ambition, and yawning, stretching, and talking about super heroes with day jobs. From the ones with crappy jobs, like Hal Jordan selling toys door to door and Captain America being an artist for Marvel Comics pre-creators’ rights, to the ones we wish characters had, like Batman’s Discovery Channel hit, Keeping up with the Waynes, or Doctor Strange turning the Sanctum Sanctorum into a rooming house.

It even takes over our Warm Up, where we try to give jobs to a bunch of characters who don’t really have prescribed ones (spoiler: a lot of them just end up as bouncers at a strip club). And there’s news! You knew that! Get back to work!

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300: Somebody Says Something Stupid and That’s the Title

WOW!! 300 episodes!! It’s a big moment for these three little nerd boys, so to celebrate talking about comics for 300 maniacal podcast episodes, we do something a little different and ply deep into each other’s psyches with a list of questions….. to discover just how geeky we are. So 5 questions each from the three of us and then we put the call out…. ‘Ask us anything! Give us your queries!’…. and BOY, DID YOU!!! And we answered ALL OF THEM!!!! Plus: if you sent in a question, you were entered to win an art prize pack from the three amigos here! So join us, won’t you, for a (slightly) extra long episode of wackiness and reflection and deep dive comics madness! (and check out our special homage to godfather Todd’s iconic Amazing Spider-Man #300)

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299: Jim “Shooter” McGavin – A Zero Hour Tie-In

Comics: Interrupted! This week, on the brink of an anniversary episode that will *change everything forever* [not a guarantee], we look back at one of our most-hated comic trends – the invasive crossover event that disrupts your monthly titles and throws their carefully-crafted plot lines into chaos! When did we first feel the pain of the synergy-fuelled tonal shift that turned new comic-book day from joy to frustration and confusion? What were the events that made us say “NO MORE”?

Plus: next week is our 300th episode! Comment with any questions you want us to answer, any at all, and you could win in the first-ever Zero Issues Art Print Giveaway!

Come hang out until the clock hits 300! We’ve also got all kinds of comic news (Loki season two! Batman ’89 approaches! Jameela Jamil fights She-Hulk! Hasbro’s gigantic Galactus!) and explore some very real hidden easter eggs and surprises everyone else missed from Loki and Black Widow!

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296: The Summers Family Deadbeat Dad Reunion

Our Podcast Dad didn’t send the cheque on time, so this Father’s Day episode is a week late AND we’re talking about the deadbeat dads of comics! Take that! Superhero books have more than their fair share of bad father figures, but what makes one a deadbeat instead of a garden-variety neglectful or abusive A-hole? Which deadbeat super-dad is the deadbeatiest of all? And how many of these disappointments are from the Summers family? (Believe it or not, some aren’t!)

But that’s not all! We’ve got news: a Warren Ellis announcement finally set off a real response to allegations from SoManyOfUs.com; Miles Morales gets a new costume; and Ben Reilly returns to the role of Spider-Man. And then Merk guides Kyle & Bry through the many surprising covers of the Batman 1966 theme song – some you may not believe!

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293: Let’s Two This Thing!!

In honour of… um, national flip a coin day…? We dig deep on everyone’s favourite district attorney and/or coin-flipping criminal madman, TWO-FACE! But it’s not as one-sided as it seems! What makes Harvey such a compelling character who’s been explored so deeply over the years? Who could have, should have, and did play Harvey on Batman ’66? What bizarre other versions and imitators of Two-Face have flipped through the comics pages over the years? What would happen if Billy Dee Williams and Tommy Lee Jones got together… in more ways than one? All this and so much more! And don’t change the, uh, podcast channel when you hear the outro theme, there may be a trick to this one.

But that’s not all, folks! We’ve got a Two-Face actor quiz! We’ve got a very special “MFK”! We’ve got new DC cartoons and a Darkhawks and Highlanders and everything. AND we’ve got a delightful sponsor, Rose N Crantz Roasting Company — use the promo code zeroissues for 10% off your order!

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